Parker T Pettus – People Like Us

Parker T Pettus – People Like Us

 

Parker T Pettus – People Like Us

Parker T Pettus – People Like Us

 

ARTIST NAME: Parker T. Pettus

 

SONG TITLE: Seeking My Deliverance

 

SONG TITLE: My Girlfriend is a Hooker

 

ALBUM TITLE:  People Like Us

 

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‘Seeking My Deliverance’ is a song from the Musical Comedy ‘People Like Us.’ This is a novel with music embedded in the text, playable using the sound controls that are available in the EPUB format. The book is available at Website.

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Tell us how to refine a demo to a mastered song.

I hired a producer and a commercial music studio.

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Discuss the processing involved in creating a song.

Sometimes I start with lyrics and find the music, sometimes I start with a chord progression and find the words.

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Elaborate on the themes of most of your songs.

In People Like Us, there is a lot of irony, unintended consequences, self-delusion, and a touch of futility.

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Tell us your greatest musical works up to date.

‘People Like Us’ is my first album and only published music.

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Tell us those behind your music process.

I work alone and perform occasionally, solo.

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Tell us your future goals and how you aim to accomplish.

To continue working as an author and songwriter, and the dream to see ‘People Like Us’ produced as a stage play.

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Tell us what you think has changed in the music industry.

The music itself: instrumentation, including electronic, the wide variety of lyrical and musical themes, the uncensored market.

 

The availability of music (historical and contemporary) is perhaps the most important development. When I was a kid, you had to buy vinyl or hope you can find it on the radio, and a golden oldie was two years old. Today, everything is available within a few clicks … including multimedia content – Amazing.

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Tell the greatest mistake to avoid while making a song.

To try to do too much in one song – Present a clearly articulated theme and be direct. If it becomes overly complicated, you probably have two songs.

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Tell us how you boost your performance.

Learn to play and sing better.

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Discuss how the instruments come together for a song.

The musicians come together … the instruments are just a tool.

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State your musical skills.

Singer-songwriter.

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Tell us if you consider acting in a movie.

Of course – I would love to play a villain.

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List the name of artists you cherish most.

Ian Anderson, Randy Newman, Beethoven, Mark Knopfler, Taj Mahal ….

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Tell us how you get inspiration.

Knowing that life is short.

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Elaborate on the song.

When trying to be helpful to others, you might make things worse. Seeking virtue can be an act of selfishness. Generosity can be counter-productive when given without condition in cases where guidance is needed.

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

‘People Like Us’ is intended to be an irony. There are very few absolutes about individuals … we adapt as needed to circumstances, including adapting to who is observing us. Like gemstones, people present different facets, dependent on the angle of observation. To group people is to arrange them, simplify them, as you would in posing a group for a photograph. After the picture is taken, they wander away and become themselves.

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Share your press release and review with us.

People Like Us, the musical comedy about everyday life in the underworld of drug dealers and hookers, is receiving high praise from drug dealers and hookers, all of whom wish to remain anonymous.

 

“The music and book go together, but the soundtrack can stand on its own. This is my life, set to music. Thank you, Mr. Pettus.”

 

“This musical should be required reading for every court-appointed attorney.”

 

“This book – and the music – has finally given me the answer to that eternal question: ‘Who am I?’ “.

 

“I didn’t realize my life is so interesting.”

 

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GR3YWXLF – MAD

GR3YWXLF – MAD

 

GR3YWXLF – MAD

GR3YWXLF – MAD

 

ARTIST NAME: GR3YWXLF

 

SONG TITLE: MAD.

 

RELEASE DATE: JULY 5th, 2019

 

GENRE: Hip Hop/Rap

 

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State your history.

My name is GR3YWXLF, a supervillain and humble meme curator from West London. Originally Jamaican born, I’ve been dabbling with cartoons, poetry, comics and music for most of my life.

 

I initially started out producing little bits and pieces here and there – old Kanye styled sampling (nothing too groundbreaking)…transitioning to writing raps and perfecting flows.

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Describe yourself as an artist.

Enigmatic wordsmith…

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Tell us the genre of your music.

I’d say my genre of music is an amalgamation of genres – specifically lo-fi, hip hop and R&B. With some alternative elements sprinkled in for good measure. I’m a big fan of experimenting with sounds so I find myself floating between multiple lines and would say I’m somewhat niche with it.

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Tell us the story behind your song.

“MAD.” was inspired by an argument I had with someone who was really dialed up in his feelings – Real salty like aggression. Instead of allowing myself to be caught up by how tedious the exchange was, I took that and used it as a springboard to flex some ego and stunt a little bit for this vibe. I also wanted to create something catchy, so here we are.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as an artist.

Right now, my only problem is adequate exposure as an independent. While it’s somewhat “easier” to do it alone nowadays, the dynamics of everything has changed a great deal with social media, etc. There is always something new to learn, something more I need to do. It’s forever a learning curve.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

The beat was created by a dope producer from Rotterdam by the name of AJSOUNDS. Stylistically it sounded different, which immediately caught my attention and with a little Whisky on deck I knew I had to cook up something slick.

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

Blogs wise, so far I’ve had support from, Buzz Music, DOPECAUSEWESAID, A&R Factory, Xune Mag, Xttrawave, UndergroundHipHop Blog, ItsHipHop, IndieHipHop.

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Brief us what inspires you to make music.

I just like to create stuff. For the most part, inspiration can be fuelled by a variety of things at any given time. Sometimes I hear a beat and immediately get an idea I want to write, or I’m watching Rick and Morty and I catch an abstract topic to paint.

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

Just have fun with it! Don’t be too consumed by the numbers and own your vibe. It’s easier said than done I know, especially in an age where it seems you don’t have to necessarily be talented to get far (no shade but we all know it’s true). However, I feel people ultimately connect with realness, eventually. So just be real…

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Name your favourite artists for collaboration.

There are so many fire artists out there I could be listing and wishing for days, I’d love to collaborate with EarthGang. Saba would be dope. Also Frank Ocean or Kali Uchis, I feel like it would be some real mellow ambiance.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’d be really boring at first, buy some new comics, a wings franchise, and probably do some investments. Then I’d spend some money on a private island so I could build the ultimate base of operations, like the ‘Batcave’ and stuff but for ‘Supervillainy’ inventing random technology.

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

Right now I’m just trying to stay consistent and release as much as I can, and trying to be more active on social media. I haven’t got a team or anything like that so everything I do is firmly grounded in me focusing my energy. Promotion is a tricky thing but talking to and being featured by outlets do help to bridge the gap between me and potential listeners.

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

I’m still trying to figure out the right balance with this. There are weeks where all I do is music, watching tutorials on how to do things and not much else. No friends, no partying. I’m still trying to fine-tune my time and energy…

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My name is GR3YWXLF, new age supervillain. It’s basically greywolf but spelled ultra-fancier. Like 6LACK is actually “Black”. If you didn’t understand before, you should now – Mind is blown right.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“MAD.”- A song about never apologizing for your energies. Naysayers will always be salty like a sea breeze, but don’t let them water down your flavour.

 

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Madame Psychosis - Kapow

Madame Psychosis – Kapow

 

Madame Psychosis - Kapow

Madame Psychosis – Kapow

 

ARTIST NAME: Madame Psychosis

 

SONG TITLE: Kapow

 

RELEASE DATE: July 8th, 2019

 

GENRE: Alt-Pop, Indie Rock, Garage Rock

 

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Madame Psychosis is a five-piece alt-pop and indie rock band from Toronto.

 

Members include singer Michelle Mondesir, guitar players Bret McCaffrey and Rene Ip, drummer Jaina Tharakan, and bass player Giovanni Paola.

 

The band released their debut album on June 16th, 2017 and received a positive response. Most notably, the single “Space Motorcycle” cracked Alan Cross’ Top 11 Playlist. The album was also featured on 94.9 The Rock FM’s artist spotlight, Generation Next, in May of 2018. Four songs from the debut album were showcased, including “Space Motorcycle”, “Run”, “On Top of The Game”, and “Mellow”.

 

The band supported the album by performing at venues across Toronto, including at the legendary Opera House and The Horseshoe Tavern.

 

Madame Psychosis is now preparing for the release of their upcoming sophomore album. The band released the “infectious earworm”, “Kapow” on July 8th, 2019.

 

In their review, Nashville-based East of 8th says “‘Kapow’ is a non-stop, energy ride shooting out of the gate with a driving drumbeat, a thunderous guitar riff, and an anthemic lyrical delivery.”

 

The song premiered exclusively in Canada with The Spill Magazine and in the U.S. with East of 8th.

 

They also released the “soaring” single “Crashing Down” on May 6th, 2019 and premiered the song exclusively with The Spill Magazine ahead of their two showcase performances at Canadian Music Week 2019.

 

They were also named to Dropout Entertainment’s Top Picks for CMW and released a music video for the single. Odd Nugget says the song “is all mellifluous magic wrapped in a grungy garage rock exterior” in their review, adding that “Madame Psychosis envelop us in an edgy rock dimension throughout ‘Crashing Down.”

 

Prior to “Crashing Down”, Madame Psychosis released “Just Wanna Be Myself” on January 3rd as the lead single. The band performed the song live on Global News’ national broadcast of The Morning Show.

 

A Journal of Musical Things says it’s “a fun, upbeat song with sweet yet edgy female vocals”.

 

Dropout Entertainment says “‘Just Wanna Be Myself’ is a pop-rock diddy and a testament to being comfortable, or the quest to be comfortable – in your own skin.”

 

Stereo Stickman says, “There’s a genuine air of honesty that runs throughout their songwriting…this song is one that gets better and better with each revisit.”

 

The band also released a music video for the song and are now preparing to showcase their work during their TV appearances on Global’s The Morning Show and CHCH’s Morning Live.

 

You can find their debut album and latest singles, “Kapow”, “Crashing Down” and “Just Wanna Be Myself”, on all major streaming services.

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Explain how to overcome a writer’s block. 

Sometimes you have to walk away from a song and come back to it. I had to do that multiple times with “Kapow”, and then when I got back to it, it practically wrote itself in twenty minutes.

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Tell us the tricks behind making a hit song.

It needs to have a catchy melody and a hook that grabs you. Once you have these two elements you’re pretty much set and can build around them.

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Tell us how you get feedback for your demo before working on it.

Each band member gives their input and we also ask friends, family, and colleagues for their opinions.

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Explain your recording experience in the studio.

We tend to record “live off the floor”, meaning we record as if we are playing live (except for the fact that vocals and guitar amps are in sound booths), with the odd overdub for minor corrections, solos, and additional instrumentation. We find that we get a truly authentic feel that way.

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Tell us how you compose.

Our guitar player Bret will often come up with a chord progression or melody, though other band members have also introduced ideas.

 

We then jam on the concept until it starts to feel right. Once the music is composed and the basic structure is put into place, Michelle will take it home and work on lyrics and vocal melodies. She will sometimes request structure changes for the purposes of flow. We then get together and play the song, making changes to the structure and addressing other nuances.

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Tell us if you add effects to your vocals to sound better.

In most songs, a light reverb is added for a natural room acoustic sound. However, in some songs effects that are more noticeable are added, such as the distortion in “Kapow” for a grittier, crunchy feel and the strategically placed long flowing delays in “Crashing Down.”

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Tell us the best streaming platform to get new fans.

Spotify is currently our best streaming platform followed by Apple Music.

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Tell us your opinion on music education.

Music is definitely a lifelong educational pursuit. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, it’s very important to continually educate yourself – even if not in a formal sense. Business and technology are always changing.

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Discuss the shooting of a commercial music video for a song.

In our experience, we believe less is more. Music videos can be difficult and expensive. For us, we’ve relied on friends and family to help shoot and edit our music videos. We recently learned that YouTube is the biggest source of music discovery in Canada.

 

Videos are clearly important so we will continue to produce them. Video shoots involve long days. You have to perform the song dozens of times with the same level of energy and enthusiasm throughout.

 

We’ve learned to just trust the crew and do what you’re told. We’re looking at taking our next video to the next level. Stay tuned for that!

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Tell us how you relate with other artists.

We think there is an inherent connection between artists that makes it easy to relate with each another. Whether it is discussing the challenges of songwriting or sharing recommendations on booking gigs, we are all looking for the same things: exposure and opportunity.

 

Most of our conversations with other artists stem from this idea. As a result, artists form an enormous support network. We’ve been lucky to meet some incredible artists along the way and it has always been easy to relate with them because we know we are all in the same boat.

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Tell us if you can collaborate with an artist of a different genre.

Sure! Our lead singer Michelle came from an R&B/soul background. Plus, it’s always fun to experiment and broaden our own sound by working with artists from different genres.

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Explain how to finance a music project.

Grants are always the best bet. However, if you don’t have a grant, there are other options, including labels, sponsorships, or – if you’re able to – personal finances.

 

We have personally financed most of our projects but we’ve also called on family, friends and even members of our band with special skill sets to donate their time and skills. For example, marketing, photography, videography, mixing, and social media.

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Explain how to copyright a musical work.

There are a few ways to do this. In the US and in Canada, a copyright exists as soon as you complete a song and “fix it” in a form like a sheet music, or recording it on hard drive or CD. You can also do it in a more official way through the Government of Canada website for about $50.

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Tell us how to generate income from a musical work.

A song purchase is the most profitable; however, it has become less popular to purchase music with the rise of streaming services. So in this day and age, streaming services, sync placements, and live shows are the main sources of revenue.

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List the name of organizations you know can be helpful to new artists.

There are too many to name and they can vary in importance based on your genre and needs, but the two biggest ones in Canada in our opinion are SOCAN and Factor.

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Send a message to your fans.

Words cannot capture how we feel about our fans. They take us to a different level, fuelling our ambition and desire to keep going, to keep writing songs and to keep performing. They give us energy on stage and in the studio. We cannot thank them enough, especially those who have stuck with us since day one. Many of them have been to almost every single show. They are loyal to us and we are loyal to them. Simply, “thank you – we can’t wait to see your beautiful faces at our next show.”

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Explain the process involved in recording a vocal.

A big part of recording a vocal from a vocalist’s standpoint is being in the right headspace to convey the feeling and sentiment of the song. It’s all about the vibe. We want people to not only listen to the song but feel its meaning as well.

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Elaborate on the song.

“Kapow” is an anthemic, feel-good slice of alt-pop fitting for hot days in the sun and long drives with car windows rolled down.

 

It highlights the pursuit that lies at the heart of getting someone you’re interested in to give you a chance, and the heart-dropping moment of being rejected.

 

This song is easily one of our favourites to perform live with its high-energy vibe. We wanted to create a fun summer song that people could sing along to and we believe we pulled it off.

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

The name of our band comes from a character in a book called – “Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace. The character, Joelle Van Dyne, goes by the moniker of Madame Psychosis. We also discovered that it references the term “metempsychosis”, which is a Greek term for reincarnation. We actually have a whole post on our website about our band name.

 

We are still working on the name of our upcoming sophomore album, which is going to be released on September 20th, 2019. We are throwing around ideas, but nothing has stuck so far.

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Share your press release and review with us.

Madame Psychosis releases “infectious earworm”, “Kapow”, just in time for summer – A “non-stop, energy ride shooting out of the gate with a driving drumbeat, a thunderous guitar riff, and an anthemic lyrical delivery.”

 

Toronto-based alt-pop band Madame Psychosis is welcoming the summer with the release of “Kapow”, their third single of 2019.

 

With a catchy, sing-along chorus and a gritty, fast-paced progression, “Kapow” is an anthemic, feel-good slice of alt-pop fitting for hot days in the sun and long drives with car windows rolled down. “Kapow” highlights the pursuit that lies at the heart of getting someone you are interested in to give you a chance, and the heart-dropping moment of being rejected.

 

It was recorded at Union Sound Company in Toronto and mixed by Alex Gamble. It premiered exclusively with The Spill Magazine on July 4th in Canada, and with Nashville-based East of 8th in the U.S. on July 7th. It is available on all major streaming services today.

 

The five-piece band first made waves with their debut album “Madame Psychosis”, released in June of 2017.

 

Alan Cross, the internationally syndicated host of The Ongoing History of New Music, selected the single “Space Motorcycle” for his weekly Top 11 Playlist in August of 2017. The album was also featured on 94.9 The Rock’s emerging artist spotlight Generation Next.

 

In January of 2019, the band released “Just Wanna Be Myself” as the lead single off their upcoming sophomore record and performed it live on Global’s nationally televised The Morning Show…They also performed at Canadian Music Week, where they hit the stage for two showcase performances and cracked Dropout Entertainment’s Top Picks for CMW. Coming off the heels of this positive reception, the band is turning their attention to the release of their sophomore album in September. To promote the album, they will be performing “Kapow” on CHCH Morning Live on August 9th and on Global’s The Morning Show on September 23rd.

 

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