Rae Stewart - Dangerous

Rae Stewart – Dangerous

 

 

 

Rae Stewart - Dangerous

Rae Stewart – Dangerous

 

 

Rae Stewart – Dangerous

 

 

An exciting new face to the UK urban scene, vocal sensation Rae Stewart has released the music video for her latest track ‘Dangerous’.

 

 

 

With soothing R&B vocals underpinned by strong hip-hop beats, ‘Dangerous’ is a powerful track, jam-packed with gritty determination and soulful groove.

 

 

 

Hailing from the musically rich city of Manchester, Rae has spent the last few years perfecting her unique sound. With her eyes firmly set on the prize of chart domination, Rae is as ambitious as they come, stepping out of the shadows to shine her own perspective on the UK urban scene.

 

 

 

Allowing her true feelings and emotions to be heard, self-penned ‘Dangerous’ is a beautifully touching track, putting a new spin on a classic R&B sound.

 

 

 

The accompanying music video is a reflective narrative of Rae and the emotional discrepancies she has encountered during her own life experiences. Vivid imagery packed with raw energy and soulful character, ‘Dangerous’ is progressive and artistic, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy.

 

 

 

With fire twirling and expressive dance, ‘Dangerous’ gives us just a peek into what’s coming next from this head turning new British artist.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr Eazi - London Town feat. Giggs

Mr Eazi – London Town feat. Giggs

 

 

 

Mr Eazi - London Town feat. Giggs

Mr Eazi – London Town feat. Giggs

 

 

 

MR EAZI RELEASES VIDEO FOR LONDON TOWN FEATURING GIGGS

 

Mr Eazi – London Town feat. Giggs

Peng tings and bad man inna’ the London Town join Mr Eazi and Giggs for the official video of Uncle London’s summer smash!

 

 

The visuals directed by Meji feature all things London with a hint of Lagos. Oozing style and iconic London tubes the video is as hard as the beat!

 

 

Following numerous playlist additions within days of release Mr Eazi shut down the O2 this weekend alongside hollow-man himself, proving just how they’ll be ringing off from Lagos to London, Naija to England!

 

 

Having hit the UK charts (Decline, Bad, Bad Vibe) over the last few months the Happy Boy is gearing up for his forthcoming EP ‘Life is Eazi, Vol. 2 – Lagos To London’.

 

 

Catch Mr Eazi on tour dates across the world during his Happy Boy Tour 2018!

 

 

Watch out for ‘Life is Eazi, Vol. 2 – Lagos To London’ coming soon.

 

 

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Matt Simons

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Matt Simons

Matt Simons

 

 

 

Matt Simons – “We Can Do Better” (Official Music Video)

 

Matt Simons Shares new track “We Can Do Better” And official video!

 

Released April 4th through [PIAS] Recordings

 

Matt Simons

 

Matt Simons today shares his new track “We Can Do Better”. A top 10 artist across Europe, this is his first serious foray into the UK and the track is the forerunner for an album, scheduled later this year through [PIAS] Recordings.

 

 

Although hailing from California, it wasn’t on home turf where Simons first experienced success. His debut album, “Pieces”, picked up a dedicated audience in, of all places, Holland, and as a result he began traveling over for shows. Although used to playing to small audiences at home he was soon to discover minor celebrity status when invited as a guest judge on a national X-factor type show, his single was also used as the theme for a huge soap opera, and lead to a top 30 selling track of 2013 – outselling the likes of Katy Perry’s “Roar”, laid the base for the next couple of years.

 

 

The follow-up album “Catch and Release” saw him writing the majority of it over a three week period, re-locating to Nashville, Los Angeles and Holland with various co-writers that resulted in the title track & the accompanying remix amassing in excess of 300 million streams and hitting platinum & gold status across Europe, Brazil, South Africa, to name a few.

 

 

This multi-instrumentalist draws on an extensive jazz and classical background to not only write his own music but to play it too – his music recalls classic song structure, hook-filled melodies coupled with an insightful melancholy.

 

 

Speaking of the origins of “We Can Do Better” Matt details “I met up with Emily Warren and Scott Harris, both incredibly accomplished songwriters and we started talking about relationships, specifically marriage. Scott is already married, and I was just about to propose to my girlfriend in the coming weeks. We started discussing articles we’d read about how young people are not jumping into committed relationships nearly as often as previous generations and waiting later and later into their 20s and 30s to get married. With the divorce rate at more than 50%, can you blame them? We decided to write a song of hope for my future fiancée and myself about how “We Can Do Better”.”

 

 

Partnered with a simple but brilliant video featuring a group of children, it came to fruition from an idea the director Beatrice Pegard had. Matt explains “In our world of environmental and political chaos, it’s a comforting thought to know that the children are our future and let’s be honest; we need them to deliver more than ever before.”

 

 

Matt Simons will be embarking on a series of live dates over the coming months, watch this space…

 

 

 

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Jake Vance

 

Jake Vance

 

 

Multi talented Jake writes all his own music and lyrics as well as playing guitar and piano.

 

 

In 2016, Jake completed the Artist Entrepreneur Program at CMI in Toronto, played the TD Green Room at the Juno Awards and was a finalist in the CWOF Emerging Artist program.

 

 

Jake’s first EP “White Elephant” (2015) charted on several Canadian college stations reaching #4 in both Alberta and Ontario.

 

 

His second EP, “Eden” (2016) was produced by Russell Broom. The single “The Poet” is receiving airplay internationally. “Eden” was nominated for a 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award.

 

 

Recently, Jake has showcased at Folk Alliance International, played at the Canadian Juno Awards and was the opening act for Tom Cochrane in Calgary through the TD Music Series.

 

 

In 2017, Jake performed at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and was nominated for two Calgary Music Awards for Male Performer of the Year and Folk/Roots Recording of the year.

 

 

His new single “White Lights” has just been released.

 

 

 

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J.C

 

 

Now a university graduate with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, at only the age of 23, J.C has managed to craft a unique and creative sound that distinguishes him from other artists. In doing most of his production by himself, J.C wishes to continue to enhance his skills further and put forth the knowledge and experience he has learnt over the years towards music. J.C has transcribed his life into music ever since he was a little kid and has now decided to make his passion his priority. By using his words through his voice J.C believes that he can help influence and change the world for the better. J.C is an independent artist with no management. Keep an eye out for this underdog because with the right support and his continued persistency and discipline this rapper may be on the come up.

Emma G

 

 

Emma G

Emma G

 

 

Discuss your personality.

I am a singer / songwriter originally from New Zealand, but moved to Washington DC is November 2015 to pursue a more serious career in music. Despite 24 surgeries, battles with loved ones dying and/or committing suicide, struggling with depression myself, and coping with a history of sexual assault, my number one motto is smiling in the face of adversity. I am positive, empowered, strong, and resilient. I am all about love; which are some of the key messages I like to portray through my music.

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Brief us about you as a musician.

A combination of Adele, Pink, Alanis Morrissette and Tracy Chapman; Emma G describes her sound as soul pop-rock.

 

Musician, singer, songwriter, Emma G’s sultry tones are punctuated with a gutsy quality that hammers home her messages of empowerment, love and respect.

 

After releasing eight singles and successfully charting a number 10 album on the New Zealand Top40 with her band, Static Era; Emma G moved to Washington DC from Auckland, New Zealand to pursue a solo career in music in November 2015. Working full time as a street performer, she also plays in various clubs, bars and community events throughout the city – and often far beyond. In the last year, she has played The Whitehouse, The Kennedy Center, The National Cherry Blossom-, and Smithsonian Folklife festivals, Arena Stage, toured California twice (including iconic music venues The Mint and The Viper Room), completed an 18 date tour of New Zealand, released two solo acoustic EP’s, her studio singles “King for a Day” and “SOLD (Take a Shot), her debut studio album “Taking Flight”, and been featured three times on Fox 5, in Washingtonian Magazine’s “Best of DC” edition, and had some radio play.

 

“Music has always been my voice”, Emma G explains. “It’s my voice of strength – of unity – and of self-expression. I’ve had 24 surgeries in my life; friends end their lives, and had my share of grief; but music has always been a beacon of hope and light”.

 

She has fast become an established and much-loved personality on DC’s busking circuit, where she is known as the Kiwi girl who plays great songs and gives great hugs. “It’s great, because the spirit of the city is incredible,” she said in a 2016 interview. “The people are super nice, and really supportive of what I do.” But with her career blossoming and fame surely beckoning, who knows what is around the corner. “Life is an adventure. The best adventures have unknown outcomes.”

 

To stay up to date on Emma G’s journey:

 

Website

Facebook

Patreon / Twitter / IG / YouTube / Spotify

@emmagmusic

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@emmag-music

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Go into details on what have changed in your life for choosing music as a career.

Music has always been in my blood. I started writing songs when I was five years old, to connect with my friends and family, but mostly to communicate the struggles of what it means to be a child who had undergone her first brain surgery at the age of 4 months old. Since then, music has served as the connector between me and my fans.

 

Since going full time with music, I have become somewhat of a workaholic, but I thoroughly enjoy my life. It’s important to me that I maintain a healthy lifestyle surrounding my mental, physical, spiritual, social and emotional well-being, and music has been able to fulfill this for me. I travel a lot more now, and have built some fantastic relationships with my dedicated audience. I’ve also been able to play some phenomenal venues around America.

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Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.

The benefits for me have mostly been around doing what I love day in and day out. Being able to connect with people, empower them to enjoy their days/lives, find their own inner strength and authenticity is an incredible feeling, and amazing opportunity.

 

The drawbacks for me have been largely around lack of sleep because there are never enough hours in the day to do all that needs to be done. There are also some incredibly sleazy people in the industry, which has been difficult to navigate around. SOLD (Take a Shot) was in reference to one of these people in particular.

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Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.

Authenticity, authenticity, authenticity.

 

Fame is a weird concept: because it’s so not part of a person, but more what people THINK of a person. My mother raised me to always know who I am, and what I’m about, so as long as fame presents itself in a way that enables me to uplift, motivate, inspire or empower my audience. I don’t think I’ll have to manage my life any differently. We’re all people; I just love making music for a living.

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Elaborate on the story line of this song.

When I first moved to Washington DC, a fan passed my music on to one of his contacts who works for a huge label based in LA with the hopes of helping me get signed. I was in communication with this person via phone calls and texts for a few months to establish a time and place that we could meet to discuss my music more fully. He seemed to like what he heard and saw in my public image; however, six months later I still hadn’t met with him in person. He came to DC and wanted to meet with me in person, however before we met, he wanted to double check that I was going to be marketable, and demanded I send him naked pictures of myself before he would think about signing me. I was horrified, and wrote SOLD (Take a Shot) the next day, before going into the studio the day after that. 48hours and the song was written and recorded.

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Tell us means of connecting you and purchasing your music online.

Website

Patreon

(where you can support my career and get exclusive content)

Bandcamp

(where you can purchase my music)

Instagram

Twitter

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Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.

I had a woman hand me a letter once outlining how much of an impact I’ve had on her life since she first came across my music. It was incredibly moving and I was tearing up while reading it – we never know the full impact we have on each other!

 

On a more aesthetic level, I was privileged enough to play alongside Dave Chappelle last year, which was amazing.

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Tell us the highest amount of money you have ever received from your music career and how it happened.

I’ve done corporate shows for $1000.

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Discuss your experience pertaining live performances, gigs, shows and tours.

I work as both a performer doing shows at clubs, venues, events, and festivals, but I also work as a street performer as well. All of these platforms are incredibly different, but it really is all about connecting with people, and having fun. Bringing your A Game to everything you do!

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Tell us how you relate with your fans.

I’ve actually been dubbed the hug dealer of DC. I have an incredibly close relationship with my fans; via social media, email, performances… I sing for, with and to them. I try to connect with their stories too, so that we can all enjoy this journey together.

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Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time.

I would have learned time management earlier!

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Tell us the most important people that have boosted your music career and how you met them.

I’ve been very blessed to have such support from a huge number of people; I don’t know who the most important would be though – since everyone has played a huge role towards where I’m at right now. I think some of the most ongoing supportive people in my journey thus far have been my mother: for all of her investments into my career, my old band Static Era who I played with in New Zealand, and I learned a LOT from, and the ongoing support from various media channels both in New Zealand and Washington DC: for all of their support and publicity!

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Brief us on what you have in mind before considering music as a career.

When I was seven years old, I wrote a list of five things I wanted to do:

1. Mother

2. Famous musician

3. Author

4. Clothing designer

5. Teacher

 

So I taught music for several years at a university in New Zealand, I was a youth worker for the YMCA, I worked in radio, and I’ve been performing since I was ten years old!

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Discuss your good and bad experience in life.

Life always has its good and bad experiences – it’s impossible to list them all! But the negative experiences that have really shaped me have been my best friend dying when I was 19 just months after my ex committed suicide, and months before my surrogate father died from alcohol abuse. My real father just passed away this year in January. It’s from these types of experiences that we really learn to dig deep in ourselves, and learn how to stand up and channel those memories in a positive way; I do music for myself, and for my fans, but I also do it for my father, my best friend and anyone who has contemplated suicide or substance abuse.

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Name the artists that have influenced the world.

Prince, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Pink, U2, Amanda Palmer, En Vogue, The Spice Girls even… there are so many who have influenced the world politically, but also socially. I especially resonate with those who are standing up for equality, feminism and ethnic diversity.

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Tell us about your moment of rejections as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on.

I’m not going to be everyone’s cup of tea… especially if the person prefers coffee! There are always rejections, but the key is to know yourself, stay true to yourself and keep pushing forward. If you can’t see the light, be the light. Also, in 2018, there are so many new avenues that are constantly presenting themselves; it’s no longer about doing things a particular way or getting discovered, because there are so many new ways to build your audience and make music!

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Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received about your music.

I actually couldn’t tell you – I don’t tend to hold on to negativity!

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Elaborate on the recording process of this song.

I had met the rapper, Tony B, several months earlier, and he wanted to collaborate with me. He had a studio in mind that he wanted to work from, so we set up the time and date. It just happened to align perfectly with the A&R approaching me and asking for naked pictures, before I wrote the song, sent him a demo recording and we hit the studio. He wrote his verses while I was laying down the guitar and vocals, then we worked with our producer Flightboy to build a track around the guitar, vocals and rap.

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State the official date of release.

November 3rd, 2017.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Emma G: because my last name is far too complicated!

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

SOLD (Take a Shot): which is making fun of the idea of selling out: using my sexuality to get ahead, which I refused to do.

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

TAKING FLIGHT, partly in reference to my flying to America to elevate my career, partly in reference to the success I’ve had thus far, and partly in reference to my producer: Flightboy.

 

Ru$ Grey

Ru$ Grey

 

 

Ru$ Grey

Ru$ Grey

 

 

Ru$ Grey

Tell us your view on old school and new school music in terms of preference.

I prefer old school music for sure, but music has to evolve and there is some great music that has come out recently, I believe we should always honor and continue to listen to old school music, while still having an open mind for what’s coming out nowadays.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

My most memorable day as an artist was a show I did last summer for sure. I headlined the show and the place was packed, there was great energy between the crowd and myself and that energy just kept on feeding off of each other, so I had to jump in the crowd myself. That was an amazing experience.

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Tell us what you would do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.

If I found myself in a position of power, I would make sure that all demographics are accounted for, and everybody had a voice. We are equal and we all deserve equal opportunities.

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Tell us how you protect your singing voice.

In terms of protecting my voice, I don’t sing, I rap, but it is still extremely important to keep my vocals clean. I drink a lot of water and tea.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music.

I started off writing music as therapy, when I was around 14. I had a lot of anxiety and was a little depressed, so I started writing as a release, and then I just became obsessed with it and fell in love.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.

Creativity and originality are the most important aspects of music. It is so easy to tell when somebody’s music is ingenuous and unoriginal, but even if somebody’s music isn’t for me, I will always respect somebody’s craft if it is creative and original.

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music.

My future plans are just to keep making the music that I love, and keep building my fan base non-stop until I am heard all over the world. I will not stop until I am satisfied, and I am never satisfied.

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Tell us the secret of success.

I don’t really know the secret to success, but I do believe that everybody has a different secret to success, you just have to find it yourself and it will work for you.

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Tell us how you become a musician.

As I said earlier, I started writing music as a therapeutic release. I had a lot of things going on around me and in my head, that I had to get something off of my chest, and music was the only way I knew how to. Since then I have become obsessed with the process and developed an oozing passion for music.

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Tell us what makes you happy and sad about this project.

What makes me happy about this project is the feel good vibe, and the video, the video was like a short film. Nothing really makes me sad about the project; the song is way too soulful to be sad.

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Tell us your point of view on rape and sexual harassment, and how it can be eradicated.

Rape and sexual harassment is absolutely disgusting, and there is a special place in hell for all men who commit such inhumane crimes. I respect the Me Too movement so much, everybody who spoke up about their unfortunate experiences are so brave, and strong. A part of eradicating it is to stop treating women like objects, society treats women unequal to men, so it has become a norm to objectify women, and it is disgusting. Also, we have to do a better job of raising the next generation of men, and teach them the importance of professionalism and consent.

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List the people that deserved to be given credit for the making of the song.

I wouldn’t have been able to make this song without the producer Juno Adonis and the singer on the hook Matt Relevo. And the video was shot and edited and put together by director Ruth.

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Tell us how you get fund to run your music career.

I have been funding my music career completely by myself, from working at a retail store, and balancing a dual life haha. I could use more funds, so any investors can hit me up.

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Tell us the genre of your music and the reason you decided to go for this genre.

I make hip-hop music, because that’s all I really know, I grew up in Queens, so I grew up on hip-hop. All of my idols are rappers, hip-hop raised me.

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Tell us if you prefer to write your own songs or you prefer to write with professional songwriters.

I absolutely write all of my songs by myself and prefer it that way, I am not against collaboration, but if it is only going to be my vocals on the song, then it will only be my writing.

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Tell us if you prefer to produce your songs or you prefer to work with reputable producers.

I do work with producers; because I like to focus solely on the writing, and that form of collaboration is always fun.

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Tell us the story behind this song.

I got this beat from the producer, and I was in shock by the soulfulness, so I sat with it for like an hour, and the lyrics just spilled out. It became one of those songs that just writes itself. It probably took a total of 30 minutes to write after that hour of just listening to the beat.

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Tell us your favourite brand of microphone.

My favorite microphone brand right now is probably MXL.

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List the links to your stores, websites and social media.

YouTube

Spotify

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State the date of release.

Was made public on February 13th 2018.

 

Dana Carmel

Dana Carmel

 

 

 

Dana Carmel

Dana Carmel

 

 

 

Dana Carmel

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

My name is Dana Carmel and I was born in the US. I grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia. I had and still have a loving family, and was generally a happy kid. I was quite shy and kept a journal from a young age.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

I graduated from NYU with a double major in Music and Romance Languages. I speak Italian and Spanish. I have also taken online business schools and gone on many songwriting retreats where I learned a ton about the craft of songwriting.

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

I am primarily a solo artist, and so I go by my name, Dana Carmel, though I have played with trios in some of my shows. I started writing music in the piano rooms at NYU when I was working on assignments to write a sonata or counterpoint. I found that playing chords and singing melodies over them was a huge release for me. I started playing the piano at a young age and then at 13 was gifted a guitar by my grandmother. I started taking lessons and learning my favorite songs. One of the first songs I learned was “Mr. Jones” by the Counting Crows.

 

The story of my career is pretty long. I’ll tell you about one of my favorite things that I did which was a project where I wrote one song a week for a year. It taught me a lot about songwriting and my craft improved tremendously. I’m really good at melodies and evoking emotion. I am now actually writing a book about everything I learned during that year.

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

My genre is Indie Pop. This song, “Weekend” however is on the poppier side of things. I love Pop music and I really wanted to write a pop song. I wrote it with my friend and co-writer Tim Shipman. The music came about fairly fast and then it was about finding the melody and the words. It was a really fun project and collaboration.

The concept of the video was to show me and my friends hanging out and doing fun things, like being in Coney Island, getting ready to go out, yet I was also thinking about this guy that I like. “I got everything….but you”.

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

I think the beautiful thing about music right now is that musicians and artists don’t need big/major record labels to succeed whereas not too long ago, they definitely did. Independent means you get to do things your way, make your music, and connect directly with the fans. And it’s always about the content. The cream rises to the top.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

I am actually in talks to have some help with that but until that happens, I am on all the platforms. I love hopping on to Facebook and doing live performances there. Instagram too. You can reach so many more people now that we are connected through the internet.

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

Traveling makes me happy. Writing new songs makes me happy. Connecting with people makes me happy. Elephants and tigers (and all other animals) being hunted makes me sad. Hearing about human struggle and loss makes me sad too.

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Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song.

The concept of the song is a fun going-out song. It’s talking about how I have everything except for this person that I really want. That every night feels like Friday night with the person.

The lyrics are “I don’t care the day, the time or even place, cuz every night is Friday night with you”. You know that feeling….when it doesn’t matter if it’s Tuesday lunch- it feels like Friday night with the person. That’s what the song is about.:)

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Give us links to where the song can be purchased.

Weekend – Single by Dana Carmel on Apple Music

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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.

Well, I told you about Tim. He’s the cowriter of this song. We found a producer, Bob Brock, in Brooklyn and recorded the song over one summer in Williamsburg. It was so hot and we had to turn the air conditioner off every time we recorded vocals. The computers kept heating up too so we actually put ice packs on them! Bob was really helpful with the background vocal arrangement.

The music video director is a friend of mine, Becky Yee. The funny thing about it is that we were actually going to do a video for another song of mine, “Fighter”. And 3 days before the first day of shooting, I got this feeling that I had to shoot “Weekend” instead. She was great. She was like “you have to tell me now if you want to change the song. It’s better now than the day of the shoot.” So we did. Some of the casting would probably have been different if we had more time but we made it work.

The second day of shooting was in Coney Island and we did that about a month after the first day so we had more time to organize. The dancers were so talented and it was such a treat to have them in the video. We got all the extras and actors and dancers ourselves. It was crazy but it all came together and felt like a dream when it was done.

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

I’ve been in the industry for a long time. I’ve been writing for a long time, I’ve recorded one EP, “The Difference” and 2 full-length albums. The first one is called “Validity” and is much more indie rock. You can hear the Pearl Jam influence on that one for sure.

The 2nd one is actually about to be released and I’m really excited for everyone to hear it. It feels like it really captures my voice and me in general. My goals are to continue to express myself through music and to focus on the process of creating and then sharing the music of course.

I have other goals around helping other songwriters hone their craft, to lead songwriting retreats of my own, and to do a book/album tour.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

For starters, there is only one me.:) In addition, I bring spirituality into my music because it’s a part of me. I speak of things people relate to because we are all here having human experiences. Even though the details of the experiences are different, a lot of the emotions are the same. I write music to express those emotions and I’m so glad it resonates.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

My weakness is editing as I write although I’m getting much better at that. My strength is in melody and lyrics and what is called prosody. The importance of the words you choose with the melody you use.

When I was in Italy I played a song of mine on the piano called “Where We Belong” for a couple of friends. When I was finished, I turned around and they were crying. That’s not only a strength, it’s a superpower.

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List your favourite songs including the artists.

“Black”- Pearl Jam

“It Ain’t Over til It’s Over”- Lenny Kravitz

“Hysteria”- Def Leppard

“Bring Me to Life”- MK, Milly Pye

“Controversy”-Prince

“Against All Odds”-Phil Collins

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

As I mentioned briefly earlier, we are now living in a time when artists can succeed without the help of a major label. Sometimes even more so than if they had that help. Because artists have direct contact with the fans, there is no middle man telling them what they can and cannot do. It’s a more intimate and direct relationship to the people who love what you do and your music.

 

 

 

Of course, there are benefits to having the help of a label…like being able to reach more people and having financial support, but there are a lot of successful artists doing it on their own.

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

I love to dance. It is a huge release for my body. I also love yoga, and traveling. My goal is to travel more this year. And like I said, I enjoy learning and studying about living as a spiritual person and having a human experience.

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List your various works.

I wrote an EP called “The Difference”.

An Album called ” Validity”.

And my new album is coming this spring.

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State links to connect you on social media.

I also have a website you should check out and sign up for my email list to get the first video in my series #songsiwishiwrote where I geek out to the “songs I wish I wrote” and talk about what elements they have that make me wish I wrote them.

Website

Facebook

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State the official date of release.

The official date is being determined. It will be this spring for sure. So, very soon.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My name is Dana Carmel. Carmel is my middle name and was also my grandfather’s name whom I never met. He was apparently the greatest guy around so I feel happy to carry his name.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Weekend” is about wanting to be with someone who makes you feel like every night is Friday night. And really it’s about how every night really is Friday night if you make it like that.

 

Samad Savage

Samad Savage

 

 

 

Samad Savage

Samad Savage

 

 

Samad Savage

Tell us everything will need to know about you.

I’m a New Jersey Artist for the change of the world through the power of music for unity, peace and love.

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

At the moment; Lo-Fi Hip Hop. It soothes me, makes it easier to think and I and my homies freestyle to it.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

I’ve performed in front of 10 people to 3,000 people. I did my own concert in my town last year and over 400 people showed up, so yes, that was awesome. I’m also performing down at SXSW this year and have plans to do more shows. Joe Budden believes in me, but I’d still go as hard as I can regardless of who approves or disapproves. Redman also gave me a head nod of approval so that was super hype. Both of those rappers are from N.J., by the way.

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Tell us the theme of your song.

My song is pretty much me spazzing with as many multi syllable rhymes I can do, while being entertaining your ears with a groovy, early 2000s sounding beat produced by yours truly. I just really wanted to focus on a time where, Timbaland, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, M.O.P. and Pharrell were all I heard on the radio….When the radio was legit what the people wanted to hear all the time.

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

I would like to thank my manager, label, agent and PR .i.e. me (haha). I want to thank my mom for creating me, my girlfriend for endlessly supporting me, my current listeners that keep keeping up with my music and moves and last, but not least, God.

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Tell us about your future goals.

I truly want to become a leader the people can trust to lead other into leadership with my music. I want to be all my favorite people combined, flushing out the bad things such as drugs and alcohol and just be what those people were to me to the next couple of generations growing up in this unique, weird world where uniqueness and weirdness is shunned.

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Go into detail about your opinion on religion and politics.

I feel like there’s only one God and that people should just think about that instead of focusing on our differences. I feel anyone should be able to believe what they want and act on it as long as it doesn’t harm or verbally offend anyone. Like I wish homophobes would just feel how they feel, but just stop trying to impede other people on what they want to do. Even better, why must some racists scream racial slurs or pull hijabs off? Just feel how you feel and keep it moving. Just me being an American and expressing my first amendment rights…right?

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

I feel like I make people want to be better. A lot of people work out to my music. I also have shared some life experiences in my songs (Not this one) that people have contacted me in their emotions telling me how much it means to relate to someone and they call me brave. When honestly I just feel as if I went through my past so I can rap about it and make people feel not so lonely. Not everyone can really rap and speak the truth.

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

The internet is king now. Which gives many artists freedom to do as they please, but now it’s over-saturated with nonsense and gimmicks.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

Kanye West, Timbaland and JKuch for production and creativity.

Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick Lamar and Andre 3000 for story telling.

Eminem, Big Daddy Kane and Big Pun for bars. J-Cole, Kyle and John Legend for vibes.

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Give us the links to your social network and stores.

Instagram

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Facebook

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

I usually play with words like math. I think that’s actually why I almost never used the same flows. I write in my iPhone notes app because I write way slower than I think. Everything in the room has to stop when I’m writing to. I write my best stuff around 3.00AM though.

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

I love to collaborate, but with people I actually want to collaborate with. Paid features are fun sometimes to, but it’s nothing like the magic of rapping with an artist you really rock with.

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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.

Why not do both? That’s actually where I’m at right now.

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Tell us what you know about copyright.

A lot, I’m protected. Wish more artists knew about it.

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Discuss the impact of a Performing Rights Organization.

They changed the culture and are here for the actual artists out here.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

Practicing or learning a new instrument and do what people tell you shouldn’t.

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Go into detail on the recording process of this song.

I record myself to be honest; I built my own little studio in my apartment. My neighbors don’t mind because they think I sound dope haha.

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Discuss your music performance.

I don’t want to say too much because I try to surprise people with new things every time they see me. Also, if you give up the recipe, everyone will have the sauce.

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State the official date of release.

November 21st 2017 for the song and February 19th 2018 for the Music Video.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

I am Samad Savage, No I’m not a drill or trap rapper, I just feel like being yourself unapologetically is the most savage thing you can do now-a-days.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

OMG…it means “on my grind”…no it really means “Oh My Gosh” haha. It’s a reaction to the bars and beat, but also me paying homage to Busta Rhymes verse on “Scenario” by A Tribe Called Quest. Rest in Peace Phife.

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

The Gray area. I’m not just conscious, nor just trap. I’m not a saint, nor a devil. I’m not rap’s savior, nor am I the reason why rap is trash now. I’m in between the black and white of it all. I’m The Gray Area.

 

JDVBBS

JDVBBS

 

 

 

JDVBBS

JDVBBS

 

 

JDVBBS

Name the artists that have influenced you so far.

For this album, Drake and Kanye are big influences. Also singer-songwriters like JP cooper and rappers like Ty Dolla & Bryson Tiller.

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

Stevie Wonder, Prince, Michael Jackson. It’s a toss-up.

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

I tend to write little clips of songs. A melody here. A rap verse there. Then I’ll put all the puzzle pieces together as I see them starting to fit.

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Tell us about your management team.

It’s just me. It’s a one man show.

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Tell us what you think about this song.

I love this song. It’s the first time I tried to take a singer-songwriter approach to a record and I love the way it came out. Also it’s about my mom, my best friend and my biggest fan.

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

Either Facebook or Instagram works best.

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

Data is king these days. The royalty rates are garbage but there’s enough data for us to be able to access our fans and connect with them. The music industry tries to rob us of that because they feel like we need them to reach fans when we don’t these days.

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

I use Soundrop as my distributor and then I use social media posts and targeted ads to find out who would want to listen.

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

Lots and lots of practice. I’m a loop artist, so I’m responsible for everything. The drums, the bassline, the background vocals, everything. Practice makes perfect.

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

If your record is ready, release it. I don’t think there’s any problem with a high frequency of releases as long as you’re releasing your best stuff.

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

I really want to see someone like Jack Garratt or Tash Sultana live. They’re such great loop artists and I hope to be the same one day.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

The theme of the new album is just self-discovery. Learning about what’s best for you and making sure you don’t hurt anyone along the way.

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Tell us about your recording process.

I like to try to know EXACTLY what I do when I get into the studio. I don’t want to waste time, or be experimental while I’m in the studio. The studio is like a live performance for me. I try to get all my ideas out and perfected before it’s time to record.

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

When you can directly connect with people it’s the most exciting. When you’re stuck behind the computer doing logistical stuff it’s boring haha.

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State the links to your stores.

Stores

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State the links to connect you.

Website

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State the official date of release.

Single release: February 20th 2018 album release March 2nd, 2018.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

JDVBBS, it’s just Jay-Dubs with a U.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“September 2016 was probably the lowest of the low for me. I was sleeping on an air mattress in an empty room, barely able to make ends meet. With the last few dollars I had, I grabbed a new midi keyboard and began writing my most emotional and vulnerable song. It’s a song about my mother, outlining my vow to never give up and to do anything I can to make her proud. It’s called “Everything You Gave To Me”. In a way, the lyrics and the writing process gave me the strength to truly look inside and find my calling.

 

It’s both an ode to the mistakes I’ve made, as well as a hypothetical conversation with my mother telling me to get it together.”

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

1000 Couches – It’s a pop/R&B album about self-discovery via reflecting on my deepest desires and tumultuous relationships. It chronicles the stories I’ve lived through while sleeping on various couches for the past couple of years.