https://soundcloud.com/alainbonus/love-too-quick-prod-ab

Share your life story with us.

I was born in Manila, Philippines in March of 1991 and grew up there until I was about 10 years old when my family decided to migrate to the United States in search for a better opportunity, and a higher quality of life. I was young at the time so I was just riding back and going with the flow throughout those big life decisions.

We moved to a homey suburb town called Glendora in California where I went to school from junior high to high school. I picked up learning the guitar in junior high to learn how to sing and play at the same time because I thought it would be the “cool” thing to do to impress the ladies (didn’t work the way I planned, didn’t become any “cooler” :). In junior high I got involved with sports; I played basketball and flag football. Junior high was sort of like a transitional season of my life where I was starting to acclimate to the culture of the U.S. I didn’t have any friends when we moved here, I was fresh off the boat, but I was lucky enough to have dope cousins to show me the ropes around here. I learned quickly and made friends very well. I kinda just focused on being nice to people and tried to be myself and make everyone feel welcome. Junior high was an awesome experience for me and even ended up winning the “best all around” award when graduating out of middle school.

Everything kind of stayed the same in high school, I played basketball for several years (I wasn’t the star or anything, I had a good jumper, my defense sucked, and I wasn’t the tallest (around 6 ft) and wasn’t the most athletic kid either, but I do have an awesome highlight where I scored something like 7 points in 58 seconds (highlight of my career :)). I was also involved with ASB and was class president during my sophomore year of high school (didn’t do much as a president, but it was a fun experience.) High school was very chill for me. I kept all of my core friends from junior high through high school and even to this day in 2017 we’re all still best friends. We like to refer to ourselves as JJAM because all of our initials were basically a j, a, or an m. Throughout this time music has just been a hobby of mine, played guitar, took voice lessons, but nothing serious. I started posting some YouTube vids of covers of different songs and got that rolling and received some couple hundred thousands of views combined, but I just didn’t believe in myself the way I do now so it just didn’t really feel right. I didn’t end up pursuing music at the time.

I graduated high school and went to Citrus College for several years before I moved to Isla Vista and studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara. During my first year of college I actually joined a songwriting competition and ended up winning a car. My very first car was this old beater 1987 Toyota Corolla Fx 16 GTS, I loved it. It was stick shift, unsafe, had those windows you had to manually roll down and no AC. No complaints on my end I was just happy I had something to take me from point A to point B. I went from that to a 3 series BMW coupe that was pretty exciting..) As awesome that experience was for me, I didn’t take that as a sign to pursue music right then and there. I took up Economics at UCSB and graduated with Honors.

Still, music was just a thing in the back slowly starting to grow in my mind of whether or not I should pursue it. I’ve always had this big misconception that “nobody” makes it in music so I never really gave it a second thought. I had signed up for several music classes in Santa Barbara that I NEVER showed up to because they would always be on Thursday nights and I always ended up doing something with friends those “college” nights. And I had a low key fear about stepping into a music class (not really sure what it was..)

After I graduated college in 2014 I had a full time job offer at a Big 4 Finance/Accounting firm called KPMG where I respectfully declined. They offered a great salary and a steady thing right out of college which was envied by most people in my major, however, I just felt like I had the potential to do things I loved. So I chose to be broke to pursue a dream.

When I moved back home from school I was attending a church in Monrovia where I was volunteering a lot and just trying to figure out what I really wanted to do with my life. That volunteer position turned into a full time position and I was leading the youth and young adults group at my church. I loved it, but still felt like the part of myself that was in love with music wasn’t being utilized so I decided to leave that position and put all my energy into this passion.

This is really when I started to take music seriously. I started to learn about music production, recording, singing and writing, everything I could do to get better at my craft. I landed a job at a private school called “Fusion Academy” where I became (and still am) the Recording Arts / Music Production director. I teach students how to record, write, produce, mix, etc., basically make music. This is funding my life. I would teach what I would learn on my own time and just cycle that back and forth, with the intention of becoming the best artist, singer, songwriter, producer, engineer I could be and inspire my students along the way.

This leads me to present day where I’ve logged thousands and thousands of hours into pursuing this career and it’s really only now where I’m starting to craft my own sound and a very clearly defined vision for my future, the upcoming years, and how I want to introduce myself as an artist into the world.

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Share your press release.

Newport Beach Indie R&B/Pop Artist/Producer Alain Bonus releases new single “Love Too Quick,”

“Love Too Quick” is a unique sound that infuses ambient edm, dream pop, and r&b/soul elements to craft a special vibe. The single is about how we can at times fall in love with someone too quick without realizing who they actually are as a person and if they’re the right fit for us. It features smooth vocals and high falsettos that blend well with the low frequencies of the mix. Although there are energy shifts in the song, the setting is very mellowed out, chill, and emotional.

Upcoming: Alain will be debuting a new single within the month accompanied with his first music video appearance.

“Love Too Quick” is available on all platforms.

Contact: alainbonusmanagement@gmail.com

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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.

My family of course, My parents Lou and Vic Bonus who have provided not only for my family and I in so many ways I couldn’t mention. My mom has truly shown me how to be a generous and caring person, and my dad has shown me to value faith and integrity above all things. They have really put in a solid foundation under me to grow into the person I want to become. My immediate family Bianca, Belle, Reggie, Mark, Hannah and my nieces Francesca, Ellie, and Olivia are my inspiration. My older siblings have really paved the way for me to be successful. They’ve all gone on to pursue the things that they’ve wanted to without hesitation which helps me to do what I do. Their faith in God is unshakeable, I am so confident with them in my corner. I know and feel their support for me. They pray for me and they are all my role models. With them, I know I can become who I envision myself to be. Love them with all my heart and they know that.

JJAM – they’ve always been there and always will be. It’s cool because I’m not doing anything more special than they are. We all have our unique passions that we’re all pursuing and trying to be the top at. I won’t be surprised if in 5-10 years from now we’re at the top of our specific fields. We’re always there for each other and got each other’s backs. We’ve always been the group of guys since middle school. God has truly blessed us all to be friends and supporters of each other. None of us change no matter what happens, we all still mess around as kids no matter how much older we get. We never truly grow up.

The Freedman family (Bryan, Denise, Jared, Spencer, Mike) – Jared was one of my students at school and he’s a special one, amazing musical ability and great overall person (he’s going to be huge in the upcoming years). He introduced me to his family who introduced me to a handful of opportunities to meet some play makers in the music industry, but this isn’t why I am so grateful for them. I’m grateful for them because Bryan and Denise are incredible people to say the least. Bryan is like this amazing man who goes above and beyond to provide for his family and he is also insanely generous. He’s a kind of person I want to become. A man of his word, a man of integrity, passion and fire. Bryan is a very admirable man and empowers the talents he sees in people. He continues to believe in me and empower what he sees in me. His belief in me makes me to believe in myself. I really look up to him and the way he’s raised amazing boys (his son Spencer, amazing guy, starting point guard at Mater Dei and committed to Harvard, he’ll either be in the NBA, or president of the United States, probably both). Denise on the other hand balances him out and is a very sweet soul. She is the definition of love and gratitude. She is one of the warmest people ever, and her hospitality brings out the best in me and all the other people she comes across. If I could find a future wife like Denise I would be set and mom would be proud. Mike is the man, Penn commit, he’ll be playing professional ball soon. He’s always encouraging me on Snapchat saying I’m the GOAT, and it is just super motivating. These are very successful people, but what the best thing about this family is they are so incredibly humble, generous, kind, compassionate, loving. They are GOALS 100%. And I am beyond grateful to know these people. They have welcomed me into their home with loving arms and I feel like I’m part of the family. That is the biggest blessing.

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

At this point in my career I haven’t done much official touring. I’ve only done private shows and gigs here and there for special requests because my focus is on creating an artist from scratch through my intentionality in my songwriting and production. I’m in the studio every day researching, recording and trying new things all the time. I just want to do this right. I am in no rush.

I really only record when I’m ready. I spend most of my time crafting out a vision for a song, writing the lyrics and melody, and the final stage is the performance. By that step I would have already created the entire song in my mind before I even lay down a track. It is the most efficient way I can get it done.

When the time is right, when there is enough hype, and when I’m clearer on my message, I’ll go on tour. Until then I’ll keep playing things out in my mind and be patient about this.

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Go into detail about your songwriting process.

I’m really only starting to learn how to tap into how I feel as a songwriter. I love to tell stories. I know I’m a great story-teller and public speaker. Back in elementary school in the Philippines I won several story-telling contests where I would get in front of a huge audience and tell a completely made up story, use emotion, energy, plot twists, all that to craft something compelling, and I was good at it. And now I’m trying to transfer that talent into songwriting.

Songwriting for me is much like a “start somewhere and edit it until it feels right.” I might start with a line, a story, a melodic loop, a drum beat, it really depends, it’s always different, but the most important part is if it feels right at the end.  I’m learning to become more in tune with myself until things “feel right” and not settle for mediocre. This is a hard skill to master because as you become better and more in tune, you start to demand a higher quality from yourself. When I listen to the old songs I’ve released I cringe a little bit, but I’m grateful to see the progression.

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

Stories. Full blown captivating stories with all bases covered. Lots of visuals, videos, and of course music. I have an entire database of written songs that are yet to be recorded and produced. And they all just keep getting better. This is a story that I want to tell, and I can envision this playing out for the next 15-20 years.

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

Consistent quality, being genuine, and vulnerable. I feel that if I continue to up the quality of my music and become the best, and tell that story in a genuine, raw way, then there will be fans out there that relate and word of mouth will be the best way to grow in the long term.

I’m not really too worried about marketing trends to get out there. Consistent progression is my focus. The greatest music makes its way out there no matter what, so my focus is on becoming the greatest I can be. If I can music that I appreciate, I’m sure there will be others who will love it too.

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

I haven’t hit that yet. There was a point in my life where I didn’t want to pursue music because I didn’t think  I could make it, because everyone always says these statistics like “90% of businesses fail”, “nobody makes it in music,” this and that.

I don’t think I’ll ever give up at this point. I’m pot committed (poker term that means I’ve invested too much to pull out)

In my mind I’ve already fully made it, I can only increase from here. I am already fully supporting myself through music through teaching and royalties. Who gets to say they do what they love? Not a lot of people. So really it can only go up from here.

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

My instrumentation either stems from me writing a song on the guitar first then converting it into a full production or it starts out as full production that I try to write to. I find that when I start from the guitar it’s always more emotional and intricate melodically, but when I write to a beat it’s usually groovier.

When it comes down to business I try to focus on melody and rhythm. I choose the primary focus depending on the emotion of the song. The drums and chords are my main focus so I’ll start with programming kicks, snares, hi hats and effects for mood. I start to incorporate different chords, instruments, etc., and put that on loop and sing along to it to test out the feel. And I just go from there until it feels right.

The biggest struggle I have is when to introduce elements and how to do it in a clean way and manipulate the energy and progression of the song in the best way. In trying to get a big sound, sometimes less is more, and I used to just add more instruments, but it’s really about introducing the right instrument. Even the slightest smallest sound could make the biggest difference in perceived energy.

I also love to beat box so I just beat box the main beat and see what feels right then program the drums accordingly.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.

I haven’t synced any of my music to film, commercial, or TV yet. I’m represented by BMI, and my label distributes under Distro Kids who handles all my online royalties. I’m also represented by Sound Exchange that crawls online radio like (Pandora, Sirius XM, etc.) and pays me accordingly.

My goal is to always own the majority of my publishing to hold that power because I am the composer, writer and producer. If I had advice for anyone who wants to start out, I would say to learn how to compose, write and produce, because that’s where the longevity is in our careers. And we’re able to dictate where we want to go and who we want to work with. The ball will always be in our court.

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

http://instagram.com/alainbonus

http://facebook.com/alainbonus

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Give us the links to your various stores.

http://alainbonus.com

sptfy.com/alain-bonus

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/alain-bonus/1145107318

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Tell us your favourite genre of music.

I love all types. I’m a big r&b guy. Joe – “I Wanna Know”, that classic slow jam everyone awkwardly slow dances to. I loved Usher’s “Confessions” album. Huge Nelly’s fan back in the day. Justin Timberlake. Bruno Mars. There’s this guy people might not know of but his name is Avant, and I loved his song “Read Your Mind” and some others. Omarion, Marques Houston, Frankie J, J holiday, Trey, those are all my idols. They say baby making music that’s always kind of what I had playing growing up especially since I love to sing I would just sing along to those songs.

I can also really appreciate how pop is made and also how country songs are written. I love the energy in rap as well as the rawness. One of my favorite rap songs of all time would probably be 2pac – “Thugz Mansion”. The acoustic version with Nas.

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs.

LOVE. Losing it. Finding it. Creating it. I love love. I am definitely a hopeless romantic. I’m in search for true unconditional love. I’ve never been the best at relationships and I haven’t been the best guy to my exes and any other girl who I’ve had a relationship with, it took me a while to realize this. I’ve been immature and I’ve led many girls on, I just didn’t know myself and I didn’t know how to truly love myself before. I’m really learning now. I have all these failed experiences and I can write from that, and now my future will be different. I’ve resolved to be the best man I could be in the future and I won’t settle to be any less for my future wife. I want to be a man of integrity, loving, faithful, and always be putting people above me. My songs will tell the story of that first hand.

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Tell us all we need to know about this song.

This song really is a hypothetical situation because I actually haven’t dealt with this first hand, especially with the shadiness of the girl described in this song. However, I have been shady in the past and I’ve done things I’m not proud of in relationships so I like to try and write from things that are still genuine for me, but maybe told from a different perspective. This song specifically talks about a person who falls in love too quick, so fast that they weren’t able to get a good read on the person which causes them to get devastated. This is definitely something a lot of us have dealt with in the past. It’s a self-reflective piece that asks the question “why am I so quick to give my love away?”

I’ve always been quick to give my love away before. Now I’m the opposite. I’m going to hold off until God tells me “this is the one, give your all to her.” So until then I’m chilling.

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Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming.

It is definitely the way of the future. Digital distribution and streaming gives independent artists like me a platform to get our music to the world and be heard by millions of people. This industry will keep growing and innovating and I am excited to see where it goes.

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Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue.

Expand into other markets. Be creative with merchandise. Use your knowledge as an asset. Demand more for yourself and up your quality in all aspects.

Become a brand. Act like a brand and have a vision for how the brand will grow in the next 5-10-20 years. That is how we can truly leave a mark.

I’m just in the beginning stage of my brand, but that is where my focus is on, and it is the correct focus.

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

Self-training is a must. I’m a self-taught songwriter and producer. Books. Youtube. Masterclass. Lessons. Anything to learn more I’m 100% down for. I’ve never learned music at an institution. I would love to move to Boston and study songwriting and production at Berklee while I continue to pump out songs on my own time. That might be a very real option in my near future. I believe the learning never stops though. In order to really become a master at anything there has to be a high level of trial and error, failure and success. It is all part of the process.

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

Rhythm. Repetition. Emotion. One of my goals is to write a #1 billboard chart topper so until I get there my answer to this question is something I would probably just take from Max Martin who is the hit song goat. It really boils down to capturing an emotion and a special story that is told perfectly in the confines of a hit song structure (intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus) something along those lines. It’s all a matter of energy. Kind of like in a movie where there is tension. The hit songs do a great job at introducing tension and resolution and sprinkling that throughout the production.

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

A glass house overlooking the ocean and have a studio with a really dope view. As far as recording equipment, I’m pretty much a noob when it comes to analog stuff because I’m a next generation laptop producer so everything for me is digital, but I’d for sure have a gold plated Neumann, my favorite Taylors, Martins, Gibsons hanging from the walls, an MPC, a couple retro synths I can play around on and recreate the “Stranger Things” theme song, comfy couches and seating for the homies when they come thru and write, mini hoops on the wall, a personal chef that specializes in making Chipotle, and the strongest powerhouse Mac with every DAW and VST money could buy, flat screen TV’s for Laker games and playing 2k, I’d be a happy camper.

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

Energy, enthusiasm, and being genuine. I think if anyone comes out of the gate with those three things, the quality of music doesn’t really matter so much at that point. People know good and real energy. When they feel it, they just know. So if a person comes out with great energy, the crowd loves it and they will reciprocate it.

It’s not complicated, it’s all a matter of the vibe that we put in, and we get out. If we can get an audience to experience emotion (laughing, crying, sad, happy, etc.) then we can take them on a journey and tell the story we want to tell.

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List your five favourite songwriters.

Justin Hurwitz

Max Martin

Justin Nozuka

Adele

Taylor Swift

Justin Hurwitz / Daniel Caesar

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List your five favourite music producers.

OVO 40 / Drake

Kanye West

Max Martin

Dr Dre

Jordan Evans

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

I haven’t heard any of my music on a major FM radio station yet, but it’s always cool to hear a song on Pandora Radio, or if someone’s bumping my music on their Instagram story or Snapchat, or when my song gets placed on a major Spotify playlist.

There’s been a couple times where I would go to an ice cream shop or restaurant or something and my song would be playing and it’s a really cool feeling. I get to kind of see my art from a 3rd person perspective at that point and get to appreciate it as well.

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Describe your best mood to write a song.

My best mood is when I experience extreme emotion. I once wrote a song about the Lakers. I’m a huge Laker’s fan and they lost this one game and I was so pissed and wrote a song about it. I really love writing songs when I feel like I’m in love or really falling for someone (which is how I feel now) so I’m on a crazy songwriting streak right now. It feels so freaking good.


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