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Chameleonize – Velcro Shoes

Chameleonize – Velcro Shoes

ARTIST NAME: Chameleonize

SONG TITLE: Velcro Shoes

DATE: May 31st, 2019

GENRE: Acid-Jazz/Funk Fusion

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Chameleonize is a 6-piece acid-jazz/funk-fusion band based in New York City.

The musicians have been playing together since 2015, but collected as “Chameleonize” in August of 2018.

Band members include Gabi Feliciano on vocals and alto saxophone, Mo LaMastro and Brian Gipson on guitar, Ben Rudolph on drums, Mikey Rotunno on bass, and Gabe Weitzman on keys.

Some influences include Erykah Badu, Snarky Puppy, and Hiatus Kaiyote.

Combining complex musical sequences with attractive pop melodies and hip-hop grooves, they exhibit a unique twist on contemporary music.

Eager to begin the Chameleonize journey under the management of Jesse Hermann, the band will quickly gain traction and exposure due to their deep-rooted musical compatibility and fresh appeal.

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State your history.

Ben: The band started as a project between Mo, a couple of other musicians, and me in the fall of 2014 while attending SUNY Oneonta.

Shortly after the band was conceived, Gabi joined, other musicians left, and then Brian joined.

There were many forms of the group in the beginning while we were mainly brainstorming riffs and practicing cover ideas.

In the Spring of 2015, the band seemed to come together with incredible synergy and finalize its line-up. Mo and Brian were coming up with cool riffs and chords left and right, Gabi and our founding bass player Jackson were organizing our ideas into fluid and dynamic forms, and I was really excited to be a part of this band. After we played our first show later that semester I knew this was the right group of musicians to work with.

As soon as 2016 hit we recorded our first album, with Lana Migliore, another SUNY Oneonta student and a good friend of ours. Later that year our bassist Jackson left school and the band for personal reasons. It was then we found Mikey.

Although we enjoyed working with Jackson a lot, Mikey was the bassist for us. He brought the band to where we are now. We finished out our college career with him, playing a school festival, going on a couple of brief tours, and writing lots of new music including ‘Sweep’ and ‘Velcro Shoes.’  Shortly after graduating, we settled into our current moniker of “Chameleonize.”

Gabi: I like to say we started playing together in college, jamming as a unit until we found our sound and eventually came to terms with the name “Chameleonize.”

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Describe yourself as an artist.

Mo: We are a bunch of passionate musicians who love what we do and keep pushing ourselves to be better not only as individuals but as a band. We seek to elevate others and motivate them to be better too

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Tell us the genre of your music.

Ben: We call upon a lot of influences while writing so it’s difficult to narrow it down to one genre most of the time. However, I usually say we’re fusion-jazz-rock-funk to try and cover all the bases.

Mo: Acid-jazz-funk-rock-fusion.

Gabi: I like to call it soul-prog.

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Tell us the story behind your song.

Mo: Living a life of no regrets?

Gabi: Mo wrote the original guitar lick, which we jammed on through a series of a few band practices. Eventually, I wrote the lyrics and melody over that tasty line and we topped it off with a bridge that the band wrote together.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.

Ben: Being a musician takes a tremendous amount of time between individual practice, band rehearsal, recording, gigging, planning, and promoting. We’re finding that it’s sometimes difficult to balance each of our individual work schedules (we’ve all got to eat) with the band’s schedule. However, when we work through our scheduling the end result is very rewarding.

Mo: Not getting paid enough.

Gabi: Living in New York City is such a blessing for me as a full-time musician because of the amount of opportunity and inspiration. However, I struggle with work-life balance and deciding how to best spend my time investment. I’d love to play original gigs as much as possible, but I have to do what works for me.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

Mo: We did it at the University of Hartford through our keyboardist Gabe Weitzman.

Gabi: Gabe Weitzman did an amazing job facilitating the recording process and we are so happy to work with him. He really brought out the best in each musician and in the little bits of the music that make it so special.

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

Jesse (manager): NYS Music, IGGY Magazine, Lefuturewave, Lastdaydeaf, OddNugget, Nyack News and Views, Say What’s Radio, Newsday, SUNY Oneonta Music Industry Club…

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

Mo: we have only been out of college for a few years, but we plan on writing more and more music, continuing to push ourselves beyond our limits, playing tons of shows, and embarking on more adventures together. 🙂

Gabi: I work with a few different groups and projects as a singer, saxophonist, and writer. Almost every day of the week I’m gigging, rehearsing, or checking out new music. I’ve been so fortunate to have support from my family and to have met some incredible friends and colleagues. My future goals are to be a successful songwriter, entrepreneur, and continue performing original music.

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

Mo: My experiences and my loved ones.

Gabi: Usually love inspires my writing. Nothing is better than the words and chords spilling out so easily it’s like they were dying to be born.

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

Mo: Super-catchy melody and harmony.

Gabi: We’ll know once we have a hit song!

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Tell the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Mo: Never give up or let anyone discourage you.  Be consistent with your practice and goal-reaching

Ben: Get to know your band members playing styles and what they love to play, reflect on your playing style and what you love to play, and see how you can mix these styles in the best way possible. This might take a long time and will almost certainly result in disagreements. However, it will result in music that is unique and displays each musician’s deepest musical passions simultaneously, and it seems to me that bands like this are the ones that catch people’s attention.

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

Mo: We won the right to play the main stage at OH fest opening for Jesse McCartney.  We’ve toured some of the Northeast U.S…

We released “sweep” at the end of last year and released Velcro Shoes a few weeks ago. We have a bunch of new songs tracked currently being polished in the studio.  We are going to release an album this year.  Before that, we plan on releasing a music video and a few more singles.

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

Mo: We all jam on certain musical ideas and develop them systematically together. Different band members will present different ideas and everyone else will add their own flavour to the idea to make the end result. Sometimes band members will write entire songs and Gabi will write the lyrics and vocal melody to them. Of course, she also writes full songs herself.

Gabi: It’s a group effort putting songs together. One of us might write the song, but it’s not completed until the rest of the guys have put that Chameleonize touch on it.

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Name your favourite artists for collaboration. 

Gabi: I’d love to collaborate with Moonchild, Childish Japes, or Masego.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

New York City-based progressive jazz-funk band, Chameleonize, strikes again with their newest single, “Velcro Shoes,” released on May 31, 2019.

This tune is a lively bop about seeing the world in colour even in the cloudiest of situations.

The idea of velcro shoes symbolizes the youthfulness and energy we all have the ability to wear any time.

This song has become a favourite of the band, with the interesting dynamics and sax/guitar “soli” section that always get listeners moving. Once the beat drops, you’ll be hooked as it’s the perfect “pick-me-up” song…

Lefuturewave

Odd Nugget

Iggy

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Mo: Donate most of it, invest a bunch, spend it on PR and band stuff. Also not worry about paying rent for a while.

Gabi: I’d buy a house with a beautiful studio room!

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

Mo: We’ve sent our music to several playlists and music reviewers. We have our music on multiple streaming platforms and we infatuate people at our shows, compelling them to follow us on social media and streaming platforms.

Gabi: I try to manage our social media as best as possible, always keeping the bug in peoples’ ears. Bringing merchandise such as T-shirts, cards, and stickers to our live shows, spreading the word and helping people remember the experience they had with us.

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

Mo: I’m always hustling.

Gabi: Since music is my work, it can be so easy to get completely caught up in it every day. I try not to put too much on my plate so that it never really feels like work. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I spend time with loved ones, work out, and do yoga.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Mo: Chameleonize to us means to adapt and make something your own. Which is what we strive to do with our musical ideas and things that inspire us

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Gabi: Velcro Shoes – This song is about seeing the world in colour even in the cloudiest of situations. The idea of “vElcro Shoes” came from a negative situation that I wished I could walk away from.  Velcro Shoes symbolize power, youthfulness, and energy that we all have the ability to wear any time we need.

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