Analogue Revolution – Games We Play
ARTIST NAME: Analogue Revolution
SONG TITLE: Games We Play
ALBUM TITLE: Lost In Summer
RELEASE DATE: May 10, 2019
GENRE: Pop, Electro
With their addictive melodies and stellar music production, Analogue Revolution has become a regular contributor to many of the most popular television shows.
Analogue Revolution has placed songs in such hit shows as Vampire Diaries, Shameless, The Fosters, Rizzoli & Isles, Sleepy Hollow, and Pretty Little Liars; brands such as McDonald’s, Hasbro, and SONY, as well as several indie films.
Discuss how you develop your melody.
I usually start by humming and singing along with the track I’ve created until I find something that hits me.
I then refine it to maximum singability with the focus on what feels best and most natural.
I don’t want to have to struggle to sing a melody. If I’ve walked away from writing a melody and it’s still in my head, then I know I have something.
Tell us your source of inspiration.
I am inspired by so many things: my love of music, my family, beauty in the world. It can come from anywhere. The key is to always be open to it when it comes.
Tell us the most memorable experience in your music career.
There have been many awesome moments in my career; however, performing with Aretha Franklin was definitely a highlight!
Discuss how you build your song.
I usually begin with a title. If I find the right title, the song will often write itself.
Regarding the track, I usually have an idea of what I want the feel to be when I have the title.
I begin building a barebone track with drums and bass and maybe another instrument to get a general vibe. From there, I move on to the top line. I start with the chorus. I find that it’s really important to know where I’m going in a song. Once I know the destination, I can figure out the route.
Sometimes I build backward and work on the pre-chorus next but just as often I’ll work the first verse into the chorus. When I have the topline feeling good, I’ll bring the scratch vocal into the production and flesh out the rest of the track.
Tell us how you ensure your music inspires others.
I try to write songs that everyone can relate to. Those things in life that we all go through: love, pain, heartache…those are the things that really connect with the listener.
If I write a song inspired by my own experiences, I don’t make it about me, I simply use that experience to speak to a broader idea for the listener.
Discuss the relevance of promotion to the music business.
It’s incredibly important and something I don’t do enough of. I know that the most successful artists have spent significant time on promotion.
Tell us what you will do apart from music.
I perform, write and produce music full time.
List the names of the instruments you can play.
Saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar, percussion, keyboards, voice…
Tell us if you have any music background.
I began playing the saxophone at age 8 and continued through high school.
I studied music at Ithaca College (Ithaca NY, USA) and received a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies.
I then studied privately with saxophone guru, Jerry Bergonzi in Boston.
I taught Jazz Studies at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa.
I got into pop music writing and producing later…kind of a different path, I know.
Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist on entering the music chart.
Work like it’s for today but have the patience for tomorrow.
Elaborate on melody and rhythm.
Melody is the thing that everybody gets. Most people don’t know the lyrics to most songs but they all know the melody. It’s that thing that gets stuck in your head and won’t let you go.
Rhythm is that thing that gets you moving. Even if it’s not a dance song, per se, all good songs have something that makes you move physically or emotionally.
State your future goals.
Keep making music every day. Trying to constantly write and produce better songs and reach more listeners.
Share your recording experience with us.
I love recording. I have recorded for other artists on their songs and recorded myself for my own songs.
It can be grueling some days when the sessions are long but it can be such a creative experience.
Being part of a project and hearing it come to life through recording is so inspiring.
When recording myself, I try to capture “lightning in a bottle”, those moments that are pure magic – Maybe not the perfect take but the one that has the spark.
Tell us the most difficult part of the recording.
Relaxing and not thinking too much about it. Often one can overthink the process, which leads to fatigue and frustration.
Discuss the greatest mistake you have ever made in your music career.
Not moving to LA.
Tell us how you build up your composition.
I always start with the rhythm. A song has got to move me. Even if it’s subtle, the foundation has to be strong. The drums and bass have to speak to me on their own. From there, I try to think of the trajectory of the composition. It’s like a story…it’s got to build into something glorious. Every section should move; make the listener want to know what’s happening next.
Adding elements that have a purpose is of the most importance. Nothing should be added that doesn’t mean something. And so I find sounds and melodies that support both the groove and the topline, building and releasing to make a three-minute story.
Discuss the relevance of music.
Music is everything to me. Joy and pain. What would a movie be without music? I rest my case.
Elaborate on the song.
“Games We Play” was inspired by watching couples go through the ritualistic torture that they bring upon themselves. This “I love you/I hate you” game is so foreign to me personally but I find it fascinating in others.
Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.
Analogue Revolution came about when talking with some friends about wanting to leave technology behind and go back to a simpler thing. Like I could do that!! It’s a nice thought, though…
“Lost In Summer”….Everybody loves summer – Especially in the north, where cold and winter are so intense. I wanted to put together a collection of songs to make people feel good.