Nōva - Heavy Hitters

Nōva – Heavy Hitters

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nōva - Heavy Hitters

Nōva – Heavy Hitters

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Nōva

 

SONG TITLE: Heavy Hitters

 

RELEASE DATE: February 15th, 2019

 

GENRE: Pop

 

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Born and raised in the city of Montreal, Canada, music reaches deep into the singer-songwriter’s soul and influences every aspect of her life.

 

Classically trained in violin since the age of 7 and voice since the age of 12, experience, dedication, and creativity are not lacking. Nōva’s first two singles, “More” and “Am I the Only One” garnered much critical success with a total of over 500 000 streams…

 

Influenced by Lana Del Rey, Tove Lo, Banks and Lady Gaga.

 

Tell us your real names, country of birth and childhood experience.

Emily Kafoury

 

Montreal, Canada

 

As a child I was always very creative. I’ve been performing on stages since I was 7 and haven’t stopped since.

 

I tried everything as a kid: dance, piano, violin, singing, muscle theatre, soccer and basketball.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

Bachelor’s in Communication & Cultural Studies.

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

I grew up surrounded by music. My father would always sing and play guitar to me every morning and night. This really helped me at a young age develop an ear and also helped with my musicality.

 

I started playing violin at the age of 7 and continued until the age of 18. I loved the violin but my true passion was singing. I began taking vocal lessons at the age of 12. I then began to teach myself guitar and piano!

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

My genre is pop but I definitely love jazz and alternative music as well.

 

The idea behind the music video for Heavy Hitters was to get all of my closest friends together and celebrate who we are.

The video is just about having fun and letting loose – expressing who you are.

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

Running a label is definitely a very challenging thing to do. However, I think one element that is super important to retain is keeping the artist, above all…

 

Listening to the artist, their ideas and their feedback is crucial, in my opinion for success.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

Word of mouth and social media.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

iHeart Radio

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Share your recording experience with us.

Producers on this track are the talented Alexander Bergil and Bobby Crane. Alex has worked with so many talented artists and producers including Fernando Garibay who produced some of my favorite Lady Gaga songs!

 

Bobby is one of my best friends who is amazingly talented.

 

Being able to work alongside these two creative producers was truly an honour.

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Explain the story behind the song.

Growing up, I went through some ordeals. People constantly put me down – told me I wasn’t good enough, made fun of how I looked and how I sang.

 

It took a lot for me to feel confident enough to start releasing my own music and showing people my work.

 

“Heavy Hitters” is about finally letting go about all that negativity and celebrating who you are as a person. No matter what your background is, how you dress, how you look – it’s okay to be exactly who you are. Flaunt it!

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

iHeart Radio Canada

 

CHLC – CHLC

 

Le 97.1 et 100.5,

 

La Haute-Côte-Nord enverra (Forestville)

 

CIBM 107,1 – Le Géant Musical

 

Spotify – New Music Friday

 

Spotify –  New Music Now

 

Spotify – Une Semaine, Une Playlist

 

Apple Music – Best of the Week

 

Apple Music – Made in Quebec

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

Mark Vesprini – Co-Writer

Bobby Crane – Producer

Alexander Bergil – Producer

Director: Michaël Croteau

Editor: Alex Richard

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Elaborate on the song and music video.

This song is about being who you are no matter what anyone tells you.

The video also reflects this seeing as we don’t care how we look, what we’re doing, what we say, we’re comfortable just being ourselves!

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

I’ve been in the professional music business since I was 19. I’ve played at a variety of different venues and have written music in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York City and Montreal.

My future goal is to perform at music festivals like Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Coachella.

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 Tell us what makes you unique from others.

For years I thought about quitting school to pursue music but I thought why not do both. I graduated this summer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications & Cultural Studies. I think school is very important but it’s looked at badly in this industry for some reason.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

Strength: Working and collaborating with others.

Weakness: Other instrument knowledge.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

House of the Rising Sun – The Animals

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes

Wicked Game – Chris Isaak

Dance in the Dark – Lady Gaga

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

I think both routes are great. Depending on what the artist is looking for and what the goals are. Anything is possible with both routes.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

Yoga, acting and soccer.

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List your various works.

More

 

Am I the Only One

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State the official date of release.

February 15th 2019.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Nōva – Nova is the Latin meaning of new. As a child I was put down a lot by my peers and was always very nervous to get up on stage.

 

When creating “Nōva” I wanted to break free from the box I had put myself in – I wanted to be a “new” version of myself.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Heavy Hitters – Be you who are no matter what, and glow in the dark.

 

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Revolvers – True Love

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ARTIST NAME: Revolvers

 

SONG TITLE: True Love

 

RELEASE DATE: 20/02/19

 

GENRE: Indie Rock

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James Thurling, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for London based group Revolvers makes no secret of his passion for fusing modern guitar pop with classic rock from the 60’s and 70’s.  His band’s name is a clear reference to the iconic Beatles album “Revolver”.

 

“We all grew up listening to our parents’ music, Bowie, Stones, Zeppelin, The Beatles. My home as a young boy was full of vinyl records and music playing all the time.”  Thurling stated.

 

“But we also love guitar driven pop and rock from the late 90’s to today. Our music fuses these two generations of music together. You can hear elements of The Strokes, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys and Catfish melding together with some bluesy 70’s guitar riffs”.

 

Revolvers was formed in 2016 and began carving out a small but growing following playing gigs in and around London.

 

“It’s actually incredible when you look at the venues we often play.  These are places dripping with rock history.  Places where Hendrix, The Stones, U2 played all those years ago.  They are still very much part of the capital’s Live music circuit” said Rhys Kibble, Revolvers’ drummer. “It’s a real buzz to be stepping onto the same stage as these iconic names”.

 

The four piece band play an energetic and pulsating range of entirely original material.

 

With the emergence of other classic rock inspired groups such as America’s Greta Van Fleet and Australia’s Sticky Fingers, it’s quite clear that the decline of guitar driven music is nothing more than a rumour.

 

Revolvers released a debut EP comprising five songs in January 2018 to extremely positive reviews from leading music industry bloggers and media.

 

“To be honest, we recorded our debut EP “Your Indie Heroes Will Betray You” on a shoestring budget in the recording studios of the University of West London” said Thurling.  “We weren’t really expecting anything so it was really satisfying to get so much positive buzz from that first up effort”.

 

The “Indie Heroes” EP presents a more indie pop/rock sound than the band’s recent work which leans towards a heavier rock sound while still retaining the infectious melodies and lyrics of the debut.

 

Encouraged by the success “Indie Heroes”, Revolvers went back into the studio in June 2018 to record four new songs.

 

“We investigated several London studios but settled on Kore Studios working with producer George Apsion” said Kibble

 

“George has worked with many fantastic artists including White Lies and Sundara Karma so we were excited to develop our songs in the studio with his experienced ear”.

 

The result of the band’s work at Kore are four new songs to be released during 2019. Each song is quite different from the other but retain Revolvers laser like commentary on matters of youth culture, politics and art.

 

The heavier groove coupled with often soaring and anthemic choruses create an entirely original yet accessible sound.

 

“The first single, “True Love” is a bittersweet love song with an outro full of hope that we know will be a huge favourite with our fans.” Said Thurling.

 

Revolvers are definitely a band to look out for over the next year.

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Name the artists that have influenced you so far. 

Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Oasis, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Led Zeppelin,  Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Black Keys, The Stone Roses, The Rolling Stones + more.

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Mention the name of the artist you can regard as the “Greatest Of All Time”. 

The Beatles

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Discuss composition. 

James mainly writes the songs as demos then sends it to the rest of the band for thoughts and opinions.

 

Then it’s up to us to come together and work out the songs in our style.

 

Sometimes they change a lot, sometimes they barely change but it’s a system that’s worked out since day 1.

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Elaborate on this song. 

It’s about accepting change and moving on from stages in your life that later on you long for or look back at with sentiment.

 

It’s a song about life, not really about love – but true love to me means something different than your stereotypical version of ‘true love’.

 

It’s a personal song but hopefully anyone else can relate to it, I’m sure they will.

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Rate the social media and tell us the platform that works best for you in promoting your music. 

Instagram is the way to go. Give people more and they will indulge.

 

Audio/visual stuff really leaves people with good impressions and marketing and PR is so important these days on social media for bands.

 

We don’t want to give too much away but if you want good promotion, you need a good promo plan in place – run your band like a business!

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State the areas that need improvement in the music industry.  

Like any industry, the music industry runs on money and is so cut throat. It’s really brutal.

 

But what is there to improve?

 

Businesses need money and it stimulates economies around the world.

 

People aren’t interested in guitar music anymore, it’s suffering.

 

We don’t believe it’s dead but we believe it’s a state especially indie music in the UK. It can improve by signing talent over appeal. – Songs over streaming figures and creativity over social media numbers.

 

It’s not up to us; it’s up to those in the industry to improve it.

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Tell us how you prepare yourself for a live performance or show. 

We take gigs very seriously and there’s no goofing about till after the performance.

 

We have tights sets with transitions from song to song all planned out.

Even what we say on stage is planned out. It’s so important to do well on stage cos anyone could be in the crowd and first impressions are lasting impressions.

 

We also have a fun time and like to tear it up on a couple of tunes we do.

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Tell us your opinion on frequent releasing of singles or just an album in a while. 

Singles are good to gain attention for each individual song.

 

Albums are if you want to dive deeper into the artist’s music.

 

It really depends on what genre it is!

 

Pop usually has a culture of single after single whereas Rock is heavily album orientated.

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Mention the name of the artist you will be glad to see the live performance. 

Radiohead or Arcade Fire.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs. 

Life, culture, love, politics, social issues… We cover a lot of stuff. Moving on is a continuous theme of our music.

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Discuss your recording. 

We recorded True Love as well as the other three songs (to be released at different points this year) at Kore Studios in Acton, West London in June 2018.

 

George Apsion (Sundara Karma, White Lies) produced these tracks. We were in Kore for 4 days and did all the songs in this time-frame.

 

It was exciting and loads of fun. George was a great producer and really helped us out with the production of these songs. Some parts were changed more than others. We were in the studio from early till late every day working hard on the music to make sure we came out with a great result, and we did.

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Tell us how boring or exciting the music career can be. 

Mostly it’s neither, it’s hard work and a lot of stress. But we do it out of love for the music and our band.

We’ve gigged an awful lot and done almost every venue any unsigned band in London would want to play at, you name it we’ve been there.

Gigging is lots of fun but after a while it becomes routine and unpredictable.

Some gigs can be better than others due to lots of factors. At the moment it’s sort of exciting and stressful as we’re doing a lot of work every day in preparation for the release of the new music and it won’t stop for a while.

Hard work pays off and we just want to see the songs go their full potential as we have a lot of faith in our work and the music. No pain no gain!

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it. 

Revolvers – we’re named after the 1966 Beatles album ‘Revolver’. It’s homage to the greatest band of all time. We’re massive Beatles fans, especially James and Rhys.

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State the title of the song and the meaning. 

True Love – I don’t want to give too much away, it’s really about those moments in life you have with certain people that you just never forget.

 

Things you reminisce about when you’re older and long to go back to.

 

It’s also about moving on and accepting change, living life to the fullest.

 

It’s more about that than love or finding romance but True Love can be interpreted as loving yourself first and accepting yourself for who you are.

 

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Rebel Heart - Self-Made Man

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ARTIST NAME: Rebel Heart

 

SONG TITLE: Self-Made Man

 

ALBUM TITLE:  Yuk Fu

 

RELEASE DATE:  September 2018

 

GENRE: Rock

 

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Rebel Heart is a rock band hailing from the Independent Republic of Vancouver Island (Courtenay, BC) whose sound is an unapologetic jump in the air for fans of classic Rock Music.

 

Staking out a wide territory in the classic rock genre, with a sensibility that only time could bring to their music; the songs are a blend of the social commentary of Steve Earl combined with the wry humor of Warren Zevon.

 

“Self-Made Man” is a hard-hitting protest song borne out of the “99” movement.

 

Their mighty, crunchy guitar riffs together with their pummeling rhythmic textures and dynamic edgy vocals are laced with old school elements while still maintaining the focus of a modern band.

 

With a rhythm section throwing down tight grooves and guitar big enough to put a hole in your chest, it’s hard to believe the band is only four guys…. who never gave up their dream.

 

Charlie, Jimmy, Josh and Jon all set aside music careers to raise families…… but they never forgot the dream or their passion.   And…. now that the kids are grown, it’s time – they’re back…

In early 2017, Rebel Heart caught the attention of legendary recording engineer/producer Paul Laine (Poison; Scorpions; Defiant; Danger Danger).

Laine became a fan and was even more impressed by the demos of new material the guys were working on. Upon hearing these songs, he immediately offered to produce their album.

 

The band entered the studio with Laine in the fall of 2017, and Yuk Fu was released in September 2018.   The response to the album has exceeded the band’s wildest expectations.  The album has received national and international attention with radio stations in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

[Charlie]

Passion for music, have been playing since I was a young boy and love sharing that passion with the world.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

[Charlie]

Almost always about something that is going on in the world or in my world.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

[Charlie]

I own a pub, I am a very happy husband, have the greatest wife on earth, 3 beautiful children and 5 grandchildren.

 

I am an active mountain biker; I also play in a cover band with my wife who plays keys for local charity and fundraising events and local jams.

 

I am also a car buff; own a few very classic cars.  I love craft beer…

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Discuss your music career.

[Charlie]

In my 20’s I was playing and touring but the usual story, I got married, had a child and had to make money to support them so dropped out of that band.

 

I kept my finger on the guitar and played in a garage band that did some local pubs and restaurants, churches until the kids where gone.

 

Now I had an opportunity to tackle my passion for music…worked with my music partner Grateful Jon (the bass player) on the current project. 1st CD out, working on the 2nd and loving the ride.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

[Charlie]

One of the songs we wrote is called Rebel Heart, we were struggling with coming up for a name, one day in the studio working on the CD Yuk Fu, our producer suggested that song name would be an appropriate band name and it was.

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List your five favourite music videos.

Dire Straits – Money For Nothing

 

Eagles – Hotel California

 

John Mellencamp – Small Town

 

Tom Petty – Free Fallin’

 

Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

Life – all the people I meet, and because of what I do I meet people from all walks of life.

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Tell us your experience on dealing with fans.

I am always humbled by them and very grateful that they appreciate what we do.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

We felt it was a powerful song as it came out of the we are 99 movement, but it could easily be a political song about Donald Trump – Just saying…lol.

Meaning you can have a billion dollars and want to build a big ass tower – but don’t forget you need the rest of us (the 99% of the world) to make it happen.

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Tell us your future projects.

We are working on a video for 2 songs, the first on our CD about the current weed industry and the 2nd our newest single I Ain’t Dead Yet!

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

My Love Judi Janz (my wife)

Grateful Jon (my music partner and bass player)

Paul Laine (my longtime friend)

Chris Aiken (my brother)

 

My band mates:

Jimmy Dupris – who is also Neil Young’s cousin….

Josh Fulford

Henry Grierson

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

I don’t use any electronic voice enhancements or modifications, all real; what you hear on the CD is what you will hear live.

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

It takes time and money to release songs, so we have to juggle both to get out any additional songs.  Because both I and Grateful Jon write and we have a lot of songs in our books (quantity) but we also want to put our best foot forward too so we works with Paul and Chris on the quality of each song, but time and money dictate that process.

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

I have always had a music career, I believe the question you are asking is do I make a living off my music career, the answer is not so far but it would be nice to break even….and that won’t stop me from playing  and keeping my music career going.

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

I find it hard sometimes, some music is very obvious.    Like Jazz, Blues, but Rock has a few extra layers to it, so I find it depends more on personal test of what kind of Rock you like.    Zeppelin vs. CCR or Lenard Skinner.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

Rap – I find it is so anti-society; they generally hate what is around them.

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List your favourite movies with reasons.

Forrest Gump – several of life’s good and bad experience caught in one person’s story.

 

The Princess Bride – a great story told of love conquers all, while allowing you to laugh.

 

Terminator – warning us of how to avoid chaos.

 

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – the heartwarming human response of wanting to save (help) while government wants to control.

 

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Jon Harris - BIG

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Jon Harris – BIG

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Jon Harris

 

SONG TITLE: Big

 

RELEASE DATE: December 14, 2018

 

GENRE: Hip-Hop/Rap

 

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Go into detail on why you decided to choose music as a career.

To be honest I chose to make music because it was possible. In 7th grade I never took an instrument so I was in a general music class where I was introduced to FL Studios. I was playing with the program and made some simple beat then I realized with this program I was making music, like the professionals and it was at that point I realized being a music star was actually possible. That’s really what got me started.

 

I knew I needed a lot of work but I also knew I had a lot of time to get better so much like everything I try; I put everything I had into it. Now I make music because I feel there is a need for information that I have that people need to hear and sometimes the only way to get people’s ears is through music.

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Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.

This is my first official record and as for the record it’s been getting mixed reviews. Some people love it others have many critiques. The critics attack every point of the record from the production, to the mixing, to the lyrics; however supporters of the song argue the opposite on the same aspects.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

Social networking is always important because people can always use their background and following to help one another.

 

In nature this is a mutualistic relationship where both parties benefit from their interaction.

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Tell us how you record your song.

Being that “Big” is my first official release; I put a lot of thought in the record. I wanted this song to be an introduction to myself and my music, hence why I started the song literally introducing myself.

 

I wanted people to understand my way of thinking so they know what to expect from me in the future. For everyone who doesn’t know, the song will tell you, I generally think big. I have a tendency to over prepare, over plan, and over think to ensure everything goes correctly or as well as possible.

 

I wanted people to understand that I’m no typical rapper although at first glance I may come off like one. My music decisions will be different, my motives can be different, and my overall personality is way different from the mainstream rap artist today.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

It took very long to make from the concept to the final mix. I wanted a song that could do a lot of things in one being that it was the first song. For starters; my following will know I struggle making commercial songs so it usually takes me longer to make.

 

I needed something up beat and catchy but at the same time send a clear message as all my songs do. The best thing was to give the listener a bit about the way I am and encourage them to do things as big as possible like me. “The only way to do it is to do it big, so what’s up?”

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State your musical skills.

I can write (I write other genres, not just rap), I produce hip hop and other genres, and I engineer tracks.

 

Ironically I can produce and use a lot of actual instrument sounds but I can’t play any instruments.

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Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.

It really depends, for me I struggle making upbeat songs so those can take very long. Big was the longest taking about 2 years although they usually take a year from start to finish.

 

Most of my other songs with deeper messages come easier to me so it takes a couple of months from start to finish. But Big took long, “Chillin” took about a year, I have another song from my upcoming album I’m waiting on clearance which took about a year and a half.

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Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.

My lyrics and style came primarily from Eminem. Since I was very young I would listen to him and I loved his style of being different. He rapped / raps like no other rapper from his choice of words to rhyme to the ideas he brings, it’s just different.

 

I worked on training my mind to think outside the box when writing much like he does. I’m a rapper from New York but don’t have much of a New York style and it’s because I idolize Eminem so I have more of a continuous rhythmic flow to my delivery. I also tend to rhyme multiple syllables as much as possible.

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Discuss music in full details.

Music:

Music to me would be expression, a way to get people to understand what you’re trying to convey. People who feel they can’t communicate through conventional conversation have a voice with their creativity.

 

My Music:

My music has evolved through the years. I feel before I use to just wing it more and now I put a lot of thought into my music. To me I feel I write a mixture of things people need to hear and want to hear. I try to be a relatable as possible.

 

People go through so much in their life and don’t tell anyone, they keep those skeletons in their closet. The problem is these issues build and they feel like they can’t speak to others about it out of fear of embarrassment or the listener won’t understand.

 

So I make music for those people without naming names or getting too specific to hide identities so others can benefit from the story. So people who are going through the same stuff don’t feel alone in this world and it eases their nerves and makes them feel more comfortable about talking about it. Even if the struggle or situation isn’t something I am personally going through I present it as if I was; so you don’t worry about whom it is. If in your eyes it is me, than let it stay me, talk to me if you need to vent, if I will help. Doing this has helped so many people who write to me stating their experiences.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

It’s funny that I’m a rapper but I actually wouldn’t say rap is my favorite genre. I actually wouldn’t say I focus on genre rather I focus on artist and content. With that being said the genres I listen to the most in order would be House, EDM, Hip Hop, Rap, Pop, Ballads, R&B and Soul.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

Before recording I generally try to keep my throat clear so I don’t eat greasy foods and I drink a lot of water. I’m no singer so I generally don’t do vocal warm-ups but I do get myself mentally prepared and trying to get myself into character for the mood I’m trying to convey.

For shows I just try to calm my nerves and relax as much as possible, but performing is my favorite part of doing music so I always assume it will go well.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

I don’t play any instruments but from my basic knowledge of the instruments I would say my favorite is the piano / keyboard. They are such versatile instruments and the only instrument you can use both hands to hit different notes at the same time.

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Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.

I feel I am a good performer. I generally go out to the audience that don’t know me and gradually get their appreciation for what I do. When I say put your hands up every hand goes up, at the end when I say make noise they get as loud as they can and sometimes they give me more energy than the headliner.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

Without sounding like a complete psycho I can come off different depending on when you see me. Most of the time I am laid back and quiet. I generally have a calm “chill” demeanor but I can be out going at times not to confuse the people who know me for being a loud mouth. When it comes to things that are important to me like my music I actually can be very shy and held back when trying to market my music in person.

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Discuss your music career.

I’ve been working on my music since I was in high school. I made my first mixtape in 9th grade and had a few more after that. My first official mixtape was Destiny’s Calling which was released 2012 after I graduated from Pace University and my second official mixtape was Destiny’s Calling 2 which was released in 2015. I am now starting to release music as an independent artist.

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List your musical work.

Destiny’s Calling (2012) – Mixtape

Destiny’s Calling 2 (2015) – Mixtape

Big (2018) – Single

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I can’t really think of a specific point in time but really the best experience that I can think of is performing. It’s truly the best feeling when I’m on stage and the audience is reacting positively to my music in real time.

 

To see that I am connecting with the people and when I tell them to get loud at the end and to hear them scream their lungs out to give the last bit of energy they have for me because I know they could stay quiet just because they don’t like me, means the world to me.

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Jon Harris is a Hip Hop recording artist from New York. He grew up in an upper Westchester and started making music with no musical background or formal training.

 

Jon spent his high school career, college career and the years to follow learning all aspects of the music industry until he felt he was ready. On December 14 he released his first official song titled “Big” from Living Life Our Way Entertainment.

 

“Big” is the first song released from his upcoming debut album, “Who Is Jon Harris” set to release in 2019. The song was made completely by Harris himself. He stated in total the song took over 2 years to make from building the concept to completing the final mix. “I went through a bunch of different options for the song. I knew whatever I decided the song had to cover a few parts being the first release and that’s what took so long.”

 

Jon wrote the lyrics, produced the beat, recorded the track and engineered the song himself. The record has a series of horns and heavy bass with creates an energetic sound.

 

The lyrics of the record serve to introduce himself to the audience. Jon delivers a few themes he felt was important for the listener to know. The main theme is repeated in the chorus to think “Big” and to make the most out of everything that you do. He begins this introduction song literally introducing himself along with his “what’s up” greeting.

 

The opening verse is used to clarify he is not the typical rapper or hip hop star and should not be mistaken as one. Jon is always known for being different and is making a point to relay this message.

 

The second verse focuses more on his train of thought verses – the average person who wishes for their dreams to miraculously come true as opposed to him trying his hardest to reach his goals even if failure seems more likely.

 

As an artist Jon has always strived to open the listeners mind to a different way of thinking. This was shown in both his previous mixtapes, Destiny’s Calling and Destiny’s Calling 2. He said with the album “Who Is Jon Harris” he intends to push the envelope even further and “Big” is a great start as it sets the line for being a wisher and being a doer. In the words of Jon Harris, “the only way to do it is to do it big.”

 

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I think big, dream big, and I plan big

To make sure everything that I do is big

I try to get the most out of this life that I live

And the only way to do it is to do it big, so what’s up

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

So my actual name is Jonathan Harris. My current stage name is “Jon Harris” but it wasn’t always. I started out with “J-Holla” for a large majority of my mixtape years and the cover of Destiny’s Calling even still says “Jholla”.

 

I decided to change it because “jholla” to me was used by too many people and it sounded immature to me. I wanted something that could be taken more seriously and the best nick name was something I’ve been called my whole life so I stuck with “Jon Harris”. Also if you look on my Twitter its officialjholla because I never felt like changing it.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The single’s called “Big”. The idea of it is to think big as possible. I wanted the word “Big” to be more of a mantra to people rather than a phrase to be the name and theme of the song. So when people do anything in life and are questioning how it should be executed they don’t even second guess and remember to do everything big.

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

The song itself is a single but will be featured in some aspect on my debut album “Who Is Jon Harris”. The album will be an introduction to who I am so that’s where I got the name from. The title is the question, the album is the answer, although the album will give you a lot more than simply who I am…and I leave it at that.

 

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ARTIST NAME: Todd Michael Smith

 

SONG TITLE: Silence

 

RELEASE DATE: 10/1/2018

 

GENRE: Blues-Rock

 

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Todd Michael Smith is a visually-impaired singer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer who creates blues-infused classic rock ‘n’ roll.

 

He has played guitar, bass, and keys for various Boston area bands, including Starr Faithfull, Rolling Nectar, and The Peacheaters, and has degrees from the University of Miami and the Berklee College of Music.

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Discuss your music career.

It’s been a long and winding road, as they say. While I taught myself to play guitar playing along with blues-rock greats like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, I also loved music from virtually all genres and was especially intrigued – at a very young age – with the guitar work on Al Stewart’s albums and have always had a soft spot for English folk-rock like Al and Fairport Convention. This led to a rather meandering career playing and writing all sorts of music from alternative rock in the late 80s, to Jeff Buckley-ish prog rock in the 90s, to sensitive songwriter stuffs in the early 2000s, with a diversion into Irish and World music along the way.

 

After graduating from Berklee, I was the musical director for a 10-piece rock ‘n soul review, then the guitarist and musical director for folk-rock artist Grace Morrison, and later joined acclaimed Boston hard rock outfit Starr Faithfull on guitar and keys. That led to meeting the fellas in the Allmans Tribute, The Peacheaters, and doing some sub work on guitar for them.

 

Next came singing in a Led Zeppelin tribute for a few years before switching to bass when I realized I couldn’t sing like Robert Plant anymore. That switch to bass led to being drafted into Rolling Nectar, an original, classic rock style outfit. I was with Rolling Nectar for about 3 years, and that finally led me back to writing the kind of music I should have been writing all along – straight-forward, bluesy, hooky rock ‘n roll.

 

I’m also playing guitar and doing some singing in a classic rhythm and blues/soul band I put together, playing black music from the 60s and 70s.

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Brief us on how to impress fans during a live performance.

A guy walked up to me not long ago after I sat in with a local blues / funk group and said, “I can tell you always put 110% into it every time you play.” That’s it. I always go for broke every time. Sometimes you miss, but when you hit, there’s nothing like it.

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Explain what has motivated you so far in your music career.

I’ve always known I have something that most people don’t have and that I probably had a decent chance of “making it” if I stuck to it. The problem was that I didn’t make very shrewd decisions along the way. As I’ve gotten older and wiser, and my skills continue to improve, it just drives me even more to try to make up for lost time and my confidence continues to grow.

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Discuss your experience as an artist.

It’s a mixed bag. I feel like artists are mostly harshly criticized and demeaned in the U.S. unless you’ve reached a certain amount of success.

 

You’re stupid to try to make a career in music – unless you’ve made a career in music. I’ve been to Ireland a few times, and it’s night and day. The minute someone finds out you’re a musician, their eyes light up, they buy you a Guinness, and you’re their best friend.

 

I didn’t have any mentors to guide me when I was younger, and my family was not thrilled about my musical endeavors, so it was tough early on. My uncle gave me his guitars when he went into the military, and that’s what got me started. But he wasn’t around much with all the travel involved.

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Tell us the biggest mistake you have ever made in your music career.

When I wrote music in my 20s and 30s, I was always striving to write something “original.” I succeeded at that. But I also succeeded at writing pretty mediocre songs. I should have realized my strengths and exploited them, instead of trying to be Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, Joni Mitchell, and Nick Drake rolled into one.

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Discuss the story behind the song.

“Silence” is based on one of a handful of riffs I offered to Rolling Nectar while I was part of that band, and, thankfully, they passed on all of them. I’ve developed those riffs into what I think are pretty great songs, certainly the strongest I’ve written.

 

I wanted to develop it into a big, bluesy number, and the lyrics came pretty fast as soon as I fell on the word “silence” for the chorus. Robin Trower’s singer in the 70’s – James Dewar – has been a big influence on the singing style I’ve developed in recent years, so you can certainly hear that influence.

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Tell us how to fund a music project.

I’m not a fan of the fundraiser culture that has arisen. I’m not gonna go beg my friends and family to fund my musical endeavors – that’s a cop out and admittance of failure. The people who are good enough and write great songs make it regardless of their financial situation.

 

I pay my own way by working and gigging. And if my songs aren’t good enough to pay their own way, then they’re just not good enough. Period.

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Tell us the greatest piece of advice someone has given you as an artist.

No one really ever did – but I came up with my own – exploit your strengths. Find out what you do really well, and do that. Be authentic, but be a pragmatist. Do you want to remain playing in a room somewhere, or do you want to be on a big stage somewhere? Write a good song.

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Tell us what you will improve or change in your music.

Songwriting is a never-ending learning experience. I can only hope that I get better at it.

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Discuss vocal training and how you protect your vocal.

I’ve learned to manipulate what is a fairly powerful set of vocal cords. But I’m still learning at that as well. I’m a bad example. I love drinking beer when I play and sing. I do avoid smoking, though.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

“Silence” consistently has a Pop Score in the mid-80s to high-90s on Jango Radio. It was also #1 Local, #1 Regional, and made the Top 10 National and #11 Global on ReverbNation.

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Discuss your best mood during performance.

Elation – if you’re lucky enough to hit that auto-pilot zone. That’s always the hope.

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List your best artists with reasons.        

Pete Townshend / The Who – greatest rock songwriter ever, one of the greatest and most influential guitarists. A brilliant man. The Who are unequivocally inimitable, and that’s what makes them the greatest rock band ever. No one will ever come close. You can imitate Zeppelin, the Stones, and the Beatles – not the Who. Unless you just happen to have Moon, Entwistle, and Daltrey clones living in your neighborhood – and you don’t.

 

Joni Mitchell – A brilliant woman. One of the most talented musicians and gifted songwriters of the 20th century.

 

Fairport Convention – Great band in the Sandy Denny / Richard Thompson era – that’s magical stuff I can listen to over and over again.

 

Led Zeppelin – Jimmy Page is a huge influence, of course, on songwriting, production, and guitar. What can you say? It’s Zeppelin!

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Discuss your existence as an artist.

I’m an actor as well. These are the things I was made to do. I do them well, and although I work hard at my art, a lot of it does come naturally and easily to me. I have the particular intuition for it.

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Tell us the greatest problem you think is facing the society and the solution.

Global Warming – The Green New Deal.

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Discuss your songwriting and recording.

I generally come up with a riff or chord changes first, and then melodies and lyrics tend to spring into place as I jam on it or it runs through my head throughout the day.

 

I’m not very good at sitting down to write a song. I record most tracks in a little room at home, and go to the amazing pro studio just down the road for heavy lifting.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Todd Michael Smith – that’s my name! Todd Smith is kind of boring and is also the name of a few other recording artists – like LL Cool J!

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Silence – the pre-chorus and chorus sums it up:

 

It’s not the words you’re saying

 

It’s not the way you’re mean

 

It’s the silence that cuts me to the bone.

 

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Samurai Champs – Bae

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ARTIST NAME:  Samurai Champs

 

SONG TITLE:  Bae

 

ALBUM TITLE: Cabernet Sauvignon

 

RELEASE DATE: 2019

 

GENRE: R&B / Soul

 

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Hailing from two Canadian cities – “The Bridge City”, Saskatoon, and “The Queen City”, Regina, Samurai Champs is a recording and performing future-hip-hop / R&B duo.

 

Samurai Champs comprised of new-wave rapper Jeah and dark-R&B/soul singer Merv Xx Gotti, the duo draw influence from their Southeast Asian heritage while taking pride in their urban-Canadian identity.

 

Blending Jeah’s versatile rap delivery with Merv Xx Gotti’s emotional R&B vocals, the duo create a smooth, yet dark coalescence of contemporary hip-hop / R&B.

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Tell us your real names, country of birth and childhood experience.

Jeah is a first-generation Cambodian-Canadian, whose real name is Savan Muth and was born in Thailand. While Merv Xx Gotti is Thai-Chinese-Canadian whose real name is Marvin Chan and was born in Canada.

 

Our relationship stemmed from meeting through high school and playing shows in separate genres. Already being there to support one another in our music journey individually – we decided to also draw our musical talents as a duo, therefore creating Samurai Champs.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

Merv Xx Gotti went directly to university after high school. Attaining his degree in software engineer and currently writing his master’s thesis.

 

Jeah finished high school and tried the academic life in post-secondary studies for a couple years realizing it was not for him, dropping out of college shortly after.

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

Samurai Champs was created from the duo being heavily influenced by anime.

 

Having watched the anime series Samurai Champloo multiple times; we felt the dynamic style and theme we share is relatable to the two heroes in the movie.

 

Within the past 12 months since their Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMAs) – Urban Artist of the Year nomination, Samurai Champs have risen as the prairies’ premier hip-hop / R&B artist.

 

The official video for their debut EP’s single and title track, “Crayons”, premiered on VICE Noisey, while Crayons (EP) itself premiered on Exclaim! The duo recently released their latest single, “Dripping”, blending the diverse sounds of Toronto’s OVO label with the soulful minimalism of L.A.’s Soulection movement.

 

“Dripping” was mixed by Jazz Cartier’s Juno Award-winning producer and engineer, Michael Lantz, and mastered by Drake’s Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer, Chris Athens. Upon its release, “Dripping” was placed on Spotify Canada’s Just Vibing playlist, and has since amassed over 23,000 streams. “Dripping” is now available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and all music platforms.

 

Samurai Champs has toured across Canada, and internationally, sharing the stage with hip-hop heavyweights such as T.I., Flatbush Zombies, and k-os.

 

They have performed at international festivals such as South by Southwest (SXSW) (Austin, TX), North by Northeast (NXNE) (Toronto, ON), Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, GE), and The Great Escape Festival (Brighton, UK).

 

Surrounding their European tours, the UK’s largest independent music blog, The Line of Best Fit, featured Samurai Champs in 20 Of The Most Exciting Bands On The Planet To See At The Great Escape.

 

Following this, award-winning UK music news site, Gigwise, featured Samurai Champs in 11 New Bands From The Great Escape That You Need In Your Life.

 

Most recently, Samurai Champs were also named in Gigwise’s 5 Top Acts To See at Tallinn Music Week.

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

BAE is an R&B / Soul single with hints of hip-hop.

 

We wanted to make something that was more laid back and feel good; something that is easy to listen to but still has a bounce to it.

 

We wanted a song that brings good vibes and a positive message.

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

Everything is DIY. Every show / festival / conference we are constantly reaching out to meet new people that we can build with.

 

From answering all the emails to scheduling all our own shows on tour. Punctuality is everything and your presence can do a lot.

 

So making sure we can pencil ourselves in to optimizing on our work output is crucial to staying afloat as an artist.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

We have our music released on all platforms, working with playlist curators to help with the push of our music with heavy support from Auteur Research based out of Ontario and Mystic Sons from the UK.

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Out Loud Culture

 

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Merv Xx Gotti – noisey

 

Jeah Noisey interview – noisey

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Explain the story behind the song.

The lyrics identify a special someone in our lives. Recognizing the importance and significant of their presence in our lives. It is about love but in a bigger picture.

 

The song speaks about more than just your bae or significant other. It’s about appreciating and recognizing the amazing people that are down for you. We really felt like we captured that in this single.

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

The song was recorded in blue doors studio and mixed with recording engineer Walt J Music. The beat was made by C’mar Productions and the song is mastered by Chris Athens from Austin TX who has also done mastering for multiple celebrities including Drakes Grammy nominated album Views.

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Elaborate on the song and music video.

BAE is one of the main singles released from our upcoming album Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

BAE represents all the feels you get when you are in the beginning stages of falling in love with someone. It’s the best and most memorable time of any relationship – wanting to be down for all the good and the bad. We wanted people to experience that in this record.

 

Plus our last single “Still Mine” was a sad one, so we wanted to give some positive vibes.

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

Samurai Champs has been in the music business for just a couple years now. So we’ve kinda got an idea of how it works.

 

It’s trial and error since everything we do is DIY. We hope we can generate enough noise to make a dent in the music industry so we can create a platform for the rest of Trifecta.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

Merv Xx Gotti punk background enveloped in Jeah’s hip-hop style creates quite the dynamic. Especially during live, you can feel the difference in energy and contrast.

 

From Merv Xx Gotti climbing to the top of the speakers or the second floor at our Liverpool show or to Jeah moshing with the crowd; it’s definitely not as subtle as we look when you see two south-east Asian kids that are both introverted in raising energy at a show like this.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

Where we are from for music being a minority does make it hard in the sense of really starting from the ground up and not having any urban platforms to already work with, but Saskmusic and creative Saskatchewan has been a huge help.

But where we are from, the province doesn’t have a very big platform for urban music. So we do struggle to reach out for inspiration and perspective.

 

But also being from Saskatchewan, it allows us to begin and build everything we have now for a strong urban music community. The groups are much closer here, because we are all we have. So everyone does their best to support one another. That’s why we have Trifecta.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

Weston Road Flows – Drake

 

Wet Dreams – J. Cole

 

Time – Snoh Aalegra

 

Fuck Love – XXXTENTACION featuring Trippie Redd

 

Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2) – A$AP Rocky

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

Right now everything is DIY and we will do it this way until we meet the right person or label that we feel will value our music the same way we do. Otherwise we feel like it’s a waste of time and energy when we can work through the necessary steps and do it ourselves.

As we get more noticed it does get more difficult for workload, just because you need so much time with yourself to be an artist. But the business side is just as important or even more so.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

Marvin is a software engineer who is writing his master’s thesis on how to bring the scene and audiences closer together.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Jeah is the name Savan’s family calls him when he was younger. He was very ill and his family would always say in Khmer for him to heal, which is Jeah. Until Jeah became the name everyone started calling him by.

Merv Xx Gotti was the name given by friends as Marvin always goes in the hardest and comes back with results regardless of what we are doing. Marvin use to be a part of the punk scene so its antics add a certain flare and flavour to the hip-hop side. That’s why giving him the name of Merv Xx Gotti felt right from the beginning.

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

Cabernet Sauvignon is the title of the album. The title represents a specific type of wine. It symbolizes a conversation piece. A drink that someone we use to hold dear to us loved and so the wine represents the pain and the growth – So the album Cabernet Sauvignon and all the songs in it.

 

It is the conversation and story we are sharing with the audience.

 

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Amelle Rose impacts everyone with the release of a new single entitled ‘Rain’.

 

Her sharp vocal will intrigue the listener for the first time.

 

Amelle’s style is extraordinary including the sound.

 

Good musical work for fans looking for original and fascinating songs.

 

She is unfailing in her performance.

 

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Depicted through atmospheric reverb-filled guitars and harmonies, this dreamy sounding power ballad tackles the life changes affecting one’s mental health, comparing it to the changes in weather.

 

The track aims to portray an attempt to keep a bright outlook on things that make someone unhappy in a hopeful sounding manner.

 

Amelle Rose is a 22-year-old French-born alternative indie folk singer-songwriter based in East London.

 

Amelle moved from her hometown in France to London aged 19, after a few years building up an online audience through YouTube videos that have racked up to 20,000 views and has since then been perfecting her craft, playing at various venues and collaborating with fellow musicians around the capital.

 

Her raw and honest songwriting depicts the vulnerability of the human condition, in a spacious yet intimate way with airy electric guitars laying a dark folk atmosphere.

 

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Jeuse Kastoan – Debt Free

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ARTIST NAME: Jeuse Kastoan

 

 

SONG TITLE: Debt Free

 

 

GENRE: Hip Hop

 

 

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Jeuse is an artist from Houston, Texas. A producer and rapper whose influences range from the east coast to the west coast. His music reflects his pure emotion and drive throughout his writing and production.

 

After taking a brief hiatus from making music he rediscovered his love for music and is looking to be a voice to those who would be unheard.

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Go into detail on why you decided to choose music as a career.

Music is something I live and breathe. It has always been a source of venting for me and expressing my emotions.

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Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.

Right now I am getting good reception and being told they really like what I’m doing.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.
It has expanded the way we can give our music and communicate with the fans listening. It has been a great tool and will only get better.

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Tell us how you record your song.

I usually have an idea or instrumental in my head. Whichever is first I will write or create the beat and slowly bring it altogether.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

I was thinking about the idea of how we buy things to get a certain look or certain credit among others. The fact the material things can change how people treat us for the better and distort what we think matters most.

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State your musical skills.
I am a producer, lyricist and just a well-rounded artist in general.

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Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.

Depends on the song – most songs I take my time to develop before recording them. Recording is usually quick but the development process takes a while.

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Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.

I think about what goes best with the beat. Some melodies and rhythms don’t fit every song so I go through different ideas to see what fits best.

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Discuss music in full details.

Music is helpful to us and creates certain moods. I base my sound off of my emotions at that time. I write to those beats to fit the mood I am creating for that song.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

Hip Hop – It is something I love to create and vent through.

 

R&B – I like the mood it sets and is very relaxing to me.

 

Indie – It has a laid back sound and is very easy listening.

 

EDM – The sound of EDM is very up-tempo and can drastically change which is something I really like and identify with.

 

Alternative – It is a different sound and change of pace compared to what I usually listen to.

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Discuss your personality in full details.
I am very chill and laid back. Sometimes too nonchalant but I like to go with the flow and take everything day to day.
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Discuss your music career.

I started making music about ten years ago and have been developing since then. I had moderate success previously and then took a break from music. Now I’m back to re-focus on my craft and giving my fans what they want.

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For his latest track “SGI” the up and coming Hip Hop artist Jeuse Kastoan teamed up with Rappers Will Nova & Lenny Rockets to create a mix with a slightly nostalgic vibe.

 

There were a few parts in the track where the rap bars faded into the mix a little too much as the keys ran a little too heavy for you to truly appreciate the Rap verses. Yet, SGI allowed Jeuse Kastoan…with distinction for the experimental way he chose to orchestrate the Hip Hop mix.

 

You won’t stumble across many Hip Hop tracks which use 80s-style synths as a backbone to their releases. Even though the production may not be flawless, there’s still plenty of promise for Jeuse Kastoan…

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Jeuse Kastoan is reasonable with his laid-back approach to delivering rhythmic melodic lines. As a young artist it’s no surprise he’s foundational style serves him best in creating a piece of music that’s unique and original. It’s sort of like a weird trippy drug-induced trap without all the hyper-glossy additions of mainstream music.

 

On “Drunk Textin” the rapper tries to emotionally and sonically connect with the listener, narrating of how he texts women while drunk but doesn’t give a damn about the outcome. It’s all over the place, cohesive at its least but the song has a strange and unforgettable vibe to it.

 

The song is patient in sound—a hollow, dribbling synth—accompanied by its fun thrill-seeking message. For listeners who are accustomed to honey-drip music “Drunk Textin” will surely be a surprise as it decidedly wants to be freaky and becoming a kaleidoscope of styles.

 

Jeuse Kastoan becomes one of the first few artists with bubbling potential, and here on this song “Drunk Textin” he relentlessly pushes his own identity, adeptly shifting styles and tempos to suit.

 

The effect is of simultaneous humility and confidence. Only thing remaining is for the artist to come up with a full project maybe an EP or better yet an album if he has enough to surprise potential fans.

 

Jeuse Kastoan is a diamond in the rough, most likely reminding me of the hip hop duo Taylor Girlz with their hit track “Wedgie” right before they hit popularity.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Jeuse Kastoan. Jeuse pronounced ‘juice’ is my nickname that I have always had. Kastoan pronounced ‘cast own’ is a playoff of my real last name.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.
Debt Free – The tittle is speaking on the idea of being debt free from all obligations. The difference is this song is not about money but about society…

 

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Hass ECF - 50 Shots

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Hass ECF - 50 Shots

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ARTIST NAME: Hass ECF

 

SONG TITLE: 50 Shots

 

RELEASE DATE: 2/16/2019

 

GENRE: Hip Hop

 

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

Since I was a kid I always loved music. My mother told me when I was born I was doing the Harlem Shake to Biggie playing on the radio in the hospital nursery room.

 

Growing up I always loved old school hip-hop, when I was younger I had all the hip hop legends on my MP3 player. I started writing music as a teenager and after my mother passed away I decided to give it my all and dedicate myself to my craft, so her name can always be remembered.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

I isolate myself from everybody and find a quiet room. I’ll keep playing beats out loud until one of them catches my attention.

 

Then, I just start writing the best ideas I came up with in my phone. After, I’ll be up for hours writing until the song is complete.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Since I released 50 Shots I got a lot of positive reviews from a lot of different people globally.

 

Every day since I released it my brand continues to increase steadily.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

My life outside of music is filled with a lot of pain in a lot of different ways but I always find a way to push forward.

 

I have been in a lot of different situations in the streets, with my family and with my friends.

 

Music feels like the only option to change how I’m living for the better.

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Discuss your music career.

I started rapping around 3 years ago but I wasn’t consistent. My friends and I would go to the studio and we all would be there just writing and recording. I would release a song and wait months until I drop the next one. Once I started becoming consistent everything started to change little by little.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

Hass is my nickname that’s what everybody calls me. I’m a part of a talented group of musicians called Eastchester Family, that’s where the ECF comes from.

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List your five favourite music videos with reasons.

Drake – God’s Plan

I love seeing artist in the hip hop culture give back to the community.

 

Kendrick Lamar – Hiiipower

The message in his lyrics is powerful. He’s educating you on black history in a musical form.

 

Drake – In my feelings

That was my favorite song on Drake’s Scorpion album. The video’s cut scenes are sharp; it looks like a scene out of a movie.

 

Biggie Smalls – Juicy

The lyrics catch me every time like it’s the first time I heard it. The video shows you everything he’s addressing from the worst parts of his life to the most lavish ones. You could see and hear him talk about his transitions through life in one video.

 

Tupac – Dear Mama

I always loved this video but after my mother died from cancer it became more significant to me. I feel every word from start to finish.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

My mother. She believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. I have to show her and everybody else who believed in me that they weren’t wrong.

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Tell us your experience on dealing with fans.

I love all my supporters. I remember it was a time I felt like I couldn’t get anybody to listen. I respect anybody who listens to my music and appreciates it for what it is.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

I recorded 50 Shots in the summer of 2018. I knew it was going to make a difference if I planned it right. Then, I just kept grinding until I could shoot the video the way…

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Tell us your future projects.

My first mixtape is dropping in November. I have more videos and features that will be dropping throughout the year as well.

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

Eastchester Family.

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

I think vocal tuning is a good option for musicians… It gives the artist a chance to experiment different ways that they can approach their music.

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

I prefer quality over quantity. You could have a million songs and put in the work but if it’s not quality music it’s not going to last.

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

I don’t see a difference between a music career and a non-music one. Being a musician is just like owning a business. People see all the nice things musicians have but don’t understand how much work it took behind the scenes.

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

I believe sub-genres are necessary because everybody is different. As the genre grows it gets broken down into smaller ones but each sub-genre helps push the culture forward.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

I don’t despise any genre because I know what the music that I like does for me so I can’t despise a whole genre that probably made a change in someone’s life.

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

Boyz in the Hood

It gives you a visual perspective on how the people you love the most could put you in situation that can stop you from achieving your destiny.

 

Shottas

My father is Jamaican so I grew up watching it and we bonded a lot through watching this movie. It shows a ‘rags to riches’ story in a Jamaican point of view.

 

Nothing was sugarcoated; it showed you how treacherous it can get when you are pushed to the edge living in poverty

 

Gangs of New York

I’m from New York so it’s cool to see an image of what the streets of New York looked like before it turned into what we know it as now.

 

A Bronx Tale

I love mafia movies and the movie kept me engaged from the beginning to the end.

 

Black Panther

Black Panther has a powerful message. It’s the first movie I saw with strong black super heroes and villains.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

50 Shots means I got 50 shots in the strap so I can protect myself and my people.

 

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G9 – Soft in the Head

 

ARTIST NAME: G9

 

SONG TITLE: Soft in the Head

 

ALBUM TITLE: Soft in the Head

 

RELEASE DATE: January 18th, 2019

 

GENRE: Pop, Indie-pop, Pop-rock

 

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

G9’s aim is spreading love and positive attitude towards people, life and nature.

 

Music is something that we always loved, something that unites people, and we feel that we can reach many people through music.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

We write the lyrics and music together, simultaneously. It comes to us as a concept. The music kinda whispers the theme of the song and helps us create lyrics.

 

Sometimes personal experience or emotions are the reason for a song to appear. In that case, the lyrics help us create the right music for a song.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

One of today’s stand-out Russian indie groups, G9 is the perfect blend of love, power and positive vibes. Full of energy and fun, they reinterpret electropop and indie rock in their very own brilliant style.

 

The band has shared a stage with Fall Out Boy, won the “Become an Ultra Music artist” national contest.

 

G9 got radio rotation in Russia: Ultra, Maximum, Radio radio, Strana FM, Moscow FM and in the USA: WVIP FM. G9 music videos may be spotted on 2×2, Berlin and Nashe TV.

 

The song ‘Don’t Fall Apart’ was included in the American collection ‘Wanna Party! Vol.1’. The song ‘The End Is the Beginning’ is presented in b612 – mobile app No.1 for creating selfies in China.

 

The music video “iBitch” was screened at the Berlin Video Music Awards.

 

G9 has three official releases, including the song “Break”, recorded together with the American actor Philip E Jones.

 

In 2018 the song “Wannabe” was in the Porsche GT2RS commercial with Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber.

 

In September 2018 G9 had their first European tour and successfully played 6 concerts in Germany.

 

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Vocalist Aspi is the sexy frontwoman and the author of the lyrics, and the positive vector of the band.

 

Max Michael is the music producer for G9 and the guitarist.

 

Bassist Alex D also does excellent back vocals on stage.

 

Drummer Andy Barique also does the percussion.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

G9 is a big part of our lives, but we got quite different interests: Aspi enjoys traveling and designing clothes, Max Michael has a successful IT project, Alex D is into action sports like snowboarding, kayaking, and camping, and Barique runs his own electronic project.

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Discuss your music career.

We are from different parts of Russia, Aspi was born in the Urals; the guys are from central Russia.

 

We are moving towards international recognition in order to present Russian culture and kind Russian people to the world.

 

We speak good English and we share the progressive values, so for us, it is very essential to deliver true Russian nature: caring, loving and beauty.

 

We are recording an EP album featuring some great reggae, hip-hop and dancehall guest stars to make an outstanding mix-culture music to share our love with the world.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

In stellar classification, based on their spectral characteristics, G9 is a yellow dwarf star, like the Sun, but of slightly different color and intensity.

 

G9 means for us “new undiscovered home, that we are looking for in the future”, something tempting and new.

 

G9 for us means the look into the far future that helps us evolve.

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List your five favourite music videos with reasons.

Marshmello ft. Bastille – Happier (Aspi) – because it is the most emotional and powerful story in a music video I’ve seen lately. I can’t really watch it again because I already start crying on the episode when the girl gets the yellow bow.

 

G9 – Be My Boy – this music video looks good. We filmed at night at the construction site, at the abandoned depot next to some homeless people who we didn’t mean to disturb, in the coldest winds of Moscow Spring, also the guards of a shopping mall thought we’re illegally trying to capture the mall’s parking lot. So many crazy memories…

 

Kygo, Imagine Dragons – Born To Be Yours (Max) – because it has an awesome story that can make an amazing movie.

 

Ленинград — Патриотка | Leningrad — I’m a true patriot (Alex) because it displays all stereotypes about Russians in a funny and entertaining way.

 

OutKast – Ms. Jackson (Barique) – because it’s a great track, very atmospheric clip and the owl!

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

People, especially great people who show love for humanity or help the science progress, like Michael Jackson, Bill Gates, and also our fans who are great examples of positive-minded, kind and humble people. Music – lots of new and old great music. Emotions and happiness.

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Tell us your experience on dealing with fans.

We performed in Russia and in Europe. I think, that the fact that we perform in English, helps us to get the best, educated and most positive audience.

 

So far the reception was great everywhere.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

Soft in the Head – was written in two hours as inspired by the talk with the parents.

 

We recorded the vocals at Igor Sandler music studio, at one go two weeks after the song was created.

 

All the instruments were recorded at various Moscow studios.

 

The song was mixed in Sweden and mastered in the US.

 

T.R.U.L.U.V. – this is more of a memoir about the long-distance love, based on Aspi’s experience and some of the people’s lives she knew about.

 

The song was created within a week. The vocals were recorded, and after that, the song was completely rearranged. Everything was recorded in Russia and mixed in the US.

 

Mastering happened in Sweden.

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Tell us your future projects.

Say Da – a cool dance pop / dancehall Summer song featuring a reggae / dancehall star, also Aspi will be on a riddim album that comes out in May. G9 will also release a music video and EP in Q2 2019.

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

Marc Jabba St Omer – G9’s manager and visionary; Lance Tennyson – a great marketing mind; our fans, like Maria, Serj, Michael & Dan from Moscow; Malvina Velikova – the artistic director at Let’s Rock Bar); Serj Tinyanski, who supports our music with his amazing music videos

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

It’s the necessary evil, but you can always tell who’s good and who’s not.

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

Just do good music, don’t be afraid to tell people about it, and people will love it. We choose quality over quantity.

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

We think that you should treat your music as a career. It is not enough to create music; you have to be responsible, daring and very reliable to get success, same as in every career.

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

We think it is pointless especially today when everything is so mixed, and crossover songs become No. 1 hits. Music equals emotion, everything is being said with that.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

We don’t categorize music by genres. There is no reason to despise any genre. If you don’t like it – don’t listen.

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

Back to the Future (Aspi) – because it is very positive, futuristic, fun and inspiring and it is my favourite childhood movie.

 

Interstellar (Max) – because it is grandiose, eternal and inspiring to become better.

 

John Carter (Aspi) – because it is so beautiful, dreamy and unusual.

 

The Shawshank Redemption (Alex) – because it is just the best.

 

Revolver by Guy Ritchie (Barique) – because you can review it endlessly and always discover something new. Generally, any movie by Guy Ritchie.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Soft in the Head means childish, stupid. We chose this title because we think it is in a way noble, to keep your inner child and never grow old and boring.

 

Be true to yourself, be childish, have fun, and everything will be fine.

 

T.R.U.L.U.V. stands for True Love because the love we share in this song is so big and selfless it needs a unique name.

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