Share your life story with us.
After listening to a Beethoven at around the age of 6, I turned to my mother and told her that “music does something to my insides”. Fast forward 20 years, and that is still the case. Music is my reason for being and carries my purpose, so I do it.

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Share your press release.
“Braggadocious” is MINDSEED’s new single. Lyrically, the song is written from a humorous perspective of one’s ego run amok, while the music fuses a blend of hip-hop and rock.

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List the names of those that have assisted you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.

BJ Downey, the host of the Calgary chapter of Rockin’ 4 Dollars, earned us the opportunity to open for legendary pop-punk band MxPx, which we are forever thankful for. We are also extremely grateful for the YYC Music Award committee nominated our single “Rush-Hour Crush for”- “Best Alternative Recording” which offered us more recognition.

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.
Both “Braggadocious” and the entire album “Households” were recorded and produced by Grant Howarth at Audio House. We went in with a particular vision, and what we ended up with was even more than we could have hoped for. The process involved entering the studio having practiced our parts to perfection.

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Go into detail about your songwriting process.

My songwriting process has always been very intuitive. The music comes first, and the lyrics spawn from the music. I draw inspiration from everything around me.

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Brief us on what you have on the way for your fans out there.

We have a lot more sounds we’d like to explore, and we will be making music until I drop dead.

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.

We use social media and entertaining live shows to increase our fan base. We also put a lot of effort into our branding and marketing, so we’re always looking to expand on that.

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Tell us that point in time that you just feel like giving up on your music career.

The first time Mindseed ever performed was on a line-up with all reggae artists… obviously, the reaction to us (more rock-oriented at the time) wasn’t great. I sat down on the curb after with my head in my hands and really did feel like giving up. But ever since that night, there’s a fire that has been burning steadily. I just want to make music and see where it takes me, I’m not taking anything too seriously, and life is short. I want to live to the fullest and have no regrets.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.
It comes to be very intuitively. I can be walking around during my day and a melody will pop into my head out of nowhere, or I’ll be playing on a guitar and I’ll play something that connects with me in a powerful way. Then, I move forward based on that.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.

Our understanding of music licensing is that the artist is paid by the licensee to use the music for their own purposes (commercials, TV, film and so on).

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Tell us the best way to get in touch with you on social media.

You can get in touch with us easily via Facebook, Instagram, or a message on our website:

www.mindseedmusic.com

www.facebook.com/mindseedmusic

www.instagram.com/mindseedmusic

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Give us the links to your various stores.
https://www.mindseedmusic.com/store

https://mindseedmusic.bandcamp.com
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Tell us your favourite genre of music.

I enjoy all forms of music, but have been especially into hip-hop and rock lately. Hip-hop has appealed to me a lyrical inspiration, in the way that hip-hop artist use wordplay, metaphor to such an incredible degree that I have never witnessed in any other genre of music.

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs.

The subject matter differs greatly – from spiritual to humorous, personal and outrageous. In more concrete terms, we have discussed topics like spirituality, relationships, politics, social media, and more.

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Tell us all we need to know about this song.

This song is written from the perspective of one’s ego, and is NOT a reflection of who I am personally. I wish people would separate the art from the artist, as I feel an artist has the creative right to step outside his own mind and into the shoes of a character. Much like an actor playing a role in a film is not judged as the character he/she portrays, the same should apply to this song and other music. Let artists try new things – if it’s not something you enjoy, just don’t listen to it! Someone else will enjoy it! But people are going to think and say what they want to think and say.

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Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming.

Digital distribution is fantastic, and enables us to get our music out to people we might not have been able to in a pre-digital age. However, the drawback is that the competition is tenfold, which challenges us to increase our knowledge in other areas such as branding and marketing.

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Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue.

An artist can boost their revenue by offering a truly fantastic musical experience.

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Tell us your thought on self-training and going to educational institution to study music.

Considering I’m a music teacher who took piano lessons at the age of 10, guitar lessons at age 13, I am a huge proponent of a formal musical education. Self-training is good, but having live feedback on a regular basis is integral in not developing poor habits.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.

A chorus/hook that gets stuck in your head whether you want it there or not, engaging lyricism and quality production.

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Tell us what you will buy if you want to build your own studio.

A powerful Mac, studio monitors, mixing board, professional microphones, a solid-state hard drive for backups, and so on.

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Go on at length on what it takes to gain the attention of the audience while playing live.

To capture the attention of your audience when performing live, a solid groove that people can jive to and a bit of vulnerability plus some silliness can work.

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List your five favourite songwriters.

Daron Malakian (System of a Down)

Tupac Shakur

Jimmy Urine (Mindseed Self Indulgence)
Mos Def

Maynard Keenan (Tool)

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List your five favourite music producers.
Dr. Dre
Grant Howarth
Rick Rubin
Brian Eno
Quincy Jones

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Describe in details how you feel when you hear your song on the radio.

When our single “Rush Hour Crush” was played on major radio for the first time, it was the most incredible feeling I had ever heard in my life. I remember dreaming about that when I was younger, so to have it manifested in real life was a feeling I could never fully explain.

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Describe your best mood to write a song.

The best mood for me to write a song is whenever there’s an intense energy of any kind (joy, anger, sadness) to build from.

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