Random Order – Shame Shame Shame

Random Order – Shame Shame Shame

 

 

 

 

 

 

Random Order – Shame Shame Shame

Random Order – Shame Shame Shame

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Random Order

 

SONG TITLE:  Shame Shame Shame

RELEASE DATE: February 25th 2019

 

GENRE: Pop, Disco, Electronic

 

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

I rarely do covers and I chose this one because I feel there needs to be a positive spin on all of the hatred going on in the world today. Although the chorus is “Shame on you if you can’t dance to” I spin it in the reverse order and have dubbed my 2019 tour in support of this track as my NoShame! #bewhoyouaretour

 

“I grew up in a house of music and got a taste of the stage early on, reciting books of the Bible in the cult I grew up in. Wanting to be a preacher was simply not allowed so I turned to music with a vengeance, breaking rules, shattering perceptions of gender and sexuality and I’ve never left the stage since.

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Elaborate on the recording of the song.

From reciting books of the bible in a cult to headlining pride festivals I decided to hit the stage to counter the tide of anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment. I wanted to share a #bewhoyouare #noshame attitude.

 

I originally did this track several years ago but was never happy with it. After beginning work on my Black Lipstick Kiss [ Lov3mix ] at Phase One Studios I knew that the quality of production was so much higher I haven’t looked back.

Last August I put together a quick arrangement of this track to perform for Hamburg Pride Festival. Every person in the theater reacted ecstatically, clapping and dancing. This encouraged me to take it back to the studio to create my version of “Shame Shame Shame.”

 

“Shame Shame Shame” was co-produced with Mike Smith of Phase One Studios. After hitting it off creatively on my 2017 remix of Black Lipstick Kiss [ Lov3mix ] I knew I wanted to continue to work with Mike. He’s incredibly easy to work with. I said “let’s make this song old school meets new school. We’ll keep the disco vibe and give it a current sound.” Voila, electronic drums and bass arrived – he read my mind.

 

I want “Shame Shame Shame” to remind you that you can really let loose and have fun, no matter who you are and celebrate with zero shame. A victorious and glorious existence whether you are gay straight, bi, trans, non-binary or simply just draw outside the lines.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

Music is my life. I enjoy a fairly healthy lifestyle and like to eat organic food wherever possible.

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Discuss your music career.

I went solo in 2016 incorporating electronic elements in the music. I play guitar, sing arrange and co-produce with Mike Smith of award winning studio (Drake, Rihanna, Travis Scott the list is large) Phase One Studios in Toronto.

 

I toured Europe, Canada and the US for two years with a film – S&M Sally that featured my track Black Lipstick Kiss after performing in a theater to a captive audience solo in Canada I knew that I had to go solo and tour with the film.

Following that I wanted to explore my dream of including electronic elements while retaining my underground vibe.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

I chose the name Random Order to reflect the music. Things that do not normally go together but do. I like to meld genres.

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List your five favourite music videos with reasons.

Queen – Under Pressure (Live at Wembley) – how he connects with the audience.

Amy Winehouse – Cupid (Live Glastonbury 2007) – how shy she is here and her incredible voice.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

I watch these videos of incredible musicians for inspiration. I used to write a lot about my relationships however since 2017 after remixing and changing lyrics to Black Lipstick Kiss [Lov3mix] repeating the word love over and over because of the turbulence going on in the world I wanted to show some love.

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Tell us your experience on dealing with fans.

I like connecting with fans personally. My shows incorporate high energy and humour. There’s also a cathartic element where they feel comfortable enough to really let loose.

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Tell us your future projects.

I’m releasing a remix of my track Pink Cloud Spy Remix later in the summer and while on tour in Europe I’ll be meeting up with Tale The Rapper from Sweden to work on Money & My Jets a loosely based ode to Elton John and all of the musicians who’ve inspired us.

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

Russ Phillips

Susie Phillips

Mike Smith

Elaine Reddick

 

Karen Bradden

Jennifer Yang

Jen Fabico

Suzanne Nuttall

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

I use it only sparingly if I’m recording with a cold or frog in my throat.  I think if you’re using it as a device that makes sense however if you’re using it because you can’t sing in tune perhaps try a different instrument…

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

I aim to have higher production values on everything I release. DIY no longer means low quality punk music. I’m currently releasing singles digitally however any remixes from songs from my Black Lipstick Kiss album gets loaded on to a fabulous black lipstick USB I custom designed.

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

I think anyone wishing to have a music career should take a business course. It’s self-employment so it’s good to learn the business aspect.

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

I created my genre “I write subversive music for renegades” because I like to meld genres and create hybrid music.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

Free form jazz. I like structure with quirky bridges but think soloing from beginning to end of a song is complete narcissism.

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List your favourite movies with reasons.

Europa Europa – He survived against incredible odds

From Dusk to Dawn – I write Tarantino style sound tracks.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Shame Shame Shame – I’m co-opting this to NoShame! #bewhoyourare as a disco anthem against hate campaigns.

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

It’s a single cover song written by Sylvia Robinson the “mother of hip hop” She was the founder of the Sugarhill Gang and the first woman and first Afro American woman to own a record label.

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D Fine Us - Post Truth Era Blues

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D Fine Us - Post Truth Era Blues

D Fine Us – Post Truth Era Blues

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: D Fine Us

 

SONG TITLE:  Post Truth Era Blues

 

ALBUM TITLE: Safe To Disconnect

 

RELEASE DATE: 25.02.2019

 

GENRE: Neo Blues, Contemporary R&B

 

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D Fine Us is a unique explorative music project, founded in Tel Aviv by producer and songwriter Tomer Katz. A marriage of dusty earthbound blues to warm modern electronic textures gives the project its signature hybrid sound.

 

Driven by a passion for exploring and understanding cultures, Katz travelled all the way to Mississippi in the heart of the delta to learn his craft from authentic local blues musicians. This musical creation draws lines and connects the dots between worlds.

 

Mixing raw live recordings with polished studio work, these songs were created in desolated bar rooms, wide open fields, and friend’s living rooms. The end result is a one of a kind musical experience that redefines the words rhythm & blues.

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

My name is Tomer Katz, I was born and raised in the vibrant and warm city of Tel-Aviv, the city that never sleeps.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

Music B.A from Rimon Music Academy.

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

I play the guitar, harmonica and a little bit of piano, I love writing, composing and producing music and that’s mostly what I’ve been doing lately.

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

Finding out the artist’s deepest career difficulties and trying to help him or her with that.

As well as providing inspiration and financial help with awesome music videos.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

My first song was premiered on the 405 Magazine.

The 405

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

I produce the music myself, Idan Weinbren is my manager and video director.

On ‘Post Truth Era Blues’: Lead vocals – ‘Viggz’, recording engineering – Deano SOB, mixing – Ori Rousso, script and directing – Idan Weibnren and Shlomy X Morchy, actor and dancer – Shamel Pitts, cinematographer- Eric Raphael Mizrahi, photographer – Omri Rosengart.

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Elaborate on the song.

“Post Truth Era Blues” is our debut single. A soulful cocktail of delta blues and futuristic textures, the song is the perfect entry point to the musical world of D Fine Us.

The song shouts out the questions and conflicts we all face while living in a “Post Truth Era.”

The song brings a 21st century perspective to the concepts and conflicts that have been sung about in blues music for decades: how to tell right from wrong, reality from illusion, relaxation from addiction and love from a broken heart.

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

I produce music for quite a long time, but Post Truth Era Blues is my first official release as D Fine Us.

Future goal will be to play in big concert venues.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

I guess I’m trying to create something unique by combining old music and modern music.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

Weakness will be the obsession for hard work.

Strength is my devotion for hard work.

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List your favourite songs including the artists.

Malibu – Anderson .Paak

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

I’m a great believer in DIY, we’re doing most of the work ourselves.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

YOGA!

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List your various works.

‘Post Truth Era’ is my first single, more songs will be released very soon. (:

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

D Fine Us is a multi-genre project, the first album is bluesy, the next one might turn out different…

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Post Truth Era Blues; the era we’re all living in, and the blues that comes with it.

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

‘Safe To Disconnect’ is a reference to the USB disconnection announcement (SAFE TO DISCONNECT YOUR DEVICE).

 

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Indigo – Distant Lullaby

Indigo – Distant Lullaby

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indigo – Distant Lullaby

Indigo – Distant Lullaby

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Indigo

 

SONG TITLE:  Distant Lullaby

 

RELEASE DATE: 18 February 2019

 

GENRE: Indie Pop

 

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Tell us about your band.

We are in this because we like music, and consist of four distinct people. We met at the summit of Everest in 2017.

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

We’d like to thank our good friends Arran, Matt, Tom and Johann. Thanks guys! You’re the best.

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

Arran played drums. We recorded mostly at night because we all have jobs.

 

Patrick (the sound engineer) was fantastic at helping us out.

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

We try and post on social media as often as we can without being insufferable.

 

We play gigs as often as we can while having as great a time on stage as we physically can, because we believe giving a positive message will bring people back.

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

We play the song in roughly how Johann has described us to play it.

 

We always try and mix things up, because we don’t want the song to be boring to play.

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Tell us your favourite genre of music.

Classical, Billboard Hot 100, Loud music, Quiet music, pirate metal.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Indigo. Indigo is a colour. It’s also an extremely common name for a band.

 

 

 

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Montebello – Dance

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Montebello – Dance

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ARTIST NAME: Montebello

 

SONG TITLE: Dance

 

ALBUM TITLE: Ballerina Vocale

 

RELEASE DATE: 28th November, 2018

 

GENRE: Soul Acoustic

 

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Montebello is a recently formed acoustic trio playing around Melbourne mainly as a cover band.

 

The trio went into the studio recently to record their first EP of originals titled “Ballerina Vocale”.

 

A CD has been released containing 4 original songs and one cover of the song Valerie.

 

Singer Mary Ann Van Der Horst is an international award winning singer and was a popular act on Australian X Factor where her audition of Halo has numerous views.

 

Guitarist Paul Grech has a Blues Rock background having played in many original and cover bands in Melbourne.

 

Paolo Familari is the bass player and main songwriter. He has played in cover and original bands around Melbourne over a long period of time and created the band after having played with Paul and Mary Ann on different projects.

 

The band has received some extremely positive feedback on their original music and can’t wait to tour!

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Share your life story with us.

I have been playing for many years in original and cover bands.

 

I have passion for music in particular bass guitar.

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

My wife, family and friends.

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

Enjoy being in the studio putting the flesh on the skeleton.

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Discuss your songwriting.

Usually about life experiences while always trying to be positive.

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Elaborate on your future projects.

More recording and playing.

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

Using social media and sites like this rather than relying on record companies that are out of touch.

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

I never wanted to give up. It’s in the blood.

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

I write my songs on acoustic guitar then add the layers.

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Tell us your favourite genre of music.

I love Soul music as it fills the heart.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

Love, new beginnings and hope.

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Elaborate on this song.

I wrote it when I met my wife. I wasn’t sure what the future would bring.

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

Follow your dreams. If that is what you want to do, then take it in that direction.

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

Who knows, write music because you enjoy it.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Our name is Montebello named after my father’s village in Italy.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Song title is Dance. It means the dance of life.

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

Title of our EP is Ballerina Vocale. It is dedicated to our amazing and humble singer.

 

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Nitya – Breathing So Easy

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Nitya – Breathing So Easy

Nitya – Breathing So Easy

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME:  Nitya

 

SONG TITLE: Breathing So Easy

 

RELEASE DATE: 1st February 2019

 

GENRE: Easy Listening, Jazz, Soul

 

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British singer / songwriter and performing artist Nitya released her debut solo EP ‘Breathing So Easy’ in February 2019.

 

Her title track ‘Breathing So Easy’ has been performed in some of the world’s most iconic jazz venues including The Jazz Cafe in London and The Bitter End in New York.

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Tell us about your future music projects.

I’m working on promoting my EP Breathing so Easy and hopefully a second EP after that.

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Tell us if you will change the style of your music to get signed.

No, I wouldn’t change my style of music to get signed.

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Tell us if you have a guideline or standard set for your music production.

You hope everyone has a high standard when it comes to production.

I think the key is working with good sound engineers and also listening for yourself to see if you like what you hear.

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Tell us your preparation for a live performance and how you make sure the quality of sound is high.

Practice makes perfect as they say. Performing live can give you an incredible buzz. But lots of energy and nerves can make it easier to make mistakes so practice is key.

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Discuss how to live healthy. 

I think having a good attitude helps along with all the obvious things such as balanced diet.

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Tell us if you are in control of your performance or you are still learning. 

I’m always learning. Do you ever stop?

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Tell us that precious moment you chose music as a career.

Music has always been part and parcel of my life so I don’t think I can point to one particular moment.

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Tell us the greatest feedback you have ever received on a song of yours. 

I’m always thrilled when anyone listens to my EP. Someone once told me they found the songs peaceful, which is lovely to hear.

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Tell us your side interest apart from music.

I love watching live music and dancing – although it’s not usually at the same time.

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Tell us the artist that influenced you. 

Hard to point at one particular artist but I love some of the older songwriters such as Simon and Garfunkel.

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Tell us if you prefer singing as a solo artist to collaborating with others. 

I love both.

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Tell us the full details of this song.

The title track of my EP ‘Breathing so Easy’ is all about holding on to hope when you’re going through a rough season.

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Tell us the organization you will set up to fight a cause and state your reason for fighting the cause.

I was born and raised in India so I’ve always had a soft corner for young girls in India who are trying to break the poverty cycle they’re born into.

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Tell us your mood while performing.

Most of my songs are quite chilled but I love getting the crowd involved if I’m doing a cover.

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Tell us the mistakes to avoid in the music business.

Don’t ignore your gut instinct.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Nitya – that’s my name. It’s pronounced Ni-thi-ya and it means everlasting in Sanskrit.

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

The EP is named after my title track Breathing so Easy.

 

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Russ Parrish – Weary Hearted Man

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Russ Parrish – Weary Hearted Man

Russ Parrish – Weary Hearted Man

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Russ Parrish

 

SONG TITLE: Weary Hearted Man

 

ALBUM TITLE: Finding the Light

 

RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2018

 

GENRE: Folk / Pop / Rock

 

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

Music expresses what words often can’t. But I also believe words coupled with music can be the most powerful tool in the world. It makes us move in ways we wouldn’t in silence, it makes us say things we would otherwise keep quiet, and it makes us go out and make a difference in the world. That’s what I want my music to do in others.

 

I want to inspire and make people feel something just for a moment. Forget the world around you, and enjoy the time we have together in the present moment. I want to bring hope and joy even if it’s just a moment.

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

From my gigs, fans really love the upbeat, exciting, community feel that comes with my music.

 

I write songs for everyone to sing along, and that’s what happens.

At my gigs you’ll find people singing my songs even though it’s the first time they’ve ever heard it!

I find ways to engage and interact, and I want people leaving remember the night for the rest of their lives.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

It’s been the greatest invention since sliced ham. I’ve been able to interact one on one with other fans and artists in the area.

 

Some of the coolest collaborations have actually come out of conversation that started on Instagram or Facebook.

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Tell us how you record your song.

I have a home studio. When I recorded “Finding the Light”, it was all done in my basement.

 

I invited my drummer, Topher King, over for a week and we just wrote, recorded, and produced the album.

 

We were intentional, focused, and driven to get the album done in that short week.

 

We’re happy with the product that came out of it.

Lately, I’ve just been tracking everything at home and then sending it out somewhere else to get mixed and mastered. I think it was fun to do the whole project between us, but we learned it was a lot of work for two people…

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Tell us the story behind the song.

Weary Hearted Man came out of a moment I was struggling in my job.

 

There was a lot of hardship and uncertainty about what was happening in my career.

 

I focus a lot on the struggle between faith and doubt. I never know what’s next, and I hate not having control of my life.

 

Weary Hearted Man really focuses on the uncomfortable feeling of not knowing what’s next, but not being happy where I am.

 

There’s an upbeatness to it that comes with the hope of whatever is next will keep me going.

 

One of my favorite lines is the chorus where it says, “So as I wander, oh I still wonder will I ever find where I belong”. That’s essentially the journey I face.

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State your musical skills.

If it’s got strings on it I can probably figure something out. My main instrument would be my vocals, but I love learning new instruments!

 

Lately I’ve found myself working more as a producer and arranger.

I’ve been working with loops and new sounds through my DAW.

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

It really varies. Some of my most popular songs, like Weary Hearted Man, I finished in about 10 minutes… But the ones I feel are some of my deepest took months to finally feel done. You’ll hear some of those in the next year hopefully!

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

I am stronger at finding melodies than I am at lyrics.

 

My songs start with a chord progression and melody most of the time.

The lyrics either come with the melody, or added as the song gets developed.

Lately I’ve been trying to use song mapping which helps develop the song before you even start!

Marty Dodson has a book called Song Mapping I highly recommend reading if you are a songwriter!

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Discuss music in full details.

Wow that’s a big question… music is life. It carries me in the hard times, and helps me soar in the good.

 

It’s the vessel to carry a message I believe needs to be heard.

It unlocks a presence unique to it.

It touches the soul that goes beyond the heart.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

Pop – I love the simplicity and singability. I’m inspired by pop because it works wonders to engage people.

 

Singer / Songwriter – There’s always a story to tell. I feel singer / songwriters have a deep raw emotion that can get lost in other genres. It becomes more about the lyrics, and I like that.

 

Rock – The emotion and elation that comes with this music is so exciting.

 

Alternative – There’s always something new in this category. I like being inspired by new sounds or ideas.

 

Christian – I know this is an open genre, but the themes of hope and joy are inspirational to my music writing.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

I’ll typically spend an hour daily writing, rehearsing, or recording music. This is necessary because I want to perform my music without even thinking about it.

I want to think about the audience and the atmosphere of the scene. I care more about the people and how they’re feeling about the night than I do about if I play the right notes. So the more I practice, the less I have to think about hitting the right notes.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

Mandolin!

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

We have to be engaged! I have written a few songs that are call and response because I am big on engagement. If they aren’t responding, I kind of force the response with those songs… ha.

 

To me, my gigs are all about the people. Without my fans I wouldn’t be doing music.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

I’m a bit crazy… Several gigs I’ve jumped on tables, gone unplugged, and sang my heart out.

So unpredictable could be a good word to describe me. I love people. When a group gets together, and music is present… it’s going to be a fun time! Oh! I also rock climb. I like the challenge.

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Discuss your music career.

Didn’t really start writing till 3 years ago… From there I’ve won the 2017 Minnesota State fair Amateur Talent Contest, 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Honorable Mention in American Songwriter Magazine, and several more awards.

It’s been a big inspiration to keep pursuing my musical career. For about a year I wrestled with whether or not I wanted to keep writing and performing. I just felt like I was playing, saying, and doing the same thing. But something changed in me one year that helped build the interactions with everyone I met, and from then on I’ve loved every moment I’m on stage.

My wife has been the biggest supporter of my career. I couldn’t do this without how much she has continued support and encourage me to keep doing what I’m doing. I owe it all to her.

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List your musical work.

Finding the Light – EP

Weary Hearted Man

Washed By the Water

Glow

I Am Yours

Finding the Light

The Answer – Single

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

Two of the biggest memorable experiences I’ve had so far were winning the Minnesota State Amateur Talent Contest, then coming back the next year and playing 2 original songs with the orchestra on the grandstand – Such unreal moments.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Press Release

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Russ Parrish… uh… it’s my name.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Weary Hearted Man – I may never be comfortable where I am, but I know one thing for sure… I’ll always be a weary hearted man.

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

Finding the Light – The entirety of the album is about finding hope and joy. There are moments of doubt, confusion, hurt, and pain, but I believe hope and joy can be found in light of any circumstance.

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MAXO - Light It Up

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MAXO - Light It Up

MAXO – Light It Up

 

 

 

 

 

MAXO drops a music video for the song entitled ‘Light It Up’. Hailing from Canberra, Australia, MAXO is taking the music world by storm.

 

After releasing his first single ‘Won’t Let You Go’ mid 2015 MAXO began making a dint in the music scene, scoring regular gigs around the east coast of Australia and performing some of them in front of 10 000+ crowds!

 

His 2nd single ‘Lost & Found’ took off on the TripleJ Unearthed Charts making it to #1 on the Pop charts and #8 Overall.

 

After the release of ‘Lost & Found’ MAXO began to catch the attention of overseas interest and ended up signing with Arrow Music Agency a US based management company.

 

After the signing MAXO was quick to get back on the scene with another single ‘Meant To Be’ which made it straight to #7 on the iTunes singer / songwriter charts opening weekend.

 

MAXO started a MASSIVE 2017 with his own headline tour with the release of his new smash hit ‘Live in the Moment’. ‘Live in the Moment’ introduced a new more upbeat side of MAXO with the same ‘catchy as’ lyrics as his other tracks which will get you up out of your seat dancing.

 

In September 2017, MAXO released his 2nd single of the year ‘Without You’. ‘Without You’ shows more versatility in the young artist bringing out his raw emotion and looks to be his most promising yet.

 

MAXO has also gained a lot of attention through licensing and radio, notable mentions including Hotel / Mall chains in Brazil, Mood Media Australia playlists, Coles Radio and Bunnings Warehouse radio.

 

MAXO finished off a huge 2017 with a 10 show North America Tour, 8 of which were part of the ‘Live at Aloft’ tour, which has been a huge platform for many of today’s major artists (i.e. Ed Sheeran, The Lumineers).

 

So far in 2018, MAXO, released his current single ‘Never Ever’ which led to performing more festivals within Australia including one of the Hit Network’s (Australia’s major radio network). ‘Never Ever’ also ushered in another US headline tour which included shows as part of ‘Live at Aloft’ and also shows through Twisted X Brewing in Austin, TX…

 

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Prints of Monaco is an NYC indie rock band. They play sadboysongs for you. They use brushstrokes of synths and guitars to create musical prints, searching for catharsis.

 

After working with Greylock Records at Virtue and Vice Studios they are releasing the results song by song in 2019.

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Tell us your view on old and new school music in terms of preference.

I’m not sure I prefer one over the other. A great thing about music is that it’s not a binary comparison, and different songs fit different moments.

 

Sure, production approaches have changed significantly over the years, and I love tracks with modern, popular production.

 

However, there are aspects of older songs that blow new ones out of the water.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

So far it’s really been the completion of each song I’ve written.  It’s so satisfying feeling like I can call a song “done.”

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Tell us how you protect your singing voice.

I like to play with dynamics and volume, so that I’m not always belting. I also avoid alcohol prior to shows.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music.

“A Clue Recited” actually describes a lot of why I’m into music. It provides a creative outlet for catharsis, and music connects and unites people. It’s also a skill that can always be honed, so there’s always room to grow.

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Discuss creativity and originality in music.

Music is a reflection of some aspect of the creator, and all people are unique. Therefore, if a person decides to honestly express themselves in music, then their work will be completely original from others music. That’s pretty cool to me.

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Tell us your plans pertaining music.

Release songs for the rest of my life.

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Tell us the secret of success.

I don’t believe there’s one secret to success, but a constant is that one must try.

 

Try and practice constantly at whatever you want to succeed in and it may work out.

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Tell us how you become a musician.

If you have a passion for music and are patient enough to keep trying, then that’s pretty important. The point at which you call yourself a musician is the point in which you are satisfied with your own self-expression in my opinion.

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Tell us what makes you happy and sad on this project.

This song was meant to be a comfort to people, so if it makes people feel warm and good in any way I would feel that tenfold.

 

Where I feel sad in other songs that Prints of Monaco plays is typically when I revisit sad times in my life or other’s lives.

 

However, I think revisiting sad feelings and memories can be helpful to moving past them in a healthy way.

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List the people that assisted in making this song.

Eitan Akman, Sebastian Chiriboga, Junichi Arima, Cale Hawkins, Ben Talmi, Drewofthedrew, and Maddie Rice.  All amazing people.

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Tell us how you get financial support to run your music career.

I work full time.

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Tell us the genre of your music and the reason you went for this genre.

I play Indie Rock, but there are a lot of influences in Prints of Monaco’s sound.

 

I told people at first as a joke that we play sadboysongs.  This term stuck past the punchline so now I refer to that as our sound.

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Tell us if you prefer to write your own songs or you prefer to write with professional songwriters.

I’ve written Prints of Monaco songs almost entirely by myself.  Although it’s really fun to write with other people, I thrive in a self-imposed seclusion.  It allows me to develop certain ideas that may take more time than a two hour session with another writer.

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Tell us if you prefer to produce your songs or you prefer to work with reputable producers.

I love having a producer to bounce ideas off of.  I’ve been working with Ben Talmi out of Greylock Records for a while now, and we’re pretty comfortable when it comes to developing a tune.

 

I don’t relinquish all control in terms of production, but it’s really important to have someone you respect to bounce ideas off of.

 

If you don’t you might convince yourself certain things sound good when they don’t to most people.

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Tell us the story behind this song.

“A Clue Recited” grew during a time where I was getting kind of down on music as a helpful or measurably positive way to spend my time.

 

I got caught thinking: grand scale, making music isn’t as effective in doing well for others as being a doctor or humanitarian.

 

I started writing this song as an ironic criticism to making music, but ended up reversing course.

 

I found myself trying to describe how songs can bring meaning to life, and unite people.

 

In terms of sound, I loved how the song “July” by BOY is so comforting, and wanted to emulate this somehow.

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Tell us your favourite brand of microphone. 

Lauten Audio’s Clarion FC-357!  It matches my voice well, and is very versatile with guitars and other instruments.

 

 

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ARTIST NAME: Oliver West

 

SONG TITLE: I’ll Be Damned

 

ALBUM TITLE: Weather Me.

 

RELEASE DATE: January 18, 2019

 

GENRE: Singer-Songwriter

 

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I’ve been a musician for most of my life, but I’ve only been a serious songwriter since about 2015.

 

I had played in bands all my life as a bass player in my hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, and we were never particularly successful but I really loved being a musician and still consider myself a bassist at heart.

 

Only after graduating from college in 2015, and under some unusual circumstances, moving to Germany did I start experimenting with writing my own songs.

 

I had always had this vague belief that I could write my own stuff but I had never really found the right space or moment to really pursue it until I wound up in Europe, alone, with a little bit too much time on my hands.

 

So I decided to start trying to write and record songs to keep myself busy, and set the rather overly ambitious goal of recording a whole album with no money and nothing but an iPad, one crappy condenser mic, and a could instruments.

 

As such the final product is a little rough around the edges – I mean I mixed it on an iPad – but it was enough to get me off the ground. Then I started performing on the streets in Germany which grabbed the attention of people, who started offering me gigs, and then I started making some honest money off it, and bit by bit it has turned into a pretty honest full-time gig.

 

I just put out my new record “Weather Me.” which I’m working on pushing while I look at relocating to a city with a better music scene.

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

What I do that tends to impress people when I play live is this sort of unusual percussive technique I’ve developed on the guitar – I lay it flat on my lap and play it a bit like a drum.

 

I’m by no means the only person who plays like this – Ben Howard, Leo Stannard are two people who come to mind who have a hit or two played in this style – yet everyone has a slightly different way of interpreting the instrument, like everyone finds their own sweet spot on the body and wails on it.

 

Fans love that because it’s flashy and violent and sounds like there’s more going on than one instrument should allow.

 

I also often go on improv tangents in storytelling, freestyle verses, and guitar licks that tend to lend some freshness to performances.

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List the names of your biggest supporters.

I would say my biggest supporters are my friends Francesca, Sarah, and Ryan, as well as my nuclear family and a handful of really incredibly devoted fans from my hometown of Anchorage.

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

I think artists often chase a certain sound that never actually wants to be realized – like I have an idea of where I think a song should go, and then it goes somewhere else.

It’s sort of like chasing a musical ghost a lot of the time, and you try to catch it, often in vain.

 

I think a lot of my motivation comes from trying to find a sound or a feeling and not quite hitting the mark, at least in my own estimation of the song.

 

Other people might totally dig it, but I’m often not quite satisfied and keep trying…

 

I’m also largely motivated by trying to:

1) Not write a song I’ve already written before.

2) Not write a song someone else has written before.

3) Not be boring. Whether I succeed in that is largely a matter of interpretation I think. But I really try to not bore myself with what I write.

 

I try to do something that I haven’t made and haven’t heard before, with unusual language use, perhaps quirky instrumentation, and atypical harmony. That’s what’s been informing my songwriting as of late – I’ve been trying to use the most colorful chords possible with as much nuance as I can get out of my instrument and do something I haven’t heard before, at least from my own little artistic world.

I also just try to avoid average lyrics. I want them to really be good.

 

Lazy writing gets under my skin.

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Discuss your experience as an artist.

I’m a small artist in the shadow of larger artists.

 

I’m also a white dude with a guitar, and we’re a dime a dozen.

 

That’s frustrating.

 

Sometimes I wish I had gone a different, more unique route – like what if I were a badass bouzouki player or something? I think I live with a certain sense that my medium is not inherently original, and sometimes that bothers me, but it’s the best I can do and I am still devoted to becoming better at it.

 

But being a smaller artist, I’ve had a lot of pretty tremendously large experiences that I think might ebb out with increasing exposure – the people I’ve met and really connected with a tiny gigs in the most obscure places, the travel alone, the sheer weirdness of touring, the lack of organization that comes with doing everything yourself, the continuous feeling of trial-by-error. I don’t know, I feel like despite the challenges that come with being an artist working at making it work, there’s a pretty great reward in the feedback you get and the experiences you have, the connections that form there with people you never thought you’d know.

Otherwise I think my experience is just trying to be better at what I do and continue to be interesting, both for myself and the people who support me and are invested in what I do.

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

Honestly I think the biggest mistake I’ve made this far is trying to do everything myself and being hesitant to ask for help.

That’s just sort of how I am by nature I think. I’ve come to the point where I need a certain amount of help to continue doing what I do at a higher level.

 

I also spent several years basically avoiding investing in myself financially. I think I really should have thrown more money at the cause, in marketing, in production, because it could have pushed me farther, faster.

 

But I wasn’t totally convinced it was a good enough thing to invest in. I’m still not totally convinced but I am investing anyway.

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Discuss the story behind the song.

“I’ll Be Damned” is a hard song to explain, no lie. But it was an easy song to write. I wrote 90% of the words in one go while sitting at a café in front of a church in Germany.

I had been reading some article, like an opinion piece or something – I can’t for the life of me remember what exactly it was about anymore – but for whatever reason this article got me thinking about love on a very abstract and analytical level.

 

And for some reason I started thinking about love or devotion to physical representations of abstract things, or like loving a part of something but not necessarily the whole, and at some point recognizing that maybe you love the wrong parts of people or institutions or ideas.

 

In a way it’s a song about recognizing that you’re wrong about certain behaviors or predilections and saying “damn, this is the way I am, what I do with this knowledge?”

 

And as I often do, I sort of transformed all this into a quasi-dialogue between lovers, or people in any kind of intimate relationship.

 

I think I have always had this idea when I play this song that it’s about a relationship in which you realize that you value the less important parts of the person you’re with, and you realize you’re somewhat in the wrong there, and realize that it’s flawed in some way, and maybe it starts to unravel from there. But that’s just the way it is and I’ll be damned if it’s not.

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Tell us how to fund a music project.

I’m still figuring this out myself. I think it starts with believing that it’s worth funding.

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

I have never had to worry about my fans’ safety because I’ve always played relatively small, secure venues. But I do make sure to be careful with my wording of certain stories so as to be respectful towards everyone who’s there, I suppose that’s also a kind of precaution I take.

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

The most recent piece of advice that I thought was really helpful to me was from my promoter Brandon, in Minneapolis – I was having a moment of profound self-doubt about whether or not I should try to push my new record – and he basically said the only mistake you can make is to do absolutely nothing, because then nothing will happen.

It’s really simple, obvious advice, but I think it’s very true. I think you might as well take a risk because if you don’t, nothing will ever happen.

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

When I start recording my third record, I want help. I don’t want to do it all by myself this time. I need other people’s feedback, more eyes and ears on the project, more experts, and more knowledge.

I think recording is an unbelievably hard beast to bridle. Like how to take the spontaneity of a live performance and crystallize it without losing anything? That’s always been my problem – I feel like people really respond to my live shows way more than my recordings, because I still haven’t quite hit my recording stride, which is why I think I need some expert help.

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Discuss vocal training and how you protect your vocal.

I’m honestly not a trained singer. I’ve figured it out largely by being really bad at it for a while. For most of my life I could, weirdly, only sing falsetto.

I had no chest voice. I didn’t really develop one until I was around 18, 19. And then one day it sort of just clicked a little. Obviously it wasn’t perfect, but my voice was suddenly there where it hadn’t been before.

I think I honestly had to spend a lot of time in a room where no one could hear or see me to discover my own sound and trust my vocal cords to produce sounds that I thought might not be super pleasing. And when I had that time to experiment, my voice slowly came into being.

My voice has also changed a lot over the years, it has really solidified a lot, it’s now much darker and bassier than it used to be, and I am just generally more technically skilled – no surprise. Just practice.

I’ve never considered myself much of a singer; it was always just a way to transmit lyrics for me. But now that it’s my job I have begun more diligently warming up, running scales, doing exercises and stuff to make sure I keep in form and so that I can experiment with new techniques and come up with new vocal melodies and such.

I also recently quit smoking so that will probably ensure some longevity for my cords.

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Discuss your best mood during performance.

When things are going well I just get sort of goofy and stupid and giddy. People who have been to my shows will know. I become just this total spazz but I love it.

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List your best artists with reasons.   

I’m not comfortable saying who are the “best” artists out there, but I can say who I think has shaped my sound most directly.

Ben Howard, Kristian Matsson, and Justin Vernon are probably the three songwriters/soundsmiths that have most influenced my sound, for various reasons. But I think they’re all incredible lyricists, have very distinct voices and styles, and all can create a very definitive context and atmosphere for/with their sound. I think their contexts are the things that have most influenced me.

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Discuss your existence as an artist.

Basically I’m just trying to be better than I am, say something smart, say it well, and be as interesting as I can while creating my own context and atmosphere. And just entertain the people who care, because that’s fun and I love being entertaining and being able to move people. That’s a crazy feeling.

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

An obvious one is the way we have been treating the environment and the continued negligence towards it. I think that one is fairly self-evident.

But one of the major causes of our environmental dangers is our relationship to consumerism and cheap production of goods.

Basically capitalism and industrialization have been terrible for both many strata of society and for the environment. I think there’s this pervasive myth in capitalist economics that growth is always sustainable and should always be the goal. I think both are patently not feasible. You cannot continually grow an economy on finite resources. It just doesn’t make sense. This is how we end up exploiting the earth and workers.

I also think the major political drama of the foreseeable future will be about ethnic nationalism as a result of mass immigration. I think ethnic nationalism is a pretty scary phenomenon which is responsible for the rise of Trump, Brexit, and far-right political parties all over the world. I don’t have a solution for that really, it would be absurd to say I know how to fix it, but I do think basically the only way to make two groups of people understand each other is to stage a situation where they can engage in cultural dialogue on eye-level and see each other as non-threatening.

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Discuss your songwriting and recording.

Every song comes about in a different way, but my general belief is that the best songs write themselves, it’s a natural thing. If I have to spend a really long time trying to make it click, there’s probably something wrong with it that just needs to be chopped or totally reworked. I often end up totally reworking melodies in recording to make them more interesting.

To date I’ve been recording, mixing, and mastering everything myself, which I ultimately something I’d like to move away from by getting some more expert help. It’s largely just been a matter or logistics and money that have prevented me from having a larger team up until now.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Oliver West – I am from basically the farthest westward point in the western world. And I am a “western” person, which I do not say in any way to brag.

I’ve studied national and transnational theory and I have a lot of critiques about the dialectic of the “West” but it is the world I come from, for better or for worse, and it has really shaped me and everything around me. It has incredible problems but they are the ones I live with and that inform my music and my philosophies about the world.

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

“Weather Me.” has a lot to do with stress, lust, and things that have made me feel incredibly old. A lot of the themes on this record are largely about personal and internal conflict and things that have either physically or mentally weathered or aged me.

Also I just have a fascination with weather – I love storms and wind and snow and all that vaguely unpleasant stuff that happens in the world that is sort of bigger than humans and that we can’t control, and has such a basic but profound effect on our moods and daily rhythms.

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Alex Cavan - Dreams And Better Times

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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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