Antoinernb – Let Me Live

Antoinernb – Let Me Live

 

Antoinernb – Let Me Live

Antoinernb – Let Me Live

 

ARTIST NAME: Antoinernb

 

SONG TITLE:  Let Me Live

 

ALBUM TITLE: Let Me Live

 

GENRE:  R&B

 

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Tell us how you arrange your song.

I create the idea in my head and then record it so that I won’t forget the melody or the idea.

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Discuss how you fix a tempo for your song.

I sit down with my producer and we figure out how fast the tempo is going to be.

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Elaborate on multi-genre music.

I like to do R&B and I listen to country at times and jazz.

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Tell us the best means of reaching fans.

Using social media and word of mouth.

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Discuss the process involved in launching a musical career.

You have to be focused and dedicated to art. Keep your skills sharp

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Tell us how to develop a lyric to a full song.

I would create a melody in my head and later put words to it.

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Tell us how you come up with a melody.

It all starts with the ear and grabbing on to a sound that you hear and expanding on that idea.

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Tell us your ideal type of recording studio.

Comfortable and homie like feeling, state of the art.

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Describe the factors you consider in a good song.

A good melody and creativeness.

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Tell us how you impact your listeners with your songs.

Interacting with them through eye contact and voice and singing my heart out.

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Tell us how you relate with producers and music directors.

I come with energy to conquer the task.

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Tell us how you feel after the completion of a song.

I feel good and to know I have given it my best shot.

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Tell us your worst song and state the reason.

People There’s A Party. It was one straight note and repetitious.

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Tell us what you will change in your music.

Era!

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Tell us what is special about this release.

It’s a dope track! It’s emotional.

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Tell us about your future goals.

To do more music and make it good.

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Tell us how you overcome obstacles.

By being persistent and determined.

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Elaborate on the song.

Let Me Live is a fly song and it is what people go through in today’s world.

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Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.

My name came from me joining my first name and the letters RNB.

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Antoine RNB is an up and coming music artist from Poughkeepsie New York.

 

His urban contemporary unique style has attracted the attention of major music blogs like Spate HipHop News.

 

The founder of Spate magazine A. King said “I think Antoine RNB is the future of urban contemporary music. His style is original, soulful and funky. I think he brings something new to the music industry”.

 

Antoine partnered with Spate Magazine to help launch the official video and single. After receiving positive feedback from fans all over the country Antoine decided to service “So Sexy” to terrestrial radio.

 

Antoine is building a solid fan base online with his latest video for “So Sexy”. He has already garnered thousands of views on his social media networks.

 

He is currently signed to Trak To The Future an up and coming record label from the Tri-state area.

 

About Antoine RNB:

Antoine is an aspiring artist, born in Poughkeepsie, New York. He knew that singing was his passion when he was young.

 

He graduated from Poughkeepsie High School and attended Dutchess Community College where he majored in business.

 

Antoine is a talented singer/songwriter which you will discover once you feel Let Me Live, a sure hit.

 

Antoine sings with feeling and emotion, you can sense the gospel background in “Secrets.

 

His range is unique, his style is his only, he is R&B and Hip-Hop rolled into one special artist.

 

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Mark Newman – Fire on the Water

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Mark Newman – Fire on the Water

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Mark Newman – Fire on the Water

 

ARTIST NAME:  Mark Newman

 

SONG TITLE:  Fire on the Water

 

ALBUM TITLE: Walls Of Jericho

 

GENRE: Singer/songwriter

 

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Growing up in New York, Mark Newman’s musical journey has taken him around the world several times as both sideman and singer/songwriter.

 

This gifted player (guitar, lap steel, mandolin, dobro) and accomplished songwriter is the type of singer whose warm and expressive voice sounds like an old friend.

 

He put it all together on 2006’s (Danal Music, LLC).

 

In 2010 he took a quantum leap forward with the stunning “Walls Of Jericho” (Danal Music. LLC) and has just released, “Brussels” (Danal Music. LLC), a live solo EP.

 

“Empirical Truth”, his latest CD will be released in May 2019 (Danal Music, LLC, distributed by WBA Records).

 

Sharing the stage with such notables as soul legend Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), John Oates (Hall and Oates), McCarty (Yardbirds, Renaissance), the late Willy DeVille (Mink DeVille), Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos) and Sam The Sham, has given Newman the perspective to craft an individualistic sound framed in straight-from-the-hip rock’n’roll, simmering with the subtle flavors of blues, RnB, funk, folk and soul.

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

Old school always sounds warmer and not so squeaky clean. Musicians actually played instead of using samples and auto tuners.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

There are too many. I’ve had the privilege of working with Bobby Whitlock, Sam Moore, Willy DeVille, John Oates, and many others.

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Mark Newman signs a distribution deal with WBA Records as he gets ready to hit the Paramount Stage in Huntington Saturday, June 22nd.

 

The label welcomes his mix of Americana, Blues, and Roots music to their already stellar roster which includes The John Oates Band, Michael Londra, and The Little River Band.

 

April, 2019 (New York, NY) – As he gets ready to take the stage at The Paramount (370 New York Ave, Huntington, NY 11743) opening for The Weight Band – Featuring Members of The Band and The Levon Helm Band on Saturday, June 22nd – singer/songwriter and guitarist Mark Newman will have plenty to celebrate.

 

Having recently signed a distribution deal with Nashville-based record label WBA Records, he’ll soon be releasing his third LP “Empirical Truth,” and just hit at #11 on the Reverbnation Singer/Songwriter Charts for NY!

 

A New York native, Mark Newman’s musical prowess has taken him around the world several times over, playing with an eclectic mix of noted musical talents from Sting to Elvis Costello, and Travis Tritt as well as his own solo work.

 

A multi-instrumentalist, Mark has mastered electric/acoustic/lap steel guitar as well as the mandolin and dobro, and with a voice reminiscent of many rock and blues’ men before him – it has the familiarity of an old friend yet the power and soul of many of today’s rock, soul, folk and R&B icons.

 

For over five years, Newman and fellow songwriter Naomi Margolin have run the “Music From the Hive”  Singer/Songwriter Series, and for the past three years – “The Original Music Series” for bands, in an attempt to keep original music alive on Long Island.

 

Although Newman has played a ton of exciting solo and full-band showcases – notably Delbert McClinton at Highline Ballroom just last month and Les Dudek at My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel, The Paramount in Huntington opening for The Doobie Brothers, The Space at Westbury opening for the one and only Don Felder and David Bromberg on separate occasions, The Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan, and NYC’s Legendary Bitter End – he has also worked as sideman to so many soul, blues, and rock greats of our time like John Oates (Hall and Oates), Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds), Willy DeVille (Mink DeVille), Sam The Sham, Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos) and Sam Moore (Sam & Dave)!

 

Past releases include 2010’s “Walls of Jericho” filled with intricate guitar work and mixed with a plethora of sounds from hard rock to a lighter more Dylanesque folk tinge, and 2015’s  “Brussels” – a-live acoustic-driven EP that packs a bluesy punch reminiscent of Clapton’s “Unplugged” album through both the guitar work and raw vocal power.

 

His latest LP “Empirical Truth” is due later this year.

 

More on WBA Records:

WBA Records is a Nashville-based independent record label and production house, specializing in artist development, distribution, and promotion in the digital age.

 

The label was founded by Robert Williams in 1996. Opening their doors in Nashville, Tennessee, WBA Records expanded their offices nationwide and throughout Europe in 1997 as Williams continued to build and developed an elite collection of artistic entities recognizable worldwide as solo artists, musical acts, comedic performers, actors, actresses, theatrical touring companies, feature films, television series, and much more.

 

WBA Records builds on Mr. Williams’ own past and current history. With multiple artists – the genres range from country to soul.

 

Oh his new distribution partnership with WBA, Newman says “I’m extremely grateful to be welcomed as part of the WBA Records family. Having been a big fan of their work for years it’s great to know I have an amazing team helping to get my music out right in the heart of Music City, U.S.A.!”

 

Now, that excitement continues as Mark Newman gets ready to open for The Weight Band at The Paramount in Huntington on Saturday, June 22nd!

 

For Tickets to Mark Newman with The Weight Band 6/22, VISIT: The Paramount

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Tell us how you protect your singing voice.

Vocal exercises in the car.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music.

I can’t tie my shoes without picking up my guitar. I’ve always had an emotional attachment to certain songs. It’s great to be able to play them.

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Discuss creativity and originality in music.

Everyone borrows (or steals) from their influences. You have to find your own voice after you figure out how to sound like your heroes.

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Tell us your plans pertaining to music.

Endless writing, recording, and playing until I can’t physically do it.

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Tell us the secret of success.

Doing what you love and making a living at it.

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Tell us how you get started as a musician.

Hearing music that spoke to me and wanting to play it. I asked my parents for guitar lessons and they gladly obliged.

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Tell us what makes you happy and sad pertaining to this project.

The journey – writing and recording makes me happy. The sad part is the “now what” when it’s done.

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Tell us your point of view on rape and sexual harassment, and how to eradicate it.

As hard as it is, I would hope more people would report both. Eradicating rape is difficult since no one expects it until it’s too late.

 

Carrying pepper spray is a good start. Don’t be afraid to report sexual harassment. It usually happens more than once.

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List the people that assisted in making this song.

Shawn Murray (drums), Keith Lentin (bass), James Dower (keys), Fred Guarino (engineer and co-producer).

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

My label, Danal Music has been very supportive. I also work as a sideman for other artists.

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

Roots rock – It’s a great platform for slide guitar and real players instead of samples and loops. I also like the lyrical subject matter.

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Tell us the story behind this song.

It was about an oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s aimed at the oil industry’s offshore drilling.

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Tell us your favourite brand of microphone.

Shure SM 57 for live performance.

 

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White Label Analog – Turn To Dust

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White Label Analog – Turn To Dust

White Label Analog – Turn To Dust

 

ARTIST NAME:  White Label Analog

 

SONG TITLE:  Turn To Dust

 

ALBUM TITLE:  In Case You Just Tuned In

 

GENRE:  Indie Rock

 

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As the old adage goes, “You have a lifetime to make your first record.” But that freedom of time is coupled with increased pressure. So often, debut albums are saddled with the weight of expectation.

 

The members of Austin, Texas-based White Label Analog – vocalist Chris Didear, drummer/vocalist Heath Macintosh, and guitarist Chal Boudreaux, and bassist Joel Sutton have been through that pressure before, and they know how to rise to the challenge with their electrifying album, In Case You Just Tuned In.

 

“In Case You Just Tuned In is a veritable snapshot of our lives since releasing (their 2015 EP) A Little More Time,” says Macintosh.

 

“A reflection of our ideas, feelings, and the experiences we’ve all shared.”

 

It was released in September 2016 and ignited a 7,000-mile fall tour from Austin to the Pacific Northwest and down the West Coast.

 

“White Label Analog have created a sound that echoes some of the greats in the Indie and Alternative genres (The Strokes, Bloc Party, The Hold Steady, and Two Door Cinema Club) while remaining uniquely their own.”

– Paul Driscoll (RadioBDC: Director of Operations and Program Development).

 

Lead single “Echoes” epitomizes this idea of taking in and appreciating each snapshot moment.  It received spins on KROQ (LA), WRFF (Philly), KTCL (Denver), WLKK (Buffalo), WWCD (Columbus), KFMA (Tucson), KRXP (Colorado Springs), KLBJ (Austin), with official adds on KACV (Amarillo) and RadioBDC (Boston).

 

“I play over 40 new tracks weekly, and “Echoes” has been one of my strongest reaction songs of the year.”

-Bruce Rave (host of syndicated show Go Deep heard on KXRN, Indie1031.com, WSUM, and WVMO).

 

The “echoes” of the title “are the reverberations of our experience on earth that continue after we are no longer here,” says Didear.

 

It’s a song with a universal, understandable message: Life is short, experiences are fleeting, and so we should make as many memories as we can in the time we’ve been given.

 

It’s a theme that envelops much of In Case You Just Tuned In. Even at its most personal moments, where failed relationships are analyzed and personal loss is quantified, the album is truly focused on crawling your way out of the dark and into the light.

 

Musically, the album is bursting with the vitality of this mantra, with energetic synths and vivacious drum beats that recall the most joyous moments in the listener.

 

While White Label Analog self-produced the record, allowing them the autonomy to create without outside influence, they turned to a number of mixing engineers to deliver the fully realized sound they were seeking.

 

That collaborative effort, highlighted by 11-time Grammy nominated mixing engineer Mark Needham (The Killers, Saint Motel, Imagine Dragons), as well as Dwight Baker (Kelly Clarkson, Missio, Blue October), Mark Dufour (Ghostland Observatory, Vertical Horizon) and Chris “Frenchie” Smith (Gary Clark Jr., Built to Spill, Jet), allowed the band to achieve the most fully realized iteration of each of the 11 tracks on the album. The result is an eclectic group of songs that seems to pull as much from pop-rock traditions like The Killers as they do from indie bands like Two Door Cinema Club and Modest Mouse.

 

Songs like “Rainmaker” retain infectious melodies while simmering with big rock bombast.

 

In an era of convergence between indie rock and pop music, White Label Analog is the daring alliance between the two…

 

White Label Analog is not worried about trying to fit into any genre labels or follow any trends in music.

 

“Trying to copy or chase what’s already happening is like chasing a moving target,” Didear says.

 

“We just want to create honest music that is fun, engaging, but still has a little attitude.”

 

That effort, and the band’s trademark defying of expectation is best exemplified by the closing track on In Case You Just Tuned In. “Hard Road,” the Black Sabbath cut previously known solely as the last single released during Ozzy Osbourne’s first tenure in the band, is given a new lease on life at the end of In Case You Just Tuned In, transforming the rollicking track into a climactic singalong to conclude the album.

 

The song’s refrain is a fitting one to describe the journey of White Label Analog: “Oh, it’s a hard road…Forget all your sorrow, don’t live in the past. And look to the future, `cause life goes too fast.”

 

The individuals in the band went through a great deal of personal exploration to get to their debut full-length release.

 

But White Label Analog wasn’t looking back. They continued to advance, invigorated by their collaboration and 2017 proved to be an exciting year with new milestones.

 

White Label Analog performed at the RadioBDC+1 event in Boston, MA, followed by an official SXSW 2017 showcase.

 

“My 2 favourite shows at SXSW – The Dandy Warhols and THESE guys – White Label Analog! Great songs! Loved their sound. We added “Echoes” immediately.”

-Mike Fuller (Program Director-KACV FM90).

 

WLA was named as one of Austin Monthly’s “10 Bands to Watch” in the March 2017 issue and traveled internationally to perform two official showcases at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, CA in April 2017.

 

Most recently, their tracks “Al Capone,” “Awakened By The Fire,” and “Sidewinder” were featured in 4 episodes of MTV’s “Teen Mom 2” in August, September, and October 2017.

 

The track “Where Have You Been” was licensed for the feature film “My Ranger” which premiered at the Austin Revolution Film Festival in September of 2017 where it won the award for Best Soundtrack.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a song from the start to the end.

Songwriting is a creative outlet for musicians and a way to express yourself however you see fit.

 

Not all musicians are writers, but for a band predicated on creating and performing original music, it is paramount to constantly work on the craft of songwriting.

 

We allow the process to happen naturally within a group setting.  Songs like “Turn To Dust” usually start out with either a piece or whole song coming from one writer who birthed the idea, and then others are given an opportunity to add their input.

 

Rarely do we write songs by “jamming” in our rehearsal room.

 

We use Garageband to record our ideas individually and then share them via the cloud.

 

Each member at their discretion can contribute to the idea and it is iteratively changed until we think it is in a good version to try in a live band situation.

 

Once we practice it live, then it takes more of the band’s personality as the nuances are more developed in the execution by the band’s musicianship and chemistry.

 

We’ll continue to work to further development of ideas through trying out different arrangements or trying additional ideas as they are suggested.

 

Once we have a song in its final form, then we’ll try it out on a live audience.

 

Over time the song may continue to morph until it is recorded with better production with the intent to release.

 

We co-produce everything we release but have worked with various recording engineers, mixers, and producers.

 

Our latest single “Everybody Knows” incorporated more technology in our sound and working with Gil Gonzalez was a great experience for us in having his ideas, objectivity, and was very refreshing.

 

Once a track has been recorded, it is considered final as a recorded product.

 

However, for live performance, we may tweak it just a bit, so that it lends itself more for a live setting rather than for a radio or streaming audience.

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Elaborate on the gain and loss of being a musician.

As in life, you have ups and downs, but if music is something that is truly in your blood, it is that passion for it that keeps you wanting to do it.

 

For most of us, we just can’t imagine the idea of not playing.  It is therapeutic, it is a motivator, it is addictive, and a labour of love.

 

However, there isn’t any drug or feeling that equals when you finally get a song to a high level in terms of what you feel is its best form and hearing a finished recording for the first time or hearing it on the radio, or performing it in front of a crowd and nailing the performance.

 

To experience a crowd, who is hyper-engaged in your performance and music, is an ultimate high.

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Tell us how you connect people with your music.

Well, we do all of our outreach organically either through exciting performances and selling our music at shows or doing our best to make our music available on every digital platform possible.

 

Hopefully, if we’ve done a good job writing songs that somehow have that intangible something that makes the listener want to hear more, or know more about us.

 

Our songs typically are about personal experience and we like to write music that not only has a rock or pop element but makes the listener want to move and dance.

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Mention your greatest song up to date.

Very tough call and every member would likely have a different answer.  “Turn To Dust” is high on the list, but I (Chris) would lean more towards our track “Echoes” or “Everybody Knows.”

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Tell us what you hate most about the music business.

It is a double-edged sword, a necessary evil.  Most artists just want to work on their art.

 

However, in order to expand your audience, you must invest time in marketing and promotion, booking, management aspects, etc.

 

Unless you are making enough money to live off your music (which most musicians don’t) then you have either be wealthy (which most musicians aren’t) or work to pay the bills.

 

So, carving time for all of the business aspects you need in order to grow your business can be a difficult juggling act.

 

So as a DIY artist, you have to multi-task and as needed, hire folks to help you get things done.

 

However, you have to weigh the return on your investment, be careful who you hire, and spend your money wisely.

 

Most things you can do yourself, but these things require a significant investment of your time.

 

However, if you are persistent, don’t give up, and spend time learning about techniques or approaches that work, you can see dividends in the way of better gigs, pay, bigger crowds, and more opportunity.

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Discuss how you monitor your digital distribution and streaming.

There are a number of ways to gauge your Distro.  CD Baby sales reports, iTunes reports, Spotify reports, FB page analytics, PRO royalty statements, website statistics, and online sales.

 

Really boils down to what revenue streams you have or choose to employ.  Most have some form of reporting that includes analytics.

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State the obstacles that a new artist can face as a starter.

A lack of experience, not knowing enough about the business aspects, having the maturity to be an active listener to maintain the membership and commitment of a band, not having established networks to help you or for your knowledge base, maybe needing more experience in songwriting, not having an engaging live performance.

 

There are literally all kinds of things that you must either research to improve upon or just plain need to spend the time learning by doing.

 

There are also services out there that take advantage of inexperienced musicians and end up wasting their money and time.

 

Patience is also something that you have to have because a lot more doors close than open.  However, the doors that open should be viewed as wins and can motivate you to keep moving forward.

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Tell us how you will tutor a new artist in the music business.

I will book younger bands and newer bands when it makes sense to do so.

 

Those opportunities can make a big difference for newer artists and were it not for others who helped me; it would have been even harder for me when I started.

 

It’s always great to have a mentor, everyone needs them.  Nobody knows everything.

 

You should always be willing to learn, and to give something back when you are successful.

 

I am glad to take the time to pass along knowledge and experience when someone asks or cares what I have to say.

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Explain how you record songs.

We record music as most do after going through an exhaustive pre-production process and then go into a studio.

 

We’ll start with the basics; all play together and capture drums first, and then begin overdubbing guitar and bass using the scratch tracks.

 

Vocals are tracked last of the main instruments, and then all the extra flavour like keys, percussion, etc.

 

Then we allow the engineer or producer the opportunity to get some rough mixes, and then refine them iteratively until the song is in its final form.

 

Lastly, we’ll work with a mastering engineer to get the final mixes mastered.

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Discuss digital and analog recording.

Both have pros and cons.  I love the warmth of analog, but it is a long process to get a great final recording unless you are releasing a live performance, and it can be more expensive.

 

You have to do a lot of track punching/overdubbing to get each track composited.

 

With digital, the production has gotten so much better, you have a lot more editing freedom, and it’s very efficient.

 

However, you can get bogged down in the minutia of detail in either.  So you have to balance out perfection with realism; unless you aren’t on any time or money constraints.  However, most artists have caps on those things.

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Tell us your opinion on adding effects to vocals.

I think they are necessary and appropriate if used in a way that helps to present the song in what you deem is its best form.

 

They should complement a song, and not get in the way of it or be used to hide poor performance.

 

I like a little slap delay mostly, but there are all sorts of plugins and effects available for live performance and in a recording.

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Tell us how you eradicate noise in your recording.

Trim the fat.  That is to eliminate things that don’t add or contribute anything to the song.   Filters, EQ-ing, limiters, and a multitude of gear can help eliminate noise.

 

Best foot forward is to start out with good basic tracks.  That means good recording gear (microphones, pre-amps, etc.), quality instruments – which includes new guitar strings, new drumheads, etc.

 

There’s an old saying “crap in crap out.”  If you start off with bad sounds, there’s no effect that can make it magically better.  You can spray perfume on a turd and it’s still going to smell like a turd – just with perfume on it!

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Describe the themes of your lyrics.

They are about all kinds of things… life experience, loss, defeat, triumph, growth, inspiration, observation, perspective, introspection or whatever happens to inspire or motivate us to write.

 

Sometimes it begins as just an emotion or feeling that expands into a story.

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Tell us if you consider singing about politics or injustice rather than love stories.

I have written songs with political content in them.  Politics is a part of life…  However, most of our lyrics are about experiences and in trying to take the listener to a place where they aren’t focusing on the here and now of their life, but a momentary escape where they feel free from the confines of the worries and challenges of everyday life.

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Discuss the registration of your songs with your Performing Rights Organization.

I would advise all artists to copyright and register their songs with a PRO.

 

We are with ASCAP and if you want to get paid for your music, registering your works with one is a great way to ensure that you are paid when someone uses your music.

 

Licensing your music is a viable revenue stream if you are able to secure placements.

 

We’re still getting mailbox money from the 3 songs they used of ours in MTV’s Teen Mom 2, and who doesn’t love mailbox money?!!!

 

All you have to do is register with ASCAP and then use their online interface to register your works.

 

Same goes for copyright, you can do it all digitally these days.  It’s great and protects you and your music.

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Discuss how you distribute your music.

We try to put our music on every major outlet possible.  You can do them individually or use a bundled service like CD Baby who is already partnered with a bunch of distributors.

 

The point is to get your music out there.  I’d rather have a smaller percentage of something than 100% of nothing!

 

Every indie artist should make their music available on Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon, SoundCloud, their website, have music available for sale at live shows, and whatever means they can find.

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Discuss how you cope with the crowd on the stage.

I try and make eye contact, execute the songs well, move around, and keep the audience engaged.

 

Live music should be an experience and is one of the best ways to make new fans and increase your audience reach.  Word of mouth is still the best endorsement.

 

However, the bottom line is to remember you are there to have fun.  Expect the unexpected and don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff!

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Elaborate on the song titled “Echoes.”

The song “Echoes” was inspired by a dear friend who passed away from cancer.  It is about living life to the fullest.  Echoes are the memories and experiences we leave behind with others as part of our legacy.  Those memories reverberate and echo long after we are gone.  So, Carpe Diem!

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Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.

Our name was a suggestion by our drummer Heath Macintosh after we pondered over a gazillion names that didn’t stick.  “White Label” refers to old school vinyl records.

 

Back in the day, record companies would release advance singles on plain white labels with no artwork for DJ’s to spin on radio and in clubs.  It was a way to promote a single before it came out and before there were the digital media platforms that we have today.

 

“Analog” is just a nod to the fact that we still play live instruments guitar, bass, and drums.

 

Pretty much was the same with our last album titled “In Case You Just Tuned In.”  Lots of titles thrown around, but in the end, we were hoping that it would grab the listeners’ attention, and announce us as a new cool band that you might have not heard of…. until now.

 

We’re here and you need to check us out!  It also lent itself well with our 45 adapter logo.  We kicked off the release of ICYJTI with the single “Echoes.”

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IN CASE YOU JUST TUNED IN, AUSTIN BASED INDIE POP/ALT-ROCKERS WHITE LABEL ANALOG  FOLLOW THEIR CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED BREAKTHROUGH ALBUM AND TOUR WITH THE UPLIFTING, UNIFYING ANTHEM “EVERYBODY KNOWS”

 

When longtime friends and onetime bandmates Chris Didear (lead vocals), Heath Macintosh (drums/vocals) and Chal Boudreaux (guitar/vocals) joined forces to emerge as White Label Analog they were driven by two key rules: 1) It’s gotta be fun, and 2) See rule #1.

 

The Austin based group created in 2013, whose current lineup includes bassist Mike Fisher, has dubbed their edgy, upbeat vibe everything from indie pop/alt rock to the more whimsical “indie slam disco.”

 

They had a blast touring the Midwest and West Coast (Denver, Seattle, L.A., San Francisco, San Diego, etc.) to support their 2016 breakthrough full-length album In Case You Just Tuned In, the follow-up to their 2015 debut EP A Little More Time.

 

In what will be the first of several upcoming individual tracks, the WLA’s fun and raucous latest single “Everybody Knows” is the perfect uplifting antidote/anthem to counteract these troubling and challenging times.

 

Didears’s original idea was to create a romantic but super fun love song dedicated to and about his relationship with his wife, but it took on deeper universal dimensions when he thought about how it might inspire people living through this difficult era.

 

His dynamic words can apply both one on one or be a spiritual calling to something greater: “We’re not confused, we know our place…We get so high can’t feel our face…no ordinary life will do, I’ve waited my life for you…”

 

Helping bring the energy of the music and message to multi-dimensional life is the compelling video WLA created for the song with fellow musician and friend Steve Miller, who directed it.

 

The clip centers on a joyful pool party and featuring folks from all walks of life, having fun and celebrating a beautiful summer day. It’s interspersed by animated images of the band members in the style of a-ha’s classic video “Take on Me.”

“Considering the political climate and how the country is so divided,” Didear says, “I thought it would be great to put a song out there with a universal message of love and acceptance that was all about connecting with others and inclusivity.

 

I wanted the video to be really light-hearted and joyful but not cheesy, and we thought, what could be more spontaneous and full of life than a pool party? Sonically, ‘Everybody Knows’ has a slightly different style from the album, reflective of our decision, with our producer Gil Gonzalez, to use a bit less guitar and more synth and electronic percussion. We’re all excited about the direction the band is taking.”

 

Tweaking the vibe even slightly is a bold and visionary move considering the success White Label Analog has had with their previous, guitar-dominated sound.

 

Their song “Echoes” received spins in Los Angeles, Philly, Denver, Buffalo, Columbus, Tucson, Colorado Springs and their hometown of Austin, where they often hold court at popular live music spots like Stubb’s on Red River, Dozen Street on the city’s East Side, and Craft Pride on Rainey Street.

 

Regionally, they have performed in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, San Marcos, and Eagle Pass.

 

Selected as one of Austin Monthly’s “10 Bands to Watch” in March 2017, WLA was an official showcase artist at SXSW and Canadian Music Week in Toronto that year.

 

They also performed at RadioBDC’s +1 event in Boston.

 

“Oceana,” a track from their debut EP, was used in the feature film “Trippin’ to the Altar.”

 

“Where Have You Been” was featured in the 2017 award-winning indie film “My Ranger,” and three other tracks were licensed and included in 4 episodes of MTV’s “Teen Mom 2” (Season 8).

 

“The most exciting and gratifying aspect of WLA’s success these past few years has been working hard on new music, then having the opportunity to present it to people and see such positive reactions,” Didear says. “I think if you ask most musicians, their #1 favorite thing about being in this business is performing in front of a live audience and enjoying the amazing moments where those connections are being made.

 

We’ve all been making music for a while, and that is still something we look forward to every time we hit the stage.”

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Gulls - Shop

Gulls – Shop

 

Gulls - Shop

Gulls – Shop

 

ARTIST NAME: Gulls

 

SONG TITLE: Shop

 

RELEASE DATE: 19 April 2019

 

GENRE:  Punk/Rock/Pop

 

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Brighton trio Gulls’ #punkrockpoempop sounds like Sleaford Mods and Bikini Kill in a high-speed collision on the bumper cars.

 

Stripped back riffs meet sweet beats; all with a message running through it. This is a whole new kind of Brighton Rock.

 

Gulls filter their fury at local and global injustice through the prism of their seaside home.

 

These songs want you seething and seduced.

 

Rhi Kavok: Punk Poet

 

Boe Higgs: Guitar and Vox

 

Hicks: Drums.

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

Rhi, Boe, and Hicks. We were all born in the UK. Rhi and Boe grew up in a little seaside town on the south coast of England called Seaford. Hicks grew up near Wokingham.

 

Rhi and Boe became friends at school and always dreamed of forming a band but Rhi moved away to London for a while. As soon as Rhi came home, Gulls was born.

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State your academic qualification.

We all have degrees: Boe and Hicks in music. Rhi’s in politics.

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

Gulls got going at the start of 2017. We’re named Gulls because we’re from the seaside and the sound of Gulls is synonymous with home. Also, Seagulls are punks: they’re antagonistic and have their own brand of justice.

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

We call our genre #punkrockpoempop because we’re mixing spoken word influences with spiky riffs and beats.

 

The latest single, SHOP, is about how angry we are about libraries, refuges and venues closing, up and down the country, while chain-stores open in order to sell people pointless shit.

 

We absolutely put the blame for this at the current government’s door.

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

Promote music so that as many people get to hear it as possible.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

We’ve contacted various blogs, channels, radio stations. We use social media as much as we can. We’ve sent our EPK out to numerous organizations, for this particular release.

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SHOP is a clarion call to resist those who close libraries and open chain-stores.

 

“Young women telling it like it is with righteous anger and noisy guitars”

– Melita Dennett, Radio Reverb/BBC Introducing South

 

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“As someone who’s lived by the sea their entire life, I’m more than a touch familiar with the keening scream of the rats from the sky, also known as gulls. Safe to say, Brighton’s self-described “punk- rock-poem-pop” trio Gulls are a lot more palatable, and considerably more welcome.

 

Flaws joins the wave of feminist, anti-establishment punk having a resurgence in the wake of the #MeToo and third wave feminism movements, and makes its own considerable mark.

 

Punk poet Rhi Kavok’s unfettered war cry perfectly slips between a mocking yelp and a commanding punk vocal which drives the points home, while Boe H on guitar and Hicks on drums succeed in creating some Yeah Yeah Yeahs level instrumentals. Packs a punch this one.”

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Explain the story behind the song.

Libraries are being shut down because councils are starved of money through the government’s failed austerity experiment. Everyone loses out when libraries are shut down. There’s a blog on our website about why it’s important to us.

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

BBC Introducing the South

 

Radio Reverb

 

Idobi Radio

 

Words for Music

 

Plugged in Brighton

 

We Love That Sound.

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

Rhi Kavok, Boe Higgs, Hicks

 

Producer: James Gasson.

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

We’ve all been in other bands before this one but this one’s definitely the best and our future goal is to have lots more people hear our music; to play bigger and better shows and we’d love to take Gulls on the road to play to audiences further afield.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

The combination of poetry and punk. We say we’re a bit like Brighton Rock in that we’re hard and sweet but there’s a message running through everything we create.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.

Our strength is that we have diverse likes and styles which work well together.

 

Our weakness is that we all have jobs and can’t practice as often as we’d like to.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists. 

You’re getting Rhi’s because I’m the one doing the interview so apologies to Boe and Hicks but…

Gulls – SHOP

 

Anti-Flag – The Press Corpse

 

Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl

 

Pennywise – Fuck Authority

 

Gulls – Flaws.

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

What matters is that the people connected to the music put energy into its promotion; whether that’s the band members or others.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

Rhi writes poetry. Boe is an incredible artist doing glass etchings inspired by nautical life. Hicks just became a Dad!

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List your various works. 

Bad Publicity

 

Flaws

 

No Altar

 

SHOP

 

EP ‘Weaponise Authenticity’ out autumn 2019.

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State the official date of release. 

Single SHOP released 19 April 2019.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

When we were trying to decide on a name, Boe and I went for a pint to discuss things. It was the early days of summer so we sat outside as the evening was just warm enough to. We discussed that we wanted a name that referenced the seaside home that is so important to who we are and what we do.

 

The moment we discussed the name ‘Gulls’, that second; every Gull in the vicinity went mental. It was this cacophony of agreement from the seagulls.

 

We sat wide-eyed looking at each other and then burst out laughing. We couldn’t believe we’d been given such an unequivocal confirmation from nature that our band was called Gulls.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

SHOP talks about the closure of libraries and other important infrastructure like refuges and parks that are places of safety for people from all walks of life.

 

These places are closing down at a terrifying rate because the Tories are starving councils of cash and thus the means to keep them open.

 

Meanwhile, out-of-town shopping centers seem to be popping up; these places cause high-streets to become ghost towns as people are seduced away from independent shops and encouraged to go on brand safaris, often lining the pockets of owners who avoid paying tax which perpetuates the danger and damage we all experience locally.

 

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Travis Shaw – Wild Mind

 

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Travis Shaw – Wild Mind

 

ARTIST NAME:  Travis Shaw

 

SONG TITLE: Wild Mind

 

ALBUM TITLE: Balance

 

RELEASE DATE:  Friday 19th April

 

GENRE:  Atmospheric Lo-fi Alternative Rock

 

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Atmospheric Alternative Rock from the North East Coast of England…

 

Travis was surrounded by music from a young age and picked up his first guitar at around 10 years old.

 

After falling ill in Australia and being homebound for months in 2018, Travis turned his situation into a positive one -Channeling all of his energy into his songwriting.

 

His debut EP ‘Balance’, released April 19th, 2019, is a product of this time.

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Tell us how to refine a demo to a mastered song.

So the song will gradually just take more shape the more I play it.

 

I write extra little bits to the last second.

 

I also write in the studio whilst recording it; usually when working with my producer Chad Male.

 

If I’m listening to the song again I can hear a melody in my head.

 

For example; when we were recording ‘Moving Parts’ I was listening to the chorus and in my head, I could hear a glockenspiel part.

 

So we laid it straight down, it’s so simple but I think it adds so much to the chorus. Little things like that make a track I think.

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Discuss the processing involved in creating a song.

Usually, I’ll pick up my guitar and just start playing around with chords, then it will develop into a pre-chorus and a chorus, etc., then I will add lyrics.

 

Sometimes I already have lyrics or poems that I have written and I’ll create the chord structure around that.

 

It’s slightly different every time really, I don’t have any set rules for writing; they usually just come naturally at the right time.

 

I don’t try to force songs; I take my time, focus and create something from a deep space inside me.

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Elaborate on the themes of most of your songs.

I guess the themes of a lot of my songs focus around personal struggles/issues that I may be going through at the time or have been through in my life, and the power of working through them and overcoming them.

 

Also the struggles of people close to me and what they are going through.

 

I think they also focus on the great appreciation of how lucky I am and where I am.

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Tell us your greatest musical works up to date.

My greatest musical works up to date. Well, I’ve only released my debut single ‘Moving Parts.’

 

So I guess it’s that… I’ve had some amazing feedback from people telling me how much they could connect with the song and how much it moved them.

 

It is an amazing feeling to see people reaching out and telling you that your music has affected them in that way.

 

I’m so glad that people can relate to the song and take something positive away from it.

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Tell us those behind your music process.

I write all the lyrics to my music and the chord structures. When going into the studio to record with Chad Male (Cape Cub), he will produce and help structure the songs and also lay down some of the instruments on the recordings.

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Tell us how you are handling the promotion of your music.

I’m using different social media platforms and also playing shows to get my music heard.

 

My label Sad For Life Records are also doing lots of stuff behind the scenes to get my music heard by the right people -Which I am super grateful for.

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Tell us your future goals and how you aim to accomplish. 

Future goals… So I’m releasing my EP ‘Balance’ on the 19th of April, I’m very excited about this.

 

We’re pressing a very limited number of Vinyl records, which are going to be handmade and screen printed by myself.

 

This was a goal I set myself around a year ago. I am constantly writing, and I’m planning on putting an album together over the next year. So that’s something I’m working towards. I also want to play as many shows as possible and hoping to do a UK tour soon.

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Tell us what you think has changed in the music industry.

I feel like the music industry is saturated with a lot of crap music right now, I feel like it’s lost its soul a bit.

 

There’s so much good music out there, you just have to hunt for it. You’re not necessarily going to hear it on the radio.

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Tell the greatest mistake to avoid while making a song.

Don’t rush the process.

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Tell us how you boost your performance. 

I make sure that I’m relaxed and in a good environment and peaceful headspace before going on performing.

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Explain the arrangement of the song.

‘Wild Mind’ is the first track and the most chilled out song on the EP for a reason. I wanted it to be very bare and stripped back and focus on the vocals really. The EP also gradually builds throughout. With the last track ‘Only Human’, being very upbeat.

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Discuss how the instruments come together for a song.

I’ll usually have an idea of how I want them to be and then lay them down in the studio.

 

When it comes to the band and live performance I just let the band put their own spin on the songs, which adds a lot to the music and live performance.

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State your musical skills.

I play guitar and a little piano. I’ve been playing guitar since I was around 10 years old.

 

I’ve also been writing from the age of 11.

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Tell if you consider acting in a movie.

Yeah, why not, I actually used to act when I was younger and performed in a few shows.

 

I’m also a filmmaker and studied film at University so I’m very familiar with the filmmaking process.

 

I am usually behind the lens though instead of in front of it.

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Tell us how you eliminate noise in your recordings.

Making sure the correct equipment is used and in an isolated quite environment.

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List the name of artists you cherish most.

Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Manchester Orchestra, Bon Iver, Pinegrove, Thrice, Phoebe Bridgers, RY X…

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Tell us how you get inspiration.

I find inspiration in a lot of different things, places, dreams, people, and encounters.

 

I feel like it comes quite naturally. Feeling inspired comes when I’m fully present.

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Elaborate on the song.

The song is about struggling with something in your life and knowing that everything is temporary and feelings pass.

 

There’s always a way of changing your situation with the right outlook and mindset.

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Elaborate on the title of the EP.

The name of the EP is ‘Balance. I wrote the EP when I was in a really tough place, overcoming an illness, housebound for a couple of months. I channeled all my energy into my writing, finding a balance between my body and mind.

 

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