Asher Knight – Step Back

Asher Knight – Step Back

 

Asher Knight – Step Back

Asher Knight – Step Back

 

ARTIST NAME: Asher Knight

 

SONG TITLE:  Step Back

 

ALBUM TITLE: STEP BACK “EP”

 

GENRE: POP

 

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Asher Knight is a twenty-one-year-old singer-songwriter from Bradford, UK.

 

Asher discovered his zeal for music and singing aged 15 and was shy to pursue a career in the music industry after suffering from low self-esteem as a child and bad bullying at school.

 

At 16, someone introduced Asher to celebrity vocal coach CeCe Sammy, who managed to boost his self-confidence and develop his craft of singing and performing in front of crowds.

 

Asher went to London in 2016 to focus on his music.

 

 

He has honed his craft in the capital and has built a remarkable catalog of songs, having worked with writing greats including Cutfather, Mark Owen, Jon Maguire, Olly Murs, James Blunt and more, and producers including Red Triangle, AC Burrell and more.

 

Asher has seen great success over the last few years. In 2018, he dropped his debut single Hurricanes and Tornadoes, which was followed up by pop-infused tracks WHY and Broken.

 

He performed these songs to sold-out crowds across the UK whilst on tour supporting Steps and All Saints, and during his sets at Fusion Festival and Brighton Pride.

 

Asher kicked off 2019 by dropping his single Save Me from Myself, a fascinating yet memorable, emotional track, which relates back to the struggles he went through growing up.

 

 

He performed this track, and previous releases, as Boyzone’s main support act on their ‘Thank You & Good Night’ farewell tour. This run of shows saw Asher perform at arenas across the UK and Ireland, setting him up on a great pedestal for the future.

 

In April 2019, there was an announcement that Asher would be the support act for The Vamps, as part of vocal collective The Power of Muzik. To coincide with the tour, Asher announced plans to release his debut EP, entitled Step Back. The title track, written by Take That’s Mark Owen and produced by Red Triangle Productions, talks about insecurity, and how it is important to step back and appreciate what you have in your life. The full EP comes out on 17 May 2019.

 

Asher Knight has built a strong online fan base following his busy release and touring schedule.

 

 

He has over two hundred and forty thousand streams on Spotify alone, and he has an online following of over twenty thousand people.

 

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Icicle – My Heart

Icicle – My Heart

 

Icicle – My Heart

Icicle – My Heart

 

Icicle – My Heart

 

ARTIST NAME: Icicle

 

SONG TITLE: My Heart

 

ALBUM TITLE: Silence

 

GENRE: Alternative/Indie/Rock

 

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Tell us your opinion on creativity and originality.

Mandatory – You always have to search, explore, experiment and challenge yourself.

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Tell us the beginning of your passion for music.

From a very young age, I needed music around and with me at all time.

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Elaborate on how you make sure the quality of your sound is high.

By triple and quadruple checking if this is the very final version I’d like to hear.

 

But I also remember that a song or an album for that matter is like a snapshot. You must accept that this is merely a picture of a time and place.

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Tell us how you get ideas to develop your songs.

I generally have a hum in my head… pretty much all the time. Sometimes I get caught by some line or lyric and I delve into it. Other times I collaborate or sit down with nothing particular in mind and just get busy.

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Describe your vocal ability.

Limited. 🙂

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Tell us how you develop the instrumentation for this song.

Bass, drums and vocals are what I did right away. I worked on the guitars afterwards.

 

I spent quite a bit of time on the keyboards and sound effects. I wanted to sonically picture the beat of a heart.

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State five hit songs and name the artists.

Forest – The Cure

 

Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd

 

Driven to Tears – The Police

 

London Calling – The Clash

 

Purple Haze – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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Tell us how you entertain the audience during a live performance.

Never settle for giving less.

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List the name of artists that have a similar sound to yours.

Depeche Mode, David Gahan, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Beck, Death Cab For Cutie, Folk Implosion, Kasabian, Spoon, The Soup Dragons, Talking Heads, The Killers, Blur, TV On The Radio, Franz Ferdinand, David Bowie, Queens Of The Stone Age, Charlie Winston, Modest Mouse, Dub Pistols, Kongos, Morphine, Jamiroquai, Earth Wind and Fire, Doves, Damon Albarn, Archive, Iggy Pop, Muse, The Fall, The Stone Roses, Oasis, Foals, The Chemical Brothers, Mogwai, Ratatat, Future Islands, Gorillaz, Peter Gabriel, The Heavy, Keane, Ian Brown, Kaiser Chiefs, Kaleo, Joy Division, Johnny Marr, The Kills, LCD Soundsystem, Pink Floyd, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Groove Armada, Thievery Corporation, Jack White, The Dead Weather, The White Stripes, The Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes, The Fray, Of Monsters And Men, Mumford And Sons, R.E.M., The Rakes, Snow Patrol, Editors, Interpol, U2, Coldplay, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, David Burne…

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Discuss how you think your music is impacting your fans.

Motivating, comforting, stimulating, reassuring, thought-provoking, engaging… I hope!

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Tell us what inspires you to sing.

This Bulgarian proverb: “He who sings thinks of no evil.”

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Discuss this song.

It is a different take on another song I wrote a while back with the same title.

 

The premise is about losing a really close family member at a young age.

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Discuss how you develop your melody.

I was just humming the lyrics over a bass line (as I often do).

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Artist: Icicle

 

Title: Silence

 

Publisher: Herd Records

 

Label: Herd Records

 

Icicle’s newest record SILENCE is one of the finest in his acclaimed catalogue, taking him down yet another new sonic path five albums into his career.

 

This is an act whose name has been built on the progressive evolution of its own aural dynamics, innovative compositions and stellar arrangements.

 

SILENCE is a bold, upfront, driving album, relying on grooves of pulsing keyboard twists, infectious guitar hooks and the off-kilter, slinky rhythms to carry the vocals of singer/bassist Krassy Halatchev.

 

Lyrically, the record is demanding attention and mindfulness. The topics are broad, deep and above all – painfully honest and sincere.

 

These 13 songs are some of the most sensual, serendipitous, sparse recordings to come from Icicle, showcasing a new dimension in his songwriting and marking SILENCE as that crucial next sonic step forward for one of Montreal’s best artists.

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Tell us how you master your songs after production.

I do everything in my studio. The same principle applies – make sure you have the right tools and put the time it takes.

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Discuss how you get your songs to digital stores.

Via distributor. There are plenty of them out there.

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Discuss how to generate income through music.

There is no one or two key things here. Everything is key. Your music is your brand.

 

You must brand your brand just like the ones you like to do.

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State your favourite radio station.

Fresh Radio and FIP.

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Go into details on this song.

Losing someone dear, special and important in your life is a big blow especially when you are young… It leaves a lifetime scar.

 

Wishing and imagining that somehow they are still around is comforting, soothing and strengthening. This is what this song is about.

 

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Seth Hilary Jackson – If Love Had A Butt

Seth Hilary Jackson

 

Seth Hilary Jackson – If Love Had A Butt

Seth Hilary Jackson – If Love Had A Butt

 

ARTIST NAME: Seth Hilary Jackson

 

SONG TITLE: If Love Had A Butt

 

ALBUM TITLE: This One’s For You

 

GENRE: Adult Alternative

 

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State your history.

I wrote my first song in 1983 while I was an MBA student at the Wharton School.

 

The second song I ever wrote received airplay on a major Boston area radio station and was favourably reviewed in The Beat Magazine covering the local Boston music scene.

 

I thought the music business was going to be a snap! A few years later, I moved from Massachusetts to Los Angeles to study songwriting at the Grove School of Music.

 

Eventually, I decided that my best bet would be writing songs for licensing to other artists and for film and TV projects.

 

I started out targeting the country music market and later expanded into pop/dance/R&B.

 

For about 2 decades, I made the commute from my home in Los Angeles to Nashville, TN to co-write with Nashville writers and to pitch songs to the industry.

 

For many years, I served as the Los Angeles Regional Coordinator for the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the world’s largest songwriter trade organization.

 

I signed several deals with small publishers and had some near-misses on major publishing deals. I had many song placements with independent artists and I had songs on hold with major labels for major artists, but the big break has so far eluded me.

 

In 2017, I recorded and released my debut album as an artist, “This One’s For You”. The album has received critical acclaim.

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Describe yourself as an artist.

As an artist, I write whatever moves me at the moment. I like writing both light-hearted, fun songs and songs that are deeply emotional. I give myself the freedom to write in any musical style that suits the song.

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Tell us the genre of your music.

I write and sing an eclectic variety of music from country to alternative rock. If  I am forced to classify myself into a genre, the closest would be Adult Alternative.

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Tell us the story behind your song.

“If Love Had a Butt” was co-written with Nashville writer and producer Chip Martin. Chip has been a regular co-writer over many years.

 

In Nashville, it’s typical to write songs starting from a title. This title was Chip’s idea and he pitched it to me because he knows I enjoy writing silly songs. Of course, I loved the idea.

 

We wrote it in one 3-hour writing session. When I got home later, I noticed some things that could be improved, so I did a rewrite and sent it to Chip, who then recorded it.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as an artist.

When pitching myself as an artist, the first question they always ask is “What is your genre?” Or sometimes they ask, “What artists do you sound like?” These are hard questions for me to answer because I don’t fit neatly into a genre, and I don’t sound like any other popular artist.

 

Another issue is finding gigs. Every venue wants me to guarantee that I’ll draw a certain number of people. As a new artist, I’ve yet to build enough of a following to guarantee the numbers they’re looking for.

 

And, of course, money – Recording studios and musicians are expensive. Promotion can also be very expensive.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

My first album was produced and recorded by Los Angeles musician and songwriter Kevin Fisher.

 

Kevin is one of the greatest songwriters I’ve ever been exposed to. He’s also a talented producer who I felt would be perfect to capture my sound.

 

I recorded all my vocals and some of the guitar parts at home and sent Kevin the recordings. He came up with the arrangements on the spot in collaboration with me in the studio.

 

I’ve been recording my new material at home. It’s a challenge because I don’t play lead guitar, bass, or keyboards, but so far, I’ve managed to find a way to come up with stuff I like. The hardest part is mixing. I’ve been studying the mixing process.

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

I’ve received excellent press from Indie Band Guru, Screaming Match Productions, MusicNotes, Dancing About Architecture, and Oddnuggets.com. I’ve received airplay with Rio Bravo Radio, WFM New York, and Pose Productions internet radio.

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

For most of my career, I was a pure songwriter, writing songs for others to record. When I started, the place most open to this was the Nashville, TN country market.

 

My first love was for rock music, but I did listen to a fair amount of country, so this was a good fit for my talents and interests. Living in Los Angeles, I eventually expanded into pop/dance/R&B.

 

As time went on, I developed the desire and the confidence to begin recording my own material as an artist. I like the freedom of self-expression I get from this. I’ve been very happy with the reception I’ve received from blogs and radio stations and from audiences at my live performances.

 

I’m looking to expand my fan base and find new opportunities to get my music out there.

 

My goal is for my music to make a positive emotional impact with enough people that I can earn a livelihood from it. And there’s always that dream of a Grammy!

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

It varies. The best times are when inspiration comes over me in the form of a song idea or even better, a specific emotion or message that I want to express.

 

Other times, I sit down to write simply because I’ve made a writing appointment with myself or a collaborator. Collaboration is virtually essential when writing songs for the commercial pop or country market. I’ve been doing a lot less of that and a lot more solo writing since I began working as an artist, where my songs are more personal.

 

I love performing. When I play live, it’s me connecting with an audience in the most direct way possible. It’s the ultimate in musical self-expression.

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

The overriding factor in writing a hit is to create something that makes listeners feel an emotion. It can be happiness, sadness, or any other feeling that people commonly experience. It has to connect in a way that makes people want to listen to your music again and again. Everything else you can learn about songwriting is a set of tools to help you achieve this.

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Tell the advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Learn as much as you can about the craft of songwriting, performing, and the music business. Don’t ever start to think you know more than the successful professionals in the business.

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

As I mentioned earlier, I wrote my first song as a Wharton MBA student. It was my final semester, and everyone was caught up in the frenzy of the job search. My heart wasn’t in it, and I created a song satirizing the whole process. Everyone I played it for loved it, which encouraged me to continue writing.

 

Although I did find a very good corporate job, my heart wasn’t in that, either. What I really cared about was songwriting, so I left the corporate world and the East Coast to study songwriting at the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, CA.

 

I wrote hundreds of songs as an “outside writer” looking for song placements with major and independent artists.

 

I became a student of songwriting craft, learning as much as I could from successful hit songwriters and attending seminars they taught. That work began to pay off, as publishers began taking copies of my songs and meeting with me.

 

I was honoured to be told by a well-known executive that I was “la creme de la creme” of Nashville songwriters. I had the good fortune of co-writing songs with several #1 hit songwriters. I chose to put one of those songs, “You’re a Diamond”, on my album.

 

Dozens of my songs have been placed with independent artists and in Films and TV. Several reached the Top 10 on the European Country Music Association Airplay Charts. My song “Wait’ll I Get My Hands On You” made it to #1.

 

In 2008, I received a Presidential invitation to the White House because of my song, “Pfc. Ross A. McGinnis”, honouring a war hero who gave his life to save his friends. The song was performed at the US Army reception following the soldier’s posthumous Medal Of Honor ceremony.

 

This song led to an interview by The Pittsburgh Tribune. The interview was published on the newspaper’s front page.

 

Earlier in my career, I received an Honourable Mention award in the international Music Bridge competition. The grand prize for that contest was a trip to Europe for a weeklong songwriting camp to co-write with major hit songwriters and recording artists.

 

I was also a Top Three Finalist in the Songwriter Universe contest. I’ve been featured in American Songwriter Magazine and Recording Magazine.

 

As a new artist, I’ve been playing out at open mics both for the fun of it and to gain exposure. It’s starting to pay off, and I’ve been invited to showcase at QTX’s Nightclub in Newark, NJ and at Rubulad in Brooklyn, NY within the past 2 months. I’ve been asked back for another showcase at QXT on June 27.

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

Most of my songs have started by coming up with an unusual or interesting title and going from there. This is typical in Nashville.

 

Writing for me as an artist has been a little bit different. Most often, I start with a particular emotion or message I want to convey. Figure out the title is my usual next step. I usually write the lyric before the melody, although it’s not unusual for me to come up with melody ideas as I write the words.

 

The recording is tough. I typically create the rhythm guitar part first. Then, I’ll do the bass. Since I don’t actually play bass or own a bass guitar, I use technology to help me out. I’ll use the guitar to play single notes on the lower strings. Then, I’ll use Melodyne software to convert that part into a MIDI file that I can use to play bass samples. I can also use a MIDI editor to make corrections and improvements to what I originally played.

 

I do the same thing with keyboard parts, playing chords on the guitar and converting them to MIDI. This usually requires heavy MIDI editing to create movement within the chords and make it sound more like a keyboard player.

 

I use Addictive Drums or EZdrummer software to create drum tracks, which I can also change with a MIDI editor. Occasionally, I’ll use the MIDI editor to create the entire drum track without using any drum software.

 

And, of course, there’s the vocal, which takes longer than one might expect. I get obsessive about trying to make it perfect, although I rarely if ever achieve it. The most important thing is to make sure the emotion comes across.

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Name your favourite artists for collaboration.

There are several writers in Nashville and Los Angeles that I have collaborated with on an ongoing basis. Most of them are non-performing writers, so their names won’t be familiar. One of them is a very talented independent country writer/artist named Olivia West, who you can find on YouTube.

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Indie Band Guru

 

Dancing About Architecture

 

Odd Nugget

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I wouldn’t go crazy. I might sell my New Jersey home and move to an equivalent place in New York City. I’d hire a housecleaner.

 

I don’t think I’d bother with a new car. I don’t need an ostentatious lifestyle. I might do some traveling. I’d spend the most money on my music, recording and promoting myself.

 

I’d give some to my family members and to charity. I’d invest the rest so I’d be set for life.

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

I have an online distributor that gets my music out to all the major platforms like iTunes/Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, etc.

 

The distributor also promotes my music. I pitch myself online to music blogs and send out updates to my mailing list and social media.

 

And I play out as much as I can. I sell physical CDs at my performances and give out business cards so people can find me and buy my stuff online.

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

I’m nearing retirement age, and I’m no longer working a day job. My kids have recently gone off to college. That gives me a lot of flexibility with my time.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

I go by Seth Hilary Jackson. It’s my full name as written on my birth certificate.

 

When I was a kid, I was proud of my middle name until some kids started laughing at me and telling me I have a girl’s name.

 

For a long time afterward, I kept the name to myself. Eventually, I started becoming proud of it once again and decided to use it as my stage name. I like the uniqueness. If you Google “Seth Jackson”, you’ll get hundreds of hits. If you Google, “Seth Hilary Jackson”, I’m the only one.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The title “If Love Had a Butt” is just a funny title for a fun song. Audiences always love the song, and everyone remembers it.

 

Other songs titles on my album have much deeper emotional significance. For example, “Fear” is about struggling with anxiety. I’ve learned from performing the song that lots of people relate to this.

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

The album is called “This One’s For You” after one of the included songs.

 

After spending many years writing songs for the commercial market, I sat down one day to write one specifically for my wife and her alone. For once, I wasn’t thinking about commerciality when I wrote it, and I had no intention of playing it for anyone but her – Thus the title. But when she heard it, she told me it was a hit and I should record it. So I did. And I used it as the title song to dedicate the whole album to her.

 

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