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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Undecided Future - U

Undecided Future – U

 

Undecided Future - U

Undecided Future – U

 

ARTIST NAME: Undecided Future

 

SONG TITLE: U

 

ALBUM TITLE: JUGO

 

GENRE:  Indie Pop

 

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Undecided Future is a diverse band with a mix of sweet juices from Pop, Funk, Hip Hop, and R&B.

 

They’re the 2019 winners The Young Entertainer’s Award and 2017 winners of Ryan Seacrest’s global music competition “Best.Cover.Ever.” in which Undecided Future and Jason Derulo performed a song on stage. The video has 7.5 million views on YouTube and during the taping Jason Derulo named Matt “The Sauce King” for his tremendous vocal acrobatics.

 

Undecided Future is known for their fresh feel-good lyrics with great hooks, genre-mashing compositions and unique vocal harmonies from all five band-mates. You can count on their performances being entertaining with an upbeat funky vibe.

 

The band has been performing at Disneyland, CA Adventure and Downtown Disney for the past four years.

 

They have original songs on Spotify, iTunes and all digital platforms. They have also self-produced two music videos on YouTube: “Intoxicated” and “U.”

 

The band has been featured in publications like Billboard and Deitra Magazines, LA and OC Times, OC Register, ReverbNation Homepage and more.

 

“Our old loyal and our new fans come to see us for positive good time. At every show, we play our new pop original songs and a few classic and funky covers. We play to support many local Charities and organizations in Orange County and Los Angeles.” – UF

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Tell us how you build the confidence to face the audience.

We’ve been a band since 7th grade and practicing together so it just feels like a good time on stage, just having fun.

 

We’re now 21 and 22 years old so that was seven years ago we started. It seems like yesterday.

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Tell us your weakness and strength in performance.

Charismatic showmanship is our strength, and dancing is our weakness I guess. We’re just white boys who can’t dance.

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Discuss your songwriting.

We collaborate on songwriting, each bringing an idea in.

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List your other skills apart from singing.

We are a band, but each of us can play all the instruments in the band. Sometimes we switch around on stage and make it more entertaining for the audience.

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Tell us the most memorable moment in your music career.

When we won Best Cover Ever, a Ryan Seacrest YouTube Music Competition – Out of 1,000 of submissions, we were chosen as the winners and we got to perform and make a video with Jason Derulo. It has over 7 million views now.

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Discuss your first performance.

Our first performance was at the Long Beach Aquarium for the Pacific Islands Festival. We were in 8th grade and they let us play all the songs we knew at the time, for like 45 minutes. It was so nice of them and they continued to invite us back every year for about 5 years, so we grew with them and they got to see us grew with our original music.

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Elaborate on what you know about the music business.

We all are very business educated from High School, where we were in classes for music business, college at USC, Thornton School of Music and California Institute of the Arts, Musician’s Institute and Matisse’s dad is a professional drummer so we all shared our information plus by having James Brown’s old manager help us out, we got some knowledge!

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List the instruments you can play.

Nick Stone – Keys and Vocals, Cole Fredrick – Guitar and Vocals, Matt – Lead Vocals, Matisse – Drums and Vocals, and we are auditioning a new Bass player at the moment.

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Tell us how you tackle a pitch in your performance.

We practice our harmonies together a lot, so we aren’t pitchy. Matt has a natural falsetto, which seems to be in the sweet spot without much problem.

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Tell us how you build your melody.

Usually one of us just whips out a fat melody.

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Describe your live performance and recording in the studio.

We have recorded a lot of our songs ourselves in our bedroom studios and then compiled them together. And make changes until everyone likes the song.

 

But recently we recorded with Shotta Bwoy and he’s putting together a song or two for us.

 

Our EP called JUGO was recorded by Dem Joints, a multi-platinum winning producer.

 

Our original EP Disco Balls & Mating Calls was recorded by Cameron Webb, another big producer.

 

We’ve been blessed that these guys want to work with us and like our songs. Even Tito Jackson is going to record some songs with us – Pretty cool.

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Tell us if you prefer using live instruments for your recording.

We usually bring all of our own beats and lyrics into the recording studio where we collaborate and make it saucy as honey almond milk on a stick. But we are perfectionists. We all hear things that we want to make better, so as long as we have time in the studio, we will work until we get it done and everyone is happy. We rarely leave anything unfinished or in a way that someone doesn’t like their part.

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Tell us the feedback you are getting pertaining to your music.

We have been playing at Disneyland, Downtown Disney and CA Adventure for a total of almost 5 years. We are finally getting paid when Cole, the youngest in our group turned 18. That was a long time coming!

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Discuss how you record your song.

We usually write some songs or lyrics that we individually think are cool, then we bring it together with the band to flush out. We all know Logic pretty well and have learned some tricks from the awesome producers we’ve worked with.

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Tell us if you write all your songs.

We write all of our own songs. We started out as a SKA band in High School and then decided we might make more money in the future if we switched to Pop music. We have been told we look like a Boy Band, but we actually play instruments and have had some dance lessons, in the end, we’re an Indie band. We create film and edit all of our own music videos as well.

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State your favourite song.

Our favourite song that is “U” on our latest JUGO EP – But we do have new songs in the works that define us better as a band. We added a little Hip Hop, Funk, and R&B so we have a lot of diversity in our songs and sound.

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Discuss the themes of your songs.

“Our song “U” was written out of being heavily influenced by artists of the ’70s and ’80s and is special to us because it holds true to our roots of music, and will stand the test of time much like our favourite jams.”

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Elaborate on the song.

U

Lyric & Composition by Undecided Future

Copyright 2018

Chorus

I’m thinkin’ ‘bout

I’m thinkin’ ‘bout you

My baby

You’re the one thing on my mind

It seems like all the time

I’m thinkin’ bout you

My baby

Even when I fall asleep

You’re the Girl of my dreams

I’m thinkin’ bout you

 

Verse 1

UF!

Stackin’ more than commas

Hit after hit like a Teather-ball

Takin’ trips to the Bahamas

Cop a ticket baby

Where we go!

To the Amazon

Baby girl my lioness is hella fun

Numba one

Pussycat could holla back at anytime Ay

Ay!

Spirits got me trippin’ upper echelon Ay

Ay!

You my heaven baby I don’t need the high

Sweat it up inside the sauna

Even when its feelin’

Icy cold!

Ain’t nobody ever saw us

And nobody stoppin’ us

No! No!

Cuz I got the keys got the keys to the getaway

Ay!

One day one time it’s a sunny day

My top drop cuz we fancy

Your top drop cuz you so into me

 

Pre Chorus

Talkin’ on the phone

Hang up all alone

But even on my own

 

Chorus

I’m thinkin’ bout you

My baby

You’re the one thing on my mind

It seems like all the time

I’m thinkin’ bout you

My baby

Even when I fall asleep

You’re the Girl of my dreams

I’m thinkin’ bout you

 

Verse 2

Goin’ out tonight

Goin’ out and sippin’ on Bacardi

She’s getting’ naughty

Ladies party all around the world

I tell ‘em I’m sorry

Cuz you’re my only girl

 

Pre Chorus

Conversation late at night

Hang up say goodbye

Not around but still I find

 

Chorus

I’m thinkin’ about you

My baby

You’re the one thing on my mind

It seems like all the time

I’m thinkin’ ‘bout you

My baby

Even when I fall asleep

You’re the Girl of my dreams

I’m thinkin’ ‘bout you

 

Bridge

Love the way you dance

So gentle with your hands

You’re the best

I’m so blessed I get to be your man

Each freckle on your face so perfectly in place

Amazing constellations like in outer space

Cuddle close at the movies laughin’ at the sad scenes

The way you smile in my long sleeve, baby wait before you leave

I was wonderin’ if you’re free

For the rest of your life

Come spend it with me

Cuz there ain’t no one like

 

Chorus

You

My baby

You’re the one thing on my mind

It seems like all the time

I’m thinkin’ ‘bout you

My baby

Even when I fall asleep

You’re the Girl of my dreams

I’m thinkin’ ‘bout you

 

Chorus Out

Come on baby

You

Ah ah ah! And when I get home tonight

I’m gon’ hang you upside down tonight

Woo just how you like

Every angle mirrors left and right

(Mirrors left and right baby)

Whoo!

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

We met in 8th grade and needed a band name and at the time we felt that our future as a band was pretty undecided, so we settled on Undecided Future. Funny enough we should be called Decided Future now because we are definitely here to stay in the music game.

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Orange County, CA (September 14, 2018) – Winners of the Ryan Seacrest YouTube Original, Best.Cover.Ever performing with Jason Derulo, this rising band hailing from the O.C. is taking their music to the next level with a new seven-track EP titled JUGO. The album showcases maturity in songwriting, a rhythm section with a deep pocket and impressive Falsetto vocal acrobatics from frontman Matt Isaac.

 

Working with renowned musician and producer Dem Jointz, JUGO is released in tandem with new original single “U” inspired by the soulful vibes of classic 70s artists imbued with the high energy funk, soul and hip-hop dance sounds that have become their unmistakable mark.

 

“Our song “U” is a tribute to those legendary funky artists whose music continues to get people moving! It’s our own unique twist on that old-school live funk band sound. “U” is special to us because it holds true to our roots of music, and we hope it may stand the test of time much like the songs that inspired it,” said Matt Isaac, lead singer…

 

ABOUT UNDECIDED FUTURE

At first glance, you might be expecting a characteristic boy band clone, but Undecided Future is an outright soul-driven funk and hip-hop band with smartly executed undertones of 70s funk and  R&B. Their sound is making a rise in the music industry, getting radio play, prominent publication features…

 

For the last five months, Undecided Future has been recording and producing the seven-song EP JUGO co-produced with super producer Dem Jointz who has worked with numerous artists including Rhianna, Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Howard County, and rapper K.A.A.N. He also contributed music to the documentary miniseries “The Defiant Ones” focusing on the partnership between Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine and which took home Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards on January 28, 2018.

 

Undecided Future members are Matt Isaac (lead vocals), Matisse Pasillas (drums), Cole Fredrick (guitar), Nick Stone (keyboards), and Hayden Lyskoski (bass).

 

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Jean-Mikhael – Senorita

Jean-Mikhael – Senorita

 

Jean-Mikhael – Senorita

Jean-Mikhael – Senorita

 

Jean-Mikhael – Senorita

 

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

My name’s Jean-Mikhael and I was born in England. Childhood experience is playing young Michael Jackson in Thriller Live in the West End.

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

Well, my stage name is my actual name, Jean-Mikhael which is French as I’m half French. My career started from a young age after playing a young Michael Jackson in Thriller Live in the West End at 13; from there I went to the BRIT School for performing arts and studied music.

 

At 17, I was then discovered by my manager and he has taken me on, building my career.

 

In 2018 I signed my record deal with OTOD Records. Since the signing, my fan base and music career have risen in so many ways.

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

My genre is contemporary R&B/pop but my music is myself and my voice.

 

The latest video I’ve done is for my newest single Señorita; it’s based on when you lock eyes with a stranger and fantasize what it would be like if you actually interacted with them.

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

Based on my experience, record labels are there to help fund, promote and help make your music come to life. I think it’s essential to help an artist build contacts, connect you to people and be a support system so that they can put out their music to the best quality.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

I am promoting my music by playing live shows and have radio and press appearances over the coming months. I’m so grateful for everyone who has been supporting me so far.

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A poignant artist rising through the ranks with his formidable and extraordinary voice, Jean-Mikhael brings finesse and flair through his music and fashion. His eloquent and soothing vocals are entangled with mesmerizing melodies and effortless vigour.

 

Taking it back to the basics he showcases his theatrical presence through his live performance, with immediate star quality.

 

‘Señorita’ is taken from his newly released EP ‘The Deal.’ Glossy, innovative and empowering, the EP is a deliberate construction that has been built from a recipe of productions, emotions, visuals and lyrics, all seasoned with time rather than being rushed out…

 

The project zoomed to the top of the R&B/Soul iTunes charts to the top 10 and peaking at Number 8.

 

‘The Deal’ is an intricate collection of singles that span across contemporary R&B and pop with electronic influences. From the sub-heavy ‘Every Little Thing’ to the seductive and sensual sounds of ‘Señorita’, the EP is the blank canvas to which Jean-Mikhael expresses his diverse sound and musicality.

 

Although a fresh artist, Jean-Mikhael already has an impressive catalog of achievements. Not only a BRIT School graduate, following in the footsteps of notable alumni such as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Jessie J, and Ella Eyre, his first musical venture was as the young Michael Jackson in London’s West-End production of Thriller LIVE. His confidence on stage has also been captured on camera having shot numerous fashion shoots including for Teen Vogue.

 

With such disciplines conquered, his show-stopping, showman tendencies continue to play a central role within all aspects of his music, from the sound and delivery through to the visuals themselves, the first of which is set to release alongside The Deal EP.

 

His live presence has also awarded him with a sold-out headline show at 229 The Venue and performances for platforms such as Sofar Sounds and People’s Day.

 

He’s currently touring schools across the country as a spokesperson to talk about critical issues and perform original material.

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Explain the story behind the song.

‘Señorita’ is about an everyday scenario, we may connect or catch eyes with someone very briefly but we don’t always act on it. This about what it would be like if you did and where it could go.

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List the radio stations, television stations, and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.

I’ve had some great support so far from Fubar radio, BORN N BREAD radio/NTS, Pulse 88, KCC, and interviews on BBC Radio shows throughout the country.

 

I’ve also had an interview on London Live TV, continued support from Industry Me and a premiere with Clash Magazine.

 

I recently was on the front row at London Fashion Week 2019 which has led me into getting some really exciting press and photo shoots coming out soon…

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

‘Señorita’ was produced by Akara Etteh with multi-instrumentalist producer/artists Knight and Tim Lyre, written by me (Jean-Mikhael) and the music video was directed by Jem Karto @ Red Monstar. My manager is Kemal @ Ofavision and my label is OTOD Records.

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Elaborate on the song and music video.

I wanted the music video to be shot somewhere with a bit of character reflecting the Latin influences of the track. I also wanted it to have a fun vibe and look vibrant whilst having that real chemistry.

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

Well, I’ve been in the performing industry as I said from the age of 13, but you could say being an artist with my own material and now being noticed in the music scene properly has only come around about a year ago.

 

Of course, my main goal is to be an international artist, performing and headlining big stages.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

I like to think of myself as a showman, I’m known for my energy on stage. These songs are a reflection of me, with so much more to come.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.

I cover songs with my own twist, but I hate learning lyrics, so that can be a weakness. My strength is my performance; every show involves dancing and audience interaction.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

Playboi Carti + Lil Uzi Vert – Woke up Like This

 

Michael Jackson – Remember The Time

 

Prince – The Beautiful Ones

 

Ariana Grande – In My Head

 

Rich The Kid – World is Yours 2

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

Regardless of signing a deal with a major or being independent – You still have to do it yourself, it’s the nature of the job.

 

You can be the best but if you don’t have a good work ethic you won’t get very far.

 

The main thing with having a label is that you can have some support financially which is the biggest struggle as an upcoming artist.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

I want to eventually do my own fashion line and I’ve been doing a little research on how to go about it.

 

I have so much that I want to do; it’s just putting it all together at the right time. Also, l love to cook; I would love to do a little cookbook for the fun of it.

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List your various works.

I’ve recently released ‘The Deal’ EP + 2 main singles ‘Deal’ and ‘Señorita’ and the acoustic versions which are available on all platforms.

 

On top of that, I’m working on some fashion items including a magazine shoot for ASBO Magazine which will be out soon.

 

I’ve performed on the main stage at People’s Day Festival and other high-profile events such as Sofar Sound etc. and I’ve also just come off a 52-date school tour which was great.

 

My next single is out in September, so lots more to come.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Señorita; It’s Spanish for ‘Miss’ – an unmarried woman.

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

‘The Deal’ was chosen because I had just signed my record deal and this was the product of that process. It was to say, ‘this is what I’m about, so take me or leave me.’ It’s my first EP and I wanted to express my mind and show my honesty to everyone. This is me.

 

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Broadtube Music Mag – Volume 26

Broadtube Music Mag – Volume 26

 

Broadtube Music Mag – Volume 26

Broadtube Music Mag – Volume 26

 

 

 

 

 

Broadtube Music Magazine features various thought-provoking interviews with gifted artists across the globe. BMM is a platform to discover new music and get along with new artists. Featured artists are Heidi Tann, Thailah,  Chameleonize, Blkraw, Sean McMorris, Hendrix, Wrenleau, Dav Paris, Siobhan Mazzei, The Ruffs, Maeve Steele, Celine Love, Finja, Los Fiascos…

 

 

Grab Your Copy Now!

 

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Jazz Morley - Lights

Jazz Morley – Lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jazz Morley - Lights

Jazz Morley – Lights

 

 

 

 

 

Jazz Morley – Lights

 

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Jazz Morley is a British singer-songwriter making waves with her beautiful soul-influenced electronica.

 

In 2016, she self-released her single ‘Bad Love’ and ‘Take Me Down’ which gained international praise from NYLON, Billboard, BBC Introducing, KCRW well as playlisting across Apple Music and Spotify.

 

In 2017, she dropped her music, and her streams surge into the millions. Along with sell-out shows in London and Bournemouth, legendary tastemaker Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 supported Jazz’s single ‘Safe Place’ and the song as being playlisted at Radio 1 as their BBC Introducing Track Of The Week. The year rounded off, with a stunning session on BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends performing her magical cover of Last Christmas.

 

2018 hasn’t let up and has been Jazz’s most amazing year to date. After an outstanding showcase at MusExpo in Hollywood (funded and supported by the PRS Foundation), Jazz secured representation from music industry legend and UTA Head of Music, Neil Warnock. Since then, Jazz has performed at Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, and Kew Gardens in line with her music continuing to find support at national radio and online. Elton John has proclaimed himself a fan on his Beats 1 show ‘Rocket Hour’ highlighting Jazz as ‘representative of the future of new music’. Now, who are we to argue with that! 2019 already looks set to be another stellar year for Jazz Morley.

 

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Genuine Panama – No Good

 

Genuine Panama – No Good

 

Genuine Panama – No Good

 

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State your history.

In early 2017, brothers Michael and Martin Whittemore took a few song ideas to old schoolmate and drumming virtuoso Laurence Clutson.

 

In Laurence’s mum’s living room in Cheltenham, Genuine Panama’s sound started to come together.

 

When bass player Tom Roderick joined the fold, gigging ensued on an ‘any gig’s a gig’ philosophy.

 

Gigs in art galleries, cramped cafes, and car park rooftops eventually gave way to headline slots at venues such as 02 Academy 3, Birmingham and The Louisiana, Bristol.

 

Having acquired as many fans as is possible as an exclusively live act, the band’s debut EP release marks the start of a new chapter for Genuine Panama.

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Describe yourself as an artist.

We are a group of friends with an eccentric, organic sound and a tight live repertoire.

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Tell us the genre of your music.

We make what people have started to call ‘soulified indie’. We grew up on Bombay Bicycle Club and Little Comets but play with a brass section and love old funk and soul records. We basically don’t have a clue what’s going on. But it sounds nice.

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Tell us the story behind your song.

Martin (writer): Regarding the single – No Good,  I think it captures what Genuine Panama is all about – injecting some funk into the indie scene, encouraging people to feel the filth and dance around. The song is full of convulsions, eccentricity, and bids to do things differently; it’s essentially about sanity and the slog of behaving normally, in the mechanical manner life unremittingly expects of you. If that sounds a bit overripe for you, to tell you the truth I was hungover and in a foul mood, so I sacked off work and spent the day writing it in the windowless bowels of the Synagogue where I used to live in Birmingham.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.

Time is probably the biggest one. With rent to pay and nine-to-fives to sit through, we don’t have as much time as we’d like to simply be together as a band, writing music, making records, and playing shows. Hopefully, as we manage to snatch more hours at the musical grindstone, we can start to take bigger steps forward.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

We recorded everything in Studio340, a community creative arts venue based in Cheltenham. There was plenty of moving duvet sheets around the room to get the right drum sound, dramatic producer departures, late nights, loving and then suddenly hating every note of every song, all the melodrama you’d hope for.

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

BBC Introducing West Midlands

 

Brum Radio

 

Turtle Tempo – Independent Music Discovery

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

Our career so far has been defined by our experiences playing local pubs and clubs, and the unconditional commitment of mates who want an excuse to go out on a weeknight. Whilst we wouldn’t give that up for the world, it’d be fun to share our music with audiences further afield.

 

Having learned a lot from the recording of our first EP, we’re keen to strap in and do the next one. All the songs have been written, it’s just about putting the hours in now.

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

The people watching normally generate some decent writing. People tend to do and say a healthy range of stupid/loving/ wacky things, so there are a million ideas and stories waiting to be dramatized and put to music.

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

Gig relentlessly. It’s the best way to get to know who you are as an artist and a person. Do that before you think too hard about recording and producing. That way you can really understand your songs and determine which direction they need to go in. Making lots of mistakes and gaining confidence on stage is invaluable.

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

Normally, Michael or Martin will do some writing, and then bring it to the rhythm section to have a crack at. We play the songs live a lot before they get recorded, and they change and improve during that time.

 

Trying to record effectively in the studio mainly revolves around pretending you’re playing to an audience. We think – simulate the live experience, have fun, and hopefully capture some of the energy that makes us Genuine Panama.

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Name your favourite artists for collaboration.

Alabama Shakes.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Start a live music venue somewhere weird.

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

We’re trying to gig as much as possible. Going to gigs is the way we and our group of friends tend to discover new music, so it seems like a fun, foolproof strategy. Connecting with artists on stage is what makes people fans for life.

 

We’re also big on artwork; with the help of our resident visual artists, we’re creating T-shirts and prints that we’re sure people will love regardless of the Genuine Panama association.

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

It’s tough. Some of us have full-time jobs; others are students with part-time jobs. We just recognize that we’re lucky to be energetic and young, so embrace the late nights and rushing around while we can.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Genuine Panama: Our dad (Mike and Martin’s) loves a genuine Panama hat. Rain or shine, inside or outside, he’s wearing one. We still don’t know what makes a genuine Panama hat ‘genuine’, nor understand his love for them, nor know what the top of our father’s head looks like. These uncertainties combined made Genuine Panama an obvious choice of a band name.

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State the title of the songs and the meaning.

No Good – a requiem for sanity.

 

Itchy Teeth –  on discontent with all sorts of things, often indistinguishable from each other in the grey, smoggy stew of urban austerity, homelessness, ‘bullsh*t job’ creation and the misattribution of ‘value’ in social discourse. Really though, it’s about the peripheral glimmers of hope in that stew.

 

Elephant Carpets – on the ubiquity of Instagram influencers, consumer behaviour data, tinder preferences and other obstacles to real life.

 

Hermitage – kitchen sink love song on the perks of being alone.

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

Itchy Teeth: The discomfort in the term ‘Itchy Teeth’ just managed to capture something of the fidgety, erratic quality of this EP. I think it nicely reflects our first-record-eagerness to create something and get ourselves heard.

 

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Los Fiascos – Stitch

Los Fiascos – Stitch

 

Los Fiascos – Stitch

Los Fiascos – Stitch

 

ARTIST NAME: Los Fiascos

 

SONG TITLE:  Stitch

 

ALBUM TITLE: Nomadic

 

RELEASE DATE: June 18, 2019

 

GENRE:  Punk/Ska

 

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Los Fiascos is a project by songwriter, Aaron Hanlon, based out of Phoenix.

 

The songs are written across the alternative, punk, ska, and reggae genres and typically have both some throwback elements mixed with modern production.

 

Each song is conceived as a single and typically not grouped within an ‘album or collection’ which gives Los Fiascos the freedom to bring different sounds.

 

Los Fiascos spends significant time with fellow musicians, bloggers, and playlisters to both promote songs and get feedback/ideas for new tracks.

 

While the new songs are written by Aaron, each track typically has guest musicians from the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, Brazil, and Argentina.

 

Los Fiascos is designed to be a modern, social project. All songs are free on CD Baby and available on all streaming platforms and proceeds from streams are donated to 350.org.

 

Los Fiascos are published and distributed by Summer Sessions Releases.

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Discuss how you find the sounds that fit your vocals.

I typically start with a riff and then build the song around a riff.  Then I add in a top-line melody with pacing with keys.  Once I have that together I write lyrics that fit the mood of the riff and top-line.

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Tell us how you come up with ideas to create your lyrics.

I usually write about broad emotions, situations or topics so the listener can apply his/her own meaning or interpretation to the song.

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Tell us how you ensure the music producer balances your vocals with the instrumentals properly.

I produce the songs so I make sure it is to my liking, but then I also get feedback from other musicians.

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Discuss the recording process of this song.

This song is a little different from my other songs because it is slower and has a repetitive groove. I wrote it on acoustic guitar first and then sat on it for a year or two before returning to the studio to finish it.

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Tell us your experience recording the vocals.

These were fun vocals to record because they were spoken more than sung.

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Tell us how you ensure your songs sound well.

I write for me, so if they sound good to me, that would be enough… but I also get feedback from other musicians and the people that regularly listen to my music or genre.

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State the best means of generating income in today’s music business.

My motive isn’t income.  I just enjoy making music, giving it away for free (see CD Baby) and hopefully someone will listen besides me.

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State the people involved in creating this song and their roles.

I write the songs, but I will get friends and fellow musicians that can play better than me to record the instrumentation.  I record the vocals and sometimes will also do the bass or guitar.

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Explain how you get involved in music.

Concerts, social, collaborations.

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State your favourite song and the reason.

I don’t really have a favourite song, but I’m really into the reggae rock genre right now.

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Tell us your opinion on the use of digital effects on vocals.

I typically don’t like autotune, but if there’s a spot for echo or overdrive that adds to the song or mood, then I do it.

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Explain the relevance of creativity to music.

Creativity and music are one and the same to me.

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Tell us the steps to take before going into the studio to record.

I write the song, record a demo, revise the structure, and then record.

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Tell us what you know about your fans.

I don’t think I have fans.  The people that like my music are usually into the genre’s I play and like seeking out new artists.

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Tell us if you see music as a rewarding career.

Music isn’t my career, it’s my entertainment.

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Tell us what you will do apart from music.

Spend time with friends, family and of course my career.

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Tell us if you will prefer to watch a movie to listening to music.

I prefer music because you can do so much more while listening to music.

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Elaborate on the song.

The single ‘Stitch’ is a vibey track with a punk rock edge that explores the emotion of carrying on and moving forward after making a bad decision.

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

Los Fiascos was the original name of a punk band I was in in the early ’00s and I continued to use the name.  The EP is titled Nomadic.  Nomadic is about moving from place to place and if you listen to the three songs, they move from genre to genre.

 

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Finja – Calling You Home

Finja – Calling You Home

 

Finja – Calling You Home

Finja – Calling You Home

 

Finja – Calling You Home

 

ARTIST NAME: Finja

 

SONG TITLE: Calling You Home

 

RELEASE DATE: 25th May 2019

 

GENRE: Indie Folk

 

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FINJA is the creator of original songs inspired by life, love, and spirit.

 

Her intention is to uplift you out of time and place, moving you into a state of joy and empowerment.

 

She believes in the virtue of music as medicine and its inherent ability to bypass the noise of the head and be received in the heart.

 

Her bold and buoyant message is expressed through her music and the way she lives life.

 

May you feel inspired to deliberately create a life you love and realize your limitless potential.

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Tell us when you are most comfortable to sing.

Driving! On the open road, windows rolled down, wind in my hair, stereo turned up, kids in the back…I sound and feel amazing!

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

Consciousness – I tune into an emotional state that I have experienced (usually a heavier one like grief, doubt, and insecurity) and I tell a story that takes the listener up the emotional scale until we reach a state of joy, upliftment, and empowerment.

 

A good story takes its audience on a journey from a place of depth (problem) to a feeling of freedom (solution) while defeating the villain (adversity) in the process.

 

I try to incorporate this narrative arch in my songs. The intention behind my lyrics is to remind my listeners, and myself, that our power and potential as humans is limitless.

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State your most emotional song and the reason.

It’s yet to be recorded, but it’s actually the first song I ever wrote. It’s called ‘My All, My One’ and I wrote it in the weeks after the devastating news that my former partner, and father of my firstborn child, committed suicide. I still choke up when I sing it; not because I am currently experiencing the pain of grief, but because the song taps me back into that emotional space.

 

The song has moody jazz feel in the verses, describing the pain of shattered dreams, and an uplifting dreamy pop vibe in the chorus, speaking to the eternal love that can exist between two souls.

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

I have a classical background having trained in violin and piano for fifteen years in my youth. But my teenage dream was to be on Broadway, singing and dancing in musicals. Either that or a jazz singer in a smoky back alley club!

 

In my twenties, I was obsessed with drum ‘n’ bass female MC’s and vocalists, and later, after my party years, I swooned over soothing mantras and medicine songs that feature in plant medicine ceremonies.

 

Now I’m in my thirties and have finally given myself permission to sing from a non-technical, untrained place and to songwrite just for the pure love of it. The sound I embody is a mixture of all of the above. My vocals are smooth-sounding with a particular focus on harmonies and have been described as being rather ‘theatrical.’

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State the challenges you have faced as a musician.

Actually just starting! Coming from a past of classical training I felt embroiled in a world of technique, precision and immaculate performance of a piece of music that was written by someone else, hundreds of years ago.

 

I felt boxed in, having to express my musicality according to how a school of thought believed it should be expressed. Also, the thought of improvisation and intuitive composition was one hell of a scary idea and I did not know how to unlock the door into that realm. I could read music before I could read words, but I really envied those musicians who could play and create off-the-cuff and by ear alone.

 

As I was going through my ‘dark night of the soul’ and wrote my first song, I played it to a peer singer-songwriter whom I looked up to and received words of praise and encouragement in return. And so began the process of overcoming the fear of rejection from others. Pretty soon I felt brave enough to approach a producer, expose the inner-workings of my heart and mind (though the subject matter of my lyrics) and begin recording, which is oh-so-rewarding!

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

Hmm, great question and a much-needed discussion! However, I don’t feel my opinion holds much weight as my experience is very different from the usual tale of a hardworking, on-the-road musician. Since I began songwriting and recording, I’ve been living the life of a mother and housewife (or as I like to call it, a space of love creator).

 

But I have learned a thing or two from my entrepreneurial husband. When starting off I think it’s wise to be Clarke Kent by day and Superman by night. That way, you can ensure you’re not ‘in-the-red’ struggling to make ends meet; you can save and budget for your recording costs and you have the benefit of learning how to handle (keep and grow) your money, before making it big time in the industry (where you potentially will have a lot more wealth to manage).

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Tell us the present state of your fan base.

Ooh, this one makes me laugh (and kind of shy away!). It’s very small. My kids, husband, family and close friends and the rest are unknowns (though dearly appreciated).

 

I wrote my first song less than two years ago, and have just released my first single. I haven’t toured or played any gigs as of yet. I’m a stay at home mum with a five-year-old and a six-month-old baby. But what matters to me, is that I don’t use any of these supposed “limitations” stop me from doing what I feel passion for.

 

And, I have my first gig booked where I’m playing at an amazing conscious festival in New Zealand, NY Resolution, at the end of this year, and again early next year for NZ Spirit Fest. Totally stoked to make my debut performance!

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

The world, baby! (We are one, after all)…

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Tell us your genre of your music.

I have an Indie-Folk sound with influences ranging from Blues, Acoustic, Soul, Jazz, and Conscious Pop.

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State the title of your best song.

Calling You Home.

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Tell us your greatest supporter.

That would be my husband Sebastian. He truly sees the boundless nature within me and holds me in this loving space (no matter how moody I can be).

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Tell us the artists that have impacted you.

I’m truly inspired by the great Harry Nillson. I think his songwriting skills and ability to tell a story is phenomenal. I’m also very inspired that he was able to reach so many people, yet never went on tour!

 

I have a nostalgic love of The Carpenters, particularly Karen’s smooth and soothing vocals, and again their ability to tell a good story through their lyrics.

 

I just love how successful Bjork’s career has been – not in spite of, but because of her quirkiness. Her voice is one of the soundtracks to my teenage years.

 

I embrace Rising Appalachia and their wonderful work at bringing sexy back to multi-harmonies, and their hybrid mix of genres.

 

As far as EDM goes, I love some Tinlicker and Black Sun Empire for when I’m in a banging mood (my current dream is to guest vocalist for both!).

 

And my most played artist on Spotify would have to be Trevor Hall…

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Describe the listeners that listen to your music.

I would say they are folks who are more in the “conscious” or spiritual scene, due to the nature of my lyrics. I’m also a publisher on Insight Timer, the world’s #1 Meditation App, so I tend to attract people who have a desire to explore self-development and practices in mindfulness.

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Tell us the future of the music business.

I love this one – it’s a topic that constantly ticks over in the back of my mind. Simply put, it will be all about the EXPERIENCE an artist can offer. I really see VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) playing a BIG part in this. I intend to embrace this move as I believe it creates much freedom for the artist. Just think you could produce a visually-sonically mesmerizing concert from the comfort of your own home each week, at very little cost. All without the need to constantly be away on tour. How exceptional, for new artists who have chosen to stay at home, like me – Just watch the film Ready Player One for more inspo on this…

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

What comes to mind is autotune. Call me old fashioned, but I believe in the value of developing your skill as a vocalist or a musician, and pitch and intonation is a huge part of that! For me, autotune takes the soul out of the music, and the virtuosity out of the musician.

 

Then again, how amazing that we don’t have to necessarily spend hours and hours of practice perfecting our pitch and technique. This means we can create and produce more music at a much faster turnaround rate.

 

Either way, it’s all good. Some people love autotune, others not so much. Luckily there is enough supply to cater for both preferences.

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Tell us if you still make CDs of your release.

I actually have never thought about it, which means, no. I, myself, wouldn’t even have a way to play it if I did!

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Elaborate on the song.

‘Calling You Home’ is a beautiful lullaby sung from your inner being to you. It serves as a reminder of your divinity and gently empowers you with the knowledge that you can do, be, have whatever you want – courtesy of the most powerful law in the universe, the law of attraction.

 

 

I usually advise my listeners to treat this song as you would a guided meditation. Lie down, close your eyes and take five minutes to marinate in the uplifting essence of source that is Calling You Home.

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

FINJA- I was born Fiona, but never felt it was the name for me (Sorry mum, you really got that one wrong!).

 

Coming from Australia where we love to abbreviate every word possible, I go by Fi. One day I learned that the Gaelic boys name Fionn is actually pronounced Finn. Somehow my mind put it together that the correct pronunciation of Fiona would be “Finyah”. Then I found the name “Finja” is a legit Nordic name. I have Irish and Danish roots (yup, according to my family tree I’m a real-deal Viking), so it feels and sounds better for me.

 

Calling You Home – Simply put, Calling You Home is an action performed always and in all ways from your source / higher-self / god / inner-being, to remind you of your greatness and to help you stay centered in any situation.

 

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Celine Love – Rose Coloured

Celine Love – Rose Coloured

 

Celine Love – Rose Coloured

Celine Love – Rose Coloured

 

Celine Love – Rose Coloured

 

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Celine Love is a young singer-songwriter from Hamburg who relocated to London in 2016.

 

She creates soulful folk, composing music with expressionism and self-discovery at its core with a hint of socio-critical commentary.

 

She is currently working on her first release ‘Rose Coloured’: “The idea behind ‘Rose Coloured’ was to capture memories, moments and situations that describe the blissful ignorance of my childhood – The desire to put a ‘rose coloured’ filter on everything that is bad in the world.

 

Before racism, insecurities, heartbreak or stress became part of life the world is not only on your side but shields you from the negativity.

 

The imagery within the song is directly taken from my memories. Writing and recording it left me feeling very nostalgic, so I dug out old photos and songs and reached out to my childhood best friend. It reminded me of a pivotal time as a child, before I became aware of the differences in skin colour and hair structure. Not only did I look different from most of the German kids surrounding my life but I would be treated differently too. It wasn’t always negative, but always in a way that made me feel excluded.

 

There was a time before I became aware that my skin colour was nothing but ‘caramel’ and everyone else was simply ‘vanilla’- Nothing more. ‘Rose Coloured’ is an almost desperate wish to have that mindset back – The wish to live in a ‘fool’s paradise’.

 

The music video (directed by Sylvia Hong) explores how that darkness we are shielded from as children, was always there. A lot of us may think back to our childhood as perfect when truly we have blocked out the negative we might have seen or experienced. If we do not confront these issues from the past, it can drive you insane.” – Celine Love

 

A few milestones in her young career include a full scholarship to the music school BIMM Berlin & London, performing at festivals such as the 2000 Trees in Cheltenham, Kings Jam in Gloucester, Deichbrand and Reeperbahn Festival in Germany and supporting the electro-pop band Years & Years in Hamburg for NRJ Radio.

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Discuss your recording experience with your producer.

I was happy to have produced most of the song before working with Malaki Patterson and Grove. This meant we could focus on what was missing, what needed to be fixed and rerecorded and partially rearranged. Grove is a multi-instrumental, vocal and production talent and having them on the track quickly perfected all the problem zones. Both Malaki and Grove made me feel very comfortable and brought out the best in my vocals.

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Discuss what comes first and last while creating a song.

For me, 90% of the time lyrics come first. This is simply how I got used to writing from before I played any instruments or could produce my own music. Wordplay, metaphors, rhyming, and storytelling is what defines me as an artist. Last usually come percussion in an arrangement for me, if there is any. Possibly even the full melody since I change melodies a lot even when production is already done.

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Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist.

I wish I would’ve put less pressure on myself when it comes to ‘finding my sound’ or fitting in a category that is easy to explain to people. Now I just write and produce without focusing on if the song is for me or not. If it feels like me I use it and if it doesn’t, I don’t or can hopefully pass it on to someone else. So that is what I would suggest to other artists finding themselves.

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Discuss your worse experience in the music business.

Luckily I have not had anything horrible or anything that fully threw me off my game happen but I am sure I will encounter situations that are less pleasant in the future. Just have to prepare my mind for it. I have also been surrounded by the industry since I was a kid so maybe I am also used to certain things.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

Of course rejections and others doubting you, it is not easy and it knocks me back sometimes but ultimately also leads me to want to prove people wrong. I lick my wounds for a while (or binge watch half of Netflix’s content) and also decide whether or not the rejection meant something or not. It is important to recognize constructive criticism but also when there is nothing you can or should do.

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Tell us what you are doing to impact the people around you.

I think I genuinely try to make people happy if I can. Maybe it is part of my Aquarian nature (if that stuff is even real); maybe it’s my parents, maybe both. But I think the fact that I try to spread positivity where I can and doing little good deeds throughout the day, like writing a note for an upset stranger on the tube, hearing out someone who needed to be heard or even writing a lyric that I know could help someone else out.

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Tell us the music that makes you happy.

I am so split in the middle with this. On the one hand, I love cleverly written, nuanced lyrics by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Hozier, or Lianne La Havas. On the other also any mainstream pop song Benny Blanco, Julia Micheals or Max Martin has ever written and gets stuck in my head immediately.

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Tell us how you make instrumentation to your song.

I am not exactly the most technically diverse musician. I like to keep things simple and write on guitar or piano. Often I play chords I don’t even know. Like with ‘Rose Coloured’. It might be embarrassing but I do not know any of the chords in that song. Literally none – But I can play it…

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Tell us how you feel when you sing and your fans sing along to your song.

It’s both amazing and slightly stressful, to be honest. If I can hear the audience properly and it’s an intimate space it feels very special when the audience sings along.

 

But in bigger spaces you often cannot see or hear much and unless the crowd is really loud or you see them mouthing the words you cannot always tell if people are really singing along or not.

 

I once opened for Years & Years in Germany for example and thought no one had sung along but all my friends in the audience pointed out how cool it was that everyone did. I just couldn’t hear and did not have my glasses on to see them sing.

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Tell us the goals you aim to achieve when creating a song.

I hope people remember at least some parts of the lyrics. That is always what I most pleased with when people point it out. I also like weird sounds and unexpected effects in the productions and finding a way to make my music sound ‘different’ is something I aim to achieve.

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State your approach to writing.

I usually write little paragraphs or even just words I like the sound of anywhere and anytime. Sometimes I will even stop conversations and write things down. Then when I have the time to finish a whole song I’ll go back to those little notes and arrange them to make sense.

 

Often lyrics don’t get used until months or even years later. I have had situations where I used the same lyric in different songs to see where it fits the best.

 

The lyrics in ‘Rose Coloured’ were spread across three different songs at first until I decided to mix them all together.

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Tell us how you plan to develop a unique music style.

My writing and production process is a bit unique I believe and out of default also dictates the style I gravitate towards. Because I am not the most developed producer or musician in a technical sense I use samples and minimalist instrumental elements a lot.

 

My voice is the best instrument I have and I love stacking harmonies and adlibs in ways you would usually use more percussion or more intricate chords.

 

My sound developed from laziness to purposefully scaling back on production and carefully placing elements that allow you to focus on the voice and the lyrics.

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Tell us how to record a song.

Everyone has their way of doing things but I personally like having as much as possible prerecorded in my bedroom. Even if I then go into the studio and have to do everything again at least I had the vision, to begin with.

 

Sometimes the guide recordings of my guitar or vocals even end up staying because it made the song more interesting than a fully engineered recording.

 

I can only suggest it to everyone to be capable of recording your own demos to a certain extent. It also helps me to explain my ideas better if I am nervous, just tired or simply cannot find the right words.

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Tell us if you are collaborating with other songwriters or you write alone.

Personally, I prefer at least starting my own songs alone. Usually when I write a song from scratch with others without having brought anything it doesn’t feel right. Even if we do change everything, starting by myself helps me feel like I have a bit of control. This is only for my own songs. If I am simply songwriting with other people I like having other input from the start as well.

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Discuss your experience with fans.

Well, they either gave birth to me or lived with me for 18 years so what can I say, they are loyal. In all seriousness, I am still young in the game so I have had the occasional 5-year-old come to me after a festival asking for an autograph but my actual fan base will hopefully exist with my first music releases.

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Brief us about booking gigs and shows.

Playing live regularly in the early stages is a bumpy ride – One day I will be playing the main stage at the Roundhouse in London and the next I am asking for tips at a pub where no one but ‘drunk Becky’ really paid attention.

 

It is hard to know when to turn down gigs that you feel like you’ve outgrown and it can also be scary to play bigger shows where there is more at stake.

 

It is hard to get people to come down though, especially when you’re playing more than 2-3 gigs a month in the same city.

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Tell us if you consider a song placement in TV or Film.

I would absolutely love to see my songs placed. When watching movies or series I often pay attention to the music I can only hope I’ll get the chance to hear my songs alongside one of the billion shows I watch.

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Elaborate on the song.

‘Rose Coloured’ is a song reminiscent of my childhood and wanting to enjoy life through a lens that filters out any social pressures or ideas of evil in the world. All of the imagery in the song is taken directly from my own memories.

 

Growing up in Germany there was a time when I saw my skin colour as nothing but ‘caramel’, everyone else was simply ‘vanilla’. I did not know about racism, poverty or jealousy until I had some sort of confrontation with it. Once you know these things exist you can never unknow it. Sometimes I wish I could live in a ‘fool’s paradise.’

 

As far as the composition goes, I was hoping to write a song with a strong sense of a hook and a chorus which not all of my songs have and since the story is so important to me I focused more on the lyrics and less on changing chord progressions etc. since the song felt and diverse enough.

 

It felt like the perfect song for my single debut since it really describes how my mind works and how I am a positive person with a lot of dark thoughts.

 

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