Enbers – Just Dogs

Enbers – Just Dogs

 

ARTIST NAME: Enbers

 

SONG TITLE: Just Dogs

 

ALBUM TITLE: 10 Years (EP)

 

RELEASE DATE: 06/09/2019

 

GENRE: Folk/Indie/Indie Rock

 

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Growing up in a musical family, Enbers was surrounded by creativity.

 

His Grandfather and Aunt helped to foster his creative side, and their band created the soundtrack of his childhood.

 

From karaoke nights to earning his Grandfather’s acoustic guitar at the age of fifteen, Enbers’ journey in music has been a story of growth and evolution, and now, after a decade of writing music and refining his sound, he’s finally ready to release his debut EP.

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Tell us your opinion on creativity and originality.

I think that music has become too formulaic. Rap songs, pop songs, indie music, it’s all designed to have as large of an impact as possible and in doing so, we’ve lost some of the soul of music. I intend to put some of that soul back out there.

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Tell us the beginning of your passion for music.

My passion for music really began in 2008 when my grandfather gave me his 1956 Martin D18 Acoustic Guitar. I wanted him to be proud of me so I worked hard to learn to play and I started writing songs that same year!

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

To be honest, I find the sound quality to be one of the least important elements in a song.

 

I think the composition, performance, and instrumentation play a much bigger role. That said, I do take it somewhat seriously, so my producer Alex Koska helps me get the mix how I want it to be and my buddy Dan Barracuda cleans them up and makes them viable for release.

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Tell us how you get ideas to develop your songs.

Like many other artists, most of my songs kinda just come to me.

 

I’ll be sitting around and get a tune stuck in my head and so I will write it down.

 

Sometimes I’ll sit and work specifically on songwriting.

 

Most of the time they just sort of appearing in my head and go through a few changes to become the finished product my listeners end up hearing!

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Discuss your music background.

Well, I’ve been around music my whole life. My aunts and my grandfather were constantly in bands performing in the local area and my family hosted weekly karaoke nights where we’d each take turns singing songs with each other.

 

You’d go up and say “I’m going to do the harmony part this time,” for example.

 

We took it too seriously and even recorded some of these karaoke nights!

 

In adulthood, I was greatly influenced by local bands in the Staunton, VA area.

 

We had a small venue that hosted shows almost daily and I got there as much as I possibly could.

 

I always hoped to hang out with the bands I saw back then and perform alongside them on stage, and now I suppose you can say I do just that!

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Discuss your music process.

My process typically involves listening to a recording of the song over and over and over and over again, finding out little details that I like and don’t like, and working to ensure that each product ends up being better than the last. I don’t want to move backward in my music development. Am I aiming too high? – Maybe.

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State five hit songs and name the artists.

Ashamed – Deer Tick

 

Palace – The Antlers

 

The Bottom Of Everything – Bright Eyes

 

Van Helsing Boombox – Man Man

 

Uppers, Downers, and All Around Towners – Secret Ninja

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

I always try to have fun with it. Throw in a little social commentary, throw in some jokes. The biggest thing is to get the audience involved! I’ll invite them to sing a chorus with me or ask them to give it up for my bandmates. Sometimes I have them cheer for each other! Either way, I have a blast in front of a crowd.

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

Deer Tick

 

The Antlers

 

Fleet Foxes

 

Elvis Depressedly

 

Bright Eyes

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Discuss how you think your music is impacting your fans.

I’d like to believe that my music helps my fans feel close to someone. I don’t want to be so commercialized and over-produced that I lose that emotional connection with my fans.

 

When they listen to my songs and hear the words I wrote, I want them to feel like I’m right there with them experiencing the same things they are!

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Tell us what inspires you to sing.

My family – Without them, I would’ve never started singing in the first place. It’s not like I have an amazing voice, but I love music, love creating music, and want to share that love with the world!

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Discuss this song.

‘Just Dogs’ is the most recently written song from my new EP. It was written a few weeks ago. It’s almost a story of a man who feels like a dog.

 

He is loyal, he is kind, and he is loving. And yet, in spite of those positive qualities, he’s aggressive, he’s loud.

 

The song is supposed to imply that we’re all more like dogs than we think. We can even fight like dogs sometimes.

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Discuss how you develop your melody.

Usually, the melody develops through trial and error. I’ll have an idea of how I want to sing it and over time I’ll tweak and adjust the way I sing it until it comes out how I like it. I usually want my melody to give me a chance to convey emotion in my voice.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Coming June 10th is the first recorded work of rising artist Nick Bryant under his performing moniker Enbers.

 

Drawing influence from the works of artists such as Deer Tick, Fleet Foxes, and the Violent Femmes, Enbers brings his own unique sound to bear into the folk-pop genre with a blend of styles ranging from soaring melodies, hauntingly emotional ballads to downright whacky funk tunes.

 

Guaranteed to capture the ear of a broad spectrum of listeners this unforgettable EP is sure to have audiences tapping toes, singing along and raising a chill up the back.

 

Don’t miss the 4 track debut representing the fruition of ten years of performance and song-writing development!

 

Reviews:

Boy Culture

 

Jussrussradio

 

Bluesbunny

 

antiMusic

 

Tunedloud

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Tell us how you master your songs after production.

Mastering is all handled by the one and only, Dan the man, Dan Barracuda!

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Discuss how you get your songs to digital stores.

I use DistroKid to distribute out to stores. It’s cheap, effective, and quick. Can’t complain! Useful to an indie act like me.

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Discuss how to generate income through music.

Well, streams are a big part of it. YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music cut you a nice little check when people listen to your tunes. I don’t want to sell my music, so being able to collect royalties is huge for me. I also plan on releasing merchandise in the future. 🙂

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Tell us your piece of advice to a new artist.

To new artists: quit waiting. It took me ten years to get my work out there. It didn’t need to take so long. Don’t be such a perfectionist and let your music roam free! There’s plenty of time to improve as you go!

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State your favourite radio station.

My favourite radio station is actually a local college radio station based in Charlottesville, VA. WTJU. They’re independent and were the first to feature me when I just started out!

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Go into details on this song.

‘Just Dogs’ is intended to be almost haunting. The atmospheric vocals are supposed to sound almost like a dog’s howling in the night. The words are supposed to invoke imagery of how a dog would feel and the human capacity for thought.

 

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