Roby Fayer & Rotem

 

Discuss the composition of this song.

We sit together at Roby’s studio and start pitching ideas and compositions, together with some lyrics we might have got in mind. Until we get a tune captured and continue developing it.

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State the name of your producer and elaborate on the production of the song.

The process of producing a song starts with writing and composing it with the singer (Rotem). Once there is a sketch Roby works on the production with his very close friend and the producer Ido Namer.

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Go into details on the lyrics of the song.

We both love the nature and use it as a metaphor in our songs, to describe our feelings. The lyrics of this song are dealing with difficult experiences we all get in our lives. It’s about hopes and regrets. Looking back and thinking what we could do better.

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Elaborate on your music career.

Rotem is a singer/songwriter and guitarist, Roby Fayer is a music producer and a composer, both from Israel. They began collaborating in 2014 and released the first single of Roby’s debut album- “Safety Land”. Since then, Rotem has been performing all over the UK, playing at festivals such as “WonderFields” and “Oxjam” and has released her new single (Hurricane) in the UK. Roby has been working with mainstream artists within Israel, releasing new songs such as the 2015 Assassins Creed Unity trailer “Ready to Fight” and many more, being played on various mainstream radio stations in Israel and online, building his fan base around the world.

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Brief us on how you are reaching fans with your music.

Rotem has traveled to the UK to play to a wider audience and build her profile within the UK’s music industry. Roby has been releasing more songs from his debut album as well as producing songs for mainstream artists in Israel such as Shiri Maimon and reaching wide audience on Media Platforms and radio.

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Discuss your motive behind making music.

We are making music because for us it is the best way to express our feelings, and seeing others relate to our experiences is priceless.

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Discuss the process of your songwriting.

Every time is different; sometimes lyrics just come to us naturally when we’ve got the tune captured. Sometimes it could take a long time to get in the zone and find the right lyrics. Either way, we put our heads together and write and compose the song no matter how long it takes.

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Brief us about your work and achievement so far in your music career.

In 2014 Roby released the song “Ready to Fight” on Soundcloud and received a message from the company of Assassins Creed video game. The day after the song has been announced as the official trailer song together with a video for the 2015 Assassins Creed Unity game. In 2017 Rotem’s new single ‘Hurricane’ and her previous single ‘Waterfalls’ were chosen to be played on Caffe Nero’s playlist in shops across the world, as well as in mainstream radio station in Israel (88FM).

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Tell us your opinion on using rhymes dictionary or writing software to develop lyrics.

We try our best to come up with our own lyrics to our songs in the best way possible, but if there’s just one word missing, we might try using a rhymes dictionary to solve the situation. We don’t think it makes our creation less creative.

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Discuss what is old and what is new in the music industry as in overall changes.

Nowadays, the “rules” of the music industry is changing every day. Today it’s all about being visible on every media platform possible and be real. We never try to be something we are not. These days, musicians can know within few days or weeks whether they’ve succeeded with their creation and if the audience love and appreciate their music, whilst few years ago one had to wait and see if people are buying CDs etc.

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Elaborate on how you prepare yourself for a recording session.

We make sure to have a good night sleep and good breakfast, Rotem makes sure to warm up her voice. We usually begin at morning hours and finish afternoon, letting the session take us wherever it goes.

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Brief us on your preference in terms of tempo as in up-tempo, mid-tempo or slow tempo.

Rotem is a singer songwriter and her original songs are mostly slow tempo, and Roby is producing mostly pop songs which are usually more up or mid-tempo. But we find a way to write songs together in tempos that we’re both happy with.

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Discuss your shows or live performance.

Roby is performing mostly on live shows in radios and Rotem is performing at festivals and music venues in Israel and the UK.

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Discuss working as a full time or part time musician.

Being a full-time musician is mostly a lot of fun. As a producer and as a singer/songwriter, you wake up in the morning to do the thing you love the most, you’re independent (no annoying bosses around) but you still got a lot of responsibility.

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Send a message across to your fans and supporters.

We want to thank our fans and supporters across the world for sending your love and your warm words across, proving that there’s a reason for hard work and putting our hearts to our creation. We send our love!

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Discuss the story line of the song.

The song is a voice of a lot of us, thinking back over relationship in our lives. Wondering what we could do better, how we can treasure the good memories and deal with bad experiences.

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Tell us what makes this song unique from others.

We think that the collaboration of an Indie singer/songwriter and a mainstream/pop producer is what makes the song unique from others. It has the softness of Rotem’s music and voice with the up-tempo and the beat of Roby’s productions.

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your compositions.

We try to focus on keeping our lyrics real and our compositions as emotional as we feel whilst writing the songs. We also pay attention to the rhythm and balance of the song, so our listeners could sing along and feel the music with us.

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Tell us the official date of release.

21st of February 2018.

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State the links to your social media and stores.

Follow Roby Fayer

Soundcloud

 

Facebook

 

Twitter

 

Instagram

 

 

Follow Rotem

Website

 

Facbook

 

Instagram

Seedah

Discuss the composition of this song.

The composition of the song – “Lose Yourself” was written by me two years ago. I was in a bad state of mind and position away from my mother who was here in the United Kingdom. I did not see her for about 8 years and at that time I was suffering abuse and maltreatment and the only way I could feel better was to explain how I felt musically when I would reunite with her and feel happy again.

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State the name of your producer and elaborate on the production of the song.

I recorded my two singles with a recording label Regent Street Artistes and the name of my producer there is Cornel Sorian. The duration for the production of this song was about 4 months in which after it was mixed and mastered. I had to book a session once every month because of my education and I had to balance at the same time due to financial hardships. Me and Cornel worked together to ensure that we really brought the song to life by joining heads together to improve the sound and complexity thereby giving it that contemporary jazz, hip hop and smooth sound.

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Go into details on the lyrics of the song.
The lyrics of the song was based on how I felt… my sadness and the bad state of mind mentally and emotionally. I wrote the song when I rejoined my mum in the United Kingdom. The song actually had more meaning because the lyrics “I’m here to put the past way” tries to shed light on the fact most people have a bad or nasty past but we need to move on and let abuse, hatred, suicidal thoughts, pain and so on be bygones. I wrote it to captivate the attention of people who need some sort seal on the big hole that was left in their hearts. It is to encourage them into forgetting the bad aspect of their past and move on, have fun “lose themselves”(freedom, exempted from sadness) that is a quick. Description of what is it about.

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Elaborate on your music career.
My music career- I know it sounds cliché but, music has always been what I wanted to do from a young age, however we are in a society where we are expected to work 9-5 jobs and have a profession. I am currently studying Health and Social Care now and I was recording at the studio at that time as well as working. Balancing it is a big deal, so I have decided to go into university and focus on a music degree and work towards building up myself in the music industry as well develop new techniques for my vocals and songwriting.

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Brief us on how you are reaching fans with your music.

I have got accounts on social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat which are the most prominently means of passing music across. I am more active on Instagram because of the high number of people using it. Often I promote any songs I am working on or about to release on Snapchat and I do sing a lot on there. I would usually play myself in the background singing to a song that I really like.

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Discuss your motive behind making music.

Music is my life! It is something I have always wanted to do if I’m being honest. I write for people who feel like I feel or who I can be emphatic with including those who have suffered depression, bullying, social anxiety and other problems of life. My motive behind music is to encourage those in that position and let them know I go through it as well and that we will all get through it by settling our minds with positives and not let negative aspects shadow our lives.

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Discuss the process of your songwriting.

Songwriting for me is something I would class as one of the most important parts of my lyrics. Most times I get inspiration just by looking at my environment, doing my research and being aware of changes going on in our society for example; corruption. I also get inspiration from my past experiences and how it has molded me as a person.

So, usually a typical day of songwriting will start from me making beats or sounds by humming and using certain mouth movements to create sound, then I’d record it on my phone and play it back again, start finding lyrics to match the song and create a chorus under 2-3 minutes. Me writing the solo for the song at the same time would matter on my level of inspiration.

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Brief us about your work and achievement so far in your music career.

Back in The Gambia I released my first single called “Drain your life” in Minka records with my two friends and this was back when I was 14 years old. When I came to the United Kingdom I also recorded my two singles “Show You” and “Lose Yourself” by RS label and released it on prominent platforms such as iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon and so on.

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Tell us your opinion on using rhymes dictionary or writing software to develop lyrics.

I would say lyrics come as a result of inspiration and inspiration could come in so many ways. Personally, I go on the Internet sometimes and find a very big word, go to the dictionary find the meaning and make a song about that specific thing. The dictionary I would say increases your vocabulary and use of English words. I can say that because I am a big fan of English myself anything concerning poetry or rhyming words are all derived from English words which could be found in the dictionary.

Rhymes I believe are very important too because it is a combination of words that sound alike or having a kind rhythm. It is important in this generation as it is deemed as “cool” or “dope” to have rhymes in lyrics especially as a rapper it is seen as a skill because you are able to combine words that rhyme and yet the lyrics still makes sense.

I believe that writing software is very efficient and fast and it is meant to help writers compose faster. I mean it is kind of like a “mini studio” or Microsoft Word for composition of music. That way you can articulate every single idea, lyric, voice-overs and extra sounds you may want added to your original voice as well as use certain sounds or instrumentals. It is a faster way to get music composed and a great and creative way of doing it.

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Discuss what is old and what is new in the music industry as in overall changes.

I guess there is a lot of sexualization of young teenagers these days. Artistes who want to sell music have to put on a sexual dress in a certain way to grab people’s attention. It’s more or less like a “low-key” trend that no one wants to admit to.

 

Also, nowadays the media has encompassed the music industry so much that music is being sold electronically such as with various platforms including iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and so on before it would have just been mixtapes and selling CDs and so the social media is another powerful way to promote music.

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Elaborate on how you prepare yourself for a recording session.

I feel I try to come with the realization that I need to pour out my heart properly as it will interlink with whatever sound or instrumental is playing and so this makes me in turn practice on techniques and other vocal ideas I could add to my song during the studio session in order to pass my point across in a unique manner.

I also pray because before I do anything and speak positively as this helps to counter my anxiety and makes me more confident to show the new vocal techniques or lyrics I have.

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Brief us on your preference in terms of tempo as in up-tempo, mid-tempo or slow tempo.

I don’t have any loyalties to any kind of tempo I use in my music or like to hear. It would all depend on the fashion of the lyrics or how the rhythm goes. It could also depend on what kind of point you want to pass across. If you are depicting sadness or heartbreak I guess it would be much more slow or sluggish in some ways whereas depicting happiness could be up-tempo and it could go neutral for mid-tempo.

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Discuss your shows or live performance.

For this time being, I haven’t done any shows or performances recently. However, I would be performing on my awards evening as my graduation from college to university is fast approaching.

I have entered and performed at a few talent shows in my life including that of my school back in Nigeria in which I sang with a group of friends and also in Gambia in which I wrote a verse as I was invited to perform by the head of department in Music at my former school.

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Discuss working as a full time or part time musician.

In my case, currently studying Health and Social Care and realizing I need to get back on track of my actual destiny, which is music, it is hard. Because you are left to balance work, heaps of course work and then try to focus on building a music career.

This is the reason why I have decided to venture into full time music and study in university in the hope that even before I leave university or start, I could have built my fan base and reached out to a lot of people out there suffering from life trials with my music.

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Send a message across to your fans and supporters.

What I would say to those who support me is that because of their support, it has pushed me to devote my time into full-time music and I am most grateful to them for shedding light on me and acknowledging my talent and encouraging me to do work towards it.

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Discuss the story line of the song.

“Lose yourself” starts with when I explain to everyone that I made a choice to do my own music despite the discouragements in my life as it was a life chance, I persevered and pushed my way to make sure my music was heard somehow or at least start from somewhere and invested finances in that.

The verse of the rap contains lyrics that tell the story of how I was moving away from the plan and vision that I was destined to have and the friends I had at that time never gave me good counsel and then I talk about my progress as an individual and how I am confident enough to now stand on my own without any manly figure in my life controlling me or discouraging me. Then I jump directly into the lyrics which is what makes the whole song.

 

The chorus relates to whatever struggles I had faced in the past and I am saying that whatever struggles I or anyone has gone through is now bygones and so which would release any grip that our past has over us and have fun, be happy and live life.

 

The bridge then emphasizes on the fact that even with forgetting the past; it takes time and healing and so I am literally just calling out for healing because everyone of us still need to heal from our emotional scars.

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Tell us what makes this song unique from others.
This song was written from deep experiences in my heart that I wanted to speak out on. I would like to believe it is more special than any of my other songs because it depicts true joy, happiness and the overwhelming waves of sadness washing away. The inspiration comes from the most divine experiences of my past on which I hold very dear to me.

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your compositions.

Most of my songs are written from waves of my experiences so it includes; sadness, happiness, joy, lack of self-esteem and contentment. I write about these because I believe the world is a place where depression, sadness and other mental illnesses occur due to traumatic circumstances which emotional scars affect us individuals; some more than the others.

 

The subject matter of my composition is mostly finding peace and finding myself as an individual in the midst of the dangers and trials of this world.

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Tell us the official date of release.

“Lose yourself” was officially released on the 22nd of February 2018.

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State the links to your social media and stores.

Snapchat- Baybie_Monique

Instagram- seedah_e.d.e

Facebook-  Seedah MUSIC

Stone Broken

Heartbeat Away is the emotional and personal song touching on heavy topics hitting close to the band’s heart, taken from highly anticipated upcoming album, Ain’t Always Easy.

Ain’t Always Easy (produced and mixed by Romesh Dodangoda, whose credits include everyone from the likes of Bring Me the Horizon to Motorhead) is set for release on 2nd March 2018 via new home Spinefarm/Universal Music.

 

Heartbeat Away follows raucous lead track Worth Fighting For ­– which garnered huge support from the likes of Planet Rock Radio (A-list), Kerrang Radio (B-list), Total Rock Radio, plus dozens of regional rock ILRs, including local BBC stations and shows.

 

Worth Fighting For was voted Track of the Week by Classic Rock magazine readers upon release – in addition to the mag being full of praise and excitement for the upcoming LP: ‘Purveyors of the kind of riffy hard rock that worked so well for the likes of Black Stone Cherry, Stone Broken just might be one of the current crop of homegrown talent that make major progress in the coming year’.

 

After a busy 2017 touring the length and breadth of the UK and Europe supporting the likes of Glen Hughes and Living Colour, and tearing up the summer festival circuit appearing at prestigious festivals such as Download, Steelhouse, Ramblin’ Man, Planet Rock Radio’s Rockstock and many more, 2018 starts off with a bang in support of Ain’t Always Easy – including a 100% SOLD OUT hometown Birmingham show, with few tickets remaining on all other dates!

OMBRA

Name the artists that have influenced you so far. 

Biffy Clyro, Foals, Nothing But Thieves, Tool, U2 and a lot more.

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Mention the name of the artist you can regard as the “Greatest Of All Time”.

There’s no unique artist that deserves this regard.

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Tell us what you know about composition and how you normally go about it.

All songs are built in rehearsals doing improvisations.
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Tell us about your management team. 

Our management team and record label is Florynata Records and we love them. We can talk to them daily to get our music in new places.

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Tell us what you think about this song. 

We built this song taking in mind the idea of creating a song that starts simple and ends epic.
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Rate the social media and tell us the platform that works best for you in promoting your music. 

We like Instagram. We also use Facebook & Twitter but it’s harder to get known in those ones.

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State the areas that need to be improved more in the music industry.

It’s difficult to say because there are lots of great musicians as well as opportunities out there.

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Tell us about how you are getting your songs to stores as well as getting it to fans.
Working hard with our management team and doing the best we can in social media.

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Tell us how you prepare yourself for a live performance or show. 

We rehearse every week in order to be confident when a live show is coming.
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Tell us your opinion on releasing singles frequently or just an album in a while.
Releasing singles is a great choice to create focus in specific songs. But we love to release an album as a well.

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Mention the name of the artist you will be glad to see the live performance.
Tool was the best show I ever seen.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

Our songs speak mostly of overcoming obstacles and leaving problems behind.
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Tell us about your recording process.

We love to record in DioramaSound studio (Mallorca, Spain). We get in there and in 2-3 months our album is cooked.

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Tell us how boring or exciting the music career can be. 

It’s not boring at all. If you are in this industry it’s because you love it. Every time a person tells that he/she likes your music is priceless.

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State the links to your stores. 

 

Website

 

Spotify

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State the links to connect you. 

 

Website

 

Instagram

 

Facebook

 

SoundCloud

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State the official date of release.
16th February 2018.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it. 

OMBRA. It means shadow in Catalan.

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State the title of the song and the meaning. 

“Tick Tock”. The passing of time.

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State the title of the album and the reason for selecting the title.

“Walk Up The Walls”. We think it represents perfectly the main theme of our songs. Overcoming obstacles and leaving problems behind.

Mitchell Mirande

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

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Tell us your academic qualification.
Bachelors of Science in Biology: Physiology from the University of Washington.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.
I play guitar and sing. I grew up playing piano and saxophone in the school band. In high school I focused on guitar and singing, which is where I began writing songs. Slowly over time through high school and college I developed my songwriting.
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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
Acoustic-pop is what I consider my music. I have songs that are very acoustic and others very poppy.

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Tell us how to run a record label independently and successfully based on your experience as an artist.
I think constantly writing songs and playing gigs is the best way to develop your music. Slowly your songs get better and your shows do as well.
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Tell us how you are promoting your music.
I promote my music through all my social media platforms. Promotion is hard because nowadays people are oversaturated with content and it’s hard to get people’s attention.
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Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad.

Spending time with family and friends makes me happy. I also enjoy alone time reading and playing my music.

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Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song.

The concept behind my song is one that I feel many people experience and one I have myself. It’s about being unsure of where you stand with someone but for some reason always ending up with that person at the end of the night.

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

Radio:

Seattle – The End

KXRM

 

Blogs:

Music is my life

We love that sounds

Bristol Funk

When the horn blows

Wolf in a suit

Broadtube1

Eternity network

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Give us links to where the song can be purchased.

iTunes

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.
I feel like songwriting is a strength of mine and being able to talk off the cuff during performances is a weakness I’ve been working on.
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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

Kaleo – All the Pretty Girls

 

Ed Sheeran – A Team

 

Ed Sheeran – Give Me Love

 

Noah Kahan- Young Blood

 

Juke Ross- Colour Me
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Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music.

Kiteboarding.

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List your various works.

Drunk Games

 

Oh, Ailia

 

Hold On

 

Run It Right Back

 

Light Crashing Down

 

My Way

 

In My Arms

 

Rewind

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State links to connect you on social media.

Mitchell Mirande – Home | Facebook

 

 

Mitchell Mirande (@mitchellmirande) • Instagram photos and videos

 

Mitchell Mirande | Free Listening on SoundCloud

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State the official date of release.
November 3rd, 2017
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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Drunk Games – It’s named after the games you play with someone on a night out when you’re unsure of where you stand.

Unlocking The Truth

 

Tell us how you develop your sound and style to make it different from other musicians.

MALCOLM: We listen to all kinds of music genres; hip-hop, metal, R&B, etc. The band’s sound tries to appeal to all kinds of audiences. I want R&B and hip-hop fans to be able to dance to the metal, simultaneously allowing them to head bang to the music.

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Tell us your opinion on the way new artists are coming up and the frequent release of songs.

MALCOLM:  I love all the new artists coming up, especially in the Trap/Rap scene. As much as many would not like to admit it, they are paving a way for a completely new style of music and sound writing approach. They are the ones influencing us to create the music we make now. I also enjoy the frequent release of songs.   It allows me to scan through what is working and what doesn’t and translate it into what I create.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

MALCOLM:  The word musician doesn’t do it for me. I like the word artist. Being an “artist” allows me to look and express myself and music from so many standpoints. It allows me to watch my growth as a “musician” and a person and work off of my previous ideas and challenges, just like a painter would. We continue to grow because that’s what we do as people, and so will our art. Being in touch with your true artistic, emotional and spiritual side, rather than a technical one is what I consider a true musician. And that’s what I’d like to consider myself.

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Tell us your opinion on streaming and digital download of songs.

MALCOLM:  Of course we are in a new day of age.   Things change and we have to adapt. I don’t see any problem in streaming and downloading music. I’m young and never had to buy cassette tapes or vinyl, and CDs. I like how accessible everything is today and it gives us artists more chances for people to hear our music.

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Tell us how you see yourself in the coming time as a musician

MALCOLM:  I’d like to see myself inspiring a whole new wave of music that combines today’s hip-hop with metal. It would end the beef between metal and hip-hop, young and old, etc.  I’m trying to show the younger and older generations that we both need each other; we can co-exist. That we both have individual aspects that can work together and form something bigger than us.

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Tell us five current artists that are your favorite presently.

MALCOLM:  My five favorite artists at this moment are Lil Uzi Vert, Nirvana, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and Unlocking The Truth.

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Tell us your best song up to date and share the link.

MALCOLM: In my opinion, our best song to date is “Come Closer” and even better songs are coming!

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Tell us your dream and hope for the future.

MALCOLM:  I hope I am able to make an impact on the history of metal, become a legend and push the boundaries, pave a way for a new generation of metal.

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Tell us what you think has changed in the music industry. 

MALCOLM: The internet and computers makes everything more accessible, so it’s easier to create and record your own music and to get your music out there to be discovered.  Just turn on your laptop and get busy.

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Tell us your opinion on TV and radio stations playing the same songs from established artists mostly and giving little chances to independent artists.

MALCOLM: It is what it is but independent artists can use the internet and social media to share their music with anyone who can find them.

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Tell us the challenges you think independent artists are facing and how it can be tackled.

MALCOLM:  The main challenge is money but we can use the internet.  We can use our cellphones, laptops and social media too; so we aren’t completely out of luck. We still have those platforms to get above the noise, to be creative and push ourselves. No one said it would be easy.

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Tell us your opinion on how corruption is affecting the society and how it can be eradicated.

MALCOLM: Corruption has always been a part of the society and we can spend the rest of our lives trying to eradicate it.

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State the links to your social media and stores.

unlockingthetru@optimum.net

www.unlockingthetruthband.com

www.facebook.com/UTTBand

www.twitter.com/UTTband

www.instagram.com/unlockingthetruth

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Tell us what you think about using social media to promote music online.

MALCOLM:  I think social media is good for independent and signed artists. It’s fun, quick and easy way to connect with your fans and promote your brand.  If it wasn’t for social media, we probably would not have been discovered.

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Tell us how the beginning of your music career.

MALCOLM: Jarad and I wanted to start a band; we auditioned and won on Amateur Night at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem USA; my parents set us up in Times Square and the rest is history.

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Tell us what still motivates you to go on with your music career.

MALCOLM:  Making new music and surprising myself with what I can create motivates me to keep creating and composing music! I’m always excited to see what I can come up with next.

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Tell us about you as a person.

MALCOLM:  I’m just an artist who loves to write and compose and now I am producing.

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Elaborate on the story behind the song.

MALCOLM: Basically, “Come Closer” is about two people lost in the madness of the world and using their connection with each other to block it out!

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Tell us the process involved in making this song.

MALCOLM: The guitar melody came first and then the lyrics.  I pieced the song together, segments at a time. Doing the instruments first and then the vocals.

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State the official date of release.

Saturday, February 10, 2018.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Unlocking The Truth.  Unlocking The Truth means today – be the truth; especially with yourself.

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State the title of the album and the reason for picking the title.

We do not have a title for the album just yet.  We’ve only released two singles (“My Chains” and “Come Closer”) on the upcoming album.

Sav Blvd

Share your life story with us. 

I was born in Toronto Canada. Moved to Montreal till I was 5 and then moved to Saudi Arabia for 6 years. My dad worked for a phone company called Bell Canada and they were setting up networks over there. He brought the entire family with him. I have an older sister.

I was always into music and entertainment in general but never really pictured myself actually becoming a musician. I was a shy kid who wanted attention from the ladies but didn’t know how to get it. One day in 9th grade I was in French class when my teacher Ms. Priolo called me up to sing for everybody. I don’t know why I did it but I did……and every girl in that room went crazy. And just like that I started singing. True story!

I ended up joining a 5 man vocal group called In Essence in high school. We wrote a song called “You Will Never Find” and were signed to Funk Master Flex’s management company in NYC. The song ended up getting featured on Flex’s 60 min of Funk CD and all of a sudden we were on our way to stardom! However a showcase for numerous babes went completely WRONG and we never ended up securing a US Label deal. We came back to Canada and ended up signing a deal with BMG/SONY and released our first full length album “The Master Plan” in 2013. The following year we won a Juno for Best R&B recording (BTW a Juno is Canada’s equivalent of the Grammy in the US).

Unfortunately all good things must come to end and in 2006 In Essence broke up. I decided to continue as a solo artist and put out a couple records. “Waiting For Midnight” was released in 2015 and was produced by Ben Mink, the Grammy award winning producer/song writer who has worked with KD Land, Heart, and Leonard Cohen just to name a few. 2015 is also the year I began my summer residency at a venue in the heart of Toronto called Casa Loma. The show is called Soul In The City and it takes place in the gardens of a beautiful historic castle in the city. My 8 piece band “The Righteous Echo” perform classic as well as original material. The show is every Monday starting in June and runs through to September. We pack the house with a 1000+ a night.

But while I love performing those classics I’ve also missed the pop/R&B that started my career. And thus Sav Blvd was created. On this record there’s going to be some pop, some R&B, and some reggae….just feel good music that has inspired me throughout my life. I feel like this has been bubbling in my soul for some time and it feels good to start letting it out.

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Share your press release. 

Juno Winner Sean Jones Releases STOLE

Toronto, ON. 13 February 2018 – Sean Jones began his career as a member of the Juno Award Winning R&B group In Essence.  And now, the artist is taking us back to where it all started, with the release of “STOLE” from his new album to be released later this year as part of Sav Blvd the Artist’s Alter Ego. The album reflects the music and the journey that has shaped the artist.  “STOLE” is an instant reminder why the always in demand Jones, performs to packed venues in Canada and abroad.  Sean Jones is the consummate performer.   Fans know they get the very best of the artist from the moment he hits the stage.  Not just his music, but the heart and soul of the man.   Summer 2018, accompanied by an eight piece band, Sean will take up residency for the fourth year at Casa Loma’s “Soul In The City.”  The always sold out shows are a testament to the talent and draw of the performer. “STOLE” reflects not only the road traveled but the one ahead for the multi-talented Sean Jones.

 

“Stole” is now available on Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/track/2FKTbtQNafqQUrk98hbn2c

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Media Inquiries

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Sasha Stoltz | Sasha@sashastoltzpublicity.com | 416.579.4804

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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’d like to thank my mom, dad, my Ingrid and her husband Thomas who continue to support me to no end. My management company JLE who work tirelessly for me and believe in me. My girl Andrea who has given me the greatest gift anyone could have ever given me. My daughter Savannah. The amazing musicians that I have the privilege of working with: Michael Shand, Calvin Beale, Thomas Reynolds, Jeff Halischuck, Miku Graham, and Miles Raine.

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

Touring is such an amazing experience. I LOVE to travel. When we roll into a new city the first thing I want to do is get settled in the hotel. It’s usually been a long day of travel so it’s nice to get to the room, take a shower, and put on a change of clothes. If the show is that night then there’s not a lot of time to explore. However if we have a free day I make it a point to go and explore the city or town. I check out all the shops. Grab a beer at a local brewery or pub. Ask the concierge where the best breakfast spot is. Take lots of pics and chat with the locals. The unfortunate part is that there’s never enough time to REALLY see everything when you’re on tour. But I have lots of places that I know I want to go back to and spend more time.

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Go into detail about your songwriting process.

You know I don’t really have a “process” per se. Inspiration can hit me at any time. I’ve started songs while walking through the mall! I live 40 min outside of Toronto so if I get stuck in rush hour traffic….which happens often….I come up with a lot of ideas in the car. I have so many voice notes on my phone and it’s crazy. Most of them sound like gibberish but as long as I can hear the melody I’m good.

I usually get the idea for the chorus first and then I work backwards from there. I like to work with someone who is a great lyricist as I tend to get hung up on lyrics sometimes. It’s also just generally nice to bounce ideas off of people and hear what they come up with. I’ve co-written with people and the ideas they come up I would NEVER have thought of in a million years….but it works.

I have a small set up at my crib. I like to write on my piano. I’m not a real player but I know how to mess around with chords and I enjoy messing around on the keys. I find it easier to experiment on the piano than on guitar. However there are some songs that require a guitar. You just have to choose your weapon wisely. Each one can lead you down a different road in terms of feel.

After I’ve got some chords and melodies down I use my Pro Tools and Ableton rig to put together a rough demo. I’m not a producer but I think it’s important to sketch the idea as much as possible. In the end the sounds may change but the VIBE is what you need to capture.

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

I’ve got some SWEET TUNES coming for the people. I’m very excited because I believe we’ve created some Quality music. Good songs first and foremost. With the release of the first single “Stole”; we are just getting you seated at the table! The appetizer is still to come. Hope you’re hungry.

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

Sav Blvd is a completely new project so I’m kind of starting from ground zero. I’ve created profiles on the major social media sites Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. We are running small ads and posting every day to get the word out. Playlist promotion companies are the new thing now. We’ve hired one to work this single. We’ll see how it all works out. We won’t be starting the PR push until the release of the next single in April. A lyric video is on the way and we will be filming a live rehearsal video for 3 songs off the album which we will use as content.

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

This business takes its toll on you over time. As artists we are hyper sensitive and emotional. Rejection is something that we try to ignore but at some point it finds its way through the chink in your armor and suddenly you are contemplating giving up and finding yourself a nice easy 9 to 5 job. I have those thoughts at least 2 to 3 times a year. And I think as you get older; the frequency increases. BUT as quick as that feeling comes, it can also leave just as quickly. All it takes is an email, text, phone call, radio play to make life alright again. I remember making a decision to not resign with a label that was paying me a healthy monthly advance for living expenses. I had no idea what I was going to do. I seriously started looking at options to go back to school. But all of sudden I got a call from my new management company that I was going to open for Sarah McLachlan. The clouds WILL clear. You just need to have faith. Easier said than done but it’s true.

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

As I said earlier, I don’t have a specific process. I just try a bunch of different things. I will run melodies in my head for weeks if I don’t think I’ve got it. I like to take my time and make sure the final choice is the right one. Instrumentation is fun but time consuming. There are SO many options when it comes to sounds and virtual instruments. You can spend an entire day just looking for the right synth sound. It’s very cool but you can find yourself falling down a worm hole pretty quickly.

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

I think Instagram is the easiest. I’m on there the most.

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Tell us your favourite genre of music. 

I love R&B/Pop music but I also love old soul music. Marvin, Al, Donny, Aretha…..it doesn’t get much better.

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs. 

Love and relationship.

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Tell us all we need to know about this song. 

Written by Donny Anderson and myself. Produced by Trvth Music and Gabe Gullucci.

It’s just a simple song about playa that finds the right girl and wants to turn his life around.

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Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming. 

It changed the game for sure. You can now sell your music and make money WITHOUT a major label signing you. It’s also become easier than ever to get discovered all over the world.  However what’s also clear is that artists are STILL getting ripped off in the end with the amount of compensation they receive. I hope one day the scales will become more balanced but this type of shit has been going on forever.

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Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue. 

Play more live shows.

Become a session musician.

Create a blog.

Licensing and Publishing deals.

Sell Merch at your shows.

Perform at corporate events (not that exciting but the money is generally very good).

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

You don’t necessarily need to get a diploma in music to be great. However I believe that every artist should get as much education in their respective field as possible. And furthermore, that search for knowledge should never stop. You should always strive to be a better artist.

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

There are so many factors involved in that. I guess you start with catchy good overall melody, catchy and smart lyrics, great production, and a great performance from the artist. But even the with ALL of that, your song may never see the light of day if you don’t have the right team of people to unlock the right doors. There has to be some sort of plan for the release or it will just be another good song wasted.  It’s like the engine of a car. If one part isn’t working properly then you probably aren’t going very far.

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State the official date of release. 

Feb 2, 2018.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it. 

Sav Blvd was created in honour of my baby girl Savannah who was born Oct 24th 2017.

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State the title of the song and the meaning. 

The name of the song is “Stole”.