Lucas S. - Made It

Lucas S. – Made It

 

Lucas S. - Made It

Lucas S. – Made It

 

Artist Name: Lucas S.

 

Song Title: Made It

 

Release Date: 25th January 2019

 

Genre: R&B/Pop/Trap

 

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My name is Lucas and I’m an R&B, Soul, Pop Singer/ Songwriter solo artist from London. I have an eclectic taste in music so I’ll listen to pretty much anything. Listening to these different styles of music helps me to creatively write better songs, have a better production behind me and be more innovative in this ever-changing industry.

 

My style of music is a mix of old 90’s R&B to modern R&B, Pop and Old Soul!

 

My vocals are inspired by my favourite artists from Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder through to Mary. J Blige, Ne-Yo, Usher, and Justin Timberlake, to name a few.

 

I am planning on releasing my second EP very soon as all the songs are written and just need recording now which is one of my favourite processes and my music video is currently out in the meantime on my YouTube channel.

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Discuss your music process and recording in full details.

The way I create music is all from self-experience, so any event, moment, anything that has happened to me in my life that conjures a strong feeling or emotion whether it is love, pain, depression, anxiety, happiness, excitement, etc. then I usually put those feelings down to paper and I create a story to the song. It can be made up or it can be an actual event that has happened either exaggerated or slightly edited to suit the song.

 

I then come together with my producer where we sit on the piano or guitar to come up with a melody and then add the beat together going through particular instrumentation or sounds that work effectively to what I’m trying to portray or describe to the audience.

 

If he wants to add any writing or any ideas that he has to the song then it’s all open for that to happen as this is the collaborative fusion that I believe works best between an artist and producer that understand each other’s abilities and get where they’re coming from to form the most effective song possible.

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Discuss how you get involved in music.

There are many aspects of music I get involved in whether it is songwriting, vocals, hook writer or production. I try to get myself involved in all things so that I learn and understand more about the process to better myself as a musician.

 

I got into music at a very low stage in my life to which I realized that I needed to put all this pain and anxiousness in my head down on paper and sing it out. It was then I realized my purpose as a songwriter and a singer.

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Elaborate on the secret to success.

I think the secret to success is dependent on the person that you are, I think if people know and understand that you are a trustworthy, caring individual who means well then that will show in your music and skill as a songwriter and singer.

 

All people connect on an emotional level and if you hit those right buttons then I think you set off a wave amongst the world.

 

You should be innovative, different and care first and foremost about the music; that should show in your music and connect to the audience.

 

In today’s world though it truly does help to know the right people and have luck involved, you can be the best songwriter, producer, singer, etc. in the world but none of it is worth it when you don’t have the right people backing you or the right person to invest their time into you and help you get there.

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Discuss how you distribute your music.

I distribute my music on a platform called TuneCore and through that platform I can directly at the same time have all my music out on any streaming service platform available at any time I want: Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Napster, YouTube, etc., it all gets put on the biggest streaming services at once.

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Describe your vocal ability.

My vocal ability is a mix of 90’s R&B, Soul and Pop. I grew up in the ’90s at a time where R&B, my favourite genre, was at its height in the popular world of music.

 

The silky and soulful tones of artists such as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Usher, Keith Sweat, R.Kelly and of course Michael Jackson to name a few, impacted heavily on my singing ability and harmonies.

 

Melismatic tones were something I always enjoyed playing around with, my voice, in general, is quite high and reaching up to a 4-octave set gave me the range I needed to be able to sing and hit the notes I do through harmonies and in general my usual singing tone. I would describe it as soulful yet popular and a trait that always hits well with the majority of the world.

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Tell us how you develop the instrumentation for this song.

I think I and my producer at the time wanted to make a mix of The Weeknd and Drake in terms of how the beat sounded and next to my singing it would feel like the same vibe so we started grabbing ideas for trap instruments with a piano melody we made behind it and build upon that.

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Go into detail on how you create your song.

I usually end up with a piano or guitar melody being put together so we have a base to build upon. Over this, I’ll start to sing ideas and put together harmonies, lyrics, melodies and build upon it.

 

Then we come to adding the beat to it where we’ll grab a lot of snare drums or percussion instrumentation which usually work well with the genre I’m used to.

 

We bring our ideas and lyrics together to fusion and mold the song into what we consider will be a hit with our audience.

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Discuss your musical ability.

I can play a little guitar and piano but I excel mostly in my singing ability and songwriting. I used to be able to read sheet music but unfortunately did not keep up with it in the later years.

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Elaborate on the lyrics of the song.

I decided to build the song around the story of being famous but the girl I’m with is only with me because of that fame, so on the side she’s creeping off and getting up to other things whilst I continue to suffer knowing this and wondering if I’m doomed to forever end up like this with every other girl I meet.

 

It was an enjoyable process writing this song and foreshadowing in my mind what could be future events, so it turned out to be the lead single off the second EP too.

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Discuss the structure of the song.

The intro of the song starts off in a soft/depressing tone to the audience to set the mood off what the song will entail, my spaced-out vocals add to this effect. This continues on to an added bump and groove in the first verse to move the song along and connect better with the audience to give the ear something to bop to.

 

As we get halfway through this song I wanted to change up what the audience was hearing and add the hard-hitting trap instruments for the final half to convey that sense of emotional distress but still, it is appealing to the audience and gets them enjoying the song in this form…

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Discuss your performance.

My performance of the song was invoking a very breathy/ soulful tone throughout the recording process. It had to hit all the right notes to add to the effect of what the beat was portraying, it was spaced out vocals with added reverb for that extra soulful sound.

 

Towards the second half of the song I ended up adding a more chest voice to the track to convey distress and helplessness in the voice but kept that R&B tone throughout.

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Tell us how you prepare for a show or recording session.

When preparing for a recording session or gig I usually spend most of my week warming up to the gig as I’m a little bit of a perfectionist when it comes to that. I overdo looking through the lyrics, I do vocal warm-ups and mirror performances so I remember what I’m singing and how I look to the audience. It helps to show what I should be improving on and where I’m going wrong so I can perfect it in the future.

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Tell us how you coordinate other musicians or how you relate with your producer in bringing the best out of your song.

If I am co-ordinating with other musicians or producers then I feel that you must always have a good connection and understanding of where each other is coming from to get the best out of your music.

 

If you go in and both are shy or nervous about working with each other and little to no effort is made to get to know the other person then it’s instantly going to be a failed session. Build a relationship, see it if you guys get together, practice and be open to each other’s ideas for the music and you can’t go wrong.

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Tell us how you entice the listeners with your music.

I feel like my music always has a mainstream streak to it anyway, so I ensure to do a few ‘vocal gymnastics’ when recording, connecting verse lyrics which aren’t too intricate for the listeners ear, a catchy hook/chorus to keep people listening and entertained so they continue to the end of the song and I make the lyrics relatable and interesting – Always have a modern and catchy beat too, I listen to music in the charts at the time and interpret that into my track.

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Discuss how you promote your music.

I would say that if you can find paid promotion that works well for you then do it otherwise you don’t want to waste money on people/websites that don’t do the job for what you’re paying, so be specific when choosing and then choose the right places and target audience to aim it at; so it’s played on the right sites and all those other places you’re wanting it to be seen.

 

You also want to gig anywhere you can to earn more of a following for your brand and get your music heard. Otherwise, make sure it’s available on all streaming sites and the links are as easy and accessible as possible for the general public.

 

Unfortunately, people in this day and age are lazy when it comes to just clicking on a link so if you don’t have the right link or easy access for the user then they won’t bother with it.

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Tell us how you ensure your vocal is in harmony with the instrumentation.

You always have to make sure you are in the most comfortable key for yourself when singing; people will all have different start keys that they sing in so make sure you know your start key and accustom the track to that level of key too. All it takes is a quick, rough recording on the microphone and then for your producer or you to transpose the track down or up to that same key.

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Tell us how you build your vocal melody.

I start off by using my normal talk tone, it makes it easier for me to elaborate further later when I need to reach higher keys or add more chest voice to my recording.

 

I then think about the different harmonies and ad-libs going over the whole track so I make a separate track and play the song throughout with my normal recording and in that time I will then sing over ad-libs or harmonies where needed to keep building upon the vocals and until I get the right ones.

 

We’ll then build more upon it with production by adding whatever little sounds or instruments for any spaces in the track or we’ll add effects to the vocals to match the beat.

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Elaborate on the song.

The song is an extended version of how I’m feeling at the time. The tone, structure, and dynamics of the track are all an extension of my emotions at that moment in time.

 

Being a storyteller; I like to tell the listener a short story of what has happened whilst conveying depth and emotion in 3 – 4 minutes of a track which I feel is quite difficult but a real accomplishment when done right and when people connect to it.

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

I wanted the name to be simple and easy for everyone to know, preferably one word if I could like Usher or Ne-Yo and it just so happened that Lucas was always a childhood name given to me by friends and family so in turn it wasn’t too far off my own name and I ended up calling myself ‘Lucas.’

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Share your press release and review with us.

Reviews of the song across the board have been very positive with people reacting very well to the vocal performance and the beat of the track. They said it felt very fresh and has been added to a few playlists and has been promoted across YouTube and Instagram. Viewers loved the very stylish and dark take on the video, it felt very modern and up to date with popular songs that would be out today, it has been shared a number of times on their social media.

 

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Hellcutter – Data Consciousness

Hellcutter – Data Consciousness

 

Hellcutter – Data Consciousness

Hellcutter – Data Consciousness

 

ARTIST NAME: Hellcutter

 

SONG TITLE: Data Consciousness

 

RELEASE DATE: 02-08-2019

 

GENRE: Drum and Bass

 

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Hellcutter is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ from Quebec, Canada, also a newcomer in the drum and bass music scene.

 

 

With already more than twenty thousand fans on Facebook since his first release Light and Dark in mid-2018. His music brings an obscure ambiance like The Prodigy with a touch of rapid electricity and loud bass line from the dark drum and bass…

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Discuss how you develop your melody.

My melodies are mostly developed around an obscure and mysterious ambiance based on my emotions toward a story that I have imagined. I have a lot of imagination and that need to come out so music is the perfect way to express it with my melodies.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

Being someone with a lot of imagination, I like to take the present moment and imagine what it could be in an alternate dimension or if things were not as they are right now.

 

This story based on an alternate reality can be on any subject that can fuel my music inspiration at full speed; you know one story can have more than an entire album inspired by it.

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Tell us the most memorable experience in your music career.

Every time I do something related to music it is memorable but the most memorable I think was when I played my first live show at the age of 12. It was in a small community and the hall was full of children and their parents; every segment of the show was children related activities but the song we played was the Peter Gunn Theme song, so it was a bit more for an adult audience who knows the TV show.

 

I remember the drummer starting the hi-hat intro while I was waiting for the right moment to start with the guitar riff, the moment where the drumbeat started; there were dozens of parents standing on their feet whistling, shaking and screaming for us doing our first show and we were like ‘what is going on?’ but still playing to only realized after the show that we were rocking the place without even knowing it.

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Discuss how you build your song.

It depends on what activated my creation process, sometimes it is a five-second sample or a three-word vocal I heard then the rest of the song is automatically being created in my head around the sample or vocal.

 

To be a bit more technical I mostly start with the drum beats using a BPM between 160 and 180 (when I do drum & bass), then I match those beats with some big bassline that would give more power and loudness on the drum track. After that comes the noises FX which needs to come out to distract the listener a little bit and catch his/her attention. Then I try to feel the entire mix and play spontaneous stuff multiple times with different instruments to find what adds the best feel to it.

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Tell us how you ensure your music inspires others.

For me music is art, in other words, music is the expression of emotions where when I create music I am translating my feeling into sounds and melodies.

 

Most of my music are energetic and send a positive message especially the song “Become” where it says “We become what we think about” in other words if you think good and happy, good and happy things will happen to you and the same for the opposite.

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Discuss the relevance of promotion to the music business.

Promotion for every artist is primordial, you may have created the best-hit song ever but if nobody hears it, how can it be a hit? This is why every artist must do at less 80% promotions and 20% creations because these creations need an audience…

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Tell us what you will do apart from music.

I do web programming, applications, artificial intelligence,  virtual reality and build a website.

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List the names of the instruments you can play.

Guitar, bass, drum, piano, flute, a little bit of saxophone…

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Tell us if you have any music background.

I started playing guitar at the age of 10 and took all the music class in high school to learn the theory and other instruments. I played in multiple metal bands and electronic projects.

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Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist on entering the music chart.

Persevere and never quit, there will be some drops but it will always get better and better. Trust yourself and who you really are. The music industry can be hard but if you put everything you have in it and believe you can have a successful career, and then you will get what you believe in.

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Elaborate on melody and rhythm.

I like to make a fast and crunchy rhythm that sounds a bit aggressive with an obscure or intriguing melody; I think it brings a suspenseful ambiance where the listener wants to hear more of the song to know what will happen next.

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State your future goals.

I want to continue to evolve musically by creating and giving more to the music community, more contents, more tools, and more knowledge.

 

I am preparing the release of my own alternate reality platform called The Interface Network where my music and my programming skills are mixed together to bring you a unique experience, stay tuned for the release.

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Share your recording experience with us.

My studio recording for me is a calm place; I think nothing should be rushed in my studio. So when I am sitting to record something, I know I can take all the time I need to record it. If there is any tension when I record something, it must be the feel I wanted it to be or else I schedule the session for another time.

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Tell us the most difficult part of the recording.

I love every moment of recording but the mastering is the step I sometimes wanted to skip in the past because you know, the impatience, the song is recorded, mixed and it already sounded dope (I think), so it is ready, I should release it right away to show it to everybody, but no! Wait! What? It still needs more and more hours of work to really sound awesome to fit with the other songs on the album.

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Discuss the greatest mistake you have ever made in your music career.

For me, it is that I waited too long to really invest in my music career.

 

I was distracted with my other passions that were paying more than music at that time.

 

I began putting less time in music and promotion so it did the water pump effect, as soon as I stopped pumping, all the water goes back to the bottom of the well and I needed to start all over to get back at that same point, to get back the fans’ connection and confidence I had with them. Now I know that I will not stop in any way.

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Tell us how you build up your composition.

I like building stories in my head, mostly around sci-fi and alternate reality world. My latest music is based on a concept composed of subjects like cyberpunk world, space, and technology. I like to make people dream about things that do not exist right now or things that do exist…

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Discuss the relevance of music.

Music is a powerful source. It can influence, distract, calm and completely switch your emotions from feeling bad to super good in a fraction of second and sometimes without realizing it. Music for me is life and where there is life there is music.

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Elaborate on the song.

The song ‘Data Consciousness’ is a glimpse of the story I was talking about earlier. It is about a perfect IT corporation employee who wanted to be more efficient and less stressed at her job. The solution she found was to transfer her consciousness into a network called The Interface Network.

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

My artist name came from my last name ‘Couture’ it is often mispronounced by English people and mostly sounds like Cutter.

 

The word Hell, well like everybody on this planet, I came through some hardcore situations and it makes me often think that I came back from some kind of hell, so that’s how the name Hellcutter was born.

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Share your press release and review with us.

August 2, 2019 — Hellcutter just produced and released a new single entitled Data Consciousness, where we get introduced to a section of series of songs based on an alternate reality world created by Hellcutter himself called The Interface Network.

 

With a futuristic vibe, the song brings powerful energy with its loud bass line. The intriguing melody, also refreshing, make us travel inside the data flow where we can imagine and see other: the digitalized consciousness inside The Interface.

 

Inside the story, — The song brings the ambiance where Liz a chief engineer working on The Interface Network, decided to put her conscience into The Interface to become more efficient and less stressed on her tasks and responsibilities.

 

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Alex Rosselli – Blue Dive

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Alex Rosselli – Blue Dive

Alex Rosselli – Blue Dive

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Name: Alex Rosselli

 

Song Title:  Blue Dive

 

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Innovative instrumental-guitarist Alex Rosselli specializes in tantalizing, exotic and wild-blends of creative-fusion that combine the most vibrant sounds of Rock, Jazz, and Progressive/Instrumental into cosmic-rhythms and grooves made impossible to ignore.

 

Since receiving a guitar as a gift from a friend when he was in his early twenties, Alex has gone on to break through to new creative-highs and reinvent himself time and time again through his music.

 

In search of expanding his skill set, refining his sound and discovering stunning new textures, atmospheres, and captivating vibes through his guitar. He is exploring exciting soundscapes and experimental space-rock currently.

 

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