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March 6, 2018by Kolade Olamide0

State your reason for choosing music as a career.

My name is Michael Graye and I’m the founder of Orion StarChild. Music is a universal language, and is known around the world as a “great equalizer.” In other words, music has the power to bring us together and in times such as these, when it seems like each day brings a new struggle for us to face, music is an important reminder for us as to what we can accomplish together, and more importantly – that we can achieve anything we want to. Music found me, when I was 4 years old and learned how to read by following song lyrics and sounding out various consonants and vowels – understanding what they meant after hearing them sung and embodied with emotion. I haven’t stopped speaking through music since.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

“Fire of Love” came to me in a dream. In the dream, I was backed home in Albuquerque New Mexico driving around the city with a few family and friends and the song came on the radio. I woke up at 3 AM and recorded a voice memo of the song so I wouldn’t forget it. A few days later I sat down at my keyboard, which is my instrument of choice and the one I use to write all of my songs with, and decided to relate my own personal struggle with depression & anxiety through the lens of that dream – I asked myself, who wouldn’t choose to escape to their dreams if they could? Isn’t that what a song is supposed to do? Provide a bit of escapism and allow you to have a moment to breathe, reflect, remember what you’re really here for…When I don’t write with keyboard, I write over beats.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

This is the most recent press release

Press Release

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Tell us about your life outside the music world.

I am the VP of A&R and Development for Lynn Verlayne Studio and the CEO of Starchild Records. My life IS music – it makes up literally 90% of my time and I wouldn’t want it any other way, tough if I could travel more I would.

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Brief us about your music career.

I’ve been creating different forms of music since I was 5, when I realized I wanted to become a singer/songwriter. I recorded my first album in 2003 at the age of 15, and formed a local band to tour and support it, and recorded a follow-up in 2005. I then decided to go for a performance degree at the University of New Mexico where I recorded another 3 albums, all of which were privately released. After graduation I moved to New York City where I quickly learned just how much the music industry was changing. I had an inkling that things were different before I left New Mexico, but had no idea just how much of the “old school” was no longer around. I was like any other artist who comes to the city chasing a dream, lost and uneducated and hoping that someone would see potential in me. In 2011 I was offered a contract at Sony records, which was then pulled, after they reevaluated my abilities and believed I was too “unique”. It was hard enough to even meet people that were finding or working with artists at that time, so when this happened I was crushed, but I continued to record and write. In 2011 I also launched the 7 Days project which was an experiment to write, record and release an original song online every day for a full week. It was very well received, and the success from that project propelled me to form another band in Brooklyn. In 2012 I did a follow-up, 7 Days 2, and this work ended up leading me to Lynn Verlayne Studio where I met artist development expert Lynn Verlayne for the first time. Lynn, I quickly realized, was a pioneer in her field-the only company at that time to offer branding, development, writing & recording, and management services under one umbrella. She and I worked together for 8 months at which point we had changed my name to Lorde, which of course was directly prior to the release of the runaway hit “Royals.” Lynn told me that was the universe’s way of saying I was on to something but “needed to get my shit together.” After that, she brought me on board to help with the company as her assistant and we opened our first studio space in Brooklyn. Over the past 4 years I grew from assistant to VP of A&R and Creative Development. I do everything from branding to songwriting to production to music video direction, all of which was either self-taught or mentored by Lynn. Every one of Lynn’s predictions about how the industry would evolve has come true – she’s a bonafide genius and a world class individual. In 8 years, many of our artists have gone on to receive major press, Billboard charting singles, and national attention – the majority of which had never written or recorded a song professionally – and during that time I started work on Orion Starchild, an artist collective founded on my own experience and creative vision with a mission to bring bold and innovative music & imagery to consumers around the world. I want to encourage not just artists but people all over that anything is possible, and the time it takes to make something happen, to pour your blood, sweat and tears into something, is worth it.

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Elaborate on how you come about your artist’s name.

My favorite constellation growing up was Orion-and it’s remained perhaps one of the most popular and recognizable constellations in history. Not only that but there’s an aura of mystery and grandeur that surrounds Orion, some scientists even believe that several landmarks (the great pyramids as well as structures in the Yucatan among others) were constructed to align with Orion’s belt. Even the Apollo missions run by NASA featured Orion’s belt on their insignia. As for the name Starchild, it’s a nod to the notion that all of us, every single human being is made of star stuff. We are the cosmos – we’ve been evolving from the materials of dead stars for as long as the universe has been around. While humanity has only been around for a “blink of an eye” in comparison with the rest of the cosmos, we are formed from the same material that time and again has been formed and reformed. In short, the name means “miracle” and is a reminder of just how special we are and to not take each breath for granted.

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List your five favourite music videos with reasons.

Laura Mvula – Overcome: This woman has had her share of demons, yet she remains a vital and powerful artist despite them. This video is gorgeous-from the cinematography to the choreography, and of course who can resist Nile Rodgers…

 

Madonna – Frozen: A true visionary in the industry, Madonna is a testament to female strength and resiliency. Frozen was a gorgeous and mystical rendering from the best album of her career.

 

Bjork – It’s Oh So Quiet: Enough said…legendary.

 

Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer: Also visionary, and quite a pioneer in his own right.

 

Tori Amos – God: Gives me the creeps, but I love her for being bold and “out there” in a time when that wasn’t quite the norm-especially not for female artists.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

I have several but I’d say the most important one right now is “anything that is a social issue, something that needs to change but isn’t”

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Elaborate on the A-Z process of this song.

Woke up at 3am with it in my head.

 

Went to a keyboard to write the bits and pieces that hadn’t come to me yet.

 

Started recording the beat and synths to form a demo version of the song.

 

Began recording vocals so that I could flesh out the style and vibe I wanted to execute.

 

Finalized writing.

 

Adjusted backing parts and instruments and did a pre-mix.

 

Vocals recording.

 

Recorded guitar with Thad debrock.

 

Recorded drums with Doug Yowell.

 

Final vocals and backing vocals with my colleague Marie Mascari.

 

Mixing with Steve Daly.

 

Mastering with Dave Kutch.

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Tell us what you have on the way for your fans.

Orion Starchild has released 2 songs so far (including Fire of Love) off the first volume of their trilogy album series. Each song from the 3 volumes will be released at the beginning of each month over the next 3 years to correspond with the Astrological calendar. The styles and genres fluctuate from Indie Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Gospel, Celtic, and more. The best way to stay up to date with the releases as they unfold is via our website –

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List the names of those that have supported you so far.

We’ve been receiving support of fans and industry alike, but it’s always those closest to us whose support seems to help the most!

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Tell us your opinion on the use of auto-tune.

It’s a tool, and as with the utilization of any tool – moderation is always best, however if a creator feels amazing when they use it, their creative choice is up to them. If you’re not a fan, you don’t have to listen to it!

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Tell us your opinion on quality and quantity in terms of releasing songs.

Quality is far better and more important. We have so much music out there, and it’s not always a good thing that artists have such easy access to distribution tools, the market is completely saturated and in many ways we’re seeing a devaluation of the musical process in the name of quantity. That said, it’s a double edged sword because it’s a wonderful thing that artists are able to express and share their work so easily – what I vouch for no matter what is the pursuit of integrity, and that we challenge ourselves to put out work that is everything it can be, and not sacrifice our integrity just for the sake of putting another song out there.

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.

Purely categorizational. It’s for the ease of discovering similar artists as well. That said, no artist can truly be boxed into one specific label and labels can be misleading.

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State the genre you hate most with reason.

I’m not a fan of a few genres, but my mantra is that if an artist is fulfilled in their chosen expression, good for them! There’s too much cynicism and negativity in the world anyway.

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

 

Shawshank Redemption – story, characters, underdog film-perfect.

 

Princess Mononoke – I love a good mystical story, and wars waged on the battleground of old vs new…

 

The Matrix – a visionary “break the system” narrative set in the future, what could be better?

 

Inception – dreams within dreams, ground breaking visuals, mind bending action.

 

Bandits – whacky caper film and the actors are having fun.

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State the official date of release.

Each song from Volume I comes out on the first of each month, and the full album will be released in the fall.

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State the links to your stores and website.

 

Website

 

iTunes

 

Spotify

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Fire of Love – The passion and intensity of cosmic love, love that revives you and makes life worth living. The kind of love that leaves no doubt that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. Who wouldn’t want to experience that?

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

Volume I: FIRESTARTER

The spark to start it all.

 

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