ARTIST NAME: Simone
SONG TITLE: Game Boy
RELEASE DATE: April 26th, 2019
Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.
Most of the feedback I get from fans is that my music helps them feel good and brightens their day.
Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favorite.
Choosing a favorite song often times depends on the genre and the song, but usually, when a song has the right balance of space between the vocals and the production and the two are playing off of each other in an original way, I dig it!
Tell us the names of producers you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
If I had the chance, my dream would be to collaborate with Diplo. The way his music highlights the vocals while also being intricate and different in the production is exactly what I love.
Tell us the names of the songwriters you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
Too many to count! I think in general I really love female writers. If I could go back in time, I would have loved to work with Carole King or Stevie Nicks.
Tell us your favorite TV show and state your reason.
The Office – It’s hilarious and never gets old!
Tell us your best mood to create a song.
It depends on the song. Usually, if I’m in a good mood, I want to write something fun and pop-driven. On days when I feel particularly moody, I write at the piano and try to channel my feelings into a ballad.
Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.
I think fame in the entertainment industry is the by-product of successfully finding your core audience and connecting with people through your art.
Tell us the names of artists you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
If I had the opportunity to work with Cautious Clay, I would love that. I’m obsessed with his music at the moment. I also really like Tove Lo, Billie Eilish, and Kim Petras.
Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.
The first time I recorded in a professional studio, I was 15 years old and traveled to Chicago from Virginia to finally record some of the songs I had been writing with a producer my dad knew of. I remember feeling so excited and loved every second of it.
Tell us how you approach songwriting.
I usually start on the piano with Logic, recording software, open on the computer.
I’ll write out some ideas, melody, and lyrics, over the chords I’m working with and create a beat around that.
I don’t force things; I let it flow and would rather see what happens than going for a specific idea when first starting.
Sometimes I’ll have melodies that I’ll start with. It depends on the song and each song comes together differently!
Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound.
I think the more freedom you allow yourself as a writer or producer, the more original your music will sound. When smartly blended in, anything can work!
Tell us how you deal with rejection.
I used to get down about it, as most beginning artists do, but over a few years I’ve developed a thicker skin and I know that for every “no” there’s a “yes” on the way and it will be the right thing for me!
Elaborate on what compels you to sing.
I think it is so natural to sing like a human, we want to create music within ourselves, even on a micro-level.
Singing has a similar effect on the body as exercise and meditation.
It opens up our lungs, increases blood flow, and creates endorphins naturally. It’s no wonder so many people love to sing.
For me, I’ve always had the impulse to sing for as long as I’ve been alive. It’s a part of who I am and keeps me happy.
Tell us the comparison between digital recording and analog recording.
While digital recordings are a copy of analog in the form of samples, analog can also give a more authentic sound as it’s coming straight from the source.
It all depends on your sound preference and what you are going for on the particular track you are producing.
Tell us how you record your vocals.
I set up a vocal booth in my home or rent a studio nearby, depending on the song. My favorite microphone is the Telefunken, however, I recently got a Manley for home recordings and really like it.
I edit vocals afterward on Pro Tools, and my husband engineers when I am recording vocals, as well as mixes the final product.
Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.
I use Logic and Ableton while mixing and editing vocals is mostly on Pro Tools.
Discuss the selling of CDs and the selling of digital files through digital stores.
While I plan to sell merchandise at shows for the EP release, I feel that the industry has moved away from CD sales and is more streaming-based, giving room for new originality when it comes to merchandise and products that we create outside of music.
The music will always come first and finding a great online distributor and using streaming platforms is the best way to reach a wide audience.
Elaborate on the song.
I wrote this song as a means of pushing back against the sometimes boxed-in perspective on female artists in the music industry.
We write, produce, run companies, it’s not just about being a singer or a face.
It’s important to showcase a stronger narrative, as much as possible, as the industry moves forward.
Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.
My artist name is my first name. The EP title is ‘Monarch’, named after monarch butterflies and the transformation they symbolize, this collection of songs is about becoming who you are meant to be and going for the things you want out of life.