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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MARBL - You're On My Mind

MARBL – You’re On My Mind

 

MARBL - You're On My Mind

MARBL – You’re On My Mind

 

ARTIST NAME:  MARBL

 

SONG TITLE:  You’re on my Mind

 

EP TITLE: The Flight Of The Hawks

 

RELEASE DATE: 12.4.2019

 

GENRE: Eclectic-Folk/Pop/Trip-Hop

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Discuss the story behind your music video.

Tomer Levi is in charge of MARBL’s music videos. He listened to the song and visualized the video in his mind…

 

In the video, we tell the fantastic tale of an ageless lady, living in a majestic house, reminiscing about her past loves from different points in time. Time becomes blurry and mixed, in this hazy daydreaming.

 

First, we looked for a very special location, after weeks of searching, we decided to construct our own shooting zone, the way we want it to be.

 

Trying to do so – we happened to luckily meet Ronen Sas, an artist, and a very special and thrilling person, who already built his house the way we dreamed of… We met him there, astounded by the beauty, and began to seek actors, clothes, settings… it was a long month since Tomer and I did all by ourselves.

 

The beautiful cake was made by my talented cousin Michal; it was so perfectly made (inside and outside) that I was so excited while cutting it.

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State the name of the locations in your music video. Surprisingly, it was filmed in Tel Aviv, in Florentine neighbourhood. One can tell that it’s so rare and unique in a city such as Tel Aviv.

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List the members of the crew that produced this video and use this opportunity to thank them.

Well, first of all, I would like to thank Tomer Levi, the talented director, photographer and editor. He did an amazing job.

 

Then, I would love to thank Michal Glazer for the amazing cake and for all the help during that exhausting day, Itai Admi, Ronen Sas for the majestic place, Ayala Liss the makeup artist, Bamoss Square for the beautiful suits, and of course the handsome and lovely actors: Maor Maman, Tal Sadeh, Guy Kalian, Moti Melamed, Aviv Bix, Netanel Gitis, Smigol the Cat.

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Explain your emotional state while shooting the music video. 

It was a crazy day; we worked so long to produce this video.

 

We hardly slept the night before the shootings, and we had so much work to do starting at 5:00 AM, but somehow, the energy on the set was magical like the atmosphere in the video, and I was so high because of that – that I couldn’t feel tired at all. I had a blast.

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Discuss your music career so far.

This is the third and last single of this EP “The Flight of the Hawks” – MARBL’s second EP which is about to be released by May 3rd.

 

I have been working on this piece for more than a year, and it’s mostly exciting to release a new EP after almost four long years of performing and writing new songs…

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Tell us if you aspire to go into acting.

Frankly, I haven’t thought about it, but who knows?

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Tell us your gains and losses in the music business.

I’m trying to look for the silver lining, which is acknowledgment, fulfillment, emotional experience and appreciation. When I’ve been told that someone was emotionally moved by my songs it’s worth it. I live for these moments.

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Tell us how you manage your time.

I teach music, mostly singing, piano and songwriting, I write songs, practice, rehearsing, spend time working at the studio, once in a while producing music videos, performing, and have music-related meetings.

 

My days are extremely busy, but I never miss my Pilates exercises and morning runs, I never miss a chance to have lunch with my mom, I love spending time with family and friends, and my late evenings are mostly quality time with my partner.

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Tell us how you are able to actualize success in your music career.

No one can guarantee success, and maybe it depends on the definition of “success” among each one of us, but I state that I do what I love to do the most, and when you do that, constantly…not bluffing, when you work hard and don’t compromise – You’re most likely to succeed.

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Tell us if you an independent artist or you are a signed artist and tell us how you run your music career.

I am an independent artist; I do most of the work myself. I’m surrounding myself with talented co-workers like my band members Nir, Michael and Jonny, Maor the producer, Tomer the video artist, Alon Farid from Helicon LTD who is in charge of the distribution, and assists me with everything I need, Merav Blumenfeld and Greywood Records (Heiko and Fatma) and many more amazing friends to accompany me throughout…

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List the individuals responsible for writing, production, recording, directing, choreography, promotion, and marketing of this project.

Production: Maor Shvartzberg.

 

Video Artist: Tomer Levi.

 

Graphic Designer: Itai Weinshtock.

 

Distribution: Helicon and Alon Farid.

 

P.R (Israel): Merav Blumenfeld.

 

P.R (EU) Greywood Records (Heiko and Fatma).

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Tell us the instruments put together for the song.

Drums (Nir Mardan), Bass (Maor Alush), Guitar and Keyboards (Maor Shvartzberg), Piano (Moria Or – me).

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

There are musicians that have other passions and they choose to do other things for living alongside their music, and it’s great. Others choose to do music for living which is also great.

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Tell us the advice you will give to a new artist planning to shoot a music video. 

Be sure to know you’re about to work hard and be prepared for it. Don’t compromise, give your 100%.

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Tell us the reason you shot a video for this song.

I believe that the more ways you have to enter one’s heart – the better. So, if we have a song, why not visualize it?

 

It was also very clear to us that it should be a daydreaming, alternative world, blurry one, all that we had left is to make it happen.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

You’re on My Mind. This is a pure longing song. It spilled out at once, telling the story of a sneaky moment; I somehow found myself lingering in.

 

Unlike other longing songs I know and wrote, I was so vividly present in that very moment, leaving the past behind, and stripped from future hopes, ignoring the consequences of my wild thoughts, I just needed to say it out loud: “You’re on my mind”.

 

What are we, if not a bag of memories? I remember that autumn’s afternoon, I was all alone in my apartment, and I found some solace in closing my eyes and let myself be at a different point in time, where I can fill my void with the warm feeling I missed so much.

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

The Flight of the Hawks – EP

I was on a holiday vacation with my family, as I was reading “The Alchemist”. I was sitting under a late September sun as I read these words: “He watched the hawks as they drifted on the wind. Although their flight appeared to have no pattern, it made a certain kind of sense to the boy. It was just that he couldn’t grasp what it meant.” “In his heart, he wanted to remain awake, but he also wanted to sleep.”

 

I am learning the ‘Language of the World’ and everything in the world is beginning to make sense to me, even the flight of the hawks. In that very moment, it all made a certain kind of sense to me too. I know exactly what I have to do, I called Maor and told him that we’re doing it, and so it was.

 

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Dom Youdan - Is Your Lover Still Cool

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Dom Youdan - Is Your Lover Still Cool

Dom Youdan – Is Your Lover Still Cool

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Dom Youdan

 

SONG TITLE:  Is Your Lover Still Cool

 

RELEASE DATE: 11th April 2019

 

GENRE: Electronic-pop

 

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Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.

I recently had a fan say during the single launch that this was the best music they had ever heard. Full disclosure, it was my dad but still…

 

In all seriousness, the response so far has been pretty amazing, lots of people and fellow artists reaching out to give me digital high fives. It’s great to get ‘Is Your Lover Still Cool’ out there and hear people relate to it.

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Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favourite.

This year I wanted to write more music, to really fall in love with the process of creating and writing a song.

 

I think with more music, the immediacy of a connection has become more and more important for me, I know quite quickly if I’m writing something that resonates with me. If it isn’t, I tend not to take it too much further.

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Tell us the names of producers you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

I’m pretty lucky to be working with some incredibly inspiring producers at the moment in Jack Gray, Tim Tan and I’m just about to dive into some sessions with Dylan Nash, which I’m very pumped about.

 

But if I could sit down with Kevin Parker, Danny Harley Francis Farewell Starlite, hey I wouldn’t say no (I would say yes, hard).

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Tell us the names of the songwriters you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

I recently wrote a track together with Eliott who is just an insanely talented human being. I’d love to jump into a session with Ezra Koenig, and if it didn’t work out we could just write for his anime show instead. Oh also, Alex Hope.

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Tell us your favourite TV show and state your reason.

At this very moment, I would have to say season one of True Detective. It’s just crime perfection, incredible writing, direction, cinematography, and performances. I saw that beast in a heartbeat. I couldn’t bring myself to watch season two when I heard it had lost the magic. But, I’m finally ready to give it a go.

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Tell us your best mood to create a song.

I try to write in every mood because it completely impacts the direction of the track. The most important thing is to just sit in front of your keyboard or guitar and start writing.

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Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.

Creating something that people truly connect with and relate to.

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Tell us the names of artists you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

Basically, I’m just naming artists who have inspired me so The Weeknd, Troye Sivan, Brendon Urie, Mura Masa, Sampha and Julia Jacklin.

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Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.

My first time performing…how can I forget? It was an open mic night and I’d been frantically teaching myself guitar for two weeks and trying to summon the courage to actually go on stage and sing. I had no idea what the etiquette was for performing at an open mic, you know that you stay to listen to everyone else (obviously). But I was so nervous, I wanted to get in there and get out. And that’s exactly what I did as everyone looked on, disappointed.

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Tell us how you approach songwriting.

Melody first, almost every time; I try to build as much of the song in my head as I can as that’s the moment I find myself most free for creation, and then when I have a few melodies and moments I’m vibing, I’ll start figuring out chord structure and instrumentation.

 

Then, we move onto production. But, keen to actually experiment with the process more this year and start writing more songs that are beat led, etc.

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Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound.

I love it; I think it’s an absolute must. I’m a singer-songwriter first and foremost but I really try to be open to new music, sounds, and inspiration. It’s the best way to constantly evolve as an artist.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

When my first single came out and didn’t go quite as well as I hoped, I had a day of being a broken man ha. It’s pretty gutting when it is something you’re so invested in. But, it’s also this huge wake-up call. The inspiration can come from rejection. I’m still proud of my rejections, but it definitely drives me to keep going.

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Elaborate on what compels you to sing.

For a very long time, I didn’t want to sing, I was terrified of performing or even being someone who has a story to tell. But now, it’s such a huge part of how I feel, connect and share. Singing is my story, whether you’re in the shower on shitting yourself on stage…

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Tell us the comparison between digital recording and analog recording.

Personally, I love them both. I love blending the two. Digital recording gives you such incredible control and creativity, but in analogue, you have the emotion, particularly as I’ll always start a song with an analog process.

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Tell us how you record your vocals.

I use an Aston Origin, and Apollo Duo, pumped through UAD Pultec Pro, Teletronix LA2, two reverb plug-ins, and then a few bits of Soundtoys secret sauce.

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Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.

I’m spending more and more time with Ableton, I love the simplicity of it, though it still could be so much better when it comes to vocal takes and compilation. Plus, it’s there ready to go when I need to perform live. Apollo Duo is a beast.

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Discuss the selling of CDs and selling of digital files through digital stores.

As an emerging artist, I’m forever thankful to CDs, just from a merch point of view. It’s a great moment to really symbolize connecting with a fan. I still have my own collection and every CD I own feels like memory as much as a piece of music. A lot of that is lost in digital, but the access digital music provides fans is pretty incredible.

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Elaborate on the song.

‘Is Your Lover Still Cool’ is a song that’s as much about growing up as it is about falling in love. It a very honest moment that plays to the tropes of being a geek or cool and questioning if any of it really matters.

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 “The track swells with warm melodies and intimate vocals as Youdan gracefully croons about unrequited love, all while mixing in some witty lyrical quips – including a masterful Fred Durst reference.”

– Music Feeds

 

London-born, Sydney-based songwriter Dom Youdan shares sweeping new single ‘Is Your Lover Still Cool.’ It’s a dynamic track, which strikes at the heart of unrequited love through the warm, unfurling production; layers of electronica; organic instrumentation; Dom’s tender vocals.

 

Speaking about ‘Is Your Lover Still Cool’, Youdan says: “I was an outrageous geek growing up, Is Your Lover Still Cool speaks to that; of not fitting in and feeling something for someone who doesn’t really see you. This song’s as much about gaining perspective as it is falling in love.”

 

Unreturned emotion is a well-trodden subject, and yet Dom Youdan handles it with such personal intimacy; that genuine feeling most of all heard in his honest lyrics…

 

Working with filmmaker Daniel Hartley-Allen, Youdan brought his song to life on screen with a music video that matches up beautifully with the tenderness of the original piece of music.

 

Playing with darker tones and lush yet lo-fi production, ‘Is Your Lover Still Cool’ earned top video treatment.

 

“The video is dripping with nostalgia. We shot it in this karting and laser tag arena, and they let us run wild. The goal was to take this typical retro moment in your childhood and turn it into a dynamic cinematic landscape.” – Dom Youdan

 

Dom Youdan found himself being signed on a Skype call before even releasing his first single.

 

“Turns out the best way for a musician to stand out in London is to move to Australia!” says Dom after being discovered by London and Los Angeles based Hi-Tea Records and LME Publishing (Dido, Andreya Triana).

 

This pivotal moment was preceded by the songwriter’s time in the United Kingdom, in which he would commute three and a half hours every day to and from a job he didn’t care for and felt he was merely surviving instead of thriving.

 

Like many of us, Dom Youdan escaped into is mind and on these painstakingly long journeys, he began writing melodies to pass the time, Youdan went on to teach himself guitar and piano, write songs and play his first gig by the age of twenty-four.

 

It was at his second-ever live gig that Youdan fell for an Australian in the audience, and this was the spark which inspired the newfound songwriter to go on his Australian adventure releasing his debut Tigerlily EP in 2017.

 

Youdan’s forthcoming EP explores his personal and collective memories, taking a universal, youthful moment and blurring them with his own – creating a space for discomfort and nostalgia.

 

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Zonouzi - Succa Phree

Zonouzi – Succa Phree

 

Zonouzi - Succa Phree

Zonouzi – Succa Phree

 

Artist name: Zonouzi + Donny 6ravo + K.I.D.

 

Song Title: Succa Phree.

 

Album Title: Therapy

 

Release Date: February 28th, 2019

 

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

 

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

My name is Ardalan Zonouzi (Zonouzi), I was born in Tehran, Iran, and I had sometimes difficult sometimes a fun childhood growing up. I lived with people that made me happy while under the pressure and influence of the government.

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State your academic qualification.

I’m 17 and a junior in high school.

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

I started rapping in 2016 when I was 14. I started writing music because of Eminem he made me feel better. Then I started listening to J Cole and Kendrick and Mac Miller and many more.

 

My goal with music became to inspire and to heal, to promote balance and facts with evidence about reality and the real world.

 

I knew Jared (K.I.D.) from high school and he introduced me to Donny, who I knew from the videos he made on Instagram.

 

We made a couple of songs together. The first time, Donny was featured on a collaborative tape, I and KID did (Cypherality from Cloud 9) and the new version became “Succa Phree.”

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

My goal in music is to help people. Whether it’s making a party song people can dance to or whether it’s a song people want to be alone listening to. My genre has no limits. From rock to jazz to Middle Eastern instruments and even EDM, I’m very open-minded to good music of all forms.

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

I am making my own record label called 1122 Records which will launch soon.

 

My label is a label where freedom is given to the artist while helping them understand the advice that can help them and in what way.

 

The profit made from the music will go towards the promotion of the music until the song reaches the intended goal agreed upon both by the artist and label. After the goal is reached and we have finished promoting the music, the artist gets 70% royalty.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

I’m promoting my music through self-made playlists, promotional playlists, social media, videos, in person, CD’s, music video, and sharing every person’s music in the label while they will share mine so we expand together. Everyone is in it together but everyone is their own independent individual.

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Born in Tehran, Iran on December 18th, 2001, Zonouzi had a difficult life growing up.

 

He moved to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of twelve in 2014. Inspired to write by Eminem and Persian rapper Hichkas in 2015, Zonouzi’s main concepts are inspired by happiness, balance in life and reality.

 

Idolizing artists such as Mac Miller, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, and more, the seventeen-year-old infuses different types of music to create his own style.

 

Capable of speaking and understanding Farsi, English, and Spanish, Zonouzi also draws inspiration from Persian artists and bands such as Zedbazi, Behzad Leito, Erfan, and other foreign music.

 

On February 28th of 2019, he released his first independent studio album “Therapy”, with a goal to help through his music.

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This was originally supposed to be Donny’s song because he had the hook and verse but he didn’t like his second verse. KID freestyles the second verse and while he does that, I write my verse and just go in after him. We were just having fun and it turned out pretty fine.

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

I have not been on any radio or TV stations yet, but the time is coming. I’ve been featured on many different playlists however and I plan on releasing music through Spotify playlists soon.

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

1122 Records is made of many different people. Our main artists are Zonouzi, K.I.D., Donny 6ravo, RMF, and Coffman. We work with many different producers such as AliSD, A Wil, StudioGangsta Label, etc…

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Elaborate on the song.

The song is about being your own person. Stop listening to the trends, stop being a sucker for what people like and stop chasing things that you don’t like or won’t be influenced by positively.

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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 business for 3 years now, this is just the start, however, and the past 3 years were just practice and trash songs. 2019 was the real launch of my career in my opinion.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

A lot of people think my accent makes me different and I understand that.

 

I personally think I’ve been influenced by so many different styles from all different kinds of genres that many Americans haven’t been exposed to which gives me one advantage.

 

I study the game more than I have ever studied for homework. I study promotions, labels, artists, lyrics, everything.

 

My lyrics are not basic, they can be lyrics that are intended towards being popular which means I’m concentrating on a certain audience when I say some basic stuff, but in most scenarios, my lyrics and flow are real and meaningful, bars and wordplay with a combination of unique flows and melodies.

 

My subjects are different. My beats are different. My perspective is different. Everyone in my school knows I’m different even as a person, it’s just the personality. My mom always told me I was. I found out for myself when I was 7.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.

My weakness and strength is my accent. My main weakness I think I have is pronunciation and breathe even though everything can always improve.

 

My pros my mentality, my outside of box thinking, my unique flow, my vision, and purpose…

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

It’s very hard to say but Alright by Kendrick Lamar, Dang! by Mac Miller, No Role Modelz by J Cole, Cigare Soorati by Zedbazi, Open Letter by Lil Wayne, Live from the Gutter by Drake and Future.

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

I’m always open to signing to a major label but I didn’t start this to get signed, I started this for myself and if I don’t get signed, I’m going to become the major label myself and keep all the money to myself and those who actually believed in me.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

Music is all I do. I do school and work three jobs but it’s only to pay for this music…

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List your various works.

I put out my first tape in 2016 called the Movie which I recorded on my phone and let the beat play in the back through my iPad.

 

Then I made another tape but with only 5 tracks called “Reflect” where I first started learning to mix.

 

After that, I put out “1122: The Happy House”, then I released a collaborative tape with K.I.D. titled “Cloud 9” with 6 songs.

 

After that, I worked nonstop on my album for 6 months and dropped 7 tracks independently as an album titled “Therapy.”

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is “Zonouzi” pronounced “ZO-NOO-ZEE”, it’s my last name, helps me stay in touch with my origin and reminds me of why I started this but I also have a goofy SoundCloud character called “Lil Zoot” which I mention in some songs who basically just doesn’t give a fuck.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Succa Phree. Means sucker free. Away from the bullshit. Independent. Free from drama and minding your own business and being successful with those who actually care and aren’t making a fool out of you while you keep yourself in check and make sure you’re not making a fool of yourself.

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

The album is called “Therapy”, I wanted it to help heal people. It has hype songs in the beginning, a couple mellow/deep songs to show life has balance. Like yes; there’s a bad thing but there’s also good. The word good or bad is just a bunch of vowels, you decide what’s good and what’s bad, not law, not society, you choose how you want to perceive life.

 

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ClipKingz - Righteous

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ARTIST NAME:  ClipKingz

 

SONG TITLE:  Righteous

 

ALBUM TITLE: Legacy Of Kingz

 

GENRE: Hip-Hop

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The Clip Kingz are a group of five individuals, Jermiside (Cincinnati, OH), L-Marr the Starr (Dayton, OH), Giovonni Pratt (South Bronx, NY), DJ Grain, and producer Mike Jay – A collective of members hailing from all regions of the United States of America.

 

Multi-talented in the arts of beats, rhymes, and visuals, these individuals bring old school values with a contemporary sound.

 

The group was originally formed in 2015 as a video company with the idea of providing artists with an affordable way to create professional visuals; some clients include Tanya Morgan, The Lessondary and Tha God Fahim among others.

 

In 2016, at the urging of Hell Razah (Sunz of Man/Wu Tang), the Clip Kingz joined forces to create a project he would back under his Label, Hell Razah Music Group, (HRMG).

 

In a full year’s time, Giovonni Pratt started to lay the groundwork for an EP titled “Legacy of Kingz”, a seven track project featuring Tragedy Khadafi, Tiona D (Griselda) among others.

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Share your life story with us.

Although we are from different parts of the United States, Jermiside from Cincinnati Ohio, LMarr from Dayton Ohio, Giovonni Pratt Bronx New York, and Mike Jaye Detroit Michigan we all meet here in Atlanta Georgia.

 

We were introduced to each other working the same venues and through recommendations from our peers.

 

It wasn’t until Hellrazah (Wu Tang Clan) suggested we create a project together after listening to a demo we cut.

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One of our press release and reviews would be “Blade,” and Anrfactory review of the project…

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The Clip Kingz emerge with their second visual offering from the Hell Razah assisted EP, “Legacy of Kingz”. Here, over a Homage (CVG) laced track, the Clip Kingz explore morality and inner turmoil. Video directed by The Clip Kingz.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.

The names of those that have supported us would be Hellrazah (Wu Tang) Tragedy Khadafi, Da God Fahim, Apollo Ali, Tiona D, Tiona’s Manager “O.” Shyheim, Tanya Morgan, Lessondary, and more.

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.

We are a multi-talented group, not only are we artists, we shoot our own videos as well.

 

So, Jermiside, who is also a member of Lessondary, a Hip Hop mega group, came up with this idea for us to shoot an entire LP worth of videos in two days.

 

The plan was for us to meet the other members of Lessondary in downtown Philly. We piled up in a mini Van and drove from Georgia, to Philadelphia. The journey took us 13 hours to an Air BNB building that should have been condemned.  To make matters worse, it rained the majority of the weekend. The ceiling leaked, the floor was falling apart and flimsy, and not to mention it was still wintertime.

 

As soon as we made it, we hit the ground running. Giovonni assisted with shooting “The Introduction” video in one room, while Jermiside was outside shooting the video for “Bittersweet.”

 

We were rotating artists in and out of scenes, running up and down stairs.

 

At one point we had to form groups and split up into parts of the city to capture different scenes.

 

We also had to be creative on the fly. We used streetlights for extra lighting.

 

We all piled up in the living room and slept. There were sleeping bags, everywhere.

 

When the smoke cleared we shot six videos, exhausted we all took turns driving back to Georgia.

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Discuss your songwriting.

Songwriting for us is really not too complex, and we have learned how to share our skills with each other to get songs done.

 

For instance, Jermiside can write a verse in 10 minutes, while Giovonni already has a concept for a track just by listening to the production.

 

Lmarr can sing and can add an R&B element to a track. So, to put it all together, Giovonni would listen to a beat and create a concept.

 

Giovonni will contact Jermiside, share the concept, and Jermiside would have his verse ready, record it in the studio, where Lmarr would come up with a hook on the fly. This process was used to create the track “My Block.”

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Elaborate on your future projects.

Our future projects consist of three solo LPs, another ClipKingz EP, music videos, and we are also working on an independent movie. Once everything comes together correctly, we will announce the names, and dates of release.

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.

We are increasing our fan base through word, internet promotion like Reverbnation, Sonicbids, and word of mouth.

 

So far we are number 32 top rated group in Atlanta, and we have been getting offers to shoot videos for other clients in the area.

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Tell us that point in time you wanted to give up on your music career. 

The time we wanted to give up on our music career was the making of The Legacy of Kingz EP.

 

Studios were losing our music; engineers weren’t mixing our project professionally even when we paid them.

 

It was becoming more of a headache. Plus, we found more enjoyment filming for other people.

 

With filming, we were in control, and we were able to have fun creating visions for others.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.

Honestly, it’s all feeling, with us. Once we hear the production we will share ideas of what we feel, we may even play around and freestyle a line to spark an idea.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.

Giovonni Pratt, handles the licensing. He owns his own publishing company, Umbrella Coded Music. He handled the copyrights of Legacy of Kingz through the Library of Congress.

 

He consulted the group about song splits, credit, artists writer percentages, and also registered each song through BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC.

 

Giovonni shared how important it was for us to own our masters.

 

He said “Whoever controls the ‘masters’ controls how we get paid. We are grown! We shouldn’t have to go to a record executive to ask for money that is rightfully ours because they own our project.”

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State your favourite genre of music.

Well, we all are fans of old school R&B like Atlantic Starr, Luther Von Dross, Marvin Gaye, and others. The music is timeless and inspired us as musicians. The same can be said about Hip-Hop. KRS-ONE, Nas, Rakim, and others gave us the blueprint to mold us into M.Cs.

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Tell us the themes of most of your songs.

The themes of most of our songs have been based around the “Street” narrative. Songs like My Block, Hell on Earth, and Righteous have subject matter that is relative to the streets, not thugged out, or even overly violent, but pertaining more to our experiences, and lives in the Streets.

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Discuss digital distribution and streaming.

Digital distribution and streaming are new ways for artists to get paid.

 

It also offers the entire world a chance to listen and purchase music.

 

The good thing about digital distribution and streaming is an artist can set it up and do it him or herself.

 

In these days and times, an artist can be his own record label and release his own art through digital distribution.

 

The artist no longer has to sign a contract making him/her a slave to a record label.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.

Honestly, you have to connect with your audience. Identify whom you’re creating the music for. We’ve seen artists creating songs for the club without fully understanding those in the club.

 

Also, staying current with music trends such as sound, and style.

 

We have met artists that are stuck in the past, and don’t want to evolve, but want to make a hit record using a format that no longer attracts enough of the audience to make a hit record.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Giovonni, means “The Blessed One.” Pratt was adopted to describe his rebel style persona (Geronimo Pratt) Jermiside’s name is a play off his Grafitti name Jermz, and Lmarr’s name is a play off his real name Lamarr.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The title of the song is ‘Righteous’, and the meaning of the song revolves around us maintaining our methods of staying noble in a world so evil.

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

The title of the album is, “Legacy of Kingz.” The reason why we named the project Legacy of Kingz was we wanted to leave a piece of ourselves in music form. Each track is a piece of our experiences and feelings during our time spent creating this body of work.

 

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Watercolours - Habits (Stay High)

Watercolours – Habits (Stay High)

 

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Watercolours – Habits (Stay High)

 

Artist Name: Watercolors

 

Song Title: Habits (Stay High)

 

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An immersive blend of indie-pop, driving beats and electronic influences, Watercolours are a Bristol based band consisting of vocalist/guitarist Conal Kelly, bassist/keyboardist Matt Sharlot and keyboardist Hamish Woolley.

 

Having met at university, the trio began making music together blending electronics with glistening guitar riffs and syncopated rhythms.

 

The listener is enveloped in a world of tropical atmospheres and space-age sonics, where clipped beats collide with glassy guitars.

 

Self-produced by frontman Conal Kelly, the group create arrangements collaboratively, often being compared to bands such as Foals, Glass Animals and Beach House.

 

With high praise from BBC Introducing, including a live session on air and a wide array of reviews online, the band increasingly gaining attention in the South West.

 

Ahead of their debut EP (planned for release this summer), the trio is currently on a spring tour, including a date at DeMontfort Hall – supporting Marillion – after impressing crowds at their previous support slot in Bristol last year.

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Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.

Conal: We tend to get a lot of people to comment on how ‘interesting’ it sounds? Like the layers in the music, which I think is a really cool thing because it means people are really listening, which is nice!

 

Hamish: I think people appreciate some of the intricacies and complexities which go into some of our songs, while still being fairly consumable easy to listen to, which we love!

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Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favourite.

Conal: A great melodic hook, that’s the main thing for me! And possibly creative production decisions, stuff I haven’t heard much before.

 

Hamish: I always appreciate the groove, solid bass line and drum pattern is always a winner.

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Tell us the names of producers you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

Conal: Dan Lancaster (for his choppy, modern rock style of production) or Kevin Parker, because everybody loves Kevin Parker.

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Tell us the names of the songwriters you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

Conal: There’s an artist from London called Polly Money who is a fantastic songwriter and it’d be great to do something with her! As far as huge songwriters go, it’d be fascinating to write a song with Flume I think, even though he’s more of a producer.

 

Hamish: If it could be anybody, I’d have to go with James Blake. The guy is a genius! His style is so unique and I feel we’d learn endless amounts during the process.

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Tell us your favourite TV show and state your reason.

Conal: Black Mirror – it gets you thinking and freaks you out a little… great combo!

 

Hamish: Tend not to watch too much TV; I don’t have the attention span! I prefer YouTube short documentaries!

 

Matt: Alan Partridge.

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Tell us your best mood to create a song.

Matt: Excited – by something which has recently inspired me, be that musical or not.

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Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.

Matt: Having a fan base coming to your shows and knowing the words. And when I buy my own bed.

 

Hamish: Getting endorses by Ikea, with a lifelong supply of free plants.

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Tell us the names of artists you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

Matt: We recently collaborated with our mates in Treehaus which was a load of fun. There’s loads of great up and coming artists in the South West so it’d be great to work with them and bounce ideas off one another.

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Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.

Conal: I used to hate singing, so I was just a guitarist for years… my first experience on a stage was terrifying, but nothing beats the buzz!

 

Hamish: I used to perform in school events growing up, coincidentally at Colston Hall in Bristol where we supported Marillion last year. The band was my first collaborative experience though and it’s been a blast. Nothing beats having your mates on stage with you!

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Tell us how you approach songwriting.

Conal: Tends to be largely based around the production/ recording element of it, rather than sitting down with chords and lyrics!

 

Hamish: I often find melodies or rhythms come to my head while I’m driving, so I try to record hum’s and mumbles before the idea slips away and learn them on piano afterwards!

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Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound.

Conal: Love it, all for it. The best way to make something new is to blend what has already been created in a new way.

 

Hamish: Live for it. If somebody tells you a rule, break it. That’s the only thing to move things forward.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

Conal: Very deep question. In typical musician style… write a song about it.

 

Hamish: Reflect, assess why, and then channel it as motivation to improve.

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Elaborate on what compels you to sing.

Conal: I like to sing about looking inwards a lot. Lots of lyricists sing about politics and other things going on in the world, I like to sing about what goes on in someone’s head and how they feel.

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Tell us the comparison between digital recording and analogue recording.

Matt: I find digital much more flexible and malleable, but recording with analogue synthesisers straight to audio helps you move forward with the track and adds another opportunity to craft the sound more by playing with the audio file.

 

Hamish: I always prefer analogue. I feel a lot more inspired when I can be more tactile and hands-on with my equipment, though digital is limitless, so I’m all for recording analogue and manipulating digitally to create something completely different to the original.

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Tell us how you record your vocals.

Conal: In my room, in a chair, relaxing and taking as much time as I need to get it right… on my own, of course.

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Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.

Conal: Tends to be Logic Pro X.

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Discuss the selling of CDs and selling of digital files through digital stores.

Matt: We like the idea of selling physical CDs at gigs because it makes us feel a lot more connected with our audience and gives them something tangible to associate us with. Streaming and digital sales are obviously a lot more convenient and it’s a great opportunity to reach a wider audience, but it’s a lot less personal.

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Elaborate on the song.

Matt: This is the first cover we’ve released and the third track as a band. We had been playing the song live for a while and over time it gradually developed into something we were really excited to record and release!

 

Hamish: I think it’s about time the world knew Conal picks up daddies in the playground…

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

Matt: When we first started the band, we came up with tonnes of names but Watercolours stuck – probably because it’s one word. I thought of it because I was imagining our music accompanied by literal coloured water, but in reality, it just sounds nice.

 

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Hurricane - Pain in your Eyes

Hurricane – Pain in your Eyes

 

Hurricane - Pain in your Eyes

Hurricane – Pain in your Eyes

 

 

Hurricane drops a fascinating video for the smash hit entitled ‘Pain in your Eyes.’

 

The song features the combination of the angelic vocals of the female vocalists from Serbia with an electronic dance boom.

 

The instrumentation is energetic, driving and entertaining.

 

The lyrics of the songs are straightforward, and the song is symphonic.

 

The video is simple and appealing.

 

Choreography is exceptional and compelling.

 

Performance is incredible.

 

Costumes are smooth.

 

The music video features the three artists as the actresses and dancers with a male actor but the video is inviting.

 

Lighting is not so bright.

 

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Following their Serbian roots and zeal for R&B culture, Sanja Vucic, Ivana Nikolic and Ksenija Knezevic gathered into a female group HURRICANE with the plan to show their music and commence with their international careers simultaneously.

 

Hurricane girls are exceptional with their style, charms, and perfect arrangements and their songs are being played on the radio stations all around the world especially in USA, UK, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France, India, Serbia…

 

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Ivana Nikolić was delivered in a city in the south of Serbia, called Niš.

 

Ivana is a Serbian professional dancer and has won numerous national championships.

 

She commenced her singing carrier in 2016.

 

“Music is in everything and everywhere! The goal is to be persistent and to be better every day and closer to the top. We perform throughout music and dance, and we do it with love and passion.”

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Ksenija Knezevic originated from Montenegrin but she was delivered in Serbia’s capital city, Belgrade.

 

Ksenija Knezevic is a Serbian singer, best recognized as a backing vocalist for Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015.

 

“Music is my first love, my profession, my hobby! I truly believe this project is a unique chance to fulfill all my dreams, with perfect vocals and visual aesthetics that as a group make us unique.”

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Sanja Vucic was delivered in a city in the south of Serbia. Sanja Vucic is a distinguished Serbian singer. She is best recognized for representing Serbia at the Eurosong Contest in 2016.

 

“Music represents something deeper—a love of unrealistic and non-existing boundaries.  The goal is to achieve near perfection, the full potential of technique and voice. Combined with dance and stage presence!”

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Tarzanaland – Calling 901

 

Tarzanaland – Calling 901

Tarzanaland – Calling 901

 

ARTIST NAME:  Tarzanaland

 

SONG TITLE:  Calling 901

 

RELEASE DATE: 2019

 

GENRE: Country

 

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Tarzanaland is an American country duo consisting of vocalist Kelly Kidd (from Houston, TX) and multi-instrumentalist Thomas Gallmeier (from New York, NY).

 

The young band emerged in Los Angeles late 2015 after several years of starting their careers in honky tonks (the Podunk Poets) and on the dance floor (Mot & Krid).

 

Both had met several years before when Kidd had asked Gallmeier to drum in a new project. He agreed and together they went on to sign a songwriting/production deal with Grammy-winning producer Glen Ballard.

 

Kidd is most known for fronting and touring with the traditional country band The Podunk Poets all over the U.S. and making appearances at country music festivals including STAGECOACH.

 

Gallmeier’s unique songwriting/production releases have landed him on several European charts.

 

Combining Kidd’s and Gallmeier’s unique musical experiences, their music has been tagged as a pop-country – transitioning from the traditional country feel to their own hybrid modern sound and lyrical focus about cutting loose, forgiveness, political satire and personal evolution.

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

Get your performances sorted, make sure that everything works together with the way you hear it. Sometimes it helps to have a producer who gives you a different perspective. Get the best mix you can and also the best mastering you can. Most of all; be authentic.

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Discuss the processing involved in creating a song.

One way is to come in with a melody and start building a chord structure that supports that melody. In the meantime, we probably already came up with a lyrical idea that then keeps developing as we go along.

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Elaborate on the theme of most of your songs.

We sing about relationships, civil rights and equality and even environmental issues. Whatever inspires, worries or enrages us at any given moment, might end up in a song.

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Tell us your greatest musical works up to date.

We are proud of our singles, Leave Her Wild and Hold Your Fire.

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Tell us those behind your music process.

We do most work within the band. Sometimes we bring in additional musicians and of course, we do have a full live band.

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

Social media is the thing these days. And of course playing live, touring, which we are about to begin.

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

Touring – We are in rehearsal and will be looking for a booking agent.

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

Everyone wants you to be successful already. No one is willing to develop an artist anymore.

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Tell the greatest mistake to avoid while making a song.

Write from the heart. There’s no formula for a hit song.

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Tell us how you boost your performance.

Playing live is a great opportunity to connect with the audience. We are performers and feed off each other’s energy and enthusiasm.

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Explain the arrangement of the song.

Calling 901 is a more traditional pop/country song with an intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, and bridge.

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Discuss how the instruments come together for a song.

I think this song started on acoustic guitar. Then we developed a drum groove, recorded bass and additional guitars and the added vocals.

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Tell if you consider acting in a movie.

Yes, Kelly, our lead singer has been involved in acting.

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Tell us how you eliminate noise in your recordings.

Digital recording is very quiet, to begin with. Our studio has an isolated ground circuit that helps eliminate unwanted buzzing and noise.

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List the name of artists you cherish most.

The Beatles, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Shania Twain.

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Tell us how you get inspiration.

Life offers all the inspiration one could wish for.

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Elaborate on the song.

Calling 901 is about what happens when the love you give isn¹t strong enough to keep someone close – Realizing that one cannot win over a heart that is destined to be someplace else.

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

Our studio is in Tarzana, CA. the neighborhood the Tarzan stories were written in. Calling 901 was inspired by calling 911.

 

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Amaru Tribe – Tirate Rio

Amaru Tribe – Tirate Rio

 

Amaru Tribe – Tirate Rio

Amaru Tribe – Tirate Rio

 

ARTIST NAME: Amaru Tribe

 

SONG TITLE:  Tirate Rio

 

ALBUM TITLE:   Amaru Tribe

 

GENRE:   Cumbia Oceanica/World Music/Latin

 

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This tribe of six is bound through strings, skins, and wood. Emerging from the trans-oceanic journey they unite in the city of Melbourne to create music that embodies ancestral and urban sounds.

 

In the Quechuan language, Amaru is the serpent that connects the spiritual and the subterranean world.

 

The Tribe´s deep connection with their roots and mythology is nurtured through their songlines.

 

Amazonic drums, vibrating charangos, and powerful vocal harmonies give birth to a new sound, Oceanic Cumbia.

 

The tribe’s songs are a personal and collective work connected to topics of social change, ancestral wisdom, love, life and everything that moves us.

 

Nominated for Best Roots and World Music Album at The Age Music Awards in 2017 for their debut self-titled Album “Amaru Tribe” the bands popularity continues to rise as it makes its presence in Festivals around the country including Strawberry Fields (NSW), The Lost Lands (VIC), Melbourne Festival, Blenheim Music Festival (SA) and more.

 

A new exciting project produced by well-known singer and performer Oscar Jimenez (also known as Watussi’s front-man) together with a talented and diverse group of Melbourne based artists, songwriters and well-known musicians from Australia, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Venezuela.

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Tell us the tricks behind making a hit song.

Do it enough times until it feels right. Everything that’s good and consistent takes time.

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Tell us how you get feedback for your demo before working on it.

We ask our random people and friends how they feel about the song…

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Explain your recording experience in the studio.

It is always different and exciting. Many ideas flow on the spot but also some have been worked out from playing the songs live.

 

Been in the studio is one of our favorite times of playing in the band.

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Tell us how you compose.

We write in different ways. Sometimes one of the band members comes with the tune almost ready and we just arrange it to fit the sound of the band. Other times we jam ideas while the singers put lyrics and melodies to these ideas. There is never an exact system.

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Tell us if you add effects to your vocals to sound better.

We do in a creative way but vocals should sound good with or without effects. Effects may add and boost the sound but the soul of a singer can never be replicated by a machine.

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Tell us the best streaming platform to get new fans.

Don’t know what’s best but we use Spotify a lot and it’s been working well for us.

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Tell us your opinion on music education.

It is important to educate yourself. It facilitates communication. However, you must also learn to listen to your instinct when making music. Something just sounds right and there is no need to think too much about it.

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Discuss the shooting of a commercial music video for a song.

We haven’t done much yet but we have learned that budget constraints can be an opportunity to simplify your video. The simple the concept the stronger it will be visually.

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Tell us how you relate with other artists.

It is always great to connect with other artists as they are part of this big family of people sharing their music and experience. We learned so much from other musicians. It is a constant flow.

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Tell us if you can collaborate with an artist of a different genre.

Yes. We like to explore if there is something that hasn’t been done before. Sometimes it works and sometimes it’s not our favorite thing but the process is more important as we come out with new perspectives.

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Explain how to finance a music project.

Planning and teamwork – Everything is possible but not always at the same time. There are still a lot of things we are learning…

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Explain how to copyright a musical work.

We register everything through APRA who is the Australian organization taking care of songwriting registrations.

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Tell us how to generate income from a musical work.

We get most of our royalties from Festival performances and some from radio plays but we are looking for publishing opportunities. There is a lot of music needed for TV and film.

 

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