Haji Outlaw – LASIK

Haji Outlaw – LASIK

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haji Outlaw – LASIK

Haji Outlaw – LASIK

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Name:  Haji Outlaw

 

Song Title:  LASIK

 

ALBUM TITLE: Jokes & Beats

 

RELEASE DATE: October 30, 2019

 

GENRE: Hip-Hop/Comedy

 

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Haji Outlaw brings creativity to light with the piece of the work entitled ‘LASIK.’

 

The spoken words are deep and in conduct with the powerful instrumentation.

 

Even though the duration is short but the instrumentation will enchant the listeners.

 

LASIK is an exceptional piece of work.

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Tell us how you develop your sound and style to make it different from other musicians.

I developed my sound as a sort of chemistry experiment. I take a collection of sounds and work out how they work best together and the mood/feel they create.

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Tell us your opinion on the way new artists are coming up and the frequent release of songs.

As far as the frequent release of songs, I have no problem with it. Especially since Griselda Records drops projects rather often. And if Griselda does it, then dammit it’s nice!

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State your experience as a musician/artist.

My experience as an artist is good… As soon as I make six figures a year (wink).

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Tell us your opinion on streaming and digital download of songs.

Digital is where things are at. So my opinion doesn’t matter that much.

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Tell us your goals and plans.

My goal is to put out quality music and hopefully garner a rabid fanbase.

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Tell us five current artists that are your favourite.

Everybody on Griselda Records is my favourite. All-time would be WuTang Clan and Prince.

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Tell us your dream and hope for the future.

I have no dreams. And for the future, if I speak it into existence it never seems to work out. So I am not saying anything.

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Tell us what has changed in the music industry.

Money has changed the music industry. It’s one of the two things that make the world go round.

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Tell us your opinion on using social media to promote music online.

Social media… It’s cool.

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Tell us what still motivates you to go on with your music career.

The sun, moon, gravity, and stars motivate me.

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Tell us the process involved in making this song.

I make the beat. I select the joke. I perform the joke over the beat. Rinse and repeat.

 

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Norberto Valdes - In the Field

Norberto Valdes – In the Field

 

Norberto Valdes - In the Field

Norberto Valdes – In the Field

 

Artist Name: Norberto Valdes

 

Song Title:  In the Field

 

GENRE: Instrumental

 

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Norberto Valdés is a musician, composer, and Cuban lyricist. He graduated from the higher art institute. Currently, he works as a producer in different genres such as rock, pop, jazz, epic music, and Cuban music.

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Discuss how you develop your melody.

I feel the melodies in my head I record them on my cell phone and then I go to my personal computer and write them only when the inspiration comes.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

I am inspired by real events. ‘In the Field’ is a meeting with a girl in the countryside in Germany in the city of Bonn near the river.

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Tell us about the most memorable experience in your musical career.

It was the day I played with the youth symphony of Peru in a church.

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Discuss how you build your song.

On my laptop with several editing programs…

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Tell us how you make sure that your music inspires others.

I send the music to all my contacts and publish them on Instagram, Facebook, etc. and they respond that they like it and also relax with this music, and some even meditate or rest…

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Discuss the relevance of the promotion for the music business.

Promotion is very important but for this song, I’ve only done campaigns in SoundCloud very little actually.

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Tell us what you will do apart from music.

I like to play basketball.

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List the names of the instruments you can play.

I play bass, contrabass…

 

I can play the piano and congas.

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Tell us if you have any musical background.

Yes.

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Tell us the advice you will give a new artist when entering the music chart.

I advise a new artist to always create new singles or albums…

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Share your recording experience with us.

I have recorded with many artists like Pavel Urkiza in a Cuban film “Las Noches De Constantinopla,” songs like The number 2 of the Cuban singer Yusa, the albums Te vi nacer “and” La FRONTERA “by Barbaro Fines y su Mayimbe and my Cuban music singles with my band Norberto Valdés and Gods Timba, I am YOUR Type, El Terrible, La Tortura plus a jazz single called Vuelve (Todo Esta Bien) in all these I have recorded the bass and there are others but I think these are the most significant.

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Tell us the most difficult part of the recording.

Well in my case it’s easy to record but it makes me uncomfortable when they call me to record for free.

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Discuss the biggest mistake you have made in your music career.

My mistake is that I have all these music stored since 2000 and I did not know what to do until I decided in 2017 to release them…

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Tell us how you build your composition.

First I feel them and I record them on the cell phone, then I write and listen, I start to mold them until I feel goosebumps, right and ready to master and distribute so that those who listen to them always want to hear it.

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Discuss the relevance of music.

For me, music is everything…

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Elaborate on the song.

It is a love story on a sunny field afternoon in front of the river.

 

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Swamp Rat Collective - Dusk

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Swamp Rat Collective:  Dusk

 

Artist Name:  Swamp Rat Collective

 

Song Title:  Dusk

 

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Swamp Rat Collective lurks deep in the Auckland underground rock n roll scene.

 

The work of Swamp Rat Collective can be described as a combination of driving sounds that are inspirational and appealing.

 

Swamp Rat Collective is one of a kind that will give the listeners something extraordinary to discover in terms of music.

 

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The Orbalist – Loving Games

The Orbalist – Loving Games

 

The Orbalist – Loving Games

The Orbalist – Loving Games

 

ARTIST NAME: The Orbalist

 

SONG TITLE: Loving Games

 

RELEASE DATE: March 5, 2019

 

GENRE: Pop

 

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Luis David Fernandez Gago (David Fdez) also known as The Orbalist is a multi-instrumentalist musician, creative producer and visual artist born in Madrid and settled in London.

 

He is best known for playing regular gigs in the UK with bands such as Kasai Masai, Abdoulaye Samb & Minnjiaraby, Lit FM, Murk FM, Sunset Sunrise and Chakur Everyday among many others.

 

He also founded the creative collective Hackney Rhythm and is one of the architects of AndWhat?ldn.

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Tell us how you arrange your song.

At first, I began recording the drums in my home studio. I then started jamming with some pads and singing along, developing the main melody and harmonies. After laying guitar and bass, I wrote the lyrics and a draft for the final B section.

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Discuss how you fix a tempo for your song.

I normally play either real instruments or MIDI so I just follow my intuition and then fix the tempo just by tabbing.

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Elaborate on multi-genre music.

When I started my solo project I found it so hard to stick to one genre as it feels against the way I understand music. I mean, if I love, listen and play different genres, why should I stick to a particular one?

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Tell us the best means of reaching fans.

Well, I may not be the best to answer that. I do some social media but I’m not on top of it like I guess I’m supposed to.

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Discuss the process involved in launching a musical career. 

I am independent so, it’s much harder this way. That’s why I always recommend to hit up some labels once someone’s project is done, they have the resources and, most important, money to put your music forward.

 

Otherwise, you’ll find yourself in an ocean of artists with the same assets as you and competing for the same goals as you.

 

Having a label supporting you, putting your music on playlists, arranging press releases on magazines, blogs, etc. even organizing events, it’s not just so good for promotion but also lets one focus on the most important, music.

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

I’d say first you have to know who you are writing for. Is it for the mainstream or to yourself, to your girlfriend or to your ex-girlfriend? And then try to express yourself in their language.

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Tell us how you come up with a melody.

Usually, the first approach is the one that brings the widest range of melodies and ideas, so I just make sure my phone is on and I’m recording. Then I just scat over the song trying as many melodies I can figure out.

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Tell us your ideal type of recording studio.

One you can live in. Ideas come at any time. I believe we’re capturing the moment when recording, so I want to make sure I’m in the right vibe/moment.

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Describe the factors you consider in a good song.

Composition, arrangements, sound design and mix…Groove and harmonization.

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Tell us how you impact your listeners with your songs.

A positive aspect of being independent is that I can freely express myself by all means. I’d like to answer I impact listeners by making them more aware, tolerant, empathic, …I think we live in a society lacking common sense, in which citizens are just assets to build or preserve empires.

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

I don’t have kids, so my music is my legacy. I feel like they’re taking their first steps and that makes me so happy. I don’t know what they’ll become but I’ll always love them the same.

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Tell us what you will change in your music.

I’m currently working on a one-man-band set up so I can make live productions.

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Tell us what is special about this release.

It’s my second full production, from composing the music, mixing and mastering it, to script the video, filming and editing it. That gave me total freedom to shape the concept.

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Tell us about your future goals.

In the short term, I’m finishing an album with my band Murk FM.

 

I’m also finishing an EP with a new band “Goosebumps” in which I’m producer and multi-instrumentalist.

 

I’m preparing a new live set with Sunset Sunrise and starting to produce some of our tunes.

 

In the long term, I’m writing a script for a thriller movie I’m so passionate about, that mixes quantum physics and music.

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Elaborate on the song.

In “Loving Games” I made the global overheating the main subject and it is illustrated with different metaphors, like the guy hovering the forest being humans trying to clean our waste with tools that generate more waste, it’s a vicious circle and simply doesn’t work.

 

The two main characters are in different planets, one on earth and the other in Europe, one of the moons of Jupiter, being a poetic/romantic representation of the quantum entanglement and critic of the aim of finding a new world rather than taking care of the only one we know.

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

Nima from “Arrows of Love” was responsible for my artist name. I told him I wanted to start my solo project, he came up with The Orbalist and I instantly loved it.

 

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CAii – Fuel

CAii – Fuel

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CAii – Fuel

CAii – Fuel

 

ARTIST NAME: CAii

 

SONG TITLE:  Fuel

 

ALBUM TITLE: Tangle

 

RELEASE DATE: 30th July

 

GENRE: Electronic Alt-Pop

 

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CAii is an exciting singer-songwriter and producer from Manchester, who fuses pop with dark production taking influence from Banks, Billie Eilish, Tula, and Fleetwood Mac.

 

She has been writing and performing for a number of years, using music as therapy and an emotional outlet.  She recently branched out into production to curate her own unique sound.

 

Her debut single, a self-produced cover of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, premiered on the Loku YouTube channel, amassing over 14k views.  Her emotional second single Temporary High, garnered support from Drunken Coconut, Come Here Floyd and Mystic Sons.

 

CAii released her EP ‘tease.’ in May 2019, addressing themes such as lust, pride, fear, and manipulation.  The EP and singles ‘The Carousel’ and ‘Slowly’ were supported by several blogs including LA on Lock, Unheard Gems and Sora Music.  Tease is the first of four EPs to be released in 2019, chronicling the rise and fall of a deeply unhealthy couple, with the next chapter ‘Tangle.’ due for release in summer.

 

Having played Sundown Festival, Dot to Dot and Indie Week and gigged in Manchester, Liverpool, and London, CAii is a captivating performer who is always fully immersed in her music, making it easy for the audience to connect with her.  She was a semi-finalist in the HOAX Live competition in 2019.

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Discuss your singing ability.

I’ve been singing my whole life as I was obsessed with pop stars like Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Whitney Houston when I was a little girl.  I’d say I have a pretty powerful voice and I think the way I use it definitely comes from some of my earliest references!

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Tell us the reason you want to sing.

I sing because I write songs.  The songwriting has always been my main passion as it helps me express my emotions in a healthy way.  I sing so I can share my songs with other people and hopefully influence some people along the way.

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Tell us your most memorable live performance.

Performing at Gorilla as one of the semi-finalists of the HOAX Live Sessions was a very memorable gig as I’d always wanted to perform at Gorilla!  The venue was amazing and the crowd was really engaged too.  It felt good to be sharing the stage with such an amazing line-up and to get to share my music with so many new people.

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Discuss how you build your song.

I tend to start with a vocal idea and some lyrics and I record little clips of me singing into my phone.  I then sit down at the piano and work out some of the chords and flesh out the song, before getting onto my laptop and starting to write the beat.

 

I spend quite a lot of time on each song and make tons of changes along the way, so none of them turn out quite as I plan!

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Tell us how you impress your fans with your music.

I think my fans like my music as the lyrics are very honest and relatable.  I write about my own experiences and I think people can feel that the songs are very personal and sometimes painful for me.  I think people like to listen to something real.

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Discuss the relevance of promotion to the music business.

Promotion is obviously super important in the music business and it is easier now than ever to do it yourself with social media.  Social media allows you to directly interact with your fans and build a community.  I think the best way of promoting yourself is to show people who you are and hope they gravitate towards that.

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Tell us what you will do apart from music.

I spend most of my time producing music so I don’t have that much time for anything else!  I do play golf and tennis and like to paint sometimes too.  Most of my free time is spent with my friends at music events in Manchester and in bars and clubs as I love to dance!

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List the names of the instruments you can play.

I can play the piano and saxophone and produce music on Ableton.

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Tell us if you have any music background. 

I have studied for the past couple of years at Music College to learn how to produce music.  I feel like in this time I’ve grown so much as an artist.

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

Spend as long as you can; trying to work out your own sound and perfecting it.  Don’t be too influenced by what is cool, make the music you truly feel.

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Elaborate on melody and rhythm.

I think the melody is the most important part of a song as it’s usually what hooks the listener in.  If you have a catchy hook, people will get the song stuck in their heads making it memorable and fun to listen to.

 

Rhythm is becoming more and more important these days with electronic music being so popular.  People want to dance and a good beat is important for that!

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State your future goals.

This year I’m aiming to release another two EPs and do a mini UK tour.  I’d love to be able to do a European Tour at some point and get to travel the world with my music!  My ultimate dream would be to play the Manchester Arena, but it is very large so we’ll see what happens!

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Share your music experience with us.

So far it’s been a very long and confusing journey!  I started off writing with producers and making really commercial pop music and then decided to go darker and then from there to produce for myself.  I’m still finding myself as an artist and I know the best material is yet to come!

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Tell us the most difficult part of the recording.

I think recording vocals and picking the best takes is the hardest part.  I’ve had like 300 vocals takes to listen to before from one song as I build a lot of harmonies.  It takes so long to sort through them and it’s so boring, but a great vocal can make or break your song.

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

I think I’ve just listened to the wrong people too many times and been a little bit too trusting.  I’ve spent money on things I shouldn’t have on the advice of the wrong people.

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Tell us how you build up your composition.

I tend to start with chords on a piano sound in Ableton and map out the different sections.  Then I make my bass sound and pick my drum samples and make the beat.  I record a rough vocal and then I start to build in my synths and other layers.  Finally, when the track is complete I record my final vocals.

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Discuss the relevance of the lyrics to the listeners.

I think the relevance of lyrics depends on who your listener is.  Some artists’ fans are obsessed with what each line means, like BANKS, and listen to music to find someone who also understands their pain.  I think those types of fans love to really analyze the lyrics of a track, but others just want something fun to sing and dance to, which is also completely fine!  I fall into the first camp, which is why the lyrics are a huge focus in my music.

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Elaborate on the song.

‘Fuel’ is a song about someone who I was involved with who seemed to only feel good about himself when he was putting me down and taking away from my achievements.  I knew that it was coming from a place of insecurity and the need to control me was a reflection of his weaknesses and not mine.

 

Sometimes relationships can be toxic and can make you so unhappy but because you love and care about someone, you make excuses for their abusive behaviour or blame yourself.

 

Fuel is a track where you start to realize how much you are doing that and start to find your power again.

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

CAii comes from my middle name, which is Caitlin. The title of the EP is Tangle, which is a reference to being in a relationship and intertwined with someone.  However, as it’s a toxic relationship, there’s that feeling that you are trapped, rather than linked in a healthy way.

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CAii ‘Fuel’ Out 30th July 2019

 

‘Her music combines 80s synth-pop melodies with moody, crepuscular production and lyrics of striking emotional acuity – imagine a super-group consisting of Banks, Florence Welch, and London Grammar.’

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 ‘Haunting and engaging, you won’t want to pause this song once you start it…’

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‘Fuel’ is the first single from the second EP from exciting new alternative pop singer-songwriter and producer CAii.  Her first single, Wicked Game, was featured on the Loku YouTube channel, amassing over 12k views and her debut EP, Tease, received support from Mystic Sons, Unheard Gems, The Drunken Coconut, LA on Lock.

 

CAii is a singer-songwriter & producer from Manchester, UK, who fuses pop songwriting with darker production, taking influence from artists such as Banks, Billie Eilish, and Fleetwood Mac.  She has been writing and performing for a number of years, using music as a form of therapy and an outlet for her emotions.  She has recently branched out into production in order to curate her own unique sound.

 

Having gigged in Manchester, Liverpool, and London along with playing Sundown Festival, Indie Week and Dot to Dot Festival, CAii is a captivating performer who is always fully immersed in her music.  Her honest lyrics and powerful voice make it easy for the audience to connect with her songs on an emotional level.  She is a semi-finalist in the Hoax Live competition, where the winner plays a support slot for Ed Sheeran at his gig in Suffolk.

 

‘Fuel’ is written from the point of view of someone in a relationship with a deeply insecure partner who takes out all their flaws on them.

 

It is the first single taken from her second EP, Tangle, which focuses on problems in an emotionally abusive relationship that looks healthy to an outsider, but has hidden darkness.

 

‘Fuel is about a relationship with a manipulative narcissist who can only feel powerful when they are making you feel small.’

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Komie – When I Close My Eyes

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Komie – When I Close My Eyes

Komie – When I Close My Eyes

 

ARTIST NAME: Komie + Idrise

 

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

 

ALBUM TITLE: Kaleidoscope

 

RELEASE DATE: Friday, July 26th

 

GENRE: Pop/Pop Rock/Alternative

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Tell us about your future music projects.

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

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Jammerzine

 

Bionic Buzz

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

 

No, not even then – Seriously.

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Elaborate on this song.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Discuss how to live healthily.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

-The Prog Mind

 

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

–Progressive Music Planet

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Tell us your side interest apart from music.

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

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Tell us the artists that influenced you.

OMG! Where do I start?

 

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

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

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

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Tell us the full details of this song.

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

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

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

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Describe your mood while performing.

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

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Tell us the mistakes to avoid in the music business.

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

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

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

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Komie. It’s my last name.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

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

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

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

 

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Keanu Reefs – Back to Dawn

Keanu Reefs – Back to Dawn

 

Keanu Reefs – Back to Dawn

Keanu Reefs – Back to Dawn

 

ARTIST NAME: Keanu Reefs

 

SONG TITLE: Back to Dawn

 

ALBUM TITLE: New Era

 

RELEASE DATE: 8/5/19

 

GENRE: Indie Pop/Funk

 

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

 

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

 

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

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State your reason for choosing music as a career. 

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

 

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

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

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

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Share the feedback you are getting from fans.

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

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

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

 

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

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Discuss your music career.

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

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

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

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List your five favourite music videos with reasons.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

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

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Discuss your experience in dealing with fans.

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

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

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

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Elaborate on your future projects. 

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

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

Our primary supporters have been:

Anre Nisenboim

 

Marina Nisenboim

 

Leslee Cohen

 

Jon Cohen

 

Brandon Cohen

 

Gabi Nisenboim

 

Reine Lederer

 

Max Goldhirsch

 

Clayton Petrasek

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

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

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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EI Gato Roboto - Don't Seem Right

El Gato Roboto – Don’t Seem Right

 

 EI Gato Roboto - Don't Seem Right

EI Gato Roboto – Don’t Seem Right

 

ARTIST NAME: EI Gato Roboto

SONG TITLE: Don’t Seem Right

 

ALBUM TITLE: Heavy Petting

 

RELEASE DATE: 2/25/2019

 

GENRE: Rock

 

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El Gato Roboto is a Power Pop/Space Rock band from Chicago.  Bowie meets Nico with songs about nostalgia, space, and cats.

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Discuss your recording experience with your producer.

We produced our own album along with Andrew Arbetter. Andrew is very easy to work with and the process was fun and mostly painless.

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Discuss what comes first and last while creating a song.

What comes first and last when writing a song is different for everyone and there are no rules or one right way. I tend to write my songs a capella and then work with a guitarist to flesh them out. I get a melody idea in my head and build the rest of the song around it.

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

Writing music is channeling. If you’re struggling too hard to come up with a song, it’s not writer’s block, it’s an energetic block.

 

Also, take chances. Be bold. You simply must get over worrying what anyone will think of a song or a musical idea or you. This means you must be willing to make yourself vulnerable, but you will be rewarded for your vulnerability. Vulnerability is not weakness; it is strength, it’s showing your true self in all its glory.

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Discuss your worse experience in the music business.

I once played a show where the sound guy got drunk and passed out on the mixing board during our set. This was with my former band, Pilgrim Beware. I was really angry and turned my back to the audience – something I would never do now. Oddly, the audience loved us though!

 

Another show that I thought was going to be great, turned out to be disastrous and the audience completely ignored us. I’ve learned to not take anything too seriously. If you mess up, laugh and usually the audience will laugh along with you. If you’re having fun on stage, it will show and the audience will have fun too.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

You’re not always going to be everyone’s cup of tea and why would you want to be? At this stage in my life, I have unshakable confidence in what I do, am genuinely appreciative of our fans, and those that don’t dig it, God bless.

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Tell us what you are doing to impact the people around you.

I impact the people around me by acknowledging their inherent perfection. Certainly, there are times when I forget who I truly am, and forget who everyone else is, but I always choose to turn away from the illusion and return to truth. Everyone is an absolutely essential part of the tapestry.

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Tell us the music that makes you happy.

There is so much music that makes me happy. Big Star, Bowie, Brian Wilson, The Pretenders, Patti Smith, The Zombies, The Turtles, The Beatles, Love, Brian Eno, Martin Newell, ELO, The Raspberries, The Carpenters, The Jam, Jeff Buckley, Sloan, Velvet Crush, Cesaria Evora, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ariel Pink. I could go on and on.

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Tell us how you make instrumentation to your song.

Sometimes I have a specific idea of what I want; a vague idea of what I want, and other times I leave it entirely up to the guitarist I’m co-writing with and the other band members. How they all do what they do is a mystery to me and I’m in awe of it.

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Tell us how you feel when you sing and your fans sing along to your song.

The first time that happened I was so shocked I almost forgot the lyrics I was singing! Of course, it’s wonderful to have others sing along. I want friends/fans to take ownership of the songs and make the music theirs. And I love having shared experiences like that.

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Tell us the goals you aim to achieve when creating a song.

To create a mood, a feeling, empathy, a revelation, shared nostalgia or to make someone laugh at a lyric or wink at a reference – And if someone is moved to dance, what more could you ask for?

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Discuss your approach to writing.

I write my songs a capella. I get a melody idea which often seems to want to be expressed by certain vowels, certain consonants, certain phrases. Initially, it writes itself, and then I build the rest of the song around that first inspired part and the story that it seems to want to tell. It’s channeling, essentially. People do it all the time and don’t even realize it.

 

I used to write my songs on guitar when I first started out in my late teens, but eventually, I discovered that my songwriting was being limited by my skill (or lack of) as a guitarist. It was a surprise and a revelation when I realized I really didn’t need the guitar to write with. It was liberating because I discovered I could come up with any melody, no matter how exotic and my very talented collaborators would know what to do with it, what chords to play, and what tunings to use. Together, we’d create something greater than the sum of its parts, greater than what either of us would be able to come up with on our own. It’s also a great lesson in needing others and being able to share something personal with others.

 

There have been times I have bemoaned not being able to do it all myself, not having total control. Now I realize that needing to work with someone else with a different skill set has been a huge blessing.

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Tell us how you plan to develop a unique music style.

I find inspiration everywhere and am willing to take chances, willing to sound silly, sound weird, sound unconventional.

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Tell us how to record a song.  

Find a good engineer that knows what they’re doing, digs what they’re doing, and remember not to try to make anything too perfect. Perfection is the enemy of creativity. Go with your first instincts and don’t overthink things.

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Tell us if you are collaborating with other songwriters or you write alone.

I collaborate with various guitarists. On our first album, it was Brian Stout, an amazing guitar player with great instincts. I just finished recording two original rock Christmas songs, one which I co-wrote with the amazing John San Juan of The Hushdrops and one with our drummer/multi-instrumentalist, Brian Demski. Both are incredibly talented musicians. I may soon be heading back into the studio with other friends/collaborators.

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Discuss your experience with fans.

One of our songs, Icicle, was recently played on a podcast which sparked a little following among some of the podcast’s listeners. For the first time in my life, we are getting fan mail! People have been sending us messages through Instagram saying that they are digging the music. This is definitely one of the nicest, most wonderful things.

 

Music is meant to be heard, and sometimes you feel like you’ve created this music which just goes out into a void. It’s so nice to know that there are people out there listening to and appreciating the music. I’m deeply grateful to these folks for listening, for giving feedback, and for sharing the love.

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Discuss your experience with booking gigs and shows.

I love making music, not trying to book gigs and do promotion, but it goes with the territory. Most of us musicians out there have day jobs and it’s challenging to find time to book shows and everything else, and sadly, musicians barely even make gas money from most shows.

 

Also, it’s just no fun playing at midnight on a Tuesday night with two people in the audience, so I found that I have become a lot more selective in what gigs I accept. I’d much rather play less live shows each year and funnel more people into a great Friday or Saturday night show every couple of months than play every week to just a few people. That being said, it’s great fun to play a live show with a great audience.

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Tell us if you consider a song placement in TV or Film.

I would definitely consider a song placement in TV or film, under the right circumstances.

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Elaborate on the song.

I didn’t write “Don’t Seem Right” to sound like a REM song, but for some reason, as it was unfolding, I kept hearing it in my head, not in my own voice, but how it would sound with Michael Stipe and Mike Mills singing it.

 

I could hear them alternating with the lines “don’t seem right; uptight; in the clouds.” Of course, I didn’t have them in the studio, just my own voice, so it turned out totally different from my inner audio!

 

The song is about the struggles of life and coming to terms with the truth that we are creating our own reality. It’s about trying to remain in the moment and failing: “You just gave birth to the past.” It’s also about surrender: “Any choice you make’s okay. It will turn out anyway.” Even when we make the “wrong” choice, it is the “right” choice because that’s how we learn. It’s about “having the courage to be wrong in pursuit of what is right” as Lazaris, channeled by Jach Pursel says.

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

The bass player, Patrick Thornbury, who also happens to be my husband, and I were sitting in a Mexican joint eating taco and joking about what we should call the band.

 

We own three paintings by a wonderful artist who goes by the name El Gato Gomez. Inspired by our Mexican lunch, one of our fave artists, our love of cats, and some kind of a jokey play on words with the Styx song Mr. Roboto, I blurted out “What about El Gato Roboto?!” and it stuck.

 

For a while, our friend Mike Conroy, an out of this world guitar player, was playing Moog in the band, which gave us a Space Rock feel, so the name seemed to fit. When Mike dropped out, it kind of took the “Space” out of the “Rock”, but drummer/multi-instrumentalist Brian Demski has added some synth to the record, plus we have a space/scifi themed song called Lost In Space, so I guess we could still be considered a bit “Space Rock.”

 

The title of the album, Heavy Petting, makes me think of teenagers, young love and nostalgia, and I originally had it in mind to do a humorous cover with a picture of someone trying to pet an angry cat. I didn’t think the play on words needed to be that obvious though and went with the retro, stripey cover. You’re going to find a lot of cat references with this band!

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El Gato Roboto, a power-pop/new wave/space rock band, was formed in 2014 in Chicago by songwriter and frontwoman Jenn of Furr (Jennifer Thornbury), formerly of Pilgrim Beware. Brian Stout (The Verve Pipe) is on guitar, Brian Demski (Mammals) on drums, and Patrick Thornbury (The Wes Hollywood Show) on bass. Bowie meets Nico with songs about nostalgia, space, and cats…

 

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