FORBIDDEN SEASONS

Forbidden Seasons ‘Thank You For The Venom’:
Italian Metalcore Mob Reveal Video Single From Forthcoming Debut LP

Italian metalcore quintet Forbidden Seasons have unveiled the video for ‘Thank You For The Venom’. Featuring Suicide Girl Riae, vocalist Mark Seasons reveals: “The song talks about an ill relationship with someone very dear to me. They played with my life; tried to take advantage of my weaknesses and unconditional love, turning it into hatred and venom, consuming my soul. When in times of need this person tried to get back in touch, they managed to make me feel even worse; numb even though in my veins flows their own rotten blood. The video explains this relationship; the protagonist forced to interact with a mysterious and dark entity which ultimately despite all the efforts, manages to corrupt her, convincing her to consume its venom. With this track I wanted to release the evil which I’ve had inside for years. Even though I don’t usually like to talk about my personal issues, thanks to my band and family, I managed to open up.”

‘Thank You For The Venom’ is taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘Promise’, which will see release via This Is Core on 16th March 2018. The LP follows on from their 2017 debut, EP ‘Paramnesia’, with vocalist Mark Seasons saying of the title: “’Promise’ refers to all the promises made by people that are never fulfilled because of their selfishness.” The writing of the record began after their Russian tour in February 2017 and taking their time, recording took place over 7 months at HTR Studios in Turin. Covering such topics as loneliness, anger, apathy and misplaced trust, the outcome is self-described as “really reflecting who we are and the direction we want to take. Both in terms of sound and composition it’s very different from Paramnesia, heavier than our last work; we wanted to create a deeper sound according to our emotional state.” Melodically charged, beauty meeting darkness, their sound evokes Saosin and Underoath, Forbidden Seasons certainly are a promising prospect.

Hailing from Turin, Italy, the band is completed by Symon Ray on Lead Guitar, Danny Ghale on Rhythm Guitar, Paul J. Price on Bass and Federico Spagnoli handling both Drums and Keys. Founded in 2015, they simply came together as five individuals’ intent on realising their dreams to play music. Mark explains the moniker: “It’s about discrimination and lack of half measures in society. Everything is completely bad or good, black or white. There’s no space for gray anymore. Forbidden Seasons, it’s like forbidden feelings, forbidden thoughts, forbidden actions, forbidden goals… So we thought that name fit great with this idea.”

Forbidden Seasons Release Debut Album ‘Promise’ Via This Is Core On 16/03/18
 

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INHEAVEN

INHEAVEN – Sweet Dreams Baby

RETURN WITH BRAND NEW TRACK ‘SWEET DREAMS BABY’

New headline tour commences at the end of January

“Indie’s most dangerously exciting debut-album-darlings.” – NME

“INHEAVEN know their way around a tune. Boasting turbocharge riffs, instant hooks and the striking vocals of guitarist James Taylor and bassist Chloe Little, it is easy to see why Julian Casablancas’s label scrambled to spread their gospel in America.” – Q

“Noisy, riotous, anthemic and bristling with excitement, INHEAVEN is an album to rage along with.” **** – DIY

“There’s something special about INHEAVEN. With them leading the way, the new wave of British indie may actually stand a chance.” ***** – Dork

“INHEAVEN are one of the most exciting up-and-coming British bands around, with fans in all the right places, and a debut album full of 5* bangers, they’ve finally arrived.” **** – Upset

“a certified banger glistening with dreamy hooks and an anthemic quality which will have it replaying in your head all week.” – Wonderland

After a year in which they fulfilled several landmark ambitions, INHEAVEN today share their brand new track ‘Sweet Dreams Baby’ – their first new material since their critically acclaimed debut album was released last summer.

It comes after Huw Stephens highlighted the band in his Alternative Tips for 2018 list, and they were also praised by DIY in their Notable First Steps of the Year feature. They hailed INHEAVEN as “torchbearers for a new, vital era of British guitar bands.”

‘Sweet Dreams Baby’ is an anthem for those who are hoping for better things to come in 2018. “Ever wish you were someone else? Every wish you were somewhere else?” begins frontman James Taylor, expressing desires that many will identify with. Subsequently joined on vocal harmonies by Chloe Little, the duo’s lyrics remind people not to lose sight of their aspirations.

Sonically, ‘Sweet Dreams Baby’ echoes a succession of timeless American influences – from the insistent percussion of the great 60s girl groups to Springsteen’s yearning and the widescreen hooks of Kings of Leon. The track was produced by INHEAVEN’s regular collaborator Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Pixies, The Amazons).

The accompanying visual for the track is suitably dreamlike. It flickers between an exuberant band performance, sepia-tinged close-ups and intimate shots of Taylor’s vocal delivery.

INHEAVEN followed their debut album with the release of the ‘Acoustic’ EP. It featured their take on Ride’s 1990 shoegaze classic ‘Vapour Trail’ which prompted Vanyaland to comment that it’s “exciting when a new band filters it through their own musical lens.”

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Callen

https://soundcloud.com/callensounds/silver-and-gold

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Conner Edmunds & I grew up in California moving to Boston for school and then Nashville for music.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

I started releasing songs under “Callen” because my middle name is Allen. I like the ring of it and also didn’t want to think too hard about a band name.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

The genre of my music is best described as indie pop because of its mixture of electronic and acoustic elements surrounding poppy vocal melodies.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

“Silver and Gold” in the most general sense, is a song about being an optimist no matter what the cost. I wrote the song at a crossroads in my life where I had been ignoring my own mental health. I always wrote to write a song. I never wrote to try and understand why I was writing. When I finally did that there was a huge release of anxiety on the paper. A giant weight was taken off my chest. Looking at these lyrics was like looking at a mirror that just became de-fogged for the first time. The main line of the song is “I’m ready to let go if you’re ready to let go”. It’s an ode to Conner, saying there’s no need to worry about that numbness or that painful feeling in your chest

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Tell us about the problems you are facing as a musician.

The problems I faced as a musician yesterday are a lot different from today; in fact they are completely different and new every day. Every real successful musician these days is an entrepreneur; using creativity to take on new challenges of the music biz. An interesting problem I’m facing right now is on my first release – “Silver & Gold.” A lot of bloggers and curators got back to me with “too pop.” It’s an interesting problem to have and can be interpreted in so many different ways.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

“Silver & Gold” started out with a kind of melancholic piano progression that I had been singing “I’m ready to let go” over. I wasn’t really trying to write anything in particular. I was just trying to write about a moment of clarity I had recently come to in my life. In terms of recording and production, I developed this song by making loops and letting them develop over time. Once that was done I turned it into an arrangement and recording real instrumentation over it. I had a few friends come in and help me with instrumental ideas. I ended up chopping up their ideas to make new ones. It was fun to work without a deadline and have a community work on a project.

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List the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

So far this will be the first blog besides Eternity Network to support “Silver & Gold”! So thank you so much. There are some local stations out in Nashville I’ll be going on for “Silver & Gold” in the coming weeks so I am excited for that. Audiotoxblog also just shared Silver & Gold!

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

My music career is still in its beginning phase, but I’ve learned a lot in the past few years and am still learning a ton every day just by working with other people and attacking the new challenges artists face. My goals as an artist are to tell a hectic story through video and music and eventually connect everything I release, all in the process of reinventing myself.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

On the regular, my motivation to create is more like a need. Creating music is a release that I would not be able to survive without, and I’m sure it’s the same way with a ton of other artists. What inspires lyrics for me most of the time are moments of clarity in looking back on life. (A-ha moments) When these happen I just become a lot more self-aware and it makes it real easy to write it out with taste.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

I wish I knew the answer to what the secret is to “making a hit song,” but I am yet to write a hit. If I had to guess it’s a juicy sweet relatable spin on a cliché turned into a hook.

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

My advice to any upcoming artist is work hard on making your vision come to life, but don’t abandon your friends along the way. Music is not the only part of life that’s great. Invest in other people as much as you invest in yourself.

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

My career in music includes a fair amount of DIY touring with “The American Indie,” whom I play drums for as a permanent member. We’ve been lucky enough to have one of our songs reposted by Alexrainbirdmusic and a couple of other bloggers that have given us a good start on generating a Spotify following. We are planning on releasing another EP in the near future with some bangers on it so that is exciting. As a drummer I’ve played for various artists and cover bands, and everything has been a great learning experience. I also play drums currently for a group called “Fontaine.” We are planning a release fairly soon on some songs that have been in the works for a really long time so that is also exciting. Go over to Facebook and follow both of these bands!

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

I have a process as a producer now that changes fairly often, but stays within a certain template. There are a few constants in my flow. Most producers might be against this, but I am usually mixing a little bit and making post production tweaks as I am creating things part by part. Mixing as I’m producing just helps me see and hear what I am really going for. At the end of the day the whole process is done quicker! For the past few months I always start songs by just playing on an upright piano. When I’m writing lyrics in that process I write whatever immediately comes to my mind down and put it on the scrap page (usually the left page) and then writing actual lyrics on the right page. I always write down where the song is coming from, and am very literal with it because that helps me write with clarity.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.

There are numerous artists I’d like to collaborate with. Two artists I currently can’t stop listening to & would love to work with in any capacity are “Great Good Fine Ok” & “Before You Exit.” If you haven’t heard of them then go check them out on Spotify, you won’t be disappointed! I also have been listening to a new artist named “Shallou” a lot lately. The productions coming from that artist are real smooth and actually make it really easy for me to focus on anything haha. So thank you Shallou!

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

My music is currently on all stores and you can shazam it! How people can help —> Follow me!

https://open.spotify.com/artist/03ECCGHAyJFGt30gftQKj2?si=mrzH7bovSiKcClM-ZgiTfw

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My saddest day is definitely when my tiny little scrumptious Boston Terrier bird eating dog died. My happiest day would currently is settling into Nashville. It still feels surreal. I love that city so much.

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Tell us about your song.

“Silver & Gold” is a song about anxiety & clarity.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

Me and my friends all have a saying “my life is in shambles”.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.

Blackbear, Muse, Prince, Nirvana, The 1975 .

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music.

My future plans pertaining to music include, releasing a ton of it and making a ton of video! I plan on making collaborative releases more common among indie rock and indie pop. I’ve noticed those are just more popular with Hip-Hop; its subgenera and pop.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.

Originality is sweet when it sounds good. It’s pretty hard to come by anything purely original these days because there are so many genres saturating the music industry. I love original sound design on commercial music. I think Zedd is one of my favorite producers in terms of sound design. His new song (a great collaboration) is a banger. All of that being said, I don’t think it’s so crucial. I think you can still make a great song with sounds that are current. I think it’s better to not tie yourself down to ideas like the importance of being “original” when creating a song. It kind of ruins the flow if you are stressing out about something like that. Originality comes on so many different levels and I don’t think you can force “tasteful” originality.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music.

I am into music because of its ability when done right to completely change someone’s life.

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference.

I make it a goal for myself to discover at least 10 songs a day. Spotify makes that real easy. I’m usually listening to modern music and things that are coming out now, but I am obsessed with Ray Charles. That’s been a thing for a while.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

My most memorable day as an artist would be sitting down and listening to “The American Indie’s” first EP on big speakers after it was completely done. It was one of those “a-ha” moments I was talking about earlier. I was able to hear continuity within those 5 songs. I feel like we were both stressing on the idea of the whole EP having character that ties all the songs together, and listening to all the songs so many times in the creative process made it really hard to make any subjective statements on a listening perspective. I think that continuity and character or as most people call it “having a sound” can’t be forced or honed, but it can be supported after discovery.

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Tell us what you would do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.

If I found myself in a position of power I’d reinvent Woodstock, but this is why I’m not into politics. Since having one million dollars would be considered a position of power, I’d take the first $500,000 and either start a foundation for music in third world countries or give it to a foundation that is already doing it like Playing for Change.

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State the official date of release.

“Silver & Gold” was officially released on January 22nd.

EmCave

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a Londoner through and through, but spent some time living the America. I traveled a lot when I was younger, often on my own. I had a good childhood, but some of the decisions my parents made left a huge impact on my life. I’ve worked hard on my spiritual happiness to let go of the things that hold me back and natural medicine has a huge place in my life.

Writing and releasing music was something that was in my ‘don’t regret anything’ jar.  I just had to do it, regardless of my age – this is the right time for me, and I’m excited.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

I’m a singer-songwriter from London, and love to interweave powerful melodies and harmonies with lyrics drawn from my personal experience in order to share my stories.

My early operatic training enabled me to bring a range and depth to my work that couldn’t be more different today in my tone and approach. But after singing classically for so long, I reached a point where I wanted to explore a new kind of music. So I joined a band, and I started writing my own music – much later than most I guess. It took me some time to realise that I actually could, and that I was good at it. Writing music is better than therapy!

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

It’d say its Vintage Pop fused with Trip Hop. I love most things about the 80’s & 90’s, so it was inevitable my music had that vibe. I love soul, funk and hip-hop, but I can’t rap and I don’t sound like a soul diva! So this is my lane and I’m very happy in it.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

Being single wasn’t always easy. “4th Mile” represents my fourth decade. As I waited patiently for my soul mate to come into my life, the frustration and loneliness was excruciating at times, especially when you felt like the whole world was passing you by.

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Tell us about the problems you are facing as a musician.

Ha! Trying to get heard in a very big ocean of amazing artists. But mainly, keeping my belief and positivity going continuously. Juggling my day job and making music is tough sometimes too. But I wouldn’t change it. I’m lucky to have something that motivates me every day!

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

Jack Gourlay from Ferocious Talent recorded and produced “4th  Mile” in his studio in Stoke Newington. We spent about 3 days in total working on it together until we were both really happy! It was an incredible and exhilarating experience hearing my song turn into what I always had imagined it to be!

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List the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

I’m just starting out, but the support has been incredible! Mystic Sons featured EmCave as a new artist of the week. I got onto 3 Spotify Playlists such as Do The Dance. Plus Sir Chillicious featured me on SoundCloud.

Grateful for the love and support.

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

I would just love to be able to support myself financially as a professional musician, and not rely on my day job. I’m happy in whatever form that comes in.  I’m going to keep all the doors wide open.  But a major goal would be to have one of my songs in a movie, as I love film too.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I’ve been singing since I could speak, initially classically and operatically. My inspiration for writing comes from all the stories of my life. They are real, and the lyrics come from my heart.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

Haha – I’ll let you know once it happens! But I guess it’s a mixture of timing. Who you know. Talent and a lot of magic in the studio!

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

Work hard at your craft and filter out the negative noise in your head. Be authentic, always!

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

My first single “Crytsallise” was released in November 2017 and the second single “4th Mile” was out in January 2018. Both taken from the up and coming EP “Older”, which is out in March 2018. Produced by Jack Gourlay from Ferocious Talent.

My video “Eradicate The No”, a short promo video documentary explains my journey so far.  A woman, of a certain age, who–against the odds–has chosen to go for my passion in an industry that notoriously is a young person’s game.

I’d like to encourage, empower and inspire people to follow their passion too; modeling that both music and musicians can be ageless and that people can get behind and completely support artists like me.

My first video for “Tongue Tied” was an Award Finalist at the Kent Creative Awards. My idea was to use archived vintage photos and then animate them to tell the story of the love song. It was pretty cool. The animator was amazing!

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

I start writing the story out first usually, and then I create the song lyrics from the story in a more structured way. Tweaking continuously, sometimes, right up until I actually record my vocals! I like the studio to be darker and moody when I lay down the vocals, and fairy lights, lots of fairy lights.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.

So many – Jill Scott, Massive Attack, Kate Bush, Bastille, The Cure, The Roots, Bilal, Barbara Streisand, Coldplay, James Blake…

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

Purchase or Download the Single ‘Crystallise’ –

https://awal.lnk.to/PilLM

Purchase or Download the Single ‘4th Mile’ –

https://awal.lnk.to/NciOL

Website

http://www.emcave.com

FaceBook

https://www.facebook.com/Emcavemusic/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/EmcaveMusic

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/emcavemusic/

SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/emcave

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUMGNQ-q8jM

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

I like to focus on the magic not the tragic! Some happy moments are stepping into the studio for the first time. Traveling around the world on my own, and meeting my boyfriend.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’ll tell you when I get it. J

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Tell us about your song.

“4th Mile” holds a special place in my history. It was a time to push through and have trust. I’m happy with the vibe we created, it’s super chilled but with a strong bass and drum line. Especially when it kicks in for the first time after the vulnerable first verse.  It then builds and builds to at least 4 harmonies in the end chorus, and it has elements of Trip Hop thrown in too, which I love!

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

Ha! My time management needs working on for sure, as I spend way too much time on my music, but it brings me so much joy, it’s hard to stop!

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.

Jill Scott, Prince, Bjork, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music.

Keep doing it and never give up!

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.

You have to write and create from your heart not your head, if you overthink it too much, it won’t be authentic, and it will be affected.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music.

Music can transport you back to an exact time and place, like a time machine! It’s so powerful, making you smile and laugh all in the same 3 minutes.

As a recording artist, it is amazing watching something you’ve written in your lounge (The EmCave) turn into something completely different – It gives me just a buzz creating my vision in the studio with a producer. Pure adrenalin and magic!

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference.

I love old school, always have. But there’s always room for new stuff if it’s good.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

We were in pre-production for ‘Funny Things’, a super personal song to me. The guitarist finished a riff and it was so beautiful, it bought tears to my eyes.  Having my story bought to life in chords and harmonies was magical. I knew we had something special right there!

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Tell us what you would do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.

Mainly empower them.

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State the official date of release.

“4th Mile” was out 19th January and the “House Remix of 4th Mile” is out on 2nd February.

The Singer and The Songwriter

Share your life story with us. 
We met in San Francisco at an open mic at a cool art space called The Canvas Gallery Cafe. It’s not there anymore, but we loved that place. We moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and started making music together. After playing and writing together for a long time, we released our first album in 2014, called “What A Difference A Melody Makes.” Since then we’ve been writing and recording, released 2 more EPs and we’re touring nationally.

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Share your press release. 

The Singer and The Songwriter Share New Music Video for single, “Wild Heart” featuring urban dance team, The Company.

The song and video are a testament to female-empowerment, celebrating diversity and courage.

San Francisco, CA – January 26, 2018 — California modern-folk duo, The Singer and The Songwriter (Rachel Garcia and Thu Tran), released the new music video for their single  “Wild Heart” choreographed and performed by urban dance team and current VIBE Hip-Hop Dance Competition Champions, The Company, with videography by LA media team, Vibrvncy.

“Wild Heart” (from The Singer and The Songwriter’s EP DIRECTIONS, released in October 2017) is an anthem the duo wrote to celebrate the stories of women. Garcia wrote the lyrics about her grandmother, an immigrant from Mexico, who, as a young girl, used to sneak onto a train with her friends to steal the sugar cane that was drying on top of the cars. In both the song and video, the duo wanted to create an anthem that would capture and honor her wild, adventurous spirit.

The “Wild Heart” video features original choreography and dance performance by The Company, an ensemble from Daly City, CA, best known for their viral performance video from the VIBE Hip Hop Dance Competition in 2014. Garcia and Tran have been long-time fans of The Company and are thrilled to be collaborating with them on this project, and specifically to be working with an all-female group of choreographers and dancers. The choreography is by Janelle Gleason, Melissa Batesting and Aggie Loyola (who also appear in the video as dancers). Garcia explains: “This group of women from The Company embody ‘Wild Heart’ perfectly. Their cultural diversity, passion and talent are so beautiful and inspiring to watch.”

“Wild Heart” aims to send a hopeful, inspiring message; a reminder of just how powerful it can be for women to share their stories, make their voices heard and “make waves.” Choreographer Janelle Gleason summarizes one of the main themes she kept in mind while choreographing the piece: “One woman achieving success is all women achieving success.”

“Wild Heart” is currently available for purchase and streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, CD Babyand all other major platforms. The music video is available on Youtube.

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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. 
We definitely are grateful for the guidance and support of our collaborators and friends on this album:

Scott McDowell, Aaron Kierbel, Darren Johnston, Joe Lewis, Scott Griffin Padden, Gerry Grosz, Mia Nardi-Huffman, JJ Golden, Nancy Garcia,  Nick Garcia, Connie Garcia, Cathy Heller, Sonnet Simmons, Leo Jarvis, Jeff Berman, Annie Bacon, Stephanie and Jim Bennett, Megan Korthals, Bill and Cindy Ade, Kristen O. Bobst, Helen Kim, Danielle Krysa and all our friends and family.

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring. 
We recorded “Wild Heart” in a very different way than our usual process. We were in San Francisco in between tours and we got in the studio for a few days to record 2 songs that we had just written (this being one of them). This was already very different for us, as we usually get into the studio after having finished a song and played if for months (sometimes years) before we record it. So getting into the studio having not “road-tested” the song was a totally new experience for us. As we were recording we were making tweaks to the melody and lyrics too. We think this process made for a recording that feels fresh, exciting and urgent.

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Go into detail about your songwriting process. 
We write songs many different ways. Our band name comes from the fact that, when we began playing together, Thu would write a complete song. There was a clear delineation of tasks there. But as we kept writing, things naturally became more collaborative. Rachel is a poet, so we sometimes start with a poem (often without any fixed rhyme or meter), and then Thu composes to those words. Sometimes Thu has only a melody and Rachel fleshes out the structure and lyrics. Our process keeps evolving, which is making every new song we write different than the last.

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Brief us on what you have on the way for your fans out there. 
We will be touring a lot this year all over the US, so fans can definitely expect to come see us in a city near them!

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base. 
We love partnering with artists from other media – we think this is an amazing way to share art and creativity and fans too. The album cover of our new EP, Directions, uses the amazing mixed media collage art of Danielle Krysa (creator of the blog “The Jealous Curator”). And for this music video for “Wild Heart,” we collaborated with the urban dance team, The Company, who choreographed the piece and brought our song to life in an amazing way. We think it’s amazing because fans of The Company may never have otherwise heard of our music and our fans may not have heard of The Company. But through this collaboration, there’s a sort of amazing symbiosis that’s happening.

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Tell us that point in time that you just feel like giving up on your music career. 
We once had a show in Salt Lake City, UT where we were on a bill with a couple of local bands. Each of the bands brought a some people to the show, but when our set came, the other bands and their fans had all left, the bartender and sound guy went outside for a smoke break, and we were just on the stage playing to an empty club. It was so lonely to be onstage, disco ball spinning over the empty dance floor – we felt really low that night. The good news is we did not give up. We drove away from that venue that night, and went on to play many other (awesome) shows.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody. 
Melodies usually start with guitar and voice. On this record, we introduced drums early in the creative process to make rhythm a centerpiece for the sounds that we are making. The way we approach melody is always specific to the lyric. There is a story being told and each of those choices has to inform the other. So for “Wild Heart” we wanted to find a melody that would lift the words and story, to feel expansive; like running in an open field.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing. 
Our understanding of music licensing is a growing one. We’re always trying to learn more about licensing as it’s a great way for independent artists like us to make a living. We’re definitely no longer in the days when getting music licensed is considered “selling out.”  We were lucky enough to have a song of ours licensed on a TV show last year, and it was a fantastic opportunity that garnered us some new fans.

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Tell us the best way to get in touch with you on social media. 
http://facebook.com/thesingera ndthesongwriter

Instagram

@thesingerandthesongwriter

Twitter

@thesingthesong

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Give us the links to your various stores. 
iTunes

https://itunes.apple.c om/us/album/directions-ep/id12 77969776

Spotify

https://open.spotify. com/album/0fR7un8WusxlTU1nR13s pq

CD Baby

https://store.cdbaby.com /cd/thesingerandthesongwrite2

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Tell us your favourite genre of music. 
We don’t have a favorite genre, per se. We love everything from Top 40 to Jazz from the 1940s. We’ve recently been listening to the amazing Ethiopian pianist Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou.

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs. 
Most of our songs ask questions because we rarely ever feel like we have the answers to anything that we write about – love, art, societal expectations – so we find the most fascinating space to be in is to ask questions about these things. What do they mean? Why are they important to us? Why do we feel the way we feel? The questions are kind of rhetorical, and the songs tell stories that reflect these questions. Our favorite songs talk about these universal questions through detailed, specific stories, so we try to build that into all of our songs.

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Tell us all we need to know about this song. 
The song was inspired by Rachel’s grandmother who, as a young girl in Mexico, used to sneak onto trains with her friends to steal the sugar cane that was drying on top of the cars. That image of her as young girl has always stuck with us – just how vibrant and fearless she was. This song is a testament to that courageous, rebellious spirit. We hope this song resonates with you, and empowers young women to be strong, brave, wild and free.

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Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming. 
As music lovers, it’s an amazing technology that has revolutionized music. As artists and songwriters, we think there’s a long way to go to making digital distribution and streaming a viable business resource. It’s evolving and changing, and I think there’s a way for music and technology to work for artists and creators on a business level.

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Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue. 
We’ll let you know when we figure that out. Haha. We have discovered that increasing our direct connection to fans has increased our revenue. Instead of casting our net wide and trying to gain a massive following, we have been investing more in the fans that we do have – touring more, playing house concerts – and we have definitely seen our revenue increase. That’s just what has worked for our style of music – personal connection seems to work better for us.

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Tell us your thought on self-training or going to an educational institution to study music. 
Well, neither of us have formal music education, so we’re not very qualified to comment on that side of things. We will say that both of us being generally self-taught has made us very scrappy, and given us freedom to explore mixing genres and taking risks out of sheer necessity. We don’t know how things are “supposed to be done,” so we have to make it up.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song. 
We will let you know when we write an actual hit! 😀

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Tell us what you will buy if you want to build your own studio. 
Neither of us are really gear-heads in the studio sense so we would not even know where to begin with building a studio!

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Go on at length on what it takes to gain the attention of the audience while playing live. 
We find that showing up in the most authentic way possible is the best way to get an audience’s attention. This can mean different things in different situations, because sometimes a performance at a loud bar is going to demand showing up in a different way than a house concert. But in either situation, we try to acknowledge the realities of the show and present our best musicianship and most vulnerable selves. This doesn’t always mean that we are going to get everyone’s attention, but the people who do pay attention end up forming a real connection with us, bar noise or not.

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List your five favourite songwriters.
Fiona Apple, Sufjan Stevens, John Hartford – these writers express honesty and universal truth through evocative, poetic lyricism. We definitely aspire to their writing.

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List your five favourite music producers. 
Blake Mills and Jon Brion – they have amazingly melodic approaches to their production. They blend traditional production techniques with new innovations and their results feel iconic, bringing out the best in the artists that work with them. We also have been inspired by the 3 producers we’ve worked with: Charlie Stavish, Griffin Rodriguez, and Scott McDowell.

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Describe your best mood to write a song. 
There’s actually never a perfect mood to write a song. Songs tend to actually happen because we continuously tell ourselves to sit down and write, day after day, regardless if we are in the mood to write or not. “The mood” is actually just relentless practice.

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State the official date of release. 

“Wild Heart” official release date was Friday, January 26, 2018

Kevawn

Share your life story with us.

I was born in Memphis, TN and was raised in Oak Harbor and Seattle, WA. After I graduated I went to college for a year and a half before joining the military. A year after I joined the military, I bought my first audio interface to record music as a hobby. I have always loved music but making music turned into a passion after a couple of years of recording music.

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Tell us about your music.

My music is for the people who is battling day to day problems while bringing you music that adjust to the mood you are in at that moment. Music for the people for whatever mood they are in.

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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.
So far in my career, I want to give major shout outs to Wesley Flannigan and all of my friends associated with the Trap House that has given me motivation and pointers on improving my music.

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

When I am recording in the studio I need complete silence. In doing this, I’m in my own aura. I can only hear and think my thoughts which give me more creativity when stacking rhymes against each other and creating rhyming patterns. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I will do multiple takes of the same line or verse to assure that I get the best beat suited for the beat that I am rapping/singing on.

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Go into detail about your songwriting process.
I have to jot down ideas and rhymes that come to my head instantly because my mind is so quick to process ideas and those ideas can as easily disappear if I don’t put down my ideas on time. I write down rhymes in correlation with the emotions that I am going through at the time. After I do that I filter out words and configure rhyme schemes that sound right to me on beats to ensure that I am getting the best possible flow while making sure my delivery with the words I wrote is perfect.

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Brief us on what you have on the way for your fans out there.
I do have a mix-tape that is coming out March 1st, 2018. The mixtape will be called The Many Sides of Kevawn Brooks Mixtape. This mixtape will include a set of songs for six of the emotions I go through on a day to day basis. Those songs will be catered to those emotions so it will tell what music I like to listen to and make when these emotions are present.

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.
I am definitely in the beginning stage of networking and trying to get my name out but I have multiple social media networks, including Twitter and LinkedIn that have helped me to connect different people across the USA. I’ve also been going out locally in Seattle trying to promote my music.

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

There have been a couple of times where I have wanted to just give up. I love music and making music but it can be stressful at times. Sometimes I get caught up in a flurry of emotions. That demon in the back of my head sometimes tells me that I am not good enough to be anything more than a sub-par rapper. I have to overcome those emotions by thinking about positive elements in my life and the progress that I’ve been making.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.
It’s all what sounds good to my ear at that time. It’s so hard to say that there is an actual process when doing this because I honestly go off of what sounds good to my ear at that time.

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Tell us the best way to get in touch with you on social media.
http://www.twitter.com/obiwonbasedgod

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevawn/

http://www.soundcloud.com/kevawn
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Tell us your favourite genre of music.

My favorite genre of music definitely Hip-Hop/Rap but I love Alternative, Punk, Metal, and Indie rock along with some EDM, reggae, Jazz music, and R&B. I love almost all genres of music.

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs.
The subject matter of almost all my songs is catered to the emotions I’m feeling at that moment. I try to use those lyrics I write to tell a story about my life and give people insight on how I try to cope with different emotions and how these mechanisms can help the listener with their day-to-day lives.

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Tell us all we need to know about this song.
The song “Blue” is about the emotions and the things that I have gone through in the last few months that have caused me to stress out and have feelings of sadness, madness, etc. I really do not like to talk about my feelings and emotions to other people so I made this song to vent those feelings out. The color blue represents sadness and despair but also resembles hope and faith. I used that color as my cover to say that life is hard but I am in the process of finding the pursuit of happiness. The first step to doing that is venting those emotions.

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Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming.

Digital distribution and streaming is major in today’s world because that is what music is turning to. A digital platform that can be accessed easily across the world.

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Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue.

Various ways that rappers can boost their revenue is by consistently performing local concerts. Building a reputation and getting your name out is the first and most important thing. From there, money can be made on digital platforms like Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud, etc. and also concerts.

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

I think going to an educational institution is important for understanding a lot of the terms in music. Having knowledge of note structure, chords, and instrumental structure is important in making music. I will say though that if you are determined and you really do love music, you can learn all these things on your own through tools like YouTube, music sites, music forums, blogs, etc. A lot of successful musicians today had no prior degree or education when it came to music.

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

You need a hook that will grab the listener’s attention and the structure of the beat is first and foremost. After that you need to have a clear subject that is being talked about on the song that the audience will catch on too. From there, you have to make sure delivery of your words is crisp, the delivery of your message in the song is clear, and the song in total just sounds catchy or easy to listen to.

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

I do have my own home recording studio but the first thing I am buying is a capable mic and audio interface.

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

You have to get the audience involved when performing. Your body posture and your mood at the time mean everything because if you are bringing positive vibes to a concert, the audience will catch on to that and express it by enjoying and vibing to your music. You have to have confidence when performing.

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List your five favourite songwriters.

Kid Cudi, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Travis Scott, and Ab-Soul.

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List your five favourite music producers.

Metro Boomin, 9th Wonder, TM88, Kanye West, J Dilla.

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Describe in details how you feel when you hear your song on the radio.
I am yet to have a song premiered on the radio but when I hear other people playing my music, joy comes to my heart when that happens.

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Describe your best mood to write a song.

I have no best mood to write to because I feel like I get different styles in my music based on the mood I am in. I have made awesome songs when I have been sad, happy, and even angry.

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State the official date of release.

The official release of this song is January 28th, 2018.

Kolade Olamide Ayodeji

Kolade Olamide Ayodeji is a creative songwriter, perfect beat maker, dope music producer, talented lyricist, gifted poet and exceptional rapper. He is trained in Business Administration.
Kolade writes his lyrics, makes his beat and masters his songs. His songwriting and music production is unique and outstanding.
Kolade produces pop, hip hop, dance, and gospel. His unique hit making ability is extraordinary.
He produces, distributes, markets and promotes songs written by him on his independent record label, Kolade Olamide Entertainment.

 

ACHIEVEMENT
He made it to the semi-finals of ‘Song of the Year’ contest in 2007 for his lyric for the song ‘Trapped in the Dark’. His work ‘I Just Wanna be One’ was another successful track in the pop genre. He managed a place to the semi-finals of the ‘United Kingdom Songwriting Contest’ in 2007 for the beautiful lyric of the song ‘I Gotta Rock You’. Kolade entered the finals of ‘United Kingdom Songwriting Contest’ 2017 for the outstanding song ‘Trap in the Night’.

 

DISCOVERY
Living and Loving Each Other
Hit List
Best Moment of our Lives
Vibration
Hot Sauce
Recipe

PRESS
A remarkable new release entitled ‘Living and Loving Each other’ is a collection of two outstanding songs written by the multi-genre songwriter Kolade Olamide Ayodeji that span an array of genres, primarily pop, electronic and dance. ‘Living and Loving Each Other’ is grounded on original lyrics and marvelous songwriting centered on creativity and brilliant production.
Kolade is known for original composition, catchy melody and groundbreaking beat which made his songs to be hits.
“Living and Loving Each Other” is released on his independent label Kolade Olamide Entertainment.

www.koladeolamideayodeji.com
twitter.com/KoladeO
facebook.com/KoladeOlamideAyodeji
youtube.com/c/KoladeOlamideEntertainment
itunes.apple.com/my/artist/kolade-olamide-ayodeji

Sommy Lovell

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

My real name is Sommy Onaga. I was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and my family and I moved to the United States in the summer after my first birthday. I was since raised in Staten Island, New York.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

I am a college graduate, recently graduating from the City College of New York with Bachelor in Psychology.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I am a Rapper, Singer, Producer, and Engineer. My public work spans back to 2012, in which I have since accumulated blog placement and gradual recognition. I have been writing since elementary school, and first began recording in 2011. All of my work is traditionally self-written, produced, and mixed, and some of my most notable songs have garnered tens of thousands of plays on Soundcloud thus far. My latest album, entitled “By the River”, currently remains available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and more, with new material on the horizon.

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

I craft Rap/Hip-Hop, R&B, and Alternative music. “Et cetera” is my first single in over a year, crafted with dense and skillful rhymes that are backed by a powerful 808 progression and synth. The idea behind the music video is that it is a music video shoot gone wrong. It’s single take and raw approach is meant to illustrate a take that does not work, but essentially does work.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

I currently promote my music through my social media, and provide it to numerous blogs and services for possible placement. I also perform at various open mic events in the area.

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Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song.

The concept behind the song is the satirical assessment of the lifestyle that we strive for as upcoming musicians; the allure of what it is to be a celebrity, the “etc”.

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Give us links to where the song can be purchased.

iTunes

goo.gl/kWZeWP

Apple Music

goo.gl/pzGvMc

Spotify

goo.gl/8xHEey

Tidal

goo.gl/KeUW64

Google Play

goo.gl/kpGcMp

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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.

The song was recorded and engineered in my home studio, and the music video was shot in downtown Manhattan, New York. The DP for the music video was my fellow West Shore member, BanNah.

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

My ultimate goal is to be among the most renowned artists in the industry, simply put. I want to touch as many people as possible. I want to preserve a legacy. I want to live when I die.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

I think I am unique in that I write, rap, sing, mix, master, and that I am a filmmaker as well. I think I am an exceptional songwriter, a potent rapper especially, and that my mixes are well done.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

I think that I need to continue to work on my singing ability, and that my production with regards to songs can adopt a simpler approach.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

My favorite songs right now are “Ninety” by Jaden Smith, “I Get Overwhelmed” by Dark Rooms,

“BLEACH” by BROCKHAMPTON, “Provider” by Frank Ocean, and “Stir Fry” by Migos.

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Tell us the instruments put together in this song.

This song features 808s, rap percussion, electronic pads and synths, and a couple vocal samples.

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Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music.

Apart from music, I would certainly like to pursue film: screenwriting, cinematography, acting, directing.

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Tell us about gaining the confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time.

As corny as it sounds, I would say what worked for me is imagining that no one was watching me; that it was just as if it was me practicing on my own. Soon, you get comfortable with looking at people in their eyes.

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

The best way to make money currently would seem to stem from profits made if you are an independent artist, whether it is from sales and streams, but of course, mostly from touring.

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List your various works.

My 2016 “By the River” album, which is available everywhere, and “Hourglass”: a 2017 single, that is also available everywhere.

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State links to connect you on social media.

Official Website

www.SommyLovell.com

Twitter

www.twitter.com/sommylovell_

Instagram

www.instagram.com/sommylovell

YouTube

goo.gl/Adbmdv

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State the official date of release.

The official date of release for “Et cetera” is 1/28/2018.