Donatella Canepa – Mårtensdal

 

Donatella Canepa - Mårtensdal

Donatella Canepa – Mårtensdal

 

Donatella Canepa – Mårtensdal

 

ARTIST NAME: Donatella Canepa

 

SONG TITLE: Mårtensdal

 

ALBUM TITLE: All’Inizio Del Mondo

 

GENRE: Rock

 

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Donatella Canepa, born in Genova on March 6, 1992, is an Italian guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and composer.

 

Her career as a soloist began in 2016, after five recording experiences – between albums and EPs – with the bands Coffee Shock, Nomadama, Salto Nel Buio, The Strange Connections, and Cantina Club.

 

Thanks to these projects, some of the pieces composed by Donatella Canepa were broadcast on National radio and TV (Rai, Mediaset). Moreover, together with the band Salto Nel Buio she took part in the Mei Supersound 2012.

 

The album “All’Inizio Del Mondo”, entirely edited by her, is released in 2017. The work draws good judgment by the critics and the name Donatella Canepa appears on the pages of the prestigious magazine Classic Rock Italia.

 

In 2018 she releases her second album “Nautilus”, distributed by the established Italian label Top Records and she produces for Soundiva her third album “L’Orizzonte Degli Eventi” created for the library music.

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Discuss how you develop your melody.

Melody is something you can build on a piece of barren land. I try to do it by staring at the landscape.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

Planet – Earth.

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Tell us the most memorable experience in your music career.

Currently, there are at least three events: the live at Mei Supersound in Faenza in 2012, the presence among the artists selected by the Classic Rock Italia magazine in June 2017, and the cooperation with the Top Records label in 2018.

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Discuss how you build your song.

Playing is above all a game. When we compose a song, we generally start with the melody and then focus on harmony; however, the opposite is true as well. I like to change the rules.

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Tell us how you ensure your music inspires others.

I do not believe that the interest of the listeners can be voluntarily catalyzed. It happens or doesn’t happen.

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Discuss the relevance of promotion to the music business.

Today, promotion is more important than it used to be in the past. The onset of digital technology has made music accessible to everyone, therefore it easy to create and spread music, but the considerable amount of music produced gets lost on the Internet. Without promotion you are invisible. You cannot find an artist if you are not aware of his existence!

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Tell us what you will do apart from music.

If it is true that music is just a soundtrack, then I have plenty of free time.

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List the names of the instruments you can play.

Guitars

 

Bass

 

Keyboards

 

Percussions

 

Ukulele.

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Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist on entering the music chart.

As soon as you reach a destination, you’ll just have to start again.

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Elaborate on melody and rhythm.

“Mårtesdal” is a lively and rhythmic song. Besides the guitar solo, the lead guitars are somehow overwhelmed by rhythm guitars, bass, and drums to give way to the composition.

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State your future goals.

I hope that I’ll be able to keep on working in the field of library music and follow new exciting roads.

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Share your recording experience with us.

It took a long time to record “All’Inizio Del Mondo.” I didn’t want to use computer-aided shortcuts, so I had to be very accurate and meticulous during the recordings, and each track was recorded several times.

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Tell us the most difficult part of the recording.

The main difficulty turned out to be precisely the time taken: after a couple of months taken by recordings, you are usually more tense and confused.

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Discuss the greatest mistake you have ever made in your music career.

During a show in which we were taking parts as guests, a colleague of mine, our staff and I mistook a famous singer for a bartender. Our mistake turned into a very ridiculous sketch!

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Tell us how you build up your composition.

Guitar and pick, is there anything else?

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Discuss the relevance of music.

Music is the language shared by all the people.

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Elaborate on the song.

“Mårtesdal” was composed in the outskirts of Stockholm, near the tram stop from after which it is named. It is an energetic rock/metal song with urban elements and pioneering arrangements.

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Elaborate on the title of the album.

“All’Inizio Del Mondo” is a journey which ends in Stockholm. If we regard the extreme North as the beginning of the world, the destination of the journey becomes the beginning of a new adventure.

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Share your press release and review with us.

​”All’Inizio Del Mondo” (At The Beginning Of The World), the first solo album of the Italian guitarist Donatella Canepa…

 

It’s all guitar, bass, drums, and pretty much nothing else. An instrumental concept album where the guitar – its absolute star – also voices the least conventional sounds, turning at times into the water, ice, railway even… because “sooner or later everything blends, just like snow on the sea.”

 

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Alex Yen – 9 To 5

 

Alex Yen – 9 To 5

 

ARTIST NAME: Alex Yen

 

SONG TITLE: 9 To 5

 

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My name is Alex Yen, and I’m a singer-songwriter based out of Boston, Massachusetts.

 

I started playing music in high school, and I was always looking for the best way to express my own artistic voice.

 

I was always inspired by people like Frank Ocean and Sufjan Stephens, and how they can communicate their emotions so eloquently with their lyrics.

 

After getting into music school, I fell in love with the process of writing, producing, and singing my own songs, even though I wasn’t trained to be a singer.

 

I eventually realized that I was tired of letting my insecurities hold me back from doing what makes me truly happy.

 

After writing a number of songs that are personal and true to me, I was inspired to create a professional album that is a true representation of my artistic vision.

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Tell us how you develop your sound and style to make it different from other musicians. 

I tend to gravitate toward interesting ambiances and textures, and because of that, I love creating moody and spacey atmospheres in my music. I love creating music that will let you unwind and take you to a different state of mind.

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Tell us your opinion on the way new artists are coming up and the frequent release of songs.

I think it’s great that it’s become so easy for people to create music nowadays. Software and online services have become so convenient and easy to use that there’s no excuse not to express yourself! The only thing about that is that it becomes hard to stand out with so much content being created.

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State your experience as a musician.

I began my career in music as a jazz musician, believe it or not. I thought that jazz was what I was going to do for the rest of my life, but I feel fortunate to have realized early on that it was not my path. I don’t regret studying jazz, because it gave me great skills and musical knowledge.

 

After getting into college, I began to gravitate toward music production and recording, and I realized that singing and songwriting was a more natural way for me to express myself with music.

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Tell us your opinion on streaming and digital download of songs.

Streaming is definitely a hugely sensitive issue for musicians nowadays.

 

On one hand, it makes it very convenient to gain exposure on a platform that millions of people use, but on the other hand, artists are being severely underpaid.

 

It’s making it harder for independent artists to tell their own stories without having to worry about financial support.

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Tell us your goals and plans.

This album is about such a specific time in my life, so I’m excited to release it and move on to creating more music and telling different stories. I really want to write an album about how technology and modern convenience has affected how we interact with people and lovers nowadays.

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Tell us five current artists that are your favourite. 

At the moment, they are Frank Ocean, Sufjan Stevens, Seinabo Sey, Robyn, and Beyoncé.

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Tell us your best song up to date and share the link.

I think one of my favourite songs I’ve made is “Good Times” on my upcoming album. It’s one of the more bittersweet songs I’ve written, and it’s about letting go of grudges and choosing to remember the good times.

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Tell us your dream and hope for the future.

My dream for the future is that I can continue to make music and tell different stories from the perspective of a queer Asian artist.

 

I feel that there isn’t enough Asian representation in pop culture, especially in the United States, and hopefully, that will change in the future.

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Tell us what has changed in the music industry.

The music industry has definitely been heavily affected by technology and social media. Like I said before, it’s become very convenient to access content, but because of it, artists are becoming underpaid and underrated.

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Tell us your opinion on television/radio stations playing the same songs from established artists and giving little chances to independent artists.

I totally understand it; those who work in the media want to use content that will sell, and established pop artists are a sure-fire way to make money.

 

There are definitely many outlets for independent artists to be featured, but I think the problem is that indie artists rely on things like streaming services to make money.

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Tell us the challenges independent artists are facing and how to tackle it. 

Established artists have the promotion, merchandise, and access to revenue streams that indie artists don’t necessarily have. There are plenty of people that appreciate independent artists for what they do, but not enough people understand the struggle that these artists go through just to record a couple of songs. We need to change the way we compensate artists for their music.

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Tell us your opinion on this album.

This album that I’m releasing on May 31st means a lot to me because it represents my personal freedom from my last long term relationship.

 

The music itself is inspired a lot by artists like H.E.R., Sufjan Stevens, and Frank Ocean, and it’s meant to transport you to a reflective, spacey state of mind.

 

Several songs on the album are combined with moody ambiance, interesting textures, and ASMR-like sounds that are perfect for creating a chill vibe or just relaxing with your headphones.

 

Writing this album was really empowering because it was the first time I was able to express myself artistically, regardless of someone else’s opinion of me.

 

I’m hoping that with this album, I can inspire those who are struggling with forgiving and letting go and speaking their mind as well.

 

I also think that as a queer Asian artist, it’s important for people like me to have our voices heard, especially with the lack of Asian representation in the music industry today.

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Tell us your opinion on using social media to promote music online.

I think social media is definitely a powerful tool to promote music. However, because of the number of people using it for promotion, you definitely need to be clever in the way that you promote, and understand what your audience is.

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Tell us about your music career.

During my career in music, I’ve had many opportunities to work with a variety of artists. I’ve worked as a producer, engineer, and musician, so I’ve seen how it is to be on both sides of the glass in a recording studio, and I think that experience has definitely helped when it came to debuting myself as an artist.

 

It takes a lot of patience and conviction to present yourself as an artist, and I’ve learned that it’s important to do everything with an intention.

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Tell us what still motivates you to go on with your music career. 

I just love the magic of creating music. Whether I’m in the studio recording an artist, or writing my own music in my room, the end product is always rewarding and inspiring to me. The way that music can bring people together, share stories, or even just make you dance, that is truly magical to me.

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Tell us about you as a person.

In contrast to the moody persona that my album cover suggests, I’m actually a very goofy and fun-loving person! One of my main priorities in life is to be happy – Even if that means making mistakes, even if it means falling flat on your face. I think that way, you really get the most out of the short time that we have on this Earth.

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Elaborate on the story behind the song. 

This song is about being caught in a relationship in which you’re constantly thinking and wondering about the other person, but you know that they’re not reciprocating. When I was writing it, I was in this kind of situation, and I remember feeling frustrated and helpless because I knew there was nothing I could do about it. It’s one of my favourites on the album because it creates a very dreamy and longing atmosphere.

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Tell us the process involved in making this song.

I started out with the piano sample, and I just kept looping it until I came up with the melody, “I’m tired of always waiting for you 9 to 5…” Then I slowly added in the plucks, the drums, and the synths to create the spacey atmosphere. I knew that I didn’t want the production on this song to be too crazy, because I wanted it to be simple and focused on a specific vibe.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is just my birth name, Alex Yen. I like it because it’s short, and when I introduce myself, I just say “Yen, like the money” and I think it’s very cute.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The song is called “9 to 5”, and it’s alluding to typical work hours that people have on weekdays. It’s a metaphor for the person in the song being preoccupied and unavailable.

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

The title of the album is “Blue”, and it’s named after one of the first songs that I wrote for the album, but unfortunately the song never made it into the track list. I still decided to keep the title because I felt like the colour blue itself is a good representation of the reflective, moody ambiance that I was trying to create with this album.

 

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Alba – Heartbeat

 

Alba – Heartbeat

Alba – Heartbeat

 

Artist Name: Alba

 

Song Title: Heartbeat

 

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ALBA’s music has been best described as a blend between old-school Rock-Blues and her passion for today’s Soul/R&B and Pop music. With inspiration ranging from Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, and Stevie Wonder to Alicia Keys, Joss Stone, and John Mayer.

 

She’s already made a name for herself in Spain, where she’s known as the ‘girl who can play guitar over her head’, a title she earned due to her energetic and captivating performances with her band Sons Of Rock where she would do this signature move as an homage to Jimi Hendrix.

 

Her virtuoso guitar skills and classy stage presence led Sons Of Rock to win dozens of ‘Best Live Performance’ and ‘Best Band’ awards, play for thousands at festivals like Rock in Rio or Sonisphere, open for big international and Spanish acts such as The Waterboys or Celtas Cortos, and gain sponsorships from brands like Harley Davidson and Red Bull.

 

ALBA refined her songwriting throughout her time in Sons of Rock, and under the careful guidance of Grammy-winner/producer Nigel Walker (Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler), recorded 24 original tracks, spanning across four studio albums.

 

One of her songs, ‘My Name Is Lucille’, (a dedication to B.B. King), was included in the Canadian feature film ‘Moving Day.’

 

ALBA has now set root in London and is making her way onto the UK music scene with the support of some outstanding musicians.

 

She already performed at iconic venues and festivals such as; Ronnie Scott’s, Edinburgh’s Fringe and Brighton’s Alternative Escape.

 

She now sets her eyes on releasing her second UK single ‘Heartbeat’ which drops 10th of May 2019. It was recorded at ‘Ralph Salmins’ studios mastered by John Webber (Nina Simone, David Bowie) at Air Studios London. 

 

‘Heartbeat’ kicks off with a cascade of arpeggiated guitar before steady staccato keys bring you back around before the chorus throws you off with a blast of funk full of percussion to drive your feet…

 

ALBA intends to follow the success of her previous single ‘Lucky’, which attracted industry attention soon after its release, gaining airplay and positive reviews across the board, including a feature in ‘Guitar Girl Magazine’ last year.

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

I enjoy listening to both old and new school music. As a musician, I think it would be a mistake to forget about one or the other.

 

Old school is key to understanding the roots of music, learning from the people who broke ground and created their own style.

 

But on the other hand, it is really important to stay on top of newer trends in music production so you can have a fresh angle in your own music that people can connect with.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

It would be hard to choose one as I’ve been lucky enough to have quite a few awesome days like when I played at Rock in Rio, sharing bill with Amy Winehouse and Jamiroquai, when I performed for 80,000 people at the biggest marathon event in Madrid, playing with The Waterboys as a special guest or every time an audience starts singing the words to one of my songs. Those are unforgettable moments.

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Tell us how you protect your singing voice.

Warm-ups before shows, cover my neck during the cold months and drinking lots of camomile tea with honey.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music.

I simply love it. I grew up in a house where music was a constant. My parents shared their love for music with my sister and me by always having a record spinning in the house, taking me to amazing concerts and giving me the tools to pursue a career in music.

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Discuss creativity and originality in music.

I think creativity and originality are intrinsic and necessary for music. If you’re not creating something that is original, what’s the point of doing it?

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Tell us your plans pertaining to music.

Carry on doing the two things I love the most for as long as I can: recording and performing.

 

My newest single “Heartbeat” dropped on the last 10th of May and there’s an upcoming single “Leap of Faith” coming out on the 7th of June. I am very excited about these releases. We’ll be throwing the launch party next Friday on the 14th of June at The Dublin Castle in London.

Get your tickets now!

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Tell us the secret of success.

I wish I could. I don’t think there’s one single answer to that question as it depends on your definition of success. For me, that is being able to perform for an audience that digs my songs and continue to make new music, which is something I’ve been doing since I was 14 years old.

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Tell us how you get started as a musician.

It all starts with an instrument, music lessons and a passion for music!

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Tell us what makes you happy and sad about this project.

I love performing for a live audience and recording songs.

 

I feel sad that it is much more difficult for female artists to make their way into the music industry. You have to work twice as hard to get to the same point as the male counterpart.

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

Well, in my view eradication comes with more education at schools and at home. It’d be key for children to receive education on feminist values from an early age and learning to treat everyone with respect.

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List the people that assisted in making this song.

‘Heartbeat’ was mixed by Lester Salmins and mastered by John Webber.

 

The band is formed by Dan Day on drums, Kay Olajide on piano and Rhodes, Phil Donnelly on bass and myself on guitars and vocals.

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

I launched a pre-order campaign to help me fund this year’s releases. We successfully not only reached the goal but surpassed it, reaching 107%. I am very grateful to have such awesome supporters!

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

Music tastemakers have described my music as pop-rock with undertones of funk and neo-soul.

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Tell us if you prefer to write your own songs or you prefer to write with professional songwriters.

I have always written my own songs.

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Tell us if you prefer to produce your songs or you prefer to work with reputable producers.

I feel that I’ve learned so much from both types of experiences. I have worked with Grammy-winning producer Nigel Walker on my last record with Sons of Rock and learned a lot from him. I think it’s really helpful to have a fresh (and expert) pair of ears listening to your music and bringing sounds and details to it that you would have never considered.

 

On the other side, I also love the challenge of producing my songs. You’re responsible for the full outcome, so you need to try new things out and just experiment, which I think makes you develop as an artist.

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Tell us the story behind this song.

“Heartbeat” was inspired by the feeling of synchronicity of a crowd with the beat of the music during live concerts, when everyone’s heart seems to beat to the rhythm of the kick drum, and also takes inspiration from the sense of synchronicity between the pounding hearts of two lovers.

 

I wanted to be the one setting an energetic and positive beat to which an audience may synch… The kick drum at the start of “Heartbeat” is actually mixed together with a human heartbeat sample.

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Tell us the project you will pursue to make society better.

I try to bring awareness on two causes I strongly believe in: the need for more feminism in the music industry and the imperative to combat climate change as a matter of great urgency. I intend to be actively involved in both matters.

 

I donated part of the proceeds of my pre-order to “Stop Ecocide”, a charity whose cause is to make Ecocide (crime against the natural world) an international criminal offence.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

ALBA. My own given name – It means ‘sunrise’ in Spanish, and apparently it also means Scotland in Scottish Gaelic!

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Heartbeat” – I hope we can get those hearts beating fast on the single launch gig!

 

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Shiraz Hempstock – Simmer Down

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Shiraz Hempstock – Simmer Down

 

ARTIST NAME: Shiraz Hempstock

 

SONG TITLE: Simmer Down

 

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State your history.

Well, I joined the choir at the age of 9 and traveled the country with them singing at some of the most fantastic places around the county and then decided to start singing lessons, with local Soprano singing teacher Russell Painter and gained levels with ABRSM classical music.

 

Then later I decided I wanted to do more current stuff so I took lessons in more contemporary music and developed my style from there.

 

I attended guitar lessons, for a few years, but it’s not my thing really, it was more a formality.

 

My first live performance was at the age of 11, something my singing tutor organized for his students at Starbucks coffee shop…and from there I just went out busking and attending open mics, whenever I got the chance. These opened some amazing opportunities for me being picked up by music producers or A&R scouts, which helped progress my journey, giving me some valuable experience and opportunities at such a young age.

 

I secured a place at BOA Performing Arts school at the age of 13 and came away with a BTECH  in music, but unfortunately attending performing arts school never really helped me progress.

 

Radio Air Play and Music Gateway have opened up some really cool opportunities for me.  Just getting out there and doing it and making things happen for me is what worked for me.

 

I have a good team around me, which includes my mum Sarah and a small number of people that are guiding me, this took a while to find, but I feel in a comfortable place now. It feels like I have been performing forever 😊.

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Describe yourself as an artist.

I’d say I am a very soulful artist and have my own unique style and sound.

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Tell us the genre of your music.

R&B Pop.

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Tell us the story behind your song.

The story behind “Done the Dirty” isn’t related to me, it happened to a friend of mine, she was cheated on and she found the will to keep strong and move on no matter how much she was hurt and that’s not always easy to do.

 

“Simmer Down” is related to not putting pressure on the other person, take your time, there no rush, don’t kill the relationship off before it started. It’s not easy sometimes you like them more than they like you and controlling your emotions.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.

As a musician, I have realized the problem that only a small percentage in the industry have good intentions, a lot of people are in it for money and fame, only minimal are in it to do what they love.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

The music was produced in a local studio close to where I live in Worcestershire, a small well-equipped studio with a motivated producer. I think it’s good to work with different producers, they all have something different to offer, I took, my track “Done The Dirty” and asked if he could help me remodel it and this was the space we created ‘Done the Dirty’ and ‘Simmer Down.’

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

BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester and West Midlands, Brum Radio, Deuce Radio, Radio Airplay, Radio Wigwam, Touch FM, KBIndieRadio, RadioKC, SRB Media Birmingham, I could be here all day with the plays from different radio stations from around the world and thank them all for the support.

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Elaborate on your music career, experience, and future goals.

My music experience has been full of highs and lows but I’m grateful for all experiences and opportunities that have come my way, I think everyone comes into your life for a reason and some are here to teach you something and then leave you and some are here to show you the way.

 

My future goal is to set my music out to the world and share it with everyone who wants to listen to what I love to do.

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

I don’t tend to be inspired by anything at this moment of time, I don’t have much life experience so I tend to write what comes off the top of my head and build a scenario around what has come to me or someone around me in past experiences.

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

There is no top secret; if you have the talent then use it!

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

To any upcoming artists, enjoy your journey, do what do, with love and work with those that want to work with you.

 

You’re going to meet all kinds of people on your journey, some will take, and some will give.

 

Making mistakes is a learning process, we all make them, just think of them as a positive and don’t dwell on them too much, as this may affect you.

 

Life is a learning curb and we all make mistakes on the way. Always show respect to those who help you on your journey, because without them the climb is much harder, show your love.

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

I won an award for Best Teen Artist in L.A. at the IMC awards Hollywood, at the start of May.

 

My songs have been recognized by Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra, Jamie Callum and other FM and digital stations that I networked with.

 

The biggest gigs I’m about to do is supporting Leee John from the 80s band Imagination, at the jam house in Birmingham on June the 6th and have previously supported  CityLightz a West Midlands band that are making waves up in the music scene at  O2 Academy in Birmingham and Mello Festival.

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Name your favourite artists for collaboration.

My favourite artists for collaboration would be Jorja Smith, James Arthur, NAO, and Maverick Sabre.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would put away the million dollars, and invest or set up a studio for upcoming artists.

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

Getting out to as many open-mics and promoting my music through all of my social media, and I boost my fan base by promotions and posting materials that would attract people to my socials.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is just my name as it is unique and I’m happy with people knowing it is my real name. It’s a Hebrew name and meaning Shir – song-poem and Raz Secret – Mystery …Shiraz and not named after the wine. 😊

 

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Sukh – Galactic Love Machine

 

Sukh - Galactic Love Machine

Sukh – Galactic Love Machine

 

ARTIST NAME: Sukh

 

Song Title: G.L.M (Galactic Love Machine)

 

ALBUM TITLE:  Galactic Love Machine

 

GENRE:  Indie Pop

 

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Discuss your history.

I’m Sukh, a singer-songwriter/doctor. I guess it all started when I scored some music for a film and after that, I remember seeing a few live bands and thinking that this was what I wanted to do.

 

I used to sit at the piano and just try to figure out how to write for hours at a time.

 

Fast forward a few years and I’ve managed to keep it alive whilst completing my medical studies.

 

Now I’m free to get the music out there into the wild.

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Describe yourself as an artist.

I’m a bit of a perfectionist and try to make sure the way I imagine the song to be is the way it ends up. I write a lot and I can be merciless with what I keep and what gets scrapped. Lyrics matter and stories matter to me.

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Tell us the genre of your music.

It’s very variable. Every project I tackle a new genre. Right now I would say it is indie-pop music.

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Tell us the story behind your album.

Galactic Love Machine is an album about coming together and it touches on the nature of dreams and ambitions and pushing through adversity. It’s a pretty optimistic record.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.

I think now it’s not enough to be just a musician. Maybe that was the case 10-20 years ago.

 

But since the music industry took a bit of a hit with Napster then streaming you have to prove yourself a lot more now.

 

You have to run the business which is time-consuming and may not always be what you enjoy the most.

 

Social media, promotions – you have to learn to be a salesman which is something I’m still working on. It’s not my natural state.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

The album was recorded gradually over the course of a year at Blueprint Studios in Manchester. We got a lovely string quartet in and a gospel choir in too.

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

BBC Radio Introducing, Absolute Radio, Amazing Radio. Had support from HuffPost and Louder Than War to name a few.

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Elaborate on your music career, experience, and future goals.

After releasing two records so far I have plans to produce and record one record a year for the foreseeable future.

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

I tend to tackle themes within my albums but I don’t write in one particular style at one given time.

 

Over time songs build up and they then go into a group of work that’s coherent with it.

 

The first record ‘Kings’ was about self-love and empowerment and ‘Galactic Love Machine’ was about coming together and happiness – The next one I suspect is going to take a darker turn.

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

To write a hit song – I guess write a song less than three minutes, that is catchy, sounds modern and gets stuck in people’s heads. I don’t subscribe to this model often and often run past three minutes.

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

Be true to yourself and the music. It’s not about making money and if you’re in it for that reason go and find a better career. Ultimately music should be about telling the truth – Your truth.

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

Previously we did it stages but now I prefer to record as a band. It feels more organic. Lyrics are written well in advance but are normally the last thing to come together.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Flavourmag

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would make lots of records and support other underground artists to make great work. It would be great to create a strong musical hub for artists in Manchester.

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

Through social media, through blogs and through live gigs.

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

I try and balance my life as a doctor and a musician. It’s not always easy haha.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Sukh – it’s my name.

 

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Steven Alexander – Wait

 

Steven Alexander – Wait

Steven Alexander – Wait

 

Steven Alexander – Wait

 

ARTIST NAME: Steven Alexander

 

SONG TITLE: Wait

ALBUM TITLE: Lost in You

 

RELEASE DATE: 4/19/19

 

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Nineteen-year-old Steven Alexander from the Southern California area has been playing guitar/recording, mixing, producing music since he was nine!

 

He is accompanied by Dylan Easter on trumpet. All other instruments are performed by Steven including vocals and background vocals!

 

Steven Alexander’s music is a fresh look at Alt/R&B crossed over into Bedroom/Pop!

 

Blending of the jazzy guitar with elements of trumpet mixed in is his signature!

 

Outstanding melodies and Steven’s deep voice bring his music to life!

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Discuss your recording experience with your producer.

I am an artist and producer.

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Discuss what comes first and last while creating a song.

Getting the idea first, developing the lyrics, and then recording the song.

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Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist.

Develop writing skills and believe in yourself.

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Discuss your worse experience in the music business.

Playing a show with a small crowd.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

Shrug it off and create a new song but listen to and learn from comments.

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Tell us what you are doing to impact the people around you.

Keep devolving my musical skills.

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Tell us the music that makes you happy.

Alt/R&B.

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Tell us how you make instrumentation to your song.

Record step by step.

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Tell us how you feel when you sing and your fans sing along to your song.

This hasn’t happened yet.

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Tell us the goals you aim to achieve when creating a song.

Tell an interesting story and tug at people’s emotions.

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State your approach to writing.

Guitar first!

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Tell us how you plan to develop a unique music style.

Combine synth with traditional soul instrumentation.

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Tell us how to record a song.

This differs from person to person.  I record a throw-a-way guitar track and record drums first. Then the actual guitar and bass tracks then background vocals l, lead vocals.

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Tell us if you are collaborating with other songwriters or you write alone.

I write alone.

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Discuss your experience with fans.

I’m most often on social media – Band is just being formed for live performance.

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State your experience with booking gigs and shows.

I am just starting but I had three years’ experience with another band.

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Tell us if you consider a song placement in TV or Film.

Yes.

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Elaborate on the song.

The song is about personal life experience – Sad.

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Elaborate on the title of the album.

Album titled Lost in You. Just need to walk away but can’t.

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April Showers – I Try

 

April Showers – I Try

 

April Showers – I Try

 

ARTIST NAME: April Showers

 

SONG TITLE: I Try

 

GENRE: Rap/Hip-Hop

 

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Discuss how you develop your melody.

I really just feel the beat out… whatever vibe I get and whatever melody I hear, it usually just comes to me.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

My struggle – I’ve had such a hard life, all I can think about is making it and doing everything I can to create a better life for my son.

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Tell us the most memorable experience in your music career.

It’s hard to answer that because I’m still so fresh but it would just have to be all the love and positive feedback that I’m getting. Meeting my team and learning from the best and also, getting to work with such amazing producers.

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Discuss how you build your song.

I always try to do the hook first based off the vibe I get off the beat. Even with collaboration, we try to do the hook first and then attack the verses.

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Tell us how you ensure your music inspires others.

The way that I inspire others is to speak from past experiences and the heart.

 

I am a normal everyday person that is working a regular job going through regular experiences so I speak on the things that I go through because I know that others are going through the same thing.

 

So many artists today rap about materialistic things which is fine for them but for me, I don’t have those things so I have to speak on what pertains to me and my life.

 

I put messages in my music as well so if you really listen you will see that I have a lot to say.

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Discuss the relevance of promotion to the music business.

Promotion is extremely important because you can make good music all day but if you are not promoting yourself then you’re selling yourself short.

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Tell us what you will do apart from music.

I work in retail and I’m a single mother. I don’t only write music. I’m writing a few books and a screenplay for my brother.

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List the names of the instruments you can play.

Clarinet and trumpet.

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Tell us if you have any music background.

No professional music background but I was in band all my life.

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Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist on entering the music chart.

I would say my biggest advice is to network with like people. And by like people, I mean people who are on the come-up like you.

 

You would be surprised by how many producers/engineers and videographers are willing to work with you because they are trying to get heard just like you are.

 

Find people who believe in you and stay positive. Also, utilize social media; it is amazing when it comes to networking and promotion.

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Elaborate on melody and rhythm.

Melody is the part of the song that you will get stuck in your head and sing over and over again. Rhythm is a part of the song that makes you move.

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State your future goals.

I would like to become an accomplished recording artist/ songwriter. I will also like to get my books published and maybe even create a few movies as well.

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Share your recording experience with us.

I am always very nervous initially but once I get comfortable, I try to have a strong delivery. We also like to make the studio environment a fun one too.

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Tell us the most difficult part of the recording.

Just having the right vibe and making sure you are translating what you want to say how you want to say it.

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Discuss the greatest mistake you have ever made in your music career.

I’m still early on in my career but I would say not staying focused. It’s hard when you are trying to live everyday life and also pursue your dream.

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Tell us how you build up your composition.

Once I start writing, it usually starts flowing. I just stay focused until I am done.

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Discuss the relevance of music.

Music is everywhere. It’s also evolving and changing constantly.

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Elaborate on your song entitled ‘Hungry.’

The song is about just being hungry for success. The message is I’m going to keep going until I get to where I want to be.

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

April Showers is a name I went by for fun given to me by a co-worker. ‘High I’m April’ is my first album and it’s basically just an introduction of who I am.

 

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