Power-Hungry Men By Piet Louter

Piet Louter

 

ARTIST NAME: Piet Louter

 

SONG TITLE: Power-Hungry Men

 

ALBUM TITLE: The Fair Story

 

RELEASE DATE: November 1 2015

 

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Piet Louter is a singer/songwriter from the Netherlands born in 1953 with songs about social issues and personal things. There’re 2 albums out now; “The Fair Story” from 2015 and “Footprints In The Sand” from 2016.

 

Born in 1953 I started making music (my first love) from my childhood up. When I was 15, I wrote my first songs and I went on writing better and better, resulting in recording a single in 1977 at EMI. Meanwhile I was a singer/guitar player in several cover-bands but in 1987 I was tired of making music and it was time to do my second love; working on a farm.

For twenty years I spent my time with driving tractors, milking cows and all the other hard work as a hand.

 

But blood is thicker than water and like many other musicians and that age; I got a mind to make music again.

Earned enough money for living for the rest of my life, I made myself familiar with digital recording with endless possibilities, wrote new songs and in 2012 I had enough stuff to release my album “Footprints In The Sand”, which I only released regional.

And I went on and on, writing new songs and recording and in 2015 I finished my second album “The Fair Story”.

It’s the fair story about power, religion, indoctrination, oppression, exploitation, the human race, overpopulation, people, death and belief in God.

 

In 2016 I worked on a remix of my album “Footprints In The Sand”, as I was unhappy with the sound of the 2012 version and brought it to the world in the Fall of 2016. This album is about my life, starting on how I returned to music after a twenty years intermission. Then it’s about some events in my life losing some beloved friends but also about nature and how I think about life and death. Further on, on this 16 track album, it sounds like a parting, but I hope it’s not!

 

 

 

State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

Folk music – because of the subtlety of it.

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Tell us the theme of your song.

Song title speaks for itself as well as the lyrics:

 

POWER-HUNGRY MEN

 

Words & Music by: Piet Louter

 

 

It started on their toddler ages; some guys stole the show

And put themselves on higher stages, were fated just to grow

Into people of importance, who we can’t neglect

To pay them with the highest wages and be held in great respect

 

Then they gave themselves the finest places, from where they run the show

And where they easily can hide their faces and no-one gets to know

 

Just the real things, what they’re up to; who they really are

So we only see their loving graces and their artificial star

 

And all the world is bowing to these kind and gentle kings

But nobody seems to notice, that we’re bowing on their strings

I cry for the dying world,

For having to see, that everything is in their hands

I die for the shining pearl

That earth could be without these power-hungry men

 

 

They filled their talks, so promissory, with the whole bag of their tricks

 

And they saddled us up with fairy-stories, and they just know how to fix

It in the minds of silly people at their special schools,

Where we faithfully learned to live according to their oppressive rules.

 

And all the world is dancing to their inharmonic tunes.

But nobody seems to notice, that we’re dancing on their ruins.

I cry for the dying world,

For having to see, that everything is in their hands.

I die for the shining pearl

That earth could be without these power-hungry men.

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

No one to name or to thank, because I’m doing the job all by myself, except maybe the people who loved to see me come back to music 10 years ago.

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Tell us your future goals.

Working on two more albums and bring it to the world ASAP.

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Analyze the transformations you have discovered so far in the music industry.

Great opportunities in digital recording and producing.

But all the financial risks are now laid down in the artist’s pocket and there’s not much money in there, so it will be the end of much musical careers and finally the death of the music industry.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

Jackson Browne is my most cherished artist because of his wonderful music in the seventies.

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

English is not my common language, so it’s a hard job to do using dictionaries and quotes.

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

I’m a typical one man artist.

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Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people to dance or making the music with a genuine message that inspires them.

Don’t like dancing at all, so I rather try to inspire people with a good and uncommon message.

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Explain copyright.

I own all these rights of my songs.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

Melodies are coming up automatically when playing some chords on the guitar.

If it’s good enough and I hear a certain arrangement in it, it’s time to write lyrics on it ending up in recording.

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Go into detail on the recording of this song.

I only do the vocals and acoustic guitar by myself; all the other things are developed and generated by software.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

It’s just my own real name.

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

The stories people are told in essential issues (for example about life and death) are often proved as not true, this is the Fair Story about issues.

B. Freed - Refugee Child

B.Freed

 

Artist name: B FREED

 

Song title: REFUGEE CHILD

 

Release date: 23/01/2018

 

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Songs don’t get any more powerful or real than B.Freed’s latest track Refugee Child, it’s an issue that I’m sure is at the back of many people’s minds when they’re tuning into their favourite tracks, that is of course unless you regularly listen to Sting and U2.

 

It’s hard to focus on anything but the soul crushing humanistic lyrics to this track which tell the devastating story of how a child travelled 10,000 miles to find a new home, but when I somehow managed to get past that. I could be forgiven for thinking that David Bowie had been resurrected; the similarity in vocal delivery is outstanding! As a major Bowie fan, that made Refugee Child a song that wasn’t just steeped in sadness, it was one that was held up by the diversity of B.Freed’s remarkably playful and distinctive vocal ability. The track written by the musician, humanist, songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer from Eastleigh, UK had an infinitely international sound that translate into an instant anthem in my eyes with a slight 80’s twinge.

 

 

 

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

I love music as a career because it allows me to express myself in ways I couldn’t otherwise. I do believe in the positive force art can have its many manifestations. I always wanted to get as good as possible both as an artist and human, I’m sure both interact.

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

Most fans’ responses are positive and kind.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

It opened many new doors for independent musicians like me.

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Tell us how you record your song.

I tend to jam with the guitar on drum beats. I record every worthwhile riff on my Steinberg Nuendo DAW. Some develop to tunes. After guitar and bass I mostly sing gibberish vocals. I’m good in placing vocal ideas but not too great in writing the final lyrics, it often is a struggle. I later on add other stuff like piano chords, drum breaks, pads etc. The final mix I like to do with a good engineer.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

I don’t have children but I deeply care about them. I traveled the world; I’ve seen a lot of poverty and met many people who don’t have many chances in life, including street children.

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State your musical skills.

I’m foremost a singer and guitar player both rhythm and lead. I write all my music on guitar and I have enough knowledge to program drums, keyboards etc. I have a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology with Distinction.

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

I work slowly, some take years others a month or two.

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

My melodies and basic ideas develop while jamming. I tend to write the lyrics at the end and often it doesn’t come easy.

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Discuss music in full details.

The first thing the universe did was cut a record. Vibrations filled the cosmos with the sound of celestial bells (from pressure after big bang).  Our prehistory is frozen sound. Sound waves are energy never created or destroyed, it just changes form. And then there is also meaning to it: we begin at young age to form strong identities around music, in a way that feels much more personal than movies or books, because the songs are, say so much about our ideas or where we fit in the world. These records or CDs, downloads etc. help us define what we want life to sound like.

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State your five favorite genres of music with reasons.

Blues-depth, Funk-rhythm, Flamenco-purity, Rock’roll – happy feeling, Bossa- nova-elegance. I like all styles of music with class and grace.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

I don’t work live right now; I just practice all my stuff like scales and so on while playing with grooves.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

Guitars.

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

All my live work was as a side man so I got the vibe but I was not the main attraction. I plan to front a new act though later this year.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

I have all the character defects necessary to be a creative martyr. I’m angry about injustices but I try to control myself and take easy as it is not healthy to carry big loads all the time. I like to be kind and thoughtful and it is important to me to find meaning and purpose with what I do. I’m in a good relationship; I think that’s very fortunate.

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Discuss your music career.

I’m in middle age so I had loads of ups and downs over the years, session work, touring with good and bad acts and many jams and collaborations which is what I love most. The best is yet to come.

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List your musical work.

I started quite late to record my songs. At the moment I have about 50 completed and I’m in the middle of about another 30 tunes, many nearly, others partly completed.

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

I’ve got a thousand but I don’t like to brag.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

I work under the name B FREED and I mean it.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Refugee child and I am sure that the meaning is understood.

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

I will record a new album this year which will most probably be called “Got to make the most of it”!

 

DAMEHT - Imitation

DAMEHT

 

Within DAMEHT are three musicians, Rivington Starchild, Lucas Garzoli, and Roman Lewis from New York City now residing in a secret base hidden in Los Angeles. DAMEHT left NYC after successful, 4-week residency at the iconic, Lower East Side venue ‘The Pyramid Club’, with a larger sound in mind than what themselves and associated acts had in their repertoire. In order to transcend the disposable, hype based culture, DAMEHT made their way to LA where unknown and with no expectations but their own, they would focus on writing and record away from the traps of acceptability and comfort. To extract the essence and arrange the chaos of what made NYC culture so appealing was their drive, to bring out its universality was their goal. In Los Angeles, the band has built out an infrastructure for themselves as well as other local and touring acts to perform in. The secret venue, a curious loft, called “The Factory”, reminiscent of the seminal British label “Factory Records”. Already they’ve hosted DJ A-Trak, h09909, Chromeo, Surfbort, Wicca Phase and many more genre-defying acts. Those fortunate enough to be in on the secret are in for even more surprises for 2018.

 

The members of DAMEHT started off with the same intentions as any other band. In the attempt to be “different,” that which seems to be outside of convention becomes conventional, the individuals of the band sees each circle they draw, then the process of stepping outside of that circle in order to draw another one.

Science has been cognitively defined by others as the attempt to set in order the facts of experience. The dial that we physically experience with songs, performances, tribulations, and success, are correspondences with an invisible realm of energies. Punk, rock and roll, and hip hop. These great expressive powerhouses are far from threatening, although packaged to seem so. Why not simply make a good song, look really cool, find a way to “make it” within the existing structures? DAMEHT has already “made it” and now would like to celebrate this space with all who feel that the validation of said efforts, standing far apart from the existing tokens given by culture. With “Imitation,” the track is inspired by philosopher Carl Jung’s individualization theory which says the creation of self is a process of integrating unconscious and conscious thinking. We must know that culture is to be destroyed; the cultured man with his systems and security stands not a chance in the world that belongs to all who just dares to accept it.

 

The Evolution of DAMEHT:

2014: DAMEHT had a successful month-long residency at the Lower East Side legendary spot, The Pyramid Club.

 

2015: The band made their way from New York to Los Angeles to transcend the disposable, hype based culture and create music with no expectations but their own. That fall, the band released their debut EP, Girl Jeans.

 

2016: DAMEHT released single “Creeper Creeper” and announced their assistance in the reopening of illustrious New York City photographer Clayton Patterson’s gallery, Clayton Outlaw Art Museum, which was closed to the public for 10 years. The gallery featured the revival of “Clayton Caps,” a series of 5-panel embroidered hats with a new design in collaboration between Patterson and the band.

 

2017: Collaborating with iconic British shoemaker George Cox, the band designed two exclusive shoes. The first was a classic creeper silhouette in a hot pink hue and finished with flat silver studs around the toe, while the second transformed George Cox’s signature platform into a hot pink suede boot with stacked black leather straps.

 

2018: DAMEHT return to the music scene after two years with the release of “Imitation,” a track inspired by philosopher Carl Jung’s “Individuation” theory, which says the creation of self is a process of integrating unconscious and conscious thinking.

 

More on DAMEHT:

The band currently operates a secret DIY venue, The Factory, in downtown Los Angeles. Reminiscent of the seminal British label Factory Records, the band has hosted acts including DJ A-Trak, h09909, Pussy Riot, Chromeo, Surfbort, and Wicca Phase, among others.

 

Featured on Nylon , Bullett , All Things Go , Pancakes and Whiskey , Out , AFROPUNK , The New York Times, Audiofemme , and Huck Magazine .

 

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Cherry White

 

Cherry White grew from the London’s dusty underground blues scene. Four individuals who had nothing else in common but music, and somehow gelled together in the sweat and smoke of the city’s basement clubs, Cherry White bring a fresh flavour to contemporary classic rock.

 

The frequent comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, Halestorm, and Royal Blood merely scratch the surface of the music, for this group weaves a far darker set of stories around its rich musical framework. Daring, blues-soaked rock provides an elegant backdrop to tales of anger, desolation, greed and obsession. A stark world seen through the eyes of powerful uplifting music.

 

On an upward trajectory since the release of their latest EP, “Staring at the Sun”, recently Cherry White played The 100 Club in London to celebrate their 200th gig, and have headlined White Trash in Berlin as well as The Troubadour, The Covent Garden Arts Theatre, The Hope and Anchor (all London) and The Portland Arms (Cambridge). They’ve also appeared at Planet Rock radio’s festival, Rockstock, The Dereham Blues Festival and Togfest among others. With new singles, live recordings and an album in the works, things are looking bright for Cherry White.

 

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Lisa Addeo

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Lisa Addeo

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Sirius XM artist Lisa Addeo has 3 songs currently playing on Siriusly Sinatra. She plays and sings the Great American Songbook, jazzy pop piano and delivers soulful vocals with a sultry swoon.

 

 

In addition to being heard on Siriusly Sinatra, her self-released tribute to Frank Sinatra and her holiday CD can be heard on her own Pandora radio station. The combination of her arrangements plus her piano and vocal talents makes her stand out in a musical crowd.

 

 

 

Besides Siriusly Sinatra and Pandora, her music can be found everywhere from iTunes to Spotify to Amazon and more. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, Musicians Union Local 47 and ASCAP.

 

 

 

Lisa broke attendance records as a young adult playing piano alongside the legend Liberace as his protégé́ at Radio City Music Hall.

 

 

 

Fans describe her as a ‘world-class musician’ and say her music is ‘tenderly intimate, exquisitely arranged masterpieces, a joy to listen to.’

 

 

 

One fan wrote, “Prepare to fall in love with Lisa’s music. It will take you to a place you’ll want to stay.”

 

 

 

Review: Lisa Addeo is a piano player, singer, and songwriter whose tranquil works at times bridge new age, jazz, and easy listening. A protégé of Liberace who performed with the legend at Radio City Music Hall several times in her young adulthood, Addeo started playing the piano at age six. She began performing publicly by age nine and would go on to earn a degree in composing from the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles. Her debut album, 1997’s In a Heartbeat, was a tribute to Frank Sinatra on which she covered mostly 20th century American standards with her trio. In contrast, 2000’s Hotel California included a version of the Eagles hit but featured mostly original songs. Subsequent releases included a Christmas album titled Spirit of the Holidays, Musical Inspirations, and Live at the Kerr, recorded with her band at a show in Scottsdale, Arizona. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You arrived in 2010, and 2012’s Whispering Souls offered ten delicately performed original instrumentals.

 

 

 

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Mick J Clark

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Mick J Clark

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My name is Mick J Clark, I am a singer/songwriter who plays guitar, drums and keyboards. I have written over 50 songs and I have released three albums on The New Atlantic Records label, called ‘Notes One’, ‘Notes Two’ and ‘Notes Three. There are 12 songs on each album, Pop, Rock, Ballads, Country and Latin, which were released in 2014, and15. Hopefully my personality comes through in my songs, fun, emotional, rebellious, amusing and all of them heartfelt. I also have a Christmas E.P. out called ‘Mick’s Christmas Mix’, and I also have two songs on a Christmas Album called ‘The Indie Christmas Album’. Also this year I have two songs on a Summer Album called ‘Strictly Summer’ from the UK’s New Atlantic Records.

 

 

My albums are on ITUNES, Amazon, Spotify, YouTube and Reverbnation.

 

 

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Latin Faculty

Latin Faculty (feat. Marina Osk)

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Latin Faculty (feat. Marina Osk)

 

SONG TITLE: Measuring The Marigolds

 

ALBUM TITLE: Latinudeildin

 

RELEASE DATE: 2012

 

GENRE: AC / Latin / Smooth Jazz

 

 

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Discuss your existence.

On the LATIN FACULTY album nine vocalists perform 14 songs with a top-notch band, also there are two instrumentals.

The composer, Ingvi Thor Kormaksson, is from Iceland and has been writing songs for the past 30 years or so and has to this day 12 albums to his credit.

 

Lyricist, JJ Soul, is from Oxford, UK; artist, art teacher, singer, songwriter, lyricist, author of books.

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

Since my teenage years I’ve admired the music of Brazil; Jobim, Bonfá, Lins and many more composers, and all the wonderful vocalists. Bossanova and samba rhythms have been featured on my albums, even in the more blues or folk oriented ones. Finally I decided to write music for an album that would showcase Latin music only. There are two or three salsa songs on the album, but mostly the music nods towards Brazil and could also be categorized as AC or smooth-jazz (Ingvi).

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

I’ve had about 170 of my compositions recorded by various Icelandic artists. I write mainly in the AC genre, but jazzy chord progressions and bossanova rhythms are often featured in my music. Folk music traditions and blues can also be heard.
Collaborating with JJ Soul from Oxford, I have written music for JJ Soul Band’s 4 albums: Reverbnation

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Tell us the theme of your song.

Love and regret.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

“MEASURING THE MARIGOLDS”-

Nominated: HMMA – Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2014.

 

 

“…on Latínudeildin, Latin Faculty achieve quality whether they are being more mindful of Brazilian music or more mindful of Afro-Cuban music/salsa. Latínudeildin is a consistently pleasing effort from this Latin-minded adult contemporary/pop-jazz outfit.”

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“…Latinudeildin (Latin Faculty) is a great compilation of musicians from Iceland that know how to perform Brazilian, Latin, bossa nova, and jazz music styles. Most of the songs are vocal, but a few instrumental tunes pop up, too. A host of singers and instrumentalists round out the set and all of the vocals are superlative. Fans of international jazz, bossa nova, Brazilian music, and contemporary jazz will find solace in the compositions with ‘chilling’ results.”

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“I love it! Beautiful songs, great singers and wonderful arrangements!”

Luiz Simas – http://www.luizsimas.com/

 

 

“First class, sophisticated and cool. Excellent performances, engineering and mixing.”

William Penn – AUR

 

 

“A fine album. Splendidly done.”

Trausti Juliusson – Frettabladid (Icelandic newspaper)

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

From “crowd reviews:

“The music to this track has a smooth, almost seductive feel. I would listen to it as I was relaxing. The singer’s voice is nice … towards the end; the song really came into its own.”

 

 

“Very pretty! It also sounds a little retro. The vocals are gorgeous and I want to sing along with her. Very interesting and well done … strong retro vibe but honestly I wouldn’t change a thing about it.”

 

 

“The vocalist has a nice submissive beautiful voice. The music sounds outdated, but still, she sounds so hot. The harmonica sounds beautiful also. I like the vibe of this song …”

 

 

“I like the way she carries her wonderful voice. It gives me such feeling comfort that gives me chills when I hear the tone of her voice.”

 

 

“Nice relaxing and calm song. I love how it is romantic and touching. I would dedicate it to my girlfriend. The beat is really soothing. Her voice is nice and soft I love it.”

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

Ivan Lins and Donald Fagen are my favourite songwriters, because of their expertise in chord progressions. But mostly because their music sounds just great.

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

I usually work with a band and singers.

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Explain copyright.

It’s essential to copyright every song you write.

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Discuss the impact of a Performance Rights Organization.

I have a good relationship with my PRO office.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

In this case guitarist Edvard Larusson did the arrangement. He decided to hire this great harmonica player, Thorleifur Gaukur, to perform. I chose this young singer, Marina Osk. She sings three other tracks on the album.

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Go into detail on the recording of this song.

First the playback was made with a band live-in-the-studio, then the vocals.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Latin Faculty was a name that was chosen for this album because of how the music relates to Latin America, and mostly Brazil.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The phrase “measuring the marigolds” derives from Frank Loesser’s song:

“…Inch worm, inch worm
Measuring the marigolds
Seems to me, you’d stop and see
How beautiful they are…”

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

“Latinudeildin” is Latin Faculty in Icelandic.

Kina Monic

Kina Monic

 

Kina Monic is an American singer born and raised in Miami, FL. From childhood, she has always had an interest in music. She would spend all her time watching music videos and spent her allowances on cassette tapes and CDs from her favorite artists. Her earliest vocal influence was by Mariah Carey. As she grew up, she also began to study Patti Labelle, Brandy, and Beyonce for their techniques and stage presence. She began singing and dancing as a young child, thinking nothing of the natural ability to perform both. At 13, she began to write songs to instrumentals of her favorite artists of the 90’s. In high school she joined the marching band and realized she was destined to be a performer. Her first project “Lessons of Love” was released in 2015. A mixtape that describes the many circumstances a woman faces in a love gone good or bad. The style of writing reflects back to the in your face lyrics of Destiny’s Child in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.

 

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