ARTIST NAME: Gradual
SONG TITLE: “Open Up Your Heart”
RELEASE DATE: 26 May 2018
GENRE: Indie Rock
Gradual – Open Up Your Heart
Discuss your personality.
As the singer/songwriter of the group I’m outgoing, social justice-minded, Zen-like, friendly, and answerable to the rest of the group.
Discuss your existence as a musician.
I love to write songs, I work hard at it, reading, attending seminars, learning all I can. Even after having several records and publishing deals. I compose music for radio and TV, the odd movie. I have a studio where I produce other artists to bring out their best. Somehow amount all these things I cobble out a living!
Go into details on the changes in your life for choosing music as a career.
I’ve been a professional musician for 30 years. Not so much a choice as an identity. I love to live inside the music.
Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.
Working from home, hanging out with other inspirational people – great! Trying to sustain an income – scary!
Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.
I have a great network of friends and family who keep it real for me. Apart from that – running. Yes running, I love to run marathons.
Elaborate on the storyline of this song.
The guy in the song is begging the girl to open up her heart to him. He is high on love and extremely motivated to hang in there and change her mind – even if he gets crushed. All or nothing!
Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.
The first time I played to 25,000 people. The noise was overwhelming and intoxicating.
Share your press release and reviews with us.
Press release and reviews on the Website.
Discuss your experience pertaining to live performances, gigs, shows, and tours.
Gradual play intense live shows all over Australia. A supremely tight and disciplined 4 piece act we put on a show that people seem to love. We work hard to promote our shows, packing out venues where we play.
Discuss the changes in your life as an artist.
First, as a young songwriter performer, getting signed to Sony, then composing movie scores, then working with Eddie Rayner from Split Enz and Crowded House as The Makers, then solo CDs now with Gradual, ready to take on the world!
State the names of the most important people that boosted your music career and how you met them.
First Graeme Connors – an established country singer here in Australia: he covered my song on his favorite Australian songwriter’s CD. Then Eddie Rayner from Split Enz. We worked together for many years as the Makers, doing movie soundtracks and releasing 2 full-length CDs through Warners.
Explain what you have in mind before considering music as a career.
Life – it’s what I do.
Discuss your experience in life.
Music – it’s life to me.
Name the artists that have influenced the world.
Discuss your moment of rejection as a musician/artist and how you are able to cope and move on with your career.
I’ve learned you get way more no’s than yes’s in this business. However the yes’s can open doors to real satisfaction and success.
Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received.
Elaborate on the song.
Tom Petty and Jeff Lynn doing a great, simple, effective pop-rock song. Whenever and wherever we play this it always gets people up and dancing. Simple and it works.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
The name is taken Gradual is from the IChing number 53. “Gradual progress is always the strongest progress.”
State the title of the song and the meaning.
Open Up Your Heart – It means exactly what it says!