Su'uka - So Far Away

Su’uka – So Far Away

Su’uka – So Far Away

 

 

 

 

Su'uka - So Far Away

Su’uka – So Far Away

 

 

 

 

Artist Name: Su’uka

 

Song Title: So Far Away

 

Genre: Pop

 

Release Date: 12 October 2017

 

 

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Su’uka – So Far Away

 

Su’uka is a pop singer/songwriter residing in Portsmouth, UK. New to the music scene, she has released her first two singles titled ‘So Far Away’ and ‘Pink Dreaming’ which is now available on all streaming services. Whilst her sound can be described as a cross between The Weeknd and Ariana Grande, her musical influences are Bob Marley, Sia and Michael Jackson. Su’uka has scored a good number of plays in the US on radio stations such as Soul Survivor Radio, OA Radio and W.A.A.P Radio. In the UK, Su’uka has scored plays on stations such as Nova East Radio, Frag Radio and earned a ‘Track of the Week’ spot on BBC Music Introducing: Solent Region. For her song writing skills, she has earned a certificate of Commended Entry by the UKSC. Su’uka is currently working with Chris Hall from R/S Artist Studios in London to produce her EP.

 

Su’uka Drops Two New Singles “Pink Dreaming” and “So Far Away” NEW YORK, NY (December 12, 2017) – Pop singer and songwriter, Su’uka, from Portsmouth, United Kingdom dropped two new catchy singles off of her anticipated upcoming EP she has been working on with Chris Hall from R/S Artist music group in London. The two singles are titled “Pink Dreaming” and “So Far Away”. “Pink Dreaming” showcases a more up-tempo demeanor through its beat and repetitive chorus. The lyrics of this song depict a person who has someone in their heart and mind they cannot stop thinking about… This song is a fun one to listen to that will have you singing along by the second time the chorus hits. After one listen, you can’t help but be “Pink Dreaming” about someone you hold close to you!

 

“So Far Away” draws you in from the start although the lyrics are slightly filled with more remorse through the characterization of the artist wishing they left someone, even though they love them. The beat of this song carries all the way through and is insanely catchy. Su’uka, again, presents a chorus that will definitely be stuck in your head all day. Both songs are available on a variety of streaming services including iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and Amazon Music.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

The advent of the internet brought with it new ways of communication. Social networks being one of them; usually people spend most of their time on social networks and what other better way than to promote music in an arena with a high presence of people if not via social networks. The goal to promote music is to reach as many people as possible. Likewise, the significance of social networking to music is that you can reach a large number of people easier and faster with just a click or two of a button.

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

I wrote my first song when I was in primary school. During that time, when I wanted to memorize my class notes for a test, I form songs with my written notes so I do not forget them. I truly fell in love with music in 2005, I had just graduated from primary school and I was involved in a group music competition for my school. Standing on stage singing in front of a large crowd at a young age, seeing the happiness on people’s face and feeling their energy is something I will never forget. I joined the choir once I entered secondary school, at the same time, I never stopped writing songs from my early age and till date I still have books of those unsung materials. As usual, life can be weirdly unfair; even if I do not achieve my aims of being a musician I must have at least a foot at the door of the music industry. However, I will strive to get to my destination. I love music, I have always loved music I cannot imagine doing anything else! I feel I would be miserable without it. Music is something you can do over and over again till you are satisfied. I am somewhat of a perfectionist and the fact that music can be touched on over and over again provides me with a type of flexibility I enjoy. I am not quite where I want to be vocally, I enjoy developing myself in that aspect, there is room to grow and different things to try with music. Apart from me, music is something that connects us all. It is something that everybody loves; I have not met one person that hates music. It is a relief to know that everyone enjoys music, and to be able to provide that to people is a wonderful feeling. Seeing the greats such as Michael Jackson and Bob Marley perform for people and how their music touches the people’s soul, the happiness these people feel, music did that. And as humble as I am, I aspire to get there and I will. Music is a form of art; art is a form of expression. Music allows me to express myself creatively and freely. I cannot achieve that if I do something I do not love. Music is one thing I know how right and I want to spend the rest of my life doing what I love.

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

In general, the feedback is positive. The tone of my singing voice is appreciated, that is the most comments I have received. Considering it is my first single and I am happy for the love that has been shown so far.

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Tell us how you record your song.

Once I am done writing, I go to the studio to sing the song for my producer. As I am singing, he is developing the beats and the instrumentals. By then he already has an idea of the beat for my song. I then record what I personally call a ‘voice sketch’. Just so I know what, when and to sing during certain parts, sort of like a rough sketch for an essay. After the main recording, I give myself a few days away from the song so I listen to it with a fresh mind. I listen to it from different devices and make any changes I need to. After which the song is sent to be mixed and mastered.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

‘So Far Away’ is a story about my primary school sweetheart. Although I did not write this song at that time, he is someone I have carried in my heart ever since. We never got the chance to date so I still look back and wish we did. From the chorus it is certain that I had to let go of him because I felt it was the right thing to do (considering it felt like we were going nowhere). Verse 1 solidifies my doubt in us but at the same time it expresses what could have been if there was an ‘Us’. Verse 2 is contemplation yet a confession of doubt as well. The bridge is sort of like a cry for help yet the chorus serves as a reminder on the reason for the let-go.

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State your musical skills.

Song-writing and vocals… both the skills that I am currently building on.

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

Usually I complete my songs within an hour. However during the times I am busy with school works or so it usually takes me 3 days.

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

For the lyrics, I make a rough sketch about what I want to talk about in verse 1 and 2. The chorus is usually the first thing I create then I develop from there. I always make use of the online dictionary every time. Because there are some times I want to fit a whole sentence in to one word, and there are sometimes I will want to expand on one word into a sentence. I make sure that the theme of the song is consistent throughout. As for the melody, I hardly sit down to form it. It is something that comes in naturally. Some melodies come to me in my sleep and I have to wake up and record them. I have loads of cranky voice notes on my phones because I wake up to record the melody. If I do not do that I will forget my melodies. So I have to have my phone with me at all times because melodies come to me anytime and I have to be ready. For some songs I give myself a minute to develop on the melody for the choruses. For some songs I just keep on singing and going, once I am able to record my melody for the chorus and 1st verse, the bridge becomes easy for me. Also whilst in the studio changes to the melody have to be changed to fit the beat and vice versa, there has to be a balance. In fact, the current melodies of verses on the ‘So Far Away’ song were not the original version. My producer and I worked together to twitch it so it could fit the beat.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

Pop; because that is the genre I mostly write on.

 

Reggae – all because of Bob Marley – I listened to him whilst growing up. My dad played him every morning on my way to school.

 

R&B – I love R&B… this was what filled the lives of 90’s kids and still today. I think my coming single is pop/R&B.

 

 

Hip Hop/Rap – Makes you move your head. I will love to do something with this genre sometime in future.

 

 

 

Dance – My fourth single has to be dance music. I enjoy it…

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

Unfortunately for me, I have not yet had a current live performance of my new single. Although as previously mentioned, I have participated in a live performance as a kid. But I just started and I am very new to the music scene so I am looking forward to my first live performance.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is actually my birth name, the shortened version of my full name. My full name is Su’ukaneabe, which means God is immortal. The name originates form Adamawa state, the north-eastern part of Nigeria. I love my name Su’uka because it is unique and makes people wonder all the time. It is captivating – I like that.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

My rehearsal is mainly vocal warm ups for now. Lots of lip rolls, relaxing the tongue and neck muscles. I also rehearse my vocal range because I know I need to develop.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

I do not know how to play any musical instruments but if I could it would be a piano.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

Well, it’s funny when I get this question because I find it a bit hard to describe my personality because I feel it is something that people tell me based on their experiences with me. However from what I have been told; I am bold and care free. I normally get that I am funny and warm. I am easy to talk to. Although I get comments that I have a mean face, I have been told that once these people get to know me, they get drawn. Lastly, I have been told that I am humble, this one I know, and it is something that I have to be throughout my life.

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Discuss your music career.

My music career is novel at the moment. Whilst I am building my brand, I am under development for the career path I have chosen for myself.

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List your musical work.

So Far Away

 

 

Pink Dreaming

 

 

Thinking of You (this is coming soon- next!).

Cat Rolfes - Momma Said

Cat Rolfes – Momma Said

Cat Rolfes – Momma Said

 

 

 

 

Cat Rolfes - Momma Said

Cat Rolfes – Momma Said

 

 

 

Artist Name: Cat Rolfes

 

Song Title: Mamma Said

 

Genre: Southern Roots Rock

 

Release Date:  3/17/18

 

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Cat Rolfes – Momma Said

 

 

 

 

Singer-songwriter Cat Rolfes grew up in New Orleans and was exposed to the city’s multicultural melting pot of music early on. She first started writing and playing music as a child and took in the unique genres of the area – jazz, boogie-woogie, R&B, blues, gospel, rock and zydeco – as live music was ingrained many aspects of daily life. She continued to perform and write music after moving to Chicago, transporting her swampy R&B and southern rock style up north. Debuting in 2018, Hwy 55 is her first full-length all-originals album. Named after the 964-mile stretch of highway connecting her hometown with her current home (and a nod to other southern cities along the way, famed for their musical heritage), it’s a southern roots rock LP that blends laid-back Chicago soul, gritty New Orleans R&B, and a bit of frisky funk.

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

Catherine Rolfes, USA, I started playing music when I was 12, living in New Orleans. Being from New Orleans is wonderful because music is so essential to that city. There are only a few cities that have a certain musical identity. You can’t say “L.A. music,” or “New York music,” but you can say “New Orleans music.” Nashville comes out of that same kind of thing. When I was a kid, in 2nd-grade, we weren’t asked “do you want to play an instrument” we were asked “which instrument do you want to play?” That was the culture. Such a shame that doesn’t happen everywhere.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

I have a BBA in Accounting (from Loyola University) and a MA in International Relations (from University of Amsterdam).

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Elaborate on your music career, band name, experience and skills.

I started playing guitar and writing music when I was 12, back in New Orleans, with my friend Kathleen. We’d perform at school events and functions and our friends were supportive. Once that happened it was like I caught a bug and it was really addictive. Even before that though, in second grade (age 7), I vividly remember being taken into our school cafeteria; where on the tables were every type of musical instrument in a band and orchestra. We got to walk around, pick the instrument up, feel it, and have it demonstrated for us. Then, when that was over, we were asked NOT do you want to play an instrument, but which instrument do you want to play. That was the culture. Such a shame that doesn’t happen everywhere. But I chose the violin – played it for 6 years in the public school system and then switched to the viola for another 7 or 8 years. That provided me with a wonderful musical base – when I picked the guitar up at 12, the concept of music wasn’t completely new to me and I was able to teach myself the basics. I found the guitar a much more social instrument and with my friend, we started writing our own tunes with it. We were heavily influenced by the Beatles, so many of our early songs have a Beatles-esque feeling. I would even take my guitar to school and we had a teacher that would let us use his classroom during recess to rehearse. So often, we’d bring the guitar out on the playground and have a little concert for our friends. They were so supportive. The teachers were so supportive. That gave us confidence. In college, I lived and studied abroad and put my guitar down for many years, regretfully. But when I moved to Chicago 19 years ago, I heard about a place where one could dust off an instrument and immediately meet others to play informally or formally with. That place is the Old Town School of Folk Music, and it’s still dear to my heart. I have so many friends involved in the school… it’s a community that supports budding musicians like myself. That’s where I met the guys that play on Hwy 55 with me. They are all involved with the school (with the exception of the drummer, Joel, who is a major player on the Chicago blues scene).

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Tell us your favourite genres.

I’m a massive blues and roots fan, so in that genre I listen to artists spanning from Son House and Stevie Ray Vaughn to Wood Brothers, who write amazing songs. I love listening to psychedelic soul – so like Monophonics – but deep down, I’m a straight-up funk girl. I grew up listening to the Meters, Mardi Gras Indian chants, brass bands second lining, and so I’m naturally drawn to funk-heavy soul (like Vulpeck and Orgone). I also love female vocalists that blend genres, like Amy Winehouse and Susan Tedeschi. Sharon Jones is amazing too.

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

Record labels need to find great artists, then record, promote, advertise, and sell.

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Tell us your various works apart from being a musician.

Writer/journalist and photographer.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

Sending it to radio stations, appearing on TV and doing interviews for newspapers.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Cat Rolfes Announces New Album Hwy 55 And will play Evanston Rocks on June 22.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [Glenview, IL] – Indie local artist Cat Rolfes is thrilled to announce the release of her debut album, Hwy 55, available everywhere on May 17, 2018. Hwy 55 is a southern roots rock LP that blends laid-back Chicago soul, gritty New Orleans R&B, and a bit of frisky funk. Born and raised in New Orleans, singer/songwriter Cat Rolfes has been bringing her southern roots sounds to the stages across Chicago for the last 10 years. Often compared to Susan Tedeschi, her album with band the Wild Ones, is a vintage southern soul sound built on cracking pocket drumming, clean-toned guitar, horns, piano, and Hammond organ wrapped around original songs with hooks that go on for days.

 

 “Rolfes writes funky swamp R&B, southern rock, and blues into her own take on American music and tops it all with a clear, sweet, and soulful vocal style and hooks that are both instantly memorable. Hwy 55 is her first full-length record and it is one of the strongest independent releases out of our fair city in recent memory,” said independent music journalist Mike O’Cull and host of The Sounds of Chicago podcast. Cat Rolfes and the Wild Ones will perform songs from the new CD plus other New Orleans favorites on June 22 at Evanston Rocks with friends the Victor Brown Band…

 

Singer-songwriter Cat Rolfes grew up in New Orleans and was exposed to the city’s multicultural melting pot of music early on. She first started writing and playing music as a child and took in the unique genres of the area – jazz, boogie-woogie, R&B, blues, gospel, rock and zydeco…

 

 

She continued to perform and write music after moving to Chicago, transporting her swampy R&B and southern rock style up north. Debuting in 2018, Hwy 55 is her first full-length all-originals album. It’s named after the 964-mile stretch of highway connecting her hometown with her current home, and a nod to other southern cities along the way, famed for their musical heritage.

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Explain the story behind the song.

It’s about my mother and the advice she gave me growing up. Advice similar to advice other moms give too – being true to yourself, being true to others, etc.

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

KRSC 91.3FM, WMPG 90.9FM, KSCU 103.3 FM, Andy’s Attic, GLTV.

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State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director.

Songs on Hwy 55 are all originals and she has assembled an exceptional band of old friends to record it: Joel Baer on drums, John Mead on guitar, Alton Smith on piano and Hammond B-3, and Jimmy Tomasello on bass. Contributing to the backing vocals is longtime friend and musical partner Kathleen Chapman, whose rich sultry voice blends beautifully with Rolfes’ melodies. Several songs feature Chicago horn players Gomeh Barack, Lenard Simpson and Nashville legends John Heinrich and Steve Smartt. Fittingly, the tunes were captured by a collaboration of talent along Hwy 55. John Abbey recorded and produced tracks at Kingsize Studios in Chicago and Ben Mumphrey tracked background vocals as well as mixed and mastered the LP at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Veteran producer and engineer Pat Holt led the Nashville horns to round out the soulful blend of Americana rock.

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Elaborate on the album.

Hwy 55 is her first full-length album, named after the 964-mile stretch of highway connecting her hometown with her current home (and a nod to other southern cities along the way, famed for their musical heritage). It’s a southern roots rock LP that blends laid-back Chicago soul, gritty New Orleans R&B, and a bit of frisky funk.

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

I’ve been in the music industry for the last 8 years. I get inspiration from everything – nature, friends, art, feelings – some people want to be happy all the time. I don’t mind sadness; it’s an amazing force behind some great songs. Any raw emotion is what artists look for. When I write music, what I’m creating comes from the past and present. If I can drum up strong feelings and memories – something real – I’ve got inspiration for a song. I’m looking for raw emotions. I want to challenge myself musically and vocally to create new music for another album. On that front, I’d love to collaborate with another songwriter. Ultimately, making good music is my top priority. You have to be playing something that you really love and that you really care about. And all the other stuff can fall into place after that.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

Singer-songwriter Cat Rolfes is a roots rocker with dozens of original songs that pump soul into funk, swampy R&B, southern rock and blues. Her warm, soulful and very raw voice is as genuine as her thoughtful songwriting. Rolfes, a New Orleans native, moved to Chicago in her 30s and has been collaborating with musicians at the esteemed Old Town School of Folk Music ever since. Her songs are catchy, passionate and unrepentant in their sense of place. Indeed the soul shaking rhythm & blues influence of this record are not dissimilar from Tedeschi Trucks or Mavis Staples or Alabama Shakes – all huge inspirations.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

Bang Bang – Monophonics

 

That’s How Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding

 

The Lucky One – Anders Osborne

 

If Love Can’t Find a Way – Eric Lindell

 

Bound For Glory – Tedeschi Trucks Band

Standing Before Kings - Tonight

Standing Before Kings – Tonight

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Standing Before Kings - Tonight

Standing Before Kings – Tonight

 

 

 

Artist Name: Standing Before Kings

 

Song Title: Tonight

 

Genre: Indie/Pop

 

Release Date: 10/3/18

 

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Standing Before Kings – Tonight

 

Standing Before Kings (or SBK) formed in 2002 in Minnesota under their previous band name Sika. Aleksey (bass), his brother Sergei (lead guitar), originally from Russia, joined Nate (rhythm guitar) to form the original line-up. Nate and Aleksey had met as teammates playing D1 tennis for the University of Minnesota, and the three of them formed the band out of Nate’s mom’s basement. Nate eventually asked his friend and former band mate Dave to join the band on the drums. The band became complete with the addition of John as keyboardist and programmer of electronic sounds. From the beginning the band set out to create a sound they had never heard before. The idea was to combine their various influences and integrate them into one style with no rules but their own collective taste. The band draws influence from such diverse sources as Muse, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Rammstein, and others. So, in 2003, the band crystallized as a four-piece band, but they still lacked a lead singer. After auditioning many singers without success, Aleksey stepped forward and volunteered, despite having no previous experience as a vocalist. But through perseverance and a work ethic honed to a razor’s edge from a lifetime of tennis practice, he proved himself to the band beyond all doubt. Nate then moved to lead guitar duties in Sergei’s absence, and Aleksey continued playing bass in addition to his new vocal duties. In early 2007 the band released critically acclaimed “Phenomenon EP” featuring four songs, and began playing more favorable spots locally with hopes to become a recognized band on the scene. In 2008 the band came out with their second EP, “How To Dream With Your Eyes Open” which again was well received in the Twin Cities music scene. Further developing their sound, their musical taste and skill continued to climb with the release of their second EP. They began opening for numerous national live acts such as The Secret Machines and The Helio Sequence, and found their way to #62 on the internet Cities 97 radio chart. In 2013 the band relocated from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in pursuit of better music opportunities. They played all over town as well as have done numerous west coast tours. In 2015 the band made its first mark on the international scene spending three weeks touring in Japan. In 2017 the band began working on new material with producer extraordinaire David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, Rush) as well as various other incredible producers in L.A.. In 2018, following advice of their entertainment lawyer, the band made a hard decision to change their name from Sika to Standing Before Kings. Later that year, SBK finished mixing and mastering their new material and decided to release it as singles first of which “Tonight” is set to come out on October 3rd 2018.

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Brief us on how to impress fans during a live performance.

I think the two most important things here are: be really good at what you do and put some thoughts in presentation. For example, we tour with two TVs and a computer that has 6 different old school Russian cartoons compilations that we are able to set up at any venue regardless of size… we are not just a band playing songs like everybody else, there is production’s value. We also have microphone and instrument lights that further enhance our stage look. We also use moment in songs to do some fun stuff. Like in one of the songs called “Robin Williams” (Released under previous name Sika) there’s a moment of silence between chorus and guitar solo. During our live show, all three of us literally freeze for about a minute during that stop and crowd loves it. That’s a little strange but cool at the same time, then we go crazy into energetic solo afterwards. It works perfectly!

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List the names of your biggest supporters.

Too many to name; obviously our wives, extended family and close friends. But we also have value owners who have us play at their spots and host and feed us every time we come through town. We are also have people like Abimuser (Instagram name), a girl from Mexico, who has been following us for many years and helped us with our online presence.

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Explain what has motivated you so far in your music career.

The desire to create something interesting musically that people relate to. That requires a great arsenal of skills that we are always in the process of expanding.

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Discuss your experience as an artist.

Have fun playing and creating music >>>> take a really long time to record/mix/master and capture the idea and the mood of the song >>>>> release and gather feedback >>>>> play super fun live shows and meet people who like what you do (and some that don’t) >>>> repeat the whole process again.

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Tell us the biggest mistake you have ever made in your music career.

Have untrustworthy bandmates, spending too much money on recording and PR where you can do that yourself nowadays, and not starting to sing earlier

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Discuss the story behind the song.

This song was born due to a combination of our romantic mood at that particular time, a rare rainy day in L.A., and our curiosity of what a child of Muse and Twenty One Pilots would sound like. Rainy days are super rare in L.A. and when they happen, it is our favorite time to get in to the studio and create. Rocky (guitar, keys) had this piano riff and we jammed it for a while and had the song more or less put together. Then, after jamming it so long and becoming a bit delirious, I just sang the vocal melodies almost exactly as they are in the final draft. Later I wrote the lyrics to that melody. More romantic and mainstream than I usually write, but I felt like that’s what the song itself wanted to say. I just channeled it.

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Tell us how to fund a music project.

Work, mostly. Being professional tennis players, we also trade tennis playing time with music industry people for recording, mixing, or mastering services.

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Discuss your opinion on the safety of fans during shows and live performances.

I think it is an issue. We once attended Metallica concert and we felt like if we were to fall on the ground, we would probably die. People get so pumped and focused on their idols that they forget their fellow fans next to them who might be in trouble. It happens all the time though.

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Tell us the greatest piece of advice someone has given you as an artist.

Believe in what you do and stay true to yourself and your art.

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Tell us what you will improve or change in your music.     

I always work on my voice and try to expand my vocal arsenal so that we can do more interesting things. Songwriting, arrangement, and lyrics are always what we try to keep our focus on and get better at that. Catchy melodies and lyric lines are probably something we definitely can improve on as well.

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Discuss vocal training and how you protect your vocal.

Vocal training is absolutely critical not only for tone production but for your voice longevity. I’ve taken voice lessons in the past, for the past 7-8 years though I’ve been expanding my vocal abilities through singing songs by other bands and artists. My current singing playlist includes: SIA, Muse, Dave Matthews Band, Sing and the Police, Keane, Sigur Ros, Incubus, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, and AFI. I also just started to attempt singing with Queen, that one is really on a different level vocally so it’s a great challenge. When we do a lot of live shows on the road, I hydrate like crazy all day, and of course, during and after the show. When my voice gets really worn out, I try to have vocal rest and not speak at all.

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Discuss your best mood during performance.

Staying in the mood and in the moment of the song we are playing at that moment, and try to relate that song and lyrics to the people listening.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

We just undergone a name change and went from Sika to our current name Standing Before Kings. We had the name Sika since 2002 and weren’t aware of any other Sikas out there. However, that changed in the last few years and there appeared 4-5 artists with the same name and it became quite difficult to find us on Spotify and other streaming platforms. Our entertainment lawyer suggested we switch our name ASAP and one day while attending SXSW Rocky (guitar, keys) came up with the name Standing Before Kings that comes from Proverbs 22:29 which says “A man who is skilled in his work will stand before kings, he will not stand before mere men.” However, that’s where it gets interesting. On a first read it seems like we claim (at least on our name) that we are amazingly skillful band that should be playing huge venues (one day hopefully), but that’s not how we see it. We feel very so privileged just to perform our music for people that to us our fans are our kings and our queens. So, every time we perform, we stand before kings.

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List your best artists with reasons.

Tool: incredible out of the box musicians with some of the most unique musical ideas out there. Very creative in terms of time signatures, melodies, lyrics, and song arrangements.

 

Radiohead: very nuanced, creative, and yet very accessible. A very powerful combination for critical acclaim as well as public respect and popularity.

 

Muse: Great musicianship and songwriting. Great vocals and interesting instrumental tones and arrangements.

 

Sigur Ros: one of a kind band with amazing musicality and their own unique mood and ideas.

 

Queen: Powerhouse vocals and arrangement. Ability to cross and combine genres seamlessly.

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Discuss your existence as an artist.

It’s roller coaster between high highs and low lows. From fun creating and performing music to dealing with tedious and expensive recording process. Or just spending time on a business side of things that’s full of so called “critics” and experts who probably can’t play an Em chord on a guitar.

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Tell us the greatest problem you think is facing the society and the solution.

Globally I think it’s the inability for nations to work on a win-win premise. It’s more dominance of the strongest and bullying on the weaker. In US, where we live currently, there are serious issues with younger people who are indoctrinated to be their own gods and their inability to deal with anything that they disagree with. They are the future of this country and it’s quite troubling, especially because they share views and goals with the whole major political party. Not to mention, technology has changed people into impersonal button pushing machines who are unable to communicate face to face. Most mainstream news are complete trash! The solution to most of these problems is proper education system that unfortunately is a snake pit of anti-American ideologues. Not sure if these are the biggest issues, but the ones I feel very strongly about

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Discuss your songwriting and recording.

We start with a riff that we are excited about. Luckily we have plenty to choose from, my voice memos on iPhone has hundreds and hundreds ideas on it. We then try to fill in the missing parts verse, chorus, or bridge. In doing that we try insert cool creative touches that would take the listener on a journey. I am doing all that we experiment with different arrangements and sounds, which frequently leads the song in a totally different direction. While we are working the music out, I noodle with some vocal melodies and lyrics and if we like something, we quickly record it so we don’t forget it. When the music is completed, I take it and fill in all the gaps in vocal melodies and lyrics frequently when walking my 100lbs pitbull around our neighborhood or sitting in L.A. traffic. I then show it to the rest of the band, if they like it, we are ready to record!