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Happy Otherwise - Man-Made Woman
Happy Otherwise – Man-Made Woman

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Happy Otherwise

 

 

SONG TITLE: Man-Made Woman

 

 

RELEASE DATE: Released 2015

 

 

GENRE: Alternative Pop

 

 

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

A career in music was not a conscious choice. The pieces just kept falling into place.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

Writing lyrics is cathartic for me.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

 

“A career that is budding to burst on a bigger scene with her quirky and dark songwriting and special bandmate/muses Kendra and Adam.”

– Marc Albert, MashUp with Marc on KMUZ

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

Listen to my songs, it’s all there.

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Discuss your music career.

It is always evolving.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

Years ago I said, “I write a lot of sad music, but I’m Happy Otherwise”.

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List your five favourite music videos with reasons.

These are all amazing artists and songs, but these videos are in a class by themselves:

 

 

Bjork – Triumph Of The Heart – I don’t know what I like best, the story, the acting, the cat, the beatbox!

 

 

Tori Amos – Silent All These Years – The stark white, the red hair, just so graphically appealing.

 

 

 

Missy Elliot – The Rain – The graphics and the costume.

 

 

Fat Boy Slim – Weapon Of Choice – Choreography.

 

 

White Stripes – The Hardest Button To Button – Stop motion genius.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

I write when I’m overcome with emotion, good or bad. The more I write the better my mental health is.

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Tell us your impression on dealing with paparazzi.

Paparazzi are not a problem.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

The song was recorded at Jackpot! Recording Studio in Portland, Oregon. Kendra Lynn was both sound engineer and producer. In the past I had worked with male engineers who didn’t take my music seriously. After a few days of recording, Kendra told me that she really connected with my songs and that she was really excited. We recorded piano and vocals first. Kendra had worked with Jo Mengis (drums) and Adam Raitano (bass) and thought they would be a good fit musically. She was right. It was a really great experience.

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Tell us your future projects. 

I am trying to figure out the best way to release latest recordings. I was just approached by a music label this week, and we’ve opened a conversation. I am always writing.

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

Kendra Lynn, Adam Raitano, Sam Johnson, Molly Yergens, a host of fellow musicians, friends and fans. My fiancé, Jim Severson. Mom.

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

The hybrid sound of humans and computers is disturbing, but fascinating. It’s changed the way that people think singers should sound.

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Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release songs.

Are we talking about mine? Jackpot! And Rareform Mastering in Minneapolis did an outstanding job. As to quantity, it’s tied into finances at this stage.

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

There is definitely a gap in compensation.

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

This has been the bane of my existence. I have been categorized into so many genres!

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

I don’t really despise any genre. I don’t care for metal. When I listen to the way they sing I feel like they’re destroying their voices. It physically hurts my throat just thinking about it.

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

I like these women-centric films:

 

 

20th Century Women – Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig – my favorite actresses.

 

 

Fances Ha – Greta Gerwig in the story of my life.

 

 

Pattycakes – The main character is so compelling and so underrepresented in music.

 

 

Iris – This documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel reminds me of my Mums.

 

 

Little Women – The soundtrack is in my head all the time. Am I the only one?

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Man-Made Woman – I found myself trying to mold my unruly body and mind to fit a very narrow ideal of femininity. I didn’t feel free and I was suffering. I felt like a man-made woman, and saying it out loud felt right. Man-made woman, it has a nice ring to it.

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

Happy Otherwise is self-titled. Choosing an album title was

one less thing to worry about.

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