Artist Name: Carmine Russotti
Song Title: She’s So Cool
Album Title: The Dream Maker
Share your life story with us.
I grew up in Brooklyn, New York; a Baby Boomer, and knew I wanted to be a performer/musician when I got my first record album for Christmas – Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers In The Night” and would sing all the songs day and night.
I began studying percussion at the age of 15 and started to write lyrics. I played in a number of bands and shows.
I went to college and received an M.A. in American Studies/Music, and then I received my Masters in Music Composition at Hunter College.
I taught music in New York City High Schools for 27 years. Among the classes, I taught are Jazz Band, Marching Band, Orchestra, Beginners Band, Chorus, and Keyboard.
I also taught Percussion Methods at Hunter College as an adjunct Professor. Since taking early retirement I have decided to put my writing skills to work.
Share your press release and reviews with us.
List the names of those that have supported you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.
I first want to thank my parents for supporting me while in school and at home in my music studies. Also, I want to thank Professor Myron Fink, who was my composition and thesis advisor and one of my biggest inspirations, and also want to thank my producer; Tony Coluccio @ GlobalMediaMusic.
Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.
Performing is always a thrill, whether playing a party or a wedding or a concert. Interacting with listeners is beyond a rush and it is what a musician lives for! Recording can be a lot of work, but when the music starts to click and the vibe is flowing, it’s fantastic.
Discuss your songwriting.
I’ve been writing lyrics to songs since I was 14 and learned how to combine music and lyrics. Cole Porter has always been a great inspiration. He was one of the few great songwriters who wrote both words and music.
Elaborate on your future projects.
I have been working on several new projects. From Rhythm & Blues to Jazz to Pop, even a few Country Songs and a couple of Christmas Songs. I am also working on my EPK and a couple of new music videos.
Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.
To increase my fan base I’ve been posting on social media, networking with other musicians and music industry persons.
I have been working on the band I started and will be going outperforming our music.
Tell us that point in time you wanted to give up on your music career.
I never, ever intended to give up. God gives me strength and a true champion never gives up!
Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.
Sometimes I come up with a musical idea and elaborate on it but usually, I write the lyrics first and it determines the music that goes along with it.
Yet, other times I create both together. As far as instrumentation goes, I often work with my producer and discuss what would work best for each song.
Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.
Music licensing for me is through ASCAP. First I get my music copy written, and then I have been published by CD Baby…
State your favorite genre of music.
I like all styles of music. I have eclectic taste and don’t really have a favorite genre but I do go through phases. I had times in my life when Rock, Jazz, Pop, and Classical have been my favorite.
Tell us the theme of most of your songs.
Most of my songs have to deal with love. As Paul McCartney’s song “Silly Love Songs” yet, I do like to delve into other topics.
Elaborate on this song.
“She’s So Cool” has a special meaning to me. I wrote it for my muse – dream girl – With the intention of having a group like One Direction or Justin Bieber singing it.
Discuss digital distribution and streaming.
I don’t always like to put all my songs out on streaming sites or YouTube because anyone can listen for free. I believe my music is too good to give away. Sooner or later someone will hear something that I wrote and I can get signed to a major music label as an artist or songwriter.
Tell us numerous ways that artists can boost their revenue.
In today’s world, it seems the best way to boost one’s revenue is by performing and getting out there. There is too much out there on YouTube and streaming music to get paid sufficiently. If you are really good, sooner or later you will get noticed. In the meantime, you can teach and build up your fan base.
Tell us your opinion on self-training and enrolling in an educational institution to study music.
Very few people can self-train themselves in music alone. Not everyone is The Beatles! Although a good teacher is just a guide and you really have to learn on your own, there is nothing like getting formal training from a professional. If you are serious about learning you need a good educator to teach you.
Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.
What does it take to write a Hit Song? Well, you have to be good at what you are doing but you also need some divine or some kind of inspiration. Learning your craft over many years is a good way to start, perseverance is key but without inspiration, you will not be able to write it.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
My name is Reebo Enimrac. Enimrac is Carmine spelled backward. Creative Rage is taken from my Initials CR – Carmine Russotti.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
“She’s So Cool” is about a shy girl who doesn’t think she is so beautiful or so smart, but to me, she’s the most wonderful, beautiful girl in the world!
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
The album title is “The Dream Maker” because The girl in the song is my dream girl and many of the songs have to deal with dreams. Besides that, I am “The Dream Maker.”