Colourshop - Katherine

Colourshop – Katherine

 

Colourshop - Katherine

Colourshop – Katherine

 

ARTIST NAME: Colourshop

 

SONG TITLE: Katherine

 

ALBUM TITLE: Katherine

 

RELEASE DATE: 28/05/0219

 

GENRE: Pop

 

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Colourshop is a singer-songwriter one-man band. Italian born, London based Alfredo Salvati moved his first steps in the music world at the age of 10. He took his chances ten years ago when he moved from Rome hills to London.

 

Drawing on influences from the folky harmonies of Neil Young to the honest storytelling of Tracy Chapman, and mixing these with cinematic pedal effects, Colourshop is creating a sound that blends masterfully gentle guitar, melody and rhyme into a soundtrack of poignant millennial longing.

 

In 2014, his song “You & Me” has been pitched and aired by Mark Forrest on BBC Introducing.

 

Colourshop has recently released his last single “Katherine”. The song has been recorded at Aclam Records (Barcelona) with Jason Boshoff (Lisa Hannigan, Bastille, Josh Groban).

 

Overall Colourshop has overcome 3 million streams only on Spotify platform. Colourshop is set to release a collection of new singles throughout 2019.

 

In March 2019, he took part in the Kronplatz Ski Music Festival supporting Tom Walker European tour and he is set to tour California in the summer playing more than 17 dates.

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Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.

My fans really appreciate the honesty and concreteness of my songwriting. My songs talk about real life experiences and I always try to offer interesting views about the world we live in. The topics are never trivial, so I often receive messages from my fans expressing how much they relate to the same situations. They follow with enthusiasm my socials and they are always very responsive when I publish new material.

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

I like songs that make me think, songs that give me an emotional kick. In such a fast-paced world, it’s good to have something to lean on for five minutes and stop thinking about anything else. Those are usually the songs that I tend to listen over and over, but sometimes, depending on the mood, I don’t mind a lighter and more carefree tune, as long as it has a nice groove.

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

I would like to work with Dani Castelar, Paolo Nutini’s producer of Caustic Love. I really love the vibes of his latest album and the way the songs are arranged.

 

The sound is vintage and modern at the same time, the kind of things I like. I also love the sound of Danger Mouse on Michael Kiwanuka debut album: Cold Little Hearts is a masterpiece!

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

Damien Rice is one of my all-time favourite artists! I would love to work with him! He is so raw and real, his music was a real inspiration for me.

 

I also love John Mayer; he is so eclectic in his style. He started with pop-rock, then blues, country and so many other musical influences in his songs!

 

I respect him much because he had the courage to pursue his music career independently of what the public might think of his new material and direction. He is also a tremendous guitar player and I would absolutely love to play some music with him!

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Tell us your favourite TV show and state your reason.

I don’t watch much TV; I actually don’t have a TV at home since I moved to the UK, ten years ago. I do enjoy from time to time some good show though. The last one I liked a lot was ‘Narcos.’ The actors were really good and, despite some adaptations, it gives you a good insight into what happened at that time in Colombia and in general in South America. It is a kind of documentary but with some good stories in it. I loved the soundtrack from Rodrigo Amarante – Tuyo, which I covered some time ago. There is a video of it on YouTube.

 

I have not jumped on the Game Of Thrones hype, for some reason the fantasy theme doesn’t appeal me so much but I enjoyed Black Mirror, from Netflix: great food for thought about our society and social media.

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Tell us your best mood to create a song.

I discovered that I am the most productive when I travel. Somehow getting out of the daily routine helps me to condensate my feelings and thoughts to write new material.

 

I am like a sponge that gets soaked and finally can release its content at the right time. That is why I am always taking with me my ‘guitalele’ (a mix between ukulele and guitar) wherever I go. The peak of a mountain, a beach or a quiet balcony in a remote town in Andalusia could offer a great time for creating a new song.

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Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.

The thing I like the most when I think about fame or success is the idea that thousands and thousands of people in front of you would sing your songs out loud.

 

It must be an amazing feeling because it means the message you were trying to convey through your lyrics and music arrived deep down in the soul of so many people. Everyone would relate to the song in a different, personal way and so your song is not yours anymore, it belongs to everyone: that is absolutely beautiful for me!

 

The other aspect I like about success is the fact you would spend much time traveling to so many places around the world, meeting new people, learning new things and knowing new cultures: all this without the hassle of thinking about the logistics, focusing only on your artistic side.

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

One thing I would like to do is to write a song for a female singer. Just because I think that the same song has a completely different vibe when a female sings it.

 

One of my favourite artists I would like to collaborate in that sense is Norah Jones.

 

I absolutely love her style: very simple and direct but also sophisticated and elegant, great voice and amazing piano playing.

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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.

My first time on stage was during my school years, I was learning classical guitar and I was about 10.

 

I still remember the composition: ‘Sur le Pont d’Avignon.’ It was a French traditional folk song and I was so excited and scared! Since then I could never live without that adrenaline rush of performing in front of an audience.

 

I started recording in my home studio with very rudimentary equipment so the first time I went to a real studio I was literally overwhelmed by all those lights and buttons; it was too much for me!

 

I remember listening to my own voice back from the speakers for the first time and it was kind of shocking! You are never happy with the result as you have your own voice sound in your head. Let alone the struggle with the tempo, it all sounds good when performing live but when you listen back what you did, you see so many imperfections!

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Tell us how you approach songwriting.

Some people find songwriting an easy process, for me, it is quite the opposite. I need to be in a certain state of mind, in a quiet place and with no distractions around. I would usually spend time playing guitar or piano to find a good melody and rhythm. Only then, I write lyrics that match the mood of the song and sing it along.

 

I am using my phone to record little portions of the song not to forget them and then I move on to the next part.

 

It could take sometimes months to consolidate the whole song; it’s kind of a cathartic process for me.

 

Once the song is ready, I record it properly on my computer and listen to it over and over, asking opinions from my friends and the producers I work with. Finally, I start working out where/how to record it in a real studio.

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

I am not too obsessed with creating something nobody has ever heard of. Originality for the sake of it is pointless, in my opinion, if it’s not accompanied by a message to be delivered with it.

 

Music is a language and a medium to communicate, hence to do something nobody can understand just for the sake of it doesn’t make sense to me.

 

Although I love to find new sounds and styles using different instruments and tools to add elements that would surprise the listener, like when I used my ‘charango’ ( a South American string instrument I bought in Argentina ) on my single Let me show you how.

 

In general, I would like to work more with other artists to explore new directions and sounds: it is on my To-Do list.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

Rejection is an integral part of a musician’s career. We all have to deal with it and over the years I learned how to take advantage of rejections.

 

Instead of being sad about it, I use it as a motivation to work harder and to get better at what I do. I think this is the best way to cope with something that will always be there.

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Elaborate on what compels you to sing.

I cannot really imagine myself without singing or playing music. It is part of my soul since I was a little kid.

 

Sometimes through singing I realize things about me, about life, I find the answers that I was looking for or simply I relax and I feel good after it.

 

I also have to say that sometimes rehearsing for a show could be hard at the end of a busy day and I need to find the strength to do it, but once I start it all comes naturally.

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Tell us the comparison between digital recording and analog recording.

Unfortunately, I did not have a chance yet to try analog recording. I would love to listen to my music on a tape! If I think about the sound of a Studer tape recorder I get goosebumps!

 

I have to say on the other hand that A/D converters these days reached an incredible quality and the sound is so sharp that I cannot complain too much! The main difference to me is that warm feeling you get when listening on analog recorded music or analog supports, that is why I am exploring the possibility to print some vinyl for my next albums.

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Tell us how you record your vocals.

In terms of microphone and preamp, it really depends on the song and vibes I want to give to the recording.

 

When I record the vocals I usually stand in a dark empty room and before starting I meditate and free my mind up. I found out I can only connect with the song’s mood when my mind is empty.

 

At home, I use an AKG 414 with an API preamp replica.

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Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.

I used to record with Cubase or Logic. In the last couple of years, I am mostly using Reaper: a simple open source, free software available online, mostly because it is very simple to use and it allows me to focus on the performance rather than on the “buttons”. I usually record only demos at home and leave the more fine-grain production details to the producer I work with.

 

I found out that working on recording software is a full-time job that requires a lot of studies so I decided to leave it to the professionals.

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

I have to say that if it wasn’t for platforms like Spotify I would have not had the chance to be heard in so many places by so many people. I reached over 3.5 million streams on Spotify only from all over the world. I find this absolutely incredible! Back in the days, you could only achieve this by having a label distributing your CDs in physical stores, which was highly unlikely to happen.

 

I still like the physical support though: the object itself is, in fact, a complementary side of the music contained in it.

 

The paper, the packaging, the photographs, everything contributes to deliver the experience. I still print a number of limited copies of my releases, transforming the CD to a collection piece for my biggest fans to own (and for myself to look at as personal achievement. : )

 

Indeed it is difficult these days to sell CDs since many high-fi systems and PCs do not carry any more CD players unfortunately, vinyl could be a good alternative although more expensive to print.

 

In terms of revenues, I agree with some that say that these digital platforms give little to the artists but, let us be honest, if they weren’t there we would not get any money at all!

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Elaborate on the song.

‘Katherine’ is a song written on a warm night of July in Biarritz, France – The story of a relationship in the span of a night. The lovers look out for each other in the mysterious alleys of the French city, the seduction game symbolized by the chess moves and the final resolution of the morning light that represents a new beginning for both the lovers.

 

I was always fascinated by odd rhythm so I started writing this song in 5/4. This is quite an unusual time signature for a pop tune but it surely contributes to the intriguing atmosphere of the song.

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

My artist name, Colourshop, derives from the inspiration that London gave me soon after I arrived in the city.

 

Its multiculturalism was and is a constant source of inspiration for me!

 

Imagine a spice shop, full of colours and flavours: these are my songs or how I imagined them, each one different from the other, and each one representing a different colour I wanted to show to the listeners.

 

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Bob Helfant – Long Life

 

Bob Helfant – Long Life

 

ARTIST NAME:  Bob Helfant

 

SONG TITLE: Long Life

 

ALBUM TITLE: Better Late Than Never

 

RELEASE DATE: 10/29/2018

 

GENRE: Singer/Songwriter/Americana

 

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Tell us when you are most comfortable to sing.

I am most comfortable alone recording and very comfortable performing outdoors.  I recently played the Rock n Roll Marathon in San Diego and felt completely at ease from the first note to the last (2 ½ hour set).

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Tell us what you like to write about in your lyrics.

An idea or phrase comes to me that turns in to the song title – Lonely Without You, Take Me To The Music, etc.  Almost every song is a love song of one kind or another.  Good, bad, frustrated, satisfied.  I’d like to write socially conscious songs and stories, but that isn’t what comes out.

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State your most emotional song and the reason.

Depending on the day, Misery and Miracles – the title of a book by my wife Laura; about very painful parts of her life, Long Life – I came to grips with the end of a long, bad marriage in this song.  I Want To Be In Love – this one touches me in different ways.  It asks the question “what do you want” when you don’t have time to think about it and I/we really want is to be in love.  Is there a feeling better than that?  The song also touches on tragic mistakes made in past lives and how unconscious we are in this life.

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Discuss the process in finding the right sound for your vocals.

I never think of myself as a really good vocalist so the sound I go for is trying to sing on key.  I feel I do best on the rockers like Take Me To The Music where I am focusing and transferring energy more than “singing.”

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State the challenges you have faced as a musician.

Early on the challenge was to record decent demos with no money.  I played clubs from when I was 17 years old.  It was a terrible living in my twenties – So much so that I found other work in my thirties but kept playing and writing.

 

In the past ten years, quality recording and mixing became more possible at home.  I worked as an assistant engineer for a few years way back and that helped me understand sound well enough to make a recording at home.

 

On this CD ‘Better Late Than Never’ I recorded all the drum and bass tracks at a studio and most of the vocals and guitar tracks in my home studio.  I mixed and mastered it at home.

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Tell us your opinion on how artists should raise funds for their music projects.

When the band didn’t have enough money to record, we joined up with an engineer who recorded us for no charge in hopes of getting a piece of possible sales and publishing.  It didn’t work out financially but we did have a single on the radio in NYC for a while.  Don’t be afraid to partner with people who have what you don’t have, connections and money.

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Tell us about the present state of your fan base.

Very small – Let’s make it bigger.  Some people have been listening to my songs since the ’80s and others have come on board in the past few years.

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Tell us if you consider sharing your music with the world or a specific geographical zone.

I would love to share my music with any and all in the world.

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State the title of your best song and share the link.

Here are two of my favorites.  I don’t have any live videos from the ‘Better Late Than Never’ CD.  These go back to one I recorded before that one.

 

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Time Flies

 

Outside View

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Tell us your greatest supporter.

This may sound corny but it was my mother who always found a way to pay for guitar lessons, for another amp or a PA system to keep me playing, learning and growing.

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Tell us the artists that have impacted you.

I am a product of all the great musicians and writers who I watched and listened to over and over that fed my desire to write and play – from Django and Stephane to Charlie Christian to B.B. King, Albert King, Elvis, The Beatles, The Stones, Jimi, Robbie Robertson, Stephen Bruton, Albert Lee, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Dylan, Randy Newman, Lucinda Williams, Paul Simon and I could fill pages with all the rest.

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Describe the listeners that listen to your music.

They are the best people and most discerning listeners.

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Tell us many ways of generating revenue as an artist.

This is something I have no clue about.  I know people who do it successfully, mostly by writing, recording and then licensing the music for TV or movies.  I feel like I am looking at it from the wrong end of a telescope – “the wrong end of a telescope” sounds like a song title.  I’ll start work on it this weekend.

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Tell us the future of the music business.

The business itself has changed drastically in my life.  Acts used to come up through the clubs.  Record labels developed artists.  I don’t know what the business is now.  I’ve tried to get artists to listen to my songs but they get rejected without anyone listening.  I have a “close” family in the business and can’t get them to try to move a song.  It’s a miracle every time a writer or artist breaks through.

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Discuss the gains and losses of technology to the music business.

I have been in it since studios ran tape machines, just at the beginning of guitar effects.  It is much easier to get the sound you want now, but you still need a song to play.  Technology has made “sonic perfection” the goal which can take the life out of a track.  I have found early mixes of my songs that sound much better in terms of communicating energy and emotion than the final mix.  My favourite recordings are generally from the days before digital editing.  Listen to Linda Ronstadt’s Blue Bayou or any Beatle’s recording.  They relied on the performance and material, not on an audio version of Photoshop to make a track sound better.

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Tell us if you still make CDs of your release.

Yes, I do – Available on CD Baby.

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Tell us your definition of a song.

The song is the foundation.  It can stand alone with a single instrument and voice or grow with instrumentation and arrangement.  The lyrics are the start of every song for me.  I want to hear about what the writer is saying.  The best writers can give you years of life in a sentence.  “I have a picture of another man’s wife tattooed on my arm” John Prine.

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

My name is my name.  Pertaining to the title of the album, I went through a hundred or more titles and bounced them off my wife and kids before narrowing it down to “Better Late Than Never”.  I got pretty ill before it was done and was worried that I wouldn’t be able to finish this CD.  Some of the songs were written decades ago but never recorded to my satisfaction – Better late than never.

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Send a message to those involved in helping you with this project.

Some of these songs have been around since the 1970s. Others were written as recently as this year. I have been waiting sometimes patiently, sometimes less so for the opportunity to record them. When I finally got down to it, it was my pleasure to work with such great artists on this collection of songs. Jason Smith, Lance Morrison, Kristen Toedtman, Doug Snyder, Harry Helfant, Tom Weir, Rich Friedman, Doug Livingston and 5 Veterans from New Directions, Inc. Thank you for taking time for this project and I look forward to working with you again on the next one. I will take this opportunity to thank my friend Del Casher for inventing my favourite guitar pedal – the Wah, and Geoffrey Teese, Dan Albrecht and Roger Mayer for perfecting it. Thank you, Mike Piera, for making so many of the boxes that help shape my sound. Thank you, Lindy Fralin, for the hand wound pickups.  Thank you Jimmy D’Aquisto (posthumously) for keeping my guitars excellent when I was younger and Jim Foote for the past 20 years for keeping my guitars playing perfectly. I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.

 

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