Sally and Michael

Tell us everything will need to know about you.

We are two little bears from England.

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

Pop music is so fun!

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Tell us your experience as a musician. 

OMG! We love playing music.

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Tell us the theme of your song.

Fun!

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Go into detail about your opinion on religion and politics. 

We think everyone should try to be really kind to everyone they meet.

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Explain the changes you have observed so far in the music industry.

After the excess of the 90’s, and the bloating and complacency of the major labels, the wonder of new technologies – primarily the internet – being completely ignored, and worse, fought against, has created a sort of Wild West frontier for new creators, albeit still very much reliant on the power of the few. Capitalizing on an industry predicated by algorithms has yielded encouraging formative returns for some of our peers, who are fighting to be heard in this challenging but exciting new environment. Others are not so lucky, as we need more people in positions of power to take a chance on new music and invest in artist’s careers. Concurrently, the democratization of music making tools superficially benefits everyone, lowering the barrier to entry – however, just because everyone can make music, doesn’t necessarily mean they should, and it is now harder than ever to rise above the noise. Should we have laptops? Let’s find out! We live in an exciting time!

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason. 

Grizzly Bear, The 2 Bears, Bear Patrol, Bears Den, Ed Sheerbear, The Spice Girls and Picasso.

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Give us the links to your social network and stores. 

Website

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics. 

Focus groups.

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist. 

We love working with other artists.

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Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people to dance or making the kind of music with genuine message that inspires them.

It’s fun!

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Tell us what you know about copyright. 

You should not steal other artists’ work.

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Discuss the impact of a Performing Rights Organization. 

These people help us protect our work.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation. 

If it pops into your head it must be really fun.

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Go into detail on the recording process of this song. 

This song began as a chorus idea jotted out very quickly in one moment of inspiration while playing a Roland RD1000 keyboard (Elton John’s favourite electric piano). The piano was put down on a Pro Tools HD rig set up temporarily in a house we were staying in. The main piano took about 15 minutes and was recorded in stereo through a Neve 1073 dpa with a little compression from a waves Puigchild 670 Fairchild emulation. After plotting the structure out in Pro Tools, a verse melody was written and some demo lyrics sung into a Shure sm7, again through the Neve 1073 and tracking through a Puigchild 660. A long time was spent creating the main harmony blocks in the chorus. A drum loop was added and a couple of synths used to fatten up the track. (Arturia prophet 2 / Omnisphere). After a few weeks the session had been transferred to a new laptop based Pro Tools rig using an Apollo twin interface, and had begun to be worked on that system using the additional DSP of the UA unit to begin mixing. The main vocal was recorded on a Neumann u87 straight into the Apollo unison mic pre using the 610B legacy mic pre and the 1176 emulation. The last things to be recorded were the guitar spreads in the last choruses and the saxophones. The rest of the mix and additional production was done on the laptop – two versions of the song were being worked on at the same time, this is the more fully featured production in a typical pop way, but a more minimalistic synth remix version also exists and might get released as well.

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Discuss your music performance.

We take lots of honey before singing.

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State the official date of release.

30th March 2018. It’s coming out on Good Friday because that’s a Good Day for a bear song.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it. 

We are Sally and Michael.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The song is called “Fun”. And it means that when you are sad sometimes you just have to be silly and jump and dance.

 

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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