Love Stallion - Trans Am

Love Stallion – Trans Am

Love Stallion – Trans Am

 

 

 

 

Love Stallion - Trans Am

Love Stallion – Trans Am

 

 

 

 

Love Stallion – Trans Am

 

 

Inspired by the “big rock” sound of the 1970s and ’80s, rock stars like David Lee Roth and Freddie Mercury, and dynamic bands like Van Halen, Kiss, and Def Leppard, Love Stallion is charging onto the music scene with original glamorous hard rock. The band’s high energy live performances, flamboyant wardrobes of sequins, spandex and leather, and their signature “Sexy Disco Legs” have placed Love Stallion in the spotlight among Denver’s hottest tickets. Now, Aaron Hart (vocals) and Crayton Huntly (aka Rob McLemore, guitars), along with Aero X (aka Aero Marquez, bass), have released their debut album, Unforgettable Ride. Recorded at Colorado Sound Studios with Emmy Award Winner and Certified Gold Album producer, Steve Avedis (Tony Bennett, NSYNC), “Unforgettable Ride” is already garnering critical praise from some of music’s top-ranked sites.

 

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Share your life story with us.

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and always loved music. I started piano at 5 years old, and in middle school, picked up guitar and drums too. I gravitated towards the melodic pop of the Beach Boys and Michael Jackson, and the rock of Van Halen and Queen. Rob grew up in L.A., immersed in the scene of stadium rock, Hollywood glam, and the Sunset Strip. After meeting in Denver in ‘09, we quickly discovered our tight bond of friendship and our love of a certain brand of music, and soon after, we began playing in projects together. In fall 2013, we decided to create our very own dream project, now known as Love Stallion.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.

Huge thank-yous to so many people!  First, we want to thank our fans, friends, and family for supporting us over the years.  Special thank-yous to our vocal coaches Dr Scott Martin, Kate Emerich and Ona Reed; and our producer Steve Avedis. You are all like family, and we couldn’t have made this album without you!

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.

Recording in the studio is its own beast. It is incredibly rewarding to create the perfect versions of the songs as we envision them in our heads. But, the hard part is translating the live energy and raw performance into the studio, AND making sure it is played the best it can be. This becomes a battle of the left brain and right brain! Still, even though it is an intensely emotional process, it is so satisfying to emerge from the studio not only as a better writer and player, but with our own piece of recorded history.

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Discuss your songwriting.

Writing the songs for “Unforgettable Ride” has been one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives.  Having been friends for years and played in a couple projects together, Rob and I discovered our shared passion for rock and roll and its influences.  For much of the album, Rob would start us off with a riff, and I would add the melody. We both were heavily involved in each other’s process, sending the instrumentation, arrangements, melodies, and lyrics back and forth a thousand times. We spent an immense amount of time on these songs to ensure we were both 100% happy with the feel of every part of each one.

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Elaborate on your future projects.

We are currently planning our next music video, while gearing up to begin playing shows this fall all around Colorado, including a headliner show at Globe Hall here in Denver on Saturday October 13th.   We are also busy writing and planning some small tours for summer 2019.  We hope to see you all on the road!

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.

Right now, we are spreading the word about our album by doing interviews, making appearances, and playing shows.  We are also working with Michael Stover at MTS Management Group who is doing a great job getting our music out in front of people. But, the most effective way we have found has been sharing 1-on-1 with people, sharing what we are up to, and inviting them to join in on the fun.

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Tell us that point in time you wanted to give up on your music career.

Back in 2013, I had a solo pop/rock project. While we performed as a band, it felt more like a one-man-show.  I had serious writer’s block and was having a hard time feeling inspired. Thankfully, a few months later, my friend Pyper invited me last-minute to a Prince show at the Ogden Theater here in Denver. Needless to say, my life was changed that night, watching one of music’s most talented artists rip the best rock set I had ever seen.  That night set the stage for the future Love Stallion.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.

We start writing many of our songs by matching the feel of a song title to a guitar riff. It’s so important that the energy and vibe of the music matches the theme of the lyrical story. We also find that many of the best vocal melodies and hooks are buried right there in the music, so the experience is more about uncovering the hidden gems, rather than creating out of thin air.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.

My understanding is that it’s complicated!  We do know the importance of surrounding ourselves with a team of experts who can advise us. We do think it’s essential for bands to understand the basics though, like registering copyrights and publishing, and being sure to read and understand every contract.

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Tell us your favourite genre of music.

Definitely rock and roll!  Our love is deep especially for the classic rock of the 70s and 80s.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

Most of our songs revolve around the tension of love, from fun and excitement to thick nostalgia and heartbreak.

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Elaborate on this song.

Trans Am is an homage to the Smokey and The Bandit 1978 Pontiac Trans Am, coupled with the double entendre of a car and a girl, also similar to Van Halen’s Panama. It’s a high energy rocker, with a long instrumental interlude, making you feel like you’re at a big throwback showdown car race scene. RIP Burt!

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Discuss digital distribution and streaming.

We rely on CD Baby for most of our distribution. They truly have a heart for the indie artist, and have created relationships all around the world to simplify the process, making it easy for anyone to spread their music on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and just about anywhere. The cool part is that they track all of the plays, so we get to see that fans worldwide are still listening to our music!

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Tell us numerous ways that artists can boost their revenue.

The most important thing is writing good material and having a good performance. This is the foundation for connecting with and engaging your audience to buy your music, concert tickets, and merchandise. Make sure you have an updated website, constant new content on social media, and create merch to sell.

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Tell us your opinion on self-training and enrolling in an educational institution to study music.

In the music business, like anything, you have to be a lifelong learner and always disciplined to practice and develop your craft. It’s so important to have a support group and good coaches to give you perspective, share their experiences, and help you continually grow.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.

So much goes into writing good music! For starters, you need to constantly spend time creating and keeping record of all of your music and lyric ideas. This consistent space helps you best access your emotions while also keeping your radar up for any inspiration as you go about your day. It is also important to listen not just to your own genre, but draw from outside influences and styles to create your own personal stamp. Feel what you are writing so you can be sure that energy is accessible to the future listeners.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Love Stallion: we are a band of sexy horsemen!

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

“Unforgettable Ride” is not just another double entendre, but an honest description of the last 5 years of the band’s history. There have been many struggles and challenges, but also the most beautiful moments and experiences of our lives we will never forget; writing performing, and sharing our music with our families, friends, and fans. It has truly been unforgettable!

Matt Westin - Our Redneck of the Woods

Matt Westin – Our Redneck of the Woods

Matt Westin – Our Redneck of the Woods

 

 

 

 

Matt Westin - Our Redneck of the Woods

Matt Westin – Our Redneck of the Woods

 

 

 

Matt Westin – Our Redneck of the Woods

 

Pittsburgh-based country rocker Matt Westin won over country music fans with his single, “Our Redneck of the Woods.” The first release from his Bryan Cole-produced debut, Legacy (MTS Records), the track has received international airplay and charting, while helping Matt received multiple award nominations. After the untimely 2016 death of his father from cancer-related causes, Matt Westin decided to honor his father’s memory by walking away from a promising engineering career, to focus on his music, something his father had staunchly supported. Matt is an International Music and Entertainment Association nominee. He is currently #44 on the International Country Artists chart at Country Music Chart.

 

 

 

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Sunflower Thieves – Two Halves

Sunflower Thieves – Two Halves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunflower Thieves – Two Halves

 

 

 

Artist Name:   Sunflower Thieves

 

Song Title:      Two Halves

 

Genre:     Singer Songwriter Pop

 

Release Date:  07.09.18

 

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“After fifteen years of friendship, Leeds-based pop-folk band Sunflower Thieves are a strong “soulful sisterhood” (LeftLion 2018) nurturing a unique sound. The much anticipated debut EP, Hold the Storm, released February 2017, combines rich harmonies and honest lyrics to sooth the mind. Each Sunflower Thieves track is hugely personal to the songwriters, hence the intimate atmosphere and sincere performance you experience in watching them. One year on, brand new single Two Halves, released September 2018, is no exception to this and will be the soundtrack to your autumn days. Both singers, guitarists and keyboard players, in live performance, Sunflower Thieves are storytellers, and their friendly chatter invites you in, in between the captivating stories of loss, friendship and hope, portrayed through ethereal vocal harmonies and heartfelt lyrics. Since being joined by their band, Sunflower Thieves have taken their bigger and brighter sound to many festivals across the country, from YNOT Festival, to Dot To Dot Nottingham to How The Light Gets In, and even overseas to Maiwoche in Osnabruck, Germany. Whether it is performing as an acoustic duo at Sofar Sounds gigs, or as a band at their own headline shows, you will immediately warm to Sunflower Thieves.

 

“Beautiful…just beautiful”

 – Dean Jackson, DJ, BBC Introducing East Mids.

 

“Sunflower Thieves have never been bolder as a four-piece with a bigger, brighter sound and accomplished collection of songs.” – Nailed, Belper Independent News.

 

“There’s more than a little of The Staves in the vocal, an innocent coming-of-age to the lyrics, and a beautiful pastoral naivety to these shy but confessional songs”

– Storge, Derby Music, Arts and Culture website

 

“Their songs were as hauntingly beautiful live as they are online, and they’re well worth a watch if you’re a First Aid Kit fan.”

– LeftLion Magazine, Nottingham.

 

 

Share your life story with us.

Sunflower Thieves began as an acoustic duo, gigging in and around Derbyshire, where we (Amy and Lily) grew up and went to school together. From a young age, we both learned piano, and Amy took up the flute and Lily took up the trumpet. We grew up in families who are passionate about music and musically active themselves, in lots of different ways. We attended concerts and festivals with our families, probably primarily within the folk and singer songwriter. We began playing at local open mics together, and as we received more and more support, and grew in confidence, we played gigs in our own right. We were very fortunate to grow up in a vibrant, creative community which had a lot of time for young, ambitious creatives. We were encouraged to write our own songs, and eventually ventured into gigging in Nottingham, where there is a thriving music scene. Nottingham has been a huge support network for us, and we went from strength to strength, and were offered slots at the Bodega, other support slots, including for Cattle and Cane, and festivals such as Dot to Dot and Splendour Festival. We released our debut EP, Hold The Storm, in February 2017 and subsequently were joined by a drummer and bass guitarist. We organised a short UK tour, played at YNIT 2017 and Derby 2Q Festival 2017. Lily has just graduated from Leeds College Of Music with a Music Production degree and Amy is currently at Leeds College Of Music studying Songwriting. Lily produced our single Two Halves.

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Discuss your songwriting.

We often write the skeleton of the songs separately, and then polish them and compose harmonies and instrumental arrangements together. In doing this, we voice record ideas and bounce them back and forth between each other. All of our songs are inspired by people, events or situations that have moved us, and many discuss heavy, heartbreaking subjects, which we try to convey in a lighter, more positive tone. We both play guitar and piano and often swap and change during performances.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.

Dean Jackson, BBC Introducing East Midlands Sam Heaton, Danielle Sorsby, Jess Hopkins at DHP Nottingham, James Oldrini, Our parents!!! Leeds College Of Music Ian Evans, IME Nick Simcock, Dead Young Records/High and Lonesome Sofar Sounds Maiwoche, Osnabruck, GER.

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.

Our recording and production process has been very DIY. We have Leeds College Of Music to thank for the use of the facilities. We demo our own tracks, and send our work to our peers and people around us to improve as we go along.

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Elaborate on your future projects.

Following the single release, we will be putting out a live band performance video shot at Prospect Studios in Bradford. This is exciting for us as we don’t currently have any live band footage up online. This will be followed up by a stripped back, live acoustic duo version of Two Halves, shot at YHA Coniston in April this year. Next, we intend to release a follow up single within the next few months. We also plan to get back on booking festivals and gigs for the coming year as we went a little quiet during the preparation for this single. We hope to play more Sofar Sounds gigs in 2019 and also play more live performances abroad!

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.

We keep all of our social medias incredibly active, and as interactive with our fan base as possible. Our next step in maintaining and increasing interest is our new merch, will be available within the next month. We are collaborating with independent artists, to release unique merch targeted at our fans. This includes tote bags with hand embroidered designs, each one different to the next. We will be ordering more badges, and are working on a limited run of upcycled T-shirts to customise with our own designs, whilst supporting various local charities. Performing in more new places, particularly with Sofar Sounds, is helping to spread the word about our music, and inspire new songs.

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Tell us that point in time you wanted to give up on your music career.

This is not something that happens just once. Being surrounded by inspiring, unique, motivated and extremely talented musicians and creatives can often be hugely motivating, but can also have the opposite effect. Every musician goes through more and less creative patches. In addition, dry periods when there are less live performances to be done, less bookings being taken etc., can be demoralising. I think there has only been one moment since being ‘Sunflower Thieves’ that we have considered the idea that we may not carry on with it. This was during the crossover time in which Lily was in Leeds and Amy was in Derbyshire, with a place secured in Leeds for the next year. We knew that this would be make or break for us, through how we handled both being in the same place. It was either going to be forgotten and left behind amongst other things, or we would put 100 percent effort in to the project and get results. However, with our determination, organisation and passion for what we are doing, we have worked hard at it, and are so proud and excited for this release. We have made huge progress in one year, and are excited to continue with this, at the strongest and most motivated we have ever been.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.

There is no set way in which we set about writing a song. We are always collecting and editing lyrical ideas, and are inspired by events and people around us. This leads to determining the mood, structure, and direction of a composition. We often write the skeleton of a track, core chords and progression, and then revisit specific areas which require more interesting instrumentation or removing unnecessary sections.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.

We are members of PRS, PPL and the Musicians’ Union. These are all super important to us as we are protected, supported and encouraged by these organisations.

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Tell us your favourite genre of music.

This is impossible to answer haha! I suppose the majority of music we listen to fits into ‘pop’, but this goes into all sorts of sub genres i.e. pop folk, singer songwriter, pop country etc. We listen to a lot of different artists, and often share new discoveries with each other. Being in such a musical environment, naturally people around us are always recommending and shouting about new music, which is what we are most excited about. Independent, unsigned musicians who are doing it their own way! We will always be particularly excited for female acts, as we hope for a more equally balanced industry.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

Each song has specific meaning… We have released 5 songs in total.

 

Breathe – a friend tragically passed away after a house fire, and this song was a reaction to this.

 

Oh Wait – about miscommunication within a friendship leading to a break down in the relationship.

 

Time To Choose – the difficulty of being in a place between friendship and love, and the struggle of opening up to someone, despite knowing every detail about them yourself.

 

Spark – this song began as a song about our musician journey, and ended up as a song about love/friendship.

 

Two Halves – about being there for a friend who is vulnerable.

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Elaborate on this song.

Two Halves is about a friend who lost her memory following an accident. The song is about offering a safe space for this person, who is rebuilding her life, and as you rebuild your friendship. This meaning is not explicit in the lyrics of the song, much like in our other songs, and we look forward to seeing how people interpret it. We feel we have captured a light tone, and a positivity in the situation, as a friend would strive to do.

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Discuss digital distribution and streaming.

Digital distribution and streaming allows us to generate revenue from our hard work, is a fantastic way for new artists to get discovered and for us to discover new music. Our music is much farther spread than it would be without it.

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Tell us numerous ways that artists can boost their revenue.

Merchandise, sponsorship, releasing music regularly and rereleasing i.e. singles on an album or creating remixes/acoustic versions, vlogging/fan interaction, touring and playing live function gigs, commercial/collaborative songwriting.

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Tell us your opinion on self-training and enrolling in an educational institution to study music.

Being in musical institutions has been hugely motivating for us. We were initially inspired in one to one music lessons, and have both progressed through music institutions. Lily attended Bilborough College in Nottingham, and Amy attended Confetti Institute Of Creative Technologies, also in Nottingham, before moving on to Leeds College of Music. Being completely immersed in creative networks is the most inspiring thing, and has opened up many doors, ideas and aspects which otherwise would not have been considered by ourselves. However, we both play guitar through mostly self-tuition, and have had only a handful of singing lessons each. We believe there is no set way to study music, and there is no necessity to do so through an institution, as this method does not suit everyone. We know many people who excel in their creative area, who did not follow this route. Stay true to who you are, this is the best way you will learn, and the happiest way you will improve.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Sunflower Thieves. Unfortunately there is no fun story surrounding the choice of band name. We just really like the contradiction of the pretty, positive image of a Sunflower, alongside the darkness and negativity of Thieves. We did ask for requests from our followers at the time, but it only felt right that we design our own name, which creates an image, a brand. We feel it suits our music down to a T!

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.

We are still learning! We strive to learn more about the most effective and successful songwriting, but are very aware that ‘hits’ are not necessarily what we are after for Sunflower Thieves (depending on your definition of hit). Every time we write, we increase the efficiency of our songwriting process, as well as the quality of the result.