The Wolfe Brothers

The Wolfe Brothers

 

 

 

The Wolfe Brothers

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‘NO SAD SONG’

 

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Country Heart – The Album Out Now

 

THE FOLLOW UP TO THEIR #1 SINGLE, “AINT SEEN IT YET”

 

‘NO SAD SONG’ IS A CROSSOVER HIT!

 

The Wolfe Brothers

The Wolfe Brothers are one of the most exciting country rock bands to emerge out of Australia. Upon release of their highly-anticipated new album, Country Heart, the release shot straight to the top of the iTunes country chart (#1) and #4 on the iTunes main (all genre) chart. With the release of ARIA charts, Country Heart landed at #9 on the ARIA Main Album chart, sitting behind the then recent stadium touring artists Ed Sheeran (3x albums) and Bruno Mars.

 

 

After the success of their previous albums – It’s On, Nothing But Trouble and This Crazy Life – Country Heart is The Wolfe Brothers’ fourth studio album and their highest ARIA main chart debut to date.

 

 

With their forthcoming tour dates, The Wolfe Brothers drop their 2nd single, No Sad Song. With its huge crossover appeal, this track is set to showcase the guys’ broad appeal as they travel around the country hitting shows in metro and regional venues.

 

 

TWB’s on No Sad Song, “As a band we’ve never lost sight of the fact the music is meant to be an escape. No Sad Song is simply a song about a free spirit out for a good time. We hope it can take our listeners to that ‘Friday night, get loose and let your hair down’ place for 3 and half minutes – no matter what day of the week it is.

 

 

Pioneers of Australian contemporary country music, The Wolfe Brothers (Tom Wolfe, Nick Wolfe, Brodie Rainbird) completed the album in Sydney with their new producer, the multi-award winning Matt Fell and was mastered by renowned engineer, William Bowden (Goyte). All of this has led to a fresh and more developed sound with Country Heart.

 

 

For all their tour dates go to Website

Luciano Illuminati

Luciano Illuminati

 

 

 

 

Luciano Illuminati

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Luciano Illuminati

 

 

 

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2 Do For Yourself

3 Proud to be Straight

4 The Virginia Beach Song

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Luciano Illuminati

Luciano Illuminati is a classically-trained musician who plays guitar, bass guitar, drums, drum programming & keyboards. He sings most of his lyrics, but speaks the lyrics sometimes as well. He writes and produces all of his songs. A few of his other gigs include author, program director of www.FreeRockRadio.com and designer of message tees: BE Healthy Wealthy Youthful & Wise and Proud to be Straight.

Mella Barnes

Anne Tan, Mella Barnes

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Mella Barnes

Mella Barnes

 

 

Anne Tan, Mella Barnes

The performance was done by Mella Barnes, who is absolutely an amazing singer.

 

Anne Tan is a songwriter originally from China and currently living in New Zealand. She enjoys the popular music of her homeland, and music by songwriters such as ABBA, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Enya, Elton John, and Disney film scores. Her work has been featured on WOA Entertainment’s Independent No.1’s Vol.8 compilation album. She wishes to spread beauty and joy through her music, and to hopefully write something as great as the works of her idols someday.

 

 

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Anne Tan (Singer: Mella Barnes)

 

 

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I Will Carry On

 

 

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May 27, 2018

 

 

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Pop/Adult Contemporary/Inspirational

 

 

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Go into detail on why you love music as a career.

I can create something beautiful – hopefully – and have people love it. What can be better than that? Having said that, I’m not sure if I can really use the word “career” to describe my songwriting yet.

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Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.

I don’t have many fans, but of the few I do have, people have been telling me things like “what a beautiful song!” That makes me very happy, because it is the one thing I want to hear the most.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

You pretty much can’t do without it these days as a musical artist. It can be pressuring to have all those social networks on 24/7. Still, it allows me to reach and be reached by people from all over the world, which is a great thing!

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Tell us how you record your song.

I work with the people at Tunedly.com, which is an excellent online business which will give you a very professional mastered mix. The people who work there are often extremely amazing, singers, musicians, engineers, which is great because my musical talents are limited to playing the piano, coming up with chords, and singing very badly. They’ve been very kind to me, and very understanding when I keep bugging them about tiny changes I want to make – ha ha! I definitely recommend Tunedly.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

I’d like to say I experienced it myself, or that I knew a friend who did, but in reality, the idea for this song came from a character in a TV sitcom who fell in love with a jerk who cheated on her and she moved out, and I just thought “maybe I could write a song about how she feels?”

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State your musical skills.

I know some basic music theory (took the class in high school) and how to play the piano and flute a very, very little. I like to think of myself as someone who can come up with good melodies.

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Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.

If I work on it every day, about a week. Added to that, if I submit it for reviews and then re-write, a whole song takes me around a month if I don’t procrastinate, which admittedly I often do.

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Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.

I will often write a verse, and then play something on the piano that fits the mood of that verse, and if it sounds good enough, I will take it as the melody and alter the words to fit it. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to have an entire chorus that seems to just pop into my head, music, words and all, if I’m feeling inspired enough. But it rarely happens, and more often than not, it happens after I’ve “forced” myself to work on songwriting for a while. So it’s both inspiration and perspiration as Einstein said.

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Discuss music in full details.

Music to me is one of the greatest joys of life. It is extremely powerful and can move us in just about any emotional direction, for good or ill. I hope I’m using my own musical powers for good.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

I just like anything beautiful and grand. For that reason, songs written for musicals appeal to me a lot. Some of my favourites are Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, and anything in the Disney musical films. I am also very fond of Chinese popular music, because it reminds me of my homeland, and easy listening, especially Richard Clayderman’s piano tunes, because they are designed to be relaxing. They invoke images of beautiful landscapes, oceans and sunsets for me, which I enjoy greatly. I am also a fan of the enduring big pop hits with excellent melodies, such as ABBA, Elton John and the songs of Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and such.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

I love the piano and flute. They just create such beautiful sounds. I am also fascinated by the sound of the panflute.

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Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.

Being a rather shy songwriter, I’m satisfied by being the one to write the songs. Hopefully someday someone will bring them to a live performance.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

I’m actually very private and shy, and it’s easy for me to be embarrassed when given a compliment. But once you get me talking on something I’m interested in, I can’t stop! I’m obsessed with everything beautiful and with having fun. I like to think I’m very good with words, and apart from writing song lyrics, I have an embarrassing bad pun addiction.

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Discuss your music career.

I am currently writing songs as a hobby, with a “real job” to pay the bills. Hopefully, someday I will no longer need the “real job”, but I’m grateful for it as it allows me to afford my rather expensive hobby.

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List your musical work.

“Endless Rain”

“Dream A Dream” (featured on WOA Record’s Independent No. 1’s, Vol 8 compliation)

“Little Shop of Memories”

“I Want To Fly Away”

“I Will Carry On”

…That’s it. More to come so watch this space.

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

The most memorable experience I’ve had so far was when my song “Dream A Dream” was actually chosen for WOA Record’s compilation, as mentioned. It is by far the greatest success I have ever achieved (real contract and everything!) and I was extremely flattered to be chosen.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Anne Tan is a pseudonym chosen by me. I didn’t like my real name because it didn’t, in my opinion, look or sound very pretty, and I wanted to have a nod to my Chinese heritage in my “artist name”, so I used my mother’s surname Tan. Anne is from Anne Shirley, the heroine of the Anne of Green Gables book series, because she’s a character I identify with in so many ways. Probably because she is also obsessed with beauty and daydreams too much.  (Note that I included the E in Anne. I agree with her that it looks much better than “Ann”.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“I Will Carry On” came naturally from the story I was writing in this song, that of a young woman who fell in love, was betrayed, and deeply hurt…but realized that she can still keep living and be happy without “him”, just as herself, and that she won’t let the pain define or determine her. I hope that anyone that had a similar experience, women or men, can find encouragement in this song if they hear it.

 

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Tell us about your favourite instruments.

As a singer I have a soft spot for killer vocals, specifically soul and R&B singers. However, even though it’s one of the few instruments I’ve never really played, I love the bass. It’s just so integral to creating the groove in the music I love. Bassists get made fun of too much but they are hands down the most important instrument in a band.

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List the names of those supporting you.

The Band:

Alex Harea (me!) – Vocals

Mike Giamberardino – Keyboards and percussion

Liam Meagher – Guitar

Harrison Singer – Bass

Cynthia Tauro – Keyboards

Andrew Ferderber – Drums

Our manager: Dean Watson

And of course my parents, who are professional musicians themselves and who inspired me to pursue this career: Joann Simpson and Ioan Harea.

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Tell us your preferred musical styles.

I love a lot of different styles but if I look at what I listen to when I’m alone the most it would probably be R&B, Soul, Jazz, and Hip Hop.

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List the name of five artists that have influenced you musically.

Anderson .Paa

Jason Mraz

Bruno Mars

Justin Timberlake

D’Angelo

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Tell us your favourite food and hobby.

I’m a weirdo raw meat eater; beef tartare and sushi are probably my favourite snacks.

When I’m not playing music I love playing tennis and squash.

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Tell us your musical experience pertaining the recording of this song.

The song was born at 2 AM when I got home from a bar, checking out some of my favourite local bands. I wrote it quietly in my room with an acoustic guitar as to not wake up the roomies. It turned in to the heavy, funky jam that it is now when I brought it to the bandmates and producer Eric Sarafin. Once we were in the studio the full potential of what this track could be was revealed and we pumped out the recording in two days.

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Explain what you know about vocal training.

I am a trained vocalist and it was my major in University but I’ve never actually taught it. I guess what I can say; it supporting your voice from your diaphragm is the most important thing, not singing from your throat or upper chest, the feeling is similar to blowing out as much air as possible as quickly as possible from your stomach. Aside from that I just personally make sure to keep the voice warm before I sing, I have a series of exercises that I learned from my vocal coach and I like to do them regularly especially before a performance.

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Discuss the use of live instruments for recording in the studio.

We always prefer to create natural input sounds in the studio rather than getting too much help from electronic producing. On this recording all that crunchy lead instrument sound is guitar and keyboard going through a guitar amp. Basically most of the stuff you hear on the recording was recorded together at the same time to get us that gritty, natural sound that is missing from a lot of modern pop music.

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Brief us about your songwriting process.

Most of the songs are written by me on an acoustic guitar then brought to the band where we arrange them together. Once and a while I come in with just an idea and it’s a fully collaborative effort but it’s not as common. And sometimes one of the other band members brings in some ideas too.

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Tell us your other talents apart from singing.

I’m a sports fan and love playing tennis, squash, and hockey. I also play guitar and love writing and arranging music.

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Tell us your future plans in terms of your music career.

We have been keeping our forward momentum going so right now the plan is to just keep the content coming so we can reach a national and international audience and start stretching out tours further and further. We will hopefully have an EP out by the end of 2018. We are very seriously looking at touring the U.K in the near future and getting down to more conferences and festivals in the states.

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Tell us your worst experience in your music career.

In the early Harea Band days we had a few shows where we pretty much just played for our parents and the bar staff. That never makes you feel too good.

One time when we played at the old Silver Dollar in Toronto, I forgot my credit card at the bar. By the time we went back to get it, all our phones had died and we got lost in Toronto and ended up on the 401 back to Ottawa, so we did the overnight drive. However it just happened to be the coldest night of the year and it was -40 degrees so the car never actually heated up the whole drive home. There was frost all over the inside of the car so we were frozen for 4.5 hours on the road overnight. That was probably one of the worst experiences.

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Discuss in details all we need to know about your song and upcoming album.

The song is another step in the funk/soul direction a little bit further from the pop aesthetic that we had represented in past year. The track is produced by multi-platinum award winner Eric “Mixerman” Sarafin and the executive producer is John Dooher, former owner of Sound of on Hand studio and Dark Skippy Records. The song can be found on Spotify and every other streaming service as well as a video on YouTube. The EP will be called BUST and will feature 6 soul and dance tracks including this one.

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Tell us what fans are saying about your music.

The main words people tend to associate with our music are energy, fun, and dance-y. We’ve been told we successfully cross eras and genres of music seamlessly to create something new and unique.

My favourite quote about our music:

“It seems of another era, dialed in on the radio while you’re cruising one summer evening in upper 1970’s Manhattan or later on that night while you work up a sweat on the dance floor at Studio 54.” – Andre Gagne, Ottawa Life Magazine.

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Tell us the concept behind your music project.

The main thing for me is creating music that makes people feel good. Music is a powerful tool for storytelling, invoking emotion, or even social change, but the root of the type of music I love is to make people happy and feel good. Our upcoming EP is all about that! BUST is going to be a sexy and feel good collection of songs that hope will bring positive energy in to people’s lives. We are really inspired by Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic and Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 vision as albums that pay homage to that amazing feel good music of the past while connecting with a young and modern audience.

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Discuss multi-genre and switching from one genre to another.

Everyone in the band is a trained musician and we all have bachelor of music degrees so we are capable of playing a variety of different styles. I think this is a positive thing in the climate of the music industry today because we can regularly put out new and exciting music to appeal the largest audience possible. It’s an important skill to have as a modern musician, just look what it’s done for Post Malone!

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Explain in detail the title of the song.

The song is about a funny encounter I had with an old friend of mine. Honestly it’s not really an interesting story but I just found the whole situation so ridiculous I couldn’t help but think “This must be a Dream”.

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State the reason you are into music.

I honestly have to give full credit to my parents. Growing up in a musical family had me constantly surrounded by music, literally every minute of every day. This upbringing allowed me to develop an innate musicality and I found music to be the best way for me to let go, express myself, and feel good. I thought what a beautiful thing it would be to be able to take this practice that I love so much and be able to share it with people for a living. Music is what makes me feel alive and I love to share that passion with audiences and music listeners any way that I can.

 

Carla Stark - Once A Cheater

Carla Stark

 

 

Carla Stark - Once A Cheater

Carla Stark – Once A Cheater

Carla Stark

Tell us everything will need to know about you.

I was born from an Algerian-German mother and a French father.

I lived in France, Vietnam and now India.

I was singing Claude Nougaro before I could talk.

I grew up listening to Korn and Stevie Wonder in the same hour.

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

I guess if I had to pick a favourite it would be jazz because it has the ability to surprise you, to give you a different chord than the one you were expecting, it keeps you on your toes! But then it honestly depends on my mood, I’ll listen to classical if I’m writing, or rock or even hard rock when I’m driving! I’m very eclectic.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

As a kid and teenager, I played the piano for about 16 years. Music has always been a part of my life but I think that singing is the only thing that made me feel like a musician. As a piano player I used to repeat what I was reading on a music sheet, but singing allowed me to create, even when you sing a cover you have more room to put your own print on it.

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Tell us the theme of your song.

I think these might be the most literal lyrics I ever wrote (apart for the part where I do kill him, obviously..!). It’s a kind of “what goes around comes back around” song, saying that you can hurt people all you want, one day it’s going to catch up on you. My upcoming album is called “Karma” and that’s probably the one song that talks about it the most, in the middle of the very realistic story I lived for about 5 years.

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.

It would have to start with my mom, who believed in me so much, she actually pushed me towards the artistic life to the point that she independently produced my album and music videos. Then there is Essaï, the composer and arranger of the album, I sent him my lyrics just to see if he thought they could be useful, even to maybe some other singer, but he believed in them and in my voice, and convinced me that I should be the one to sing. He gave me a beautiful album and I couldn’t be more grateful. Then there is Mohit, my boyfriend, who gave me the confidence to do it when I got so scared I almost gave up on the idea. Those are the three people responsible for this album, we’ll see about the success!

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Tell us about your future goals.

I am going to defend this one album for as long as necessary but eventually I can’t wait to get back in the studio and create some more. I’m also very hopeful that I’ll get to record a jazz album one day. As far as success goes, I honestly just want my music to be successful enough to be able to keep doing that and only that with my life.

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Go into detail about your opinion on religion and politics.

I’m from a multi religious family, Lutheran pastors on the German side, Muslims on the Algerian one and Christians on the French one… I grew up reading about all of those, and I am happy to say that I do have faith, but I am not a religious person, as in I don’t believe that one religion has the truth compared to others. It feels weird to tell myself that your religion mostly depends on the country you are born in and your cultural background and has very little to do with convictions you find yourself. I believe in anything that is common to every religion, big principles on love, humanity and forgiveness.

As far as politics go, I have a heart wanting to help people above it all and I have the brains of my master’s degree in economics telling me you can’t do it without money. It’s a tough balance to find in any political agenda today, that is why I follow what’s going on, mostly in France and Belgium, but at the moment I do not recognize myself in any party or candidate.

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.

Music has gotten me through tough times and has made happy moments even happier, and all I can hope for is that my music can do the same, that people feeling low can hear my lyrics and feel less alone or that my more preppy songs can just make them want to dance and sing along in the car like I do and put them in a good mood.

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

I am a very new addition to the industry, and so far I feel like I have been “preserved”. What I mean is that my album was independently produced by the company that my mom and I own, and so, for a year of recording and preparing, I haven’t had to thing about commercializing or anything. I don’t think I’m the right person to talk about it, I hope to be in a few years though!

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

My favourite artist of all time is Joni Mitchell, I love everything about her, but mostly I loved the fact that she is not trying to be anything else. The fact that she recorded another album, years and years later, singing the same songs she used to sing with her beautiful young crystalline voice but with her “old lady who smoked her entire life” voice, it just amazed me.

Charles Aznavour, which you won’t know if you’re not French… But he writes beautiful stories, and has the ability to communicate emotions like only a few can, he also keeps singing today at age 93 which can only inspire people.

And Stacey Kent, whose voice just transports me every time… I have seen her live many times and I still can’t figure out why I’m so touched, but the truth is I am.

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Give us the links to your social network and stores.

Facebook

Instagram : carla_stark_

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

It’s very hard to describe, there’s a lot of things I have had to work on or learn in my life, but writing lyrics has just been very natural. I usually go to sleep with an idea, and wake up two hours later with lyrics flowing out of me. It rarely takes me more than 30mins to have finished a song. Then when the music comes I sometimes have to adjust them a little bit, cut or add in some places. But every time I haven’t waited for lyrics to pour out of me, and I tried to write, I just couldn’t write anything nice… It doesn’t mean I never use them, just that I’ll put them away until I do get struck by inspiration, and rewrite them entirely in 20 minutes!

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

My entire album has been co-created with Essaï and that was an amazing experience. I have recorded a jazzy acoustic version of my song “Start Starting” with a young guitar player and I think every time you involve somebody else in the process, you just give yourself a better chance to go above what you would have done on your own. So far I have always been the only singer involved but recording a duet one day is something I am looking forward to.

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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.

I think it shouldn’t have to be one or the other and unfortunately today it usually is. When we say “genuine” message, it doesn’t have to be political or “important”. Sometimes it is okay to sing trivial stuff; they are a part of life as well. But it shouldn’t be repeating the same 2 sentences over and over or being vulgar or provocative just to make sure people will listen and dance. Even if the message is “I like to dance”, there are ways of saying it differently. Shouldn’t it be what distinguishes an artist from someone else? The ability to take something normal or give it an artistic twist. Apart from that, there are some beautiful completely instrumental songs, any soundtrack by Hans Zimmer communicates powerful messages without any words.

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Tell us what you know about copyright.

It’s hard to not run on Google and quickly update myself on the matter before answering! In my mind, copyright is about protecting one’s work, making sure that the “creator” of any original artistic content is recognized and credited. It’s so easy nowadays to find everybody’s work online, in France we’ve just had this huge polemic concerning stand-up comedians that were largely inspiring themselves from American ones and just translating to French and I feel that it is so sad to not push ourselves to come up with new ideas. Copyright is what forces us to do so (or maybe it’s not and I’m completely not on the point!)

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Discuss the impact of a Performing Rights Organization.

In Belgium where I live, it is the SABAM, and as a beginner in the music industry I do believe that it is making it easier for me at the moment, we do not have the resources to control where our work is used, and our only wish is that is it indeed used. Thanks to the SABAM; it doesn’t go unnoticed.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

When I write lyrics, I usually don’t have any melody in mind. I realize once they’re all done that they have some musicality in it, that instinctively I write them with rhymes and rhythm. But as of now, I need someone to read them and put them to music, which is what Essaï has done for me. It was my first album and when I was writing I had no idea those lyrics would actually turn into songs one day. Now, when I do write, I tend to think about a melody straight away.

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Go into detail on the recording process of this song.

These were maybe the only lyrics I wrote with, not a melody, but at least some kind of “mood” in mind. So when I gave them to Essaï, I specifically said I wanted something like a tango, with a feel kind of like the Cell Block Tango of Chicago. Essaï came back with a piano version and I sang one version, and when I sang we realized that it had a little “cabaret” feel in it as well and that is why we decided to add all those instruments and arrange it in this way. Then I sang it again on top of all the instrumentation and we finally recorded all those backup vocals (very fun thing to do) that, in my opinion, give the real taste of the song.

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State the official date of release.

2/23/2018

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Carla Stark is my given name. My full name is Biset-Bentchikou but I did not want to choose between my dad’s or my mom’s same (divorced parents) so I chose Germa (grandmother’s one).

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“For ‘Once a Cheater’, I requested a tango… Obviously it’s more of a pop-cabaret-kinda-tango but I really wanted that energy in the song because that’s how I felt I would sing it best.” The lyrics bemoan the tendency of a cheater.

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

My upcoming album is called “Karma” and speaks of the “what goes around comes back around” ideology.

 

Asbjørn - Nothing 2 Lose

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Asbjørn - Nothing 2 Lose

Asbjørn – Nothing 2 Lose

 

 

Asbjørn

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

I am Asbjørn from Denmark and I have been a pop geek since July 2nd 1992.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

Got a B.A. in singing from the Royal Music Academy of Denmark.

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

I come from one of those annoying families where we did music for fun all the time. So it’s just a way to hang out and be happy for me. Started my own label at 18 when nobody wanted to sign me and have been my own boss ever since.

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

I just love pop music and pop culture, so everything I do is an attempt to honor my pop ancestors, while trying to contribute to a more open and diverse male ideal in the pop industry

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

I make music to create a community, a place where people feel safe and without filter. So it’s all about meeting my audience and interacting with them, to build this little world for all of us, if it’s an album, a live show or a music video.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

I tell stories about what it means to be a boy or a man today and hope that people recognize and relate some of the struggles and joys.

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

The reason why I love dancing is because it’s such a filterless space. I can’t control myself when I lose myself to the music, and that’s everything I wish for in an interaction with people. So I guess too much self-control makes me sad, both in me and other people, because it shields you.

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Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song.

The song says it all really- it’s one of the simplest lyrics I’ve ever written. “You got nothing to lose, unless you lose yourself to me”.

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

Very happy for the support from Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music so far. And so many of the blogs and media who’ve backed me up my whole career are still supporting, I am so happy.

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Give us links to where the song can be purchased.

Buy Link

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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.

I wrote and produced the demo in my living room and finished it with Rob Rox in Berlin, where we also recorded the video. My video team and I created the BOY PWR House Gym as a frame for the story.

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

Tough one to sum up. Since I started my label it’s been a big ever changing montage. My goal is to keep surfing on that wave of “I don’t know what the fuck anyone’s doing but I’m going to make pop music from the heart”.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

We all think and talk in our unique ways; I guess I am just a little more self-absorbed and made it my job.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

I am constantly drawn and torn between simplicity and a wider picture. And when I get the balance right, that’s when I am best – but I often overcomplicate my songs, because I want more nuances to the story.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag

Tinashe – Superlove (Danny L Harle Remix)

Ghosted – Get Some

Britney Spears – Everytime

Blondage – Stoned

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

I’ve never really considered myself a DIY artist, because I work quite collectively. And to my surprise, it’s actually the same feeling of collective work effort and passion, working with Virgin Records.

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

Dance, drink beer and hang out with my best friends and family.

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List your various works.

Sunken Ships (2012), Pseudo Visions (2015).

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State links to connect you on social media.

@asbjornmusic everywhere!

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State the official date of release.

The release date of the next album is not public yet, so my lips are sealed.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

It’s my actual name and means God Bear.

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

BOY PWR celebrates the diversity of being male. I want us to free ourselves. I want us to not give a fuck about what is predefined ‘masculine’ and start defining it ourselves. Women have fought for that right for decades and changed pop and youth culture for girls. Girl Power empowered me, as a boy, and I hope BOY PWR can empower boys and girls around the world to defy the stereotypes and decide for themselves who they want to be.

 

Jasmine Singh

Jasmine Singh

 

 

Jasmine Singh

Jasmine Singh

 

 

Jasmine Singh

Go into detail on why you decide to choose music as a career.

I’ve been on stage performing since I was 6 years old so music has always been a part of me. What really inspired me to purse this as a career was when I attended my first stadium concert (believe it or not!) Hilary Duff! Seeing an artist on stage performing on stage with her own music while everyone sang it back to her was such an eye opening moment for me. I thought to myself “I want to do that!”. The feeling of bringing happiness and jot through work you create is the ultimate definition of success to me. I realized I could use the skills and artistic abilities I had to create a feeling and an experience for others.

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Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans concerning your music.

I have some awesome fans that have been with me since the day I release my first song and get just as excited as I do when I share my successes, releases and videos!

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

Today, I feel it is vital to leverage your social networking because as much you like to create and write music; you essentially want as many people to hear your work and hopefully follow your career as it unfolds. With social networking, artists have the ability to reach people around the globe from a click of a button. The power to do that has given artists, especially indie artists, a chance to build their platform and attain opportunities that would never have been possible before.

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Brief us about the recording of this song.

“Blanket” was the fastest song I wrote! Essentially I had the melody for the chorus though of the concept of using a blanket. I wanted to use it as an analogy of being close to someone you love. The producers and I knew that it was going to be an upbeat and bright song compared to the tracks I had been working on. We were gaining some inspiration from 80’s pop/rock vibes like Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl”. The song was deserving of something simple with a strong melody. I think nowadays everyone wants to create unique genre blending tracks (I do too) but this song was really just back to the basics which we liked. Out of all the other tracks I recorded, this one had the most momentum in the studio and was quick to create because we knew what we wanted. Minimal, fun and catchy.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

Everyone asks me if this song is about a “guy” in my life, but yes it is inspired by the feeling of being crazy in love with someone. Especially at the start of that relationship, you become so love-struck; you just want to be around that person all the time. In the song I refer to feeling like “a child”, because at this stage of the relationship you are innocent, crazed and almost childlike in nature. You’re excited about this new feeling and super playful!

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Tell us how long it takes to finish a song from the start.

Each song is so different. This song took about a week in total (excluding mastering etc.) in the studio. For other songs, I find that we spend A LOT of time on experimenting with sounds and trying to find the right character and vibe for the song. We take breaks from the song like maybe even for a week and come back to it. It helps that way because we all come back to the studio with an even better idea!

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Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.

Thank god for the iPhone voice recorder! That app is my life. Anytime I generally thing of a melody or a phrasing, I record it immediately. For my most recent project that I recorded, I found that I developed melody and then wrote lyrics. Sometimes, my producer would send me an instrumental that has a certain vibe or feel, and I just write melodies and lyrics over it. I love writing with other people because other writers have their own structure or ideas. That is always fascinating and it challenges me to approach a song from a different angle!

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Discuss music generally in full details.

Music is an experience for me. Haha I don’t know how to answer that but it makes me a happier person. I have a talent in creating music and singing. It helps an artist relate to other people and their situations. Also to be able to make music to help people feel what I feel in music is my goal in life. And last, but certainly not least: I LOVE MUSIC!

 

Music carries its own voice and it speaks to people in many different ways. It sees no gender, walk of life, religion or culture in a world where people convince themselves that they all need to be divided. Without music, life would be missing an important voice. One that is always there when we need and will never go away.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

Hip hop- Of course there are many sub genres in hip hop but I really love the new wave artists that come out with amazing beats and well written verses. When I listen to hip hop, I feel very strong and powerful and ready to take on the world. My favorite artists at the moment are Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Drake and NF.

 

R&B- This genre has really grown into something else today. There is really no one “sound” for R&B now. I love this genre because I always hear something new and fresh vocally and in the production too. SZA, Khalid and Jorja Smith are a few of my faves right now.

 

 

Pop- Of course everyone loves pop music! Again it is a genre that includes a LARGE pool of sub genres. I think I love Pop songs because anytime you hear a good song, you know that a huge amount of planning, work and marketing has gone into it. I tend to have a huge respect for that, even when I hear the song on the radio a billion times haha.

 

 

EDM- My first time writing songs for someone else was for a DJ group called Get Recked. I wrote top lines and melodies for their songs and enjoyed it very much. EDM is very misunderstood because to many people, it is not “real music”. There are many/producers that that create anthems that make thousands of people in one room jump up and down. There are no boundaries in EDM music and you can hear it in many tracks. It’s so refreshing, experimental and as a songwriter, it’s super fun to listen to. I have gone to my fair share of raves and it is more of an experience than anything else which is why it is still enjoyed by so many today. My goal is to collaborate with more DJ’s and write for them. My favorites right now are Major Lazer, Armin Van Buren, Zedd and Odesza.

 

 

 

Indie- I LOVE finding new artists. When I’m on Spotify or apple music, I will always play a random indie playlist because I have discovered so many great artists. Some of the artists that I “discovered” went on to become so huge (I may just have a good ear for good songs hehe). I remember when I heard Tove Lo’s first single and decided to cover “Habits” at a show. People didn’t know what to make of it but I literally thought it was such a cool song. 4 months later, it blew up and wouldn’t stop playing on the radio! I

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Discuss your rehearsal.

Depending on the type of show and venue, my band consists of 4 players, including bass, guitar, drums, and keys. We play around with some tracks and effects to make sure we stay true to my original songs. If we have a show coming up, we try to get in at least 3 times for a couple of hours.

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State your favorite musical instruments.

My favorite instruments would be the guitar and piano. I guess I am bias because those are the only 2 instruments I play and those instruments are my go to for songwriting! My other favorite instrument is cello! I love watching people play it and it’s so beautiful. I am currently learning sitar. It is a South Asian string instrument which is used in Indian classical music. It keeps me grounded to my cultural heritage and that is really important to me.

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Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.

When I play live, there is so much positive energy. I don’t want to take the credit for all that because I usually feed off the energy my fans give me and so I owe it to them. When they know the words, it is such an amazing feeling and it gets me more emotionally charged up!

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Discuss your personality in full details.

I would say that I am all around a friendly and open minded individual. I am not so outgoing that I would go into a party and start talking to every stranger in the room, but once I feel out the environment and the people, I am super comfortable and personable. My personality has changed while I’ve been in this industry. Growing up, I was always timid and self-conscious about what other people would think about me. Being in this industry, I have learned that you can’t be a people pleaser. When you want something done, you need to be direct and straightforward. I do value the best interest of everyone. At the same time, when I am personally investing my time and money and passion, I’m way more unapologetic about how “annoying” or how “blunt” I am.

I don’t know if I would classify myself as an extrovert or introvert. There are days where all I want to do is be around people because to me socializing is exhilarating and it’s so great to meet new people and learn about others. There are also days where I like to walk to my own beat and make sure that I am taking care of myself mentally and physically. It’s really a mix!

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Tell us about your musical background.

I started formal vocal training at age 6. At the same time I started piano but I didn’t like my teacher which made me resent piano. That is the biggest regret I live with, knowing I could have been a piano prodigy if I kept playing! I was heavily involved in performing arts like dancing, musical theatre and acting from a younger age too. At 14, I picked up an interest in guitar and started guitar training but quit after a couple years. Since then I have been taught by friends and taught myself how to play. Same thing with piano. For the past 4 years I have been playing sitar which carries some similarities as a guitar, but Indian classical music is a whole new realm of training. Being raised in an Indian household, Bollywood music was very present in my childhood. Even today, I can sing in Hindi and Punjabi and actually gain a lot of influence from that style of music when I write songs.

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List your musical work.

Featured Work –

Save Me- Ge Recked (ft. Jasmine Singh) (written and sung by me)

 

I Wanna Know- Get Recked (ft. Jasmine Singh) (writing and vocals by me)

 

My Songs –

Whatcha Gonna Do- Single- Jasmine Singh

 

Blanket- Single- Jasmine Singh

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Give us the links to purchase your music and contact you.

iTunes

 

Spotify

 

Amazon

 

Reverbnation

 

CD Baby

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook

 

Instagram

 

Twitter

 

SoundCloud

 

Website

 

Business Contact

jasmine@jasminesinghmusic.com

Bookings

booking@jasminesinghmusic.com

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

A few years ago, I was asked to perform main stage at the Official CityTV New Year’s Eve Bash for Edmonton. It was such an awesome show. It was the largest audience I have ever played to date. So many new fans and opportunities came out of that! My goal is to hopefully play to an even larger audience in the future.

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Tell us the good and bad side of mankind you know.

The good side of mankind is that we all believe in love, in some form or another. The bad side of mankind is that we choose not to accept how similar we all really are.

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State the official date of release.

April 13th, 2018.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is my real name. I have gone back and forth on changing it because that is what many artists are doing right now. So far, this name represents who I am at this point in time. I don’t want to live up to certain type of name because it’ll limit the development of my image and sound in my music career. Who knows? I may change it in the future!

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

The title of the EP is called “Journey to the Sun”. It is inspired from the single on the EP with the same title. The concept is inspired by where I am at this very moment. Its carries a heavy meaning of being fearless, and trusting yourself regardless of how many failures you will face. The “journey” is where a lot of people are at, at least at my age; taking it day by day and working towards goals and facing defeat sometimes. The “sun” represents the place you want to get to or the “light at the end of the tunnel” (not in a sinister way). It’s the moment where you feel content with whom and where you are at that point in your life. I am on this journey right now.

 

Mamma Scusa - Prima Apollinaare

Prima Apollinaare

 

 

 

Mamma Scusa - Prima Apollinaare

Mamma Scusa – Prima Apollinaare

 

Prima Apollinaare

Name the artists that have influenced you so far.

They are so many to name a few: Kate Bush, Stevie Wonder, Janis Joplin, The Pilgrim Travelers.

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

The purple one Prince.

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

It’s mostly in my head I have a symphony in there, I go by my instincts, I kind of feel the music, and I have to feel too even to begin creating.

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Tell us about your management team.

I am management free currently; I am managing myself although I would love to find a strong management team.

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Tell us what you think about this song.

This song is an apology to my mother.

I will be happy to provide the translation, but basically I am saying sorry to her and describe how my life went and how the choices I made influenced the course of it, it means a lot to me and to her.

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Rate the social media and tell us the platform that works best for you in promoting your music.

I use YouTube and Instagram to promote my music. I am also on blogs, and iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify Apple Music.

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

We need more A&R people in the music business that listen to their instincts a little bit more regarding artists, instead of judging by popularity or numbers of followers, I need someone that trusts her/his guts more and that believes in artist like me.

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Tell us about how you are getting your songs to stores as well as getting it to fans.

So far it’s all by internet downloads, I don’t have a label behind so I just put my stuff out on the net.

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

I rehearse; I train (meaning hard work out and physical strengthening). I put on a sexy dress and meditate before going on stage.

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Tell us your opinion on releasing singles frequently or just an album in a while.

I am all about continuing releasing singles, albums, whatever, I keep woodshedding and releasing, in-fact I am about to release another single soon! Music is supposed to inspire so I keep releasing it.

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Mention the name of the artist you will be glad to see the live performance.

Miles Davis, I would pay anything to see him live…

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

My songs are about my current mood and life per se…

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Tell us about your recording process.

I get in the studio with my producer and magic happens, it’s that simple, I found someone that understands me, we speak the same language… music.

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

My music career? Ask me that in a while, I am still in the creating process although I am ready, I’ve been ready since I was 3.

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State the links to your stores.

iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube.

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State the links to connect you.

Instagram : @prima.apollinaare

YouTube channel is Prima Apollinaare.

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State the official date of release.

I released two singles and two music videos on December 28th 2017, MAMMA SCUSA & STAND UP FOR LOVE.

And on January 25th 2018, I released the whole Album STAND UP FOR LOVE with 10 tracks, and two more music videos MY HEART IS OPEN & MIO AMORE.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My name is PRIMA APOLLINAARE it’s a family name, Prima in Latin language means First, Apollinaare it’s just a surname, with some constellation influences lol.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

MAMMA SCUSA means I am sorry mom and it’s literally an apology for not have listened to my mother’s advice, mother turns out knows best!

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

STAND UP FOR LOVE I choose it because in this world and time we all need to stand up for love, there is not enough love and no one is standing up for it and guess what? Love is the answer.