FOXLOVE

Tell us your favourite instruments. 

Drums are my favourite!!! I’ve been playing the drums since I was a little kid and it’s just as fun creating beats on Ableton Live.

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List the names of those supporting you. 

My Dad is my biggest supporter. ❤
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Tell us your preferred musical styles. 

This is a tough one. I love everything except for country music. I am actually allergic to country music. I love anything from heavy metal to classical, but I would say my style is more pop and electronic.
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List the name of five artists that have influenced you musically. 

Mura Masa is my biggest influence!!! I also love to listen to Julia Michaels because I love her songwriting.

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Tell us your favourite food and hobby. 

Goat cheese is my fave. Sounds weird but put goat cheese on anything and it will immediately become my favourite dish. I also love boba tea!! My favourite hobby is making music.
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Tell us if you smoke and take alcohol. 

I don’t smoke but I definitely drink a lot of tequila.

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Tell us your musical experience pertaining the recording of this song. 

I had a small catalog of rough drafts of songs I had been working on and played all of them for a friend of mine who I wanted to work with. She chose this track and we started building it from there. We co-wrote the song and the process was a lot of fun. We went on frequent walks around the block when we reached writers block hahaha. It’s a lot more fun working on music with people you care about than on your own. I also enjoyed writing the song because it was about someone very special to me.

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Explain what you know about vocal training. 

I don’t know anything about vocal training because I don’t sing. Always willing to learn though.
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Discuss the use of live instruments for recording in the studio. 

None of the instruments I used were live. I designed everything in Ableton live.
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Brief us about your songwriting process. 

It always changes for each song. Sometimes I write the lyrics first and then build the song around that, or I write the music first and then build the lyrics on top. I haven’t quite figured out my process just yet.

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Tell us your other talents apart from singing. 

I don’t sing; I just produce the music. I have plenty talented friends who will sing my songs for me which I am very grateful for.

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Tell us your future plans in terms of your music career. 

Just keep releasing music and perfecting my sound.
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Tell us your worst experience in your music career. 

Ummm, nothing really sticks out to me that much. I will say that it stings a little when you release something you are really proud of and not many of your friends/family share your excitement. It’s a little demotivating at times but I have found a way to use that as fuel to keep going, try harder and produce better music.

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Discuss sexual harassment in the music industry. 

Oh jeez lol. I don’t really have a comment on sexual harassment in the music industry because that will take up a lot of time and explanation. I will say that I have had a lot of trouble just being a girl in the music production world. I feel like a lot of men don’t take me seriously and immediately assume I have no idea what I am doing OR they assume I’m just a singer; which I’m not at all.
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Discuss in details all we need to know about your song and album. 

It’s a love song about feeling like you will never find someone to share your life with and then meeting that person and not wanting them to hold back. I always write my lyrics with something in mind otherwise it doesn’t flow out of my brain as easily.

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Tell us what fans are saying about your music. 

They better be saying its EFFFFFING FANTASTIC!!!
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Tell us the concept behind your music project. 

Still trying to figure that out haha!
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Discuss multi-genre and switching from one genre to another. 

I do this ALL the time. I think that’s the beauty of being a music producer! You are supposed to be able to produce multi-genres so we can get away with it. Most artists have to stick with their genre otherwise they lose fans whereas I think music producers can get away with it.

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State the links to your stores and website. 

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/track/1V8DxJ2sisASHr23xy356C?si=79Uhy7tpQ4eZJ16WsiCF4g

Soundcloud

https://soundcloud.com/iamfoxlove

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVB6aZObq0UUsKE-_2ihEUg?view_as=subscriber

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/iamfoxlove/

Instagram: @iamfoxlove

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Explain in detail the title of the song.

The title of the song is “Neverland”. The pre chorus says: “Hush now, take my hand. Follow me to Neverland” and it’s basically saying: don’t speak, don’t overthink, just take my hand and let’s enjoy this world we are creating for ourselves that only we belong to.

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Tell us the official date of release. 

I released this track on February 13th 2018.
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State the reason you are into music. 
It’s my life.

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Share your biography with us. 

Foxlove is a South African music producer living and working in the Los Angeles. Her sound is a mix of electronic and pop music with a huge influence from African music/culture.

Andrés

Tell us your view on old school and new school music in terms of preference.
I prefer new school music. I never really got into old school except for the Commodores and Michael Jackson… and Santana I guess…. music is all good no matter whether it’s new or old… it’s always opinion.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.
Playing Sacramento last December, playing to 200 dedicated fans screaming along to the lyrics. Love those moments.

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Tell us what you would do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.
I would only encourage and preach happiness, positivity, and gratefulness for being alive in the first place.

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Tell us how you protect your singing voice.
I just warm up for a few hours every day and try not to strain it too much at shows!

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Tell us the major reason you are into music.
Girls! I love the connection between music and people. I love the concept of people all being in the same room enjoying the same thing, it’s unifying and emotional.
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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.
I think creativity and originality derive from learning from what you think you know about music, and adding your own flair or spin to it. To be original, you have to be unoriginal in the sense that you have to try and emulate something to try and create something new.

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music.
I plan on making hits.

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Tell us the secret of success.
Heart work and hard work.
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Tell us how you become a musician.
Asking my mom to buy me a violin and private lessons when I was 8.

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Tell us what makes you happy and sad about this project.
What makes me happy is that I’m in complete control of the final musical product, therefore it’s complete artistic integrity, what makes me sad is I don’t have enough money to promote myself on a larger scale to get my music heard by a wider audience.

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Tell us your point of view on rape and sexual harassment, and how it can be eradicated.
Don’t identify with the body. Identify with the spirit.
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List the people that deserved to be given credit for the making of the song.
Andres Aparicio and Allen Casillas.

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Tell us how you get fund to run your music career.
Various odd jobs, and Spotify, show, and merch money.

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Tell us the genre of your music and the reason you decided to go for this genre.
Jazz influenced Pop Rock. Jazz is the most interesting, respected form of music, pop is the most enjoyed accessible type of music, and rock is the most energetic emotionally performed type of music.
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Tell us if you prefer to write your own songs or you prefer to write with professional songwriters.
WRITE MY OWN SONGS.
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Tell us if you prefer to produce your songs or you prefer to work with reputable producers.
ALLEN CASILLAS TO PRODUCE ALL.
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Tell us the story behind this song.
It was a joking fun song I wrote in the studio with my producer about being a horny goon.

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Tell us your favourite brand of microphone.
….. sm…57.

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List the links to your stores, websites and social media.
@andresamusica
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State the date of release.
2/14/2018.

Wolfgang Michael

Tell us about yourself. 

I’m Wolfgang Michael, an Indie Artist from the little German city Würzburg in Bavaria. I’ve quit my job as an Engineer 2 years ago to focus on making music for a while and currently I’m traveling & busking around Australia which was always a dream of mine.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist. 

I’ve started to play the guitar as an autodidactic 9 years ago and since I started I was always dreaming of someday writing and playing my own music. I slowly developed a feeling for my voice and my songwriting over the years but it took me some time to feel comfortable with what I’m doing. During dry difficult times in 2016 I wrote my first EP “My River Down the Lane” very spontaneously without thinking much. Since then it was more like a finding process where I was developing my attitude towards music as a professional musician & the music industry while preserving my music to be close to myself as authentic as possible.

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Tell us about the genre of your music. 

My music genre is somewhere near Indie Folk but it is really hard for me to define it as I’m always trying new things and really try to keep my musical mind open for new stuff. I still like to keep things simple… especially my live performances.

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Tell us about the story behind your song. 

I wrote the song after the Manchester terror attack last year. So much terrible things have happened and still are happening and the song is about how it affects my way (our way) of thinking & feeling. It describes fears and the wish for humankind to be different and to stop hurting each other but also nature and all living things. In the end we are all the same!

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Tell us about the problems you are facing as a musician.

My biggest problem as a musician is to have a stable income. As an independent artist the expenses you have for making and promoting music are very high and still you are always limited in what you can do. I have so many songs that people love to hear on the streets and they keep asking me where they can find the music… Also I would like to make more music and live the music but I feel myself consumed by social media, promotion and booking with very little “return of investment”. I think the times are just not very easy for independent artist even though new technology helps to do everything on your own.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

I recorded most parts of the song at home with very basic equipment but lots of passion :). The cello has been played by the very talented Kaitlyn Raitz (New York/Nashville) and the drums have been tracked by Chris Brush (Nashville). I recorded and produced the song completely alone with a 2-signal interface and a tablet. For the mixing process I asked Blake Eiseman from Florida to do it because I simply lacked the experience and technology to do it. Feral Davis from Dublin in Ireland did the mastering.

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List the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

The guys from Indiemono and Spingrey greatly supported my first EP and I’m very thankful for what they have done for me!

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goals. 

My music career so far has been very calm and I would love to get an independent label to work with me on new music.  For me it is more about the music and the songs… not so much about myself. Currently I’m traveling Australia promoting my music on the streets and trying to earn a living while traveling.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

My inspiration is almost always connected to true emotions. That’s why every song has a real story in the background. My popular song “Rustling Trees” for example described my wish for getting over lyme-disease and being bed-ridden for 3 years… I wrote this song sitting near my favorite spot in Berlin and the trees they were whispering to me and giving me new hope for the future. I have month where I cannot write a single line and then again during times where I feel the music… the lyrics and the music find its way to me and my songs are being created spontaneously. My vocal lines are very limited as I have an untrained voice but I just try to stay comfortable and still testing some limits now and then… for me it is important to stop pushing the voice and keep it natural.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song. 

Uff… I never had a hit song haha.. but I think in a world of more and more digitalization and industrialization (also in regards of music) the people will feel an ever-growing need for real and authentic music from people who just want to express their emotions. At least I feel this way.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

Never give up and always stay close to your music in the most natural form possible. (I tend to tell this myself 😄)

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 

I haven’t been awarded with anything except of some local stuff… but my biggest digital reward is that one of my songs “Rustling Trees” has crossed borders of nearly 60 countries and had over 174,000 listeners worldwide in 2017. It made me to feel so happy that people are enjoying my music and identify themselves with my lyrics/music. Then again what also makes me happy is to perform events and on the streets and getting feedback from the audience. Some people tell me that they almost cried after some songs… and it makes me happy to share emotions… I think feeling emotions is what keeps us going.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

As a non-native and an autodidact in singing/music theory I have my limitations in songwriting but I sometimes think that people enjoying my simple lyrical structure and progression. Still I always try to be creative and to invent things… maybe it is easier to find new stuff if your mind has no theoretical limitations. But I have to agree that one of my goals is to broaden my horizon as well by learning not only by trying. So far every recording has been different but was more like DIY. I would like to find a reliable indie label to record my next stuff in a studio with a producer to share some thoughts and gain new insights.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.

I’m not sure if anyone would collaborate with me haha but I’m open for anyone. There’s an awesome local band from Germany called “A Tale of Golden Keys”… I love their music!

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State the links to your social networks and stores for purchase of your songs. 

Website

https://www.wolfgangmichaelmusic.com

E-Mail

booking@wolfgangmichael.com

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4bOnt27cPrPHAWhADfD9Oi

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wolfgangmichaelmusic

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/wolfgangmichaelmusic

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa6WIhIjcGP_k9B9aQ_avXQ

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Happiest day in my life: there are many happy days in my life… most of them are connected with being in nature with someone you love… so… being with my girlfriend traveling the mountains of Costa Rica (Monte Verde) ❤️

Saddest day of my life: losing my grandmother…

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

Honestly I would invest most of it in music and make a dream of building my own studio reality. I would love to get to know more about music engineering & production and help others to record & produce their music. I also would invest some of it in people I believe in, my close ones and people who make a difference in helping other people.

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Discuss music promotion and how to boost fan base. 

Music promotion is very time and cost expensive… I cannot reach my Facebook followers without paying Facebook and recently I stopped paying for it because I can’t afford to do it in the long run. We need more people like you… thank you guys for making a difference!

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career. 

I try to organize myself effectively and I always remind myself that your close ones are more important than anything else.

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State the official date of release. 

16th of February 2018. ☺

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it. 

Wolfgang Michael… it is basically my real name. 🙂

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State the title of the song and the meaning. 

The song is called “House by the Shore” and it is about how we are changing as a society and how I feel about it. It is about fears of losing someone and the wish for a change as we are all related to one another.

Tia P

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

I believe my sound is a reflection of my experience and observations – my life basically. Though sometimes similar, none of us have the same story, and, even if we did, we wouldn’t tell it the same. That’s how I feel with my music. My sound develops as long as I continue to develop. Sometimes that requires exposing myself to more music, and other times silence. I’m never afraid to try new things, like a new sound, and new cadence, just a vibe. Also, I’m always around other musicians who are better than me, always picking up something.

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

New “artists” aren’t coming up, they’re just coming out with one, maybe two hits, then -BOOM – they’re irrelevant. Not denying it works in pushing out songs and making noise, but they’re too often short lived. It’s a new way of doing things for momentary status and fame, not longevity. At the same time, people don’t really buy full projects anymore unless you’re Beyonce  or something.

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Tell us your experience as a musician. 

What’s better than having one parent who’s a musician? Two parents who’re musicians! Also, growing up in the church, I’ve been around some of the world’s best musicians, not just drummers. That being said, it’s still a man’s world even in music. Everything I do is male dominated – rapping, songwriting, drumming, producing – and I love it.

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

It’s cool and convenient for the buyer. There’s nothing we like better in this generation than that *snaps right finger* instant gratification. The artists always get the whack cut though. You’re not really making money unless you’re an established artist who can move units.

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Tell us how you see yourself in the coming time as a musician.

I see myself packing out clubs and selling out stadiums, staying consistent with my themes of love, fun, and honesty. Also I see my status as a musician being used to enhance my philanthropic efforts for homelessness and education.

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Tell us five current artists that are your favourite presently. 

In no specific order: Kendrick Lamar, Solange, Anderson Paak, N*E*R*D, and Childish Gambino.

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Tell us your best song up to date and share the link. 

REVOLUTION

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/tra ck/0yxtALxqJxdkxo32JlzGDR

Available on ALL music platforms.

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Tell us your dream and hope for the future. 

I believe the children are the future. Teach them well and le-… Let me stop, haha. Honestly I hope for open heart and open dialogue about the racial and social, and economic issues that plague us. America has never been perfect but at least we were able to talk about it, and listen. I hope public schools highly reprioritize the arts for students. I hope I can help change a society into one; I’d be less fearful to raise a family in. Oh, and travel! Got to travel the world.

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Tell us what you think has changed in the music industry. 

It no longer starts and stops at a record label. It’s nothing but a reflection of the people who consume it. Everything is short lived. People don’t even know how to be in relationships – social or romantic. They’re afraid to feel anything, because we’re under the illusion that feelings make us vulnerable.

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Tell us your opinion on TV and radio stations playing the same songs from established artists mostly and giving little chances to independent artists. 

It’s funny you ask that. The very first line of my single, “Revolution” is “Television ain’t focusing my precision.” I don’t take my creative cues from TV or radio. TV and radio used to be about people, now it’s just numbers and being safe, not a vibe or a feeling. My focus isn’t so much what’s already been established, but what isn’t.

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Tell us the challenges you think independent artists are facing and how it can be tackled. 

Money (at least up front) and resources: 2 things a label provides relief from. Most indie artists I know still have a “regular” job to support their music. There is absolutely no shame in that. Also be consistent with content. Someone once told me “content is king”, especially for artists trying to be established. We live in a social media world – it isn’t fair, but it’s the reality. Play the game until you make the rules. You can build your base by supporting other artists, and networking with coordinators and other talent at events. But also, just because you’re independent doesn’t mean you deserve support. You still need to be good, lol. At the end of the day, I support good music.

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Tell us your opinion on how corruption is affecting the society and how it can be eradicated. 

The foundation of American society is built on corruption: corruption of history, power, and greed. America is infected with it and it touches every aspect of our society. What we’ve encountered in the past as corruption has now manifested into confusion and fear. The ignorance and fear is a dangerous combination.  It’s never going away, but I believe it can be contained as long as people are willing to at least talk and listen to understand.

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State the links to your social media and stores. 

www.iamtiap.com – info, shows, merch, etc…

@iamtiap – Instagram/ Twitter/ Snapchat

/iamtiap – Facebook/ YouTube/ Soundcloud

We’re currently selling “Revolution” T-shirts to support the new single “Revolution”.

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Tell us what you think about using social media to promote music online. 

I think it’s a great tool. You’re not local or just national – you’re worldwide with the touch of a button. The flip side is that EVERYONE has access to this same technology, which makes it harder to cypher out who’s promo is worth listening to or not.

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Tell us how you start as a musician. 

Both my parents are musicians. My dad is a drummer, producer/songwriter and my mom sings. I honestly can’t remember a time when music wasn’t a part of my life. Although I played drums for the children’s choir and was raised in the church (where I honestly believe you will find the world’s best musicians), I’m blessed that my parents just enjoyed good music. From gospel to jazz; 2pac to Stevie; Missy to Janet – I experienced it all starting from home. At age 2 or 3, my mom says I pulled out some pots and pans, laid them out on the floor, and started playing them like drums with a spoon and an egg beater. More importantly than teaching me drums, my dad taught me the importance of good songwriting around the time my grandmother bought me my first poetry book. Watching him on his equipment at home, I started using it, until he got tired of that and bought me my own keyboard, and mixer, and mic, and stuff. The first song I wrote was a gospel song, and I haven’t stopped since.

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

Aside from just loving it, people. As an artist with a growing fan base, I’m just as excited to meet my fans as they are to meet me. #teamtiap is real, because they don’t just support the art, they support the artist. That’s when splashes turn to waves. Each time I hug or talk to someone who likes my music, they usually express their love and support just for me as Tia. On top of that, the energy at my live shows is magnetic! That’s a high you don’t stop wanting until you’re dead.

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Tell us about you as a person. 

I’m just a big, little kid. I like to have fun, but I like being able to give – in whatever form. Whether it’s monetarily, or food for the homeless, speaking at the Black College Expo, or a message in my music, I try not to be selfish. It’s hard sometimes because I’m an only child lol.

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Elaborate on the story behind the song. 

One of my managers, Marty Arnold, shot me this track, and the first thing I hear is this Angela Davis sample in the background. I’m already intrigued. Then this military, trap-like production comes in and I’m all in. It felt like anthem music. Nevertheless, a week later I still hadn’t written to it.

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Tell us the process involved in making this song.

The world is in a state of revolution: overt racism against Blacks and Latinos, DACA with the immigration, gun control, opiod epidemic, gender identity, the feminist movement, #MeToo, Dona- 45. Need I say more?  I feel like Black people, we stay in revolution mode. It’s a part of being Black in America. But it’s like a revolution epidemic out there. I didn’t want it to be just a “Black” thing. Counterculture is at an all-time high. I had a plethora of issues to tackle.

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List the people that deserved to be given credits for the making of the song. 

Shout out to Villa out in the ATL for trusting me with this beat, and to Marty Arnold for making the connection possible.

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Tell us how you get fund to run your music career.

Honestly my situation isn’t like most. Shortly after coming home from graduating from Howard University, my other manager, C. Von set up a profile on LA Casting and ​an amazing commercial acting agent -Kim Gola ​ (ABA Talent)​ – found me and I’ve been booking ever since. My first commercial was an international Pepsi commercial with Torri Kelly. I booked it as a drummer on a train with a great smile. Music even infiltrates my acting career. It’s made room for many opportunities and the residuals are what allow me to fund my music.

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Tell us the genre of your music and the reason you decided to go for this genre. 

I’m a viber, so that’s what I go for. I didn’t grow up listening to one style so why do I have to pick?  Some days I’m a little more hip hop. Sometimes I’m a little more R&B or funk. I want to make music that makes your head nodding, not just your feet tapping. I guess that’s hip hop. Hip hop is the greatest story that they never tell anymore. I’m a story teller.

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Tell us if you prefer to produce your songs or you prefer to work with reputable producers. 

I’m open to work with anybody who has a passion for music and is willing to exchange good vibes. That goes for songwriters, producers, musicians, everybody in life. Reputation means nothing if we don’t pop together. Vibes are so important when collaborating.

 

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Tell us how you fund your music projects. 

Most of my projects are 100% self-funded at this point, which is why it’s so slow getting some out. But I do have a GoFundMe going on right now to help raise funds for my upcoming EP.

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Tell us if your music career is paying your bills. 

No, definitely not. Not yet. But I’ll get there.

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Tell us if you will change the style of your music to sign a record deal.

For me, a record deal is not the end goal. If it happens, it happens. I want to make the music that I want to make and that fans want to hear. So, no.

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Tell us the process of writing a song from the scratch to the final stage. 

Each song is different. I’ve had some songs that started as exercises, where I had to work and labor to get something workable. I’ve had other songs that just flowed out. “Stay Awhile” was written very fast — less than an hour, I think. But on my song “Outlaws, Lovers, and Home”, I had the first two verses written for months and really struggled with the third verse. So, each on is different.

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

My standard for production quality has gone up significantly after working with good producers like Becky Willard of Vox Fox Studios. Once you hear how good a recording CAN be, you can’t be happy with anything less. I don’t want people to hear my songs and immediately think, “Oh, it’s DIY.” I want them to hear it and simply enjoy the song.

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Tell us your preparation for a live performance and how you ensure the quality and output of your music is never compromised. 

Most of the preparation for a performance happens days, weeks, even months ahead. I try to make sure that the band and I are as well-rehearsed as we possibly can be. I meticulously pour over the set list and song order, and do a full acoustic run through at my house, even planning out what I’m going to say between songs. People come to a show and want to see something good. They don’t want to see guys fumbling around on stage.

Additionally, I try to rest up the day of the gig, and severely limit any drinking before or during the performance.

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Tell us your bad habit. 

I’m a procrastinator. Terrible habit.

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

At this point, I’ve got a pretty good grip on my performance style. But you never, ever stop learning. Audiences change, so we change too.

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

I’ve always wanted to be a professional musician. Always. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t fantasize about being on stage. But something happened when I became an adult, and I suddenly decided to become practical and career-minded: I stopped pursuing the dream. Somewhere, after my time in the army, I decided that the dream of a music career was too hard, too impossible. So I didn’t try.

Then, Operation Encore selected my song “Faces” for its second album, and I thought, “maybe there IS something there.” And I had really supportive people around me, pushing me forward. Especially Erin, my wife. She’s probably my biggest fan and harshest critic. She believes in me and refuses to let me settle for anything less than the best I can do.

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

I don’t know about the “greatest” feedback, but my favorite is when people sing along at shows or when people tell me that the song was stuck in their head all day. That’s just the best.

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Tell us your side interest apart from music. 

I’m a husband and a dad. That’s the most important thing. I love to watch my girls dance ballet. I love to be involved in my son’s scout troop.

I also enjoy comic books, video games, and audiobooks.

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Tell us the artist that mostly influenced you as a musician. 

I probably get compared to James Taylor and John Denver the most, but I grew up with Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, and Pink Floyd.

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Tell us if you are more comfortable singing as a solo artist than collaborating with others. 

Haven’t done much collaboration with other artists yet, so I’m not sure. We’ll mark this one as “To be continued…”

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Tell us the full details of this song. 

Erin and I have been married for 15 years. We can’t agree on how we met. So, one day I started writing this song, almost as a joke. But the bridge says it all: “Moments and memories fade away, but I’ll love you until my dying day”. Does it really matter that we disagree on the details? We met. We fell in love. We’re still going strong. That’s what matters.

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State the links to your social networks and stores. 

www.therealdouglane.com

www.reverbnation.com/therealdouglane

www.facebook.com/therealdouglane

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

There are a lot of organizations out there doing lots of things. And they do great work. I’m not interested in anything like that. I just want to model civility.

These days, it seems like people no longer know how to treat people like human beings. They’re so used to people with opposing viewpoints being demonized, that it becomes their default position to demonize others. So, I try to surround myself with people I disagree with, to learn from them and love them. Because maybe I’m the one who is wrong. Either way, they’re people created in the image of God and are worthy of respect and honor.

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Tell us how you feel while performing. 

Performing is the greatest feeling on earth. I’m more at home on stage than anywhere else on earth. I absolutely love it.

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Tell us the dos and don’ts in the music business.

I’m just getting started. But just as a principle for life: treat people like people, not stepping stones or tools for advancement. Don’t be a jerk. Don’t think too highly of yourself, because in a moment, it could all be gone.

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

I’ve never been a smoker. And I don’t like smoking. But people make their own decisions.

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State the official date of release. 

“Stay Awhile” was officially released on February 13, 2018.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it. 

“The Real Doug Lane” — yes there is another Doug Lane. No, we don’t discuss him.

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State the title of the song and the meaning. 

“Stay Awhile”

Erin and I fell in love fast. Got married fast. But when you know what you want, why wait? I just wanted her to stay.