Perry Michael Allen - I'm Gone

Perry Michael Allen – I’m Gone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perry Michael Allen - I'm Gone

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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“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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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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New single by the Danish top artist Tim Schou is called “Acapella”, and was written in Stockholm by Tim Schou, Kim Simonsbacka and hit producer Johan Ramström.

 

The driving clap-based rhythm will entice you, the acoustic guitars will keep you, the simple melody will get you hooked and the authentic love story will move you. The joyful feeling of springtime romance is inevitable.

 

“Acapella” is a charming singer-songwriter valentine love song. The autobiographical song is about the girl next door who became Tim Schou’s high school sweetheart, and ended up as the one that got away.

 

The heartfelt story is depicted in the video, authentically filmed on the actual location, and starring the actual persons, which it implicates.

 

Tim enjoys the acoustic wave he’s riding at the moment, and is excited to release this ‘Declaration of Love’ for the spring season.

 

Tim is having great success with the acoustic guitar-driven singer-songwriter genre at the moment.

 

The EP “Face to Face – Live at the Royal Danish Academy of Music” came out in January, and already generated +440K streams in total.

 

Tim is right now touring in Denmark and Germany playing more than 30 living room concerts in private homes, and will be supporting Morcheeba on their German tour in February.

 

Tim Schou is a diligent singer and songwriter, who worked with Felix Jaehn, Thomas Troelsen, Ella Henderson, Alma, Sick Individuals, Anton Hagman (Tim co-wrote the Platinum single “Kiss You Goodbye”), Go Go Berlin, Hitimpulse and many more.

 

Since the solo debut in 2017, he has been traveling the world, writing songs with practically everyone possible.

 

Now, after six radio-played singles and an acoustic live EP, the seventh single “Acapella” is hitting the streets…

 

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ARTIST NAME: Nōva

 

SONG TITLE: Heavy Hitters

 

RELEASE DATE: February 15th, 2019

 

GENRE: Pop

 

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Born and raised in the city of Montreal, Canada, music reaches deep into the singer-songwriter’s soul and influences every aspect of her life.

 

Classically trained in violin since the age of 7 and voice since the age of 12, experience, dedication, and creativity are not lacking. Nōva’s first two singles, “More” and “Am I the Only One” garnered much critical success with a total of over 500 000 streams…

 

Influenced by Lana Del Rey, Tove Lo, Banks and Lady Gaga.

 

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

Emily Kafoury

 

Montreal, Canada

 

As a child I was always very creative. I’ve been performing on stages since I was 7 and haven’t stopped since.

 

I tried everything as a kid: dance, piano, violin, singing, muscle theatre, soccer and basketball.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

Bachelor’s in Communication & Cultural Studies.

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I grew up surrounded by music. My father would always sing and play guitar to me every morning and night. This really helped me at a young age develop an ear and also helped with my musicality.

 

I started playing violin at the age of 7 and continued until the age of 18. I loved the violin but my true passion was singing. I began taking vocal lessons at the age of 12. I then began to teach myself guitar and piano!

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

My genre is pop but I definitely love jazz and alternative music as well.

 

The idea behind the music video for Heavy Hitters was to get all of my closest friends together and celebrate who we are.

The video is just about having fun and letting loose – expressing who you are.

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

Running a label is definitely a very challenging thing to do. However, I think one element that is super important to retain is keeping the artist, above all…

 

Listening to the artist, their ideas and their feedback is crucial, in my opinion for success.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

Word of mouth and social media.

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iHeart Radio

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Share your recording experience with us.

Producers on this track are the talented Alexander Bergil and Bobby Crane. Alex has worked with so many talented artists and producers including Fernando Garibay who produced some of my favorite Lady Gaga songs!

 

Bobby is one of my best friends who is amazingly talented.

 

Being able to work alongside these two creative producers was truly an honour.

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Explain the story behind the song.

Growing up, I went through some ordeals. People constantly put me down – told me I wasn’t good enough, made fun of how I looked and how I sang.

 

It took a lot for me to feel confident enough to start releasing my own music and showing people my work.

 

“Heavy Hitters” is about finally letting go about all that negativity and celebrating who you are as a person. No matter what your background is, how you dress, how you look – it’s okay to be exactly who you are. Flaunt it!

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

iHeart Radio Canada

 

CHLC – CHLC

 

Le 97.1 et 100.5,

 

La Haute-Côte-Nord enverra (Forestville)

 

CIBM 107,1 – Le Géant Musical

 

Spotify – New Music Friday

 

Spotify –  New Music Now

 

Spotify – Une Semaine, Une Playlist

 

Apple Music – Best of the Week

 

Apple Music – Made in Quebec

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

Mark Vesprini – Co-Writer

Bobby Crane – Producer

Alexander Bergil – Producer

Director: Michaël Croteau

Editor: Alex Richard

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Elaborate on the song and music video.

This song is about being who you are no matter what anyone tells you.

The video also reflects this seeing as we don’t care how we look, what we’re doing, what we say, we’re comfortable just being ourselves!

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

I’ve been in the professional music business since I was 19. I’ve played at a variety of different venues and have written music in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York City and Montreal.

My future goal is to perform at music festivals like Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Coachella.

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 Tell us what makes you unique from others.

For years I thought about quitting school to pursue music but I thought why not do both. I graduated this summer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications & Cultural Studies. I think school is very important but it’s looked at badly in this industry for some reason.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

Strength: Working and collaborating with others.

Weakness: Other instrument knowledge.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

House of the Rising Sun – The Animals

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes

Wicked Game – Chris Isaak

Dance in the Dark – Lady Gaga

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

I think both routes are great. Depending on what the artist is looking for and what the goals are. Anything is possible with both routes.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

Yoga, acting and soccer.

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List your various works.

More

 

Am I the Only One

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State the official date of release.

February 15th 2019.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Nōva – Nova is the Latin meaning of new. As a child I was put down a lot by my peers and was always very nervous to get up on stage.

 

When creating “Nōva” I wanted to break free from the box I had put myself in – I wanted to be a “new” version of myself.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Heavy Hitters – Be you who are no matter what, and glow in the dark.

 

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ARTIST NAME: Revolvers

 

SONG TITLE: True Love

 

RELEASE DATE: 20/02/19

 

GENRE: Indie Rock

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James Thurling, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for London based group Revolvers makes no secret of his passion for fusing modern guitar pop with classic rock from the 60’s and 70’s.  His band’s name is a clear reference to the iconic Beatles album “Revolver”.

 

“We all grew up listening to our parents’ music, Bowie, Stones, Zeppelin, The Beatles. My home as a young boy was full of vinyl records and music playing all the time.”  Thurling stated.

 

“But we also love guitar driven pop and rock from the late 90’s to today. Our music fuses these two generations of music together. You can hear elements of The Strokes, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys and Catfish melding together with some bluesy 70’s guitar riffs”.

 

Revolvers was formed in 2016 and began carving out a small but growing following playing gigs in and around London.

 

“It’s actually incredible when you look at the venues we often play.  These are places dripping with rock history.  Places where Hendrix, The Stones, U2 played all those years ago.  They are still very much part of the capital’s Live music circuit” said Rhys Kibble, Revolvers’ drummer. “It’s a real buzz to be stepping onto the same stage as these iconic names”.

 

The four piece band play an energetic and pulsating range of entirely original material.

 

With the emergence of other classic rock inspired groups such as America’s Greta Van Fleet and Australia’s Sticky Fingers, it’s quite clear that the decline of guitar driven music is nothing more than a rumour.

 

Revolvers released a debut EP comprising five songs in January 2018 to extremely positive reviews from leading music industry bloggers and media.

 

“To be honest, we recorded our debut EP “Your Indie Heroes Will Betray You” on a shoestring budget in the recording studios of the University of West London” said Thurling.  “We weren’t really expecting anything so it was really satisfying to get so much positive buzz from that first up effort”.

 

The “Indie Heroes” EP presents a more indie pop/rock sound than the band’s recent work which leans towards a heavier rock sound while still retaining the infectious melodies and lyrics of the debut.

 

Encouraged by the success “Indie Heroes”, Revolvers went back into the studio in June 2018 to record four new songs.

 

“We investigated several London studios but settled on Kore Studios working with producer George Apsion” said Kibble

 

“George has worked with many fantastic artists including White Lies and Sundara Karma so we were excited to develop our songs in the studio with his experienced ear”.

 

The result of the band’s work at Kore are four new songs to be released during 2019. Each song is quite different from the other but retain Revolvers laser like commentary on matters of youth culture, politics and art.

 

The heavier groove coupled with often soaring and anthemic choruses create an entirely original yet accessible sound.

 

“The first single, “True Love” is a bittersweet love song with an outro full of hope that we know will be a huge favourite with our fans.” Said Thurling.

 

Revolvers are definitely a band to look out for over the next year.

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Name the artists that have influenced you so far. 

Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Oasis, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Led Zeppelin,  Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Black Keys, The Stone Roses, The Rolling Stones + more.

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

The Beatles

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Discuss composition. 

James mainly writes the songs as demos then sends it to the rest of the band for thoughts and opinions.

 

Then it’s up to us to come together and work out the songs in our style.

 

Sometimes they change a lot, sometimes they barely change but it’s a system that’s worked out since day 1.

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Elaborate on this song. 

It’s about accepting change and moving on from stages in your life that later on you long for or look back at with sentiment.

 

It’s a song about life, not really about love – but true love to me means something different than your stereotypical version of ‘true love’.

 

It’s a personal song but hopefully anyone else can relate to it, I’m sure they will.

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

Instagram is the way to go. Give people more and they will indulge.

 

Audio/visual stuff really leaves people with good impressions and marketing and PR is so important these days on social media for bands.

 

We don’t want to give too much away but if you want good promotion, you need a good promo plan in place – run your band like a business!

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State the areas that need improvement in the music industry.  

Like any industry, the music industry runs on money and is so cut throat. It’s really brutal.

 

But what is there to improve?

 

Businesses need money and it stimulates economies around the world.

 

People aren’t interested in guitar music anymore, it’s suffering.

 

We don’t believe it’s dead but we believe it’s a state especially indie music in the UK. It can improve by signing talent over appeal. – Songs over streaming figures and creativity over social media numbers.

 

It’s not up to us; it’s up to those in the industry to improve it.

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

We take gigs very seriously and there’s no goofing about till after the performance.

 

We have tights sets with transitions from song to song all planned out.

Even what we say on stage is planned out. It’s so important to do well on stage cos anyone could be in the crowd and first impressions are lasting impressions.

 

We also have a fun time and like to tear it up on a couple of tunes we do.

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

Singles are good to gain attention for each individual song.

 

Albums are if you want to dive deeper into the artist’s music.

 

It really depends on what genre it is!

 

Pop usually has a culture of single after single whereas Rock is heavily album orientated.

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

Radiohead or Arcade Fire.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs. 

Life, culture, love, politics, social issues… We cover a lot of stuff. Moving on is a continuous theme of our music.

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Discuss your recording. 

We recorded True Love as well as the other three songs (to be released at different points this year) at Kore Studios in Acton, West London in June 2018.

 

George Apsion (Sundara Karma, White Lies) produced these tracks. We were in Kore for 4 days and did all the songs in this time-frame.

 

It was exciting and loads of fun. George was a great producer and really helped us out with the production of these songs. Some parts were changed more than others. We were in the studio from early till late every day working hard on the music to make sure we came out with a great result, and we did.

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

Mostly it’s neither, it’s hard work and a lot of stress. But we do it out of love for the music and our band.

We’ve gigged an awful lot and done almost every venue any unsigned band in London would want to play at, you name it we’ve been there.

Gigging is lots of fun but after a while it becomes routine and unpredictable.

Some gigs can be better than others due to lots of factors. At the moment it’s sort of exciting and stressful as we’re doing a lot of work every day in preparation for the release of the new music and it won’t stop for a while.

Hard work pays off and we just want to see the songs go their full potential as we have a lot of faith in our work and the music. No pain no gain!

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it. 

Revolvers – we’re named after the 1966 Beatles album ‘Revolver’. It’s homage to the greatest band of all time. We’re massive Beatles fans, especially James and Rhys.

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State the title of the song and the meaning. 

True Love – I don’t want to give too much away, it’s really about those moments in life you have with certain people that you just never forget.

 

Things you reminisce about when you’re older and long to go back to.

 

It’s also about moving on and accepting change, living life to the fullest.

 

It’s more about that than love or finding romance but True Love can be interpreted as loving yourself first and accepting yourself for who you are.

 

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ARTIST NAME: Rebel Heart

 

SONG TITLE: Self-Made Man

 

ALBUM TITLE:  Yuk Fu

 

RELEASE DATE:  September 2018

 

GENRE: Rock

 

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Rebel Heart is a rock band hailing from the Independent Republic of Vancouver Island (Courtenay, BC) whose sound is an unapologetic jump in the air for fans of classic Rock Music.

 

Staking out a wide territory in the classic rock genre, with a sensibility that only time could bring to their music; the songs are a blend of the social commentary of Steve Earl combined with the wry humor of Warren Zevon.

 

“Self-Made Man” is a hard-hitting protest song borne out of the “99” movement.

 

Their mighty, crunchy guitar riffs together with their pummeling rhythmic textures and dynamic edgy vocals are laced with old school elements while still maintaining the focus of a modern band.

 

With a rhythm section throwing down tight grooves and guitar big enough to put a hole in your chest, it’s hard to believe the band is only four guys…. who never gave up their dream.

 

Charlie, Jimmy, Josh and Jon all set aside music careers to raise families…… but they never forgot the dream or their passion.   And…. now that the kids are grown, it’s time – they’re back…

In early 2017, Rebel Heart caught the attention of legendary recording engineer/producer Paul Laine (Poison; Scorpions; Defiant; Danger Danger).

Laine became a fan and was even more impressed by the demos of new material the guys were working on. Upon hearing these songs, he immediately offered to produce their album.

 

The band entered the studio with Laine in the fall of 2017, and Yuk Fu was released in September 2018.   The response to the album has exceeded the band’s wildest expectations.  The album has received national and international attention with radio stations in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

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Passion for music, have been playing since I was a young boy and love sharing that passion with the world.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

[Charlie]

Almost always about something that is going on in the world or in my world.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

[Charlie]

I own a pub, I am a very happy husband, have the greatest wife on earth, 3 beautiful children and 5 grandchildren.

 

I am an active mountain biker; I also play in a cover band with my wife who plays keys for local charity and fundraising events and local jams.

 

I am also a car buff; own a few very classic cars.  I love craft beer…

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Discuss your music career.

[Charlie]

In my 20’s I was playing and touring but the usual story, I got married, had a child and had to make money to support them so dropped out of that band.

 

I kept my finger on the guitar and played in a garage band that did some local pubs and restaurants, churches until the kids where gone.

 

Now I had an opportunity to tackle my passion for music…worked with my music partner Grateful Jon (the bass player) on the current project. 1st CD out, working on the 2nd and loving the ride.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

[Charlie]

One of the songs we wrote is called Rebel Heart, we were struggling with coming up for a name, one day in the studio working on the CD Yuk Fu, our producer suggested that song name would be an appropriate band name and it was.

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List your five favourite music videos.

Dire Straits – Money For Nothing

 

Eagles – Hotel California

 

John Mellencamp – Small Town

 

Tom Petty – Free Fallin’

 

Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

Life – all the people I meet, and because of what I do I meet people from all walks of life.

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Tell us your experience on dealing with fans.

I am always humbled by them and very grateful that they appreciate what we do.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

We felt it was a powerful song as it came out of the we are 99 movement, but it could easily be a political song about Donald Trump – Just saying…lol.

Meaning you can have a billion dollars and want to build a big ass tower – but don’t forget you need the rest of us (the 99% of the world) to make it happen.

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Tell us your future projects.

We are working on a video for 2 songs, the first on our CD about the current weed industry and the 2nd our newest single I Ain’t Dead Yet!

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

My Love Judi Janz (my wife)

Grateful Jon (my music partner and bass player)

Paul Laine (my longtime friend)

Chris Aiken (my brother)

 

My band mates:

Jimmy Dupris – who is also Neil Young’s cousin….

Josh Fulford

Henry Grierson

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

I don’t use any electronic voice enhancements or modifications, all real; what you hear on the CD is what you will hear live.

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

It takes time and money to release songs, so we have to juggle both to get out any additional songs.  Because both I and Grateful Jon write and we have a lot of songs in our books (quantity) but we also want to put our best foot forward too so we works with Paul and Chris on the quality of each song, but time and money dictate that process.

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

I have always had a music career, I believe the question you are asking is do I make a living off my music career, the answer is not so far but it would be nice to break even….and that won’t stop me from playing  and keeping my music career going.

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

I find it hard sometimes, some music is very obvious.    Like Jazz, Blues, but Rock has a few extra layers to it, so I find it depends more on personal test of what kind of Rock you like.    Zeppelin vs. CCR or Lenard Skinner.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

Rap – I find it is so anti-society; they generally hate what is around them.

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List your favourite movies with reasons.

Forrest Gump – several of life’s good and bad experience caught in one person’s story.

 

The Princess Bride – a great story told of love conquers all, while allowing you to laugh.

 

Terminator – warning us of how to avoid chaos.

 

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – the heartwarming human response of wanting to save (help) while government wants to control.

 

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ARTIST NAME: Jon Harris

 

SONG TITLE: Big

 

RELEASE DATE: December 14, 2018

 

GENRE: Hip-Hop/Rap

 

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

To be honest I chose to make music because it was possible. In 7th grade I never took an instrument so I was in a general music class where I was introduced to FL Studios. I was playing with the program and made some simple beat then I realized with this program I was making music, like the professionals and it was at that point I realized being a music star was actually possible. That’s really what got me started.

 

I knew I needed a lot of work but I also knew I had a lot of time to get better so much like everything I try; I put everything I had into it. Now I make music because I feel there is a need for information that I have that people need to hear and sometimes the only way to get people’s ears is through music.

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

This is my first official record and as for the record it’s been getting mixed reviews. Some people love it others have many critiques. The critics attack every point of the record from the production, to the mixing, to the lyrics; however supporters of the song argue the opposite on the same aspects.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

Social networking is always important because people can always use their background and following to help one another.

 

In nature this is a mutualistic relationship where both parties benefit from their interaction.

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Tell us how you record your song.

Being that “Big” is my first official release; I put a lot of thought in the record. I wanted this song to be an introduction to myself and my music, hence why I started the song literally introducing myself.

 

I wanted people to understand my way of thinking so they know what to expect from me in the future. For everyone who doesn’t know, the song will tell you, I generally think big. I have a tendency to over prepare, over plan, and over think to ensure everything goes correctly or as well as possible.

 

I wanted people to understand that I’m no typical rapper although at first glance I may come off like one. My music decisions will be different, my motives can be different, and my overall personality is way different from the mainstream rap artist today.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

It took very long to make from the concept to the final mix. I wanted a song that could do a lot of things in one being that it was the first song. For starters; my following will know I struggle making commercial songs so it usually takes me longer to make.

 

I needed something up beat and catchy but at the same time send a clear message as all my songs do. The best thing was to give the listener a bit about the way I am and encourage them to do things as big as possible like me. “The only way to do it is to do it big, so what’s up?”

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State your musical skills.

I can write (I write other genres, not just rap), I produce hip hop and other genres, and I engineer tracks.

 

Ironically I can produce and use a lot of actual instrument sounds but I can’t play any instruments.

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

It really depends, for me I struggle making upbeat songs so those can take very long. Big was the longest taking about 2 years although they usually take a year from start to finish.

 

Most of my other songs with deeper messages come easier to me so it takes a couple of months from start to finish. But Big took long, “Chillin” took about a year, I have another song from my upcoming album I’m waiting on clearance which took about a year and a half.

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

My lyrics and style came primarily from Eminem. Since I was very young I would listen to him and I loved his style of being different. He rapped / raps like no other rapper from his choice of words to rhyme to the ideas he brings, it’s just different.

 

I worked on training my mind to think outside the box when writing much like he does. I’m a rapper from New York but don’t have much of a New York style and it’s because I idolize Eminem so I have more of a continuous rhythmic flow to my delivery. I also tend to rhyme multiple syllables as much as possible.

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Discuss music in full details.

Music:

Music to me would be expression, a way to get people to understand what you’re trying to convey. People who feel they can’t communicate through conventional conversation have a voice with their creativity.

 

My Music:

My music has evolved through the years. I feel before I use to just wing it more and now I put a lot of thought into my music. To me I feel I write a mixture of things people need to hear and want to hear. I try to be a relatable as possible.

 

People go through so much in their life and don’t tell anyone, they keep those skeletons in their closet. The problem is these issues build and they feel like they can’t speak to others about it out of fear of embarrassment or the listener won’t understand.

 

So I make music for those people without naming names or getting too specific to hide identities so others can benefit from the story. So people who are going through the same stuff don’t feel alone in this world and it eases their nerves and makes them feel more comfortable about talking about it. Even if the struggle or situation isn’t something I am personally going through I present it as if I was; so you don’t worry about whom it is. If in your eyes it is me, than let it stay me, talk to me if you need to vent, if I will help. Doing this has helped so many people who write to me stating their experiences.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

It’s funny that I’m a rapper but I actually wouldn’t say rap is my favorite genre. I actually wouldn’t say I focus on genre rather I focus on artist and content. With that being said the genres I listen to the most in order would be House, EDM, Hip Hop, Rap, Pop, Ballads, R&B and Soul.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

Before recording I generally try to keep my throat clear so I don’t eat greasy foods and I drink a lot of water. I’m no singer so I generally don’t do vocal warm-ups but I do get myself mentally prepared and trying to get myself into character for the mood I’m trying to convey.

For shows I just try to calm my nerves and relax as much as possible, but performing is my favorite part of doing music so I always assume it will go well.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

I don’t play any instruments but from my basic knowledge of the instruments I would say my favorite is the piano / keyboard. They are such versatile instruments and the only instrument you can use both hands to hit different notes at the same time.

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

I feel I am a good performer. I generally go out to the audience that don’t know me and gradually get their appreciation for what I do. When I say put your hands up every hand goes up, at the end when I say make noise they get as loud as they can and sometimes they give me more energy than the headliner.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

Without sounding like a complete psycho I can come off different depending on when you see me. Most of the time I am laid back and quiet. I generally have a calm “chill” demeanor but I can be out going at times not to confuse the people who know me for being a loud mouth. When it comes to things that are important to me like my music I actually can be very shy and held back when trying to market my music in person.

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Discuss your music career.

I’ve been working on my music since I was in high school. I made my first mixtape in 9th grade and had a few more after that. My first official mixtape was Destiny’s Calling which was released 2012 after I graduated from Pace University and my second official mixtape was Destiny’s Calling 2 which was released in 2015. I am now starting to release music as an independent artist.

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List your musical work.

Destiny’s Calling (2012) – Mixtape

Destiny’s Calling 2 (2015) – Mixtape

Big (2018) – Single

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

I can’t really think of a specific point in time but really the best experience that I can think of is performing. It’s truly the best feeling when I’m on stage and the audience is reacting positively to my music in real time.

 

To see that I am connecting with the people and when I tell them to get loud at the end and to hear them scream their lungs out to give the last bit of energy they have for me because I know they could stay quiet just because they don’t like me, means the world to me.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Jon Harris is a Hip Hop recording artist from New York. He grew up in an upper Westchester and started making music with no musical background or formal training.

 

Jon spent his high school career, college career and the years to follow learning all aspects of the music industry until he felt he was ready. On December 14 he released his first official song titled “Big” from Living Life Our Way Entertainment.

 

“Big” is the first song released from his upcoming debut album, “Who Is Jon Harris” set to release in 2019. The song was made completely by Harris himself. He stated in total the song took over 2 years to make from building the concept to completing the final mix. “I went through a bunch of different options for the song. I knew whatever I decided the song had to cover a few parts being the first release and that’s what took so long.”

 

Jon wrote the lyrics, produced the beat, recorded the track and engineered the song himself. The record has a series of horns and heavy bass with creates an energetic sound.

 

The lyrics of the record serve to introduce himself to the audience. Jon delivers a few themes he felt was important for the listener to know. The main theme is repeated in the chorus to think “Big” and to make the most out of everything that you do. He begins this introduction song literally introducing himself along with his “what’s up” greeting.

 

The opening verse is used to clarify he is not the typical rapper or hip hop star and should not be mistaken as one. Jon is always known for being different and is making a point to relay this message.

 

The second verse focuses more on his train of thought verses – the average person who wishes for their dreams to miraculously come true as opposed to him trying his hardest to reach his goals even if failure seems more likely.

 

As an artist Jon has always strived to open the listeners mind to a different way of thinking. This was shown in both his previous mixtapes, Destiny’s Calling and Destiny’s Calling 2. He said with the album “Who Is Jon Harris” he intends to push the envelope even further and “Big” is a great start as it sets the line for being a wisher and being a doer. In the words of Jon Harris, “the only way to do it is to do it big.”

 

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I think big, dream big, and I plan big

To make sure everything that I do is big

I try to get the most out of this life that I live

And the only way to do it is to do it big, so what’s up

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

So my actual name is Jonathan Harris. My current stage name is “Jon Harris” but it wasn’t always. I started out with “J-Holla” for a large majority of my mixtape years and the cover of Destiny’s Calling even still says “Jholla”.

 

I decided to change it because “jholla” to me was used by too many people and it sounded immature to me. I wanted something that could be taken more seriously and the best nick name was something I’ve been called my whole life so I stuck with “Jon Harris”. Also if you look on my Twitter its officialjholla because I never felt like changing it.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The single’s called “Big”. The idea of it is to think big as possible. I wanted the word “Big” to be more of a mantra to people rather than a phrase to be the name and theme of the song. So when people do anything in life and are questioning how it should be executed they don’t even second guess and remember to do everything big.

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

The song itself is a single but will be featured in some aspect on my debut album “Who Is Jon Harris”. The album will be an introduction to who I am so that’s where I got the name from. The title is the question, the album is the answer, although the album will give you a lot more than simply who I am…and I leave it at that.

 

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ARTIST NAME: Todd Michael Smith

 

SONG TITLE: Silence

 

RELEASE DATE: 10/1/2018

 

GENRE: Blues-Rock

 

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Todd Michael Smith is a visually-impaired singer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer who creates blues-infused classic rock ‘n’ roll.

 

He has played guitar, bass, and keys for various Boston area bands, including Starr Faithfull, Rolling Nectar, and The Peacheaters, and has degrees from the University of Miami and the Berklee College of Music.

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Discuss your music career.

It’s been a long and winding road, as they say. While I taught myself to play guitar playing along with blues-rock greats like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, I also loved music from virtually all genres and was especially intrigued – at a very young age – with the guitar work on Al Stewart’s albums and have always had a soft spot for English folk-rock like Al and Fairport Convention. This led to a rather meandering career playing and writing all sorts of music from alternative rock in the late 80s, to Jeff Buckley-ish prog rock in the 90s, to sensitive songwriter stuffs in the early 2000s, with a diversion into Irish and World music along the way.

 

After graduating from Berklee, I was the musical director for a 10-piece rock ‘n soul review, then the guitarist and musical director for folk-rock artist Grace Morrison, and later joined acclaimed Boston hard rock outfit Starr Faithfull on guitar and keys. That led to meeting the fellas in the Allmans Tribute, The Peacheaters, and doing some sub work on guitar for them.

 

Next came singing in a Led Zeppelin tribute for a few years before switching to bass when I realized I couldn’t sing like Robert Plant anymore. That switch to bass led to being drafted into Rolling Nectar, an original, classic rock style outfit. I was with Rolling Nectar for about 3 years, and that finally led me back to writing the kind of music I should have been writing all along – straight-forward, bluesy, hooky rock ‘n roll.

 

I’m also playing guitar and doing some singing in a classic rhythm and blues/soul band I put together, playing black music from the 60s and 70s.

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

A guy walked up to me not long ago after I sat in with a local blues / funk group and said, “I can tell you always put 110% into it every time you play.” That’s it. I always go for broke every time. Sometimes you miss, but when you hit, there’s nothing like it.

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

I’ve always known I have something that most people don’t have and that I probably had a decent chance of “making it” if I stuck to it. The problem was that I didn’t make very shrewd decisions along the way. As I’ve gotten older and wiser, and my skills continue to improve, it just drives me even more to try to make up for lost time and my confidence continues to grow.

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Discuss your experience as an artist.

It’s a mixed bag. I feel like artists are mostly harshly criticized and demeaned in the U.S. unless you’ve reached a certain amount of success.

 

You’re stupid to try to make a career in music – unless you’ve made a career in music. I’ve been to Ireland a few times, and it’s night and day. The minute someone finds out you’re a musician, their eyes light up, they buy you a Guinness, and you’re their best friend.

 

I didn’t have any mentors to guide me when I was younger, and my family was not thrilled about my musical endeavors, so it was tough early on. My uncle gave me his guitars when he went into the military, and that’s what got me started. But he wasn’t around much with all the travel involved.

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

When I wrote music in my 20s and 30s, I was always striving to write something “original.” I succeeded at that. But I also succeeded at writing pretty mediocre songs. I should have realized my strengths and exploited them, instead of trying to be Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, Joni Mitchell, and Nick Drake rolled into one.

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Discuss the story behind the song.

“Silence” is based on one of a handful of riffs I offered to Rolling Nectar while I was part of that band, and, thankfully, they passed on all of them. I’ve developed those riffs into what I think are pretty great songs, certainly the strongest I’ve written.

 

I wanted to develop it into a big, bluesy number, and the lyrics came pretty fast as soon as I fell on the word “silence” for the chorus. Robin Trower’s singer in the 70’s – James Dewar – has been a big influence on the singing style I’ve developed in recent years, so you can certainly hear that influence.

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Tell us how to fund a music project.

I’m not a fan of the fundraiser culture that has arisen. I’m not gonna go beg my friends and family to fund my musical endeavors – that’s a cop out and admittance of failure. The people who are good enough and write great songs make it regardless of their financial situation.

 

I pay my own way by working and gigging. And if my songs aren’t good enough to pay their own way, then they’re just not good enough. Period.

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

No one really ever did – but I came up with my own – exploit your strengths. Find out what you do really well, and do that. Be authentic, but be a pragmatist. Do you want to remain playing in a room somewhere, or do you want to be on a big stage somewhere? Write a good song.

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

Songwriting is a never-ending learning experience. I can only hope that I get better at it.

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Discuss vocal training and how you protect your vocal.

I’ve learned to manipulate what is a fairly powerful set of vocal cords. But I’m still learning at that as well. I’m a bad example. I love drinking beer when I play and sing. I do avoid smoking, though.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

“Silence” consistently has a Pop Score in the mid-80s to high-90s on Jango Radio. It was also #1 Local, #1 Regional, and made the Top 10 National and #11 Global on ReverbNation.

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Discuss your best mood during performance.

Elation – if you’re lucky enough to hit that auto-pilot zone. That’s always the hope.

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List your best artists with reasons.        

Pete Townshend / The Who – greatest rock songwriter ever, one of the greatest and most influential guitarists. A brilliant man. The Who are unequivocally inimitable, and that’s what makes them the greatest rock band ever. No one will ever come close. You can imitate Zeppelin, the Stones, and the Beatles – not the Who. Unless you just happen to have Moon, Entwistle, and Daltrey clones living in your neighborhood – and you don’t.

 

Joni Mitchell – A brilliant woman. One of the most talented musicians and gifted songwriters of the 20th century.

 

Fairport Convention – Great band in the Sandy Denny / Richard Thompson era – that’s magical stuff I can listen to over and over again.

 

Led Zeppelin – Jimmy Page is a huge influence, of course, on songwriting, production, and guitar. What can you say? It’s Zeppelin!

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Discuss your existence as an artist.

I’m an actor as well. These are the things I was made to do. I do them well, and although I work hard at my art, a lot of it does come naturally and easily to me. I have the particular intuition for it.

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

Global Warming – The Green New Deal.

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Discuss your songwriting and recording.

I generally come up with a riff or chord changes first, and then melodies and lyrics tend to spring into place as I jam on it or it runs through my head throughout the day.

 

I’m not very good at sitting down to write a song. I record most tracks in a little room at home, and go to the amazing pro studio just down the road for heavy lifting.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Todd Michael Smith – that’s my name! Todd Smith is kind of boring and is also the name of a few other recording artists – like LL Cool J!

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Silence – the pre-chorus and chorus sums it up:

 

It’s not the words you’re saying

 

It’s not the way you’re mean

 

It’s the silence that cuts me to the bone.

 

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ARTIST NAME:  Samurai Champs

 

SONG TITLE:  Bae

 

ALBUM TITLE: Cabernet Sauvignon

 

RELEASE DATE: 2019

 

GENRE: R&B / Soul

 

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Hailing from two Canadian cities – “The Bridge City”, Saskatoon, and “The Queen City”, Regina, Samurai Champs is a recording and performing future-hip-hop / R&B duo.

 

Samurai Champs comprised of new-wave rapper Jeah and dark-R&B/soul singer Merv Xx Gotti, the duo draw influence from their Southeast Asian heritage while taking pride in their urban-Canadian identity.

 

Blending Jeah’s versatile rap delivery with Merv Xx Gotti’s emotional R&B vocals, the duo create a smooth, yet dark coalescence of contemporary hip-hop / R&B.

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

Jeah is a first-generation Cambodian-Canadian, whose real name is Savan Muth and was born in Thailand. While Merv Xx Gotti is Thai-Chinese-Canadian whose real name is Marvin Chan and was born in Canada.

 

Our relationship stemmed from meeting through high school and playing shows in separate genres. Already being there to support one another in our music journey individually – we decided to also draw our musical talents as a duo, therefore creating Samurai Champs.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

Merv Xx Gotti went directly to university after high school. Attaining his degree in software engineer and currently writing his master’s thesis.

 

Jeah finished high school and tried the academic life in post-secondary studies for a couple years realizing it was not for him, dropping out of college shortly after.

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

Samurai Champs was created from the duo being heavily influenced by anime.

 

Having watched the anime series Samurai Champloo multiple times; we felt the dynamic style and theme we share is relatable to the two heroes in the movie.

 

Within the past 12 months since their Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMAs) – Urban Artist of the Year nomination, Samurai Champs have risen as the prairies’ premier hip-hop / R&B artist.

 

The official video for their debut EP’s single and title track, “Crayons”, premiered on VICE Noisey, while Crayons (EP) itself premiered on Exclaim! The duo recently released their latest single, “Dripping”, blending the diverse sounds of Toronto’s OVO label with the soulful minimalism of L.A.’s Soulection movement.

 

“Dripping” was mixed by Jazz Cartier’s Juno Award-winning producer and engineer, Michael Lantz, and mastered by Drake’s Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer, Chris Athens. Upon its release, “Dripping” was placed on Spotify Canada’s Just Vibing playlist, and has since amassed over 23,000 streams. “Dripping” is now available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and all music platforms.

 

Samurai Champs has toured across Canada, and internationally, sharing the stage with hip-hop heavyweights such as T.I., Flatbush Zombies, and k-os.

 

They have performed at international festivals such as South by Southwest (SXSW) (Austin, TX), North by Northeast (NXNE) (Toronto, ON), Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, GE), and The Great Escape Festival (Brighton, UK).

 

Surrounding their European tours, the UK’s largest independent music blog, The Line of Best Fit, featured Samurai Champs in 20 Of The Most Exciting Bands On The Planet To See At The Great Escape.

 

Following this, award-winning UK music news site, Gigwise, featured Samurai Champs in 11 New Bands From The Great Escape That You Need In Your Life.

 

Most recently, Samurai Champs were also named in Gigwise’s 5 Top Acts To See at Tallinn Music Week.

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

BAE is an R&B / Soul single with hints of hip-hop.

 

We wanted to make something that was more laid back and feel good; something that is easy to listen to but still has a bounce to it.

 

We wanted a song that brings good vibes and a positive message.

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

Everything is DIY. Every show / festival / conference we are constantly reaching out to meet new people that we can build with.

 

From answering all the emails to scheduling all our own shows on tour. Punctuality is everything and your presence can do a lot.

 

So making sure we can pencil ourselves in to optimizing on our work output is crucial to staying afloat as an artist.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

We have our music released on all platforms, working with playlist curators to help with the push of our music with heavy support from Auteur Research based out of Ontario and Mystic Sons from the UK.

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Out Loud Culture

 

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Merv Xx Gotti – noisey

 

Jeah Noisey interview – noisey

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Explain the story behind the song.

The lyrics identify a special someone in our lives. Recognizing the importance and significant of their presence in our lives. It is about love but in a bigger picture.

 

The song speaks about more than just your bae or significant other. It’s about appreciating and recognizing the amazing people that are down for you. We really felt like we captured that in this single.

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

The song was recorded in blue doors studio and mixed with recording engineer Walt J Music. The beat was made by C’mar Productions and the song is mastered by Chris Athens from Austin TX who has also done mastering for multiple celebrities including Drakes Grammy nominated album Views.

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Elaborate on the song and music video.

BAE is one of the main singles released from our upcoming album Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

BAE represents all the feels you get when you are in the beginning stages of falling in love with someone. It’s the best and most memorable time of any relationship – wanting to be down for all the good and the bad. We wanted people to experience that in this record.

 

Plus our last single “Still Mine” was a sad one, so we wanted to give some positive vibes.

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

Samurai Champs has been in the music business for just a couple years now. So we’ve kinda got an idea of how it works.

 

It’s trial and error since everything we do is DIY. We hope we can generate enough noise to make a dent in the music industry so we can create a platform for the rest of Trifecta.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

Merv Xx Gotti punk background enveloped in Jeah’s hip-hop style creates quite the dynamic. Especially during live, you can feel the difference in energy and contrast.

 

From Merv Xx Gotti climbing to the top of the speakers or the second floor at our Liverpool show or to Jeah moshing with the crowd; it’s definitely not as subtle as we look when you see two south-east Asian kids that are both introverted in raising energy at a show like this.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

Where we are from for music being a minority does make it hard in the sense of really starting from the ground up and not having any urban platforms to already work with, but Saskmusic and creative Saskatchewan has been a huge help.

But where we are from, the province doesn’t have a very big platform for urban music. So we do struggle to reach out for inspiration and perspective.

 

But also being from Saskatchewan, it allows us to begin and build everything we have now for a strong urban music community. The groups are much closer here, because we are all we have. So everyone does their best to support one another. That’s why we have Trifecta.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

Weston Road Flows – Drake

 

Wet Dreams – J. Cole

 

Time – Snoh Aalegra

 

Fuck Love – XXXTENTACION featuring Trippie Redd

 

Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2) – A$AP Rocky

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

Right now everything is DIY and we will do it this way until we meet the right person or label that we feel will value our music the same way we do. Otherwise we feel like it’s a waste of time and energy when we can work through the necessary steps and do it ourselves.

As we get more noticed it does get more difficult for workload, just because you need so much time with yourself to be an artist. But the business side is just as important or even more so.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

Marvin is a software engineer who is writing his master’s thesis on how to bring the scene and audiences closer together.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Jeah is the name Savan’s family calls him when he was younger. He was very ill and his family would always say in Khmer for him to heal, which is Jeah. Until Jeah became the name everyone started calling him by.

Merv Xx Gotti was the name given by friends as Marvin always goes in the hardest and comes back with results regardless of what we are doing. Marvin use to be a part of the punk scene so its antics add a certain flare and flavour to the hip-hop side. That’s why giving him the name of Merv Xx Gotti felt right from the beginning.

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

Cabernet Sauvignon is the title of the album. The title represents a specific type of wine. It symbolizes a conversation piece. A drink that someone we use to hold dear to us loved and so the wine represents the pain and the growth – So the album Cabernet Sauvignon and all the songs in it.

 

It is the conversation and story we are sharing with the audience.

 

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