Dig Exotic

Discuss your personality. 

Friends would describe me first as passionate, funny, and warm.  I love to goof around but when it comes to work I’m able to laser in on the task at hand.

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Brief us about you as a musician. 

I started playing guitar when I was 12 (33 now) and purchased a Tascam Portastudio with my Bat Mitzvah money when I turned 13.  That was when I first learned how to produce multitrack recordings.  I started messing with drum machines, bought a bass, and became a one woman band.  Over the past 20 years I’ve worked as an A&R scout at Dreamworks Records, a radio producer at iHeartRadio, composed for TV/FILM, and played in multiple bands in both NYC & LA.  All the while, my solo work has been somewhat of a quiet hobby.  I’ve probably completed arrangements for over 1,500 full original songs and never really shared them with the world till now.  It’s both exciting and nerve wracking!

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

I started my career on the business side of the music industry and left to pursue a career in advertising.  I co-founded a Marketing & Advertising agency, The KIMBA Group, 4.5 years ago which I still run today.  So, I didn’t pick music as a career per se, because I wanted to make a more substantial living that would provide me the freedom to create music out of my love for it and not the necessity to earn my wage off it.

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

I think fame is a scary thing.  I was born and raised in the heart of Los Angeles and grew up with kids in famous families and it didn’t seem appealing to me. If anything, the extreme focus on exterior life and surface presentation was disorienting and instilled in me some core values.  What does excite me is making songs that mean something to me both stylistically and emotionally, and then putting those songs in the cloud for others to enjoy.

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Elaborate on the story line of this song. 

The song “Pretty Angel,” which I wrote back in 2008 when I was living in NYC, is about an ex-girlfriend who was an actress.  When we first met, we had so much in common and such a deep soul connection that it really felt crazy she’d been alive my whole life without us knowing each other which is in the chorus lyric, “crazy you’ve been alive all this time.”  Ultimately it didn’t work out because we were both pretty neurotic about our careers — hers as an actress and myself as a budding executive.  The break up was super ugly but after a 2 year hiatus we were able to rekindle a friendship and are still close to this day.  And she doesn’t know this song is about her!

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

“Exposition”, the 10 track LP featuring “Pretty Angel” is available on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play store, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp.

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Let us know the greatest moment of your music career. 

Would have to be when I was producing and composing Slash FM for iHeartradio which was basically just myself working with Slash and interviewing him, programming his favorite rock tracks (Zeppelin, Hendrix, Nirvana, etc.), and composing sound design to hug his interview content.  I stitched together a 6 hour sonic experience that was distributed and promoted all over the country through terrestrial radio stations.  I also really enjoyed playing in bands when I lived in New York.

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

I’ve been fortunate to get a few commercial scoring gigs that pay handsomely but still don’t compare to the other work I do outside music. Unfortunately, that’s the world we live in.  Music is still pretty much free.

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

I’ve played local shows in bands but never packed it up to go on tour because I was often focused on my career.

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Tell us how you relate with your fans.

Through the music! And Facebook — ha!

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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 don’t believe in regrets or ‘wrong’ choices.  I believe we learn from all of our experiences and that they are necessary in getting us to where we need to be.

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

I hate asking for favors which is ironic since I grew up with and know many very powerful people on all sides of Entertainment.

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Name the artists that have influenced the world.

Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury.

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

Still learning the ropes on this one!  Thickening my skin as we speak!

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

When I get comments about my vocals sometimes lacking energy or sitting too low in a mix, I don’t think it’s negative; it’s more informative than anything else. But sometimes it digs into that very common and familiar insecurity many singers have when it comes to their own voice.

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Elaborate on the recording process of this song.

I recorded this version of “Pretty Angel” in 2014 with a dear friend of mine, Louis Stephens (Rooney).  I brought him the completed arrangements and he produced the LP over a period of about 9 months since we were restricted to working on weekends.  It then sat on the shelf for two years as I was super busy with my Advertising Agency.  I had a light bulb moment driving home one day.  I thought “hey, I should really release that, as a marker of my commitment to my passion and hunger to continue creating music.”  After that, I had the final mixes mastered by Julian Lowe who is a wizardly prince from the UK that I absolutely adore working with.  Then it was ready for public consumption. I definitely almost never released it because after recording it, I started getting way more into writing and producing Indie Electronic tunes.  The songs on “Exposition” aren’t a representation of what I do now and what I’ll likely do moving forward, but nonetheless, they capture a period in my development as a solo artist that is emotionally significant and authentic.  I hope that is heard in the tracks and I hope people enjoy them.

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