Angelical Tears – Once Upon A Time

Angelical Tears

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angelical Tears – Once Upon A Time

Angelical Tears – Once Upon A Time

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Name – Angelical Tears

 

Song Title – Once Upon A Time

 

Genre – Metal

 

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After a long hiatus, Oklahoma based female-fronted symphonic metal rockers Angelical Tears released the single titled “Once Upon a Time.”

 

 

Angelical Tears started in 2007 with a desire to bring symphonic metal to the wild frontiers of Oklahoma.

 

They have shared the stage with the likes of Bang Tango, The Misfits, Loudness, and others.

 

They released their first EP in 2010 and a follow-up LP, “The Eleventh Hour”, released in 2012.

 

The metal rockers have won several awards.

 

VMD-Award – 2014 for Best Metal Song – “Pool of Sorrow”

 

Grand Prize – 2017  – South-Central Broadcasting Society for Music Video “Once Upon a Time”

 

Grand Prize – 2018 – National Broadcast Society for Music Video “Once Upon a Time”

 

Third Place – 2018 – Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association for Music Video “Once Upon a Time.”

 

 

Julia Flansburg (Vocals)

Glenn Flansburg (Bass)

Name the artists that have influenced you so far.

Julia: Metallica, Evanescence, Nightwish, Kamelot

Glenn: Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Kamelot, Queensryche, Dream Theater, Lacuna Coil.  The list goes on forever.

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

Julia: Metallica

Glenn: Paul McCartney

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Tell us what you know about composition and how you normally go about it.

We have all had lessons at different points in our lives, as well as university-level music theory classes.  That being said, we still don’t go about it the normal way.  The preferred method is to start with a vocal melody and create the song around it.  We typically build the song first, usually with keys first, and write vocal melody and lyrics last.

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Tell us about your management team.

We don’t have a management team.  We are self-managed which is probably the number one reason why, after two albums, we are still relatively unknown.  However, we recently signed with Skateboard Marketing to do a-four-week marketing run with the new single.

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Tell us what you think about this song.

I love this song.  It has a nice upbeat groove to it.  The orchestration of it is really big and the bridge is epic.  It is easily the best song that we have ever done.

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

Facebook is probably the most active social media platform that we participate in.  We have Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, etc., but they are really all linked together.  That being said, I’m not sure how effective social media is in converting promotion into actual record sales.  We have over 20,000 “likes” on Facebook but we haven’t sold close to that amount in CDs. Promoting on a page that only has 10 “likes” isn’t going to reach a very large audience, even if some of the 10 share the post.  I haven’t seen a lot of sharing of posts.  Most of the shares come from members of the band to their personal pages.

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State the areas that need to be improved more in the music industry.

The biggest problem right now is people who claim to be promoters that don’t actually promote.  What promotion they do is simply posting something that goes out on their personal Facebook page, which only goes out to the few followers that they have.  They expect the bands, themselves, to promote the shows.  This becomes especially problematic for touring bands playing in areas where they don’t currently have a following.  In essence, these “promoters” are nothing more than glorified booking agents.

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Tell us about how you are getting your songs to stores as well as getting it to fans.

Our main platform for music distribution is online.  We use CD Baby to handle the digital distribution to iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and others.  They also have a physical CD store that we can send CDs to.  Often they will ship CDs to Amazon for physical sales.   We have had limited CD pressings for this reason as well as for selling at shows.

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

Julia:  I do little vocal warm-ups that sound like police sirens.  The rest of the guys prefer to get a little “lubricated” with alcohol.  Though, sometimes, that has backfired.

Glenn: Yeah, one time, I got too “lubricated” and played half a song with my guitar unplugged.

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

This is a really good question and one that has haunted me.  Recently “Weird Al” Yankovic released a full album.  I read that he claims this would be his last album and that he would be releasing only singles from now on.  The Internet has really changed the landscape of music distribution.  Digital retailers allow you to buy music a la carte, making the need for albums unnecessary.  In the early days, record labels would often have an artist release a single, to see if it sells, before bankrolling an entire album.   We’ve been toying with the idea for quite a long time.  From a cost standpoint, it doesn’t really cost that much more to release a batch of singles versus an entire album.  It also doesn’t pressure the artist to fill out an album with filler songs.  Music is pretty disposable.  In order to stay relevant, an artist has to continue to release new music.  Not everybody; an artist can go about it the “Boston” way.

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

Glenn:  I have had the privilege of seeing almost every band I’ve ever wanted to.  That being said I have still yet to see Judas Priest.  I also missed out on seeing Theatre of Tragedy before they disbanded.

Julia: Dutch band Within Temptation, though I would love to see Sonata Arctica again.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

Heartache, grief, and personal pain.

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Tell us about your recording process.

Glenn: I have a degree in Audio Engineering so I typically handle all of the pre-production before taking the project files to our engineer.  Personally, I like to have a different set of hands and ears during the recording process other than my own.  A song can be like a child and I get too attached to it and may need a different perspective.  Like most bands, we start with scratching guitars and vocals and then lay down the drums.  After that, we go back in and add bass and rhythm guitar.  Depending on the engineer we may do vocals or leads next.  Keys are always added last.  Which is way different from how we write a song and start demoing it out.

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

Being in a band is really no different than being a family.  There are lots of highs and lots of lows.  Like a family, no one ever gets along all the time.  But as a family, we always make amends and come together as one.  It can be difficult for sure, but the rewards are well worth it.  Nothing is more exciting than being on stage and seeing the crowd feeding off of the music, even so much as creating a mosh pit, and we’re not a mosh pit style of the band.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Angelical Tears.  When we first got together a friend called us “angelic voices” with “demonic guitars”.  We liked the sound of it.  We knew we wanted to keep “angel” in the band name.  However, we knew there was sadness in our lyrical themes.  Eventually the name “Angelical Tears” was proposed.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The first single off the upcoming album is “Once Upon a Time”.  Like most of our songs, the theme is about the tragic ending of a relationship.  Our heroine once believed in love but was tragically hurt.

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

The as to be released album is called “Season of Sorrow”.

“Once Upon a Time” is the first single off the album, as a teaser.  We went through a rather difficult period during the recording of the last album, “The Eleventh Hour” and the title and tracks from the album reflect that turbulent period.  The music is also a slightly new direction in our sound.

 

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TIANI - Wonder

TIANI – Wonder

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIANI - Wonder

TIANI – Wonder

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Name – TIANI

 

Song Title – Wonder

 

Genre – Pop

 

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London based artist TIANI dropped her second single “Wonder” on 16.03.2018!

 

“Wonder” is about what’s hiding in our imagination and wondering about what would happen if we dared acting on our most secret desires.

 

TIANI’s music is here to tell enigmatic, sensual and modern stories on things we “don’t dare to say”.

 

TIANI grew up between Croatia, Italy, and Boston (USA).

 

 

She has been collecting pieces out of her life’s journey to develop her unique style combining pop, soul and electronic music.

 

 

She dropped her debut single “All of me” November last year, since then the song got several reviews from leadings Croatian news; index.hr, GloriaIn, 24sata.hr, and Croatian music blogs such as muzika.hr, glazbeninfo.hr, DOPmagazin.hr and international blogs such as IndieNation, Broadtube Music and MusicalHeartBeat.

 

 

“All of me” was Number 1 for a whole month on Croatia’s top music blog glazbeninfo.hr Top 20 and it made into the Top 10 Croatian national top list.

 

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Feritta - Set Myself Free

Feritta – Set Myself Free

 

Feritta - Set Myself Free

Feritta – Set Myself Free

 

ARTIST NAME:  Feritta

 

SONG TITLE:  Set Myself Free

 

GENRE: Pop/R&B

 

 

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Feritta grew up in a family where education and family duty came first but her passion has always been creating in one form or another.

 

While most of today’s stars have parents pushing them into the limelight it was quite the opposite for this shy, Indian girl growing up in Australia and trying to find her way between two very different cultures.

 

While in primary school Feritta was encouraged by her teachers to sing in the school’s choir programs and at 11 she was awarded a scholarship to study the clarinet, which she did for two years but gave it up when she began high school which was a tough place for a girl who didn’t quite fit in.

 

The isolation gave Feritta a lot of time to think and music became a natural outlet, allowing her to escape to a place where she could express her emotions.

 

Whenever she has some spare time she was scribbling lyrics and fantasizing about the life of a being a successful performing artist – so much that she stated in her year 12 graduation yearbook that her dream was “to be a successful recording artist.”

 

While completing a double degree, Feritta returned to music and began vocal training under the guidance of local music teacher Lucy D’Olimpio.

 

D’Olimpio was an instrumental force, pushing her to come out of her shell and explore her musical talent.

 

She then went on to perform in a few local bands but Feritta quickly discovered how fickle the music industry can be and after a few false starts and pressure to quit, Feritta began working with UK writers Dean Hopkins and Brian Highet.

 

Together, their tracks “Be What U Wanna Be” was a song finalist in a national competition and their other track “Boyfriend” went to straight to #1 on the Australian mp3.com.au music charts.

 

Soon after this Feritta was presented the opportunity to not just sing but to write and produce alongside Hopkins and together, their first collaboration, “Don’t Tell Me That You’re Sorry” jumped to #2 on the mp3.com.au charts and remained in the R&B top 20 for over a year!

 

Together, Hopkins and Feritta, along with talented engineer and producer James Hewgill, created her debut album, ‘A Journey Begins’.  The album enjoyed immense success on the independent scene.   Several of her tracks from the album jumped into the Top 10, with several number-one hits in the USA Broadjam.com Top Ten Charts.

 

Her most recent success has been with… Who’s Got Talent Italy finalist Stef Talia with their smash hit “Set Myself Free” that peaked at #4 on the prestigious European Independent Charts and she is currently in the process of writing several new tracks with exciting new producers from Australia, London, and the USA.

 

Feritta’s talents have been recognized consistently as Best Female Solo Artist Australia in the International Music Aid Awards twice, receiving two West Australian based WAMi nominations, The Recognition for Excellence Award for her musical contributions to the Zoroastrian community – these are just a few of her accolades.

 

She has opened for international artists and sold out shows alongside Bollywood superstars Sonu Niggam and triple platinum award-winning artist Pankaj Udhas, International producer and popular UK DJ and actor Bally Sagoo and also recorded with famous trance producer Ronski Speed.

 

Apart from her musical accomplishments, her entrepreneurial skills have seen her launch not one but two websites, Goddess by Feritta, an e-commerce site committed to holistic yet luxury home and beauty products and her award-winning food blog aptly titled Eat In Style by Feritta.  Feritta is also committed to sharing her other passions for health, beauty and food on her YouTube Channels, Goddess by Feritta and Eat In Style by Feritta and of course her music too.

 

There seems to be no stopping for this multi-talented artist, foodie, blogger, businesswoman, and entrepreneur.

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Tell us how you write a song from the start to finish. 

It really depends; I think most artists would say true creativity is organic.

 

Sometimes I can be walking my dog and I will be hit with a great idea, other times I can hear a piece of music and it speaks to me and I want to write to it.

 

Other times I can be reading or watching something and an idea just resonates.

 

Writing music is like riding a wave, you just have to go with the flow.

 

A producer I used to work with used to tell me “Don’t force it, give it time”, I think that is great advice.

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Elaborate on the gain and loss of being a musician.

It depends on your personal circumstances, for me I faced a lot of resistance to wanting to pursue music.

 

It can be very challenging and lonely in a way when people can’t relate to your dreams and many people will think you are wasting your life on an unrealistic dream but that is because they don’t understand how freeing the creative process can be and how much joy it can bring.

 

While illegal downloading has made it hard for artists to earn through digital sales, the internet itself has opened up avenues through YouTube and other streaming services; where people from all over the world now have access to anyone, anywhere and that is a really cool thing.

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Tell us how you connect people with your music.

I just want to be authentic and be who I am and share a part of myself through music.  In an age where there is so much fakery, being authentic is the best way to connect with others.

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Tell us your greatest song to date.

All my songs are fabulous!  My most recent track ‘Set Myself Free’ is probably the track I am most proud of to date.  I wrote that song when I needed to tell myself a new story.  I was going through some hard times and felt that I needed to remind myself of who I was and what I am capable of.

 

Set Myself Free is all about empowering yourself and owning your truth.  It’s a really catchy track (produced by Who’s Got Talent Italy finalist Stef Talia) but it also is a message to trust yourself no matter what.

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Tell us what you hate most about the music business.

I think it is sad that today’s music isn’t about music at all, it is all about creating this “usually fake” image of what one thinks an artist should be so staying true to your message and purpose can be hard because someone will say, this isn’t commercial enough or you don’t have the right look or whatever it might be –  the music industry today is not necessarily about creating meaningful music, they are more interested in creating a “5 minute hit” and for some strange reason music seems to be more about shock value and less about music.

 

I think the integrity of the lyrics and the messages being played on the radio today could be a lot better.  When you think back to the greatest artists of all time, Elvis Presley, The Bee Gees, Dean Martin, Michael Jackson, Nat King Cole or Tina Turner to name just a few – they all delivered great music without selling their musical integrity – it would be great to see the music industry come back to music with meaning and not just music to meet sales targets.

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Discuss how you monitor your digital distribution and streaming.

I have my music set up through TuneCore, they take care of all that for me. 😉

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

Artists have to find a balance between learning from constructive feedback and being true to their musical integrity.

 

Today we live in an instant gratification kind of world and real music isn’t created like that, it has been cultivated and felt on an emotional level – all the truly greatest songs are.

 

Give yourself time and don’t believe the hype about overnight success, it is very rare.

 

Music is subjective so keep learning and growing from other talented artists but don’t give up because you get knocked down a few, heck, maybe a hundred or even a thousand times.

 

Yes, some people are truly lucky but for most, you have to remember they worked hard to get there so it is really about the journey, not the destination.

 

As soon as it becomes work, you have lost your way – so enjoy and don’t force the process.

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

I would tell them to immediately set up their social media accounts and again, this stems from today’s culture being one of instant gratification.

 

My manager is always telling me to create new content but I am so busy and have a million things to do every day but you know what, he is totally right.  Also, be genuine and comfortable with who you are.

 

There are certain people in the industry who may try to make you feel insecure about your looks, or encourage you to do things against your moral values, belittle your talent but remember that their opinion of you isn’t your opinion of yourself, it is how they try to control you – don’t buy into it – you really need to be mentally strong to cope because not everyone out there is a nice person.

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Explain how you record songs.

I do basic vocal demos on my Pro Tools system at home but I usually go to a professional studio if a track is going to be recorded for a release.

 

It’s also nice to go and record in a studio because I really value the input from the engineer, a good one will never just let you lay down crap vocals and charge you money, he will suggest a better way to sing a line, or tell you if you are pitchy, or sing a certain line a certain way and their knowledge and guidance can really help sculpt a great vocal.

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Tell us your opinion on adding effects to vocals.

I think adding effects to vocals can be amazing when used properly…the overall sound of a track can be greatly enhanced with the right vocal effects.

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

I think the biggest injustice in the world today is that we do not take the time to nurture ourselves.

 

We live in a world where we care much more about what the outer world thinks of us which I think is such a sad and meaningless way to live.  That is why I wrote Set Myself Free.

 

We all do it, to please our family, friends – even people we don’t even know.

 

As I have matured, I have realized that my value is not the result of what others think of me if I am striving to be my best.

 

Yes, of course, I will still write about love, it is the most beautiful emotion in the world but love can be expressed in many different ways – through hope, empowerment, and inner-strength.

 

I think if there was more encouraging music in the world, the world would be in a much better state.

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Discuss how you distribute your music

Tunecore is my main channel for music distribution and of course, YouTube is also a great vehicle for getting music out to your audience!

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Tell us more about your hit single.

For me, ‘Set Myself Free’ was a form of therapy and healing.  I grew up with a lot of negative energy and negative self-talk which I carried into my adulthood and I became very sick and was diagnosed with a very serious condition.

 

At first, I thought “why me” but then I began reading a lot about the mind-body connection and I realized I had become the result of my own negative feelings and that the only person who was holding my happiness and healing back was me.

 

So my lyrics might be taken literally but are actually metaphorical, like in the chorus when I sing “I’ll put on my crown, before me you’ll bow” – the “crown” is all about taking charge, being a leader, and creating a new ideal of oneself – owning who you are while “before me you’ll bow” is about surrendering your fears and realizing that once you let go of your fears nothing can stop you.

 

Music has an incredible power to put you into a good or bad emotional space very quickly so I want to create music that makes people feel and live their best life because I truly understand how important it is.

 

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