Primes - Nine Lives

Primes – Nine Lives

 

Primes - Nine Lives

Primes – Nine Lives

 

ARTIST NAME: Primes

 

SONG TITLE:  Nine Lives

 

RELEASE DATE: 21 June 2019

 

GENRE: Alternative Rock

 

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Primes are three-piece from Falkirk in Central Scotland, Ollie Kitchen (Lead Vocals/Bass), Sarah Monteith-Skelton (Guitar/Vocals) and Reece Ryan (Drums/Vocals).

 

The band is referred to have taken influential sounds from bands like Kings of Leon, Feeder, Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro and Malory Knox.

 

Primes have a blend of unforgettable melodies, punchy chorus drops and the unique combination of three-way harmonies.

 

Primes have managed to secure their slot at massive festivals in 2019 such as Vibration Festival, ButeFest, Gig In The Goil and Party At the Palace this year, this gives Primes the opportunity to share a stage with inspiring musicians like Feeder, The Coral, Deacon Blue, Wet Wet Wet, KT Tunstall and The Charlatans.

 

Primes are releasing new music regularly with six consecutive single releases available now. A further three singles will be released throughout 2019.

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State your history.

We formed in November 2017 as Primes. We all have a background in music, Sarah was a successful solo artist and Ollie has been in a few successful bands. This is Reece’s first band but has been playing drums at a young age.

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Describe yourself as an artist.

Passionate, hardworking with a never give up attitude.

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Tell us the genre of your music.

Alternative Rock.

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Tell us the story behind your song.

‘Nine Lives’ is about making the same mistakes over and over, never learning from them. Eventually, you will run out of lives.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.

Our problems are usually financially. Being able to fund the band and maintaining the standards required to be successful can often be challenging.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

In the studio is where we feel the song comes together properly. You get to know the ins and outs of the track. This always gives you a good feel for the song and allows you to play about with ideas to see what works and doesn’t work.

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

Amazing Radio

 

BBC Introducing Scotland

 

Rock Sport Radio

 

The Sun Newspaper

 

The Falkirk Herald

 

Discovery Music Scotland

 

The Songbird Blog

 

Heard Not Herd

 

Music For The Misfits

 

Spotlight UK

 

Moshville

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

We have all been really involved in music from a young age and influenced by our families.

 

Sarah then went on to study music and started performing live shows since then.

 

Ollie has also been involved in music from a young age and been in a few bands previously.

 

This is Reece’s first band but has always been involved in music from school.

 

Our future goal is to be as successful as we can be.

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

I think it’s honestly just who you are as a person. There is nothing more inspiring to me than composing our own music and being passionate about it.

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

Once we have a hit song, I’ll let you know the secret…

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

Be nice to people. Believe in yourself.

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

We usually just jam out a song, find a structure and practice the track. We record it on our phones in the practice room without vocals. We then write a melody to the music. Ollie writes lyrics to it with Sarah and Reece’s input.

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Name your favourite artists for collaboration.

Dave Grohl. The man is a legend.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Music For The Misfits

 

The Songbird

 

Spotlight UK

 

Heard Not Herd

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would look after my family and friends. I would give some to charity. Then Primes would continue doing what we do….at a much higher level, I would imagine…

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

Promotion is something we are trying to work really hard on. We started off from building a fan base in our hometown then ventured out into bigger Cities. It’s something that we continue to work on daily. We like to keep things fresh and always make sure we have content to keep posting on socials to maintain momentum and consistency. We release music regularly to keep things fresh and we just try to reach as many potential new fans as possible.

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

I personally don’t find that challenging. If you learn to manage time efficiently and are organized you can fit everything in.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Primes – We just liked the positive meaning behind the word and felt that this is the aim of the band.

 

“The state or time of greatest vigour or success in a person’s life…

 

You are in the prime of life…”

 

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The Thieves About - Hurricane

The Thieves About – Hurricane

 

The Thieves About - Hurricane

The Thieves About – Hurricane

 

ARTIST NAME: The Thieves About

 

SONG TITLE: Hurricane

 

ALBUM TITLE: The Chaos Theory – EP

 

RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2019

 

GENRE: Alternative Rock

 

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The Thieves About is an alternative rock band based in Encinitas, California – a small beach community just north of San Diego.

 

Singer and guitarist J. Scott Gavin moved to Encinitas from the Phoenix area in 2015. In 2017, he began collaborating with bassist Jeff Redding. Chicago native Brian Ulery joined as the band’s drummer shortly after and the trio immediately began writing and performing in bars and music clubs throughout the San Diego area.

 

In late 2017, The Thieves About recorded and released their self-titled debut EP. The band’s popularity grew, and the trio began performing all over Southern California and the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

 

Looking to further evolve their sound, the band picked up lead guitarist John Reikes in late 2018. Now a 4-piece, The Thieves About quickly grew their sound to fill their new larger canvas. Shortly thereafter, the band wrote and recorded their sophomore EP, The Chaos Theory. The first single off the EP, “Hurricane,” immediately received airplay on San Diego radio stations.

 

With its 1990s-influenced sound, the band’s music pays homage to the flannel-clad days of Generation X.

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Discuss your approach to music production.

Music, to me, is all about feeling, emotion, and experience. It’s hard for me to sit down and write without the motivation from a previous experience or thought. It’s hard to pinpoint when a song will hit, or when a thought, verse/chorus comes to mind, but when it does it’s important for me to capture that and run with that feeling. Once I get moving, the chords and lyrics usually flow and I’ll jot it down in a stream of consciousness. Once I feel I’ve got a good idea or the direction I want to go, then I bring it to the band, and we work together to make the vision become a reality. As we move forward as a band, I look forward to exploring many different aspects of production and incorporating new technologies.

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Elaborate on how you come up with your lyrics.

Everything that I’ve written to this point comes from previous life experience. Whether or not I’ve interpreted it the way that it happened is irrelevant. But for some reason, that experience stuck with me and I’ve reached a point where I want to share it. Every time I sing it takes me back to the place I was when I decided to write about it.

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Discuss your songwriting process.

At this point, I’m a work in progress. I used to lean on heartbreak, alcohol, and depression to craft what I considered a brilliant song. It was easy to write about heartbreak because I felt that everyone has had their heart broken and could relate, but not everyone knows true love or happiness.

 

I am currently working to change that and focus on the beauty in life and the things that could bring peace, love, and happiness. I sit down (when I have time) and do some stream of conscious based on my surroundings, my mood, and what motivates me at the moment. I have a tendency to think of big hooks and choruses and go from there.

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Tell us about your next project.

Expand. Explore. Take my songwriting to the next level and grow together as a band. I’d like to allow more creative input from my bandmates and organically grow some new music. I haven’t always allowed that, and now I’m ready to let go of some insecurities and try to go places with my music that I haven’t gone before. Oh, and I have at least another 5 song EP on the shelf ready to tear down and build up again.

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Tell us what you won’t do again in your music career.

Get discouraged.

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Tell us how you ensure your music is engaging.

I try to relate to the listener – probably a bit more than I should. I like to tell stories about times, and places, and experiences and I like to take the listener for a ride. I hope they give it a moment and go with me before hitting skip on the iPod.

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State your opinion on the income from digital streaming.

I wish it were more. Take a look at how other countries allow their musicians to earn a decent wage from making music and then look at where we are. I look at myself personally, and even as an artist I’m not paying any of the major streaming services. Yet, I can find ways to enjoy the songs I like. We just released an EP and I’d rather download my own album and put it on a playlist I love and listen over and over than pay $9.00/month to stream. Maybe I’m old fashioned but give me a record player and some vinyl.

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Suggest ways that artists can make a living.

If you’re truly determined to make it as an original band, then give up all the extraneous bullshit and dedicate your life to playing ALL THE TIME. Music needs to become your life. There’s no fallback plan. You either make it, or you pack it in and get a desk job. Get ready to play shows in empty bars to 4 people but keep at it. Grind.

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Tell that special moment you discovered music.

1992 – Dad’s Ford Ranger, driving down route 62 when Smells Like Teen Spirit came on the radio. It truly changed my life. I was fortunate to have a family that loved and listened to music all the time, and while I dabbled a bit, it wasn’t till that moment when I realized I needed music.

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State your best song and the reason.

Impossible; it really depends on my mood and the moment. Right now, ‘Hurricane’ crushes me because I’m so in love with it. I love the lyrics, emotion and the big chorus. But catch me tomorrow and I might tell you why I love ‘Just So Hard’ instead or Torn Down – Emotionally, that one hits me when I play it live. But I don’t listen to it all the time. Summer is a huge tune that I’m really proud of, but I can’t play it live as well as I want to. ‘Sideways’ might be our best tune, but maybe it’s not my favourite. Keep an ear out for ‘Take Me On.’ That might be my best…. maybe…

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Discuss the difference between recording in a professional studio and home studio.

Not even close. I record my scratch at home. It’s a great place to get ideas, and experiment, but when you get into the real studio then shit gets real. All that blood, sweat and tears are all worth it when some engineers give you the green light and you just let it all out.

 

Emotionally you’ve got to get it all out onto the studio floor or your listener knows it is crap. That’s not to say you can’t record good stuff at home. I have great acoustic solo tracks that are fun, but for me, the studio is where it’s at.

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Tell us how you master your songs.

Thanks to a good friend of mine we discovered Garage Masters in Nashville, TN and we are very satisfied with what we got back. Joe did a great job of communicating with our mix engineer and got what he needed to make it really shine. Don’t skimp on the masters. Find someone to work with you on what you’re looking for.

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Discuss your interaction with your fans.

Hugs. We like giving big sweaty hugs after shows and letting our fans know how much we appreciate them taking time out of their lives to share some time with us. It’s important that the folks that come and support you know that they’re appreciated.

 

Hopefully, we’ve given them enough (other than tinnitus) to send them home with a smile. During the shows, I love feeling the connection to the crowd as we sing along together. I’ll always acknowledge those I see grooving along.

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Tell us how you create the time to promote your music online.

With today’s Social Media influence, you have to set aside time to dedicate yourself to promotion. If you have an hour to practice, now you have 45 minutes to play and 15 minutes to promote.

 

We are at a point where we need stimulation, so for a band, you’ve got to be giving your listeners something new to chew on all the time.

 

Pick the member of your band that is most apt to the current trends and let them roll with it. I focus on writing songs; someone else has to focus on the promo.

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State the tools you know can be of up to a musician.

GarageBand is important to me for jotting down ideas and working with new song structures. I’m learning to practice more with a metronome. I have vocal exercises on my phone that I do every day. Find a routine that works and give it time every day.

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Tell us the project you will run to better the society.

I’m not changing the world with my music. Not yet anyway. The way that I try to better society, is by providing high energy tunes that will brighten someone’s day. I will tell you that I do have the opportunity to work with a group called Banding Together which works with special needs young adults and provides them the learning experiences through music. That experience has changed my life and our life as a band. That is an amazing group and I would encourage anyone of any musical ability to go and spend some time with them.

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Elaborate on the song.

‘Hurricane’ will spin you ‘round, roll your windows down, and have you shouting the chorus as if you aren’t making a sound. It’s a fun tale of frolic and mischief, chasing a dragon you just can’t tame. But damn, you surely did try.

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

The Thieves About originated because my son was really into trains. Picking a band name is one of the hardest and lamest things you can put yourself through… So one day with my son we were looking at “Hobo Speak.” When hobo’s ride a train from town to town they leave markings to communicate with other Hobo’s. I noticed the 2/10. It means 2 eyes, 10 fingers… that there are Thieves About, and to use caution. I liked it, and so did the guys so we ran with it.

 

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