Liv Dawson - Good Intentions

Liv Dawson – Good Intentions

Liv Dawson – Good Intentions

 

 

 

 

 

Liv Dawson - Good Intentions

Liv Dawson – Good Intentions

 

 

 

Liv Dawson – Good Intentions

 

 

 

Shepperton, West London-born-and-bred Liv Dawson started singing at a young age and, encouraged by her family, was penning her own songs by the age of 13, inspired by the likes of Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, and Beyoncé. In 2016, Dawson delivered her first release in the form of the intimate single “Tapestry.” The same year, she signed to Method Records which released the single “Still.” Dawson followed that up with the EP Open Your Eyes, which wed the electronic sound of Disclosure to Dawson’s classic-sounding vocals. Working with the likes of SG Lewis and Jimmy Napes, she continued to write and produce material throughout 2016. At the beginning of the following year, Dawson released two more singles, “Searching” and “Somewhere Good.”

~ Rich Wilson

 

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Sam Ray - Born in California

Sam Ray – Born in California

Sam Ray – Born in California

 

 

 

 

Sam Ray - Born in California

Sam Ray – Born in California

 

 

 

Artist Name: Sam Ray

 

Song Title: Born in California

 

Genre: Electro Pop

 

Release Date: 12th October 2018

 

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Sam Ray – Born in California

 

Blending the synth ambience of electro pop with 80s aesthetic and early 00s emo vocals, Sam Ray creates memorable hooky pop tracks with thoughtful lyrics, reminiscent of Angels & Airwaves, LANY and Death Cab for Cutie – but with a distinctly British edge. In 2018, Ray set out a new musical direction with the releases of “Stolen” and “Underneath My Skin”, and continues to build on his brooding electro pop sound with the release of “Born in California”.

 

Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

Obviously these days; social media is massively important to artists in every creative field, and recently there’s been a sort of shift away from Facebook towards Instagram and Twitter – certainly in younger generations. Now, Instagram Stories are a huge part of everyday social media activity for people, and as an artist you have to try and keep your finger on the pulse, which can be tough sometimes. I think the best thing to do as an artist is post about the stuff that inspires you or makes you laugh – there’s no point in trying to cater for anyone else because at least if no one else likes it, you will.

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

Music has always been a huge part of my life. From a young age I’ve been interested in performing, and I started messing around with an old cassette tape recorder at the age of about 11. I’ve been writing music since about 13, and played in pop punk and rock bands, so it seemed logical to follow a career that I’d already spent a ton of time on.

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

The new stuff’s gone down particularly well actually! The production value has increased massively over the last 12 months or so, and I think I’m still improving as a songwriter all the time. It’s always really great to hear stuff about people getting chills from a track and that sort of thing!

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Tell us how you record your song.

All the tracks I release are self-produced at my home studio. For me, it’s the best way to really fulfill a creative vision because you have so much control over the sonic quality of the music. Of course, you need that feedback from other people too, so I’ve worked with a couple other producer friends to make sure I’m on the right track!

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Tell us the story behind the song.

‘Born in California’ is really about the kind of nepotism and social mobility issues which hold so many people back. To be honest, it was almost written out of bitter angst at the sort of Beverley Hills born and raised music and film stars who are born in to great things. I wanted the track to be reminiscent of an L.A. based artist I’m really into at the moment, so a couple of the production cues are inspired by them.

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State your musical skills.

I’m primarily a guitar player, but my most practiced skill these days is in music production, usually involving synths and programming. I play drums and keys too, but I always revert back to guitar!

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

It really differs from song to song! The vast majority of ‘Born in California’ was completed in a day or so, with the extra little sprinkles coming over the course of a few months after that while I was working on other tracks.

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

Often for me, the songs that I develop into full productions come from a hook which for some reason is particularly pertinent to me at the time. From there I try to develop lyrics which tell a story, or create a strong emotional response with more ambiguous phrases. I think the key to great lyrics is pretty much always in the little details and unique quirks.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

Pop punk was my first love. Blink-182 is the soundtrack to my adolescence. Electro pop is a genre I’m really into these days – I love how crazily stylised the productions get with some artists. I’m a huge fan of artists like Bruce Springsteen and The Killers, so rock is definitely up there. Emo was also a huge thing for me while I was at school – bands like Dashboard Confessional and Death Cab for Cutie helped me (and continue to help me) through a lot. Even though I’m not a massive fan of chart pop, I love Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘EMOTION’ and 1989 by Taylor Swift. When pop’s done that well, it’s really hard not to love it.

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

I actually haven’t done any live performances yet for my solo material, but in the past with bands it’s always great when you feel the audience giving back to you through the set! I’ll be heading out to do some live shows late 2018 to early 2019.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Sam Ray – it’s just my name!

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Discuss your rehearsal.

I’ve actually been rehearsing this week for future shows – it’s early stages yet, but a lot of stuff is going through Main Stage on my laptop, and there’s some guitar and keys. It should be cool.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

Guitar is always the go-to for me, but I love playing drums.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

I think some people have thought I’m super moody or edgy before they get to know me, but really I’m a dork who probably smiles too much.

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Discuss your music career.

I’m currently working as a freelance producer and songwriter, in addition to my solo music career. I’ve recently finished a really exciting project working with an international artist with a couple top 10 hits to his name, so I’m really looking forward to when those tracks are released!

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List your musical work.

Modern Art (2016)

 

Next to You (2016)

 

You’ll Never Know (2017)

 

Stolen (2018)

 

Underneath My Skin (2018)

 

Born in California (2018)

 

I’ve released quite a few singles up till now, and I’ve got a few more lined up for the next 6 months!

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

I remember writing ‘Born in California’ sitting on my bedroom floor with keyboard next to me in the middle of the night. I’d thought of the chorus lyric that day while out on a walk, and just really wanted to get something to audio – about an hour later I had most of the song sketched out. It’s always great when you get that almost instant gratification in songwriting – it doesn’t happen too often!

After The War - Various Artists

After The War – Various Artists

After The War – Various Artists

After The War - Various Artists

After The War – Various Artists

After The War – Various Artists

After The War, released today through ABC Music/Universal Music, was initiated by Dr Brendan Nelson (Director of the Australian War Memorial) and recorded at Rancom St Studios in Sydney with Garth Porter (Producer) – the same team that produced the ARIA highest selling album of 2015, Spirit of the Anzacs.

The album commemorates and honours the men and women who are serving, and have served, our country; and coincides with the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Armistice on 11th November 1918, the end of The Great War. The album spans from Gallipoli and Passchendaele, to the sinking of HMAS Canberra in 1942 in the waters off Savo Island, to the Battle of Long Tan in a rubber plantation in Vietnam, and the blurred and dusty battle lines of Afghanistan.

As Dr Nelson describes it, “After the War is a stunning musical tribute to every Australian who has given their all for our nation in the uniform of Navy, Army and Airforce. From the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 single to the title track, these are songs of love, friendship, loyalty and the triumph of the human spirit in the face of tough times. This is music to inspire, make us proud and remind us of what it means to be an Australian.”

The songs have been brought to life by the contributions of talented and generous artists who have all donated their royalties to veteran services under the direction of the Australian War Memorial. These proceeds will be fully committed to the Australian War Memorial to support initiatives, exhibitions and programs in support of young veterans and their families.

Artists featured include Lee Kernaghan, Wes Carr, John Schumann, Glenn Shorrock, The Wolfe Brothers, Lance Corporal Elizabeth Smith, Darren Percival, Garth Porter, The Royal Australian Navy Band, Sisters In Arms, Fred Smith and members of the Polyphony Choir.

TRACK BY TRACK IN BRIEF

1) After The War – Wes Carr and Lance Corporal Elizabeth Smith

There have been countless examples of partners and families whose lives have been forever changed by the experience caused by war. When re-united, both having changed from the person they were when they parted; they bravely face the challenges of home-coming. The strains on families and close ones can be immense, sometimes too much, as they resume their lives together.

2) I Am Invictus   – Lee Kernaghan

The official song of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. The Invictus Games are an international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill veterans and active service personnel. Founded by Prince Harry in 2014 and named after the inspiring poem Invictus, meaning unconquerable, by William Ernest Henley. The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 commence October 20.

3) Oh Passchendaele  – Royal Australian Navy Band

Oh Passchendaele was inspired by a remarkable 40 page letter written by Private Leonard Hart of the 2nd Battalion, Otago Regiment which described the action at Passchendaele on 12th Oct 1917. Hart’s letter was taken by a friend on leave to England, and posted back to his family in New Zealand, thus avoiding the army censor. At Passchendaele, Australia lost 15,654, and 5,300 New Zealanders fell there, either killed, wounded or missing. A darkest of days in the life of two fledgling nations.

4) On The Left  –  Sisters In Arms

(Lance Corporal Elizabeth Smith, Able Seaman Leigh Robke and Aircraftwoman Samantha Morley)

Only the actual recipient of a medal has the right to wear them on the left.  Many female veterans are wrongly challenged in person or via social media about wearing medals on the left side. Despite rightly receiving them they are accused of wearing them on the wrong side; leading some female veterans to stop attending commemorative events.

5) Hero – Lee Kernaghan

Inspired by the poem Hero by Keegan Locke, 12 year old son of Mathew Locke. Matthew was killed by Taliban gunfire at Chora, 2007.  At the funeral of Mathew Locke, his wife Leigh read the poem; a legacy of the love and respect of his family. Keegan at 18 years old followed in his father’s footsteps when he joined the army.

6) When The War Is Over – Field, See & Mason

The Cold Chisel classic written by drummer Steve Prestwich which speaks of the what it might be like to return from the Vietnam war, “When the war is over got to start again….” This re-invented interpretation is performed by Melbourne trio Field, See and Mason.

7) I Once Was A Soldier – Garth Porter

This song gathers together some personal memories of growing up with a family tradition of military service, and recollections of boy scouts, school cadets and RNZAF Town Squadron Anzac Day marches down the main street of Hamilton, New Zealand, to the cenotaph on the banks of the Waikato River. Both of Porter’s Grandfathers served in WWI. In WWII Garth’s uncle, Private Richard Carter served in the Third New Zealand Division, 35th Battalion in the Pacific Islands, and his father, Flying Officer Ivan Porter RNZAF, served with RAF 210 Squadron Coastal Command at Sullom Voe in the Shetland Islands on U-Boat surveillance. Garth Porter dedicates this song to them, and to his good mate Forward Scout Allen May who was up front at the Battle of Long Tan, August 18, 1966.

8) Better Now – Darren Percival

For all the stories of homecoming struggles, there are many who have faced the challenge, and regardless of the obstacles, are winning the battles at home. With courage and determination and perhaps a little help along the way; the traumatic memories are stored away, and veterans gradually get back to a ‘normal’ life, having overcome many emotional and physical hardships along the way.

9) Tom Traubert’s Blues/Waltzing Matilda – Lee Kernaghan and John Schumann

The ‘Waltzing’ (travelling on foot) with ‘Matilda’ (your swag) has over the last 100 years been the destination of many returning soldiers; even now sleeping rough is too often a part of the story for some vets when they get back on home soil. It has never been easy to just ‘walk back in’ after experiencing the trauma of war.

10) Coming Home – Glenn Shorrock

The stories of this song trace a hundred years of Australians at war; from the raging firefight on the shores of Gallipoli, through WWII, Korea and Vietnam, to the bitter and longest ever Australian war in Afghanistan. This is a welcome home, which for some can be the hardest part.

11) The Ode Arr – Lance Corporal Elizabeth Smith and singers from the Polyphony Choir.

The original words were written by Lawrence Binyon in his poem, For The Fallen. Garth Porter adapted the music of Panis Angelicus composed by Cesar Franck in 1872.

ADDITIONAL TRACKS

12) Only 19 –  John Schumann

The iconic Australian Vietnam War song.

13) Hey Brother – The Wolfe Brothers

Inspired by Private Paul Warren, who lost a leg, and a best mate, Ben Renaudo in Afghanistan.

14) Say A Prayer – Fred Smith and the Spooky Men’s Chorale

A story of the sinking of the HMAS Canberra at the Battle of Savo Island, August 1942.

15) On Every Anzac Day – John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew

A tribute to our Indigenous diggers.

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