DBE – The Ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

DBE – The Ride

DBE – The Ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Name: DBE

 

Song Title: The Ride

 

Release Date: March 2, 2019

 

Genre: Pop Rock

 

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DBE (“Debbie”) is a singer, a songwriter, an engineer, a producer – an aspiring independent artist who advocates for female empowerment and mental health.

 

She’s a soft-grunge woman with a rock / soul voice who belts her songs about the cycle of loneliness, rebirth, and self-love to better herself and others around her.

 

Though she’s a pop / rock singer-songwriter influenced by alternative rock and hardcore R&B, DBE dedicated her entire childhood listening to classical music ranging from Rachmaninoff to Maria Callas.

 

Later on in middle school, she discovered rock and fell in love with 70s band such as Led Zeppelin, Queen, and The Eagles.

 

Due to her exposure of many different genres, she tries to incorporate musical characteristics unique to each style into her songs.

 

DBE was born in Hong Kong in 1998 and lived there for 18 years. After graduating high school she then went on to study in Chemistry at University of Rochester.

 

Two years later, she then decided to pursue Music Production & Engineering at Berklee College of Music. It wasn’t until she got to Berklee College of Music where she picked up song-writing.

 

Writing then became an outlet for her as a way to cope with her hardships with family, relationships, etc.

 

Some of her favorite artists include Lady Gaga, Janis Joplin, Demi Lovato, Alicia Keys, Bishop Briggs, Sia, Sabrina Claudio, and SZA.

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

Since I was classically trained in piano, trumpet, and singing, I have always known that performing would be a huge part of my life, but I never thought I was talented enough to pursue music professionally.

 

Also, growing up in an Asian environment, people around me would look down upon pursuing anything in the creative industry; therefore, I was self-conscious of admitting that this route is what I wanted.

 

It wasn’t until I got to college where I was studying Chemistry at the time when I realized that I was unhappy with what I was studying.

 

I have to owe it to the support of my friends and a cappella group at my college who really believed in me and pushed me to chase after what I wanted.

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

Most of my fans comment on my sound rather than the song-writing / producing aspect of this track mostly because I have always considered myself more as a singer / performer than anything else.

 

I have made the switch from contemporary RnB / Neo-soul to pop / rock / grunge in an instant.

 

I thought that I would lose a few fans, but, instead, most of them were very encouraging saying that they like the direction that I’m headed towards.

 

Since this is only the beginning of my career, I have only received a handful of constructive criticism about the lack of power in my voice compared to the intensity of my lyrics.

 

I have also gotten a lot of feedback saying that I need to work on melody variation.

 

Hopefully I will be able to produce something in the near future that reflects the feedback given to me.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

Having used Facebook and Instagram for a long time, I noticed that there is a high correlation between advertising on social media and streams; the more I promote my own music, the higher the streams, and vice versa.

 

In today’s digital consumer-driven market, I think it’s important for independent artists to make use of social media to promote their music.

 

To me, social media feeds my music, my art, to popular culture. It’s also a platform to connect with your fan base, and without fans, it’s extremely difficult to sell your music.

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Tell us how you record your song.

I usually record a demo version of a song first before I work on the full production of the track.

 

Most of my demos consist of two tracks: a MIDI track or an acoustic guitar track and a vocal track.

 

For The Ride in particular, I already had a vision of what it should roughly sound like in terms of vocal arrangement.

 

I recorded a vocal scratch then proceeded to overdub the electric guitar tracks so that I could match the energy of the track when recording the choral sections of the song.

 

After the song was fully produced, I then recorded the melody in sections and added the adlibs on top of it.

 

My recording process for The Ride is pretty much the same as how I would record all of my songs.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

Within the past year, I have developed many love-hate relationships where I have hurt people that I cared about and, in return, they have hurt me.

 

I didn’t want to put myself at my depths again, so I chose to leave those situations before they could escalate any further.

 

The Ride is written more so to remind myself to move on and that I am better person than what I chose to be in those unhealthy relationships.

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State your musical skills.

I have been playing the piano, trumpet, and singing since I was a child.

 

Although I loved music, I didn’t know anything about producing, song-writing, and engineering– I was merely just a performer.

 

I was only exposed to production and audio engineering in college which led me to begin writing my own songs.

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

It really depends on how strong my vision is for that song. I’m not just talking about song-writing, but also the production, arrangement, emotion – just the overall aura that I want to convey.

 

With school and work in the way of things, I’m guessing that it will take me about 2 and a half months to fully finish a song.

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

It’s a little different every time, but, most of the time, a short melody would pop up in my head either while I’m showering or right when I’m about sleep.

 

From then on, I start to develop lyrics which are typically full sentences that I wish I had the courage to say to the person whom I’m writing about.

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Discuss music in full details.

To me, music is an art form. Since I was a child, I’ve always been intrigued in the arts– visual arts, music, poetry, etc.

 

Our world is surrounded by art, tangible or intangible. Though people are inherently affected by music or art in general, people still take it for granted.

 

In my opinion, the defining line between noise and music is that music has to be organized by time.

 

As long as the composition keeps time and has the ability to make someone feel a certain way then I even consider soundscapes to fall under that category.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

Pop Rock – I have always been a big fan of rock music and pop rock is just popular music with rock roots. I identify myself with this particular genre mostly because it doesn’t confine itself to a particular emotion and because I believe that it allows me to express my dynamic range.

 

Classic Rock – Classic rock was the genre that allowed me to appreciate music in the way that I do today. It was music that my parents didn’t really appreciate, so, as a pre-teen, I started to listen to Led Zeppelin to spite them which led me to listen to more bands from the 70s.

 

Soul – I’ve always really liked the sound of huge gospel choirs and I even try to incorporate them into my own music. Most contemporary genres nowadays incorporate elements from soul, so I consider it to be one of the “parent” genre of all genres.

 

Old-school R&B – I find artists in this particular genre to have very strong lyrics mostly because R&B is a derivation of hip-hop. Their use of words is something that I truly admire.

 

Contemporary R&B/Neo-soul – Some of my favorite artists are contemporary R&B and neo-soul such as SZA, Sabrina Claudio, Solange, Hiatus Kaiyote, etc. There’s something about the fusion of jazz and electronic music that I particularly find so soothing.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

I like to arrive rehearsal warmed up, especially because most of the songs I sing are rock which is technically demanding.

 

Usually we would try to sight-read charts or play a song by ear once through first before splitting them up into sections.

 

Most of rehearsal time would be focused towards perfecting the rhythm section of the band.

 

Since the band that I’m in is a general business band, we try to get through as many songs as possible to expand our repertoire.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

I’m going to have to say acoustic guitar, electric guitar, oboe, and euphonium.

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

Before I really defined my sound, I was more of a singer rather than a performer.

 

I idolized Christina Aguilera at that point, so I tried to emulate her performance style.

 

Now that I have defined my genre, I envision myself on stage as a modern-day Freddie Mercury, who puts on more of a show than I did in the past.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

I’m not the type of person to give up on anything no matter how unachievable the goal is.

 

Some people call it stubborn, but I call it driven. I’ve been told that I can come off as a little intimidating at first, but that’s mostly because I’m a shy and reserved person. Of course, if the time calls for me to be a little more extroverted, then I wouldn’t hesitate to do so.

 

Although I keep most things to myself, I put a lot of trust in my family and friends. One thing I pride myself in is that I’m a very forgiving person. I think that people deserve forgiveness every now and then.

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Discuss your music career.

Most of my career consists of performing and gigging for charitable organizations in front of audiences as large as 500+ people to as small as 3 people.

 

Before college, I would perform in concerts as a soloist. Later on in college, I joined an a cappella group called “Vocal Point” and we would gig around the local community.

 

We also toured around the East coast where we visited choirs in public schools. Currently, I perform with a band for weddings and other general business-related gigs.

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List your musical work.

Composed, wrote, arranged, recorded, mixed, and mastered an EP called “Jazzy Tunes for Acoustic Afternoons.”

 

Wrote, arranged, co-produced, and co-mixed a single called “The Ride.”

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

I have many memorable experiences, but I think the one that I will never forget must be the time when my sisters came to me when I was at my lowest in my senior year of high school. Like any high schooler, I was stressed about college acceptances and found myself on my bathroom floor, bawling.

 

That was when they assured me that I should pursue music, something that I love. Of course, I didn’t listen at the time because I was blinded by norms about academia, but, surely, I reflect back to those moments when I doubt myself about my career path.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

There was a blog post about The Ride where they described it as an “auditory roller-coaster” with a “deep, dark bluesy” sound. In my opinion, that is a pretty accurate description of my sound and of what I tried to achieve with this song.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is “DBE”, which is Deb rearranged, but is pronounced as Debbie. Throughout my entire life I have introduced myself as Deborah, but everyone has always referred to me as Deb or Debbie. Therefore, I thought about somehow combining both names together into a single name.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

There isn’t much meaning behind the title of the track, except that my song, “The Ride,” is just another way of saying “the experience.”

 

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