Ken Hardeo – I Can Love You Through Anything

Ken Hardeo

 

Ken Hardeo – I Can Love You Through Anything

Ken Hardeo – I Can Love You Through Anything

 

ARTIST NAME: Ken Hardeo + Quentin Bethea

 

SONG TITLE: I Can Love You Through Anything

 

RELEASE DATE: 05/03/2019

 

GENRE: Pop/R&B

 

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Share your life story with us.

I was born in Guyana South America. I started playing guitar and writing music at age 16. I’m married to Glenda and we have two daughters Brianna and Brea.

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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.

My wife Glenda and our two daughters Brianna and Brea.

 

My brothers: Derek, Dennis, and Mike.

 

My sisters: Sheila, Jean, Shirley, and Patsy.

 

My friend and brother Quentin.

 

My friends: Alan, Byron, Tiffani, Eugene, Deborah, Orrj, Kathy, Johngelene and Elliott.

 

My mentors: Clarence, Shirley, Edmund, Dinah, Al, and Judy.

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

My wife Glenda and our two daughters Brianna and Brea are my inspiration for this song. I’m very excited about this project.

 

I teamed up with the gifted and talented singer, songwriter, musician and producer known as Quentin Bethea.

 

Our hope is to reach every person across every continent with our message. Whatever life throws at you, never quit, never give up. You are never alone “I Can Love You Through Anything”. #ICLYTA

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Discuss your songwriting.

My jazz background allows me to venture out into the unknown and come with some great music so far.

 

I have one Contemporary Christian Album “I Honor You” which I wrote and produced in 2008.

 

However, this song happens to be a Pop/R&B but it has a very broad message.

 

I’m donating a part of the proceeds in support the following organizations: American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, American Cancer Society and Second Harvest Food Bank in Charlotte.

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Elaborate on your future projects.

I have another song much like this one to be released in the fall I hope.

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

I have several campaigns running at the moment. I already have about 10K Plays on SoundCloud.

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

After the first album in 2008 – I felt like people did not show appreciation for an amazing piece of work.

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

I mainly sit at my keyboard and focus on the song mood and message then I’d put chord progressions to support my ideas but I always have a melody first.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.

The licensed use of copyrighted music – Music licensing is intended to ensure that the owners of copyrights on musical works are compensated for certain uses of their work. A purchaser has limited rights to use the work without a separate agreement.

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State your favourite genre of music.

Contemporary Christian/Jazz/Blues/Pop/R&B/Country.

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Tell us the themes of most of your songs.

Hope and healing to broken people.

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Elaborate on this song.

The song tells the story of a “LOVE” song for people of all ages across the globe.

 

The intent is to spread the message of hope and healing to people of all races, regardless of their economic and social background. No one is excluded.

 

For whatever situation you find yourself in, know that someone, maybe a family member, a co-worker, a classmate or even a complete stranger loves you… “I Can Love You Through Anything”

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Discuss digital distribution and streaming.

Distribution is done via CD Baby to about 31 digital partners including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, and Google Play.

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Tell us numerous ways that artists can boost their revenue.

Get the music out there. Get it on playlist and re-posts.

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Tell us your opinion on self-training and enrolling in an educational institution to study music.

No formal music training other that I had a very good jazz guitar teacher.

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

The song should have a universal appeal. Some songwriters only target one group of people which is okay. But why not open your song to the world. That is what I did with “I Can Love You Through Anything.’

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Ken Hardeo. I’m a better songwriter/producer. Quentin is more of an artist.

 

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Brian McCafferty - Wait

Brian McCafferty – Wait

 

Brian McCafferty - Wait

Brian McCafferty – Wait

 

ARTIST NAME: Brian McCafferty

 

SONG TITLE: Wait

 

ALBUM TITLE: Over the Years

 

RELEASE DATE: 03/05/2019

 

GENRE: Pop/Singer-Songwriter

 

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Brian McCafferty hails from the south side of Glasgow, Scotland and cites his influences as Matt Maeson, James Bay, One Republic, and songwriting legend Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls.

 

He is currently active on the live music circuit and so far has opened shows for some amazing acts such as Brit Award winner Tom Walker, Matt Wills, and US folk rock band Jared & The Mill.

 

On August 11th, 2019 you can see him live on the main stage at the renowned music festival Party at the Palace in Linlithgow, Scotland.

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Discuss the story behind your music video.

I sat down with the director over a coffee and we pretty much came up with the video idea within ten minutes.

 

I wanted something that was simple but visually pleasing for my audience and that is where the idea of involving contemporary dancers. The idea of having the two girls performing meant that I could simply just feature in the video with them being the main focus.

 

People have asked about the girls being attached by the rope (sorry about the rope burns), that was our way of showing two people being attached but trying to find their own way.

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State the name of the locations in your music video.

The video was shot in Glasgow at Broadscope Studios.

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

The video was shot and directed by Stuart Breadner of Shootback Productions – Stuart is a great guy and very easy to work with. His guidance and ability to make you feel relaxed is second to none.

 

Also thanks to Chrissie Ardill for choreographing the dancers.

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Explain your emotional state while shooting the music video. 

It’s a very honest and personal song so I was able to just be myself on the day without having to really “act” or put on a full performance which was quite nice. I was very chilled.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Independent recording artist Brian McCafferty has released his new single ‘Wait’ on May 3rd, 2019.

 

Taken from his EP – Over the Years – ‘Wait’ showcases McCafferty’s unique vocals and the strong-energy blend of guitar and electronic pop.

 

Written during a time of personal conflict, caught between the two things that meant the most to him, ‘Wait’ speaks determination and loyalty but shows concern about another situation.

 

His last single “Crazy on Me” was released in 2018 and gained modest attention leading to Brian’s first TV performance on STV’s Live At Five, radio coverage from Jim Gellatly and a feature in Scottish Magazine Jock Rock.

 

“I wrote the song just as I moved to Los Angeles, whilst having a relationship waiting for me at home in Glasgow. The song is about staying true to yourself. I write with honesty and hopefully people will hear that in the song and relate. I took the song to Lewis Gardiner from Tileyard Studios in London and he really helped shape the sound I was looking for, I love it!”

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Discuss your music career so far.

I used to play with a full band where I was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, but unfortunately it is very difficult to manage a band in terms of studio time and rehearsals, etc. so, unfortunately, it led me to become solo and I now play with top session musicians Ryan Hassan (drummer) and Gary McDowell (bass/keys) for live shows.

 

I have played live for quite some time and opened for Brit Award winner Tom Walker in Glasgow along with Matt Wills. I supported Jared & The Mill, a band from Arizona (one of the best live bands I have ever seen).

 

Last year I played the King Tut’s Summer nights festival opening for Folk Pop musician Crawford Mac.

 

I am excited to play on the main stage at Party at The Palace this year.

 

“Wait” is my second single that was produced by Lewis Gardiner of Tileyard Studios in London.

 

I am currently in the studio finishing new songs for my debut EP ‘Over the Years.’

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Tell us if you aspire to go into acting.

I would never say never; if the right opportunity came along then why not…I am a bit of a history enthusiast so if the right role came along to be in a World War Two or Roman era type movie, I’d happily give it a shot.

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Tell us your gains and losses in the music business.

I have gained a lot of friends through music and met some really creative and inspiring people which is cool.

 

I haven’t suffered any major losses, to be honest, I have made some questionable decisions but you learn from mistakes and better yourself as an artist.

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List the media that have supported you so far with this song.

Jim Gellatly – Amazing Radio

 

Rocksport Radio

 

Cumbernauld FM

 

Wolf in a Suit

 

Jockrock Magazine

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Tell us how you manage your time.

I try to focus my mornings on the business side of things, such as sending emails, replying to emails, marketing and sorting out my social media, etc. In the evening is when I am mostly active with writing new material and practising.

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

I always try to be aware of my brand and always know what my audience and listeners expect of me. It is important for me at this stage in my career to be consistent with releasing music and playing shows.

 

I have secured a main stage slot at my first major music festival this year and I hope to keep the momentum going by opening shows for popular artists and playing live shows in different venues in different countries.

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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 have to take charge of everything – The music, the PR, the social media, booking shows, rehearsals, and self-funding projects, etc.

 

It can be quite intense and sometimes a bit overwhelming for most independent artists.

 

Time management is important or you will burn yourself out, so I try to focus on different elements on different days.

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

Brian McCafferty (Writer)

 

Lewis Gardiner (Producer)

 

Eskmo (Mastering Engineer)

 

Stuart Breadner (Video Producer and Director)

 

Chrissie Ardill (Choreographer)

 

Cameron Boyd (Photographer)

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Tell us the instruments put together for the song.

Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synths, and electronic drums.

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Tell us your experience recording in the studio and shooting the music video.

The song was already structured. I took the song to Lewis alongside a reference track I liked the feel of and the rest was history. I had an idea of what I wanted it to sound like and Lewis provided it. We finished the song in about 6-7 hours.

 

This was my second music video so I was already familiar with the process.

 

We had an idea and we set out a plan for the day as we only had eight hours.

 

One of the girls who was supposed to be in the video damaged her ankle but luckily Chrissie sourced us another dancer. Always have a backup plan!

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

Watch a lot of music videos to help you get an idea of what you like in terms of shooting styles and colours etc.

 

Sit down with a few different producers/directors as they will all have different ideas.

 

It helps you get a feeling for how well you can work together.

 

Your budget should match your expectations. It is important to remember you get what you pay for.

 

Being over prepared is better than being under prepared. You will have more to work with.

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Tell us the time required for shooting a commercial music video based on your experience. 

My last video in total took us around five to six weeks. We had the initial sit down to discuss ideas, looking at different locations, a day of shooting, allowing time to edit the video and also leaving time for any changes you want to make.

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

Visual content is important to your audience. It helps them fully connect to the song so I thought it was important to give my listeners that.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Brian McCafferty. That is my real name. I guess when I started playing shows under my real name I had no reason to have an artist name.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The song is called ‘Wait’. It is about pursuing something important to you while being in a relationship.

 

In the song, I sing “I’ll make this beautiful, one day you’ll see”. That is what I mean by ‘Wait.’

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

The song is taken from my debut EP “Over the Years” – Simply just songs that I have written over the years.

 

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The Cheap Thrills - Smile When You Sleep

The Cheap Thrills

 

The Cheap Thrills - Smile When You Sleep

The Cheap Thrills – Smile When You Sleep

 

ARTIST NAME: The Cheap Thrills

 

SONG TITLE:  Smile When You Sleep

 

RELEASE DATE: 26th April

 

GENRE: Synth Rock

 

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The Cheap Thrills are a garage pop-rock band from Liverpool (England).

 

The group consists of primary school friends Lewis Pike, Terry Eaves, Callum Fitzpatrick, and Anton Eager.

 

The band has more recently been renowned for producing sonic pop songs with catchy hooks and melodies crafted and recorded in Parr Street Studios. Self-proclaimed ‘Scouse’ vocals meet jumpy bass lines, spacey guitars, and synths.

 

As of 2018, the band has racked up a total of 390,000 Spotify plays and DJ John Kennedy of Radio X describes latest single “Codependence” as a “Modern day anthem”.

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

It’s usually through trial and error, we play the song over and over until it’s about halfway there, then we do an extremely basic recording of it. A single mic or an iPhone usually does the trick.

 

We then listen back to it and see if there is a need for chopping and changing.

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Discuss the processing involved in creating a song.

It usually starts with one melody or hook that Lewi (singer) brings in to the practice room.

 

The whole band will try to expand on the idea and take it from an acoustic song to a full band song.

 

After some drum beats and bass have been laid down Terry uses his magic to put some synth noises on top of it. This opens the song up a lot more and different melodies pop out at us which are usually used for different sections such as middle eight etc.

 

We have found recording our demos into Logic has helped us a lot as we can edit sections and try different parts of the song much easier.

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Elaborate on the themes of most of your songs.

A lot of the lyrics are about life experiences through the eyes of a 24-year-old. You’ve got to think about them though as some of them aren’t too obvious what they are about, almost cryptic. I suppose you’ve got to draw your own interpretations.

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Tell us your greatest musical works up to date.

How you define greatest is hard, in terms of number crunching our track “Saint Or Sinner” has just reached 140,000 Spotify plays, which is the most we’ve ever had for a track.

 

But I think the entire band agree “Codependence” is our best song…It was added to music playlists of radio stations like Radio X and BBC 6; which is great.

 

When we play this song live it’s what the crowd really connect to.

 

It’s got this anthemic chanty chorus that we imagine thousands of people singing back at us, people on each other’s shoulders, flares the lot.

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Tell us those behind your music process.

The band are Lewis Pike (singer guitar) Anton Eager (drums) Terry Eaves (guitar synth) and Callum Fitzpatrick (Fitzy) (bass guitar).

 

Lewi starts the ball rolling with a melody or a concept and the band add flesh to it.

 

Once we get a version of a song we are happy with we take it into Parr Street Studios.

 

We currently work with two different producers Chris Taylor and Alex Quinn as they know what sound we are aiming for and are both sonic geniuses. They offer useful suggestions to us about parts and song structure and it is extremely beneficial. They act as a third party listening to the song and offer improvements to make it better.

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

Social media mainly.

 

We try and create engaging and top quality artwork and content.

 

Playing as many of the right gigs as possible also works.

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

We want bigger crowds more radio play and more streams. We just want to grow. We are aiming to do this by creating the best music possible and being ourselves, it’s worked up until this point.

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

I think the way we consume songs it’s so disposable in this day and age. I remember when I was a kid and I had CDs I would listen to the same CDs over and over again. Nowadays we’ve got every song on the planet at our fingertips, you sort of become desensitized and great songs pass you by and are taken for granted.

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Tell the greatest mistake to avoid while making a song.

I don’t feel like we are in the position to be giving this advice out. The song should be whatever you want it to be. I can only tell of our mistakes, but our mistakes mightn’t be a mistake to other people’s songs depending on what they are going for musically.

 

We’ve recorded at cheap recording studios and released music I think too early, that music sticks in people’s mind and leaves an impression about the brand. Don’t release poorly recorded material.

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Tell us how you boost your performance. 

Enjoying what you do.

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Explain the structure of the song.

The Cheap Thrill’s song structures are easy. A couple of verses a huge chorus and a little change. Maybe we should start mixing it up so it doesn’t become too repetitive.

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Discuss how the instruments come together for a song.

It usually starts with bass and drums laying a foundation/feel for Terry (synth) to play with over the top. Once Terry has his lead part we base the whole song off that and jam things together until it feels like it works

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Tell if you consider acting in a movie.

I honestly don’t think I could, I’d laugh too much. I’d make a good blooper reel though.

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Tell us how you eliminate noise in your recordings.

We use hum debugger pedals which work great. You’ve got to be conscious of standing too close to mics and remember to hold your strings when you aren’t playing as well.

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List the name of artists you cherish most.

Tame Impala

Oasis

 

Arctic Monkeys

 

The Strokes

 

David Bowie

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Tell us how you get inspiration.

Just listening to music – We’ve been listening to a load of 80s synth-pop songs as of late and they are brilliant.

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Elaborate on the song.

‘Smile When You Sleep’ lists our problems with sleep in various different ways but I think it highlights the beauty of sleep too.

 

It also questions how you feel sleeping with someone else as opposed to sleeping alone.

 

It’s always about progression with songs for us. We want people to connect to these tunes and sing them back to us.

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

 “Cheap Thrills” is a line from The Sex Pistols song “New York” we’ve been in this band since we were kids and it summed us up at the time. It still does in a way.

 

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Eraina Joy – Around Again

Eraina Joy – Around Again

 

Eraina Joy – Around Again

Eraina Joy – Around Again

 

ARTIST NAME: Eraina Joy

 

SONG TITLE: Around Again

 

ALBUM TITLE: This is Chaos

 

GENRE: Pop

 

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Eraina Joy is a Colorado Springs-based musician who has just released her debut EP, “This is Chaos.”

 

The record is composed of three original songs that have been featured on radio stations such as KCMJ, Wutz Hood, and BEACH 105.1 Daytona.

 

She has also opened for bands like Blackfoot, The Last Echo, and Igaus Davis, and has performed at a TEDx event that can be viewed on their YouTube channel.

 

Eraina Joy was selected and performed at the MusicGorilla SXSW Showcase.

 

Eraina Joy’s music is best described as indie-pop with a lyrical emphasis, allowing the song to be unique while simultaneously becoming a part of the listener’s story.

 

Eraina Joy performs all around the springs area, and you can find more info about her, her music, and her schedule at her Website.

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Discuss the gaining of confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time.

I’ve discovered that if I wait until I have the confidence then I’ll be waiting forever.

 

The first time I played in front of a large crowd, I was terrified, but I told myself that if I want to be a musician then people need to actually hear my music.

 

Thinking back to my first performance, it’s easy to see all of the ways I could’ve done better. But stepping foot on that stage and singing my songs for the first time was the only thing that mattered. Since then, the confidence comes the more I practice.

 

If you are well prepared and are familiar with your material, the things that can be in your control will remain in your control. The things that aren’t – Well, there’s no use in worrying about those.

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Tell us the best way to make money in the music business.

It depends on the musician. For me, as a smaller, local musician, the best way to make money is live shows. Whether they’re ticketed, paid for by the venue, or you’re given a commission, that’s where your money is going to be. You get paid to do what you love and any new ears listening will hopefully go and buy your album, and there will be money in that, too.

 

However, if you are relatively “successful” in terms of popularity, the biggest source of revenue will be songwriting royalties.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Here are a few iTunes reviews:

“The voice is mystical and relevant. Can’t be described but only experienced. This is a voice that will be appreciated for a long time.”

 

“This girl knows her stuff. The songs are fresh and there is richness in her voice that suggests that she’s not just another ‘American Idol’ contestant. Three songs weren’t enough. I want to hear more from her”

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Tell us if you consider acting.

I’ve never acted before but if the opportunity presented itself I wouldn’t mind giving it a shot!

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State what takes your time apart from music.

Apart from music I spend most of my time with my family. We like to do a lot of traveling.

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Discuss the music industry.

The music industry is definitely a business. It’s really important that you know your stuff, whether it is the language used in contracts or how to navigate ticket sales, recording fees, etc., the best thing an artist can do is educate themselves on what it all means. If you don’t, you’ll get chewed up.

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Tell us how you will rate yourself as an artist.

As an artist, I would consider myself well rounded, but I have much to learn. I primarily sing, play guitar, and piano. There is always room for practice in all of those areas, so even if I’m “good” now, that doesn’t mean I can’t be getting better.

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Tell us how you plan to impact society.

As cliché as it sounds, my main goal is just to help people feel and understand their emotions with my music. I want to be able to tell stories that allow people to take a deep breath and say “Yeah, that’s exactly what…feels like.”

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Tell us how to become a famous artist.

A lot of hard work, a lot of persistence, and then even more hard work.

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Narrate your recording experience.

The recording experience is an avenue that makes all of the hard work worth it.

 

Going into a studio, putting down the tracks alongside a fresh pair of ears, and then bringing that song to life is so fun – When you write a song, you hear it a specific way in your head.

 

But most often it isn’t until you’re in the studio with a team of like-minded people that you can really create the song you imagined.

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Tell us what you will buy if you want to build your own studio.

I have most of my studio gear already, but I’d say the best purchases I made were acoustic foam, a Blue microphone, and a midi keyboard. Those things have really set me up for success when trying to create a fully instrumented song.

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Tell us the instruments put together in this song.

‘Around Again’ is primarily electric guitar, heavy bass, and electronic sounds.

 

We knew we wanted the song to have pop vibes with a lot of deep kick and bass sounds, so we experimented with different programs and mixtures until we found the sounds we wanted.

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List your five favourite songwriters.

Julia Michaels

Dodie Clark

Alessia Cara

Jon Bellion

Penny and Sparrow.

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List your five favourite music producers.

Max Martin (Taylor Swift top hits), Ryan Lewis (Macklemore hits), Quincy Jones (Michael Jackson hits), and Jon Bellion, and Charlie Puth (both often do their own production).

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Describe in your feelings when you hear your song on the radio.

It’s an immense sense of pride. It’s hearing something you created from the ground up on the radio and realizing that the hard work paid off.

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Describe your best mood to write a song.

Contemplative: It doesn’t matter if it’s a happy, sad, angry, or even love song – if I’m thinking about the “why” behind the emotion, I can usually pull a song out of it.

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State five artists you can regard as legends.

They’re probably pretty typical answers, but Michael Jackson, Adele, Freddie Mercury, Beyonce, and Shania Twain.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

I’ve taken the following from a section of my website called “An Inside Look:”

 

“My anxiety is like abstract art. I always seem to be seeing and feeling it differently.

 

Sometimes, it’s curling in on myself, convinced that squeezing my eyes shut even harder will make me invisible.

 

Other times, it’s a furrowed brow, biting the inside of my cheek, and wiping sweaty palms on the back of my jeans -and believe me, I’m doing my best to plaster what is, at best, a watery smile on my face.

 

Sometimes, you can’t see it from the outside at all, but I’m pretty sure my chest is being ripped open because there’s an ache in my lungs that crawls all the way to my toes.

 

If you can’t see it, rest assured it’s always there and it’s always gnawing away at my peace. And I guess that’s the unfortunate thing about abstract art. No two people see it the same way.

 

With that realization came the lyrics of Around Again.

 

Over the course of my life, my anxiety was often misinterpreted by those around me as pride, ego, and selfishness.

 

Trust me, it’s definitely not that I think I’m too good to talk to you, it’s just that my mouth has wired itself shut. If it opens, all of the wrong words will come spilling out and I will have nothing to soak them up with.

 

It’s not that spending time with you is a burden to me, but my mind has convinced me that it probably definitely is a burden for you. Of course, I could never tell you any of this. It’s not that I don’t trust you, it’s just that I need to do and say all of the right things all of the time so that I don’t hurt you. So, I guess it’s more like I can’t trust me.

 

I get it, it’s pretty easy to mix up the two. And that’s happened a lot.

 

When I wrote this song, it felt like everyone who mattered in my life needed more from me than I could give them. But how do you explain the invisible?

 

There was a constant voice screaming “if you do this, you’re only going to hurt yourself or the people around you and then you’ll be all alone.”

 

At the time, I didn’t know how to put that into words. So, I did my best to give them what they needed, ignoring all of the toxicity that was bubbling inside me.

 

Ironically, doing this always resulted in – you guessed it – hurting myself and hurting others. It was (and continues to be) a cycle that went around and around again.

 

Since I first penned those lyrics, I’ve made a lot of progress. I’ve come to understand that there is no instant cure and there is no willing this anxiety away.

 

Getting better started with one person who, somehow, was able to see through all of the walls I kept around me. They saw the secrets I kept in a safe, and they picked the lock until the door swung open.

 

After that, it was up to me to let those secrets go. Again, there is no instant cure. Some days it takes everything in me not to slam the door shut again because everything feels so much safer behind lock and key.

 

But other days I remember that if I hide away, nothing bad can find me, but nothing good can find me either.

 

If anxiety is something you struggle with, know this: your brain is lying to you.

 

There is strength in your vulnerability, there is beauty in your imperfection, and allowing yourself to be yourself will free others to do the same.

 

Get the help you need to be okay again, you don’t have to live in fear.”

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My name is just the name my parents gave me: Eraina Joy. Eraina means peace in Greek.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The song is titled “Around Again,” which just comes from the idea that if someone doesn’t truly understand something, you can discuss it with them in circles – going around and around again – and nothing will come of it.

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

The album title is “This is Chaos,” which is a lyric from the song “Out to Sea,” also featured on the album.

 

I chose that line because all of those songs captured a time in my life where I was still very young and still figuring life out. It was chaotic.

 

I also chose that title because the tracks on the album were all very different, they didn’t really all fall under the same genre umbrella of “pop,” so we thought the name worked on two different levels.

 

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Franco Esteve – The Hunt

Franco Esteve – The Hunt

Franco Esteve – The Hunt

Franco Esteve – The Hunt

 

ARTIST NAME: Franco Esteve

 

SONG TITLE: The Hunt

 

ALBUM TITLE: The Hunt

 

RELEASE DATE: May 14th, 2019

 

GENRE: Modern Classical, Classical Crossover

 

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Franco Esteve was born on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and had a multicultural upbringing throughout the United States and Europe.

 

This multicultural upbringing led to his adoption of the concept of everywhere and nowhere for his views of life, origin, and culture.

 

The same has applied to his professional life as well, covering a multitude of disciplines, feeding his thirst for knowledge and expression.

 

As a child he developed in music and piano, and also as an actor, acting in local commercials and theater, later developing in other areas of production, photography, design, and film.

 

He’s fully bilingual in English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Catalan, as well as a degree in psychology.

 

He has produced and directed commercials and music videos but is best known for his work with The Doll Chronicles series of short films, particularly Consequence, The Doll Chronicles, which he produced and directed.

 

He also composed the music for the series, for which he has received accolades.

 

Though his work is more focused on scoring for films, and he has a special love for the genre, he’s never thought of himself as tied down to it.

 

He finds all genres have great music, and loves to explore them all.

 

On a single playlist, he might jump from Nine Inch Nails to Beethoven to Snoop Dogg to Led Zeppelin to The Ink Spots to John Barry to She Wants Revenge.

 

Mostly he expresses himself as seeking beauty and expressing it, no matter the art form.

 

His latest work, The Hunt, is a story-driven, modern classical crossover concept album exploring the hunt for life, love, happiness, success, and all that comes with it, serving as a metaphorical soundtrack to life itself.

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Discuss how you develop your melody.

It often begins with an experience and the feeling that experience brings to mind and how that might express itself musically.

 

I’ll think of that feeling, music and an idea begins to take form. I’ll quickly lay it on whatever’s at hand (usually the iPad), and then work to develop it from there on the keyboard, trying out different things until the music in my head is fully translated into something similar.

 

Sometimes it can start one way and become something else along the way, like having a conversation with the notes and instruments.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

I’m inspired by beauty, finding it, seeing it, experiencing it.

 

I’m inspired by my wife, by my life, by experience, by other people, by other music, by films.

 

The surprising thing is when inspiration comes from unexpected places, as in the song, The Wait, which was born straight out of battling insomnia.

 

Inspiration can come from anywhere and at any time. It can be a piece of music from Gershwin or She Wants Revenge, a feeling, a drive, a story.

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Tell us the most memorable experience in your music career.

Insomnia turned into music, which turned out to be one of my most popular songs, The Wait.

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Discuss how you build your song.

It obviously varies from song to song but, in the case of The Hunt, for example, the process started with the idea of movement and drive towards something.

 

The song then flowed from there, with ideas developing in my head.

 

I played some of it on the piano and then started writing the notes on my iPad and Mac until I had most of the song written.

 

I was lucky enough to have most of the idea and orchestration in my head but struggled to translate the ending in my head unto something I was satisfied with. A couple of endings later, I had it the way I wanted.

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Tell us how you ensure your music inspires others.

I think if you’re honest in your expression, others will find something to relate to and be inspired by. I try to be honest and lay it all out, telling a story of life, love, happiness, drive, loss, experience, and making something beautiful that listeners can love, relate to, and be inspired by.

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Discuss the relevance of promotion to the music business.

Promotion is a never-ending necessity to help people find, discover, and fall in love with your music.

 

One can call it a necessary evil, but it can be a good thing too as it can help direct you as to how you want to define yourself artistically.

 

When you have to sell your art or yourself as an artist, what may have been abstract or ambiguous becomes concrete.

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Tell us what you will do apart from music.

I’m a multi-disciplinary artist who works on films, photography, writing, and other art forms. Artistic expression is not about the medium, but about expressing beauty, a feeling, a thought, etc.

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List the names of the instruments you can play.

I can play the piano and the guitar, but I can also make horribly annoying noises with a violin.

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Tell us if you have any music background.

I had great exposure to music as a child through family members but was never allowed to have proper music lessons, so I taught myself to play and write music. This eventually led to my creating music for adverts and films and to releasing my own music.

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

Today’s success is not tomorrow’s. Enjoy the moment, then on to the next project.

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Elaborate on melody and rhythm.

Melody and rhythm are the essences of the song, so follow it, or don’t, make it pretty, make it harsh, make it danceable or break it all. I see rhythm as the drive and melody as the story, but both are two essential parts while at the same time, as in all art, they also wish to be broken when necessary.

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State your future goals.

Art is a pursuit of beauty, honesty, and expression, so my goal is to continue on that path and reach people, inspire them, entertain them, make them think, question, take them on musical journeys, stories, etc.

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Share your recording experience with us.

Recording an album can be a lot of fun and is extremely rewarding, but it can also be exhausting in its laboriousness.

 

When something’s not working, it’s not working, and you have to get through it.

 

In my case, I don’t have other people to please or report to during the recording process, but that can at times be worse, as there are times, after take number 47, for example, that you just don’t know what you’re doing anymore and have to find a way to pull yourself together.

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Tell us the most difficult part of the recording.

Take 47. That moment you just want to quit everything because you just don’t know what you’re doing or why.

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

Listening to my parents and not starting my career earlier.

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Tell us how you build up your composition.

A lot of my music is composed in my head, so when I actually sit down to play or write the notes; I often have a pretty clear idea of how it’s all supposed to go.

 

My biggest struggle is usually translating that music into something that I’m satisfied with and captures what I’m trying to express.

 

When it’s something I have to build on, I might come up with a number of versions until reaching what I think is the correct one.

 

The Hunt, for example, was mostly done in my head, but the end bit had a couple of different versions.

 

Other times, I’m simply playing with ideas on the piano and build from there, letting the notes talk to each other and to me.

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Discuss the relevance of music.

Music is the essence of life. It’s beauty. It’s entertainment. It’s a moment of sadness, of happiness, of success, of loss, of love, of life. Where would we be without music?

 

The fabric of the universe is musical. In this age of the democratization of music, it’s more relevant than ever, as voices that previously had no opportunity to express themselves and be heard, now have similar access to those with greater privilege.

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Elaborate on the song.

The Hunt, the song, is moving. It’s driving towards a goal. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s a metaphor for the hunt of life, but it’s also a conversation within that story.

 

The two clarinets are talking both with each other and with the cello and trumpet.

 

There are moments of sexiness and even raunchiness.

The song touches on a wide range of life’s areas through the music and each instrument’s individual expression as they converse.

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

Franco Esteve is my nickname and my surname.

The title of the album, The Hunt, has to do with the overarching story across the songs of the album and metaphorically represents the hunt of life, hunting for health, for life, for happiness, for love, for ideas, for creativity, for success.

 

Life has happiness, but it also has pain, and that is also reflected in some of the music (especially in Quicksand and Lament).

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HuffPost review of the single, The Wait, from the album, The Hunt:

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Franco Esteve’s New, Classical Crossover Concept Album, “The Hunt,” attempts to give an orchestral soundtrack to life itself Cala Ratjada, Baleares, Spain – May 14th, 2019: Puerto Rican artist and composer, Franco Esteve, has released a new, modern, classical crossover music album called “The Hunt.”

 

The concept album, highly anticipated due to its popular, previously released and well-reviewed singles, “The Wait” and “Quicksand,” has been three years in development and represents Franco Esteve’s first, strictly classical crossover effort and full, concept album.

 

While the multi-disciplinary artist and composer is known to create music with a film focused, a story-driven approach created to elicit images and feelings in listeners, this latest work, his fourth album and first independent of a film or video project, takes that approach and creates a non-existent film, metaphorically inspired by life.

 

Esteve is an award-winning filmmaker and composer, and soundtrack lovers, in particular, will be keen to appreciate the story and personal “movie” that the album is meant to evoke.

 

Jamsphere Magazine, in their review of “Quicksand,” the first single from “The Hunt”, had this to say about the composer:

 

“To say his music is cinematic is all too obvious and Esteve’s ability to create simple and emotive musical narratives is a rare gift to be admired…Esteve’s music has a universal appeal that will attract audiences of many cultures and musical tastes.”

 

A Huffington Post review has said the following about Franco Esteve’s second single from “The Hunt”, “The Wait”: “(Franco) Esteve has composed a glistening tune that is simultaneously diaphanous and sensitive, yet emancipated and emotive.”

 

“With The Hunt, I wanted to do something different, expressing through classical, orchestral music, the images and feelings one gets from life itself, whether it’s the drive of The Hunt, or the insomnia of The Wait, or the sadness of Quicksand and Lament. The Hunt serves as a metaphor for life’s experiences and is an indirect soundtrack of it, expressed as individual musical pieces that are easy to digest and absorb.”

 

Esteve sees “The Hunt” as the soundtrack to one’s life, taking the story of a hunt and superimposing it and metaphorically representing the hunt in life for health, for happiness, for love, for strength, for success, or even for life itself.

 

“Life has happiness, it has loss, it has calmness, and excitement, and those feelings are expressed in the music and in the choice of instruments and orchestration.”

 

Here is what Franco Esteve says of his creative musical compositions:

“For me, composing music is a process of exploration, which is why I’m so drawn to it. There are so many places to visit and explore and express. I think music can act as a live entity within a story, regardless of where or what inspires it.”

 

“The Hunt,” is a modern classical crossover music concept album that explores the hunt that is our lives. It’s a story-driven, orchestral soundtrack to life itself. The music and specific instruments and sounds are meant to evoke images and feelings within your mind, projecting your own life’s experiences into your own personal film.

 

About Franco Esteve:

Franco Esteve is a multi-disciplinary artist – a Composer, Filmmaker, Writer, Photographer, and Artist. He expresses himself artistically in many ways and through different media.

 

Born on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, with a globe-trotting background, Franco Esteve is as varied as they come.

 

He won the Indie Fest Award of Merit in 2015 – Best Original Score – Consequence, The Doll Chronicles Soundtrack.

 

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Jaykae + Aitch + Bowzer Boss – On The Way Home

Jaykae – On The Way Home

 

Jaykae + Aitch + Bowzer Boss – On The Way Home

Jaykae + Aitch + Bowzer Boss – On The Way Home

 

Jaykae + Aitch + Bowzer Boss – On The Way Home

 

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Jaykae and Aitch release a song entitled ‘On The Way Home’ featuring Bowzer Boss via ADA as the distributor.

 

“Jaykae has moved on to making fully realized music that’s every bit as attention-worthy as his early freestyles.” – i-D

 

“Jaykae is the guy right now. The whole Birmingham energy is so direct and unadorned, and there is nothing else like it in the club.” – Mike Skinner

 

“The Brum rap scene has been going from strength to strength as of late, and heavyweight MC Jaykae is emblematic of that.”

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“One of the leading figures in the scene.”

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“The recent success is both more compelling and influential for both spectators and artists alike. It’s an underdog story from an underdog city.”

– Nation of Billions

 

Jaykae has built up a reputation as a rapper’s rapper with his skills being called upon by a host of big names.

 

Dave invited him on his current tour which concludes with two nights at the O2 Academy Brixton; he’s worked with Mike Skinner and joined The Streets live on stage. He even guested at Tiffany Calver’s support set during Drake’s huge Birmingham arena show.

 

Now Jaykae releases a brand new song in the shape of ‘On The Way Home’.

 

Annie Mac premiered the song as her Hottest Record in the World, which finds the Birmingham artist joining forces with Manchester’s rising rap star Aitch.

 

‘On The Way Home’ contrasts Jaykae’s urgent, powerful delivery with Aitch’s laid-back flow, all set to a beat courtesy of ‘Moscow’ producer Bowzer Boss.

 

Having first come under the spotlight with Invasion Alert, Jaykae released his debut EP ‘Where Have You Been?’ at the end of 2017.

 

The lead track ‘Moscow’ amassed over seventeen million streams and The Rated Awards nominated its ambitious visual, influenced by ‘Peaky Blinders’ for Best Video.

 

He turned into an in-demand collaborator too, featuring on tracks alongside The Streets, Rudimental, Cadet, Swarmz, Geko, Nathan Daw, Rude Kid, and Big Stygs.

 

Jaykae featured in Guz Khan’s BBC3 comedy ‘Man Like Mobeen’ earlier this year.

 

Jaykae’s forthcoming live dates are:

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2nd– London, O2 Academy Brixton (support to Dave)

 

3rd– London, O2 Academy Brixton (support to Dave)

 

11th– The Great Escape, BBC Sounds 1Xtra stage at Paganini Ballroom (The Old Ship) – 7 pm stage time

 

11th– The Great Escape, Clash stage at The Arch – 10.15pm stage time

 

 

 

JUNE

22nd– Birmingham, 0121 Fest

 

JULY

1st– 2nd – #MERKY Festival

 

13th – Shepton Mallet, Nass Festival

 

AUGUST

17th – Bristol, Sequences Festival

 

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May Wells - We All Want Love

May Wells – We All Want Love

 

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May Wells – We All Want Love

 

ARTIST NAME:   May Wells

 

SONG TITLE:  We All Want Love

 

GENRE: Pop

 

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Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.

My fans are saying that my music is truthful, authentic and sincere.

 

They love the fact that I go through the same things as they do and that I have an understanding of humans in general.

 

They know I write all my songs (both lyrically and musically) so they know it comes from my heart and brain.

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

I usually focus on the guitar parts! If it’s groovy and the sound is great: I dig it!

 

For example, one of my favourite Taylor Swift songs is ‘Style’ because the guitar riff is super catchy to me! I also dig personality in a voice and you usually find this in a songwriter’s voice.

 

I don’t like singers that only care about their performance: give me emotions!

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

I would actually cry of happiness if I could work with any one of the following producers:

Timbaland

Oak Felder

Max Martin

Charlie Puth.

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

Taylor Swift, Jon Bellion, Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, Teddy Geiger, Avril Lavigne and so many more! There are so many good songwriters out there!

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Tell us your favourite TV show and state your reason.

Right now, I’m 100% into Game of Thrones! Such a good TV show and I love the actors in it. I’m such a fan of the action movie, and I think the story is really well written. I also really loved Gossip Girl, YOU, Daredevil and DC Titans.

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Tell us your best mood to create a song.

My best mood would be a little nostalgic and when I’m lonely. I like to write songs in the afternoon when everybody’s away, at work, and I can only focus on the silence outside and the sun coming in my window!

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Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.

To me, success is being able to make a living out of what you love the most.

 

Fame would be the consequence of success. It can be handled very well if you had the time to build yourself.

 

Fame comes too fast and easily to certain people and that’s why they crash sometimes.

 

It’s like they didn’t have time to be stable with themselves, their state of mind and who they are…

 

Also, I think that when it takes time to be successful and famous, you enjoy it more when it happens because you’re grateful for everything you went through in order to get there.

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

Taylor Swift, Jon Bellion, Julia Michaels, Niall Horan, Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, Charlie Puth and Demi Lovato!

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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.

Performing on stage for the first real time was when I was 16 years old and I was in a band with three guys in a big venue in Montreal!

 

Everybody from our high school came and I thought to myself that is what I really wanted to do for the rest of my life!

 

Being in the studio for the first time was at my uncle’s place and I was probably 14 years old… It felt good to be able to record my own songs even though it was in my uncle’s small studio!

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Tell us how you approach songwriting.

I either try to be excited about a guitar riff or lyrics that I thought off!

 

I usually want to write songs that will go through the time and be considered excellent fifty years from now!

 

The best legacy I can give to people is my music, so better be timeless songs hehe! I have to bounce and dance to my own songs first!

 

Also, I try to write lyrics that are going to resonate through me first, and then I’ll know that other people will feel them too.

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

I love it actually! I’m a huge fan of classical music so I always try to add classical instruments in the background (like cellos) or build violins parts at some point in my songs! I also think that we can learn a lot about analyzing other genres and that it’s essential, for a musician, if you want to grow into something better!

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

I don’t deal well with rejection and that’s why I always find creative solutions to still reach my goals!

 

My favourite motto is: ‘Make your own luck’ and that’s what I try to apply every day!

 

Rejection for me is fuel to keep working to prove myself and everybody else that the only person who can say ‘no’ to me, is myself!

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Elaborate on what compels you to sing.

I guess I’ve never completely connected with many songs when I was younger so I would write my own and therefore, sing them. I love to sing because I think people can hear what I’m going through and how I’m feeling.

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Tell us the comparison between digital recording and analog recording.

I guess that since I started recording songs, I was always doing it digitally, so I’ve never had the chance to do it in an analog way. But I think that analog would feel a little more real because it’s not quantized or computerized.

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Tell us how you record your vocals.

Lots of takes in order to get the right emotions out of me! But I try to record mostly one take because it feels more real.

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Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.

I’m a Logic Pro kinda girl.

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

I guess I never grew up with people buying a lot of CDs! But I love the fact that nowadays, you’re able to know where your songs are playing in the world and what country is most likely to play your songs! You’re able to connect directly with your fans and that’s really cool!

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Elaborate on the song.

‘We All Want Love’ was written when I was reflecting a lot on my life.

 

I was thinking about social media and how it affects our relationships with people.

 

How I’m still single and figuring out how to connect with people these days.

 

The more I thought about it and talked about it with other people, the more I realized that even though we seem to think that this all changes, we only want to love someone and be loved in return.

 

Society may change, but humans don’t: we all want love.

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

This is my real name! I don’t have a title yet but I’m guessing that I will figure this out the more I write songs for the album!

 

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Denis Coleman – Imperfect

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Denis Coleman thrills with his youthful and heavenly vocals that keep his listeners engaged for long.

 

Denis proves to be a gifted artist with the release of the video for the song entitled ‘Imperfect.’

 

Good lighting adds to the value of the video.

 

The song is tuneful.

 

Denis is here to stay as one of the promising artists.

 

Fifteen-year-old Denis Coleman is a young pop sensation.

 

He has been honing his musical profession from the age of four and the multi-instrumentalist even created his first original song aged ten.

 

London based Denis is born in the States and he has been learning at the Royal College of Music Junior Department for the past six years learning Violin and Composition.

 

Denis has earlier caught the eyes of talent scouts, after winning Open Mic UK / Future Music’s Songwriter of The Year competition in 2017, where he beat hundreds of songwriters from across the country to come first place.

 

Denis has co-written tracks with Okan, Jamie Sellers, Martin Luke Brown, and Raphaella to name a few…

 

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