Alex Cavan - Dreams And Better Times

Alex Cavan – Dreams And Better Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Cavan - Dreams And Better Times

Alex Cavan – Dreams And Better Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME:  Alex Cavan

 

SONG TITLE:   Dreams And Better Times

 

RELEASE DATE: 16/02/19

 

GENRE: Singer/Songwriter

 

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Alex Cavan (born June 3, 1993) is a South African singer/song writer and musician.

 

He released his debut album in October 2015 with 9 original tracks and a cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” and has been on the rise since, opening for popular South African artists such as Khan Morbee (The Parlotones), Ard Matthews, Jeremy Loops, Matthew Mole and Shaun Jacobs.

 

This young artist has spread his vibrations across South Africa, touring all parts of his country and performing at multiple events and shows. This includes festivals such as the “Earth Home Project” Hosted by Terra-khaya with Greenpop partnering to host the tree planting day to give back to the environment.

 

In 2016, he made his presence known in the UK introducing songs from his album on both BBC Nottingham and Lincolnshire stations along with two live sessions and 3 Interviews.

 

Also in 2016, Alex Cavan was the only South African to be featured on a UK-produced album “A Breath of Fresh Air” featuring unsigned artists from around the world.

 

In 2017, Alex was a contestant on The Voice SA Season 2, reaching the Top 32 getting Bobby Van Jaarsveld as a coach and getting through the knockout rounds to secure him a spot in Team Bobby’s final 8.

 

After completing a full national tour of South Africa, Alex decided to pursue his opportunities in the U.K.

 

Since moving to the U.K. Alex has had success through BBC Radio Lincolnshire Introducing, getting all of his latest music played and even hosted a once of special show “The Cavan Club” at 7PM on New Year’s Day.

 

Alex released his second album “Introspection” recorded in a cabin in the mountains of Hogsback and Impo Studio Port Elizabeth.

 

Since then he has released 3 singles self-recorded and mastered by Arno Erasmus in Port Elizabeth. He is a self-distributing artist focused on performing wherever he can.

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Name the artists that have influenced you so far.

Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, John Butler, Bob Marley, Kaleo.

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

Bob Marley.

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Discuss composition.

I tend to start out with writing my lyrics. Then I begin to get a melody and add guitar and drums to it.

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Share your recent music success with us.

Dreams and Better Times was chosen as “song of the uploader” on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

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Elaborate on this song.

This song is about staying with your partner, forgetting about bad times.

 

It’s also about refraining from fighting and focusing on “Dreams and Better Times.”

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

I use Facebook mostly as that is where I have most of my following.

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State the areas that need improvement in the music industry.

I think, if the world wasn’t as obsessed with money and material things, the artists who sing about emotional things would be received better.

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Explain how you are getting your songs to stores and getting it to fans. 

I am self-distributing my songs and sharing them through social media

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

Live performances are my favourite part about being a musician. Generally I just get super excited and give the crowd my best!

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

In the past, I have released 2 albums. “Follow Me” in 2015 and “Introspection” in 2017

 

In 2018 I started releasing singles. I prefer it as it elongates your followers attention aver a longer period, rather than just releasing an album once.

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

I would love to see Bob Marley. He was a legend and I think if I could have felt his energy just once; I would be inspired.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

Most of my songs have been about love, life and the world in general and how we are blind to see what is really happening.

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Discuss your recording.

At the moment, I am self-producing in a basement studio. It’s fun to work by yourself as you can find yourself with no outside opinions.

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

The life of a musician is always exciting! Having been in the industry for 7 years now; I have had the pleasure of traveling, meeting really talented and famous humans doing the same thing and most of all, getting to do what I love!

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My stage name is my birth name. Alex Cavan. I don’t find any need to change my name. I think music will decide if my name has a ring to it or not.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Dreams And Better Times – Focus on your dreams and look forward to better times.

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

My last album was titled “Introspection” – Meaning to find myself; which is what I did during the recording process.

 

I recorded the album over a month in a cabin in the woods; finding myself.

 

 

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Perry Michael Allen - I'm Gone

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Perry Michael Allen – I’m Gone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perry Michael Allen – I’m Gone

 

ARTIST NAME: Perry Michael Allen

 

SONG TITLE:  I’m Gone

 

ALBUM TITLE:  Tracks Vol. 1

 

RELEASE DATE: 2019

 

GENRE: “New Easy” / Jazz Funk

 

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Perry Michael Allen was born and raised in Memphis U.S.A., the heartland of Soul. Allen’s’ musical roots run deep into the contemporary music marketplace.

His father Perry Allen, an educator and Memphis’ foremost jazz radio disc-jockey, left a lasting impression on the young and talented musician.

 

During high school, Allen was awarded the unique opportunity to study the art of record making with some of Memphis’ greatest session musicians. Under the wings of master producer “Papa” Willie Mitchell and Stax hit writer David Porter (of “Soul Man” fame).

 

Allen sharpened his song writing and production skills and later became an artist / writer and arranger for both Stax Records and the legendary Hi Records where he worked for many years with Mitchell and soul legend Al Green, during their chart topping careers.

Since then, Perry Michael Allen has collaborated on numerous successful albums. Berklee College of Music has recognized Master Perry Michael Allen as a Music Production Specialist.

As a composer and arranger, “Session-Man” Allen has received many awards including RIAA Certified Gold and Platinum Albums and the coveted Memphis Blues Foundation “Blue Note Award”. His songs and tracks are also licensed to many movies and TV shows. Some are: “C.S.I.” -“Dr. House MD” -“JAG”, “Ally McBeal”, and for movies “Pulp Fiction”, “Munich”, Mickey Blue Eyes and many more.

In addition to his own records for Stax, Hi and other record companies, Allen penned three hits for Al Green; “Hanging On”,  “So Good To Be Here”  and “Soon As I Get Home” as well as recording and arranging for other well-known artists such as Bozz Skaggs, Albert King, Wilson Pickett, Anita Ward, The Memphis Horns, Bobby Rush, The Soul Children, Syl Johnson, European groups Wet Wet Wet, Axelle Red, Zucchero and many others.

 

During his first term at Stax Records, Allen recorded “The Sweet Inspirations” … the legendary backup singers of Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley and also recorded David Porter’s album “Sweat and Love”, accompanying Porter at the famous WattStax concert which was the subject of the groundbreaking film of the same name. He later was songwriter / arranger vocalist with the Stax / Fantasy records group “KILO”.

 

During his early years at Hi Records Allen made many recordings with The Hi Rhythm Section and worked for years alongside Willie Mitchell and the legend of soul Al Green; co-writing, arranging and appearing with Al Green as musical director in Las Vegas, on Broadway and a host of theatres and television programs including The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Soul Train and The Midnight Special.

 

Allen also worked on projects at Fame Records (Muscle Shoals) with writer George Jackson and performed as keyboardist / vocalist on Anita Ward’s “Ring My Bell” tour.

Allen later was called to work as producer / arranger / musician for Willie Mitchells’ new record label “Waylo”. For Waylo, he arranged and recorded the works of “Lynn White”, “Lanier & Co.”, the European group “Wet Wet Wet” (The Memphis Sessions), David Hudson’s album “Night & Day” and others as well as his own singles “Music All The Time”, “Turn On The Music”, “Ooo Wee” and “Highway”.

 

 

For the A&M record label, he arranged and recorded the album of Al Green (He Is The Light).

 

Perry Michael arrived in Europe for the first time touring as music director and road manager for superstar and friend Al Green.

 

Later that year, he decided to return to Europe. Since moving there he has written, produced and recorded his own work, including the CD “Deep Inside” for Irma Molto Jazz, and “On The Radio”, “Push Push Push” and other singles for Tabloid / Polygram.

 

Working with acclaimed house producer Gianni Bini, Allen released several mixes including “Ride” and “Back To My Roots”. Also during this time his EP “Simple Things” was the first release for his independent label Nugen Music.

 

“Tracks Vol. 1” is the second album released on Nugen Music and precedes the Album “Now and Then” which will be released later in 2019.

 

Allen is now a major contributor to the revival of Soul Music in Europe where he now lives and has reunited and worked with many friends and mentors including Isaac Hayes, The Blues Brothers, Solomon Burke, Booker T. and the MGs, the late great Rufus Thomas and countless others.

 

Adding to an ongoing career Allen now offers “Session Man” courses and Music Production Counseling to emerging artists / musicians and European music institutes and studios.

 

When asked why he wanted to offer his courses, Allen replied:  “I was lucky to be inspired by great artists and producers and to have them as mentors. I want to convey inspiration and knowledge to musicians and artists who feel they are on the outside looking in. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than the feeling that you get when someone tells you that their success is due to what they learned from you and the things you’ve been able to convey to them.”

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

Well I knew and decided at five years old, like a calling or a curse…I couldn’t think of anything else, it came to me before any of the kid’ stuff.

 

I was born in Memphis at the right time as far as I’m concerned. During that time my father was a junior high school teacher but more importantly to me: he was a hot radio DJ.

 

Every Wednesday or Thursday promotional 45s and LPs from record companies would arrive to the house. I would play A and B sides then my father would ask me which artists and songs I liked best, I also had to explain why and he’d point out to other things that hadn’t got my attention. It made me think of music as something more than just a fun thing for passing time… maybe I was being trained for production…

 

There are a lot of great stories around that period of my life.

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Tell us how you write the music to your song.

Either a musical idea, the lyrics or poetry could come to me first, then I build-up from there. What’s important is that they merge together, lyrics telling a story and music creating an atmosphere in which the story can be expressed.

 

It’s like choosing or mixing the right colors for a painting.

 

No matter what type of song.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

“TRACKS VOL 1” is a first edition collection of instrumental tracks from Perry Michael Allen’s songwriter archive – A perfect example of his genre-bending approach.

 

Allen makes his own space in the Indie arena and says “I call it “New Easy”, the indie / underground version of Adult Contemporary… How about that? I just want that listeners enjoy these musical journeys, they all were inspired by people I’ve met and places I’ve visited around the world.”

 

There is Soul, Pop, R&B, Funk, Jazz, and Hip Hop and more put into one seamless blend, all listeners will hear something that will make them move, touch their hearts and stimulate imagination.

 

It’s obvious that Allen has a long background in making this kind of music; it’s clean and catchy without ever sounding over-produced.

 

You can hear his Memphis roots and the influences of some of Soul and R&B’s greatest musicians. For example, early in his career under the wings of master producer “Papa” Willie Mitchell and Stax hit writer David Porter (of “Soul Man” fame), Allen sharpened his song writing and production skills and later became an artist / writer and arranger for both Stax Records, and the legendary Hi Records where he worked for many years with Mitchell and soul legend Al Green during their chart topping careers. The style and personality reflected in “Tracks Vol 1” is very refreshing.

 

This collection of instrumentals is a unique mix of groove, arrangement and melody, a breath of fresh air … Worth adding to your playlist.

Maxine B. The Nugen Group

 

Reviews:

NBT MusicRadio Germany

“We are VERY keen to playlist it across our 24 hr. NBT streams which go out to listeners all across the world.”

 

Jazz Bay Radio New Jersey U.S.

“We gave your music a quick listen – good stuff!”

 

Cruise N Jazz WPMJ Pennsylvania U.S.

“Great! Your music will begin playing within forty-eight hours.”

 

Soul Survivor Radio California U.S.

“I am interested in airing your music. Your sound is quality production and performance. Your songs will be played with records from Teena, Luther, Steely Dan and other classic artists.”

 

Scorp Radio Network Ohio U.S.

“Great music! Looking forward to hearing back from you soon!”

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

Now I really had to think about this one. As it’s always been the major part of my life. Actually, next to being a proud father and now grandfather, I’ve been very fortunate.

 

I’ve lived and traveled around Europe for the past 29 years. Here I’ve been socially active, meeting, learning from people of different cultures and  observing their traditions; I also enjoy nature, gardening, health-conscious cooking, reading, watching movies and living in places I’d only read about.

 

My life has been a continued learning experience and still is…

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Discuss your music career.

Ongoing, thank goodness!

 

The musicianship started in elementary school and at seven years old, I got my first piano (along with threats about what would happen to me if I didn’t finish what I’d started.).

 

My first experiences in a recording studio began at 13, where I saw how ideas come to life and become something real and loved by millions of people.

 

That power… How do they make it?

 

I listened and learned, played piano and analyzed songs I heard on the radio during my high school years. By my last year, I was playing in a band and backing local Memphis recording artists on their promotional tours. I changed my college major from biology to music composition because by that time I had my first record contract with Hi Records and was writing charts for my teachers who at night would play on recording sessions.

 

The rest is too long of a story to discuss here but imagine growing up meeting, working with and being mentored by your idols, hit making producers and music business icons… Heaven!

 

At an early age I knew that I wanted to make these things called “Records” and I’m fortunate to have been able to live my dream.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

I had always been known as Michael Allen until the 80s when so many celebrities named “Michael” arrived on the scene (Jackson, Jordan, George, Buble, etc.) and in the media.

 

So I decided then just to be myself and use my full name Perry Michael Allen.

 

Why not… It’s honest; it gave my career a new face and separated me from the crowd. My father’s name was Perry Allen; I was now carrying a flame!

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List your favorite music videos with reasons.

That’s a hard question for me; I don’t look at many and don’t have a favorite.

 

I enjoy the work of all that have context, communicate a message and where I can appreciate the quality of the filming techniques.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

Books, the news, movies, conversations, emotional and personal stories, locations and other songs I feel.

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Tell us your experience on dealing with fans.

My “fans” for me are new friends… In my mind these are people who like my work for one reason or another. To have fans following me is the highest compliment, so I give my best in return. There has been some disappointing experiences but I guess it’s part of the deal.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

I wanted to record an instrumental and I had an image in my mind of someone walking away with a decisive stride after making a serious decision, not smiling.

 

The first thing was to choose the right tempo, then the instruments and feel for the song. I wanted to give the listeners a suggestion and the space for them to let their imaginations go for it…

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Tell us your future projects.

I plan to release two singles and an album in 2019.

 

I’m searching for the right sound and working on the right subject material, inspirational themes, sharing life experiences. I always push to make the next one better than the last.

 

I’m also starting my Production Counseling Service, “The Clinic” which offers instruction, counseling / coaching to musicians, groups and individual students interested in analog or computer studio recording theory from the “Session Man”-“Session Singer” perspective. I feel this could be of use to them and complementary to any current project, program and / or study curriculum.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far.

I’d have to begin with my aunt Roberta who loaned me the money to join the Memphis Musician’s Union when I began to play professionally.  From that day on I never looked back.

 

I met and worked with Stax Records’ David Porter of “Soulman” fame, who remains my close friend to this day.

 

I also worked closely over two decades with Willie Mitchell, The Hi Rhythm Section and other labels and icons of the Memphis Sound including Al Green during his chart topping career.

 

I received support and business advice from people like Walt McGuire of then Decca Records, Mentor Charles Graziano, manager and booking agent for Motown and Queens Booking agency. Joe and Silvia Robinson of the All Platinum Studios where they say today’s rap was born; Nick Pesce and John Navarrese who were part of one of the largest record distributor companies in the U.S., in fact, an impressive list of top recording artists and musicians which is too extensive to be complete here.

 

Also, I would add close, anonymous and intimate friends who often supported me behind the scene in more ways than one.

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

I have to say at this point, I’ve accepted it like I accept lip-syncing, over dubbing, processed instruments; a great crutch and money maker. It’s here to stay.

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Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.

Well both have gone through changes over the years.

 

Briefly, although you have to be good at what you do, less interest is put on quality in today’s market. People are now taught to think of listeners as customers rather than lovers of the art.

It’s now important for record companies to have a large catalog available to the public, being artistically unique….

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

As “career” goes, they both are very similar, what’s different is that a non-music career is more defined. Most are easier but some are equal and just as creative, the Sciences and Engineering, for example. It depends on your focus and goals.

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.

It’s supposed to be for convenience but now it has become careless, often offensive, confusing and detrimental to artists and musicians who are accustomed to the original titles of genres and their meaning (ref.: the Grammy’s 2019).

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

Music of any genre which has a negative influence on the younger generation.

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List your favorite movies with reasons.

I do like Classics, Thrillers, Black and Whites, Documentaries, Space and Futuristic Films. Mostly anything that has a good script and interesting filming techniques, whether Action or Drama.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

I supplied the focus, direction of thought by naming the song “I’m Gone”.

 

The image I had in mind was a person turning and walking away or driving away calm, convinced and decided.

 

I gave the listeners the suggestion and the space for them to let their imaginations interpret the music.

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

I wanted to do an instrumental album and decided to keep it simple, so the album is called “Tracks Vol. 1”.

 

No grand concept title because the album is a collection of different songs with different meanings for me.

 

I just want listeners to enjoy these musical journeys, they all were inspired by people I’ve met and places I’ve visited around the world.

 

I didn’t think about category rules and regulations; I wanted the music, the experience to be the point not referring to a specific genre. There is Soul, Pop, R&B, Funk, Jazz, and Hip Hop.

 

So as to avoid confusion online, I invented my own category: I call it “New Easy”, the Indie / underground version of Adult Contemporary. How about that!

 

And why “Vol. 1”?  I plan on doing it again.

 

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MARBL - The Mechanism Of All Temporary Things

MARBL – The Mechanism Of All Temporary Things

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: MARBL

 

SONG TITLE: The Mechanism Of All Temporary Things

 

EP TITLE: The Flight of The Hawks

 

RELEASE DATE: 22.2.2019

 

GENRE: Trap hop/Dream pop

 

 

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Israeli MARBL releases her new single “The Mechanism Of All Temporary Things”. The song is initiated by a perverted dream where fears and desires living under the same skin, come alive.

 

MARBL opens the single with:

“I’ve got a lion in my bag,

And I’m bleeding in my pocket,

I gotta rearrange my debts,

To think of what I need,

To stick it in and lock it”

 

The single represents how we try to protect ourselves from getting hurt, we pack the pieces with our thick skin, yet sometimes the walls get pierced and the restless spiders come out to play.

 

Video director Tomer Levi exposes in a disturbing yet comforting manner how we all share our weaknesses and wounds until the catharsis.

“The Mechanism Of All Temporary Things” is about accepting what we need to let go of and that nothing is here to stay. It’s the second single of the upcoming EP “The Flight of the Hawks” that will be released later during the year.

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

I was always a musician. I play the piano since I was 4 years old, not long after that I got fascinated with writing lyrics and composing music, and then started singing. I think music grew up on me.  It was always there, even when it wasn’t my main occupation. Guess it was only natural to also seek a career in my natural environment.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

This song initiated with a dream. In that dream all of my fears and desires (if you ask me they live together under the same skin) came to live. In the dream I was blinded by my passions while my greatest fears shaded on them and on me.

I remember waking up, and writing the verses. The chorus came a bit later, as the main conclusion. Everybody hurts, we have our walls of thick skin to pack the pieces, sometimes they’re getting pierced and those restless spiders come out.

 

Tomer Levy, a very good friend of mine listened to this song, and visualized it in the best way that even I couldn’t express better.

He took out the bruises we tend to hide in a disturbing yet full of comfort manner. The video exposes all of our weaknesses and wounds, shows that we all share them, until the katharsis – the acceptance and understanding that everything is temporary and we have to let it go, and that’s the mechanism of all temporary things.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

I own a music studio where I teach voice, piano and songwriting. I also teach songwriting in English in Rimon School of Music (the Israeli collaborator with Berklee School of Music) and I enjoy every second of it.

 

I’m a sport addict, most of my mornings begin with a run or a Pilate’s lesson, it’s like a meditation to me. My mother is my best friend; I talk to her ten times a day 🙂 I’m mad about dogs, I love to cook in my spare time, and I clean my house 8 days a week.

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Discuss your music career.

My first album (before MARBL) was released on 2010. It was produced by Luis Lahav (worked with Bruce Springsteen back in the day). I was very young and this album collected many of my first connections with the grown up’s world. Then MARBL was initiated. I was thrilled with writing the first songs for this act, and even before naming this music project, it just felt right.

The first album was published on 2015, and it was followed by a long and wide concert tour. After almost three years I felt that I have to re-ignite MARBL’s flames, as I wrote around 60 new songs, and I had to let them out. So I called an old friend of mine Maor Shvartzberg, and went to visit him in his studio. It was clear that he’s gonna be the one I’m gonna embark with on this new journey.

I enjoyed every moment of recording this album, and we have already started to record sketches to the third one and it gets me really excited.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

MARBL came after the music. Jonathan, who produced the first album and I, were in London for some gigs. As for all of my London visits, I had to check what’s interesting at the Museum of Natural History. Jon joined me and we followed the 1.5 hours queue to see a mesmerizing marble exhibition. There were large signs everywhere to tell about the super amazing exhibition, and I couldn’t wait to see it. While waiting, one of the promoting gigs blogs sent an email and asked for the name of the act for promotional use. We looked up and saw those marble signs everywhere and sent them “marbl”, laughing. We must have forgotten the “e”, and that’s how MARBL got its stamp. We actually liked it better with the typo. 🙂

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List your five favourite music videos with reasons.

Lykke lee – Sadness Is a Blessing. I love the aesthetics. Everything and everyone’s so classy, and she fit right in the scenery, at first, until she’s getting drunk and dancing. Sometimes I wish to act the same.

Aurora – Runaway. First, the view behind her is legendary. Secondly, I can watch her for hours. She moves in her own mesmerizing way.

Tzili Yanko – Get Ready. Because the story there makes me shed a tear. Children’s minds always get me emotional. They are the most creative minded ones, if they won’t fight to hold and maintain that exciting and innocent minds, their so easy to lose. I love the idea of this video; two sweetest children want to fly…

Radiohead – Burn The Witch. They manage to deliver a strong and serious message in a simple and charming way. The video is an amazing masterpiece even for those who watch it without knowing what’s behind it.

 

Alt-J – Breezeblock. I don’t know why, this passionate video can’t pass through me. It’s very loaded emotionally and once it’s on, I can’t pause it.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

For me, there’s not only one way of writing lyrics. Sometimes there’s music playing in my head (or in my hands by the piano), and the lyrics come right through.

 

Some other times, I can get really inspirational by taking a night walk, with no distractions, then my imagination is the most alive, and sometimes I get myself to sit and write, and setting myself a writing session. I pour myself a glass of whisky or red wine, and then hours can go by without me even noticing.

Oh, writing songs is the best thing in the world.

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Tell us your experience on dealing with fans.

Nothing special, I am always thrilled to get a message or comments after a gig, during a release or just like that. 🙂

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

It was very smooth actually. Nir Mardan (MARBL’s drummer) came over to my place and we started gigging on it. He suggested this trip-hop cool vibes, and we made a sketch. When we came to the studio – Maor loved it and kept this kind of soft-dark line of ours.

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Tell us your future projects.

We have just begun to collect and record new sketches in order to choose the next album’s repertoire; in the meantime we recorded one of my favorite songs, a piano ballad accompanied with a strings quartet, can’t wait for you to hear! But we have more singles and songs from the current album which we’re about to release very soon.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far.

First of all my parents, they are always supportive in every way. They are proud of every step I make, they’re always here to listen and help me when I need, and most important of all – they encouraged me to choose the life I want and supported me along the way, and still are.

Maor Shvartzberg the producer is always there for me as a friend and as a leading character in my musical life.

Tomer Levi is one of my best friends, influences and inspiration. He takes my music and visualizes it in a way that no one else can.

My dearest partner, that roles so many parts in my life, my best friend, my safe home, my smile when things get tough, and my inspiration.

I have amazing friends that are always here to support me.

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

I’m not opposed; it even created a specific musical genre. On the other hand, the music I love to listen to is very human and realistic, so I got convinced that I wanna be heard like those artists that I love. In this album we tried to keep it as fresh as possible.

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Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.

I think that quality is something one can’t compromise on, whether it’s the lyrics, the music, the production, performing or recordings. This is your one chance to deliver your song in the best way, so give your all.

 

I have many songs in my pocket, but I believe in often releases that allow to keep doing music all the time, so I release them in small packages every few months.

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

As a musician I don’t know how to answer this question. There are musicians that have other passions and they choose to do other things for living alongside their music, and it’s great. Others choose to do music for living which is also great.

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.

In our modern world it’s quite hard because it’s not black and white anymore. Music is available in masses, we absorb many genres and we adopt many elements to our music. I can say that I do folk music, indie music, pop music, alternative music, the new single is trip-hop, dream pop, and it’s all packed in the same box that is my songwriting, the production sound and my voice and all of those components create MARBL, and MARBL has its own sound. That’s the beauty in today’s music.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

I don’t despise music. I despise spiders, onion and bad people.

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List your favourite movies with reasons.

Bohemian Rhapsody – The best movie – The acting, the music, the storyboard, and of course the show at Wembley that felt as if we attended it. My mother and I wanted to applause, with all the other people in the cinema. It touched all ages, all genders, everyone. Gotta see this one again.

Life Is Beautiful – Roberto Benigni’s best movie. You can’t pass through this one.

Shutter Island – Because everyone understood the end differently and you don’t really know who the crazy person is anymore.

Noting Hill – A kitsch romantic movie that I used to watch every night as a teen-ager before going to sleep. The soundtrack is so beautiful…

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Amusing and fun, and of course creative.

Amadeus – Although it wasn’t the real autobiography of Mozart – as a pianist and music lover I love it.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The Mechanism Of All Temporary Things, R.E.M once wrote “Everybody’s Hurt”. We all have our wounds, even when we hide them very well. Our desires and our fears lead us through our way, and we want to live a meaningful life, leave our stamp in some way, and justify our being, otherwise it will all go away, and this is the scariest thought.

 

Everything is temporary, and in order to deal with this knowing, we have to let it go and leave it. This is the mechanism of all temporary things.

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

I was on a holiday vacation with my family, as I was reading “The Alchemist”. I was sitting under a late September sun as I read these words: “He watched the hawks as they drifted on the wind. Although their flight appeared to have no pattern, it made a certain kind of sense to the boy. It was just that he couldn’t grasp what it meant.” “In his heart, he wanted to remain awake, but he also wanted to sleep.” I am learning the Language of the World, and everything in the world is beginning to make sense to me, even the flight of the hawks.

In that very moment, it all made a certain kind of sense to me too. I know exactly what I have to do, I called Maor and told him that we’re doing it, and so it was.

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Urchin – Something Outta Nothing

Urchin – Something Outta Nothing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urchin – Something Outta Nothing

Urchin – Something Outta Nothing

 

 

 

 

 

SONG TITLE: Something Outta Nothing

 

ALBUM TITLE: Take Time

 

RELEASE DATE: 22.02.19

 

GENRE: Downtempo, Electronic

 

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

Leo Appleyard. I was born in Kingston, South West London.

 

I grew up playing jazz at school aged 13, with some amazing musicians and mentors. It was an inspiring place / time to be playing music. I started on Piano and Guitar. I stated gigging with the musicians I met at school around the age of 15.  This led to a tour of Ireland at 17 with a 10 piece funk band.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

I have studied jazz guitar formally at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham. I have a BMus (Hons) in jazz guitar.

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

Having mainly played jazz and associated genres for a long time, I became interested in sounds that couldn’t be created by acoustic instruments… i.e. from synths and computers. This led me to creating the band ‘Urchin’ in late 2014 – originally a half-way-house between a jazz band and an electronic dance band. It had 8 members and we gigged around London in 2015/16, including a show at the London Jazz Festival.

 

The band name was a tough one to come up with, lots of arguments…. then we recorded our first EP at Urchin Studios in Hackney… and the name kind of stuck with me.

 

These days I produce electronic music from my studio in SW London, on an Island in the Thames. The Spice Girls recorded their original demos here and I like to think that the spirit of their music influences my writing…… haha maybe not.

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Tell us your genre and idea behind your music video or song.

I love UK garage and wanted to write a moody garage-influenced track. “Something Outta Nothing” came from a gospel vocal sample I had on a hard drive.

 

I like the lyric as it sums up my creative process…. I open a blank project and create something out of nothing.

 

I guess it fits into that downtempo / electronic scene that Bonobo and Maribou State have paved the way for.

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

I signed my first album which was a jazz album, in 2014 and it was great experience. F-IRE records were really easy to deal with and helped me out.

 

To be honest, I don’t know if you need a label now with Spotify for artists and all of those services… I’d certainly be happy to talk with any labels who like my music though.

Ideally for me, a label would get involved with the music promotion side of it.

 

Distribution is so easy these days.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

That is a big topic right now, usually discussed down the pub with other musicians at great length. I have all the usual social media channels on the go, as well as contacting blogs and playlist curators. Lots of emails!

 

We are launching the EP with a show at the Finsbury on 12th March.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

“If you love Bonobo or Submotion Orchestra, you will want to hear these guys.”

– HiddenHerd.com

 

“One of the new crop of jazz musicians, making a mark on the scene…”

– Julian Joseph, BBC Radio 3

 

Leo Appleyard is a musician and producer from South-West London, releasing music under the name “Urchin”.

 

Originally an ambitious 8-piece band that performed at the London Jazz Festival and venues around London, Urchin now represents the sonic output forged in a secluded island studio, once home to the ‘spice girls’ in the early 90s.

In 2018, Leo took a break from life as gigging musician and escaped to the progressive music scene of Melbourne, Australia.

Taking in the mix of house, disco and modern jazz from the northern districts of Fitzroy and Brunswick – ‘Take Time’ EP (release date 1st March 2019) is the reflection of that time spent in a creative zone, in a new scene whilst underpinned by the narrative of UK producers Bonobo, Maribou State and The Cinematic Orchestra.

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Explain the story behind the song.

“Something Outta Nothing” came from my love of garage music but also a desire to create something moody.

I found the vocal sample and it came together over a few days.

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

The band lineup changes from gig to gig but on the EP:

Grace Walker – Vocals

Leo Appleyard – Backing Vocals/Guitars/Programming

Paul Jordanous – Trumpet

Live Show adding:

 

Chris Nickolls – Drums

 

Holley Gray – Bass

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

I’ve been gigging since I was 15, so 13 years in the business now.

 

As a freelance guitarist I have been lucky to play all over the world.

 

Recently I’ve been concentrating on producing – recently for Cat Delphi – and my own writing.

 

I want to develop the live show and tour!

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

Coming from such an in depth jazz background to electronic music adds a different dimension. I like weird chords.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

I have a tendency to over-cook ideas.

 

I think speed is an advantage when producing.

 

Strength – I like really strong coffee in the studio, really strong.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists. 

Bonobo – Break Apart

 

Flume – Holdin On

 

The Cinematic Orchestra – All Things To All Men

 

Beatenberg – Ithica

 

Christopher Cross – Ride like the Wind

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

Both have their place. I think doing it yourself means you hold the cards. If you have curated your fan base yourself, no one can take that away.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

Running and drinking beer – in that order.

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State the official date of release. 

22.02.19 – Something Outta Nothing – Single Release

01.03.19 – Take Time EP full release

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Urchin – don’t step on one!

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Something Outta Nothing” – I like how so much can be created out of very little.

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

“Take Time” – because it’s taken me bloody ages to get this out! …. Only joking, I’ve explored some different time signatures on this EP and Grace Walker came up with the lyric. It works for me.

 

 

 

 

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