Desrosiers

Share your life story with us. 

A native of Montreal, I’ve always been captivated by many musical styles and the thrilling sonic textures created by a broad spectrum of instruments. I picked up the violin at the age of six, then began to study guitar at 13 and got hooked on the instrument’s endless possibilities. Inspired by legends such as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan and avant-garde songwriters/composers like David Byrne, I use my guitar to create my own sounds and songs. As a teenager, I was also struck by Glenn Gould’s interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and felt driven to learn more about the construction of classical masterpieces and how I could incorporate their aesthetic sensibilities into his own compositions.

After taking up the ukulele, bass, drums and keyboards in my 20s, I became excited about fresh, refined Brit-pop acts like Joy Division and also began to travel and explore new realms in my creative life. I looked up to jazz artists Brad Mehldau and The Bad Plus and composers/songwriters and producers such as Chilly Gonzales. This exploration gave me the confidence to embrace my own quirks and fine-tune my ability to piece together surprising textures to create cohesive works that tell a story. The death of my father instilled in me a sense of urgency and fully ignited my desire to be a professional musician, pushing me to pursue projects that moved me full force.

Always up for an adventure, I made global travel a central theme my life, and I have frequently visited Europe, the United States and beyond; this worldliness comes through my music, as does my bottomless appetite for new knowledge. Traveling with a ukulele, I write many of my songs and scores on the road. As a day job I’m a communication manager, teacher with a BS in psychology and a graduate degree in eBusiness, I also studied composing and orchestrating for film and television at Berklee College.

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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. 

While studying composing and orchestrating for film and television at Berklee College. I’ve scored many scenes and composed a multitude of ringtones and other media cues, plus studied and worked with a number of talented artists in Canada and abroad, including Emmy Award-winning composer Brad Hatfield (Glee, The Sopranos) and lauded indie rock mixer/producer Larry Crane (The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Elliot Smith). I’m currently working on a new album with producer Francis Major (Charlotte Cardin, Aliocha), Benjamin Courcy (Charlotte Cardin) and William Bough.
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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring. 
A picture is worth a thousand words: get some insight on my Instagram account  @desrosiersmusic
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Go into detail about your songwriting process. 
Never far from my notebook to grab. I literally compose as I breathe. A riff, a chord progression, a catchy phrase or tagline lead to another and before I know I have basically the song sections and structure ready. My songwriting process is more laborious, but I recently adopted C. Pat Pattison (Berklee College of Music) bloc method and think I have improved a lot.

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

An EP album is sure on its way. I’m halfway there. Launch is scheduled this coming May (2018).

Working with wife and visual artist Lucie Hanachian on bringing my music in the visual space (projections synced with song at shows, projections).

Video clip and new merch should be out pretty soon and shows announced for this summer.
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Tell us that point in time that you just feel like giving up on your music career. 

Never. Charles Bradley made it in his late 50s. Got a few years ahead [Symbol].

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

http://www.facebook/desrosiersmusic

http://www.instagram.com/desrosiersmusic

http://www.twitter.com/desrosiersmusic
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Give us the links to your various stores. 

https://desrosiers.bandcamp.com/

https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/Desrosiers

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/desrosiers/31750711

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Tell us your favourite genre of music. 

If I had to pick one: pop.
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Tell us the subject matters of most of your songs. 
Love, faith, the human condition, the bittersweet passage of time and personal empowerment mostly but I shoot in every directions really.

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Tell us all we need to know about this song. 
“Saint Andrews” is the mini-journal of a memorable stay in the town of the same name.
My 2015 road trip vacations to the Maritimes had just started when my newborn son got badly sick and we ended up for a whole week at the hospital thus scrapping our vacations and fearing for the worst. Discouraged and exhausted, with only one day left to our vacation, we at last had the chance to settle down and relax in a peace haven called The Blue Heron; a bed and breakfast owned by Allen & Ross who kindly greeted us at their place and little piece of paradise located in the charming little town named Saint Andrews.

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

Victor Wooten summarizes this up for me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zvjW9arAZ0&t=929s

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

I wish I knew the answer, but If I had to guess I’d say it’d be the perfect point of intersection between originality, a powerful hook, sweet arrangement, memorable melody, good lyrics, nice textures, proper timing, luck, well thought marketing.

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List your five favourite songwriters. 

Gonzales, Bon Iver, Beirut (Jack Condon), The Tallest Man on Earth, Neil Young, Sting.

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List your five favourite music producers. 

Nigel Godrich, Chilly Gonzales, Brian Murphy, Brian Eno, Dr. Dre.

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Describe your best mood to write a song. 

While I’m in a flow state, usually after being hit by a human-nourishing experience or a piece of arts or a good read.
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State the official date of release. 

“Saint Andrews” was released at the turn of the year 2017, December 15.

Kacy Moon

https://soundcloud.com/kacymoonmusic/guarded-1

Share your life story with us.

My full name is Kacy Mooneyham, but I go by “Kacy Moon”. I’m 24 years old and I was born right outside of Pensacola, Florida. I’m an only child and have amazing parents! They were (and still are) always so supportive of everything I chose to do. I was a very active and creative child – always involved in sports and always singing into my karaoke machine pretending I was Britney Spears or Shania Twain playing a show for my imaginary audience. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a performer.

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Share your press release.

Kacy Moon is a 24 year old singer and songwriter who has loved music and wanted to be a singer ever since she can remember. At age 9, she was on one of the most sought out martial arts teams in the world, Mike Chat’s team “XMA”, alongside actor Taylor Lautner, and was traveling around the world competing in front of hundreds and sometimes thousands of people on stage. She holds 8 world titles and has appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Good Day LA, and ESPN2. At age 13 she made the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. After some success in acting, she quickly got back to her true love which was music. She began taking songwriting seriously at age 15 and has gone from working with Don Cromwell of Air Supply, to recording music in Raphael Saadiq’s studio, to Sydney Australia working with the Banton Brothers.

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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.

I have to start by thanking Mike Chat – he was my martial arts coach and mentor throughout my whole childhood. He taught me important life skills that carry over into my music. I also want to thank my producer Scott Welch! He really lets me be involved in the production process and I’ve learned so much working with him.

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

I love being in the studio. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some really talented people. Especially Scott who produced this song. We just vibe so well together! It’s so rewarding building a song from nothing and hearing it all come together.

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Go into detail about your songwriting process. 

Usually I become inspired by something that’s happened, I write down some lyrics, get a loose concept, and figure out what sort of tempo I want it to be. Then I’ll go to the studio and my producer will start playing some chords on his guitar and we’ll start coming up with a melody. Some people start with a beat or with chords but for me I almost always start with lyrics and a concept.

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

I have a music video for this song coming out on February 9th! I’m really excited about it. I don’t want to spoil anything but it has a pretty unique element to it. I worked so hard on it. I also have a few more songs in the works and will be back in the studio soon.

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

Just spreading the word as much as possible. As an independent artist you have to just put your music out there, ask friends and family to share it, reach out to bloggers and music curators and hope it takes off.

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

There have definitely been times I’ve been discouraged, but I’ve never felt like giving up on my music career. I’ve never had a plan B! I know I’m supposed to be doing music – it’s what brings me joy.

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

Typically it starts with my producer playing some chords and I’ll just start my voice memos on my phone to record and just hum along until I find something I like.

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Tell us your complete understanding of Performing Right Organization.

I’m a member of ASCAP as a singer and as a songwriter, and I use DistroKid to distribute my music.

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

Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! My handles are @kacymoonmusic

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Give us the links to your various stores. 

www.hyperurl.co/guarded

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Tell us your favourite genre of music. 

I listen to just about everything. I love pop, hip-hop, EDM, country, alternative and I love a good pop-punk song

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs. 

They’re all experiences of my life. So as you can imagine there are love songs, breakup songs, party songs, you name it! When I sing them, no matter how long it’s been since I’ve written them, I always transport back to that time.

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Tell us all we need to know about this song. 

This song is about living in Los Angeles. Most of the time, everyone you meet is in the entertainment industry and trying to get ahead. I can’t remember what exactly sparked this song, but I remembered thinking “I bet if I were famous they wouldn’t have treated me that way”. It’s so sad but it’s true.

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Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming. 

Streaming has really made music more accessible for everyone. You’re able to discover and support more independent artists; which is great.

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Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue. 

I think YouTube is great, especially doing behind the scenes videos of the recording process and vlogs to really connect with their fans, and also building merch around your brand.

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

Practice is important. There’s always room for improvement. I take vocal lessons as often as I can to keep my voice in the best shape possible.

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

That’s the million dollar question! I think it’s having a catchy melody, but also having relatable lyrics. People can tell when you’re genuine.

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

That is every artist’s dream. I would have the most kick-ass studio. I think my first purchase would be an amazing mic.

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

As a performer it’s all about commanding the room – having a presence and confidence about you that makes everyone stop what they’re doing and watch. It’s all about your energy.

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List your five favourite songwriters. 

Pharrell Williams, Jacob Kasher, Steve Mac, Ashley Gorley, Ed Sheeran.

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List your five favourite music producers.

Max Martin, Marshmello, Timbaland, MNEK, Mike Will Made It.

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

Knowing that there are people out there listening to your music, especially one you wrote and that’s so personal, is the most amazing feeling.

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Describe your best mood to write a song. 

Pissed off for sure! That was my mood when I wrote this song. It always gives you a little more fire.

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State the official date of release.

Friday, Jan 19th 2018.

False Gharial

Share your life story with us.

False Gharial is a band of passionate musicians. It all started when Hatem, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, moved from France to Singapore. He posted an ad in local musician forum looking for a band and mentioned Paradise Lost as influence. It turns out Paradise Lost is not common in Singapore and the ad interested Faisal, a big fan of PL. That’s how the 2 of them connected together and Hatem was introduced to Zan, the drummer, and Black, the lead guitarist of the band at that time.

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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. 

Justin Ho: He patiently listened and provided feedback on the song structure and recording. His contribution is critical in this EP and we are so grateful to him.

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

“Birth” is a DIY EP, meaning all the recording happened at Hatem’s basement. It was definitely a learning experience and a lot of time and effort were allocated to learn music production. We tried to capture this moment in a making of music video.

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Go into detail about your songwriting process. 

Hatem, singer and rhythm guitar, is the main songwriter. It usually starts with a main riff that develops into a song structure then he shares it with the rest of the band. Bass and drums comes next, then leads and finally vocals.

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

Francois recently joined the band as a lead guitar, and he is very proficient and a riff machine. We will be looking at releasing a full album by the end of the year with him.

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

We are trying to play as much live venues as possible, also we are reaching out to blogs / music website and see if they could review / write about us or about the EP.

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

We never give up on music; we are just so passionate about it!

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

There is no magic formula; I usually start playing random riffs at rehearsal, practice, etc…Until one of the things catches my attention. I then build upon it until I reach a song structure upon which I share with members of the band for feedback. If that works well we include the feedback and take it from there for leads and vocals

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Tell us your complete understanding of copyright. 

We have a pretty good understanding of the music copyright. Our EP is copyrighted and protected by Compass, which is the Singaporean equivalent of the US ASCAP or BMI. All the songs have ISRC code as well.

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

The best way is definitely through our Facebook page

Facebook

 

or via mail

falsegharialband@gmail.com

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Give us the links to your various stores.

Bandcamp

 

SoundCloud

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Tell us your favourite genre of music. 

Heavy metal and progressive metal.

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs.

It is mainly about injustice in this world and its implication to the weak people out there. Raped children, abused women forced into prostitution, terrorism victims…

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Tell us all we need to know about this song.

This song is inspired by the movie of the same name and deals about prostitution from side, women and clients. It features an epic Gilmouresque solo from David Wallimann.

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Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming. 

Digital distribution provides lots of opportunities to new bands to distribute their work at low cost. But unfortunately this creates competition and the market is flooded with lots of music. Your works need to stand out to be listened to. It also contributed a lot to the reduction of the music business as a whole.

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Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue. 

Merchandising definitely, but also premium / collector packages, vinyl, private encounters / lessons, etc… But to reach that level you need to build a strong presence in social media and become known, which is more and more difficult in today’s conditions.

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

I don’t have any opinion on it, as long as you can play good music then whatever way you’ve chosen would work for you.

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

I obviously didn’t write any hit song 🙂 but it will probably need simple structure, good melody and originality.

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

Most probably a high end gear: guitar, bass amp and cabinets. Also a good sounding drum kit and excellent recording mics. A good desktop with wide screen and the best of UAD / Waves and Slate digital plugins

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

Stage presence and communion with public. Performance needs to be impressible and flawless as well

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List your five favourite songwriters. 

James Hetfield

Greg Mackintosh

Mikael Akerfeldt

Jari Maenpaa

Mastodon

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List your five favourite music producers. 

Flemming Rasmussen

Fredrik Nordström

Bob Rock

Terry Date

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

Unfortunately I still don’t know that feeling yet and I am really looking forward to discovering it.

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Describe your best mood to write a song. 

When I am sad.

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State the official date of release. 

24 January, 2018.

False Gharial

Share your life story with us.

False Gharial is a band of passionate musicians. It all started when Hatem, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, moved from France to Singapore. He posted an ad in local musician forum looking for a band and mentioned Paradise Lost as influence. It turns out Paradise Lost is not common in Singapore and the ad interested Faisal, a big fan of PL. That’s how the 2 of them connected together and Hatem was introduced to Zan, the drummer, and Black, the lead guitarist of the band at that time.

 

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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.

Justin Ho: He patiently listened and provided feedback on the song structure and recording. His contribution is critical in this EP and we are so grateful to him.

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

“Birth” is a DIY EP, meaning all the recording happened at Hatem’s basement. It was definitely a learning experience and a lot of time and effort were allocated to learn music production. We tried to capture this moment in a making of music video.

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Go into detail about your songwriting process.

Hatem, singer and rhythm guitar, is the main songwriter. It usually starts with a main riff that develops into a song structure then he shares it with the rest of the band. Bass and drums comes next, then leads and finally vocals.

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

Francois recently joined the band as a lead guitar, and he is very proficient and a riff machine. We will be looking at releasing a full album by the end of the year with him.

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

We are trying to play as much live venues as possible, also we are reaching out to blogs / music website and see if they could review / write about us or about the EP.

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

We never give up on music; we are just so passionate about it!

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

There is no magic formula; I usually start playing random riffs at rehearsal, practice, etc…Until one of the things catches my attention. I then build upon it until I reach a song structure upon which I share with members of the band for feedback. If that works well we include the feedback and take it from there for leads and vocals

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Tell us your complete understanding of copyright.

We have a pretty good understanding of the music copyright. Our EP is copyrighted and protected by Compass, which is the Singaporean equivalent of the US ASCAP or BMI. All the songs have ISRC code as well.

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

The best way is definitely through our Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/FalseGharial/ or via mail falsegharialband@gmail.com

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Give us the links to your various stores.

https://falsegharial.bandcamp.com/releases

 

https://soundcloud.com/falsegharial

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Tell us your favourite genre of music.

Heavy metal and progressive metal.

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs.

It is mainly about injustice in this world and its implication to the weak people out there. Raped children, abused women forced into prostitution, terrorism victims…

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Tell us all we need to know about this song.

This song is inspired by the movie of the same name and deals about prostitution from side, women and clients. It features an epic Gilmouresque solo from David Wallimann.

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Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming.

Digital distribution provides lots of opportunities to new bands to distribute their work at low cost. But unfortunately this creates competition and the market is flooded with lots of music. Your works need to stand out to be listened to. It also contributed a lot to the reduction of the music business as a whole.

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Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue.

Merchandising definitely, but also premium / collector packages, vinyl, private encounters / lessons, etc… But to reach that level you need to build a strong presence in social media and become known, which is more and more difficult in today’s conditions.

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Tell us your thought on self-training and going to

educational institution to study music.

I don’t have any opinion on it, as long as you can play good music then whatever way you’ve chosen would work for you.

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

I obviously didn’t write any hit song 🙂 but it will probably need simple structure, good melody and originality.

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

Most probably a high end gear: guitar, bass amp and cabinets. Also a good sounding drum kit and excellent recording mics. A good desktop with wide screen and the best of UAD / Waves and Slate digital plugins

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

Stage presence and communion with public. Performance needs to be impressible and flawless as well

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List your five favourite songwriters.

James Hetfield

Greg Mackintosh

Mikael Akerfeldt

Jari Maenpaa

Mastodon

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List your five favourite music producers.

Flemming Rasmussen

Fredrik Nordström

Bob Rock

Terry Date

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

Unfortunately I still don’t know that feeling yet and I am really looking forward to discovering it.

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Describe your best mood to write a song.

When I am sad.

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State the official date of release.

24 January, 2018.

False Gharial

Share your life story with us.

False Gharial is a band of passionate musicians. It all started when Hatem, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, moved from France to Singapore. He posted an ad in local musician forum looking for a band and mentioned Paradise Lost as influence. It turns out Paradise Lost is not common in Singapore and the ad interested Faisal, a big fan of PL. That’s how the 2 of them connected together and Hatem was introduced to Zan, the drummer, and Black, the lead guitarist of the band at that time.

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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. 

Justin Ho: He patiently listened and provided feedback on the song structure and recording. His contribution is critical in this EP and we are so grateful to him.

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

“Birth” is a DIY EP, meaning all the recording happened at Hatem’s basement. It was definitely a learning experience and a lot of time and effort were allocated to learn music production. We tried to capture this moment in a making of music video.

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.

Go into detail about your songwriting process. 

Hatem, singer and rhythm guitar, is the main songwriter. It usually starts with a main riff that develops into a song structure then he shares it with the rest of the band. Bass and drums comes next, then leads and finally vocals.

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

Francois recently joined the band as a lead guitar, and he is very proficient and a riff machine. We will be looking at releasing a full album by the end of the year with him.

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

We are trying to play as much live venues as possible, also we are reaching out to blogs / music website and see if they could review / write about us or about the EP.

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.

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

We never give up on music; we are just so passionate about it!

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

There is no magic formula; I usually start playing random riffs at rehearsal, practice, etc…Until one of the things catches my attention. I then build upon it until I reach a song structure upon which I share with members of the band for feedback. If that works well we include the feedback and take it from there for leads and vocals

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Tell us your complete understanding of copyright. 

We have a pretty good understanding of the music copyright. Our EP is copyrighted and protected by Compass, which is the Singaporean equivalent of the US ASCAP or BMI. All the songs have ISRC code as well.

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

The best way is definitely through our Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/FalseGharial/

or via mail

falsegharialband@gmail.com

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Give us the links to your various stores. 

https://falsegharial.bandcamp.com/releases

https://soundcloud.com/falsegharial

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Tell us your favourite genre of music. 

Heavy metal and progressive metal.

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs. 

It is mainly about injustice in this world and its implication to the weak people out there. Raped children, abused women forced into prostitution, terrorism victims…

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.

Tell us all we need to know about this song. 

This song is inspired by the movie of the same name and deals about prostitution from side, women and clients. It features an epic Gilmouresque solo from David Wallimann.

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.

Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming. 

Digital distribution provides lots of opportunities to new bands to distribute their work at low cost. But unfortunately this creates competition and the market is flooded with lots of music. Your works need to stand out to be listened to. It also contributed a lot to the reduction of the music business as a whole.

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Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue. 

Merchandising definitely, but also premium / collector packages, vinyl, private encounters / lessons, etc… But to reach that level you need to build a strong presence in social media and become known, which is more and more difficult in today’s conditions.

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

I don’t have any opinion on it, as long as you can play good music then whatever way you’ve chosen would work for you.

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.

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

I obviously didn’t write any hit song 🙂 but it will probably need simple structure, good melody and originality.

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.

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

Most probably a high end gear: guitar, bass amp and cabinets. Also a good sounding drum kit and excellent recording mics. A good desktop with wide screen and the best of UAD / Waves and Slate digital plugins

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

Stage presence and communion with public. Performance needs to be impressible and flawless as well

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List your five favourite songwriters. 

James Hetfield

Greg Mackintosh

Mikael Akerfeldt

Jari Maenpaa

Mastodon

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List your five favourite music producers.

Flemming Rasmussen

Fredrik Nordström

Bob Rock

Terry Date

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

Unfortunately I still don’t know that feeling yet and I am really looking forward to discovering it.

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Describe your best mood to write a song. 

When I am sad.

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State the official date of release. 

24 January, 2018.

Good.To.Go

Share your life story with us.

My name is Good.To.Go and I grew up in Virginia but found my home in Venice Beach, California. I’ve always found the most joy traveling, living out of a car, seeing/discovering and meeting new people. Music and words have always been my constant throughout my life and from festival to festival, concert to concert, I had discovered a way to emcee over a wide array of genres.

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Share your press release.

My body of work and what’s to come can be found at goodtogovibes.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.

I’ve been fortunate and lucky to work with so many talented artists and producers this past year.  It’s been a growing and learning experience with each of them. On this track alone shout outs to Dylan Emmet and BlanQ.

Others who deserve love and mention are: Troy Tryer, Simone, B.Love, Daygo, Kevin Snevely, John Werthmann, Daniel Feels, G.Smith and Dunn. I highly recommend checking out these names and what’s to come from them.

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

Being in the studio and being on stage are both cathartic but in different ways.

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Go into detail about your songwriting process.

Being in the studio and going through the whole songwriting process is being vulnerable with your producer or cowriter. Even if your already friends or just meeting for the first time to write, sharing personal lyrics or a whole life event, (which some of your closer friends might not even know), can be nerve racking.  As an emcee, it starts with a beat and then from that beat, I’ve always let that channel my thoughts. It could be a freestyle that comes naturally or lyrics I’ve had in the memory banks for a while. From the freestyles the song develops. Along with the producer and/or writer we pick the favorite flows and find a hook. Each person bounces ideas back and forth and with that evolution a song is created. A lot of times it’s rapid fire, but sometimes you let the track rest and come back in a week ‘late night’ after some drinks and pick up again. Not only is the process such a release but it’s pure fun and when the whole room of however many people are bumping that track when it’s finished….it’s simply the best.

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Discuss your performance.

Being on stage is pure freedom. The beats, a drummer, and  being on a microphone…..the combination of performing, jamming, freestyling and the crowd vibing with, is instant gratification. You’re put to the test and only have a few moments to catch that attention and win them over. It’s a release but also a personal competition to myself to connect and hopefully reach out to a listener with a personal song.

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

This year of 2018 already has 2 new EPs in the works and finally new music videos. I’m excited to have some newer music to share and get out there. Last year was a year in the shadows working and rethinking how to write and create. The fine-tuning of how to better try to write a song that actually could help someone.

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

I am trying to expand by finally putting the music out there and performing again. I wanted to say thank you to you all (Broadtube Music) for wanting to share this song and my story.  Got to start acting like I do when I’m on stage, and let no fear stop me from sharing on the internet.

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

Earlier I shared my main website but social media wise I’m super active on IG.

Good.to.go is my handle and there I share my love for photography, life and music.

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs.

It’s hard to say one thing I constantly write about. My lyrics and storytelling is all inspired by real life events. I will say there is a constant theme of introspection and rising above your own darkness.  A dream is to have a fan one day, say my song helped them like so many songs have helped me in the past. With that said, hip-hop is also about fun and living it up, which sits more with this track. This is a fun pump up song combining two of my favorite genres punk and hip-hop. This one is about the time I trimmed weed up in a season. It’s just a super fun track referencing the lifestyle and celebrating it. No rent life, no tax life. It’s a real lifestyle and an inspiring one too. Waking up every day in a beautiful place, to hang out, trim, write, read, hike, etc.

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Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming.

I’m just learning more about digital distribution and releasing my personal music via the web. So hopefully soon I can give a real opinion on all that.

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Describe your best mood to write a song.

I don’t know if there’s a best mood to write a song….but I do know writing a song puts me in the best mood.

Euphorik

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

My real name is Jesse Karakai, I was born in Victoria, BC, Canada. As a kid I always gravitated towards music, I used it as a form of escape from whatever is going on in my life. I have been playing guitar since I was 9 and started working with my voice and learning how to rap when I was 14.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

I graduated high school, barely lol.

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

I am a rapper/producer that goes by Euphorik. Music has always been a huge part of my life, whether it was my dad playing me old rock records, or my brother introducing me to punk and metal when I was young, music has always been there for me. I started playing music when I was 9 and haven’t stopped since. I have been performing as Euphorik for about 3 years now, doing local shows, opening for big artists, and touring western Canada. As well as rapping, I feel like I am a quite talented producer. I have a good ear for what makes songs stand out.

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

I make hip hop music. I have always been a really passionate person and a strong believer that you can do whatever you want in life and make it work. That’s what this song is about, telling the people around me to chase their dreams, and reminding myself to keep pushing.

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

Branding and consistency. Firstly, you have to have a solid product and a visual image or representation that people can attach to it. Then you have to stay putting out content often, and keep reminding your fans that you are here to stay.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

I’m promoting my music through Submithub, local blogs, staying consistent on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat. Messaging people a lot too, sparking a conversation with new people I meet and seeing if they are interested in hearing my music. Never force music on people, they don’t like that.

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

Music, family, friends and food make me happy. Not being creative or feeling like I’m complacent makes me sad.

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Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song.

The song is called “Tides”, in the chorus I say “I can feel the tides changing”. What I mean by this is that for so long I felt like I was getting nowhere with my music but now this year everything is changing. I’m more focused than ever and I know big things are coming in the future.

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

Nobody has featured this song yet, as it just came out today.

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Give us links to where the song can be purchased. 

iTunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/album/ id1342501075?ls=1&app=itunes

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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.

For this song I did everything. I was inspired to make the beat after hearing this song “Bali” by 88Glam, I even named the beat file “Bali”. I already had most of the lyrics written by the time I finished the beat. Then I recorded it all by myself and did the mix and master by myself.

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

I have been in the industry for about 4 years now. I have done well over 100 shows opening up for big names like Hopsin, Token, Masta Ace etc. My goal for this year is to be making enough money and have enough fans so that music can be my main and only source of income. My 5 year goal is to have millions of fans all over the world, be selling out shows and hear the fans sing all the words to every song at those shows.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

I feel like no one else raps like me, my flow, my cadence is very unique. And my passion makes me stand out. A lot of rappers act like they’re too cool to even rap, but nah, I really love this and I’m here to let everyone know that.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music. 

My weakness is definitely self-doubt, but at the same time my strength is outstanding confidence. It just matters if I’m inspired, so I surround myself with people who push me to do better everyday.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

88Glam – “Bali”

6lack – “Never Know”

Russ – “Flip”

Lil Skies – “Cloudy Skies”

Big Sean – “Deep”

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Tell us your position on “DIY” Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.

I have nothing against singing to a major label. I just think artists should build up their own fan base before singing so they can stay relevant and have longevity.

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Tell us the instruments put together in this song.

This one’s pretty simple; it’s just drums, an 808 and 2 different synths layered on top of each other.

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

I want to act at some point. I did some acting in high school but nothing for years. Maybe in like 10 years lol.

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

For me the confidence just came right after I performed for the first time. The feeling was so electrifying that I felt like nothing could stop me, I’ve been addicted ever since.

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

Branding and consistency will make people want to invest in your business.

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Tell us your experience pertaining TV/Radio plugging.

I haven’t been on TV and only internet radio stations.

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Narrate your recording experience.

Very quick actually. Set my computer up in the studio and nailed everything on the first or second take; it only took like 15 minutes.

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List your various works.

I have 2 mixtapes out, one released in 2015 with about 10 songs, and the other released in 2016 with 22 songs.

A 5 song EP released in 2016.

And dozens of singles and music videos since then.

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State links to connect you on social media.

https://www.facebook.com/ Euphorikmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/ euphorik_music/

https://soundcloud.com/ euphorik-music

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfno4Sv3SE8i5KUXOeBfgQ

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State the official date of release.

January 31st, 2018.

Angela Peterson

Discuss your personality.

I would describe my personality as playful, laid back, and spunky.

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Brief us about you as a musician. 

I have been performing professionally since I was 10 years old. Up until 2011, I performed a minimum of 200 shows a year and have opened for Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Trace Adkins, Big$Rich, Gary Allan and more! I’m a natural!

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

My entire life has revolved around my career for as long as I remember. When I was a child, I was working while my friends were enjoying slumber parties. This is just one example of what led me to cherish every single moment. A music career is a choice that must be backed up by stamina, tough skin, hard work, courage, and determination. It’s surely not for the faint of heart.

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

The benefit of music as a primary career teaches you; patience above all. You learn to appreciate every moment you get to spend with family and friends, because road life can become very lonely, very quickly. To answer the second part of your question, of course there are drawbacks as well of choosing music as a career. Not only do you miss out on social life on the home front, but you must constantly be aware of your image and likeness because you are also choosing to become an immediate role model. I receive so much fan mail explaining how I set the tone to this or that, or how my experience and strength provided much needed testimony to another one’s growth. This is an honor, however, it can become quite hard to let your guard down which can easily in turn make you more reclusive. People tell me I’m the life of the party, but I often only feel at home on the stage. I guess it’s difficult to explain, but I wouldn’t turn back time and change a single thing. I’m so beyond proud of my accomplishments musically, and feel as though I have such a strong and supportive fan base. It has taken me years to acquire both and I appreciate the strength that music has provided me.

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

I am a former RCA Recording Artist. I have toured and traveled and performed in stadiums of 20,000 plus. I’ve signed autographs for 4 hours straight. I’ve been followed by paparazzi. I know all that fame entails. It is manageable as long as you remain humble and genuine.

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Elaborate on the story line of this song.

When I sat down to write “Firearms & Firewater”, it was my first time to meet the co-writer on this song, Dee Briggs (which was set up by a publisher on our behalf) we immediately hit it off as if we had been friends for years. I was telling him about myself…describing myself as a spitfire who doesn’t take any mess from anyone. I explained how I’m often referred to as a “Firecracker!” The conversation took off from there, and a few short stories later, we found ourselves with a quickly half-written song with a surprisingly catchy vibe. It’s so fun to hear that we chose it as a single with the help of my fans.

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

I am all over social media! You can find me by simply googling my name, Angela Peterson, AP Crew (name of my fan club) Official Angela Peterson, and even Angela Peterson Band. All of my social media links are available on my website at http://www.officialangelapeterson.com I work hard and make it a personal mission to reply to every single fan personally via FB, Twitter, Instagram, and my website. In fact, some of my closest friends started out as fans and through the years we have kept in close contact to the point where we are much more than two people that met on a meet & greet. My music can also be purchased through my on-line shop on my website as well as iTunes, Apple Music, etc.

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Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.

The greatest moment of my music career was singing a song I had written and recorded for my brother to him as he prepared to meet our Lord. Knowing that something I created brought him comfort during that transition made me so unbelievably proud and at peace. Of course there are other times that are high achievements, but I am a close family gal, so this is by far my heart.

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

I am highly and heavily experienced with tours, radio, concerts, etc. Again, I have literally devoted my entire life to my career so it is all I know. All of my energy has always been obviously relevant for my music. I’ve worked with the best and learned every step of the way.

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Tell us how you relate with your fans.

I am very personable with my fans. I have had fans for decades that have raised their children and grandchildren on my songs. I adore them and respect them and we never let one another down. They are there for me as I am for them.

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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 would change absolutely nothing if I could turn back the hands of time. It is what it is. It was what it was. God’s will is mine and I accept all that has come to be.

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

There are too many influences in my career to name them all. I’ve been very blessed with whom I have toured with, whom I have worked with, written with, etc. My biggest influences are my parents who believed in me and provided my first opportunity.

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

Before choosing music as a career, you must know that your entire life will be music first. You will literally eat, breathe, sleep and drink music. Your every thought will include music not out of strict necessity, but because your soul is all purely music.

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Discuss your good and bad experience in life.

You’ll have to wait for my autobiography to be released. Let’s just say that my life has been a roller coaster.

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Name the artists that have influenced the world.

I believe that influences in the music business come from ordinary every day regular people. I believe that influences in the music business come from the legends before me such as Conway Twitty, Crystal Gayle, Eddie Rabbit, George Jones, etc. I believe that influences in the music business come from other genre artists – Celine Dion, Norah Jones, Otis Redding, etc. I believe that influences in the music business come from managers and producers, fan mail and in the music business; influence is everywhere as long as you keep your eyes wide open and are always eager to learn.

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

In the music business there is constant rejection. For every yes you would have already received a dozen no’s and a dozen more passes and it is in these moments that you realize you can only be you, you can only sing YOUR voice. Not everyone will always love you and appreciate your work and that’s OK. You must first and foremost believe in yourself and love what you do and appreciate your own creations. It is in these moments that you become stronger and learn to respect yourself no matter what anyone else opinion is of you.

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

The most negative comment I have ever received when it comes to my music would be I guess, impossible to answer. Why? Because I choose not to focus on negative. I couldn’t care less what negative comments have been made. The negative comments literally go in one ear and out the other if I ever shall hear them and when I do hear things like, “You’re TOO polished, TOO poised, TOO good in numerous genres and we don’t know what to do with you…” I just feel sorry for those that can’t find the beauty in originality. Negativity in my life warrants no remarks. I have been through a lot more than anyone could possibly imagine. I’ve been told that I would never walk or talk much less sing again and I’m back. I’m back after what seemed to be impossible. So literally anything negative has no value in my life.

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Tell us how to become a famous artist.

When I was a young girl all I could think of was my dream of becoming a “famous singer-a household name.” Through the years and numerous experiences that have shaped and molded my life, I came to realize that the moments that make you who you are, are all that matter. For me personally, I couldn’t care less about fame. I sing for my soul. I sing for my God. I sing for my fans and I sing for the love of music. Period.

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

I do hope that my provided testimony will help influence and help someone who is going through the same things I have already crawled out of and overcome myself. To me that’s all of the impact I deem necessary.

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Elaborate on the recording process of this song.

After my cowriter and I wrote this song, I recorded the original version at Blackbird Studios here in Nashville, Tennessee which was a dream come true and I later changed some lyrics and musical notes at Starstruck Studios here in Nashville, Tennessee and we put the finishing touches on our song at my partner’s home studio before sending it off to be mixed and mastered and sent out to you.

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State the official date of release.

The official date of release is today February 1, 2018.

http://www.officialangelapeterson.com

Evan Doan Jenkins

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Northern Virginia just outside of Washington D.C. I was very involved with music at a young age taking piano and vocal lessons, Saxophone lessons as well as touring D.C with various choir groups. I graduated from high school in 2012 to go onto the Berklee College of Music to major in Songwriting. Outside of music I enjoy life by always finding a reason to laugh and enjoy. Film and comedy play a role of motivation for me to relax and in turn write music freely.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

I have been obsessed with Funk, Jazz, Classic Rock and Soul since I was a boy. Being inspired by the Beatles, Steely Dan, James Brown, Otis Redding, etc. I’ve been able to absorb so many sounds as well as current artists who are changing the game inspire me.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

My genre is very eclectic, over time it’s been a huge concoction. I started as mainly a blues, funk keyboard/vocalist. But throughout learning new music and hearing others inspire me. It has changed and I have grown to appreciate and be a part of all music! It’s general as a songwriter. As an artist though I still stick to my roots.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

My good friend Connor Edmunds and I have known each other for years now. We both attended the Berklee College of Music and eventually found ourselves in Nashville. We met up and wanted to do something in the pop/electronic game so we did. We both are advanced instrumentalists. Connor is an excellent engineer and producer and with my musicianship and melodies we came up with this song entitled, “Closer”.

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

Currently the main struggle is finance and needing management. I know who I am as a musician and as an artist. I have an ever flowing creative mind though it is halted through projects and missions I have because I don’t have enough money to do the projects in a timely fashion. I work on things in moderation and have to work a day job (that is not music) to pay rent and live. The goal is to eventually make enough money through my music to have that as my sole source of income… and will bring infinite happiness.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

We met up and wanted to do something in the pop/electronic game so we did. We both are advanced instrumentalists. Connor is an excellent engineer and producer and with my musicianship and melodies we came up with this song entitled, “Closer”.

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

My career started I would say when I graduated from school. Obviously my music started when I was a young boy. Though my career started with graduating and leaving school with a band that I started 3-4 years ago called “Jive McFly”. I wrote the music for the band and was the lead singer/vocalist. We gigged all around the Boston and New York area until we moved to Nashville in the summer of 2016. We shortly found ourselves with different goals and expectations and as much as I wanted it to keep going it was better to move on as a solo artist. Since then I’ve put out an album and have been playing gigs all around the Nashville area with a project I put together with constantly putting out music under me as an artist as well as through co-writes like this song that we’ve submitted to you.

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

What inspires me to write are two things. One being the pure joy that I get out of playing and singing everyday. The melodies and sounds open my mind to being creative and reaching internally. The second being influenced by others. Knowing so many talented musicians around the US and seeing what they’re doing push me to try harder, try new things, and set new goals for myself. Making sure to not be stagnant.

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

If your goal is to have a hit song there are tools always that every artist uses. First the Chorus or “hook” must be catchy. That is the first thing to work on I’d say. Something that the audience members and non-musicians can relate to lyrically and can sing. Second I would say is to have great instrumentalists play on your music (if you are not one-you probably should be able to tell), as well as having certain tricks that most hits have. Analyze what is on the radio and try to emulate it but at the same time stay original.

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

Though the simplest advice would be to do what you love, practice it, never think you’ve learned everything and be original. People like being reminded of their favorite prior artists because that’s how they can know what they like in you as an artist. Though you must still be original, otherwise it’s you copying something that was already more successful than you will ever be.

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

I write my music most of the time first. Then I write lyrics, sometimes it’s the opposite though usually music first, the vibe. Singing/melodies come to me very naturally though sewing these things together is the challenge. Recording kind of is subjective to the project. Sometimes I’ll record everything live at once in a studio, sometimes in a bedroom I’ll record with others part by part.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.

Honestly anyone. I’m at a point in my career that I don’t want to be picky. I’d work with anyone that would be willing to collaborate our sounds and can work professionally.

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

Evandjenkins.com is a main source to find my music currently. As well as being on Spotify, iTunes, SoundCloud and other platforms under my name “Evan Doan Jenkins”.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

I have moments not days as I believe most people do. Though getting into school and finding myself as a musician have been the happiest moments I can recall. Sad/disappointing moments have to do with death or the end of a relationship with certain people and friends.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would first take care of college debt and buy my parents a house in any country they’d want. As well as get great management and lawyers for my brand and music. Then I’d start my own studio and have artists under my label.

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Tell us about your song.

“Closer” is about a love interest not explored yet between two friends that have had a relationship for years. Now that the main character has come back to her since leaving the friendship at an early age to attain their goals, they realize after coming back home that they’ve never looked at each other in this way. They are interested now in what the potential of their friendship and love could turn into.

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

Managing life is a struggle at times with becoming an adult at 24.  Outside of music, I work a day job; I exercise by boxing and running. Appreciating other art forms and seeing other musicians live. Having different groups of friends to be inspired by as well as mentally freeing myself so I can feel like a regular person.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.

The Beatles, Beethoven, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Steely Dan, and many more obviously. It’s hard to not be bias to my idols but also touch every genera.

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music.

I plan on first being able to eventually live financially solely on my music. Then tour as an artist around the world. Selling songs or licensing songs are another avenue as well!

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

It is everything. The market is overly saturated by this point and the only things to set you apart now are creativity and originality.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music.

It is the one thing I’ve enjoyed since I found it; that hasn’t seemed like a chore or an obligation. I know what love feels like and I know music runs deep in my soul and is always there for me. It is something I will do for the rest of my life that isn’t dependent on anyone else. Life is meant to be enjoyed I believe and making money doing what I love seems to be the way I will enjoy my life whole heartily.

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

My preference is definitely old school. Adapting to new school is more of my challenge. It’s hard in this market because it is so saturated that people just digest what they’re given, which is more of the business than the music. Though there is an upswing now of old school funk/rock blending with new school technology and strategy that I believe I can catch that wave.

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

If I had that kind of power I’d give it to someone much wiser than I. Making sure that everyone no matter where they came from or what they looked like had a voice and were treated fairly.

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State the official date of release.

January 26th, 2018.

 

Callen

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.

This song in particular was a fun co-write and collaboration with Evan Jenkins. It started out with a lyrical concept way out in left field and very hip hop, then turned into this ballad that’s not really saying “I love you,” but it’s saying “I’ve loved you for a while now and it took leaving to realize it.” When we were writing it I was picturing two kids growing up together as best friends in a “middle of nowhere esq town.” When they both move away; it takes missing each other for them to realize they should give love a try.

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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.