The Wraith - Daniel Correa

Daniel Correa

 

 

The Wraith - Daniel Correa

The Wraith – Daniel Correa

 

 

 

Daniel Correa

 

 

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

Daniel Correa, US, I grew up in good surroundings with loving parents, but I was bullied as a kid due to having a short temper and not understanding social cues.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

I’m a senior about to graduate from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

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

My music career started when I was twelve and I formed a band with some friends I had made at a music camp called Rock Camp. This went on for a few years until the band dissipated and I went ‘solo’ at 15, working with my now longtime collaborator Ahmed Barroso. From there I’ve spent most of my time writing songs and producing songs with Ahmed while also attending music school where I’ve been involved in other projects; mainly a ska band I co-started with my friend Zachary called The Zognoids. I now continue to pursue a music career under Daniel Correa and the Collective Bus.

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

The genre of the song is pop. The original concept of the video was to be a straight up traditional music video filming the band playing the song, but only Ahmed and I were available for the shoot. So we improvised. I came up with the idea of playing on cardboard instruments and just have some fun with it. The whole thing is a ‘happy accident’.

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

The only advice I can distill is that planning out your content is very important. One needs to have supplementary content to be able to promote their work.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

My team and I have been promoting the music through traditional social media avenues like Facebook and YouTube; we try really hard to make sure that all of the music is out there on all the digital platforms.

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

My dogs make me happy. What makes me sad is that the world can’t be simple and pure like in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.

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Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song.

The concept behind the song is that the depression personified into this ghost-like being known as The Wraith.

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

“The Wraith” was just released a week ago and so far we have been honored with a super flattering write up by Melanie Gomez of Celeb Mix and the song has been getting mad love radio play by Randy the Maestro at Q-108 Kingston Canada.

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Give us links to where the song can be purchased.

CD Baby

 

 

iTunes

 

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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.

The other member of Collective Bus is my longtime collaborator Ahmed Barroso, the video was wonderfully directed by Luis Castaneda who has directed most of our past videos, and the cardboard instruments were made by him and his girlfriend. We shot it in an all white house that my dad’s nephew had just built to sell, and we white paper taped the background. The shooting was all done in one night. Limited funding and ingenuity can work… Ironically, my family and I later stayed in the house for a few days during Hurricane Irma as our Miami home is in an evacuation zone.

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

I have been honing in my craft as a songwriter, composer, and performer during my time at the Frost School of Music for a few years. I hope to one day take these talents across the country in the form of a tour.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

I think what makes my music unique is my voice. Its timbre is the real ‘signature’ on all my songs.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

I would say my weaknesses are production and notation, but I am a really strong performer.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

Georgia by Emily King

 

 

What is Hip? By Tower of Power

 

 

BLEACH by BROCKHAMPTON

 

 

Making the Most of the Night by Carly Rae Jepsen

 

 

3 Irish Legends: No 1. The Tides of Manaunaun by Henry Cowell

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

DIY is necessary in this climate. The more you can do the better. Got to keep all your options open.

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

I like video games and listening to podcasts.

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List your various works.

So far I have released 3 albums: “Progressions”, “Polluted” and “Melodramatic”.

 

Two of my tracks: “Don’t Stop” and “Fold it Back” have made it onto various Billboard charts.

 

 

Hopefully “The Wraith” could be my third…. I’m currently working on 4 more tracks that we will be releasing as singles.

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State links to connect you on social media.

Website

 

 

 

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State the official date of release.

January 25th, 2018.

Circus - Wooly and the Uke - Janat Sohail Aziz

Wooly and the Uke I Janat Sohail Aziz

 

 

Wooly and the Uke / Janat Sohail Aziz

 

 

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

My name is Janat Sohail Aziz and I was born in Lahore, musically one of the liveliest cities of Pakistan. My date of birth is the 17th of December, 1993.

 

As a child, I always found rhythm in the tiniest of mundane things, like tapping my feet with the ticking clock or making a song with the dial tones! I was innately a very quiet child, fumbling with words rather often, so when I got my first guitar, I took a plunge into a world where my emotions no longer existed as just a surreal entity inside me. Music managed to break its way into the little hallways of my head and I couldn’t have felt closer to myself.

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Tell us how you start your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I was a part of Pakistan’s first all-girls ensemble in Nescafe Basement, which made quite a few waves with its initiative of breaking barriers and normalizing the idea of women as beyond the roles that society’s social constructs restrict them to. It was, especially, through that platform that I discovered to take a leap out of my comfort zone and introduce my own music to the masses- hence, Wooly and the Uke came into being.

 

Wooly and the Uke is a solo project that had started a long time ago, only to be named and announced in 2017. I started writing when I was very young and my music evolved with my personal experiences and growth- rather a lot through human interactions. For me, it’s about storytelling- opening the doors to thoughts you wouldn’t be able to express otherwise and I had almost always been telling my story, even if in the confinement of my room.

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

I would like to believe that my music identifies with the avant-garde genre; pushing and spilling out the boundaries. I don’t carry the interest or the capability to work my music around structures or the set standards, I feel free when I can stretch my limits and experiment.

 

My new track, “Circus”, is a rather satirical comment on the capitalist driven society today- it’s about the rat race that we encircle around, nibbling on each other’s dreams and forgetting our existence as beyond the greed. This human condition has always existed as a series of puzzled thoughts in my head and that’s what inspired me to really describe them through my music.

 

The idea fell through effortlessly like collapsing dominos- from the music producer to the film director, each element was delicately intertwined with the others and experienced growth from there. The emotion the song carried navigated its way to the video- it is a montage of a veiled turmoil, a cold state of an end coming and stumbling across your frail soul amidst the chaos.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I wouldn’t say that I faced many ups and downs in the music business, as I’ve never been as connected to the commercial aspect of it to begin with. However, I did struggle with discovering what it is that I really want to do to feel at peace with myself. I realized that creating music that conformed to others’ idea of it made me grow weary and less connected to myself, so I decided to do otherwise.

 

As a musician, I produce what fulfills me and then, channeling those thoughts to the others listening- it’s a process of reciprocating human emotions.

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Tell us about other members of your band, crew or music video director and how the music video was shot.

Wooly and the Uke is a solo project! So, it’s me- Janat Sohail Aziz.

 

The music for “Circus” was produced by Jamal Rehman, the founder of True Brew Records.

 

The music video was directed by The Retro House Productions- it was shot in multiple locations, including the North. Ironically, the most memorable part of the shoot was me surviving a massive mirror fall on my head!

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

I slid into the music industry with my presence in the Nescafe Basement, Season 4, in 2016. It was definitely a stepping stone, as it helped me open up to bigger crowds and be introduced to an array of genres.

 

Following the advent of Wooly and the Uke, my aim is and shall remain to express thoughts through what fulfills my head and the heart!

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

The inner thoughts, what brews inside the little hallways of my head.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Try and really listen to the wavering voice in your head.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

To anybody who’s felt a connection to what I’ve done, thank you.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

As hard as it may be, condition yourself to believe in what your heart wants- help your head feel connected to what lies there. Just do it, dammit!

Conceit - That Boom Bap

Conceit

 

 

Conceit

 

Tell us everything will need to know about you.

Hello all, my name is Conceit, I’m a Hip Hop artist originally from Jersey City, N.J. but now living in Phoenix, A.Z. and IT’S HOT… but I digress… I am a disabled military veteran and a single father. Music is my full-time job/hobby/therapy/life… Music has been my focus for over a decade now and I feel I will be in the position I’ve been working for one day… but it tough… It’s tough to keep pushing towards a dream that most of the people I started with have already given up on. I know I’m great and I won’t let anyone, or anything stop me from showing the world… I never give up on anything because I know my 10-year-old son is watching and he is why I grind…

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State your favorite genre of music and your reason.

I enjoy all types of music from Classical to Hip Hop if it’s written well and has a purpose. I hate rappers that mumble and can’t stand people that rely on a beat and can’t stand on their own.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

It’s tough… It’s tough moving to a new city and not knowing anyone but trying to find stages to perform on or producers to work with. I move around a lot and I always have to start over when I get somewhere new, but I think it makes me better at networking than most. I wish I could focus solely on the music and have a team to handle the rest but since day one I’ve been my only backup. I love being on stage and I love creating music, but I despise the music business and all that comes with it.

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

Me, Myself, and I…Wait… I have to say thank you to a producer that was once the only person I thought had my back, but we had a falling out unfortunately over something silly. His name is James Barrett and he is an outstanding producer. Early on he would give me beats and he was the only person that I trusted with mixing my music. He did a lot to get me where I am.

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Tell us about your future goals.

I want to be more… I want to be better… A better artist, better person and a better father. I work every day of my life to be better than I was the day before, therefore my last day alive I should be the best version of me that has ever walked the planet… I like that idea.

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Go into detail about your opinion on religion and politics.

Everyone has the right to believe what they want to believe and vote how they wish to vote. People grow up with different values and different circumstances so of course we are all not going to agree on everything, but the solution isn’t to hate or demonize the other side, it works better to listen and try to see it from their perspective. Unfortunately, you can’t have an honest conversation if you’re not honest with yourself about who you are and why you believe what you believe. This goes into the difficulty of having an open and honest debate with the people that support the current administration. I’m not going to say anything more about this subject because I don’t know who will be reading this and I don’t want to offend anyone that is making decisions on my music… I NEED THE EXPOSURE… I GOT BILLS.

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

I always hear from fans about how different songs have touched them or how my music makes them feel. I love it when a stranger comes up to me and starts quoting my music. It’s the best feeling in the world next to being on stage and killing it. I have done shows in Montana and Idaho and many times people come to me and say they don’t like Rap music, but they loved my songs or loved seeing me on stage. That’s a feeling I’ve not been able to not long for… It’s addictive as hell.

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

They don’t care about artist; they just want an image and a catchy song. They want you to look and sound like you’re on drugs and I can’t do it. I have kids that look up to me and I don’t want them to think it’s cool to pop prescription drugs and act ignorant. I want my image to be something my kids will be proud of and not something they won’t respect. Which is why I don’t have a record deal or anything like that, but that is OK… As I say in “That Boom Bap” “I’d rather be broke and awoken, than to be rich and blind”.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

Nas is my favorite Hip Hop artist because of his lyrics, delivery, wordplay, style and his catalog. If I had a soundtrack to my life it would be filled with Nas, Frank Sinatra and my own… .

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Give us the links to your social network and stores.

Facebook

 

Facebook

 

Instagram

 

iTunes

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

I don’t’ write anymore, I just think of everything (mainly while I’m driving) and I record it in one take because I’m a fucking beast… I feel it helps me feel the lyrics and not just read them off a phone or paper. I love being able to walk in the booth and shut all the lights off and just black out literally and figuratively.

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

I just love making good music so I don’t care if it is alone or with a group, I can masturbate or join an orgy I’m always down… wait what are we talking about again?

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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.

There is room in music for both types. I have nights that I’m going to the club about to get drunk and make some bad decisions, I don’t want to hear something conscious like J.Cole or Nas I want something IGNORANT as hell so I can be IGNORANT with it… Give me some Future or Gucci… But on the other hand, if it’s a normal day and I’m driving to Wendy’s to get a baconator the last thing I want to hear is some IGNORANT rapper talking about pills and lean. Everything has its place in life… Sometime I want Soul Food (Nas, J. Cole) sometimes I want fast food (Future, Gucci).

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Tell us what you know about copyright.

I know to always protect your music and try to show respect to other people’s ideas.

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Discuss the impact of a Performing Rights Organization.

I’m with BMI and I’ve had a good experience so far.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

I produce a few of the tracks on my new album. Unlike most hip hop I use a lot of live instruments and not MPC or beat making programs. I perform with a band whenever I have the opportunity because I love having the option of going somewhere completely different if the crowd asks for it. I use violins, violas, harmonicas, guitars, all types of horns and drums, I love it all.

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Go into detail on the recording process of this song.

I jumped in the booth and recorded the entire song in one take and was done in less than 5 minutes. I’m always an easy day for an engineer. They love seeing me because they know it’s one take and we out. .

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Discuss your music performance.

I love to be on stage. I love to look in the eyes of a person that just heard a dope ass line that they will never forget. Or when I say something funny and the cute lil sexy thang in the front starts laughing and blushing. I enjoy being around people but only If I have a microphone and everyone is looking at me. I love the pressure of people wanting you to fail but when you get them on your side. I love it all.

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State the official date of release.

The music video for “That Boom Bap” was released on February 15th 2018. The album “Destine” which features “That Boom Bap” was released Late 2017.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My music name is “Conceit” and of course the majority of people think it has something to do with vanity or being full of myself but it’s much deeper than that.. Any “real” MC is a poet, right?! If you took away the beat and put the words on paper the majority of the time you will have a poem if the artist is any good. In poetry a ‘conceit’ is an elaborate or extended metaphor, my full name is “Conceit Music” thus “Elaborate Metaphor Music”… Basically my name is an elaborate metaphor for elaborate metaphor… and I’m full of myself… lol.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The song is titled “That Boom Bap (I AM HIP HOP)” in Hip Hop the term “Boom Bap” signifies a feeling that a dope ass beat with a heavy bass drum and tight, hard hitting, snare or clap gives you… when you hear a “Boom Bap” beat you know it and I knew I had one with this track. The main part of the hook is a chant with a bunch of people (children and adults, youngest was 4 and oldest was 59) saying ‘I Am Hip Hop.’ This has a deep meaning because the majority of people believe Hip Hop is music and it isn’t, hip hop is a culture (or people) that includes Rap. There are other elements to Hip Hop including Djing, B-Boys (Break Dancers) and Graffiti artist. Some people add Social Consciousness as the 5th pillar of Hip Hop but traditionally there are four. I put this song together to pay homage to what Hip Hop really is and to show a difference in what’s going on in the mainstream. I am not that and they are not this.

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

Album is titled “Destine” and its meaning is rooted in my belief that I am destined to be more than I am. The opening track of the album, which shares the name of the album, gives listeners a rundown of my feeling and my wish to go down in the Hall of Fame as one of the greatest lyricist ever. I don’t shy away from my desire to be compared to my idols like Nas, Biggie and Kanye.

Lee Michael Walton

Lee Michael Walton

 

 

Lee Michael Walton

 

Discuss your existence.

I am a composer/singer/pianist and my work is a fusion of various genres including contemporary classical, world, ambient and pop/rock. My songs are often introspective, drawing on inspiration from spirituality, dynamics in relationships, particularly influenced by my training as a psychotherapist and my life experiences including revolutionary, groundbreaking treatment to remove and reconstruct the entire roof of my mouth. My subsequent breakdown was a transformational experience and my ability to improvise spontaneously was highly augmented following my recovery. This instrumental will be on my forthcoming concept album The Journey Home, which tells this story and celebrates the strength of the human spirit and our relationships with each other, and the potential for healing and transformation. This track expresses the time leading right up to my breakdown. The vulnerability captured by the violin and the separation between the violin and the piano at the very end expresses the fragmentation that I experienced. This track was recorded on the beautiful Fazioli grand piano at Fieldgate Studios, Cardiff, UK.

 

 

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Dr Wippit

Dr Wippit

 

Dr Wippit

Dr Wippit

 

 

Dr Wippit

 

 

Dr Wippit came on to the Chicago music scene as a guitarist/vocalist for punk/metal band Chronic Jaywalker from ‘91-’96. More Fugazi than Pantera, Chronic Jaywalker set themselves apart from the local metal scene, receiving airplay on local college stations as well as Q101 Chicago’s alternative station. Like many bands with multiple songwriters, it was only a matter of time before the band separated over musical differences.

 

In the late 90s Dr Wippit played guitar for psychedelic rap/rock experiment Nova Brain, while recording his own compositions on an eight track analog and putting out a limited release Dr Wippit’s 1st Time Out. Next up as punk rock band Stalemate’s lead singer/guitarist Dr Wippit played shows all over the midwest, including a show as far out as Santa Fe with Rise Against and Lawrence Arms.

 

Dr Wippit and Stalemate drummer Ben Gold started a new band in 2002 with the intent of taking the heavy punk sound and combining it with ska, hip/hop and reggae – thus The Kenilworth Project was born. They played Chicago venues like The Double Door and The Note, and also took their act on the road getting airplay and interviewed on college radio as far out as Ohio. Drummer Ben Gold decided he wanted to try opening his own place in Mexico and The Kenilworth Project was put on hold indefinitely.

 

Dr Wippit has been keeping his chops in shape playing lead guitar and singing in local cover band Tastes Like Chicken, while continuing to write and record using the best of today’s digital technology.

 

 

Reverbnation

 

 

 

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iTunes

Martino - Nothing Can Stop Me feat. Ellis

Martino

 

 

 

Martino

 

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

Patryk Martynus aka Martino was born in Poland in 1971. From his childhood music was essential part of his life. Even in primary school he performed as a D.J. in school events.

 

 

 

Tell us your academic qualification.

Martino doesn’t have typical music background. He finished marketing and management study and business psychology on postgraduate stage.

 

 

 

 

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

Martino does not have a musical education. Likewise, his parents had no such as training, and from what he remembers, his grandfather played and was the teacher of the violin. But when Martino was a child he dreamed of appearances on stage and … when he watched television broadcasts of all kinds of music concerts; he have always tried to emulate and imitate artists playing the guitar at the … tennis racket. But, in the more mature period of his life he learned the art of speaking and rhythm feelings and singing. With that, honestly he has to admit that, apart from the rhythmic rap is unlikely for him to become a famous singer. But thanks to all skill and experience, he thinks he was blessed with perfect hearing, sense of rhythm and the ability to search for voice talents, which he invites to his music production.

 

 

 

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

“Nothing Can Stop Me” is a typical EDM production with hint of Indie and Ethnic flavors. The concept behind is to share Martino own life story. It doesn’t matter how many times we fall down, it is important to still have ultimate goal in front and go on.

 

 

 

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

It is not that easy however if you believe and consistently with consequent movement you will realize your dreams, finally, one day you’ll reach the top of the mountains.

 

 

 

Tell us how you are promoting your music.

I try to be present at all social channels, live events, digital campaigns and on real world, especially when I release traditional CD or vinyl records.

 

 

 

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

Vision, engagement and creativity make me happy, people surrounding as well. Stupid and black visions make me sad.

 

 

 

Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song.

Clearly, it is my own experience gained so far. I knew from early beginning that always I have to fight and look forward for bright side of life.

 

 

 

Give us links to where the song can be purchased.

 

CD Baby

 

 

 

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.

Martino is a D.J. and lyrics writer. He cooperates with Marcin Cichon who is a music composer. Both are responsible for final mastering and production. In case of mentioned video; Martino wrote scenario and had influence on clip shooting which was followed by Jacek Nawrat as a video director.

 

 

 

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

Apr 1989 – everything was started.

 

Feb 1993-Jun 2013 – own, 2 hours radio show in Top Radio and Planeta Radio.

 

Holidays 1994-96 – guest residency in King’s River Club/Lido de Jesolo, Italy/, Disco Fun/Austria/, St’Trop Disco/Lloret del Mar/Spain.

 

Jul 2004 – first own release “Female Screw”.

 

Feb 2012 – double CD album “La Musica” including 12 own production.

 

Oct 2015 – won Reverbnation competition on a remix of the song “Believe”.

SoundCloud

 

 

Promoting a new album –

World famous singer CeCe Peniston.

 

Jan 2016 – new album “Sonidos del Alma” first announcement.

 

Mar 2016 – “Back 2 Roots” single selected as soundtrack by Gemelli Film Inc. in N.Y. US to college comedy movie in US.

 

Apr 2016 – “Sonidos del Alma” rewarded as a best new song Dance/Electronica by Akademia Music Award

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Dec 2016 – “Nothing Can Stop Me” worldwide release.

 

Apr 2017 – first professional video to “Nothing Can Stop Me” hot hit single (over 100k YouTube views).

 

Jun 2017 – “Nothing Can Stop Me” video

YouTube

 

 

worldwide broadcast at Viacom platform including MTV, VIVA.

 

Autumn 2017 – second CD album “Sonidos del Alma” worldwide distribution including announcement hits: “Nothing Can Stop Me”, “Winning”, “Taste of Paradise”.

 

 

 

Tell us what makes you unique from others.

Fresh approach to surrounding sounds, ethnic and Latin influences, last but not least meaning and coaching style in lyrics; true life story.

 

 

 

Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

Lack of major cooperation can be treated as weaknesses. Strengths – independence and faith for future successes.

 

 

 

List your five favourite songs including the artists.

I have a lot of respect for artists such as Kool & The Gang, Imagination, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Cesaria Evora, Bebo Segala, whether Sophie Ellis Bextor, Phats & Small and from a group of DJs Frankie Wilde, DeadmauS, Calvin Harris, Robin Schultz.

 

 

 

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

Time will show what will happen however I’m always open to discuss all, possible contract conditions.

 

 

 

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

I’m proud to have possibilities to manage few, very well known, global brands.

 

 

 

List your various works.

2004 “Female Screw” vinyl maxi single

 

2004 “Massive Beat” vinyl maxi single

 

2006 “Booya” CD EP

 

2012 Double CD album “La Musica”

 

2015 “Believe” CeCe Peniston /Back 2 Roots remix/ – Chaos

 

2016 “Sonidos del Alma” single

 

2016 “Nothing Can Stop Me” single

 

2017 “Taste of Paradise” single

 

2017 New CD album “Sonidos del Alma”

 

 

 

 

State links to connect you on social media.

Facebook

 

 

Reverbnation

 

 

Twitter

 

 

Instagram

 

 

Spotify

 

 

 

 

 

State the official date of release.

April, 2017.

 

 

 

State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Martino – It is a letter game from my surname and easy way to pronounce it.

 

 

 

State the title of the song and the meaning.

Nothing Can Stop Me – no less, no more like direct meaning of sentence.

 

 

 

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

“Sonidos del Alma” album – Sounds of Soul project was developed to express my feelings and share my new music.

Baby Yaga

 

Baby Yaga

 

 

Tell us your favorite instruments.

Nyckelharpa. It’s a weird Nordic Swedish instrument. I love it. I also like the accordion.

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List the names of those supporting you.

Patrick von Barkenberg (@vonbarkenberg) and my family of course.

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Tell us your preferred musical styles.

Pop, electro, 80’s music.

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

David Bowie, Peter Schilling, Michael Jackson, Queen, Madonna.

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Tell us your favorite food and hobby.

Eating European cheese and drinking French Wine is my favorite hobby.

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Tell us if you smoke and drink alcohol.

I’m smoking a cigarette right now. I’ll drink anything with alcohol in it. Why not? Life is too short.

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Tell us your musical experience .

Studied Music at Rytmus in Stockholm.

 

After graduation: Nightclub Singer in Stockholm.

 

Started Pop Band Tigon – Age 18.

 

Created Alter Ego Baby Yaga one year ago and released the Debut Single “Dreamer” last year:

 

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Explain what you know about vocal training.

I know too much and practice too little.

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

I’ve never recorded live instruments, but I’d be open to do it in the future with the right people.

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Brief us about your songwriting process.

I don’t think too much about it, if I do I get too self-conscious. I’m bombarded by song ideas all the time. Sometimes I sit down and record them. If I like it I’ll let it sit for a couple of days. If I still like it when I listen to it a second time I’ll work on it.

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Tell us your other talents apart from singing.

Film-making. I just produced and starred in my first feature film:

 

BLOOD PARADISE.

 

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I’m also scoring the movie as Baby Yaga.

 

For the filmmaking/acting I use my real name Andie Winter (@andiewinter).

 

I believe I suffer from multiple personality disorder. Baby Yaga is one of my alter- egos (@iambabyyaga)

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

I just want to have fun with my music. If I make plans it gets too serious.

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Tell us your worst experience in your music career.

I’ve had ups and downs when I was younger trying to figure out who I was… My worst experience was when a record label tried to brand me as someone I wasn’t. So I stopped making music. Now, I’m independent… I don’t think and I just do.

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Discuss sexual harassment in the music industry.

It happened to me when I was younger…. But if somebody messes with me now, I’ll break his kneecaps.

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

I wrote this song for my husband Patrick von Barkenberg. It’s a song about our relationship and how we do everything together.

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Tell us what fans are saying about your music.

Weird & wonderful.

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Tell us the concept behind your music project.

Baby Yaga is my alter ego. My escape from reality. I just want to have fun with it and shoot cool music videos. I’m a visual story teller so I just have a constant need of telling stories.

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

If you do it, do it with style. I don’t think too much about genres, I just do what feels right.

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State the links to your stores and website.

Website

 

Instagram

 

YouTube

 

SoundCloud

 

Twitter

 

Instagram

 

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Explain in detail the title of the song.

YOU & ME = Patrick von Barkenberg & me = Love and Obsession.

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Tell us the official date of release.

02/ 22 /2018.

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State the reason you are into music.

A beautiful way to express myself.

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Share your biography with us.

I am a Swedish born musician/artist having amassed massive life experience that seeps into every aspect of my music. A word traveler, I studied music at RYTMUS in Stockholm before traveling to Paris, Milan, London and New York – finally settling in Los Angeles. With a name born from the haunting forest creature, Baba Yaga, I come to each of my musical endeavors with an altogether unique perspective. I’m inspired by the eclectic pop styling of the 1980s, counting artists such as Peter Schilling and David Bowie among my many influences.

 

My most recent venture is scoring the soundtrack for the Horror film BLOOD PARADISE:

 

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Straight A - Robot Dream

Robot Dream

 

 

 

Straight A - Robot Dream

Straight A – Robot Dream

 

 

Robot Dream

 

Name the artists that have influenced you so far.

As a skateboarder, I listened to a lot of punk and ska, but what I really loved was Jazz.  Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, these saxophonists speak to my soul.   I lived in London in the late 90s and was awakened to a world of electronic music in the clubs there, I loved chart toppers Daft Punk and the Prodigy to more underground artists.  The grimy London sound really gets me.

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

Perhaps Mozart?  I used to listen to the “Amadeus” soundtrack on a walkman cassette tape player all day long.

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

Composition is all about making choices.  These days it all begins with the laptop computer.  I arrange some chords using a midi keyboard then find interesting instruments.  The key to composition in my opinion is a discerning ear, listening to a lot of music and trying to figure out why certain songs resonate to find your own style.

 

To learn more about how I incorporate dreams into my D.J. mixes, read my story here –

My Story

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Tell us about your management team.

I have an assistant but other than that I do it all myself!  I’m a full time musician, and perform for many private events and clubs.   We live in a time that artists have access to the tools to manage their own career.  I make a decent living doing music full time, down the road I’m sure I will add more players to my process but for now I prefer to handle things myself.   I feel lucky that I can do what I love full time.

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Tell us what you think about this song.

In this song I wanted to explore the combination of organic and electronic elements: traditional acoustic horns, live drums, raw un-effected vocals, with electronic elements.  As a cyborg I am fascinated by live instruments as well as electronic sounds.

 

I have always loved African-influenced music, from Afro-Cuban 6/8 syncopation in Latin rhythm to the triplet in Jazz.  In Western music, traditionally time signatures stick to either a 2 or 3 based rhythm, but African rhythm juxtaposes and interchanges the 3 and 2 giving it an infectious groove you can’t but move to.   As I hold a residency in a club and am djing every week either there or in a private event, I’ve loved how mainstream the soca/reggaeton/dancehall vibe has become, because I can mix the beat with Hip-hop, R&B, pop, electronic music, and people love it.

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

I use Instagram mostly to promote my music as I can do short remixes set to interesting video.  I also use YouTube and Snapchat.  Facebook is lame and full of dinosaur trolls.

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

I think that there’s always hope in the youth.  Young people are turned off by corporate B.S. so easily.  Just look at the recent downtick in Snapchat, after they revised it to mingle corporate sponsors with your chats.  Bleah.  We see this with every underground music movement as it becomes mainstream.

 

I love the age we live in, where we are connected to people all across the globe.  Gone are the days of needing a publishing deal to release music, I could record a song right now and have it on iTunes tomorrow.  This explosion in creativity and near universal access means a few things, but I see them as positive.

 

I think that the negative aspects of our current music industry correlate with the negative aspects of our general corporate culture, namely that decisions are driven by short term profits over long term growth and stability, people are seen as numbers on a graph rather than human beings.  This translates IMO to underground music trends rising to the mainstream and burning out at a much faster rate than in the past as there are extensive algorithms in place to identify and exploit trends.  But again, I see this as positive as there are so many creative people out there who have a voice due to our current tech’s (more) level playing field.

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

I use Distrokid to distribute my music across streaming platforms.  Gone are the days of me making much from sales, my money comes from live performance.  With so much direct and indirect competition for people to go out, I feel lucky to be djing clubs and venues each weekend.

 

Sometimes I just walk around a busy city, people ask me who I am and what I’m about.  I love their reactions as they see me.  I used to hate my appearance and I shut myself inside all day, only going out to raves or skateboarding under the cover of night.

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

I spend many hours each week listening to new music and downloading/remixing songs for my DJ sets.   This week I performed for a private “back to school” event in San Francisco, so I prepped a lot of 80s and 90s music to fit the demographic, and mixed it with current hits and my go-to beats.  I mix in key and have a mashup style so often make combinations that the audience hasn’t heard before.

 

Because I am performing on average 4 times a week year round, live performance usually happens after a long day of working on music, generating leads for new performance opportunities, creating contracts, booking travel and lodging, communicating with planners and venue staff, and getting new music.  I wish I could sip tea and meditate for hours before each show, but the truth is I have a very busy schedule where I often get up early and go to bed late.  Often I dj a club Friday night till 2am and then get on a 6a.m flight.  I sleep where I can and work incessantly.

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

As I mentioned before, so little revenue comes from a release or original work compared to the many performances that often original music composition is on back burner as I am just keeping up with a rigorous performance schedule.

 

That said, ideally I would like to be releasing a single every month.  I don’t feel a great benefit in waiting to release an entire album or E.P., but would rather work on a single and video (YouTube is king) one at a time.   If you release a single without a video, you are missing on a huge potential.  So much of my performance is visual, that I make sure to release small remixes with videos multiple times a week.

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

I’d like to see Janelle Monae, I have a crush on her for sure.  Do you think she could ever love a Robot?  She often has robotic themes in her visuals.   If she’s reading this . . . let’s get coffee, message me on snap:

 

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

Most of my songs are about love.  My career makes sense, work makes sense, love and emotions are another story. So difficult to navigate.  It’s something I’ve never really understood and am always trying to figure out through music.

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Tell us about your recording process.

I’m a DIY type person with a home studio and I typically work with others who have a similar setup to record their parts on their own.  I use Logic X, sequence the basic structure, send it to my collaborators, then record my individual woodwind parts and ultimately mix in vocals, live drums.  I have a go to guy for mixing as I don’t feel super confident in my mixing and mastering skills yet.  I have also recorded in local studios, sometimes tracking live instruments on top of prerecorded or sequenced.

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

Last weekend I djed a Friday and Saturday back to back at the same club.  Friday night was so dead, I tried to maintain professionalism and did my best to mix a good set but it could definitely be called boring.  Saturday night the club was bumping, packed.  It was so much fun, I was on my game and worked with the crowd to make sure everyone had a good night.

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State the links to your stores.

iTunes

 

Website

 

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State the links to connect you.

 

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robot_dream

 

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State the official date of release.

Oct 16 2017.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Robot Dream is my name.  I am half man half machine, a cyborg as you can see from my pictures.  I was given the name by a good friend of mine  . . . you can read about my origin story (in graphic novel format) here:

My Story

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Straight A” refers to the teacher-student metaphor explored in this love song.  I think many times people judge someone based on their appearance and don’t give love a chance, they give it an “F” before even trying.  Why not try something new?  You might like it.

The Brooks

The Brooks – Priceless

The Brooks

 

 

 

 

The Brooks – Priceless

 

Borne out of their common love for fiery funk music and authentic soul, The Brooks have steadily been cumulating successes since their beginnings in 2013. Wherever The Brooks go, they leave their audience captivated by their talent and dynamism, worthy of some of the biggest names in the Funk, Soul and R&B scene.

 

 

 

Their latest single “Priceless”, showcases the group completely immersed in their element. The influences of all 8 members are deftly woven together, with soul legend Alan Prater at the helm, who’s toured alongside legends such as Michael Jackson, The Jacksons, Rick James and Cameo.

 

 

 

 

The Brooks have opened for the late Charles Bradley, The Doobie Brothers, Kool & the Gang & more.

 

 

 

 

Live performance at ADISQ Gala 2017 (QC) alongside Charlotte Cardin, Patrice Michaud, Émile Bilodeau, Alex Nevsky, Alaclair Ensemble & more.

 

 

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ZIALAND

ZIALAND – Landslide

 

 

 

 

ZIALAND

ZIALAND

 

 

ZIALAND – Landslide

 

ZIALAND

 

‘UNBRIDLED & ABLAZE’

 

New album out 08.06.18

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​​Following the well-received singles ‘Landslide’ and ‘Shelter’, the latter of which received airplay on respected acoustic/singer-songwriter shows on the likes of BBC Scotland, BBC Ulster, SOHO Radio, Resonance FM and Juice (Brighton), the Norwegian artist ZIALAND is now ready to release her new album ‘Unbridled & Ablaze’ on June 8th.

 

 

​​Zialand describes her most recent single ‘Running Cold’ as “a song about a friend of mine and the deeply painful relationship she experienced with her alcoholic dad. Her pain was a complicated tapestry woven over time, ​​blended together by watching him distance himself from the people closest to him and her profound love for him and the need for a dad. But her needs were never met because he always chose the bottle. She was the one who found him, barely conscious as he was slipping into a coma. Blood on the floor, on the walls and in the bed. She was the one who cleaned it all up, stayed by his hospital bed and was there as he fought the inevitable. His death wasn’t pretty. I wanted to honour her and pour some love onto all that pain by writing her this song, bringing a kind of witnessing and a reckoning to it.”

 

 

​​​​Other highlights on the album include ‘Fever’ (“about living in exile and as a refugee, the vulnerability and precariousness of life in that existence, not knowing what comes next”), the aching ballad.

 

 

‘Don’t Look Down’ (“about a good man losing his partner to illness and his way of loving her is by showing up and being there in all the ways he can”).

 

The powerful ’Shelter’ (“a love letter to my daughter”).

 

 

And the intense torch song ‘Cleaved’ ​​(“longing for your soulmate, the one you know is out there but not the ‘where’ or ‘how’ or ‘when’ you will meet”).

 

 

​​Zialand calls her music Cinematic Soul Pop and thinks of the album as being about “‘in-between’ moments, when something is ending and something new beginning. That moment where you finally give way to the transmutation. For anything to move and transcend, something else needs to die or be let go of. To me, these moments are imbued with both the deepest of grief as well as a most delicate beatitude and rapture. I think I’ve always been on the hunt for these moments because they are so elusive.”

 

 

​​ZIALAND (aka Zia Meyer) was born in Norway but spent her early years on the large Arctic island of Greenland before her family relocated to Oslo. Having joined a gospel choir at the age of 14, she ​​also took piano lessons before moving to L.A. in her late teens where she worked with jazz composer/musicians Marcus Miller and Chris Botti, plus bassist Kristian Dunn (of El Ten Eleven).

 

 

She released a debut album in 2000 entitled ‘Same Girl Once’, songs from which gained airplay on key local station KCRW and were also placed in TV shows.

 

 

​​However, her burgeoning career as a piano based singer-songwriter stalled in 2002 when she left L.A. and ended up in Australia for the next decade. There were hard and heavy reasons for leaving the hotbed of L.A. and slipping into the shadows, but it also provided an opportunity to spend plenty of time making music and learning the art of mixing. It became her anchor, “the only thing I could hold on to at times,” Zialand reflects.

 

 

​​Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen and guitarist Erlend Saeverud contributed to the second Zialand album, ‘The Light Below’ (2014), giving the highly personal jazz tinged record an atmospheric, filmic backdrop. Recorded primarily in Australia but completed and released upon moving back to Oslo, it pointed the way forward. She also met the British producer/ musician John Fryer (Nine Inch Nails, This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins, Depeche Mode) at this time collaborating on two songs by his electronic solo project Black Needle Noise. She then worked with composer/producer David Sardy, singing on the soundtrack for the urban fantasy thriller movie ‘Bright’ (starring Will Smith and Noomi Rapace), which ​​was released in late 2017.

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