Chad Bushnell

Share your life story with us.

My dad played lead guitar in a country band when I was a young boy and that’s what inspired me to want to be a country singer. I also grew up listening to my great grandma play the piano at church and have accompanied her on guitar since I was a young boy. I started out singing at family get-togethers and singing the national anthem at rodeos when I was 3. I had my first gig when I was 5 singing for the Little Miss Tehama Pageant at my local county fair in Red Bluff, CA. After that, I started taking guitar lessons and competed in junior rodeos. My parents both competed in rodeo. I entered one of my first talent shows at a local coffee shop and won first place in my age group. I continued to sing and play sports. When I got to high school, I entered another talent show and won again. One of the judges was nice and introduced me to some local people in the community. I continued to sing and compete in High School Rodeo and FFA. I got asked to sing the National Anthem at the local PBR event and the promoters hired me to play at the PBR after party as well at the local casino. When I was singing, one of the managers happened to be there and passed my info onto a talent agency. I continued to play shows and compete in rodeo throughout high school and worked for my neighbors and began to work with my dad shoeing horses. I entered the talent show for the State FFA convention in Fresno and got selected to perform. After I performed there, it gave me lots of exposure and I got asked by local promoters to open for my first big country singer James Otto. I also recorded my first CD in Redding, CA. with former bass player for Foreigner, Bruce Turgon. Through some mutual friends, I got a call from Alabama member Teddy gentry and he asked me to fly out to Nashville to meet with him. He showed me around and it was a great experience. I continued to perform and quit doing rodeo after high school to fully pursue music and college. I learned how to shoe horses as well. When I graduated from the J.C., I got in touch with the talent agency and they began booking me shows. I played in all kinds of places for my next two years of college and coming out with new songs every month. I entered the American Country Star contest in 2013 and finished in the Top 30. I was happy, but wanted to try it one more year to see if I could win. I ended up in the Top 3 in 2014. Since around 2011 I’ve got to open for many country acts including Scotty McCreery, Billy Currington, Bryan White, Emmerson Drive, Ben haggard, etc. and release new songs and music videos. I won Best of the north state band award for 2015, 2016, and 2017. I just came out with my first official Nashville album in April and have been promoting that. One thing I have to share is my experience with the Haggards. Merle Haggard is one of my all-time favorite singers and I am fortunate to be good friends with his son Ben Haggard and have been on tour with him and have opened for him. I got to record an EP out at Merle Haggard’s studio and got to talk to Merle for about 20 minutes. It has been my best experience in my music career so far. The Haggards are very nice and down to earth people. I currently work part time as a farrier and substitute teacher during the week and play shows on the weekends…I’m trying hard to make it in the music business like many others. I thank God for everything and am blessed to have a wonderful family and fiancé. My mom helps manage my music and my sister is a professional women’s rodeo athlete.

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Share your press release.

I’ve been fortunate to have been recognized by a few different magazines and radio stations.

Enjoy Magazine:

http://www.enjoymagazine.net/2013/12/05/19492/north-state-native-chad-bushnells-nashville-journey

Red Bluff Daily News:

http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/article/zz/20130903/NEWS/130908130

Record Searchlight: http://events.redding.com/anderson_ca/events/forever-our-fair-rib-feed-and-chad-bushnell-con-/E0-001-097032520-5

Lassen County Fair:

https://lassencountyfair.org/the-annual-fair-2/2015-fair-schedule-of-events/

North Coast Journal:

https://issuu.com/ncjournal/docs/fortuna_rodeo_2015/15

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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.

Jesus Christ- I thank him for everything and for giving me the strength and courage to pursue my dream Donna (mom) – for always being there for me and helping me manage my music, Wade (dad) – for always being there for me and teaching me how to play guitar and shoe horses, Chelsey (sister) – for always being there for me and keeping me grounded lol, Stephanie (Fiancé) – for being there for me and being an amazing person in my life, Rick and Angie (promoters), Diamond Productions (Promoters), State Theater crew- for giving me opportunities to open for my country music heroes, The Haggards and the Frizzells – for being good friends and for giving me opportunities I’ve been dreaming about since I was a young boy. My sponsors – Walker Printing, 530 Photography, Kystinz, Grandmas.

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.

I’ve had so many great experiences recording and touring that it would be hard to share them all. As far as recording, getting to record an original song in Merle Haggard’s studio and getting to sing into his microphone was pretty amazing. Also recording at Studio 19 on Music Row in Nashville was great. I got to play with a phenomenal band there. There has been some sort of magic when I get to record in a room with true professionals. It’s really a dream come true for me. I worked and performed a long time before I actually got to record my first CD in Nashville. I wrote 7 out of 10 of the songs on my most recent album. I demoed them back home in California and sent them to the players in Nashville. I flew back there and was anxious to hear their take on the song. During my last session, former lead singer of Highway 101 Band Paulette Carlson showed up in the studio when I was recording my vocals. That was pretty special and a little intimidating.

As far as touring goes, I always love it. I love to travel. I love to perform. When I was starting out, I worked for a sound guy that let me borrow equipment for my shows…thank you Chuck Lopeman. Over the years, I acquired my own gear and have upgraded little by little. I love to perform at Fairs. Weirdly, I don’t mind setting up my own sound…I kind of like it. I have been fortunate to have gotten to tour throughout much of the west coast. I feel that I’ve gotten in pretty good shape for it and am use to playing a few shows then going back to work doing my day job. It’s an interesting change sometimes. One day I’ll be playing a show in front of hundreds of people, signing autographs then the next day I will be shoeing horses back home dealing with a grumpy customer… it keeps me humble I guess.

One memory I’d like to share from the last 6 years of performing is a six day run of shows my band and I did. We left Redding, CA and performed 4 days in a row at the Western Idaho Fair in Boise, ID. After that, we headed down to Wendover, NV; to perform two nights at the Peppermill Casino. None of us knew anything about the venue or show so we asked the bass player sitting in the back if he could check it out on Google. First thing he said was that Dwight Yoakam was performing there. I got really nervous and was very surprised. My favorite country singer of all time was performing there and I had no idea. We did some more research and found out he was performing in the concert hall right down the street from us. I called the casino manager and begged him to let me meet Dwight. He told me that probably wouldn’t happen. I was disappointed, but told him if there was any way for me to meet him to let me know. He called me about an hour later and said he got things all set up for me to meet Dwight. I was so nervous and there were only 8 of us allowed to meet him. I didn’t really know what to say to him when I walked up to get a picture, but told him it was a pleasure to meet him and that I was performing right next door. He smiled, patted me on the shoulder and said nice to meet you. We each only got about 30 seconds, but it was amazing to meet my country music hero. I was on cloud 9 that night.

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Go into detail about your songwriting process.

I really hope that my songwriting has been getting better over the years. I’ve learned a lot from other songwriters and have spent hours trying to figure out the best ways to write. I think it truly comes from the heart and what you are feeling that makes the best songs. That’s exactly how I wrote my first song. We had a family tragedy that happened when my aunt was killed in a car accident (my mom’s brother’s wife). I know my uncle really loved her and they were having some issues at one point and were split up for a bit. When they were just starting to get back together, she was tragically killed. My uncle went through some very difficult times and I was around 10 or 12 years old when it happened. I had been thinking about it a lot for a while and it was all bothering me. One night I was sitting in my bedroom and was singing the song “Two Dozen Roses” by Shenandoah. All of a sudden, the hook of the song came to me “Broken Hearted Man”. I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out where I was going to go with it. I kept messing around with chords and lyrics and eventually it came to me. It was sort of about my uncle. I felt it was a good song for my first one. I sang it only once for my uncle at a family get-together and never told him that he was what inspired the song because I didn’t want it to bring back bad memories. I feel after he heard it he might’ve had an idea though. Basically, I’m usually driving down the road and randomly come up with a hook or melody for a song. When I get home, I have my notepad, guitar, and recorder sitting there waiting for me and attempt to finish the song. Sometimes I’ll only get half of it done, get frustrated and put it away for a few weeks. Then I will come back and finish it.

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

I am excited for my upcoming shows this year. My focus is to perform at fairs and rodeos. I’m hoping to land a few festivals as well and it would be a dream come true to have some of my fans come watch me at a country music festival like Oregon Jamboree or Country Summer in Santa Rosa. I will be releasing some new songs in the next few months. Two main stream sounding songs I will be recording in Nashville. I will also be trying something different this year. I will be releasing a country/rockabilly song and possibly a full EP. I have already written one song and am thinking about recording it here in Redding, CA. I’m also saving up money on the side to record my first rodeo album for my rodeo fans. I will be donating a portion of my profits from the album to the Western Heritage Preservation that helps keep rodeo and the western way of living alive. Also, I bought a guitar and have been getting signatures on it from country singers. I will be selling tickets to help raise money for Chad Bushnell music and will be donating 25% of ticket sales to the Red Bluff State Theater and S.T.A.R.S. I will be selling tickets for $20 if you’d like to help my music career and the date of the drawing is TBA.

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

I’ve been trying multiple things to increase my fan base. This year I’ve been releasing music videos and it has helped a lot. The one I released in June for “You Can drive My Truck” has over 73,000 views on my Facebook fan page. I used a lot of local stuff in my video which helped out. I did most of the video at the biggest Truck dealership in the area Corning Ford and they loaned me a truck for the day. I gained a lot of fans who were Ford truck fans from that. I try and post 2 times a day on Facebook and Instagram. Sometimes I post stuff non-music related stuff like things I do with family or working with horses. I’ve also been playing in different areas. This year my main focus has been Oregon and Washington. I’ve made new friends and fans there.

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

I’ve felt like giving up so many times. This is a tough business and is even harder if you are on the sensitive side. For me, I always want to be nice to people and never want to hurt people’s feelings. I’ve come to the conclusion that most people in the music don’t care about how others feel and I have gotten my feelings hurt many times by people that have done shady things. That has made me want to quit at times, but I love music so much and really could never quit. It’s also been hard at times for me because I’m trying to make my way in the mainstream country market. It seems these days they are signing more country/pop artists. I lean more towards the traditional side and wonder sometimes if I’ll get a big break. I feel that I will someday. Sometimes shoeing horses and working a day job makes me want to quit music. I could have an easier job physically, but stick with shoeing horses so I have more freedom and flexibility to do music. I’m self-employed, which is nice.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.

I love to play the guitar. I can sit there for hours and mess around with different guitar licks. Sometimes I come up with songs this way. I will be noodling around with one of my favorite songs and change things to make it a totally different song. Recently, I was playing a few Dwight Yoakam songs in my bedroom and came up with one of my latest songs “Lovin’ Over Me”. It has similarities to “Takes A Lot To Rock You” and “Little Sister”. I write a lot of upbeat 1,4,5 progression songs. Sometimes I’ll throw a 2 chord or minor chord in there to make it to sound different or unique. Sometimes I’ll even throw it in a weird spot and even change the timing. I did that with my song “Everything A Woman Could Be”. I think it drove the band leader crazy, but I thought it was kind of cool… at least it was different.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.

I have learned that when I write a song and record it, I get all of the profits. If I record someone else song, the songwriter gets 10%. I have to fill out a mechanical license to record someone else’ song and can sometimes do it through the Harry Fox Agency.

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

The best way to get in touch with me on social media is either Facebook or Instagram. I check them everyday and love to see people like and comment on my posts. You can message me on either as well, just please make sure you like my pages before you do.

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Give us the links to your various stores.

Website:

www.chadbushnell.com

For music:

http://chadbushnell.com/album_categories/music/

ITunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tennessee/1225423512

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Tell us your favorite genre of music.

Country Music is my all-time favorite genre. It’s what I grew up on. It comes from the heart and many songs talk about what I stand for. I love the heart felt lyrics, the chicken pickin’ guitars, steel guitars and pretty much everything. I love visiting Nashville and seeing all of the history around there. I’ve always been a big fan of older country and collect old records and cassettes.

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs.

This changes at times, but most of my songs are about love. I think that’s the same with many songwriters. I’ve had a few tough situations with women, but have never had my heart broken really bad. I’ve been blessed in finding the right woman in my life. I’ve written heart break songs and positive love songs though.

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Tell us all we need to know about this song.

I wrote “You Can Drive My Truck” when I was really trying to write a “mainstream” song. I know everyone likes trucks so I thought it would work. I had been listening to Jason Aldean a lot when I was writing this song and was even hoping he’d try and record it. Benny Brown owned Broken Bow Records at the time and he helped make Jason Aldean famous. The same Benny Brown also owns the Corning Ford Dealership that’s near where I live in Northern California. I made sure and mentioned Ford Truck in the song. After I wrote it, I decided to get a music video done for it in hopes that Corning Ford would use it for one of their commercials. I also hoped that Benny Brown would see it and sign me to his label. None of those things have happened yet, but I’m still working on it. The song itself changes things around and actually gives the woman a chance to drive the man’s truck. It talks about what an average young man and young woman might do on a Friday after work.

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Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming.

I think it is a good way to get your name out in different areas without having to tour as much. People can hear your music all over the world once you put it on iTunes or Amazon. I also think it makes it easier for people to steal your music and sometimes I don’t like the amount of money that is taken out by music stores.

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Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue.

One way I’ve learned to boost revenue is to sell package deals at shows. I spent a lot of money on my two-song EP and it didn’t really sell like I wanted to. I decided to start selling my 2 albums and 1 EP for $20 at shows and it helped me make a lot of money over the summer…enough to do two music videos and a trip to Nashville. Making videos with your phone and posting them is a great way to boost music sales. Post a video of a song off your album you’re promoting and put a link to your music below. Having a good booking agent to help you get better shows and more money at shows helps boost revenue. Sometimes it might seem like you get taken advantage of a bit, but it helps increase revenues in the long run. Marketing campaigns are the best. Think of a cause that you want to donate to and a niche market for your music. I talked earlier about doing a rodeo album and donating a portion to an association I like. My target market would be rodeo fans and my short term goal would be to sell 1,000 albums at $10. That would be $10,000 and would pay for the album and I would have some leftover to help the cause. After that, more sells would be mostly all profit. There are roughly 20,000 people in my hometown…if I really push the album it shouldn’t be too hard to sell 1,000 albums.

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

I think both ways are great for becoming a better artist. I sometimes wish I would’ve gone to Musician’s Institute of L.A. right after high school or even majored in music at Chico State, but I decided to major in Business Marketing instead. I wish I was a better musician at times, but am also happy I have a good understanding of business and how to market myself. I think sometimes going to an educational institute can make you lose your creativity and make you forget who you are. You get caught up in whatever everyone else is doing and sort of lose your identity. However, I think a person should go to an institute to develop musicianship and basic understanding of music. It’s really hard to say. Merle Haggard or Dwight Yoakam never went to an educational institute that I know of and they are two of my favorite artists.

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

I really think it’s a God thing to write a true hit song. Things have to line up just right. The right place and time is important. The wording is key. One of my all-time favorite songs is “The Dance” by Garth Brooks. The writer of that song Tony Arata did a great job with the lyrics. The song basically has two different meanings and he uses few words to say a lot. Just the lyrics alone prove that it’s a great song. What made it a hit was the melody and happened to be what Garth Brooks needed at the time. He was the biggest country artist going at the time. There are probably a lot of songs that are great hidden around that nobody knows about or the songwriter hasn’t been able to get it to a famous artist to sing.

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

This is a tough one. There are so many great products out there. I’ve always been a fan of QSC speakers. I’ve always used them for my live shows. I would probably buy the best 32 channel board I could find. I would buy Shure microphones. I would have two different amplifiers. One Fender twin reverb with 12 inch speakers and one Mesa Boogie amplifier. I would buy 2 American made Fender Telecasters, one Stratocaster and one Gibson. I would buy a keyboard, drum set, electric bass, stand-up bass, and two acoustic guitars. One Taylor acoustic and one Martin. I would have hardwood floors and carpet where needed. I would have a laptop and a desktop.

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

This can be difficult at times. I always start off with two of my strongest songs and something upbeat to get people dancing. I usually sing them together without stopping. They are usually both well-known cover songs. I take short breaks in between to talk about my originals and what I’ve been doing lately, but try to make it quick. I try to get the crowd involved throughout the show and ask them to sing with me. I give out shirts and CDs at times. I sing some Elvis songs in the middle of my shows and it always goes over well with the crowd because they usually know the songs.

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List your five favorite songwriters.

Merle Haggard

Dwight Yoakam

Kendell Marvel

Paul Overstreet

Bill Anderson.

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List your five favorite music producers.

Bruce Turgon

Ace Otten

Buddy Cannon

Pete Anderson

Keith Stegall.

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

It’s an amazing feeling to hear my song on the radio. It’s especially rewarding to hear my song on my hometown radio station. Sometimes I drive to work in the morning and hear my song on the radio for one of my upcoming shows. It makes all of the hard work worth it. It is great to hear from fans when they hear my songs on their hometown radio station. Sometimes people will video it and post it on my Facebook page and it’s a great feeling.

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Describe your best mood to write a song.

I always write the best when I have a little inspiration. If something goes well with my music it always inspires me to write. If I have a good day at work or something fun coming up I want to write. However, I also write if I’m not having a good day or if I hear of something bad that happened to someone else. Actually, some of my best songs I wrote while I was going through a rough patch with my girlfriend. My best mood I would say is when things are going good and I get inspired.

 

 

Cathy Varna

 

                   Sans Toi

 

 

CATHY VARNA – “THE SENSUAL DIVA”

Cathy is a strong willed artist, an amazing and multi-talented performer who enchants and surprises us with both her own original repertoire and covers of well-known French and international songs. Cathy Varna is a singer-songwriter, lyricist, producer and editor. She’s an exceptional interpreter with many facets, silver medalist of the French Grand Prix of Humanity of UNESCO (Paris) 2017, takes us into a mystical, spiritual and romantic universe, in the harmony of great feelings, beautiful melodies, in universal love and the peace.

A voice typified in the bass and sensitivity…

Born in Paris to a family of music lovers; she studied singing, ballet, modern jazz dance, piano, and she lived in Belgium until 2007, where she acquired lots of stage experience.

Singer in various orchestras, leading role in ‘Le Merveilleux’ at the Trocadero Theatre in Liege, performances in many mythical piano-bars, such as the ‘Black Bottom’ in Brussels, she also performed as supporting act for many French and other international artists: Lio, Patrick Fiori, Michel Delpech, Gilbert Montagne, Herbert Leonard, Francois Valery, Dave, Franck Michael, Adamo, Will Tura etc…

Since her arrival in France, Cathy has performed in the following venues: the prestigious ‘Alhambra’ in Paris’, Theatre de la Mer’ in Golfe-Juan, ‘Espace Miramar’ in Cannes, ‘Palm Beach Cannes Casino’, ‘Casino Rhul’ in Nice, ‘Theatre de la Licorne’, ‘Gala Cannes Cercle Azurea’, ‘Gala Cannes France Israel’ ‘Theatre Edwige Feuillere’ in Vesoul etc…

The artists that inspire her are Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Liza Minnelli, Dalida, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Nicole Croisille, Ginette Reno…

She cherishes the memories of her gigs with major artists:

~ Her meeting with Gilbert Montagne, who after her performance sweetly asked if he could touch her face to be able to picture her and, and who said she was a beautiful person and would have a flourishing career.

~ An improvised duet with Lara Fabian for a few songs in Bruxelles.

~ Gloria Gaynor’s very encouraging words, when they met and performed in the studios of RTL-TVI Brussels.

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sans-toi/1279311775?i=1279312117&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

For further information, please contact: cathy_varna@varnaprod.com

Artist: CathyVarna

http://www.cathyvarna.fr

 

Bug-Z

 

Discuss in detail the story behind your music video.

I decided to film the video in Denver, CO which in my opinion is Mini LA, since the song was written and recorded there.

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State the name of the locations in your music video.
Entire video was filmed in a rented AirBnb in Downtown Denver, CO.

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List the members of the crew that assisted you with the shooting of this video and use this opportunity to thank them.
J Angel Visuals, Jontue aka “Drone Mafia” and THC Girls.

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Explain clearly your emotional state while shooting the music video.
I wanted to be happy/ energetic and full of life.

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Explain in details the A-Z of this song.
Fun/ Fast Paced Happy clean/ Radio Ready Club Song, has all the makings of a 1 hit wonder, late 90’s, early 00’s inspired.

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Discuss your music career so far.
I’ve been rapping my entire life, since a child. I started recording a decade ago. I graduated from Music School etc. I’m a professional Recording Artist.

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List your social networks and stores for the purchase of your songs.

Instagram

BugzSiegel

 

Twitter

ItzYaBoyBugZ

 

Facebook

 

SoundCloud

 

ReverbNation
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Tell us if you aspire to go into acting in the future.

Yes I was doing extra casting in LA.

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Tell us your gains and losses in the music business.
I’ve gained a lot of knowledge, experience and respect. I’ve lost a lot of money/ friends to get there.

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List the media that have supported you so far with this song.
WorldStar, Zevo TV, The Thizzler on the Roof, Elevator Mag, I Am Hip Hop, 24k Mixtapes etc…

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Tell us how you manage your time.
I spend every minute around the clock pushing my music, currently 4:01am mountain time.

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Tell us how you are able to actualize success in your music career.
I will feel successful once I have1 million views AT LEAST on visual project and 100k followers AT LEAST.

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Tell us if you an independent artist or you are signed to a label and tell us how you run your music career.
I’m an indie artist; I invested every dime into production, now focused on advertising/marketing.

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Tell us the individuals that are responsible for the writing, production, recording, directing, choreography, promotion and marketing of this project.
I’m responsible for everything, from writing, to paying for studio time/ mastering. To choosing director, booking filming locations, props, models, vehicles etc. It’s a lot of work and I lose many nights sleep in anticipation of filming/ receiving edit.

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Tell us the instruments put together for the song.
This instrumental was purchased from producer Robin Wesley.

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Tell us your point of view on rape and sexual harassment, and how it can be eradicated.
Yeah I’m totally against disrespect of women. My mother and grandmother raised me.

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Tell us your experience recording in the studio and shooting the music video.
It was recorded at Mix Recording Studio Downtown Los Angeles and filmed in Downtown Denver, Colorado. Both times were amazing. I knew from the start that this would be my HIT RECORD!

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Tell us what makes you happy and sad about this project.

I’m happy it’s finished/ I’m sad I’m in need of such great capital investment to be able to promote/ push it properly.

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Tell us the reason you decided to shoot a video for this song.
Because in my opinion these days it’s all about the single, similar to the 90s, have to have complete package, beat, song and video!

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Tell us the secret of success.
Consistency/ Persistency and Discipline.

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Tell us how you become a musician.
I have been into music entire life. My mother worked in nightclubs when I was a kid. Brought me to work with her where the DJ would give me custom made mix cassette tapes. I went to group homes as child and as punishment had to sit in hallway from wake up till sleep. All I had was pencil and paper. So I began writing lyrics and never stopped. My earliest music sounded very similar to the Slim Shady LP “99” Eminem.

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Tell us the advice you will give to a new artist planning to shoot a music video.
You get what you pay for and proper preparation prevents poor performance.

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Tell us the estimate for the production of a commercial music video based on your experience.
I spent roughly 5000 or better on visuals alone, before any marketing or promotion.

Impact of Digital Distribution

Impact of Digital Distribution and Streaming on the Music Industry.

 

Digital music streaming is the distribution and sharing of music to consumers in digital format on various online platforms.

With the advancement in internet network bandwidth; digital distributors introduced online music streaming to the market.

 

Impact to the Music Industry

Introducing of digital distribution and streaming caused a disruptive innovation to the music industry as it was an innovation that created a new market and value network.

Disruptive innovations start at the bottom of the market and then move up the market that displaces established competitors.

Established competitors in this case have various additional services along with the Digital Distribution like CD Duplication, CD Distribution, Publishing Administration, Audio Mastering, Monetization of Videos, Charts Registrations, Music Promotion, Free Trend Reports, Free UPCs, Free ISRs, and Facebook Audio Recognition.

Digital distribution and streaming had a huge impact on the industry. It reduced the powers of music labels on artists.

Instead of striking a deal with the music label for marketing and distribution rights, artists could go to a digital distribution company and share it with the world at a set price and the distribution company getting a share of the pie.

It created a platform for struggling artists that did not sign with record labels to share their music online and publicize on social media with the help of influential people with huge followers on Facebook and Twitter.

This innovation has made more music available to consumers than ever before. It has also influenced music listening and discovery habits.

In the past you had to listen to full albums but people now listen more to singles and compile a playlist of their favorite songs.

Popular Digital Music Distribution Companies:

Cdbaby

Songcast

Catapult Music

Vitalized Music

Proper Music Distribution

Believe Digital

Recordjet

Spinn Up

Zimbalam

Record Union

Amadea Music

LabelWorx

Label Engine

Songflow

iMusician

Baseware Distribution

RouteNote

DistroKid

GoPro Tunes

Indiepool

Finetunes

INgrooves/Fontana

Ditto

Loudr

aded.us

EmuBands

Music Services Asia

The Orchard Enterprises

OneRPM

Tratore

Finetunes

Timeless Music Company

Valleyarm

Symphonic Distribution

AWAL

ADA

Kudos Distribution

SUGO Music Group

eOne Distribution

Bandcamp

MondoTunes

FUGA

The state51 Conspiracy

Zebralution

MGM Distribution

ReverbNation

Tunecore

HorusMusic

Orchard

Decision Making:

Deciding on which digital music distribution company to subscribe to; depends on individual needs as each of the above companies have unique features that may be very important to some artists but not at all to others.

For example, there are distribution companies that only work with record labels, and some that all you need to do is to sign up and you upload music.

Things you need to consider when choosing a digital distributing company:

Flexibility:

Digital distribution companies are not record labels; hence they should not have exclusive rights to your songs, so you have the freedom to get out of any deal without additional costs.

Credibility:

How long have they been in business and do you think they would be in business for a long time?

Do you think they can pay artists at the right time?

Will your release appear online at the stated date?

Outlets:

Make your music available in a single or various stores.

Do they distribute to just a few numbers of stores or worldwide?

Subscription Fee:

This is a very important factor to consider before selecting a digital distributor. You need to consider if the payment is onetime fee or there is annual fee and if your sales will meet up to cover the fee because you need to maximize profit.

Some digital distributors allow onetime fee while few of them take 10 percent to 30 percent cut from sales while others charge per year without taking such cut.

Few ones are moderate in terms of commission and onetime fee.

Benefits:

Digital distribution is a creation that has reduced several inconveniences associated with buying CD albums.

It created opportunities for artists that might have never gotten deals with record labels.

Despite the high rate of piracy associated with online distribution, the pros far outweigh the cons.

Popular Digital Music Stores and Media:

iTunes

Spotify

iheartradio

Slacker Radio

Pandora

JB HI-FI

Junodownload

MixRadio

Qriocity

Rhapsody

Wowload

Singtel AMPed

24 – 7

Great Indie Music

Beatport

Big Pond Music

Getmusic

Thumbplay Music

Muz.ru

Deezer

Simfy

Qello

Rithm

Space Shower TV

Muve Music

YouTube

eMusic

Sirius Satellite Radio Canada

rdio

Gracenote

Nokia MixRadio

Pono Music

7 Digital

VEVO

WIMO

Medianet

Music Unlimited

Bandit.fm

Bandcamp

Soundcloud

Shazam

Motime

Bell Mobility

Google Music Store

Tradebit

Spinlet

Amazon Cloud

Artistxite

CBC Music

Apple Music

CD Baby

Amazon MP3

VIVO

DailyMotion

Napster

Google Play

Groove

HMV Digital

Mediazoic

Stingray Music

Tidal

 

One can say SoundCloud and Bandcamp are different in the sense that artists are in control of their works and profits.

Few digital distributors make their services free while they take commissions from sales.

 

There have also been cases of artists not getting the accurate money due from streaming using the services of some of these digital distributors but digital distribution is still the best means of reaching fans worldwide.

Impact of Digital Distribution and Streaming on the Music Industry.

Impact of Digital Distribution and Streaming on the Music Industry.

Digital music distribution and streaming is when music is shared to consumers in digital format and other various online platforms. With the advancement in internet network bandwidth; online music distribution and streaming was introduced to the market.

 

Impact to the Music Industry

The introduction of digital distribution and streaming of music caused a disruptive innovation to the music industry, as it was an innovation that created a new market and value network. Disruptive innovations start at the bottom of the market and then relentlessly move up the market that eventually displaces established competitors. Established competitors in this case have various additional services along with the Digital Distribution like CD Duplication, CD Distribution, Publishing Administration, Audio Mastering, Monetization of Videos, Charts Registrations, Music Promotion, Free Trend Reports, Free UPCs, Free ISRs, and Facebook Audio Recognition.

Digital distribution and streaming had a huge impact on the industry. It reduced the powers of music labels on artists, especially when artists are not fully convinced with the proposed changes to their albums. Instead of striking a deal with the music label for marketing and distribution rights, they could go to a digital distribution company and share it with the world at a set price and the distribution company getting a share of the pie. It created a platform for struggling artists that did not have the connection to sign with record labels to share their music online and publicize on social media with the help of influential people with huge followers on Facebook and Twitter.

This innovation has made more music available to consumers than ever before. It has also influenced music listening and discovery habits. In the past you had to listen to full albums but now people now listen more to singles and compile a playlist of their favorite songs.

 

Popular Digital Music Distribution and Streaming Companies:

Cdbaby

Songcast

Catapult Music

Vitalized Music

Proper Music Distribution

Believe Digital

Recordjet

Spinn Up

Zimbalam

Record Union

Amadea Music

LabelWorx

Label Engine

Songflow

iMusician

Baseware Distribution

RouteNote

DistroKid

GoPro Tunes

Indiepool

Finetunes

INgrooves/Fontana

Ditto

Loudr

aded.us

EmuBands

Music Services Asia

The Orchard Enterprises

OneRPM

Tratore

Finetunes

Timeless Music Company

Valleyarm

Symphonic Distribution

AWAL

ADA

Kudos Distribution

SUGO Music Group

eOne Distribution

Bandcamp

MondoTunes

FUGA

The state51 Conspiracy

Zebralution

MGM Distribution

ReverbNation

Tunecore

HorusMusic

Orchard

 

Decision Making:

Deciding on which digital music distribution company to subscribe to, depends on individual needs, as each of the above companies have unique features that may be very important to some artists but not at all to others. For example, there are some distribution companies that only work with record labels, and some that all you need to do is sign up and you can start uploading music.

 

 

 

Things needed to be considered when choosing a digital distributing company:

Flexibility: Digital distribution services are not record labels; hence they should not have exclusive rights to your songs, so you have the freedom to get out of any deal at any time without additional costs.

 

Credibility: How long have they been in business and do you think they would be in business for a long time. Can they be trusted to pay artists at agreed times? Will your releases appear online at agreed dates?

 

Outlets: Make your music available in a single or various stores. Do they distribute to just few numbers of stores or worldwide?

 

Subscription Fee: This is a very important factor to consider before selecting a digital distributor. You need to consider if the payment is one-time fee or there is annual fee and probably if your sales will meet up to cover the fee because you need to maximize profit as well. Some digital distributors allow one-time fee while 10 percent to 30 percent cut will be taken from your sales while others will charge you annually without taking such cut. Few ones are moderate in terms of commission and one-time fee.

 

 

Benefits:

Digital distribution is a creation that has reduced a number of inconveniences associated with buying CD albums. It created opportunities for artists that might have never gotten deals with record labels. Despite the high rate of piracy associated with online distribution, the pros far outweigh the cons.

 

 

Popular Digital Music Stores & Media:

iTunes

Spotify

iheartradio

Slacker Radio

Pandora

JB HI-FI

Junodownload

MixRadio

Qriocity

Rhapsody

Wowload

Singtel AMPed

24 – 7

Great Indie Music

Beatport

Big Pond Music

Getmusic

Thumbplay Music

Muz.ru

Deezer

Simfy

Qello

Rithm

Space Shower TV

Muve Music

YouTube

eMusic

Sirius Satellite Radio Canada

rdio

Gracenote

Nokia MixRadio

Pono Music

7 Digital

VEVO

WIMO

Medianet

Music Unlimited

Bandit.fm

Bandcamp

Soundcloud

Shazam

Motime

Bell Mobility

Google Music Store

Tradebit

Spinlet

Amazon Cloud

Artistxite

CBC Music

Apple Music

CD Baby

Amazon MP3

VIVO

DailyMotion

Napster

Google Play

Groove

HMV Digital

Mediazoic

Stingray Music

Tidal

Soundcloud and Bandcamp can be said to be different in the sense that the service is free and artists are fully in control of their works and profit. Few digital distributors make their service free while they take commission from sales.

There have also been cases of artists not getting the accurate money due from streaming using the service of some of these digital distributors but digital distribution is still the best means of reaching fans worldwide.

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Prhymetime

Tell us your real names, country of birth and childhood experience. 

My name is Brendan O’Neill and I’m 20 years old. I was born and raised in Martinsville New Jersey, USA but I currently live in Denver, Colorado.

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Tell us your academic qualification. 

I’m currently a sophomore at Regis University. I’m majoring in music production/ studio engineering.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills. 
I go by the name Prhymetime. I was exposed to music at a very young age. I started playing bass guitar when I was in fourth grade, and then I played standup bass in fifth and sixth grade, but gave it up when I got seventh grade. I started rapping when I was in eighth grade after I lost my father to a stroke. I used music as my outlet. After I picked up the pen, I started to get into the production side of the music. Although I don’t really make too many beats, I mix and master every one of my songs. I’ve been working in Logic Pro since I was in eighth grade. I own a pretty nice home studio where I’m able to get pretty high quality recordings.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

I try my best to find a different sound in each song. Although I do believe I have a pretty distinct sound that is recognizable in each song, I try to switch my flows and cadences up, depending on the track. I got the idea for the song after my philosophy professor assigned us a question to answer for homework. “What question do you want most answered in life” and I said, “I want to find out how to make my dreams into reality, and still be financially stable.”

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Tell us how to run a record label independently and successfully based on your experience as an artist. 

I haven’t had too much exposure to any record labels. I’ve been doing this on my own for the past 6 years, although I’ve really only kicked it into high gear the past year. I’m not anti-record label or anything like that, but I believe it is possible to make an impact on the rap game being an independent artist.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music. 
“Money Thoughts” was actually the first song I’ve ever posted on Submit Hub. My buddy Drunk Girl, who produced the song told me I needed to get some exposure and it definitely worked. Other than that, I use my Instagram and Snapchat, where I post stories when I release a song, and everything I release is on my Soundcloud. Because I go to school on the other side of the country from where I grew up, I’m able to expand my reach to different audiences.

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Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad. 

I get happy when I get positive feedback from people when I show them a new song or rap it to them right after I write something new. It is a really good feeling when you know you’re good at something, and you know that other people think that too. I love the feeling of watching the numbers go up after I drop a song. I get sad when I do something for someone trying to be a nice, genuine person, and they end up walking all over me because they take advantage of my kindness. I’ve learned over the recent years there aren’t too many people you can trust with your life, so it’s important to keep those few people close.

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Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song. 

I wrote this song as a way to try and help figure out where I’m supposed to go in life. I’ve made the decision to make music in to my number one priority, but I’m stuck again with a problem. I feel as if I have until my senior year of college to blow this up, or it’s not going to happen. If I can’t get a degree in something that will set me up financially like nursing, business, etc. how am I supposed to make money off my music? Right now, because I’m young and a college student, there are so many opportunities to make quick money. But it seems that even though I’m so caught up in worrying about the future, I have no problem blowing the money I make now on things that don’t really matter. So that was sort of the mindset that I was in when I wrote the song.

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List the radio stations, TV stations and blogs that have aired or featured your new song. 

Samurai Music, as well as BuffaBLOG approved the song.

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Give us links to where the song can be purchased. 

The song is available on Soundcloud for free.

https://soundcloud.com/prhymetimeproductions/money-thoughts-prod-drunk-girl

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 

A good friend of mine that goes by the name Drunk Girl made the beat. We aren’t a ground or anything; he’s just an old friend that I look up to as a mentor in the music world. He’s mainly an EDM artist, but he can cook up some fire hip-hop beats that are always an honor to spit on. I recorded the song in the closet of my dorm room where I have the walls and doors lined with studio foam to cancel out any unwanted noise. I use an AKG C214 Condenser Mic with an Apollo Twin Interface. I recently tore my ACL, so I recorded the song on my crutches. I think it came out pretty dope.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 

I started releasing music in 8th grade. I dropped a song that blew up in my town and I got 15,000 plays. As I went through high school I lost focus and didn’t make as much music as I would have liked to. I really started putting in a lot of work about 6 months ago, and it’s been a nonstop grind ever since. I hope to gain a larger following on my Soundcloud, which has been the case recently. I also want to start performing in my area so people can see me lay these bars down in person. From there, I believe the possibilities would be endless. I just really want to stay focused on making music, as well as getting a degree in studio engineering. I would also like to start putting a lot of my focus into making beats so that when I come up with an idea for a song, I can make a beat that would fit perfect. I wouldn’t have to wait to find it or get it from someone else.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.
I had to mature at a pretty young age. After I lost my dad when I was 13, I found that I had lost myself as well. For a long time I was having a hard time trying to figure out why things happen in life the way they do. Once I found music, it allowed me to get these feelings out. I realized you must accept the things you can’t change in order to live a happy life. When I was down, and made a song about it, I was able to get feedback from people. Gaining insight and getting older, I had very few people to guide me in the right direction. Music was the only thing I had. Now, I’m 20 and I’m definitely in a completely different place than I was when I was 13. I’m at a place musically where I can share these stories and experiences I’ve had over the years. Although I’ve done and seen a lot of things that most people haven’t, I’m able to share that through my music. I try to paint a picture for the listeners, almost bringing them into my thoughts so they can see what I’m going through.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music. 

I believe a weakness I have is that I can sound a little monotone in some songs, or almost like a robotic flow in some parts. “Money Thoughts” is probably the slowest song I’ve ever spit on, at 90 BPM. I’ve been trying to really put a lot of effort into working on my sound and my delivery in songs. A strength I believe I have is the ability to record, mix and master for myself, and not only that but after I lay down all the vocals, I turn into a perfectionist and I’ll listen to the song 50 times in a row while mixing everything up, trying new reverbs and different compressors. My roommates get sick of my songs before I even release them.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists. 

“Tha Mobb” – Lil Wayne

“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” – Paul Simon

“Say Wassup” – Black Hippy

“Dreams and Nightmares” – Meek Mill

“The Heist” – Big L
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Tell us your position on “DIY” Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label. 
Well, I’ve been doing it on my own from the start so I have the confidence to step into this industry as in independent artist. But, I’m completely aware of how important connections are in this world, and a major label would do exactly that.

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Tell us the instruments put together in this song.

Drunk Girl used a variety of different computer generated instruments to make the beat. I think he did a great job at making a perfectly chill beat that was super fun to flow on.

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Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music. 
My best friend had a Clothing line called “As I Should” and I try to get involved with it as much as possible. I try to wear their clothes or promote the logo any time I’m dropping a new song or promoting my music. Especially in the world we live in, the term “As I Should” is definitely something people can, and want to support.

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Tell us about gaining the confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time. 
I’ve yet to do a real performance, but a good friend of mine that goes by the name l3tariat (pronounced Latariat) does a couple shows a month and I plan on performing with him once I’m off my crutches. I have full confidence in my ability and believe I’d be able to put on a great show.

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Tell us the best way to make money in the music business. 

The song “Money Thoughts” is asking that exact question. I want to make music into my career, or “Turn my dreams into reality” but I’m worried on how I’ll be financially stable if I don’t blow up by the end of college. This is a question I don’t have the answer for yet.

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Narrate your recording experience. 
I’ve recorded almost all my song in my studio. I laid down a few tracks at Drunk Girl’s studio back in New Jersey, but for the most part everything is done in mine. I’ll usually have one of my buddy’s on my laptop while I’m in the booth so he can bring me back when I screw up. I plan on working on some music at KMG Studios in Boulder, Colorado in the new few weeks. There has been a lot of delay the past month due to school and my injury.

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List your various works. 
My most recent songs:

“Money Thoughts”

“The Vibe”

“Young Lady” (Part 1) Feat. l3tariat

“Young Lady” (Part 2) Feat. l3tariat

“M.O.B.”

“Therapy”

All of these songs can be found on my Soundcloud.

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State links to connect you on social media. 

https://soundcloud.com/prhymetimeproductions

 

Juston Hargrove

Discuss your personality.

I think most people would describe me as a fun loving goofy individual. I love to laugh and I try not to take life too serious with try being the operative word. I enjoy the company of others but can also be an introvert at times. Depends on the day.

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Brief us about you as a musician.

As a musician my only objective is to create good music. I don’t conform to any specific genre during the creative process and I usually mix genres all the time. As long as the music sounds good there are no rules in my book.

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Go into details on what have changed in your life for choosing music as a career.

From a very young age I have always been drawn to music but I would have to say that my eureka moment came in my sophomore year of college. That’s the year that I discovered Jimi Hendrix and that was a game changer. I shifted from someone who wanted to be a writer/composer for other individuals to wanting to be the singer-songwriter of my own songs. He showed me that music has no limits in regards to self-expression.

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Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.

The biggest benefit is getting paid for doing your passion. The happiness derived from having an idea of a song, going into the studio to record those ideas, and then hearing the finished product is hard to put into words but euphoria is probably the best adjective. The biggest drawback is dealing with the business aspect of music. Being the artist and the business can be mentally consuming at times. In a perfect world I would just do music and leave the business to someone else. I hope to get there soon.

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Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.

I’ll always stay true to who I am come what may. I’m pretty grounded in my Christian faith so being humble is all a part of the journey.

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Elaborate on the story line of this song.

I like for individuals to listen to something and come to their own conclusion on the meaning of it, but I think we all could agree that this country could stand a few improvements in regards to equality and our political process. I just wrote about what me and the people around me experience in hopes that message would reach the masses.

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Tell us means of connecting you and purchasing your music online.

You can connect with me through my Facebook www.facebook.com/justonhargrovemusic

Website

www.justonhargrovemusic.com

And I will be more active on my twitter: @juston_hargrove. My music is available on Itunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Spotify, and my website www.justonhargrovemusic.com

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Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.

I was named Top 20 independent artist of 2017 in “Music Connection Magazine”. Feels good to see your hard work starting to pay off.

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Tell us the highest amount of money you have ever received from your music career and how it happened.

I’d rather not say the amount because I want to continue to be employed by these companies but corporate events compensate their artist well.

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Discuss your experience pertaining live performances, gigs, shows and tours.

Performing live is usually always fun but playing to an audience that really gets it is the best. Every venue is different and course some venues are better than others but being able to play music to a crowd is overall pretty cathartic.

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Tell us how you relate with your fans.

I love to engage with fans whether it is through social media or live in person so hit me up anytime.

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Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time.

I definitely would take more chances and not let fear dictate my decisions.

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Tell us the most important people that have boosted your music career and how you met them.

There were a lot of individuals that gave a helping hand along the way but I would have to say that my family believing in my talent early gave me a huge boost. My father is a musician as well and is not easy to impress so getting his seal of approval was vital in me gaining the confidence to do what I’m doing now.

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Brief us on what you have in mind before considering music as a career.

I actually started a janitorial company when I was 19 to get some extra cash when I was in college.

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Discuss your good and bad experience in life.

Spike Lee came to my college campus and gave an impromptu speech about believing in yourself and pursuing your dreams regardless of how crazy your dreams sound. That was a really good experience because he said those things at a time I really needed to hear it. As far as bad experiences… The longer you live you lose loved ones. That never gets any easier to handle.

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Name the artists that have influenced the world.

Michael Jackson was one of the most charitable artists in history. I truly admire the work that he did as a philanthropist by using his platform to shed light on individuals who are much less fortunate than we are. I hope to have a platform big enough to do the same someday. Platform or not I will try to change the world for the better while I’m taking up space in it.

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Tell us about your moment of rejections as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on.

I’ve been rejected by people in the industry in the past. I’ve learned over the years that being able to cope with rejection is really important not just in the music industry but in life. Music is really subjective and some people just may not have a taste for what you do. I never take it personal. All of my favorite artists were rejected several times before they got their big break so I’m in good company.

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Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received about your music.

Somebody posted that “Off The Cliff” gives an inaccurate depiction of America and that people in the 18th century had it much harder. That guy should write a song to support his strong beliefs. I’m sure it’ll be as amazing as the critique he gave of my song.

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Tell us how to become a famous artist.

As soon as that happens for me I’ll let you know how I did it.

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Tell us how you plan to make an impact on the society.

My new year’s resolution is to be more charitable. I want to give back as much as I can before I leave this earth to as many people as I can.

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Elaborate on the recording process of this song.

The recording process of this song happened in layers. I always come into the studio with song already written and then build from there. The first thing I did was an acoustic demo version for the other musicians to listen to. I rehearsed the song with the bass and drummer and then recorded their parts in the studio along with my guitar and vocals. The horn and keyboard players recorded from their homes so I communicated with them through email. After all parts were recorded we mixed the song, mastered it, and then released it.

Pierce

Discuss your personality.

I like feeling wild. I like doing wild things and I like being around wild people.

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Brief us about you as a musician.
Musically, I am very inspired by classic rock and try to incorporate that style of singing and songwriting into my music. I was fortunate enough to have a piano teacher as a grandmother and she taught me how to play. I am constantly playing and singing and when I stumble upon something I like, I pursue production.

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Go into details on what have changed in your life for choosing music as a career.
What pushed me into music was my love for writing. I am no prophetic oracle but I feel as though putting my struggles into song could maybe help some kids out there somewhere. Basically, I want to write the words I needed to hear when I was 16 but never did.

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Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.
I feel the biggest drawback of a career in music is uncertainty. However, as a 21-year-old bohemian as long as I have decent food and beer I am mostly satisfied.

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Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.
Well, in the infancy of my career I am just looking to attain career. If I ever attain fame, I would just use my platform to entertain people and take them somewhere else for a while. Also, attention never bums me out.

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Elaborate on the story line of this song.
This song is basically about acknowledging you are heading down a dead end and making the conscious effort to turn your life around and say, Hey! This is my life and I can do better.

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Tell us means of connecting you and purchasing your music online.
I am on all streaming platforms as “Pierce”.

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Discuss your experience pertaining live performances, gigs, shows and tours.

Before I started producing electronic music I was in a local Philly band called Last Frontier. What’s fun about playing live in a band is the spontaneity of the live performance. When I start performing these new tracks; I need to figure out how to perform them with that same erratic energy.

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Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time.
If I could go back in time and change anything I would be less shy growing up. But maybe I just needed to go through that period to finally gain to confidence I have today.

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Brief us on what you have in mind before considering music as a career.  
If I wasn’t perusing a career in music I would definitely still be in the entertainment business. My side job is designing a haunted house called “House in the Hollow”, so I would probably continue doing that.

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Name the artists that have influenced the world.
The artists that have influenced me the most are the classic rock bands. Fleetwood Mac is by biggest influence. I admire the way they craft cohesive songs with so many interesting musical ideas running through them.

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Tell us about your moment of rejections as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on.  
Submitting my music online is faced with a lot of rejections from the blogs, but that comes with the territory.

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Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received about your music.
One time a blog told me my singing was terrible. I may not be the absolute best but I don’t thing I am terrible haha.

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Tell us how you plan to make an impact on the society.
I plan on impacting music by just creating songs people love. I really would love to have people confide in my music, and connect with it on an emotional level.

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Elaborate on the recording process of this song.
I recorded this song in my home studio. Ableton Live makes it really easy to put together arrangements. This song started with a simple drum beat and synth chords, and I just kept developing it from there.