Zenden Lavon – Honey Bourbon

Zenden Lavon – Honey Bourbon

 

Zenden Lavon – Honey Bourbon

Zenden Lavon – Honey Bourbon

 

ARTIST NAME: Zenden Lavon

 

SONG TITLE: Honey Bourbon

 

RELEASE DATE: 5/16/19

 

GENRE: Hip-Hop/Jazz

 

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Zenden Lavon began his career at age 11 when he realized the singing and dancing he’d been doing as a child was more than a hobby.

 

He was influenced by Bob Marley, the Fugees, Michael Jackson, and the Geto Boys.

 

Zenden was raised on the golden age of Hip-Hop and R&B and it shows in his production and lyricism.

 

Driven by the desire to spark emotion in his listeners, the Los Angeles native spent close to a decade watering the seeds of hip-hop in Dubai, being sponsored by Red Bull and opening for Nas at the massive Sole DXB event in Dubai.

 

Zenden Lavon is here to make a positive difference in people’s lives with good vibrations and sounds. Everything is for love.

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Tell us how you arrange your song.

It varies but for ‘Honey Bourbon’ I started with a beat and then I built from there.

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Discuss how you develop your music style.

I like to listen to a wide range of musical styles, anywhere from jazz to reggae to psychedelic rock.

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Elaborate on multi-genre music.

Multi-genre music is artistic freedom for artists who don’t like to be pigeon-holed.

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Tell us the best means of reaching fans.

I like to reach out to my fans by being personable and appreciative and just being myself.

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Discuss the process involved in launching a musical career.

I believe it’s important to make good music and stay true to yourself.

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Tell us how to develop a lyric to a full song.

Normally I make a beat that I’m inspired by.  Then I formulate a concept to write about.

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Tell us how you come up with a melody.

I usually just freestyle what comes naturally when I’m listening to the instrumental.

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Describe the factors you consider in a good song.

I believe a good song provokes strong emotion with an infectious beat or melody and is just fun and passionate.

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Tell us how you impact your listeners with your songs.

I like to describe whatever I’m trying to convey as best as I can through either the music or the words so the listener can feel the emotion that I had when I was creating the song.

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Tell us how you relate with producers and music directors.

Being that I’m a producer myself I can appreciate and understand the process and the importance of quality instrumentals.

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Tell us how you feel after the completion of a song.

I’m usually proud of what I’ve done and most of my songs are emotionally taxing so when I’ve finished with my songs it’s a very satisfying experience.

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Tell us your worst song and state the reason.

I wouldn’t say I have any “worst” songs.  Each song I’ve made is the best song at the time I’ve made it and each time I make a new song I’ve grown musically and try to make it better than the last.

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Tell us what you will change in your music.

I’m still trying to find my sound and full originality as an artist.

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Tell us what is special about this release.

‘Honey Bourbon’ is a different sound for me incorporating the trap sound.  I feel it shows my growth as an artist and it’s my first time being the creative force behind the visuals for the video.

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Tell us about your future goals.

I just want to continue to grow as an artist and make good music.

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Tell us how you overcome obstacles.

I overcome obstacles by writing about it in a song. Whether it’s a full song or just a line, writing about it is therapeutic for me.

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Elaborate on the song.

‘Honey Bourbon’ was created based on the Musa: Prelude concept for my up and coming tape. It’s a power trip.  When you know you are destined for great things and have overcome many obstacles.

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

Zenden Lavon is my real first and middle name. Musa: Prelude is named after Mansa Musa, the ancient King of Mali also the richest man in world history. It is a coming of age story – When a prince is becoming king and the ups and downs of dealing with the responsibility of everything that comes with it.

 

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Komie – When I Close My Eyes

Komie – When I Close My Eyes

 

Komie – When I Close My Eyes

Komie – When I Close My Eyes

 

ARTIST NAME: Komie + Idrise

 

SONG TITLE: When I Close My Eyes (I Still Can See You)

 

ALBUM TITLE: Kaleidoscope

 

RELEASE DATE: Friday, July 26th

 

GENRE: Pop/Pop Rock/Alternative

 

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Award-winning guitarist and composer Komie has already enjoyed a successful career creating music for hundreds of hit shows including Ozzy Osbourne’s World Detour, The Voice, NASCAR, Dateline, Late Show With Stephen Colbert and The Amazing Race.

 

His music has been featured in advertising campaigns for Diane Von Furstenberg, Bailey’s Irish Creme, Six Flags and Coca-Cola (amongst others) and has won several Emmy Awards for best music, 3 BMI TV Music Awards and a Clio nod along the way. But despite all of these accomplishments, Komie desired something more: to produce projects made purely for the art of it. No boundaries except one — they had to express the deepest part of his artistry at the highest level possible.

 

Komie’s first single of 2019, Aurora Dawning (Featuring Idrise) is a sweeping, melodic and inspiring pop-rock song featuring the talented up-and-coming vocalist, Idrise. The single follows Komie’s well-received instrumental album, Afterglow.

 

Aurora Dawning draws inspiration from Afterglow, but the single’s vocal component sets it apart from the latter. The song pays homage to the Aurora Borealis, the magical celestial events that famously occur near the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

 

Komie, in a characteristically thoughtful and metaphysically inspired tone, poetically conveys the interplay between star-crossed lovers amidst an emotively dramatic backdrop of stellar guitar playing…

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Tell us about your future music projects.

I’m currently recording new songs for the upcoming album, Kaleidoscope, which gets its name from the diverse styles and sounds that will share the album. The plan is to release a single every month or two, then release the full album early next year.

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Tell us if you will change the style of your music to get signed. Nope; unless of course, they throw in a Maserati…

 

No, not even then – Seriously.

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Elaborate on this song.

The brand new single, When I Close My Eyes (I Still Can See You) is a driving, haunting pop-rock song featuring the passionate, powerful vocals of Idrise coupled with the innovative guitar textures of Komie. The song is the first of Komie’s material to feature lyrics co-written by Ira Besserman and Komie.

 

After the love of his life leaves him, the song’s rejected romantic, in a fit of epic masochism, he visits Paris and retraces the steps he had once taken with his beguiling former lover. Haunted, he sees her everywhere he looks…but in a blink she’s gone. His heartache is only intensified by the City Of Love and the gorgeous sights seen once again, but this time without her. Back home and emotionally drained, he finds what he least expected…

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Tell us if you have a guideline or standard set for your music production.

I’ve been producing professional-grade music for TV and film for years now, so I definitely have a process for making sure the production is as good as it can be. A big thing for me is stepping away from the song/mix for a bit, then coming back with fresh ears and seeing how things feel. I can usually tell right away what needs improving and what sounds great. So it’s kind of a back and forth between being the songwriter/producer/mixer and a listener.

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Tell us your preparation for a live performance and how you make sure the quality of sound is high.

It all comes down to playing with great musicians, practice and rehearse your ass off, and hiring a good monitor and house mixer, that’s the key.

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Discuss how to live healthily.

Great question! For me, it comes down to healthy eating (lots of veggies), exercise (I play basketball and lift weights at least three times a week), and definitely writing music. When I’m creating in my studio I feel a great flow of energy, kinda like a life force that feels healthy and vibrant, it’s really therapeutic for me.

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Tell us if you are in control of your performance or you are still learning.

I’m always learning! I think that’s the key to always growing as a musician. Yes, I’m in control of my performance but that doesn’t mean I’m there. I don’t ever want to be “there”, that’s no fun. It’s a continual journey of self-exploration and self-improvement; musical skills, production skills, mixing skills, business and promotion, content creation, video, art. To be an indie artist these days you really need them all, or at least have an understanding of the concepts to effectively collaborate with people.

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Tell us that precious moment you chose music as a career.

I was a junior in high school and couldn’t put the guitar down, it was nuts. My parents wanted me to go to college and become a doctor, lawyer blah blah. I looked them in the eye and told them the only way I’m going to college was if I could major in music. They went along with it thank God…

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Tell us the greatest feedback you have ever received on a song of yours.

Well, it was more for an album, Afterglow got some amazing reviews. A couple of my favourite quotes from the reviews:

 

“Afterglow is truly a beautiful album…the sheer inspiration and colourful feelings of hope that define this album are undeniably striking and mesmerizing…This album is an artistic triumph.”

-The Prog Mind

 

“Afterglow is filled with incredibly tasteful playing and great songs,” and “there are so many great moments that each time I listen, I hear more of them… this is how it’s DONE.”

–Progressive Music Planet

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Tell us your side interest apart from music.

Lately I don’t have time for much else; producing an album is intense and immersive! Hmm, sleep maybe? Definitely food…Time with my fiancée, that’s an important one.

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Tell us the artists that influenced you.

OMG! Where do I start?

 

Jimi, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, The Eagles, Yes, John Mayer, early Train, Switchfoot, Coldplay…That’s just the tip of the iceberg…

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Tell us if you prefer singing as a solo artist to collaborating with others.

Well, I sing backgrounds but not really lead vocal. I write and produce the songs, play all the instruments except drums, and sing backgrounds. So I always collaborate with a lead singer.

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Tell us the full details of this song.

I wrote, arranged, produced, mixed the track and played all the instruments. Idrise sang lead and background vocals, Perrin York and I sang background vocals as well.

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Tell us the organization you will set up to fight a cause and state your reason for fighting the cause.

I love animals, so it would probably be something to protect them.

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Describe your mood while performing.

It varies! We’re humans not machines, sometimes you’re not even in the mood to play but the show must go on, right? Once the music starts, however, everything melts away and you just get into the music, live in the moment.

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Tell us the mistakes to avoid in the music business.

I would need twenty pages to do that. I would say do your research and take your career in your own hands, don’t rely too much on others. Knowledge is power for sure.

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Tell us your opinion on smoking, health is wealth but people still smoke.

It’s bad and smells terrible, I hate it.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Komie. It’s my last name.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

When I Close My Eyes (I Still Can See You): he keeps seeing his former lover all over Paris, yet she’s not really there, he’s imagining it. Her lovely memory is haunting him every time he closes his eyes.

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

Well, it’s a working title, not finalized, but it’s Kaleidoscope. I chose this title because the songs on it are going to be very diverse in sound and style, lots of different colours on the album, so I thought this title fits perfectly

 

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Keanu Reefs – Back to Dawn

Keanu Reefs – Back to Dawn

 

Keanu Reefs – Back to Dawn

Keanu Reefs – Back to Dawn

 

ARTIST NAME: Keanu Reefs

 

SONG TITLE: Back to Dawn

 

ALBUM TITLE: New Era

 

RELEASE DATE: 8/5/19

 

GENRE: Indie Pop/Funk

 

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Keanu Reefs is a brand new two-man band based out of Deerfield, Illinois, changing up the music scene by fusing funk, rock, pop, rap, and others to create new and innovative music.

 

While the two of us had been making music together since early high school, we felt that our material just wasn’t at the standard that we hold ourselves to, and thus began Keanu Reefs.

 

Now we work to not only create new and enjoyable music but tracks that are truly unique and catered to today’s incredible ever-changing world of music.

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State your reason for choosing music as a career. 

Frankly, for us, as cliché as it may sound, music is simply our passion. We’ve found that no matter what stage of life we are in, whether it is one of the greatest times or one of the lowest lows, we naturally gravitate back to music because it’s what truly makes us happy.

 

The mere thought of truly making it as an artist and being able to wake up each morning knowing that the workday would consist of creating music paints a bright smile on our faces. Beyond this, both of us have experienced genuine hardships in the past and found that despite the failures and successes of therapy and medicines, that communicating our emotions through music was the true cure. To put it simply; nothing makes us happier than good music.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

We begin by creating an instrumental in the studio – messing around with a variety of samples, riffs, beats, and a multitude of other tools. Once we’ve established a baseline for the instrumental, we find a new nature spot each time. For instance, we may go to a beach at night for one song, or nature preservation early morning for another. It all depends on the mood of the song, and it truly helps us to find inspiration, removing us from our homes and putting ourselves into new and interesting environments where our thoughts can flow freely.

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Share the feedback you are getting from fans.

The only release we have done was on SoundCloud, but this being said, we have received incredible reviews. Beyond listening to and liking the track, a plethora of individuals reached out to us not only to compliment the song, its production, guitar, vocals, etc. This has been absolutely thrilling for us, and makes us so happy that people are enjoying listening to our music as much as we enjoy making it.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

There are two of us in the band and we live very different lives! Julian goes to school at Syracuse University in New York, where he studies film and media production. He loves the outdoors, and just being goofy with friends. He’s got a very interesting dynamic to his character, almost embodying a stereotypical San Francisco resident yet has been raised entirely in Chicago.

 

Noah alternatively goes to school at Northeastern University in Boston. Studying marketing, he has found himself working with a number of companies doing graphic work and such. Noah absolutely loves to both play and watch basketball, in addition to creating memes in his free time.

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Discuss your music career.

Our music career is essentially just starting! While Julian and I met in high school and created a few songs back then, they were not particularly high quality and it was very much a side project for us. Getting back from college and realizing we had the potential to make new, incredible music, we created an actual artist profile (Keanu Reefs), and began making music every night! Already in just a few short weeks we’ve seen great success and are beyond excited to see where this all goes.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

Keanu Reeves is not only a very popular household name but more importantly an internet legend. Furthermore, Keanu is a genuinely good guy, which is hard to find, especially among celebrities these days. As we enjoy cannabis and it helps us to create our music, we created a pun using “Reefs” instead of “Reeves”

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List your five favourite music videos with reasons.

L$D – A$AP Rocky – This video is absolutely incredible. From interesting visuals to tons of colours and angles, this video covers everything. Especially the effects applied were almost mind-blowing and make it almost impossible to look away.

 

Humble – Kendrick Lamar – My favourite music video of Kendrick’s, this just uses such odd and interesting imagery to convey double entendres that it really stands out as a piece of art.

 

Paradise – Coldplay – The weird but amazing elephant used throughout the video makes it not only enticing but a must-watch for everyone. Without seeming cringey in any manner, they created a music video that is somewhere between a masterful production and a meme.

 

New Light – John Mayer – If this had been truly produced, it would have been number one…John Mayer’s production team was actually having a big fight about the budget for this music video, so John Mayer naturally left, went to a local $300 green screen video store, and made this – A brilliant move in terms of both marketing and cost-effectiveness.

 

I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas – A legendary music video, this one simply brings us back to our past and we can see how music videos have evolved.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

Our sources of inspiration come from all over! As we don’t typically write direct lyrics detailing stories or imagery, we focus more on the meaning behind the words in a poetic sort of sense. Thus our inspiration comes from experiences in our lives, whether they are our happiest or saddest times. We’ve found that any extremes of emotion are the best lyrics we get, even if we have to push through sometimes to get them out.

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Discuss your experience in dealing with fans.

We’re brand new to this, and it’s been so much fun thus far! When people reach out directly, we always make sure to respond, and not just something generic. We can’t even begin to express our gratitude for these listeners, and as a result, we feel it’s our duty to read their messages and respond properly!

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

This song was actually recorded in Julian’s basement! We utilized Logic Pro with a number of guitar effects overlaid by synths and software instruments. Using a nice microphone and some foam studio padding, we then recorded the vocals after having written them at the beach.

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Elaborate on your future projects. 

As aforementioned, we’re brand new to the game, and thus have a multitude of ideas for future projects. Once back at school, we will absolutely continue to make music and work on another album. In the meantime, we will release our first album, “New Era” on Monday, August 5th at 7:00 pm!

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List the names of those that have supported you so far. 

Our primary supporters have been:

Anre Nisenboim

 

Marina Nisenboim

 

Leslee Cohen

 

Jon Cohen

 

Brandon Cohen

 

Gabi Nisenboim

 

Reine Lederer

 

Max Goldhirsch

 

Clayton Petrasek

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

We think it’s something that can be used for a lot of good things and a lot of bad as well. There are artists out there that don’t truly have the vocals to be making what they are and use vocal tuning to make it sound as though they do, which we’re not fans of. That being said, its application in fields such as hip hop can be incredible, and we don’t see any problem with using vocal tuning to fix minor pitch issues.

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Tell us your thoughts on quality and quantity for the release of songs.

Quality is greater than quantity always. While it’s obviously important to keep putting out music, it won’t matter to you or your fans if it’s not quality. What’s important is prioritizing ensuring your music is the best it can possibly be, even if that takes a huge amount of time and effort.

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

Both of us feel similarly that a non-music career is plausible, but not something that would make us genuinely happy to go to work every day. The beauty to us of the music industry is not only what we get to do, but the dynamic, changing environment we’d get to work in and the incredibly talented individuals we’d meet.

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres. 

As an artist who is focusing specifically on fusing genres and making new ones, this is an interesting question. While we do think genres are helpful for organizing music, we wish there were more out there, and that you could be given the option to have fusions or custom names when uploading music.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

The only genre we don’t listen to at all is death metal. We recognize that the musicians are very talented and put in a lot of work, but for us, it’s hard to enjoy someone screaming bloody murder over guitar rather than singing or rapping.

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

Wolf of Wall Street – This film simply has everything you could ask for…The best actors in the world, massive amounts of money being spent on extreme luxury items, beautiful women, music, and parties – Especially managing to create this dynamic while maintaining a very impressive plotline blows us away every time we watch.

 

The Blind Side – The blind side was just a beautiful movie. Beyond the incredible story and hardships displayed, the ways the family reacted and how the film followed his career were phenomenal.

 

Borat – In our opinions, easily one of, if not THE funniest movie of all time. Sasha Baron Cohen is just such a comedic genius, from his organized skits to his random public pranks; it’s a nice stress reliever for us.

 

Interstellar – What a masterpiece of a film right here…The plot, the scenery, but especially the music. Enlisting musical genius Hans Zimmer was absolutely brilliant and has made this movie’s soundtrack a household favourite.

 

Get Out – What we really liked about this film was that in addition to creating a great film, Jordan Peele did this with an incredibly low budget and similar crowd expectations for that matter. Yet he defied that and now has fully made it as a producer and director.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

‘Back to Dawn’ is a special piece for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it was just released this Sunday and was only our second release this summer, yet we continue to receive hundreds of compliments and such daily.

 

Additionally, the song is not only fun and very easy to vibe with, but has great lyrical meaning. The song is about the obstacles that life faces us with, and how sometimes we just fall into a daydream remembering our best times. It additionally utilizes a number of very interesting synths and instruments.

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

The title of the album is called, “NEW ERA”, which is a reference to both our new era of music creation and the incredible world that is so rapidly changing around us!

 

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Campos – Party in my Room

Campos – Party in my Room

 

Campos – Party in my Room

Campos – Party in my Room

 

ARTIST NAME: Campos

 

SONG TITLE: Party in My Room

 

ALBUM TITLE: Campos

 

RELEASE DATE: 07/19/2019

 

GENRE: Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggaeton

 

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CAMPOS, born Sam Campos, resides in Brooklyn, New York where his music career began at the age of 13.

 

Like any Brooklyn resident, his influences in music, especially hip hop were far and wide. However, being Hispanic his understanding of music and delivery of style is different than most. Surprisingly, his vocal talent provides an equal match to his ability to spit bars.

 

Campos is one of the very few hip-hop artists that can sing, no auto-tune, with precision.

 

Campos applies a tough regime of structure and work ethic to his music, his military background provided his template for hard work and it shows.

 

The CAMPOS EP starts off with the epic R&B breakdown “Party in My Room” while sexual in nature it almost passes off as Campos welcoming his audience closer to his music.

 

Two words set off the song’s true message, intimate and chill, “you’re invited, I just wanted time with you…” welcome to Campos world of music.

 

Following his dramatic and emotional introduction, he comes back with the meaningful love-centered ballad “Hot Girl” which pays tribute to every woman in his life who’s support his talent as his Hot Girl, an homage to respect.

 

But don’t pass Campos off as a ‘softy’ just yet, he hits back hard with tracks “Where’s the Pain, Where’s the Drama,”  “Head Start” and “Reason”. To put it simply, CAMPOS MUSIC is a lyrical force to be reckoned with.

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Discuss your composition and melody.

I go through several beats online and when I find one I really like, I will purchase it. The ritual is to put on my headphones and walk through the streets of Brooklyn and let the city energy inspire me.

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State the name of your producer and elaborate on the song.

Beat Demons was the producer of the beat. I fell in love with the spirit of the beat and the melody came to me instantly intending to have people feel the rhythm and want to move to listen to it.

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Discuss the lyrics of the song.

The lyrics are explicit but in essence, describe the euphoric escape from life when we’re with the person we love. How it takes us away from where we are and puts us on an island away from life troubles.

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Elaborate on your music career.

My music career just started in February 2019 so it is exciting to see it grow, but I’ve been writing music rapping and singing since I was 13 years old.

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Brief us on how you are reaching fans with your music.

I’m reaching a growing fan base through shows locally in New York and New Jersey. Soon I will be going on tour. I post consistently on Instagram: Camposmusic.nyc…

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Discuss your motive behind making music.

My motive is to become an icon; I make music because I love the creative process. I want to be recognized as one of the greatest in this new Rap/Hip-Hop era. My goal is to rise to the top tier of the game!

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Discuss your songwriting.

My songwriting is usually in three phases. The first is feeling the beat out and getting the foundation of the track. The second is to revise and refine. The third is to write it out in the studio or close to a recording session to get the organic energy of the words.

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Elaborate on your work and achievement so far in your music career.

I’m really proud to say I finished my first EP in July 2019 but because I just started my music career, all my greatest achievements are ahead of me. I’m going to ensure I meet each one of my goals.

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Tell us your opinion on using rhymes dictionary or writing software to develop lyrics.

I don’t use rhyme dictionaries nor do I use writing software, but if it helps others that’s cool. I like to go off of feel and intuition.

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Discuss the music industry.

The music industry is like any other business; it has the opportunity, reward, and success if you have the talent. There is a formula for success a lot of it involves networking, resources, and exposure. Above all is hard work.

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Elaborate on how you prepare yourself for a recording session.

I fast the day before with little to no food. I exercise with high intensity to get the oxygen in my body. I drink tea and rehearse the song…

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Brief us on your preference in terms of tempo as in up-tempo, mid-tempo or slow tempo.

Part of my music’s charm is that it doesn’t have a preference for tempo or style. I prefer to listen to a beat and find alignment with it. I let it come to me rather than go to it.

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Discuss your shows or live performance.

My shows are very intimate. It’s usually about 100 – 400 people as of now and feeling the energy of the crowd is such an experience for me. I always bring high energy to every performance.

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Share the feedback you are getting from fans.

After just a few days of releasing My EP on Spotify, Apple Music, google play music, Tidal, and Amazon, I have received nothing but positive feedback – People messaging directly to tell me to please put out more music. It’s the vibes!

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Send a message across to your fans and supporters.

Find something that inspires you. Love your life so deeply that the energy becomes contagious to the people around you. Thank you for supporting my music, I commit to bringing you the very best of my sound for you to enjoy!

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Discuss the storyline of the song.

The storyline of the song is someone wanting desperately to escape reality by being intimate with someone he cares deeply for. It’s about rising and falling together. It’s an expression of desire.

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Tell us what makes this song unique from others.

The song is unique because it uses a fusion of dance, melody and Jamaican culture through a Mexican hip- hop/rap artist. It is feel-good vibes everyone can enjoy no matter what background.

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Tell us the themes of most of your compositions.

The theme of most of my songs is feeling comfortable with adversity, overcoming personal obstacles and staying true to your self-expression. I think my music embodies Brooklyn energy on my tracks where I’m rapping.

 

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Katie Marshall - Down Here

Katie Marshall – Down Here

 

Katie Marshall - Down Here

Katie Marshall – Down Here

 

ARTIST NAME: Katie Marshall

 

SONG TITLE: Down Here

 

ALBUM TITLE: The Great Unknown

 

RELEASE DATE: July 12, 2019

 

GENRE: Indie Pop/Electro Pop

 

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The latest Katie Marshall project includes plush productions of her trademark rich vocal melodies and addictive choruses.

 

Katie borrows the electronic pop sensibility of The Postal Service and the up-front, hooky vocals of Maggie Rogers while avoiding the sugary-sweet overload of mainstream pop.

 

Thickly layered harmonies and haunting themes surround her newest album, The Great Unknown, released in July 2019.

 

Katie Marshall has played in various indie-rock bands (Parts for all Makes, SKIRT, Kill-Me Kare Bare, Eve & The Apple, Corey Palmer and Lovetrade, The Katie Marshall Three-Oh), and has toured the country from Seattle to New York.

 

She has performed on TV’s “Drinking With Ian”, “Modern Rock Twin Cities,” and has been a featured artist on Minnesota Public Radio’s “The Local Show.”

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Discuss your composition and melody.

I tried to play with a couple of different themes with this album, exploring outside the traditional song structure and punctuating things with dissonance to feed into the over-arching themes of the record.

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State the name of your producer and elaborate on the song. Adrian Suarez produced ‘The Great Unknown.’ He took my unpolished demos of the tunes and really elevated everything, especially with the song “Down Here.”

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Discuss the lyrics of the song.

“Down Here” is about sitting in silence with a million things to say, and having it bubble up and eventually spill out in a big, messy explosion.

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Elaborate on your music career.

I’ve been playing music in one form or another since I was about 14.

 

I started in the solo/acoustic singer/songwriter world and really cut my teeth on stage as a solo performer.

 

I joined some heavier-hitting bands in my 20s and have been mostly playing in indie-rock bands since then, dabbling in studio work and jazz when the opportunities arise.

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Discuss your motive behind making music.

“Motive” implies that there is some conscious, controllable choice to make music. For me, writing music and performing it has always felt like an involuntary impulse that I am hard-pressed to ignore.

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Discuss your songwriting.

I usually write and record my songs all at once. Demoing my new songs has really become entwined with my songwriting process, to the point where I will have half-finished songs recorded and almost fully produced… only they’re missing several verses, or a bridge or something.

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Tell us your opinion on using rhymes dictionary or writing software to develop lyrics. 

There are a lot of tools out there to help us choose our words. I’m a big fan of language, so the thesaurus has always been a good friend to me. I think that a potential pitfall of using some of those tools is that songwriters can try so hard to sound clever that it really just comes off as trite. I try to think about whether or not I would actually say the sentence I’m putting in my song, and if it’s a no – that line needs to go. Look. I rhymed.

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Discuss the music industry.

It has changed a lot since I started making music. I love that there are so many more opportunities for independent artists out there.

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Elaborate on how you prepare yourself for a recording session.

Whiskey, mostly…

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Brief us on your preference in terms of tempo as in up-tempo, mid-tempo or slow tempo.

Whatever best suits the tone and subject of the song – there’s a place for everything I think.

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Discuss your shows or live performance.

I always prefer to be on stage with others, I’m kind of over the solo thing. I prefer to collaborate and share the experience with other musicians. Also, I have a nasty habit of strange and silly stage banter when I’m on my own… Not my most charming attribute, I’m afraid.

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Tell us the themes of most of your compositions.

Honestly, I had a hard year. I wrote a bunch of songs about my hard year. I wrote songs about the kind of love that makes your stomach flip, and love that makes you flip inside out: raw and vulnerable and sometimes broken. And then I recorded those songs and left it all in the studio. More than I’ve ever done.

 

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Tarzanaland – No No Song

Tarzanaland – No No Song

 

Tarzanaland – No No Song

Tarzanaland – No No Song

 

ARTIST NAME: Tarzanaland

 

SONG TITLE: No No Song

 

ALBUM TITLE: No No Song

 

RELEASE DATE: May 2019

 

GENRE: Country

 

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Tarzanaland is an American country duo consisting of vocalist Kelly Kidd (from Houston, Texas) and multi-instrumentalist Thomas Gallmeier (from New York).

 

The young band emerged in Los Angeles late 2015 after several years of starting their careers in honky-tonks (the Podunk Poets) and on the dance floor (Mot & Krid).

 

Both had met several years before when Kidd had asked Gallmeier to drum in a new project. He agreed and together they went on to sign a songwriting/production deal with Grammy-winning producer Glen Ballard.

 

Kidd is most known for fronting and touring with the traditional country band The Podunk Poets all over the U.S. and making appearances at country music festivals including STAGECOACH.

 

Gallmeier’s unique songwriting/production releases have landed him on several European charts.

 

Combining Kidd’s and Gallmeier’s unique musical experiences, their music has been tagged as a pop country – transitioning from the traditional country feel to their own hybrid modern sound and lyrical focus about cutting loose, forgiveness, political satire and personal evolution.

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

Vocalist Kelly Kidd is from Houston, Texas and multi-instrumentalist Thomas Gallmeier was born in New York and grew up in Germany. We both discovered our passion for music at an early age, singing and playing drums.

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Tell us how you discover country music.

Kelly’s mom was an event planner in Houston and would run oilmen and convention folks thru tourist attractions. One of the places was Gilley’s. So Kidd, as a small child, came to know and meet many legendary country music acts such as Tammy Wynette & George Jones. It was here, Kelly became mesmerized by the songs and show business stylings of classic country. Clint Black would become a family friend and sang at his mother’s wedding.

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Brief us your experience creating your first song.

Well, we both had different experiences individually; however, writing our first song together naturally came about, after having worked together in different bands and in the studio on various sessions.  The first Tarzanaland song we created was ‘Saving Grace.’

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List the name of the artists that have influenced you.

Currently, Glen Campbell’s vocal stylings mixed with classic fun party songwriters like Johnny Paycheck. Country artists that have been famous for putting on a great show, from Buck Owens to even today’s Florida Georgia Line. Those are the types of acts that inspire us to celebrate a county lifestyle.

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Discuss the difference between the old school songs and new school songs.

There wouldn’t be new without the old. We can appreciate the journey of country music from its roots – The difference being the production style. We believe it comes down to how you want to dance.  The craving for a lot of folks currently is a pop country crossover. It lends its self to big grooves and heavy beats that can create some line dancing heaven. There’s no better way to flirt with someone than to have them step down!

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Discuss the evolution in the sound of country music.

Well, it all started in the churches – The hymns, the heart and soul of storytelling. Along with the evolution of pop culture, country music found itself going through its own trial and error. Sometimes the music itself got lost to trends or the fashion of the moment.

 

At the end of it all, it’s the country lifestyle that keeps its fans together. We can’t keep comparing the old country to new. After all, in the pop world, nobody is talking about why Justin Bieber can’t be more like Sinatra. It’s a different world but again similar in lifestyle – Songs of sex, love, women, and partying. They sing about the same things but technology changed the production of the songwriting but not necessarily the lyrics.

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List the name of your favourite artists and state your reason.

George Jones – storyteller

 

Kasey Musgraves – risk taker

 

Morgan Wallen – fresh

 

Tammy Wynette – vocal goddess

 

Garth Brooks – showman

 

Loretta Lynn – a trailblazer

 

Buck Owens – classic

 

Lo Cash – brings the party…

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Explain what you understand by country music to the best of your knowledge.

It is music that comes from the heart and relates to people everywhere, from coast to coast and from small towns to big cities.

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Discuss country music in details.

True country music speaks to the heart of a community of folks who share a common ground.

 

The best songs are ones that folks can relate to – A breakup, faith, family, lifestyle, work, loss.

 

What better way to communicate a message than through music. Country music fans will always let you know whether or not you understand them.

 

They can elevate you to the next level in seconds.

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List the name of country music greatest producers and state your reason.

Billy Sherrill – that classic country sound we love.  Stand By Your Man – the best.

 

Owen Bradly – that Nashville sound – Revolutionizing country as they use to know it.

 

Allen Reynolds – Garth Brooks magic!

 

Al De Lory – Glen Campbell’s Wichita Limeman – glorious.

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List the name of country music greatest songwriters and state your reason.

Dolly Parton – pitch-perfect top lines and stories

 

George Jones – set the bar

 

Merle Haggard – California trailblazer

 

Glen Campbell, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton too many to name…

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List the name of country music greatest artists and state your reason.

Johnny Cash – rebel

 

Loretta Lynn – rebel

 

Tammy Wynette – Queen

 

George Jones – King

 

Dolly Parton – an iconic performer

 

Garth Brooks – brings us all together…

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Discuss the changes that can benefit country music.

A movement to celebrate more female artists in a male-driven industry – We have friends at Rebelle Road Production leading that charge out of L.A. We believe in that mission.

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Tell us how you compose or write lyrics.

We let the melody dictate the emotion of the lyrics – Always.

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Tell us how you make the beat.

We prefer calling it songwriting. We usually start with a melody idea or chord progression that triggers an emotion or memory of an experience. Then get a groove that supports the idea and the rest will fall into place.

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Brief us your recording experience in the studio.

We have gone full circle, from being artists or session musicians that showed up to be recorded, working with producers and engineers to producing and engineering our own sessions these days.

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Tell us how you get involved in country music.

Be a fan first.  The rest will present itself.

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Tell us your gain and loss as an artist.

The gain is to express yourself and share your journey through life with an audience. For that you might give up some financial stability, your life will certainly less predictable.

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

It may sound trivial however it is true, never give up. And always play and write from the heart.

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Discuss the music industry.

It has completely changed over the past ten years or so. It’s all DIY now.  Social media rules and Spotify is King.  Playlist or no list!

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State your future goal.

Meeting and making new fans. We are getting ready to go on tour and might be coming to a town near you, starting November 13th, 2019.

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Discuss the process involved in making this song.

No No Song, our latest release, is a cover song of Ringo Starr’s Hit from the ’70. We really loved the lyrics and wanted to create a new soundscape that would re-interpret the fun and sarcasm and make it a great live performance track – Moonshine, pot-smoking, country cocaine, what could possibly go wrong?

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Tell us how you come up with the title of the song and your artist name.

No No Song – just sticking to the original title.

 

Tarzanaland – our studio is in Tarzana, California Just steps away from the Edgar Burroughs estate. We thought why Sugarland when you can get wild in Tarzanaland.

 

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Natalie Jean – What Would You Do For Love

Natalie Jean

 

 Natalie Jean – What Would You Do For Love

Natalie Jean – What Would You Do For Love

 

ARTIST NAME: Natalie Jean

 

SONG TITLE: What Would You Do For Love?

 

RELEASE DATE: January 31, 2019

 

GENRE: Country/Americana

 

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Natalie Jean is an award-winning, multi-nominated singer/ songwriter performer. She is also a Voting Member in the Recording Academy (GRAMMYS).

 

Natalie Jean is a versatile performer and singer. She sings and writes many genres, such as Jazz Pop, R&B, Blues, and Dance.

 

She can also sing in French, Spanish, English, and Creole.

 

Natalie Jean is mostly influenced by artists such as Lena Horne, Celine Dion, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Ella Fitzgerald.

 

She has performed at many venues in the MD/DC. She also has performed in LA, New York, Nashville, and North Carolina.

 

She also appeared on WPFW, a Jazz station in Washington DC.

 

She has been nominated over 70 times for her music and has won many awards. Most recently, Natalie Jean received 10 nominations in the 2018 Josie Music Awards, World Artist of The Year, Vocalist of The Year, Female Artist of The Year – Multi-genre, Best Music Video – for The Letting Go, Album of The Year – Haiti Mwen Renmenw, Jazz Blues Song of The Year – Haiti, Folk/Americana Song of The Year – The Letting Go, Pop Song of The Year, Alive. Best Musical Collaboration – The Letting Go, and Best Musical Collaboration – Moncler – with Darick Spears.

 

She has also received several nominations in the 2018 KICMA Awards, Entertainer of The Year, Female Vocalist, Vocal Duo with Levi Moore, Music Video of The Year – Natalie Jean and Levi Moore, and Radio Single of The Year – The Letting Go.

 

She won Female Artist of The Year – Multi-Genre and Folk/Americana Song of The Year for The Letting Go. The 2018 KICMA Awards, she won Entertainer of The Year. She is also nominated in the 2018 AMG Music Awards for Mainstream Artist. She was the Gold Medal Winner in the 2017 Global Music Awards for Female Pop Vocalist for her song “L’Amour a L’Infini.

 

In the 2017 American Songwriting Awards, her song “Red Room-The Remix” won in the Dance category. World Artist of The Year (Multiple Languages) winner in the 2017 Josie Music Awards, Bronze Medal Winner for her World Album “Haiti Mwen Renmenw” in the 2017 Global Music Awards, and Best World Song “La Pe” – in the Clouzine International Music Awards. Also, her song “Red Room – The Remix and Se Kanaval are a finalist in the 2017 UK Songwriting Contest. Her song Lan Nuit No Tounin Lougarou is a Semi-Finalist in the 2017 UK Songwriting Contest.

 

Most recently, her song “Smoking Ke Fan” was a finalist in the 2018 International Acoustic Music Awards, “The Letting Go” nominated in the 2018 Atlas Elite Entertainment Music Awards for best country song, and “The Letting Go” Best Americana Song in the 2018 Clouzine International Music Award and a Silver Medal in The Global Music Awards for Best Music Video and Country Song.

 

The Letting Go was nominated in the 2018 American Songwriting Awards. Best Music Video in the Berlin Flash Film Festival. She was also received third place in the OWMR Music Awards for Best World/Global Fusion Album and was nominated for People’s Choice.

 

She has released five albums and five music videos thus far. The first released in 2013 a pop/jazz album, called “Obsession,” second released in 2014, a Jazz album called “Natalie Jean,” and a French Pop/Dance album called “Lecons D’Amour,” released in 2015.

 

Her 4th album “Unafraid,” was released on July 8th, 2016. Her new album “Haiti Mwen Renmenw” was released on July 14th, 2017. Her latest single, “The Letting Go” a duet with Levi Moore, was released on February 14, 2018. “The Letting Go” has received many awards for the song and the music video, which you can find on her website.

 

She has recently released Christian Inspirational Song, “He Loves Me,” Holiday Single, “All I Want”, and “What Would Do for Love?”, “You Don’t Know Me”, “Lost & Found (co-write with Michael Peloso)”, and ‘No Control.”

 

Currently, she has six nominations in the 2019 KICMA Awards, (Songwriter of The Year, Radio Single of The Year (Lost & Found and You Don’t Know Me”), Song of The Year (What Would You Do for Love? and Lost & Found), and Female Vocalist of The Year). In the 2019 Josie Music Awards, thus far, she has 10 nominations (Multi-Genre Vocalist and Artist of The Year, Jazz Vocalist of The Year, Songwriter (Full Body of Work), Video of The Year – Female (Lost & Found), Best Musical Collaboration (No Control – with Trevor Sewell) R&B Soul – Say You’ll Be mine (written by Rebeka Rain and Mick Evans Pop Contemporary Song) – “Lost & Found” Natalie Jean (Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean songwriter), Entertainer of The Year (Multi-Genre), Music Video – Male – Michael Peloso (Featuring Natalie Jean), Stand Album Various Artists – Lantern Lane Music).

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

To refine a demo to a mastered song, you definitely want to make sure the sound levels are adjusted for radio airplay and that the song’s instrumentation is properly mixed.

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Discuss the processing involved in creating a song.

For me, I think of a theme for my song. From that point, I write the lyrics. Once the lyrics have been created, I come up with a melody. I give my ideas to my producer, Alexi Von Guggenberg, and we create beautiful music together.

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Elaborate on the themes of most of your songs.

Most of my themes have been about my own personal experience; love, heartbreak, depression, resilience, breakups, etc. But most recently, I have been writing about what is going on around the world.

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Tell us your greatest musical works up to date.

I would say that my most popular songs would be “Se Kanaval” (which is a Haitian Creole song) and “Red Room- Remix (Dance Song); both of these songs have charted on Broadjam.

 

The Letting Go (Americana Song) has won a ton of awards, and What Would You Do for Love? (Country/Americana song) won a Silver Medal for Female Vocalist and Social Impact in 2019 Global Music Awards. Also, it has been streamed over 50,000 times on Spotify.

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Tell us those behind your music process.

It would be me and my amazing music producer, Alexi Von Guggenberg.

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Tell us how you are handling the promotion of your music.

I self-promote and I also use sites like Music Submit, Play MPE, and CDX Traction.

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

I am working on a couple of collaborations. I am releasing a Holiday song in Spanish on September 16th. I am also working on an album. The theme of the album will be on aspects of what is going on in the world. I want to be an effective player in life. I want to make music that makes people think. I want to make a difference. My end goal is to create a tour.

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

In my opinion, in certain genres, there is a lot more creativity. I think that some genres are being merged together, which can bring a wonderful new sound.

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Tell the greatest mistake to avoid while making a song.

I think the worst mistake a person can make, is to try to be someone they are not.

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Tell us how you boost your performance.

I meditate before I perform.

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Explain the structure of the song.

I usually have two verses, chorus, two verses, chorus, bridge, and then the chorus.

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State your musical skills.

I am a vocalist. I am learning to play the piano.

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Tell if you consider acting in a movie.

I would definitely consider acting in a movie.

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Tell us how you eliminate noise in your recordings.

You definitely need to have acoustic panels and check the room tone.

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List the name of artists you cherish most.

Nina Simone, Celine Dion, Ella Fitzgerald, and Freddie Mercury

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Tell us how you get inspiration.

My inspiration comes from my life or from something I have seen on television or my surroundings.

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Elaborate on the song.

My most recent song “What Would You Do for Love?’ is about immigration. I am not trying to change anyone’s mind. But I would like for people to place themselves in other people shoes to see what they would do in the name of love.

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

Natalie Jean is my birth name, which is French.

 

The title of the song “What Would You Do for Love? – asks the listener, what are they are willing to sacrifice for a loved one.

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Versatile Haitian American Singer/Songwriter Natalie Jean

Releases New Country Single “What Would You Do For Love?

 

Natalie Jean is a very rare kind of vocalist – Winning recognition across the most diverse of musical genres and quite comfortable performing in English, French, and Creole.

 

What Would You Do For Love? Wins a Silver Medal in the 2019 Global Music Awards in the category of Social Impact and Female Vocalist!

 

Natalie Jean is excited to announce the much-anticipated release of her Country single, titled, “What Would You Do For Love? Produced by Alexi Von Guggenberg, is readily available for purchase nationwide at the iTunes Store, Amazon.com, Google Play, and various digital online stores.

 

“What You Do For Love?” is a close to perfection as it gets-not a note is wasted, not a verse senseless, overlong or discordant; each bar is crafted, skilfully put together by an artist and production crew, who know something about their work, which regrettably seems rare these days.

 

The lyrics are meaningful, poignant, and urgent; the song displays a powerful sense of social awareness as Natalie Jean understands that emotion, without subsequent action, is as tenuous as vapor.

– Jamsphere Magazine

 

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