Tilsen - Hurts

Tilsen – Hurts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tilsen - Hurts

Tilsen – Hurts

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME:  Tilsen

 

SONG TITLE:  Hurts

 

RELEASE DATE: March 15 2019

 

GENRE: Pop

 

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Born and raised in Toronto, Tilsen is bursting on to the pop scene with her debut single, the infectious jam “Hurts.”

 

Tilsen was singing before she could speak. As the daughter of an opera singer, she formed a deep affinity with the human voice.

 

Tilsen’s songs explore real love; the highs and lows, the ecstasy and the pain.

 

Her vocals are intimate, like she was singing her lyrics from between the sheets, into her lover’s ear.

 

With irresistibly catchy production and melodies, vulnerable vocals and bold conversational lyrics, Tilsen tells a love story that is relatable to anyone who has been in love and wants to love better.

 

“I spend a lot of time reflecting on my life and my relationships.” she laughs, “I sort of document my thoughts and feelings in my lyrics.”

 

Her music is powerful, optimistic and strikingly honest. Tilsen’s imagery is grand; from ballrooms to vast landscapes, there is a regal, vintage aesthetic and Tilsen is a dignified kind of sexy, whether wearing a Victorian gown or lace lingerie

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

My name is Tilsen. I was born in Toronto, Canada. My mum’s an opera singer so when I was little we used to sing to each other instead of talking. It was like breathing to me, made me so happy.

 

My grandfather was a lumberjack 100 years ago so my family inherited a large plot of land in Northern Ontario with an old wooden cabin on it.

 

So as a kid I got to spend a lot of time on my own in the forest and swimming in lakes. I thought fairies existed and I was convinced animals could understand my thoughts. Thank God I never ran into a bear. I felt most at home up there and honestly, that is still where I am happiest, and most creative. I love going up there to write songs whenever I can.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

I had a diverse early musical education. I was in choirs from the age of 8 and studied guitar at age 11. I went to an arts high school, studied musical theatre, vocal jazz, and opera.

 

I began to write my own songs in high school and dived into the arena as soon as I graduated, choosing to opt out of a university degree to sign an indie label deal which I stayed in for a few years.

 

My education came from making music with other professional musicians. I developed my music behind the scenes for many years, viewing that time almost as an unpaid apprenticeship.

 

I have always been fascinated by human psychology and the subject of love, so my sole university experience was an intro to psych course I took at the University of Toronto for fun.

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

‘Hurts’ is my debut single, so really it is my first step into my career in music.

 

I have been blown away by the reaction the song has been getting thus far.

 

Since high school when I began creative writing, I found writing my way of working through problems in my mind. Like therapy, it helped me to better understand myself and my relationships.

 

I didn’t want to release music until I felt the quality of my work aligned with my taste. That meant years working behind the scenes, developing my skills as a songwriter and performer as well as acquiring knowledge on the music business.

 

I am proud to say I released my first song independently and I am excited to share more of my music with the world.

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

I write pop music. My song ‘Hurts’ is about the pain of love. When you love somebody they have a lot of power over your emotions; to make you super happy but also super sad. It’s when you feel indifferent that you should worry, your feelings for this person may be gone.

 

Love isn’t about being perfect or always getting along, it’s accepting another person and caring about them, through all the ups and downs, flaws and all.

 

Toronto based directors Tim Myles and Clara Milo, whose visions are inspired by old glamour with a modern flare, approached the music video for ‘Hurts’ with an intense excitement to share my universe with all audiences.

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

I think the most important thing is that the label and artist are honest with each other. It’s important to actually know where you stand with your label and that when they tell you that things are good, they truly mean it. That means, telling you openly when things aren’t going as well.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

I really loved the song ‘Hurts’ after I wrote it so I talked to my friend, director Tim Myles and we planned a music video for it. The team at Ardamilo really brought my vision to life in the video.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Sora Music

 

Substream Magazine

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Explain the story behind the song.

In the session where I wrote “Hurts,” Emery Taylor (RMDY) and I were discussing how arguments only really hurt us when we care for the person we’re fighting with.

 

And by the same token, when that person says or does nice things, they can completely lift our mood. After that moment, “Hurts” felt like it wrote itself, it was so effortless.

 

The song is produced by RMDY, mixed by Davey Badiuk (Whethan, Liam Gallagher, Dragonette) and mastered by Chris Gehringer (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, CHVRCHES).

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

Producer: RMDY

 

Video Directors: Tim Myles and Clara Milo

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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 music industry since I signed an indie record label deal at the age of 16. At the time I was pretty new to songwriting and was still trying to figure out my sound.

 

Having a label involved in the process of development was hard for me because I wasn’t yet sure of what I wanted and needed space to discover that and grow.

 

After I parted ways with the label a few years later I explored writing different genres and developed my craft until I was happy with it.

 

My goal now is to continue to release music I am proud of and to play the songs in my live shows!

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

I’m only as unique as any other person on this planet. My lyrics are the things that I think and my hope is that they send out a signal to people that have gone through the same things or thought the same thoughts that they are not the only ones.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

I’m very passionate and determined in my pursuit of music as a career. I just won’t give up, for better or worse.

 

I really love writing, so I can spend countless hours finding the right words or melodies and it feels like play to me rather than work.

 

However, I am very affected by the ups and downs that come with being so attached to such an unstable career path.

 

I need to take time to figure out ways to turn my brain off so I can sleep better at night. Reading before bed helps me quite a bit.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

Imagine – John Lennon

 

Hurt – Johnny Cash

 

Dancing in the dark – Bruce Springsteen

 

Running up that hill – Kate Bush

 

Both sides now – Joni Mitchell

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

It seems to me that it’s easier now to release music independently than in the past.

 

It can be really expensive to release music.

 

Having a team of people working on a project can really help…so labels can still be really helpful!

 

It really depends on the artist and their circumstances.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

I enjoy acting and dancing! I find acting makes me feel more connected to my emotions and dance connects me with my body.

 

I like fashion and make my own choker necklaces, like the one I made for the ‘Hurts’ music video that I wear in it.

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List your various works.

My “Hurts” is my debut single!

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State the official date of release.

March 15 2019.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Tilsen! It is an anagram for Listen. I made it up and it felt right so I stuck with it.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

‘Hurts’ is about the pain of love!

 

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Pilarush – You Amazing

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ARTIST NAME: Pilarush

 

SONG TITLE: You Amazing

 

ALBUM TITLE: Feelings

 

RELEASE DATE: 2018

 

GENRE: Pop Dance / Alternative

 

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Pilarush is a singer, songwriter, and video producer. Grew up in New York City and has Spanish roots.

 

“Pilarush” is a nickname the songwriter uses in music and it’s her nickname as well. Her real name is Pilar.

 

By 2015 the also music video producer, achieved her goal to get an associate degree in Liberal Arts from the Borough of Manhattan Community College and a BBA from the Metropolitan College of New York.

 

Her new and fresh album “Feelings” was recorded in South America, in Europe and in New York City with the participation of talented and outstanding voices along with great actors.

 

All songs are written by Pilarush – However, very open when other artists want to suggest new lyrics to the project.

 

Currently the songwriter is looking to write songs for other artists and to feature her work in movies, soap operas and more.

 

Love collaborations in the genre of Pop, Rock, House, Techno, Hip Hop and dance mainly. However, the songwriter can always challenge her limits.

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

Because I’ve been very passionate about it – Mostly because I found music as the best channel for me to release my emotions, my or somebody else’s life experience as well.

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

They really like my work. I got new fans and they just enjoy it. I feel blessed and honored.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

I have met interesting people on Instagram! I’ve met new fans, Hollywood journalists, video producers, etc.

 

Social networking is so crucial and important in this industry because for instance if you ever need to shoot in a specific city and you are not there, you post a picture that can relate with what you want, hashtag “Filmmaker” and then boom, you find your Filmmaker match. It has worked for me very well actually.

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Tell us how you record your song.

In a professional studio recording and when vocal collaborations are involved, we record separately.

 

In the case of “You Amazing”, we were three voices. Me (Madrid – at the moment), Matthew Billman (NYC) and Zeta Drastika (Bilbao-Spain).

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Tell us the story behind the song.

Years ago I met someone truly amazing to me. He was so charming as well, and I got so impressed by that that I wrote the song the following morning.

 

Although we went out for some time but I never told him about the song.

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State your musical skills.

Vocals – alto

Sound arrangements

 

I am capable of writing and singing in foreign languages such as Spanish and Italian. I am studying Russian to achieve the same capabilities.

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

When writing lyrics maybe couple hours or a day – However the whole audio process with master included, I would say around 2 or 3 weeks.

 

Then, the video production can take few weeks, depending on the number of scenes, people involved and whether or not I have to rearrange the storyboard.

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

When writing lyrics, I have to feel inspired, very inspired!

 

Regarding the melody, I just come up with a very base sound that I just sing it to myself. Then, when in the studio, the new added sounds and voices take the song to a whole new level.

 

I enjoy the process.

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Discuss your music process and recording in full details.

I’m very detail oriented when making music. The process of writing the lyrics of a song, sometimes it comes at the less expected moments.

 

Then, I usually hire a guitar player to get the notes and then I see what vocals I want or need, I talk to my sound engineering team and then we try options and the one I feel more connected with, it’s the one I select and continue the rest.

 

After that, I write the storyboard for the videos to finally come alive.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

Pop- Rock – I like to listen to the lyrics.

 

Pop-Dance– I enjoy those fresh sounds that have added so much value to the song harmonically.

 

Alternative Rock– I enjoy the sounds of the percussion, the tempo and lyrics.

 

Country – it’s definitely 100% due to the lyrics and melody.

 

Instrumental – I totally admire Yanni and it’s because I like to watch him how he blends one instrument with the other(s). Also it’s very relaxing for me. I like to relax a lot.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

I have a voice coach and we work together.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

Definitely the piano, violin and guitar.

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

It’s great! When I do covers or Spanish covers I see people enjoying the performance!

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Discuss your personality in full details.

I’m usually shy. However, I like to raise my voice when I see something that is not fair.

 

I’m an animal lover / activist.

 

I never give up on my dreams or goals. I’m focused, positive and very confident (although I’m shy but still very strong at the same time) my saying is: “if you start something, finish it”

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Discuss your music career.

It’s being great! I took vocal classes, screenwriting classes and related subjects in college. It did help me tremendously for my music career in all aspects.

 

At the beginning the hardest part for me was going to the studio and working with people who didn’t understand how I would envision a song.

 

For me it was a wasting of time and frustrating. Until finally and fortunately found the right match for what I would be looking for.

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List your musical work.

You Amazing ft. Zeta Drastika and Matthew Billman – 2019

 

Candles Off remix ft. Marina Agapito (Spanish soprano) (Alternative Pop) – 2018

 

Candles Off (Pop) – 2018

 

Amiga or Enemiga (Reggaeton work with a Mexican singer, it never got published) – 2013

 

Goronto (Pop) – 2012

 

Yes! There is a gap between 2013 and 2018 and it’s because I was in school, also taking care of my sister and doing volunteer work for an animal shelter.

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

When performing in couple events for the animal shelter in Trujillo- Peru.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My name is Pilar and my artist name is Pilarush. I’ve got Pilarush due to my Russian friend who would always call me Pilarush instead of Pilar. And I loved it!

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Title: YOU Amazing

Meaning: the “YOU” is in capital letter because that means only YOU are amazing.

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

Album title: Feelings

Reason: I decided to publicly open up myself in my most vulnerable areas.

 

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ARTIST NAME:  $eminary Tiff

 

SONG TITLE:

Stud Walk

 

When Shit Get Real

 

ALBUM TITLE: $eminary Tiff

 

RELEASE DATE: June 13 2018

 

GENRE: Hip Hop

 

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$eminary Tiff is the next hottest female rapper coming out of Oakland, California.

 

Born and raised in Oakland, California she chose music as her outlet. From hype, to trap, from club hits, to leaving a message on your mind she makes music for everyone.

 

Her latest single “Put On For My City” featuring UC Lil Kayla (The New Oakland Anthem.) on the Girl Interrupted Feature Tape coming out soon… on KPFA 94.1 FM. It’s also on The Real Oakland Mix Tape Volume 7 and Dope Era and DJ Tasi Presents Mixtape Mondays which you can find on HELLAFREEMIXTAPES.COM.

 

She has been rapper and singing for our 8 years and work with talented artist like Richie Rich, A1, Shady Nate, Kiwi Da Beast and Singular just name a few.

 

She won second place in the SHOWCASE TOUR at the Complex in Oakland in 2018.

 

She has made her acting debut in “EVOL” THE SERIES which premiered in January 2019.

 

You can check her out on the Keep It Lit Podcast with her co-host KP of Planet Of The Apes Clothing, rapper and actor Mac Reem and radio personal MS. Bay Area 411 which is set to Premier early April.

 

Her music is on all digital platforms.

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Tell us your history.

Born and raised in Oakland, California. I started rapping around age 13. I won the first place at my high school talent show and everyone I entered. I dropped my first mixtape in 2009.

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Describe yourself as an artist.

I’m humble and have a passion for music.

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Tell us the genre of your music.

Hip Hop / Rap.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.

Stereotypes definitely hurt artist like me. Being Gay and a stud rapping they put me in a box.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

I recorded both songs at Slapwagon Studios with one of my favorite engineers SK. I come right in ready to go with my raps written and go straight in the booth and knock them out. I record my hooks and verses. Then I choose where I want drops with the engineer after.

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List the names of blogs, radio or television stations that have supported you so far.

My new single “Put On For My City” has been on 94.1FM and also Baylife Radio. C-icep Blog gave me a great review at my show “The Real Oakland Showcase” at the Black Respiratory Theater in Berkeley, California.

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Elaborate on your music career, experience and future goals.

At this point of my career I have reinvented myself. I am ready to figure out the music business and put in work and get paid.

 

Opening for numerous people and wining different showcases, my goal now is to make a radio hit.

 

Stay booked, busy and travel around the world. I am really looking forward to book a festival in the future.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

What inspires me is life and just knowing that if I can get paid for doing what I love. I can live an incredible life and take care of my family and my wife.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

If I had the top-secret I would be rich already but just stay consistent.

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Tell the advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Put in the work and never give up. It’s not going to be easy. You should learn before you earn so they don’t get played.

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have received.

I dropped my first mixtape in 2009 hosted by KMEL SBC DJs Mike B Da Blenda. I have 500 physical copies pressed up and it also released digitally on Mixtapes.com. I opened for Bay Area legend Richie Rich and Marvelless. I performed all over the Bay Area from Oakland to San Francisco, Cotati and Sacramento.

 

For as rewards I won first place in the “Hip Hop For The Soul” talent show and won first place in the Freestyle battle. My song “Put On for My City” made it to Mr Fabs Music Mondays Mixtape.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I like to write my music alone when I am relaxed smoking a blunt and maybe a drink. I like to go to the studio…

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would buy a house and invest in something lucrative.

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Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base.

Right now I am shooting a lot of videos because a lot of people want visuals. Your fans like to see you and I’m working on putting more content on my social media.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

It’s difficult trying to manage your life with music. But if you want it bad enough you will make a way. I sneak and write raps at work. You just have to make it happen.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

$eminary Tiff – Seminary is the street I grew up on and it is where my grandma purchased her first house; my grandma was a huge part of my life. She died in 2014 so I am dedicating this new Tiffani to her. I want to make her proud through my music and my life.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

When Shit Get Real is about loyalty and how when it’s tested people respond differently.

 

Stud Walk is about women dating women and having fun.

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

My upcoming album is titled “Beautiful Sacrifice” I chose the title because I feel like I am sacrificing my life for this music. I am giving it all my time and energy and will repay my love ones in the end.

 

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Artist Name:   Gladys Padron [Lyricist]

 

Song Title: Dreamin’

 

Release Date: February 17, 2019

 

Genre: Pop

 

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Tell us your history.

In approximately 2010, I began writing poetry due to a difficult and emotional time in my life.

 

In December of 2014, I was encouraged to start writing lyrics. Since then, I have focused on improving my writing skills with each composition that I create and hope to connect with others.

 

My vision is to cover the universal concepts of love and heartbreak.

 

Moreover, I have been recognized for my work by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, UK Songwriting Contest, American Songwriting Awards, Dallas Songwriting Association, The 15th Annual Independent Music Awards, and in 2018 was honored to join the 16th Annual Independent Music Awards Nominating Panel, in the Love Category.

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Describe yourself as a lyricist.

As a lyricist, I aim to connect to a global audience and use imagery to create a lyrical emotion.

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Tell us the genre of your music.

My main genre is pop.

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Tell us the story behind this song.

The story behind this song is about a female who expresses her feelings to her partner, and admires how he’s been there every step of the way.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a lyricist. 

As a lyricist, I find that it is difficult to attain fans; possibly due to the inability to perform as well.

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Describe the production and recording of this song.

The production and recording of this song was a work for hire.

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List the names of blogs and radio / TV stations that have supported you so far.

Women of Substance – Bree Noble

 

WOAFM99 – Oliver Sean

 

The Douglas Coleman Show

 

Source FM96 Radio – Sophie Sweatman

 

USTop20 – Al Walser

 

AVAliveradio – Jacqueline Jax (Interviewed)

 

American Pride Magazine (Article)

 

The Winklewagon Show – Peter Kunnen (Interviewed)

 

As well as, other online radio stations in and out of the United States.

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Elaborate on your music career, experience and future goals.

I feel that my musical career is somewhat limited. However, my experiences in this musical journey has been a great adventure, and have exceeded my expectations; due to the ability to submit to different online platforms.

 

My future goals are to grow as a lyricist, and someday be recognized for my work.

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Briefly describe what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

What I find that most inspires me to write is my past and present experiences, as well as, listening to great music.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

I really wish I had the answer to the top-secret behind making a hit song, but unfortunately I don’t have one.

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Tell us the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

I would advise any upcoming artist to not get discouraged and give up.

 

If they have any doubts about their work, they should consider submitting it to an online platform to have it evaluated by a professional before moving forward.

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Discuss at length your music career, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have received.

My musical career is somewhat different from a singer, as I do not perform. However, it allows me to dedicate more time to writing. Though I’ve written many songs, I’ve only had 13 of them recorded.

 

Below I have listed the songs that I’ve submitted to online Songwriting Contest and have been recognized for…

Something In You

2018 Finalist, UK Songwriting Contest [Love Category]

 

 

Tell Me

2018 Semifinalist, UK Songwriting Contest [Love Category]

 

Even If It Hurts [2nd Version]

2017 Semifinalist, Dallas Songwriting Association [Love Category]

 

2017 Semifinalist, UK Songwriting Contest [Love & Lyric Category]

 

Tiny Butterflies

2016 Semifinalist, UK Songwriting Contest [Lyric Category] and was among one of the top 20% of entries

 

2016 Finalist, John Lennon Songwriting Contest [Children’s Category]

 

Lost In This Strange Place

2016 Semifinalist, UK Songwriting Contest [Pop Category]

 

With You

2015 Semifinalist, UK Songwriting Contest [Pop Category]

 

No Te Vayas [originally known as “Por Más Que Quisiera Olvidarte”]

 

2016 Nominee, 15th Annual Independent Music Awards [Love Category]

 

2015 Nominee, American Songwriting Awards [Latin Category]

 

2015 Finalist, John Lennon Songwriting Contest [Latin Category]

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I usually write my lyrics in one sitting, and gradually do some minor editing until I feel ready to submit my lyrics for a full production. I also provide a sample of a hit song for reference.

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Name your favorite artist for collaboration.

My favorite artist for collaboration is Marc Anthony.

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Tell us how you would spend a million dollars.

I would spend a million dollars with my family, and donate to a good cause; such as mental illness and cancer research.

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Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base.

I promote most of my music on Twitter, YouTube and online radio stations. Recently I’ve gained a fan base through radioairplay.com.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

I manage other activities in between my musical journey.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The title of my single is Dreamin’ and the meaning of this song is that everything feels so surreal.

 

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ARTIST NAME:   Jonfin

 

SONG TITLE:   Tomorrow

 

RELEASE DATE:  3/18/2019

 

GENRE:  Indie rock

 

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Jonfin is a rock band hailing from Chicago. Their music is a raw, driven and unapologetic blend of alternative and garage, with a penchant for tasty melodies and warm aesthetics.

 

Fans of artists as diverse as The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and Foals will certainly connect with Jonfin’s sound.

 

The group embodies the immediacy, inventiveness and attitude of indie music to perfection.

 

The band recently marked their debut by releasing their first-ever single “Tomorrow.”

 

This track has a punchy, edgy arrangement with a lot of spice and a dash of up-tempo grooves, combined with jangly guitars and dreamy effects.

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

I’ve ever wanted to be a musician since I was gifted a guitar at the age of twelve.

 

I think anyone who would consider themselves a close friend of mine can recall some point when I tried to start a band with them.

 

I remember in my early teens pretending to be performing in my basement and in the basements of friends’ houses.

 

I remember drawing faces on pieces of paper with crayons and sticking them up on the wall with scotch tape so I could pretend to have a crowd in front of me.

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

We just released our debut single two days ago, as of when I write this.

 

Our first show was last night at Beat Kitchen in Chicago. So far we have actually had a good amount of positive reviews and warm feedback from those that have heard our songs.

 

We promoted the release of the DIY music video we shot for ‘Tomorrow’ with a 30 second preview.

 

Shortly after, we received a message that read:

 

‘Saw your post on Instagram as a promoted post. Normally I’d just skip by, but something made me listen and I really enjoy what your song sounds like so far. I hope to hear more from you guys soon and to enjoy things from a local band’.

 

This made us really happy to have someone like our sound enough from a promoted post to message us explaining how they are excited for the release of our debut single.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

All four of us are extremely easy to get along with and very interested in a wide variety of different communities, music genres, and social groups.

 

Having just released our debut single two days ago, we are still very early on in our music career but we certainly do not take any relationships for granted and make every effort to reach out and introduce ourselves to as many people as we can.

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Tell us how you record your song.

The first song released, ‘Tomorrow’, was recorded at two locations: the drums and bass were recorded by Nick Stetina at Invigorate Recording near Chicago and the guitars and vocals were recorded in my basement using GarageBand.

 

We are currently in the middle of tracking our debut EP with Seth Engel at Pallet Sound in Chicago.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

‘Tomorrow’ is a song where I basically sing about day dreaming.

 

During my late teens and early twenties I lived in Huntington Beach, California and that certainly shaped who I am today.

 

I moved back to Chicago after college but a part of me misses being so close to the ocean.

 

The song started when I brought the chord progression to Alex and he immediately put a fun guitar riff over it.

 

The vocal melody and lyrical concept came shortly after. Colin and Drew were able to piece together a solid rhythm section for the song and we were good to go.

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State your musical skills.

I consider us to be a fun band but I certainly don’t think of us as the most skilled band.

 

Not to say we’re not skilled, but I just don’t think we necessarily try to be the most technically skilled.

 

I think we just try to enjoy ourselves and build chemistry amongst each other and hope that the listener can pick up on that through the music.

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

Five days, four hours and thirty three seconds – Then however long it takes Alex to write his lead guitar parts.

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

I try to think of things that would be good if it wasn’t me singing.

 

I am definitely a tough critic and I try to hold myself to the same or even higher standards than I hold other bands, musicians, and songwriters.

 

When it comes to lyrical content, I just try to write something that actually means something to me.

 

If I can sing a song I’ve written and it takes me to a place, time, and mood, then hopefully it can mean something to the listener as well.

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Discuss music in full details.

Music is so awesome. I really enjoy music and listen to it all the time.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

Genres are such a funny thing to me because I hardly ever know what specific genre a band is.

 

I don’t even know what specific genre my band would be. If I had to pick my five favorite bands to spin on my record player, it’d be: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Replacements, The Strokes, The National, and Weezer. But then again, my favorite records to spin are constantly changing.

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Discuss your rehearsal. 

We usually rehearse in my basement. We recently found a practice space we can rent hourly in Chicago that we like to use to prepare for shows because it gives us more of an on-stage feel.

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State your favourite musical instruments. 

I love the harmonica because I don’t know how to play it.

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

We’ve only played one live show so far but there was so much chemistry I thought we were on the set of Breaking Bad.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

I have a PhD in dad jokes.

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Discuss your music career.

Hopefully it’s just starting.

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

The batteries in my in-ear monitors, which I use to hear myself when I sing live, died during our first show and our drummer, Colin (who had never played a live show before) busted out a killer drum solo. I think I’ll always remember that.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Our reviews so far have been very positive. Even though our debut single was released only two days ago, we have already had a good amount of strangers and bloggers / writers / publications compliment us on the sound.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Our band name is Jonfin. I have a cousin that loves calling me ‘Jonfin’ because it’s from some movie that I’ve never seen and he thinks it’s hilarious.

 

Over the years, I’ve been compiling song ideas and putting demos in a folder called ‘Jonfin’ because that’s the nickname that came to mind when I created it.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The title of the song is ‘Tomorrow’ because I sing about day dreaming while living in a boring and repetitive life.

 

The line, ‘you’ll find me here tomorrow’ is meant to be a literal interpretation.

 

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ARTIST NAME: flo.wav

 

SONG TITLE: Shift

 

ALBUM TITLE: Textures

 

RELEASE DATE: 1/11/19

 

GENRE: Hip Hop / Rock / Pop

 

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Since the 2017 release of MIXTURES, flo.wav has been lighting stages on fire and curating two music and arts festivals, all while recording music.

 

Self-produced in three separate studios, TEXTURES is flo.wav’s upcoming sophomore EP thematically focusing on self-expression, individual freedoms and importantly having fun.

 

Teaming up with Bad Cloud Media for the music video, flo.wav dropped Shift, the first single off the awaited EP celebrating the dawn of 2019.

 

With five songs in total, the duo hybridizes punchy drums and guitar laced sections with boomy 808s, synth pads and live Foley inspired by old filmmakers. Layered in “beat sauce,” the subtle ingredients meant to be felt, flo.wav cooks up a sonically unique aura to nourish your ever growing ears. You feel it?

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

Conor Bertha and Dylan Parra, United States and Conor was born in Florida while Dylan was born in Chicago.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

High School Graduates.

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

Conor played drums for a few Pop Punk bands and rapped for fun in high school.

 

Dylan played drums for metal / progressive rock bands in high school.

 

Conor filled in on bass for one of Dylan’s bands and have been creating music together since.

 

Dylan sent Conor some beats right after they graduated and with those beats, along with Dylan’s vocals and added production from Conor, flo.wav was born.

 

Both artists are multi-instrumentalists and handy with a DAW. Shift is self-mixed by the duo.

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

We don’t really fit into a current genre, but we have a more Hip Hop vibe with a lot of rock elements added.

 

Live drums, guitars, synths, singing, rapping, 808s and modern production all blended together.

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

Run it for the love of music. Don’t exploit artists. Trust the artists’ creativity.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

Face to face marketing, shows, mini tours, Facebook / Instagram ads, social media, Reddit, submitting to blogs, and we created our own music festival in our town to gain more support for local bands in our area.

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Explain the story behind the song.

Every day we see the masses following each other, but then we see the creatives thinking for themselves.

 

This song is motivation to continue free thought and be yourself, even if it feels like you’re swimming upstream.

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

flo.wav is Conor Bertha and Dylan Parra. We sent Shift to Josh Cobb at Rockbot Studios for the Mastering. Music video shot by Jason Blankenship at Bad Cloud Media. Stage musicians include Juan Mallorca and Marcus Celentano.

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Elaborate on the song and music video.

The song and music video share a common theme – Perseverance and being yourself.

 

The girl still chases her artistic passions even though her boyfriend is holding her back.

 

The little kid still practices baseball even though he gets bullied.

 

We still follow our dreams despite all the hardships being an artist entails.

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

Both of us have been playing in bands since middle school. flo.wav debuted in 2017 and has been gaining steady traction ever since.

 

We’ve learned a lot about what moves to make in this industry. It’s a chess game for sure. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible and be able to create music everyday instead of working a 9-5.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

Our sound is unlike any other band. We take from our Rock upbringing and put it into this Hip Hop feel. It’s hard to compare us to other artists because we are just different.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

There’s always room for growth. Until we are the best in the world at our craft there will be weaknesses.

 

However both of us are naturally musically inclined and are very good at identifying small but important aspects needed to make great music.

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List your five favorite artists.

Our five favorite artists right now would be Mutemath, Linkin Park, Mac Miller, J. Cole, and Anderson .paak.

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

We are all for DIY. All the Major Label horror stories are a turn off, however we would consider a deal if the deal was right!

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

Conor is a father and a husband, and when not doing music he surfs when the waves are good.

 

Dylan does freelance graphic design and DJs on the side.

 

Music is both of our main passions.

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List your various works.

Mixtures EP (2017)

 

Shift [Single] (2019)

 

Breathe Easy [Single] (2019)

 

Textures EP [Upcoming] (2019)

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State the official date of release.

Shift Music Video dropped on January 1st, 2019. The song dropped on iTunes and Spotify 10 days later.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

flo.wav – The name is a playoff of a .wav file, we’re from Florida and we got the flow to make yo booty go.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Shift – It means to change. In this song it means to shift from the “norm” and be yourself.

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

Textures EP – We incorporate a ton of subtle “textures” that make our sound big, full and unique.

 

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ARTIST NAME: Maryam Zadeh

 

SONG TITLE: Wild Child

 

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RELEASE DATE: February 2019

 

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Zadeh’s professional music career began in 2005 when she became the front singer for the Canadian Dance Band TAPPS whose song “My Forbidden Lover” went on to become one of the best-selling Hi-NRG records worldwide reaching the #2 spot single in Holland on the dance chart.

 

For thirteen years, Zadeh toured with the band that was part of her childhood musical backdrop.

 

In 2018, Zadeh left the band to pursue a solo music career.  As she candidly stated “It was a wild and fun ride but I felt it was limiting my own unique artistic expression.

 

Currently, Zadeh resides in Arcadia, California.  She is in the studio recording her first album entitled “The Children’s Hour”.  This album is a compilation of experimental tracks that can best be described as a nostalgic blend of Rock, Cabaret and Dark Wave embellished with lyrics and melodies that evoke darkness, romance and awakening of the soul.

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Discuss your existence.

To create music that has a nostalgic essence to it and touches people’s hearts.

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

Glam Rock – It’s my favorite genre because it’s the perfect musical bed to make a fashion statement, be flirty and sexy, and make people dance.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

I became the front singer for the 80’s HI Energy band TAPPS in 2005.

 

The original members are from Canada and disbanded. I still tour as the frontsinger singing their worldwide hit My Forbidden Lover, Hurricane and Burning With Fire.

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Tell us the theme of your song.

It’s a cover from The Doors. I understand it to be a homage to Jim Morrison’s girlfriend with lyrical content that describe her spiritually. I love it. It resonates with me.

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.

I would like to thank Alan Coelho the founding member of the band TAPPS who believed in me and encouraged me to go all the way.

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Tell us your future goals.

To produce some dance tracks with elements of 80’s synths and Glam Rock put together.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

She is ready to be printed on mocks, T- shirts, sweaters, posters, billboards and pillow cases. What an iconic shot in red!

 

If you want to play it safe and still have some money left in your well-endowed pockets, you might want to throw some of it to the wild child that is Maryam Zadeh.

 

She did this cover of a The Doors classic and seems to be the ideal reincarnation of the spirit and soul of Jim Morrison. I mean, just look at her promo picture! Just as charismatic and ready to be printed on a well selling T-shirt. But also vocal wise she might get the feels right…

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans. Well, there is an 80’s feel to a lot of my music and so I know my fans who love 80’s dance music appreciate it.

 

As far as my new journey into experimenting with elements of Glam Rock and Psychedelic rock, I am not sure what the future holds, but I do know as an artist I have to stay true to my vision.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

Jim Morrison – a muse that helps me find my own voice in singing.

 

Freddie Mercury – His early years in Queen inspires me to take a new direction in my music.

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

I write lyrics based on my life. I play with words and write lyrics that bring an emotional feel but also have style. I use catchy lines from movies to write songs.

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.

Solo.

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Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people to dance or making the music with a genuine message that inspires them.

It’s whatever I feel to do in the creative moment. I feel that I can do both at the same time.

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Go into detail on the recording of this song.

I loved this song but knew that Wild Child was a challenging song to remake as a cover.

 

I felt keeping it simple was the only way fans of The Doors would accept it.

 

I just wanted to pay homage to my muse Jim Morrison.

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Discuss your music performance.

I love to have fun on stage and not take it seriously. What’s most important is I want the audience to interact and feel they are part of the show.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Maryam Zadeh. It’s of Persian background.

 

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ARTIST NAME: Wen Tilley

 

SONG TITLE:  Yours for Life

 

ALBUM TITLE: Runaways

 

RELEASE DATE: 19th February 2019

 

GENRE: Alternative Rock

 

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

I just loved it from age nine or so. I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

I try to find a theme or concept first – then I try to build visual images around that.

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Wen Tilley is a Nashville based singer-songwriter / producer. Originally from Louisiana, Tilley began playing guitar at age 11 and was playing professionally by age 13.

 

He graduated from the Baton Rouge High Magnet School program winning All-State Jazz Guitarist two years in a row his junior and senior year.

 

Later, he formed the rock group, Func Haus, who were picked up by Chrysalis Records.

 

He then began a career in music production opening a studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Kingfish Recordings Inc., where he produced and mixed hundreds of local artists’ recordings and composed and produced three film scores.

 

Moving to Nashville in 2001, Tilley has been mostly a “gun for hire” as a producer / mixer / guitarist for various artists.

 

Tilley has recorded four records, “Call Off Yer Dogs”, “Rodear”, “Autonomous Spheres”, and his latest release, “Runaways.”

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

I’m a father of three beautiful daughters.

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Discuss your music career.

I started playing guitar at age 10 and was gigging professionally with cover bands at 13.

 

I studied jazz in high school and got selected All State Jazz Guitarist two years in a row.

 

I went to the Berklee College of Music, came home and started a band called “Func Haus” who secured a short lived deal with EMI / Chrysalis Records.

 

I built a recording studio in south Louisiana. I recorded and mixed hundreds of records and three film scores. Moved to Nashville where I now live and work.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

My real name is Wendell. And when I found out some dude in China owned wendelltilley.com I decided to go with my nickname, “Wen” for my artist career.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

Existence. Everything that entails the human experience.

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Tell us your experience on dealing with fans.

Most of my fans are the sweetest people. I love them and appreciate them more than words can express.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

This song was recorded with two extremely gifted musicians – Marcus Finnie on drums, and Jerry Navarro on bass, both from Nashville. We recorded at Omnistudios in Nashville as well.

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Tell us your future projects.

I am finishing a new record now which I’m very excited about. The texture is almost completely different than “Runaways”, which was more “Riff Rock”.

 

This record has more electronic influences with very heavy lyrical themes – Can’t wait to release it.

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

My wife, mom and kids are my greatest supporters. : )

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

I try not to use it, but if it helps the overall presentation of the song, which, to me, is the most important part of this, then I’m not opposed.

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

Quality is more important than quantity in my opinion. I’d rather hear one brilliant song than twenty underwhelming ones.

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

A music career is a tough road. Perhaps art careers, subjective in their appeal to consumers, are difficult to be successful generally.

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

I guess it’s necessary for those in the music industry, though I wonder if today’s music listener is that concerned.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

“Despise” is a harsh term, but I suppose “Pop Country” tops the list.

 

The stories lack the substance older country music did. So, it’s a bit condescending, presuming those who consume it are shallow and uneducated.

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

Micmacs

A brilliant script illustrating the mendacity of the pro-war mindset, contrasting those indirectly affected adversely with those profiting.

 

At Eternity’s Gate

The life of Van Gogh expressed brilliantly through the color and sound of the film as well as an incredible performance by Willem Dafoe.

 

Once

Beautiful story with great songs and performances.

 

The Godfather

Simply perfect in every way.

 

Mulholland Drive

Disturbingly perfect as is the directing of David Lynch.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Yours for Life”

This song is about that moment of inner conflict upon realizing you may have found your one true love that one you might say “Yours for Life” to.

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

“Runaways” – This is a song on the record dealing with ending a long term relationship and how even after it’s over one still feels like they deserted something or “ran away”. I thought it sounded like a good title.

 

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