Tell us about yourself. 
My name is Adam Stanley, and I play guitar and sing in The Tins. I’m originally from NYC and currently reside in Buffalo.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist. 

I’ve always thought of myself as a songwriter first, guitarist second. While I love to play guitar and have practiced intensely, songwriting is really the key to making great tunes. I’ve never really been a fan of shredders. The best guitarists to me have been the guys that accentuated the song, making it another hook. Guys like Harrison, Page, Elliott Easton, Peter Buck.

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Tell us about the genre of your music. 

It’s nominally pop and rock, but we also try to incorporate elements from any genre we enjoy, be it folk, modern pop, country, really anything that we can mold into our sound.

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Tell us about the story behind your song. 
“Meditation Song” is about getting into your own head. It’s about negativity and panic, and trying to fight those feelings by turning their power over you into perseverance. Also, it’s a little bit of a dig at unwanted advice when you really don’t want to hear it.

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Tell us the challenges you are facing as a musician. 
Money. Always money. I would love for music to be my only job, but in this current climate, unless you’re at the absolute top of the food chain, you need to supplement your income. Most bands make money touring, but you need money to tour. It’s a bit of a catch-22. Streaming is important too, but royalty rates are pitifully low.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song. 
I started it as a home demo, but kept a lot of the rhythmic elements in the final product, such as the drum machines. Then I laid down the guitar tracks and the bass, and then did the vocal in two takes to give it a more natural sound. Mike and Dave laid down some keyboards, cajones, and backing vocals, then we added some more drum samples to finish it off.

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far. 
Broadtube Music, We All Want Someone To Shout For, Popmatters, For The Rabbits, and many other blogs that have been awesome to us. SiriusXM has also been a huge supporter, playing our cover of “State Trooper” on the Bruce Springsteen channel.

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goal. 

Our career as a band has been defined by incremental success. Every year we seem to do a little better than the last, and hopefully that trend continues. However, I’d love it if things really took off in the future. I want music to be my living. Really my only goal in life is to make this band viable as a life choice. I love doing this and don’t want to stop.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 
It’s the only thing I’ve ever really loved doing. Ever since I was old enough to retain any memory I’ve been obsessed with music.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 
Well, our biggest hit, “The Green Room,” is over seven minutes long, so I don’t really know how to explain it. It’s just a confluence of elements that come together in a way that gives something presence. We’ve never really tried to replicate that song because it would be impossible.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

Do whatever makes you happy. Honestly, just doing something original that gives you some sort of fulfillment is the way to go. People will sense that enthusiasm and creativity, which creates that connection you need in order to really grow an audience.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 

We’ve been together as The Tins since 2010, and have put out five records so far. We have done one national tour back in 2014, and since then have done smaller runs all around the country. We’ve been written about in publications such as USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, and been featured on shows like Roadtrip Nation and 90210.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

I start with the music almost always, along with a sketch of a vocal melody. Then I will try to write a lyric based on whatever is running through my mind at the time and fit it as best I can to the melody I like. In the past singing in the studio happened in pieces, in order to get the best version of every line. Nowadays I try to do it all in one take to get the most natural sounding performance. Musically, I try to get everything on the first take. I love the studio, but don’t like to waste time. If I have an idea, I will just try to put it down as quickly as possible and move on.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, REM, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 

Haven’t collaborated with anyone yet besides the rest of my band members, but I am totally willing to work with anyone with a good idea.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your music. 

Website

Facebook

Twitter

@thetinsmusic

Instagram

@thetinsmusic

Bandcamp

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

I don’t really know how to answer because I’m pretty even keeled. Saddest day would have to be the deaths of my grandparents. One happened recently and it was very sudden. Happiest day was probably my wedding. Any day I write a good song is a good day in my book as well.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Pay off all my student debts, get myself a functional car, help out my family a bit, get myself a home in California somewhere and get away from the Buffalo winters.


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