Moonlight Social – Valleys and Peaks

Moonlight Social – Valleys and Peaks

 

Moonlight Social – Valleys and Peaks

Moonlight Social – Valleys and Peaks

 

ARTIST NAME: Moonlight Social

 

SONG TITLE:  Valleys and Peaks

 

RELEASE DATE: 4/26/19

 

GENRE: Country/Alternative/Pop

 

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Nashville-based duo Moonlight Social are excited to release their new single “Valleys and Peaks,” an earworm that Jeremy Burchard calls “the catchiest, most upbeat thing to come from me being depressed.”

 

Written by Burchard and Jennica Scott, “Valleys and Peaks” is the first song from a forthcoming album. A brand new music video also accompanies the single.

 

Burchard produced the song himself, also playing all of the instruments and mixing the tracks. Matched by Scott’s impeccable vocal arrangements, “Valleys and Peaks” emerges as a toe-tapper with serious substance.

 

The duo also produced, directed, and edited the music video, which serves as a visual representation of the themes in the tune — from the mental isolation that inspired the song to the resounding conclusion of reflective optimism.

 

Blending elements of country, alternative, and pop, Moonlight Social are no strangers to catchy songs.

 

After relocating to Nashville from Austin, TX in 2016, the band “incubated,” as they put it, for nearly two years before releasing their 2018 EP Make You Smile — undoubtedly a high moment in their budding career after debuting on the Billboard charts for the first time and amassing more than one million independent streams of their music (a notable growth from the 30,000 or so that preceded the EP).

 

But it was, as life goes, peppered with the debilitating troughs, both personal and professional that always seem to pull you back down to earth. Ultimately, it was somewhere there on the ground that Burchard and Scott found perhaps the most important song of their young career.

 

“I was dealing with a bout of depression and I just felt defeated,” Burchard says.

 

Lying on the couch, feeling feckless under the weight of chemical indifference, he resolved to shovel his way out of that emotional hole one word at a time.

 

“I knew in my heart of hearts I didn’t believe those thoughts I was having — so I inverted them and slowly began building a chorus as a mantra that I do believe in,” he says. “I wanted to remind myself that it’s ok to feel the way I felt — that life is not a linear curve, or a ‘hockey stick’ — that embracing the lows is as important as celebrating the highs.”

 

And that’s how “Valleys and Peaks” began. But as Burchard emerged feeling stronger and more resolute, the song temporarily sat on the shelf. The exercise had, at the time, served its purpose – Until not long ago, when the duo had to say goodbye to their beloved beagle Jodi.

 

“She was a huge part of our lives,” Scott says. “It’s something you know is in the future, but you still can’t prepare for.” The animal lovers among us can relate.

 

One quiet evening not long after Jodi passed, Burchard brought out the guitar and began plucking the song.

 

“I felt like I never wanted to love anything again because it hurt so much,” he says.

 

Sitting at the kitchen table, the duo again took that raw emotion and turned it on its head, formulating a bridge that serves both as a personal tribute and a resounding bow tying the song together. “The song just poured out of us,” Scott says. They knew this was a message they needed to hear, to sing, to believe in, and to share, constantly.

 

“Valleys and Peaks” is the next level for Moonlight Social. It’s their most personal song to date and a commitment to continually make music that refuses to bow to the clichés of genre. And it’s a sign of things to come.

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Discuss the story behind your music video.

We wanted the music video to represent several things throughout the song.

 

When we started writing “Valleys and Peaks,” Jeremy was feeling really low.

 

The couch in the middle of the void represents a sense of emotional isolation, which is how the song started.

 

But throughout the video, the performing versions of us slowly start to take over, and then at the end, the two different versions of ourselves meet.

 

It symbolizes how this song is as much a reminder to us as anything. Jeremy produced, directed, and edited the music video.

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State the name of the locations in your music video.

We used a warehouse in Nashville that used to be a T-shirt factory. Now it’s also attached to a recording studio called South By Sea!

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

Our friends are amazing. Besides Jeremy and Jennica (the duo), Richard Storbeck (guitars) and Brady Reuter (drums) appear in the video. The crew of the video is:

 

Jeremy Burchard: Director

 

Luis Rey: Camera Operator

 

Brian Huefner: Playback

 

Nick Gergens: Production Assistant

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Explain your emotional state while shooting the music video. 

While shooting the actual video we were really excited; it’s so fun to create.

 

But Jeremy describes the song as “The catchiest, most upbeat thing to come from me being depressed,” so we really needed the video to capture that sentiment.

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Discuss your music career so far.

We met as members of the marching band at The University of Texas at Austin.

 

Jeremy recording our EP in his garage apartment between classes at school and we eventually started winning local band and songwriting contests.

 

We crowdfunded our first record, Heading South, and toured around Texas for years.

 

We started traveling to Nashville and in 2015 put out a single called “Rub A Little Dirt On It,” which won the SongDoor International Songwriting Contest (Country Category).

 

We moved to Nashville for good in 2016 and in 2018 put out our EP Make You Smile, which debuted on the Billboard charts for the first time in our career.

 

We then committed to putting out more singles and music videos and in April 2019 released “Valleys and Peaks,” the first song off a forthcoming 2020 album.

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Tell us if you aspire to go into acting.

Jeremy would love to do acting if the opportunity came up! And maybe Jennica…Who knows? We have a great time on camera though and pretty much act the same regardless.

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Tell us your gains and losses in the music business.

So many ups and downs – Obviously, it’s nice to get the kind of love and encouragement we’ve gotten from both fans and critics throughout our career.

 

But there are so many things you can’t plan for. We’ve played huge festivals and we’ve played to empty bars. We signed a booking agreement and left that booking agreement. We’ve made money and ran out of money.

 

Ultimately we’re at the point where we’re not going to let anything get in the way of putting out music that matters to us. And we have to trust that hard work and honest music will help us get to the level of financial independence to keep doing it forever.

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

We just started promoting! But we’ve gotten some great love on Spotify, a YouTube channel called IndieVibes, and this website: I Am Tuned Up.

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Tell us how you manage your time.

Honestly, when we’re not doing odds and ends to pay the bills, we’re writing, recording, filming videos, and working on promoting ourselves. It’s a LOT of work and we don’t sleep much, but we believe in ourselves and know that’s what it takes.

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

It comes in waves; having people who believe in you to help you along the way is always great, but it always comes down to knowing that nobody is going to work harder for it than you are.

 

We spent a lot of time being able to record our own music and videos so that we don’t have to raise thousands of dollars every time we want to put music out, and that’s been huge for us.

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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.

We’re independent with a small team of trusted confidants and compadres who help us run everything.

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

Jeremy Burchard and Jennica Scott – Literally, outside of the crew who helped us film the video, we did everything.

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Tell us the instruments put together for the song.

Guitars (acoustic and electric), drums, mandolin, dobro, shakers, tambourine, keyboards, other effects and samples, and a bunch of singing!

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

It was awesome. We’ve done projects in all kinds of ways, and now we’re working largely out of our home studio we built, which affords us the time and space to make music how we want to make it.

Same goes with the video — we have the equipment to make the video, so all we really need is the location and time.

 

It’s so incredible being completely in control of your own artistic output.

 

Jeremy spends a lot of time on the mixing and editing, which is great — but can also sometimes become a situation where it’s like, “Ok, just step back from this for a moment because you’ve been working on it so long that you can’t see the forest for the trees anymore.”

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

Be really, REALLY good to your crew — no matter how big or small. Also, treat location and lighting like actors. If you only have a very small or modest budget, use the less expensive camera and lens but don’t skimp on the lighting or the location.

 

This video is as cool as it is because of how we were able to light and edit it. All in, we paid less than $500 on renting location and lights. Also, plan as much as you can. Storyboard. Have a vision. Whatever amount of time you think it’s going to take, increase it by 50%. And most importantly, HAVE FUN.

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Tell us the estimate of a commercial music video based on your experience. 

$3,000-6,000 is a pretty common price for an indie or small label shoot in Nashville. Some people want a lot more than that depending on the concept, but if the song is good you can create a compelling music video with nothing but an iPhone and clever editing.

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

It means a lot to us and we felt a video could do a really good job of capturing the ethos of the song.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

“Moonlight Social” is a name we chose to represent those super honest moments in your life when it’s late at night and you’re lying on the floor with your best friend having the most honest moments of your life. That’s what we want our music to feel like.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Valleys and Peaks” captures the entire point of the song — life is ups and downs and it’s okay to embrace both for what they are.

 

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Lizzie Blazquez – Deep Inside Of Me

 

ARTIST NAME: Lizzie Blazquez

 

SONG TITLE: Deep Inside of Me

 

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Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.

I’m thankful to God because people love it and show appreciation to my music, and say “Lizzie you make great music” etc. and I have to give all the credit to GOD because he gives us all the talents and I am just the messenger.

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

I don’t really know I just hear a song and if I like it I like it.

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

Drake, Pharrell, Calvin Harris, etc.

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Tell us your favourite TV show and state your reason.

I don’t really watch TV but maybe singing competitions like America’s Got Talent, American Idol, The X Factor, etc.

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Tell us your best mood to create a song.

It can be any mood as long as the song is great.

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Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.

What is important is that you can use your voice to help and be an example and role model for teens and adults. I think success is to inspire and also do good to people that need it.

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

Drake, Calvin Harris, Rihanna, Pharrell, etc.

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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.

Was amazing I recorded a song that I wrote.

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Tell us how you approach songwriting.

You can get inspired anywhere I don’t really follow any ritual, I just sit and write what I’m feeling and if it’s good I’ll record it.

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

It’s great to experiment and mix sounds and styles.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

Just moving forward even when you feel it hurts.

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Elaborate on what compels you to sing.

I’ve done it all my life since I was very young, so I guess that’s why.

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Tell us how you record your vocals.

In a studio with a microphone…I don’t really use anything unique.

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Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.

Pro Tools.

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

It’s great to be able to sell on digital stores now that we don’t use CDs anymore.

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Elaborate on your best song.

I wrote a song for my Mom and it’s called “Ode to Mother’s” and I can’t wait to share it with the world.

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Elaborate on your artist name.

My artist name is Lizzie Blazquez which is the nickname of Elizabeth or Elissa, and Blazquez is my last name from Spain.

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Brotherman – Cloud Clears

 

Artist Name – Brotherman

 

Song Title – Cloud Clears

 

Genre – Hip –Hop/Rap

 

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“Brotherman has always stood out for me. His voice is original, his flows are sick and I like his diction. Uniqueness in this rap game is paramount and he has it by the bucketload. On this EP he blends seamlessly with some sick crisp production from GG Peney. Fiercely refreshing and a breath of fresh air from the usual mind-numbing copycat rap music. This project is distinctively dope.”

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“Insightful bars, subtle cadence, heartfelt songwriting. This brother really is the man!”

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“Huckleberry dropping you a dose of that dope socially woke hip-hop that you need for your mental health. Go get your fix.”

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

My name is Thomas Boord-James and I was born in London England.

 

At the age of five, my family moved to the Caribbean island of Montserrat where we lived until I was 11.

 

Island life was amazing and a great way to grow up. It was warm and happy but all that would change when we moved back to London. We came back to a life with very little money and to a city where the crime had begun to fill the streets. Life was not as easy as it had been on the island.

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State your academic qualifications.

I did okay in school even though I felt like it wasn’t really for me, I studied English language and literature at A-Level and went on to complete a degree in film. It was through this degree that I was signed to my first label and chose music as a career.

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

Before being signed I would write all day and would look for stages to perform on almost every night.

 

I began getting good at making a big impression on the microphone and built up a large catalog of lyrics.

 

I was heard by the guys at a small indie label called Silent Soundz who offered me a contract.

 

This was when I really became the rapper known as Brotherman and was able to begin recording my first record ‘The Dark and The Light’.

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

My genre would be Hip Hop but many would say my sound is more varied and ranges from Lo-Fi or Chill-Hop right through to a more Jazz-like sound.

 

The idea behind Cloud Clears as a track was always to blend storytelling and music to create a cautionary tale that is easy to listen to and take in.

 

For the video, we used stock footage that we had shot several years before to give the listener a feel for the streets and the time talked about in the lyrics.

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

My experience as an artist shows me that in order to run a successful record label you need to really appreciate, nurture and support your artists so you can get the best from them.

 

If you have talented musicians then let them play with the aim to break down barriers and push the limits to create something new.

 

The labels that are only in the business of making money are essentially killing the music industry in my opinion.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

For an artist like me who does not have a large label backing me, the correct use of social media platforms and relationships with blogs has been key to promoting my music.  I’m still working to build my name and get my music out there.

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Explain the story behind the song.

Cloud Clears is an emotional song that was written in the wake of a yearlong stay in prison.

 

It comments on conviction and trying to keep out of the street violence happening in London as well as a more objective view gained from incarceration.

 

Inspired by true wordsmiths like Talib Kweli and Mos Def; Cloud Clears tries to act as a warning as much as it tells a tale.

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

This track was produced by GG Peney and written by Brotherman.

 

The video was produced and directed by Johnny Griffith, who is my right-hand man. He has done a great job in really capturing the essence of the song.

 

Also much love to the editor Dom Brancaleone for getting the video to its crisp and clean final look.

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Elaborate on the song and music video.

The song Cloud Clears contains more than a few references to London streets and the life that I lived… It was only right that the video gave some more insight into the world that is spoken about in the track and so we used footage of me that had been shot back in the times that the song speaks of.

 

The lyrics are more like thoughts than statements and so we wanted a visual that sort of internalized the struggle I was going through which is why I never talk to the camera during the video.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music business, your experience, and your future goal.

My mother says I have been rapping and singing since I was around eight years old. I wrote a number of tracks before I ever performed on stage which meant once I did, I hit the ground running.

 

I entered open mics and rap battles and began winning and gaining attention and notoriety.

 

Once I was signed, I appeared on mixtapes alongside Cormega from Wu-Tang and a whole host of rappers from the UK.

 

I recorded my first album which allowed me to tour and perform to thousands at festivals as well as to millions more live on national radio stations.

 

My first label folded which left me unsigned just as my first release dropped so it didn’t have the full impact it should have had.  Since then I have warmed up stages for Hip Hop royalty such as Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) and Talib Kweli and have continued to build the Brotherman brand and make newer fresher music.

 

Since my first album, I have had several small releases online but Huckleberry is my first proper release in quite some time.

 

I am currently working on two new projects which should take the form of a mixtape and an album, both dropping later this year or early next year.

 

We also have another video from Huckleberry which will be released in a few months.

 

As for the future well, I would like to see my music reaching more people and would also like to see my style changing to become slightly more musical.

 

I have plans to work with more musicians and have better and bigger features as well.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

Put simply, I think I stand out as an artist because I have such a wide range of influences in both my music and my writing.

 

Musically my influences range from 1920’s Blues right through to Drum and Bass.

 

Meanwhile, lyrically I am a child of Shakespeare with a want to write like James Baldwin.

My aim is to pretty much write poetry that moves the listener and speaks of the problems we face as a society while creating gorgeous music that is well made and lasts forever.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.

My weakness when it comes to music would have to be an ability to play instruments or make beats. I chose lyricism a long time ago so while I play a little guitar, I am more words than music.

 

Luckily I have a great team who are as good at the music as I am with letters.

My strengths are writing and performing. I find that when performed in the right atmosphere my writing comes alive and I am never happier than I am when on stage.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists. 

Waiting in Vain – Bob Marley

 

Sky’s the Limit – Notorious BIG

 

Everything Man – Talib Kweli

The Queen and the Soldier – Suzanne Vega

 

Liquid Love – Essa (formerly known as Yungun)

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

Signing to a major label is always seen as the best way to ‘make it’ as an artist in today’s industry. This is mainly to do with the big signing bonus and the network of marketing and promotion that they supply.

 

Nowadays there are more than enough outlets for the ‘do it yourself’ artist to have their music seen and heard. This allows the artist creative freedoms that they might not have had as a signed artist on a major label.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

Outside of music, I am a writer and so I am working on several Novels as well as children’s books and poetry. We have just welcomed our daughter into the world, which takes up a fair amount of my time. Anything left is music really.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is Brotherman, it was a name that the Rastafarian men used to call me as a child. I guess the name stuck and now it pretty much means a brother to man.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Cloud Clears refers to that moment when the sun is finally visible through the thickest grey clouds and tells of a brighter day ahead.

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

Huckleberry is the name of the album because it was written and produced on a street called Huckleberry close. I liked it because of the reference to Mark Twain as I felt like this was a twist on a modern-day Huckleberry Finn type tale of adventure and self-exploration.

 

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