Ensemble Voyagers - Two Songs from Okinawa

Ensemble Voyagers

 

Ensemble Voyagers - Two Songs from Okinawa

Ensemble Voyagers – Two Songs from Okinawa

 

ARTIST NAME: Ensemble Voyagers:

Daniele Montagner + Shinobu Kikuchi

 

SONG TITLE:

Asadoya Yunta

 

Chinsagu No Hana

 

ALBUM TITLE: Two Songs from Okinawa

 

GENRE: Traditional/World

 

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The Ensemble Voyagers created by Daniele Montagner is an “open” ensemble dedicated to the exploration of musical jewels ranging from the roots of Western civilization to the traditions of non-European cultures, passing through medieval music to the present day.

 

With the use of original musical instruments or made according to the organology in vogue, a sound journey is undertaken through the aesthetics that has represented and continues to represent the history of humanity, its roots, and its evolution.

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

We try to use mainly original musical instruments or made according to the musical organology of the various ages and ethnic groups that we decide to play, infusing the sound with a contemporary approach.

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

It is clear that the music business has changed radically over the last twenty years. Currently, the music business is almost 50% divided between those who use digital distribution and those who still use CDs, vinyl records.

 

It is the “single” fashion return, and currently, everyone composes his own playlist based on his own tastes and the use he intends to make of them, and this was already done with CDs.

 

However, the problem remains that of royalties and product quality.

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State your experience as a musician.

I am a “mercurial” person and I am fascinated and interested in new technologies. Certainly you can’t improvise and honestly, I struggled a lot to be able to understand, adapt and use the new digital modes. I was used to and still tied to the artist’s somewhat romantic relationship I play, and the organizers and those in charge of business do the rest. I had a quick change and had to do it myself, it wasn’t easy.

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

The music business as I said has changed a lot and music piracy and illegal file-sharing is a problem for artists. The musical fruition changes with the evolution of society and technology, it is normal. The digital business prefers the “single” as I said before, or an album of two or three songs. Therefore, marketing and promotion strategies and the relationship between artist and consumers are also changing. Each artist then makes his choices.

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Tell us your goals and plans.

We are shortly planning a new record release of an instrumental medieval dance and probably a musical journey in ancient Greece and then we change course and we set sail for new projects…

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Tell us five current artists that are your favourite.

Jordi Savall, Carlos Santana, Elton John, Pink Floyd, and the Italian singer Cecilia Bartoli.

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Tell us your best song up to date.

The artistic creations are like children, there are no favourites and once they are done they follow their path. I would, however, like to point out one that many will surely know. It is a beautiful song from the ancient musical tradition of the island of Okinawa, a song I listened to when I was twenty and remained in my heart, very delicate and cheerful.

 

We have given it a very pure and simple version, as is the tradition using a Japanese singer expert in the musical tradition of Okinawa who also plays the Sanshin, a medieval flute played by me, whistle and castanets.

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Tell us your dream and hope for the future.

My current thoughts and concerns are increasingly turning to our mother Earth, to our planet. The pain and devastation that men have sown in this world are terrible. I am very busy in this field to do all I can; good and positive. I wish that the awareness, the light and the collaboration in giving the best of oneself descended on men and selfishness and violence dissolved like fog in the sun.

 

As far as our group is concerned, I would like to carry out the projects we have in progress and open ourselves to new collaborations, even to composers who want to write in an ancient but contemporary style at the same time.

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Tell us what has changed in the music industry.

The turning point in the current music industry and not only in this was given by the development and spread of the internet.

 

Ironically, the technological factors that now drive the rescue digital music are also the main reason for the decline of global music business due to illegal file-sharing.

 

The record companies, however, managed to maintain an important role but new business models and new users (players) took over.

 

The use of music is now much simpler via the mobile phone and this has amplified its scope and the way it is used and purchased.

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

Unfortunately, we know that it is a usual practice, even if we don’t like it.

 

The recording industry is characterized by an economy of star -system: one album out of ten makes it possible to make a profit to compensate for the failure of the other nine and independent music obviously finds it difficult to obtain its own space, but with the advent of the digital age the situation seems to be improving.

 

Normally, when I travel or when I tune in and look for the most open and independent radio stations and programs of any kind, I like listening to new music. I am very voracious, I listen to everything and above all, I want to listen to what the mass does not listen to.

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

The challenges are many. We must learn about our mistakes. Surely you need to find good and serious partners and collaborators and build your dream patiently and with confidence. It will be a mistake to run after money and easy profits.

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

The growing trend of the digital format is made possible by the continuous increase of users using online services.

 

Digital technology and the internet facilitate the possibility of making oneself visible with a simple click. Despite the fact that it remains always a bit difficult for an artist to make himself known, sell his creations and build a profitable career through the only telematics system without having a label (be it a major or an independent) behind him, the possibilities introduced by the internet that stimulate the creativity and imagination of many users and therefore widen the possibilities.

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Tell us about your music career.

I graduated in music in Italy, doing classical studies at the Conservatory; I dedicated myself in my youth to avant-garde and experimental music. Then I became interested in jazz language and worked and produced an ethnic-world project.

 

I played in symphony orchestras and opera houses and played as a soloist and in classical and ancient music groups.

 

I produced three CDs of my music and collaborated with the musician Vidna Obmana on an ambient music project.

 

I played and worked with Steven Halpern for healing music.

 

I wrote a book on music entitled “Frequenze di Benessere” (Frequencies of well-being).

 

I studied conducting and two years ago I created the Ensemble Voyagers in which we produced two albums and two singles.

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

As long as I have the desire and the urge to do something new, I will go on; I would say a spiritual necessity.

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Tell us about you as a person.

I’ve said so many things about myself. I am a creative type, I love harmony, I really love animals and nature, I have many animals and their presence regenerates me and calms me, I play with them, I try to understand their world, which is full of beauty and delicacy. I love the sea, I love traveling, I love to discover.

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Elaborate on the story behind the song.

First, we choose a historical epoch and a piece of music that touched us emotionally or we remember with pleasure or we go to look for music that is little known but that have artistic importance, without prejudice.

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Tell us the process involved in making this song.

So let’s imagine the sound it should have, when the sound is clear and the structure and architecture are clear, we begin to build the sound environment, like a painting, or a scene from a movie.

 

We are interested in putting the sound of an instrument in the right place and at the right time, it is not necessary to always play all together, but only those who are necessary for the poetry and musical poetry of that song and for that song.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

After many proposals we decided for Ensemble Voyagers because we feel a bit like time travelers, we immerse ourselves in past ages, we recover sounds also using ancient instruments and we re-emerge in the present.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The titles of the songs produced are the original titles of the songs in the musical tradition we selected, in the case of the song presented in this interview Asadoya Yunta is a song originated from Taketomi Island in the Yaeyama district of Okinawa, Japan. It tells the story of a young and beautiful peasant woman named Kuyama Asato.

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

Asadoya Yunta is part of the “Two songs from Okinawa” album along with the other traditional song Chinsagu No Hana. The title refers objectively to the content of the album and represents like a postcard that depicts our journey in the tradition of the island of Okinawa.

 

All the album covers and individual songs produced as Ensemble Voyager have been made by me, Daniele Montagner.

 

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Komie + Idrise - Aurora Dawning

Komie + Idrise – Aurora Dawning

 

Komie + Idrise - Aurora Dawning

Komie + Idrise – Aurora Dawning

 

ARTIST NAME: Komie + Idrise

 

SONG TITLE: Aurora Dawning

 

ALBUM TITLE: Kaleidoscope

 

RELEASE DATE: June 7th, 2019

 

GENRE: Pop/Adult Contemporary/Adult Alternative

 

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Award-winning guitarist and composer Komie has already enjoyed a successful career creating music for hundreds of hit shows including Ozzy Osbourne’s World Detour, The Voice, NASCAR, Dateline, Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Amazing Race.

 

His music has been featured in advertising campaigns for Diane Von Furstenberg, Bailey’s Irish Creme, Six Flags and Coca-Cola (amongst others) and has won several Emmy Awards for best music, 3 BMI TV Music Awards and a Clio nod along the way.

 

But despite all of these accomplishments, Komie desired something more: to produce projects made purely for the art of it. No boundaries except one — they had to express the deepest part of his artistry at the highest level possible.

 

Komie’s latest single, Aurora Dawning (Featuring Idrise), is a sweeping, melodic and inspiring pop-rock song featuring the talented up-and-coming vocalist, Idrise.

 

The single, slated for release on June 7th, 2019, follows Komie’s well-received instrumental album, Afterglow.

 

Aurora Dawning draws inspiration from Afterglow, but the single’s vocal component sets it apart from the latter.

 

The song pays homage to the Aurora Borealis, the magical celestial events that famously occur near the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

 

Komie, in a characteristically thoughtful and metaphysically inspired tone, poetically conveys the interplay between star-crossed lovers amidst an emotively dramatic backdrop of stellar guitar playing.

 

Similar Artists/Influences: Coldplay, Keane, Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, U2, early Train, Matchbox 20…

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Tell us about your future music projects.

I’m currently recording new songs for the upcoming album, Kaleidoscope, which gets its name from the diverse styles and sounds that will share in the album. The plan is to release a single every month or two, then release the full album early next year.

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Tell us if you will change the style of your music to get signed. Nope – unless of course, they throw in a Maserati. No; not even then – Seriously.

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Elaborate on this song.

‘Aurora Dawning’ was a track from my instrumental album ‘Afterglow’ last year.

 

I loved the mood of the song and wondered what would happen if I put vocals to it.

 

To me, the song takes on a whole new life with the lyrics and vocals, so I’m glad I tried it!

 

Idrise did an amazing job on the lead vocals, I really love his voice.

 

He brought a lot of great ideas and improv to the melody later in the song.

 

It worked out so well we’re collaborating on a few more upcoming songs.

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Tell us if you have a guideline or standard set for your music production.

I’ve been producing professional grade music for TV and film for years now, so I definitely have a process for making sure the production is as good as it can be.

 

A big thing for me is stepping away from the song/mix for a bit, then coming back with fresh ears and seeing how things feel.

 

I can usually tell right away what needs improving and what sounds great. So it’s kind of a back and forth between being the songwriter/producer/mixer and a listener.

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Tell us your preparation for a live performance and how you make sure the quality of sound is high.

It all comes down to playing with great musicians, practice and rehearse, and hiring a good monitor and house mixer, that’s the key.

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Discuss how to live healthy.

Great question! For me, it comes down to healthy eating (lots of veggies), exercise (I play basketball and lift weights at least three times a week), and definitely writing music. When I’m creating in my studio I feel a great flow of energy, kinda like a life force that feels healthy and vibrant, it’s really therapeutic for me.

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Tell us if you are in control of your performance or you are still learning.

I’m always learning! I think that’s the key to always growing as a musician. Yes, I’m in control of my performance but that doesn’t mean I’m there. I don’t ever want to be “there”, that’s no fun. It’s a continual journey of self-exploration and self-improvement; musical skills, production skills, mixing skills, business and promotion, content creation, video, art.

 

To be an indie artist these days you really need them all, or at least have an understanding of the concepts to effectively collaborate with people.

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Tell us that precious moment you chose music as a career.

I was a junior in high school and couldn’t put the guitar down, it was nuts.

 

My parents wanted me to go to college and become a doctor, lawyer blah blah. I looked ’em in the eye and told them the only way I’m going to college was if I could major in music. They went along with it thank God.

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Tell us the greatest feedback you have ever received on a song of yours.

Well, it was more for an album; ‘Afterglow’ got some amazing reviews. A couple of my favourite quotes from the reviews:

 

“Afterglow is truly a beautiful album…the sheer inspiration and colourful feelings of hope that define this album are undeniably striking and mesmerizing…This album is an artistic triumph.”

  • The Prog Mind

 

“Afterglow is filled with incredibly tasteful playing and great songs,” and “there’s so many great moments that each time I listen, I hear more of them… this is how it’s DONE.”

  • Progressive Music Planet

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Tell us your side interest apart from music.

Let me think…lately I don’t have time for much else; producing an album is intense and immersive! Hmm, sleep maybe? Definitely food haha – Time with my fiancée’, that’s an important one.

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Tell us the artist that influenced you.

Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, The Eagles, Yes, John Mayer, early Train, Switchfoot, Coldplay. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Tell us if you prefer singing as a solo artist to collaborating with others.

Well, I sing backgrounds but not really lead vocal. I write and produce the songs, play all the instruments except drums, and sing backgrounds. So I always collaborate with a lead singer.

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Tell us the full details of this song.

I wrote, arranged, produced, mixed the track and played all the instruments. Idrise sang lead and background vocals, Perrin York and I sang background vocals as well.

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Tell us the organization you will set up to fight a cause and state your reason for fighting the cause.

None yet but maybe someday – I love animals, so it would probably be something to protect them.

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Describe your mood while performing.

It varies! We’re humans not machines, sometimes you’re not even in the mood to play but the show must go on, right? Once the music starts, however, everything melts away and you just get into the music, live in the moment.

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Tell us the mistakes to avoid in the music business.

I would say do your research and take your career in your own hands, don’t rely too much on others. Knowledge is power for sure.

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Tell us your opinion on smoking, health is wealth but people still smoke.

It’s bad and smells terrible, I hate it.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Komie. It’s my last name.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Aurora Dawning – The song pays homage to the Aurora Borealis, the celestial events that famously occur near the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

 

In a thoughtful and metaphysically inspired tone, I convey the interplay between star-crossed lovers amidst an emotively dramatic backdrop of stellar guitar colours.

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

Well, it’s a working title, not finalized, but it’s Kaleidoscope. I chose this title because the songs on it are going to be very diverse in sound and style, lots of different colours on the album, so I thought this title fits perfectly.

 

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Lara Snow – Swim Far

Lara Snow – Swim Far

 

Lara Snow – Swim Far

Lara Snow – Swim Far

 

ARTIST NAME: Lara Snow

SONG TITLE: Swim Far

ALBUM TITLE: Delete Forever (EP)

RELEASE DATE: June 7th, 2019

GENRE: Pop/Electro-pop

 

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Lara Snow painted a picture of the life she wanted to live. A soft, melancholic sight, built out of gentle and yet vibrant colors – A creation that forms a connection between a glamorous and forgotten time and prosaic feelings that exist in all of us.

 

In 2016 Lara Snow presented herself to the world with her debut single ‘Sometimes It’s Enough’, the single gained positive reviews from various European blogs.

 

Following a successful headline tour in Germany, Lara relocated to Berlin to focus on songwriting and production of new music.

 

Lara spent her first Berlin winter self-reflecting and translating her deepest emotions into words and melodies while trying to decipher what echo she would like to send out into the world.

 

It was a new era for her, the first time she lived overseas – and while Berlin was overflowing with new arts, cultures, and opportunities, Snow felt lonesome and found herself in search for a home. Eventually, she found that home in her writing.

 

During this Berlin winter, Lara Snow wrote a handful of pop songs, unburdened by the constraints of time and place, while holding to the standard of the most exciting contemporary productions in Electro-pop music.

 

Snow references her musical influences such as Grimes, Banks, The Dø, The Knife & Lykke Li.

 

“My heart was broken for a very long time,” Snow says. “At a young age I got into a toxic relationship and it changed who I was in a way. I became a sad girl and I was trying to float in a world that was dark. I carry these feelings with me to this day.

 

I think this is also the reason why water metaphors come often in my songs, for a long time I was trying to reach out for air and felt like I was choking, fighting to keep my head above the water.

 

But at one point, I decided that I’m only going to keep in my life people who make me a better person.” She adds, “If we’ll choose to divide our lives into chapters, my first was a learning chapter. I feel that in recent years I managed to start writing a new chapter, make the transformation from childhood to womanhood and grow stronger.”

 

‘Swim Far’ is the first single out of Lara Snow’s debut EP ‘Delete Forever’ that is planned for release later this year. The song was produced in London by Miedo Total.

 

‘Swim Far’ talks about the need to move forward and keep marching when it feels like the water floods the room – to be bigger than the sum of your fears and to devote yourself to creation even if, at times, it might be painful.

 

“In a place with no one or nothing to lean on, I often felt like I was drowning, but the survival instinct was stronger. I knew I had to learn to adapt to new situations faster than I did before.”

 

Like the warm and caressing melodies that Lara presents in her songwriting, she also emphasizes this feeling in her new music video for ‘Swim Far’, using wide spaces and her unique aesthetic.

 

The video was made in a DIY approach, together with her partner Jonatan Harpak, and was shot in Geneva and Tel Aviv, using an iPhone – a fact that is very hard to spot while watching it.

 

“We wanted to create a video that will convey the emotions of the song” She shares, “Not to tell a story, but to pass on a feeling: how does it feel to be surrounded by people but still alone.”
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Discuss the story behind your music video.
 

We wanted to create a visual equivalent to the song. We weren’t trying to tell a story, but to pass a feeling.

 

I wrote ‘Swim Far’ shortly after I moved to Berlin to focus on songwriting and production of new music.

 

It was summer and there was this magical vibe everywhere. We had some gigs and that made me very happy, but then came winter. Coming from a warm climate country, this weather made me blue and I kinda stayed at home for a while, not really interacting with the outside world and just writing. I was feeling pretty lonesome at the time, though I was never actually alone. So we wanted to pass this same feeling with the visuals.

 

Also, flowers were always my best friends, so it was important to me to have flowers in the video, at some point I figured – why not making them my little backup singers.

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State the name of the locations in your music video. 

It was shot both in Geneva and Tel Aviv.

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

The video was made by Jonatan Harpak (Photography, Editing, Visual Effects, Colour Grading), we both directed it. It was made in a totally DIY approach; it was actually shot with an iPhone.

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Explain your emotional state while shooting the music video.  

It was very cold when we shot in Geneva (I think it was – 6) so it was hard to film outside. We were planning on shooting for one day but we ended up coming back there the next day because 2 out of the 3 iPhones we had with us stopped working, because of the cold. I guess that was a bit stressful and we’re frightened that we won’t have enough material, but in the end, it was exactly what we needed.

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Share your press release and reviews with us. 

We had a lot of interest from media for this single so that’s very exciting. It is going to be premiered on KALTBLUT magazine which I love reading, so that’s pretty cool.

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Discuss your music career so far. 

So far this journey took me to so many different places. We played shows and festivals in Germany, Poland, Latvia, France, Switzerland, New York, and Toronto. I’ve met so many great people. I’ve been truly blessed to get a lot of support from people around me and from my beautiful followers. Can’t wait to see what will come next.

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Tell us if you aspire to go into acting. 

I did when I was younger, since I was a child I loved being on stage, singing, acting, dancing. I did do some theater but eventually, I’ve decided to focus on my music.

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Tell us your gains and losses in the music business. 

I gained so many experiences; I saw a lot of places that I would probably never see without it. I think I lost some people along the way, a musical career can be very consuming and it always gets the best of me.

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Tell us how you manage your time. 

I wake up early and go to sleep pretty late, I work mostly all the time, I rarely take time off.

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

For me, success is being able to do what I love and sharing it with the world. Luckily I am able to do so.

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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’m currently independent, though I was signed to an Indie label for some time. I run my career as a business; I wake up every day and work to grow my business.

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

‘Swim Far’ was written by me, I usually write my songs alone on a piano, then Jonatan and I, we make a demo. We worked on the production with Miedo Total, a London based producer. It was mixed by Ori Rousso and Noam Levinberg and mastered by Matt Colton at Metropolis Studios.

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Tell us the instruments put together for the song. 

This one was actually made all in-box, so no live instruments here.

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

We started producing the song in London, at the home studio of Miedo Total. We actually came to London to try and work with him and this was the first song we produced together.

 

We had two sessions and then the core of the production was basically done – it went very smoothly.

 

We finished it in our home studio in Berlin and it was mixed in Tel Aviv, so basically it took a trip around the world even before it was released.

 

I recorded vocals for this song in Berlin as well and then some backing vocals in Tel Aviv.

 

I love recording at my home studio much more than in actual recording booths. I feel much more relaxed.

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

I would probably suggest to try and do it yourself, don’t waste too much money on music videos at the beginning.

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

I think I’m going to shoot videos for most of them. In my world, every melody should have a visual to go along with it.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it. 

My artist name is Lara Snow. It’s not my birth name but Lara was always a nickname. I chose to add ‘Snow’ to it because a few years back I had a dream that I have snowflakes instead of eyes. I woke up – and the name was there.

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State the title of the song and the meaning. 

‘Swim Far’ – to keep going even when it feels like the water floods the room. To be bigger than the sum of your fears and to reach the places you want to reach by never giving up.

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

The name of my debut EP is ‘Delete Forever.’ While working on the songs and producing them I had many different versions over time and I would upload them to SoundCloud to share with other people I work with. When the EP was finally done I was going to erase all these versions but then SoundCloud asked me: ‘Delete Forever’?

 

And I froze for a second there, because I was scared of deleting it and that I’ll regret it later. That made me think of our lives in this generation, how hard we hold onto things – pictures, emails, even people. I thought – what could be so bad about deleting something forever? It makes space for something new.

 

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