Datta Boy

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Datta Boy’s real name is Antwan Upshaw-Marshal and Ronny Bueller’s real name is Ronald Yearwood.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

Datta Boy started doing music at the age of 11 where he grew up a fan of Ludacris Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, Camron, Redman and Method Man. He chose the name Datta Boy because his late grandfather Norman Upshaw would attend his shows as a kid and scream out ” That a boy son That a boy” and with my grand father standing at 6’9 280 who is going to tell that man to sit down.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

My genre of music is always going to be real hip-hop. The concept behind my music video” A Wave Of My Own” came to me in a dream. My late grand mother Ada L Brown came to me in a dream and told me to do a song like this. I would be a fool to ignore my grandmother and I know it made her proud. So I made a phone call to my good buddy Ronny Bueller about the song and he loved the idea and he told me he got the idea for the beat from his late nephew Nick Beardslee. So two great minds put together and we made this great song.
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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Well the ups and down I go through all the time. The ups are I am actually getting people attention with my style of music. The down side is a lot of people do not want to hear my style of rap because I don’t talk about Weed, Drugs, Killing, Guns, Sex, Females. etc. I am a story teller like my ideal Biggie Smalls. I have vision and I want everyone to see that.
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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

The producer Ronny Bueller has been a very good friend since 9th grade. He is also a vocalist and a rapper. But his passion is producing. The Director for the music video is the owner of RLM Film Ralph Mariano who is a very good friend of mine and a very humble person. He see’s my vision of story telling and he loves the idea’s i have for the future. We shot the video in Malibu CA. it took a couple hours but we got it down.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I just got back in to the game because I left to go to college at the University of Nevada Reno on a Football Scholarship then I transferred to Southern Utah University to play football and to finish my education which I did in April 2016. My future goal is to make it big in this music industry. I want people to be shocked when they hear OMG Datta boy is dropping another video. Another goal is to do a song with Method Man and Redman.

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

I motivate myself I don’t have much back up like my other side of my family does.  I’m a rogue. Have been most of my life.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

If i like the beat and I can see myself doing a music video to it then I can write a song quick and easy. It don’t have to be drinking and have a fancy car in it. There is no vision in today’s world. that’s where I come in.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

It’s story’s time everyone gather around.

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

Be yourself and don’t be what them haters want you to be -MJG.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

My music career just started taking off so no tours of any such yet. I have one mixtape out which is called ” Black Ink”. My next project which Is coming out In either January or February titled

” The Duke Ellington Project”. I feel this will be my best work yet.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

My music has been played by many stations and I have been featured on  blogs. But The main one was ThisIs50. When I saw that I was super stoked.

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

I’m by myself most of the time when I record. I do not record with a lot of people. Only a handful I will collaborate and record with.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Kendrick, J Cole, Redman, Method Man and Ludacris.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

Ronny Bueller, Ally-B, Kelvin Frazier PHD,Devin Horace. In the future I would love to collaborate with this one artist who goes by the name of Yung Smoody From Texarkanain Texas but besides that I would really collaborate with any artist.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

My twitter is @DaRealDattaBoy

My IG is @darealdattaboy

My Sound Cloud is Soundcloud.com/DattaDatta

You can also find me on YouTube by searching my name Datta Boy. I am also on Spotify when my name is type in search bar and other music source as well.

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

My first mixtape is on Dat Piff  http://piff.me/086988b

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was when I graduated from college with a degree and went to play pro football for a little while. Saddest day for me is when I lost my grandmother a few months back. I held my tears back until everyone left the grave-site and let my emotions go from there.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

On music really cause I have too many Ideas. Also on Disney World In Orlando Florida. I’m a Disney Kid.

Donny Blot

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My name is Donovan Marcel Blot pronounced (Blō) I was born in the United States. My birthday is April 2, 1994. I was always quiet, but had so much energy with a bright smile.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I am part of a Hip Hop collective called CAP 6 and we based in Tallahassee, Florida. We’ve opened up for many artists such as: Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, KYLE, iLoveMakonnen, and many more. We also performed at the A3C Festival. We’ve been a collective for 4 years, but we’ve done our own thing writing and performing spoken word poetry.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

The song and video that I’ve presented to the world is called PGTFOMF which stands for Please Get The Fuck Out My Face. PGTFOMF is a Hip Hop mantra for the haters who’re trying to bring negativity your way. The video corresponds with the song of being in meditation and people not breaking your meditation and concentration.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Me as a musician is as real as it gets. I am black, I am man, I am struggle, I am happy, I am sometimes, I am always, I am words, I am voice, I am poem, I am song, I am music. The ups are able to connect with the fans and audience of what makes me a musician. Able to meet new people whether if it’s a new artist or a new fan it’s always pleasant encounter first impressions. The downs will be sometimes you’ll get a lot of No’s, denies, and rejections from blogs and people from the music industry. However, I always take those rejection and keep making quality good music. Downs should only be use as trampolines to project yourself up.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

In CAP 6, there are 6 members in the collective (5 emcees and a DJ). The emcees are Donny Blot, Intricate, CRIMSON, Rob Ohtis, and Hakeem Furious and our DJ is DJ Nové. The PGTFOMF was produced by Gold Midas based in Broward, Florida, the video was shot by Matt Mooney and we did in the mountains of Colorado.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been writing music and started CAP 6 four years now and we’ve accomplished a lot. Like opening up for big artists, performing in festivals, and even won best North Florida artist in 2017 for Mieux Magazine. Our goal is to getting to higher platform where we are noticed and able to be crowned as one of the best hip hop groups.

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

What inspires me to write is the way I’m living. Everyday is a growing experience and I like to write about those experience in any creating way possible. Taking those experiences and put it on paper, to the stage and/or song to the audience and have them connect with my experiences is beyond inspiring and rewarding.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

The hidden secret of making a hit is a dope beat, with a catchy hook that people can relate to or want to relate to.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

To my fans… Thank you for all the support and love I appreciate it! Remember, being you is the principle.

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

For the upcoming artist patience is key, but is not about waiting, it’s about how you wait. Making things count and always continue writing and creating. Most importantly, write with the doors closed and edit with the doors open.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I’ve done so much in the past 4 years along with my crew CAP 6. Opening up for artists, performing in festivals, curating our own festival, traveled to different places to perform, won best North Florida Artist award, about release a debut album in the next year as well as a tour for the album.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

Me and the crew been on the radio and performed live on TV. We’ve been on the underground railroad on 89.6 Tallahassee. The voice on 90.5 Tallahassee. Performed live on the news on wtxl. Been on many blogs such as: EARMILK, DJ Booth, Mieux Magazine, Citrus Rap, and many others.

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

I write through my experience and I feel my experience when I record.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Kendrick Lamar, Usher, Andre 3000, Childish Gambino, and Will Smith.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

If I can write music with idols including Will Smith then my life will be complete.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

http://www.cap6official.com you can find all of news, music, and videos. You can follow me on twitter @followyaboydon and instagram @donnyblot

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

https://cap6official.bandcamp.com/

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

The happiest day for me is when me and my friends won Best North Florida artist in Mieux Magazine it’s just show the hard work we put in and the milestone that is only the beginning. The saddest day is when I had nothing, no money, no job, no car, no home. I felt I was in the bottom of the barrel and no hope freedom.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I will spend a million dollars on helping out my family. Also, will be doing a ton of investing.

Acid Cowboy

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Ross Francis: Born June 10th Gemini in Benton, AR. Growing up in Arkansas gifted me with experiences of horseback riding, hunting fishing and just living off the land.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I’ve been singing and playing harmonica all my life. Later in young adulthood, I became known as the Acid Cowboy because of my trip rock acid sound and outlaw spirit of a modern-day cowboy. I formed my first live-performing band in Tampa, FL about 10 years under the name of Six Shot Seven. In the summer of 2016 is when I met my producer Jordan Chini and we began the magic/ makings of my debut album: Joker Gypsy Country Hippy.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

Blues/Rock/Country/Grunge . As a kid, I was drawn to the sounds of Morrison, The Doors… Cool Midnight Swagger is my interpretation of the spirit of Jim Morrison in all of us artists/dreamers who move to Hollywood to pursue that path. I wanted to pay homage to Morrison’ dream of being a film maker before his career took off with the Doors. The music video is inspired by both Morrison’s short film that he directed “HWY: An American Pastoral” and Oliver Stone’s “The Doors”.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Just like everything in life, nothing comes easy. Nothing has been handed to me. I wasn’t born into a famous or even wealthy family. However, I’ve always known that I was meant to be an entertainer. Performing live is one of the best feelings in the world…better than any effect of alcohol or drugs. Timing in everything. Band life in Tampa, FL in the mid 2000’s was a good learning process. Then my nomadic path brought me to LA and now in less than a year, I have just finished my 9th track and 2nd music video.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

Jordan Chini: Jordan’s one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever met. He can play almost anything and makes it look so easy. And he’s pretty cool to work with.

BAND MEMBERS

Roman Kovalik: Bass from Switzerland.

Nozomi Yamaguchi: Guitar from Japan.

Sheldon Reed: Drummer from Texas

Cool Midnight Swagger Music Video:

Acid Cowboy Production

Directed by The Scatter Brothers

Edited by: Mike Merquan and Ty Carlisle

Locations: Around 500 miles in 36 hours: Hollywood, Imperial

Desert, Salton Sea, Joshua Tree

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

Release my songs/videos, live shows. Inspire an audience.

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

Difficult to say…inspiration can hit at any moment. Could be out of loneliness, could be out of being around too many fake-flaky Hollywood people. Or maybe I just took that extra shot of whiskey sent me over and I had to scribble my next lyrics.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I think when the message is a universal one that everyone can relate to…or sometimes it’s just some dumb catchy melody. Ha!

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to my music. I know there are so many options out there and I really appreciate you taking the time. And I look forward to entertaining you live soon!!

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

Don’t 2nd guess your instinct. If you see an opportunity pursue it.

Taking breaks here and there to find inspiration is cool.

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

Sometimes my lyrics come to me driving, working out etc. anywhere anytime. Other times when I make myself sit and write I close my eyes and use my third eye to see stories appear and then write about them. Other times I just play the guitar and improve.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Chris Cornell (Soundgarden & Audioslave), Nirvana, The Doors, Johnny Cash, Led Zepplin, Howlin Wolf, Waylon Jennings.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

A lot of the guys I dreamt of working with have passed on…but I think Post Malone would be fun to work with.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

IG — http://www.pictame.com/user/acid____cowboy/223278153

FB — https://www.facebook.com/AcidCowboy/

Youtube —

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuqQevITo8ERDbNXZaiFoZQ

Twitter — https://twitter.com/Acid____Cowboy

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Itunes

googleplay —

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Acid_Cowboy_Cool_Midnight_Swagger?id=Br2pdbdsmdweps7ldgmfelblv6m&hl=en

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Saddest Day: When my grandpa passed.

Happiest Day: I don’t have a happiest day but this year has had the most happiest days!!

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Try to double that million dollars while helping family with health issues and struggling artist friends who are almost where they want to be too.

Animales

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
Animales is formed by Javier Díaz (Lead Vocals, Guitars, Synths), Cristóbal Dante González (Drums and Programming) and Cristóbal Arriagada (Synths) and we are from Santiago, Chile.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
Our name is ‘Animales’, and we are Santiago de Chile-based Indie-Pop band. We played in different bands earlier from different styles. We started with the idea of having some uplifting songs for our live shows, and suddenly we realized that we got a new concept in our hands.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
We make mainly Indie Pop. The song and the video tells the story of a God and a Goddess who lives on an out-world paradise when suddenly they realize that their children had died on earth. ‘Dioses’ is a gloomy rendition of a dying civilization and the pleas to their deaf gods. A contrast between wealth and poverty that ends in a fatal climax.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

We like to have a great time doing music, but sometimes the struggle is real.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
The featured EP of four songs was recorded at Estudios Triana and Zen Estudios on Santiago de Chile by Nacho Soto Kallens and Lego Moustache (Astro). It was Produced and Mixed by Cristóbal Dante González and Mastered by Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound, NY (Adele, Beyonce, The Weeknd). The video was directed and animated by the Dutch video artist, Elise The (www.elisethe.com) using real actors in first instance and later on, rotoscoping animation techniques.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
We have played in different bands on different music styles since we were teenagers. Now we would like to show our art to everyone through music, videos and also live shows to most people we could.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
We are inspired from telling dreamy stories some based on a personal perspective, but sometimes taking the imaginary to an out-world scenario and sometimes something just earthly. But that inspiration and imaginary could came from a book, a movie, or just a conversation.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
Try to hear from a listener perspective like you have never heard the song before and of course, trust your guts!

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Trust your guts!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Of course, trust your guts!

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
It’s our debut, so we hope to get some recognition soon!

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.
Rockaxis, Parlante, El Diario de AnaFunk from Chile; ElUkelele from Spain; NoesFM from Venezuela; ZonaGirante from Colombia; HeadphoneNation from USA, and more… Thanks to all of them for the support!

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
For this EP, two songs were played in a band situation and two were done in a laptop. Usually the music comes first, and the lyrics later on.
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Name five biggest artists that you like.
Foster the People, Ok Go, Passion Pit, Daft Punk and something pretty oldschool, Genesis!

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
David Wise, the music composer from Donkey Kong Country saga, it would be a dream come true.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
http://www.animalesmusica.com
http://facebook.com/animalesmusica
http://instagram.com/animalesmusica
http://twitter.com/animalesmusica
Spotify: http://bit.ly/Animales-EP

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
iTunes: http://bit.ly/iTunesAnimalesEP

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest Day, traveling to some place you don’t know. Saddest Day, losing someone.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
Spent a half without a doubt. Save the rest.

Ori Dagan

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 

Ori Dagan – born in Haifa Israel in 1981 – I grew up playing classical piano and became a jazz singer when I was 18.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills. 
Before I got into jazz music I experimented with classical piano, writing poetry, acting in musical theatre and later singing classical music. Jazz appeals to me the most because it is all about improvising and living in the musical moment, where it is different each night depending on the audience, musicians, and how you feel in that moment. I always try to challenge myself when I improvise, and learn something new every time I sing. I have been scat singing (doo-bee-doo-bee-dweep, doolya-doo-WAH! etc) every day since the year 1999 😉
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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 
JAZZ is the genre! The song “Bibimbap” is a fun tune about a man who loves the Korean dish bibimbap; it is inspired by the famous Nat King Cole song “The Frim Fram Sauce.” The music video was designed, directed and animated by Heather Colbert, based in Bristol, United Kingdom.
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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 
My aim is to draw the listener into a song by connecting to the heart of it – whether it is a funny or sad song, I want to make people feel something. The music business is very difficult and you soon learn that you must love what you do and be very dedicated to it. Jazz in particular is not easy music and it takes time and experience to learn to do it well. For me it was so hard that at one point in my career, I stopped singing for about 6 months. When I came back to the stage I realized that this is what I am the most happy doing, and I’ve never looked back.
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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 
I am lucky to have some of the finest jazz musicians in Canada on “Bibimbap,” as part of my new album “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” – Mark Kieswetter on piano, Nathan Hiltz on guitar, Ross MacIntyre on bass. It was produced by Douglas Romanow and Nathan Hiltz at Noble Street Studios in Toronto, Canada (where Justin Bieber and Drake have recorded!) and the music video combined puppets and animation.
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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 
I have been making music for my whole life and my goal is to continue to do so and perform around the world for people who want to listen! 
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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 
I’m inspired by a need to express myself and the desire to entertain an audience.
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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 
Hard work! Dedication! Being willing to write 10 drafts until you get it just right!
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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 
Jazz can be fun, doesn’t always have to be so serious 🙂
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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 
Never give up, always be dedicated; find your passion and stick to it.
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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 
My biography is available at www.oridagan.com – my newest album “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” has just been released. In addition to being available as a musical album on iTunes and Spotify, it can also be found on YouTube as the first “visual album” in the jazz genre: a collection of 12 music videos, including “Bibimbap” and other songs inspired by the life, music and legacy of Nat King Cole.
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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform. 
I have been played on some great radio stations in Canada, the United States and around the world. Hoping that these music videos will get more exposure on TV!
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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 
They are all different experiences…I like all of these, but my favourite is to perform for an audience!
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Name five biggest artists that you like. 
Anita O’Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong
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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 
I have been so lucky to have recorded duets with Sheila Jordan, Alex Pangman, Terra Hazelton, Heather Bambrick, Julie Michels, Sophia Perlman. One day I dream of recording with Bjork!
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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 
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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music. 

Buy on iTunes https://tinyurl.com/OriITunes

Stream on Spotify https://tinyurl.com/OriSpotify

Buy on Google playhttps://tinyurl.com/OriGooglePlay

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 
Happiest day is when I get to sing; saddest when I am unable to.
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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
I would probably move to New York City and record an album with a symphony 🙂

Tota

 

 

 

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

(Tota) Real name is Larussell Thomas was born in the United States on October 6, 1994. I was originally born in Oakland, CA but was raised in Vallejo,CA where my parents were seeking a better life for us. I’m the youngest and only male of 4 children. Growing up my father was always singing, his side of the family was very into church early on and very musically inclined. I think I gain my melodic sense from him. I would have to give my edge and aggression to my grandfather on my mother’s side. He was a black panther and close associate of Huey P Newton. I’d describe my upbringing as normal like any other kid who grew up here. Vallejo is one of those areas where some days it feel as if there’s no way out. I always had bigger dreams and seen more. I started rapping with my sister around the age of 8. She was always better than me as far as flow, delivery, and everything so I’d always strive to write something better than her. I picked up producing around age 12 in the 7th grade. Me and my best friend at the time Larry would rush home everyday after school to record songs and make beats. I’ve always had little makeshift studios coming up because my pops was really supportive. My junior year in high school I got my first real equipment while on preliminary expulsion from school. The whole month or whatever I was out of school I just made music on top of music. I started learning how to mix and master and basically do everything myself.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I would say junior year or senior year is when I started taking it the most serious. I started battle rapping at school for money and just gaining attraction and rep. After high school I started really honing in on the art and craft and just studying everything about music. The best engineers the best writers the best rappers everything about it. I formed a duo called WeAreYou with one of my best friends at the time Dianne Dulay. This led to me forming an artistic collective called GoodCompenny which acts as a manager / marketing platform. We shoot all our own videos, mix and master all our own music, do all our covers, marketing, promo etc. basically a fully independent creative collective.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

I honestly have no idea how to describe my genre. I literally make whatever I feel at the moment. I have songs from rock, pop, dance, to really gritty hip hop with classic bars. Kanye west is one of my largest influences so hearing and seeing how versatile he is has always inspired me and encouraged me to do what I love and not what fits in with everything else. So this forthcoming year I’m really planning to unleash myself creatively and show the world who I am as an artist. The concept behind this song was really just frustration. I get so consumed and involved emotionally with these tragic events such as police brutality. It really takes so much out of me and I can’t do nothing but express those feelings on a song. My idea was solely to shed light on the situation because so many of these events happen and don’t make it to the local news or global news. They get swept under the rug and no justice served to the families.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

As a musician I prefer to let the music speak for itself. I try to remain completely open and honest and just really real in my songs. I love to question and challenge topics that others deviate from.  I’ve faced a lot of adversity so far doing music. I’ve lost so many of my best friends. I’ve learned so much about people through the experience and clout and seeing people that you once grew with change because they get attention is really crazy. I’ve taught a lot of people how to produce mix rap write etc and always get left with nothing so I definitely know my time is coming.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

Song was recorded back in 2014 in my old studio in Vallejo. I have a horrible habit of holding on to songs and I grow like this connection with them. This one in particular I always had a vision of how I wanted it to sound. I always told myself if I’m going to release a song like this it has to be the best one possible. So over these last 3 years I’ve added new elements to the production , I’ve mixed it over 20 times, I’ve gotten features and the last addition just happened this year and that was the spoken word piece by a poet named Tyanna Braswell Aka TeeSpeaks. I heard some of her work through Instagram and was instantly captured. So I knew I had to have her on this one. When we finally met in person it was an instant connection, she just had an amazing energy attached to her.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been writing music since I was 8 years old. My future goals is so cliché because I feel like everyone says it but I really want to be the best. I feel like hip hop has taken a huge dive lyrically due to all the commercial success of records and I feel I can preserve that. I’m always about the art first and the culture so bars is always my top priority.

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

I’m inspired by life. I literally just see things or here stories from my friends then write about them sub consciously in songs. My friend could tell me about a bad break up and I can literally take it and put myself in those shoes. I draw inspiration from absolutely everything around me.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I have no clue.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

The message I’d like to pass on is that real people exist. We get so caught up in celebs and treat them like their higher than us and sometimes they act like such but remember fans give them power. They can only treat you a certain way in response to how you treat them. I’m all the way human. Whether you’re the janitor or the CEO you got my respect.

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

Everything happens naturally. There is absolutely no magic formula or process. It’s actually super boring. I just sit here or walk around mumbling stuff until something comes up. I write pretty fast I always tell myself if I cant get a verse in 15 minutes then I move on because at that point it’s no longer natural to me it feels forced.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Kendrick

J Cole

Drake

Kanye

Bruno Mars

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

@Tota Shakur on Instagram and Twitter.

Marcus Patrick

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
Marcus Anthony Patrick, Kansas City, MO, United States, September 14, 1995. Musical upbringing as a child; following the footsteps of my deceased father, Anthony Patrick.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I started releasing mixtapes in high school with the help of my father. He pretty much taught me everything I know about the art of recording, arranging hooks and melodies, and the value of being a DIY Pioneer.
I have also been releasing YouTube cover videos under the name of MARCUSSOUND to try and garner in fans from around the world. I’ve always been one to look at things from different perspectives. This is why I love writing and remixing songs.
When he passed in 2014, I decided to take everything he taught me and turn it into an EP titled Rich Soul, that was later released in 2015.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

R & B has always been in my blood. From Earth Wind and Fire, Usher, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Luther Vandross, Marvin Sapp etc. My genre leans more to the modern, alternative side of R&b, but still with the sheen of 90’s contemporary.
“Incomplete” is all about self-empowerment after a breakup.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Trying to make it in the music business is about perseverance.
For every 30 no’s there may be 3 yes’s. But as long as you continue to move forward, it will all work out.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

The producer of this song goes by the name of PDUB, and he’s one of the producers I’ve come in contact with through social media. This song was recorded,mixed and mastered entirely in a home studio.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I’ve been singing since age 5, and writing songs at the age of 9. My short term goal is to continue and increase my fan base by releasing music/cover videos. My mid term goal is touring with a band, and my long term goal is to become an entrepreneur in the music and restaurant industry.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
I’m inspired to write, compose and sing by waking up in the morning and even having the ability to do so. Many people take their freedom and gifts for granted because they feel as though it would never amount to anything. I believe we were created to have our abilities amount to everything.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I believe the secret to making a hit song is to relate with the masses in one form or another. People love to sing along, especially when it’s relatable.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
I would like to pass the message of good vibes, love and honesty to my listeners. I consider myself a conscious R&b hippy.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Miracles do happen, but you can’t wait for them. They occur when you pursue them with passion.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
In 5 years I have 2 mixtapes, 1 EP, 8 singles and numerous covers/remixes on YouTube. Over the past couple years I’ve managed continuous growth. Particularly via YouTube and Instagram. In 2015, I received a ‘Rising Star Artist’ plaque from members in my community. I’ve performed with dozens of local artists including singers,rappers, poets, and musicians.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.
The blogs to feature “Incomplete” thus far are KRXM Radio, GetMoneyMusic & Joe’s Groovy Time.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
My creative process is relatively similar for each song I create. I’ll have the instrumental on a loop and begin humming every melody that comes to mind until one sticks. For lyrics, if I haven’t gone through something or have seen it with my own eyes I won’t write about it. I’ll also freestyle over the instrumental and experiment with different rudiments in order to get the rhyme scheme and perfect a solid delivery.

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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.
Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Chris Brown, Usher and Ne-Yo.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
My latest features have been with an artist by the name of Avazesa. Good friend in and out of the booth. My dream collab aside from the list above would be H.E.R., SiR, Jhene Aiko or SZA.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Twitter/Instagram – @Marcuspatrick14
Facebook – @realmarcussound
Youtube – @MARCUSSOUND
Snapchat – @MarcusP14

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
My music is available on everything streaming site including iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, Soundcloud and
Google Play.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
My saddest day was when my father passed away shortly after I graduated high school.
My happiest day was when I unwrapped my first EP, Rich Soul . I put more time and effort into that CD than my classes at the time. I was literally in Astronomy class working on getting my project distributed. #BossMoves.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
I would make sure generations after me are financially set. Then I would open up a major record label in Kansas City, Missouri to make us the heavyweight music hub in the Midwest.

 

Jasmine Nichol

https://soundcloud.com/jasminenichol/pretty-little-jay-1

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
Jasmine Cruse, stage name is Jasmine Nichol. Born in Hayward, CA aka The Bay Area. Born August 25, 1991. Virgo in this bihhh. My childhood experience… sheesh, deep questions. I had many experiences as a child. Most pleasant and filled with love and joy, some not so happy, but that’s life. I never wanted for or needed anything. My parents were amazing in that way and always provided for my siblings and I.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
Well I’ve been singing since I was 10 years old. Ever since I discovered I could sing I was doing everything from having a vocal coach to auditioning for American Idol (2 times), The Voice, & X Factor. I also involved myself in talent shows as often as possible growing up and was even in my high school’s choir, Story & Song all 4 years. With all that being said, I never took music serious until I was in college. What I mean by “serious” is that I never recorded in a studio or did shows performing my own music until I was in college around 2012. I’m a solo act so it’s just me 😊. Before I even started singing I can remember always being surrounded by music either by my mom, my dad or my older sister.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
I guess I would consider myself a contemporary R&B artist, leaning more towards soul and singer/songwriter, not so much urban. For my video for “Crash n Burn” I just wanted to convey an overall good feeling and authenticity of that emotion. That’s why I’m walking all around town, talking to statues, and just doing fun things in the video.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
Of course, like any other artists I have gone thru my ups and downs, from being on shows to being taken off, to thinking I had a legit amazing contact to it not going anywhere, promised features that never happen or getting that “I can make your dreams come true” phone call. I’ve been thru it all unfortunately but that comes with the territory. No matter what industry you’re in, you are bound to go through ups and downs it’s just about you respond to those ups and downs that is most important.
As a musician, I write my own lyrics.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
My main producer is my husband, Ade Cruse, Music video director for “Crash n Burn” is Bobby Shells, @shells456 on social media. The song was recorded organically. The initial draft came about in the Bay Area with my husband and I going back and forth. The final draft came about in Philadelphia at Milkboy Studios. The video was also super organic, just my husband and I bouncing ideas around with Shells.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
Been working since 2012. Experience thus far has been filled with highs and lows. Future goals is to be touring around the world, supporting my family via my dream, platinum plaques, Grammys, and billboard hits. Big dreams yes, but it’s in the cards. Just have to work hard to get there.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Everything. Life. My husband. My daughter. The bees. The trees. My friends. My family. Flowers. Love. Light…. Everything is an inspiration one way or another.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
Tapping In. Timing. There definitely is no formula. No matter what anybody says, there is NO formula. It also depends on the energy in the room that you are in at the time of recording. The ones that come the easiest seem to be the “hits”.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Be yourself. Never take no for an answer. Keep striving. And spread peace & love, all ways, always.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Always believe in yourself and your vision… AT ALL TIMES. No one is going to work as hard as you will for yourself. Also, never stop working on perfecting your craft. Learn something new every day.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
To date, I have released 2 full length projects and various other singles. This year, 2017, I released my 2 singles, “Crash n Burn” & “Pretty Little Jay”. Have not toured yet but have done countless shows in Sacramento, Seattle, San Jose, and LA. As far as recognition goes if had newspaper articles written up, but I have not formally won any awards for my talent/art.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.
Too many to type. But it’s been a good amount of blog write-ups. No radio or TV station pushes however.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
Good energy. Full stomach. Plenty water, Jameson. Good vibessssss.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.
Bob Marley. Aretha Franklin. Erykah Badu. Michael Jackson. A Tribe Called Quest.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
I’ve worked with some AMAZING “local” talent. Mani Draper, Luke Tailor & Chuck II from the Bay Area. Tia Ferrera & J. Sirus from Sacramento.
In the future, I would like to collab with Babyface, Salaam Remi, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, The Streotypes & Wiz to name a few. Also, Raphael Saadiq.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Instagram – www.instagram.com/jasminenichol
Facebook – www.facebook.com/OfficialJasmineNichol
YouTube – www.youtube.com/c/JasmineNichol
Twitter – www.twitter.com/jasmine_nichol

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
iTunes Music Store, Google Play, etc. Basically, all digital platforms. I have not yet had the pleasure of being distributed via department store.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
Happiest Day – any day spending time with my husband and daughter.
Saddest Day – any day that I can’t “ be free”.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
Make sure my mom straight. Start non-profit. Down payment on home for my family. Travel. Quit my day job and start my online business. 😊


EDSUN

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
I go by the name of EDSUN. I was born in Luxembourg (Europe). I remember that from age 0 to 4 my parents had a pub in which they had music events every now and then. I remember being put on tables and dancing while everyone was cheering. When we moved to our new house at age 4, music was still playing everywhere, while eating, in the car, every day there was music. So I guess that’s maybe why it became something I love.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
I (EDSUN) am a musician/dancer/performer. Music has been a part of me since I was very young. I started to get more into writing and producing at the end of high school. Before that, I was more focused on dance but then I noticed that something in the past was missing, which was my passion for singing. So I started to focus on what I really wanted to do and what I always dreamt of. Ever since, I think I have gained more confidence, I got better in singing and I tried to unlearn everything I knew in dance to learn different techniques with another approach.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
I’m not sure if my music is just one genre, it’s difficult for me to categorise it but it has RnB, electro and maybe even pop influences. The song ‘Apologee’ is about not wanting to be put in boxes. These boxes bring up all these walls that separate us as a human species and is putting us under a lot of pressure. According to these boxes, men should not cry and women should not have hair on theirs legs. isn’t that too much to carry?

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
I like to take risk and I’ve been told to be too perfectionist. I’m very sensitive but I think one might recognise that in my music. The ups are when people tell you that they really enjoy what you do and when people believe in you when you don’t believe in yourself. The downs for me are always the periods of self doubt or feeling misunderstood. But I’m learning everyday and I’m getting better in my downs.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
The music producers that I worked with so far have been very respectful about bringing my vision come to life. I have the chance to have a growing team around me that is helping me build my career. They are amazing, they believe in me and they believe in themselves as well.
The music video for ‘Apologee’ was directed by me and my friend Isaiah Wilson. After having recorded the song months ago, I decided to shoot a video to it. We had the chance to film it in a location that matched my vision. It was a very cold felt location that portrayed space and emptiness.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I have been doing music professionally for two years. I’ve put out my first EP called N.O. from which I released two singles, ‘No Compliments’ and ‘No Flashing Lights’. This process allowed me to grow as musician and as an artist. It showed me in which direction I wanted to go and where I didn’t. Since I’m a dancer as well, this period allowed me to design my own language of movements alongside my music. I’m learning everyday and I hope to keep on growing everyday and I wish the same for my music.
My future goals are to work with new producers that can bring my vision to another level. I want to be on the biggest stages to bring the performances that I have in the back of my head to life.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Basically my experiences inspire me to write and my encounters with any human beings, I could meet you once for five minutes and I could write a song about that. But I’m also inspired by minorities, people that are rejected by society because of their gender, race or sexual orientation or other discrimination. I see so much strength in us.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I think that lately in this fast live world there are a lot of calculations for making hit songs. The kind of “give them what they want” style which I am not a fan of. But for making a good song that lasts and touches people, I think that the people making music have to be connected and the energy has to be right, also I think you have to give it time and not be in a hurry.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Living in a box is not pretty. Boxes separate us as human beings and the rules that the boxes dictate come at high price and with a lot of pressure. Breaking down barriers will bring us closer to a sense of freedom and closer to each other. Let’s accept and let’s tolerate.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Don’t give up. Try to learn something everyday. Stay true and fair to yourself.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
I’m an artist that is looking for truth through music. My songs are therapeutic for me and so was my first EP N.O.. Everything I’ve learned in the past two years is preparation for what will come. This is the beginning of my career. My new song ‘Apologee’ is out now and there is more to come. My work was recognised last year when I won the Luxembourg’s Video Clip Award for Best Upcoming Director 2016 co-directed by Isaiah Wilson at the VCA’s during the Sonic Visions Festival.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.
I’ve been blessed that my songs are being aired on radio stations such as RTL radio, Eldoradio, 100.7 and a few others. I’m grateful that some blogs are recognising my work, like you guys, Soundkartell, Colombemusic and some others.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
It always depends, sometimes I just like to write in peace at home, but I mostly write in the studio while creating the music. Very often I just freestyle the lines, then write them down or just sing it out. It always starts with experimenting, then when something I like comes to live I like to embody it with my melodies and harmonies and continue from there.

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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.
Naming five people would be unfair cause there are so many that inspire me. But I will say that I look up to people that are fearless and that follow their heart.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
Production-wise I have worked with Emerine Samuel, Navid Razvi, Eric Foy, Mudaze and Céhashi. I would love to work with people who bring out their truth through their music – Kevin Garrett, Jamie Woon, Banks and Frank Ocean.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Follow EDSUN here:
www.edsunmusic.com
www.facebook.com/edsunmusic
www.instagram.com/edsunmusic
www.twitter.com/edsunmusic

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
Apple Music – apple.co/2gNVrbq
Spotify – spoti.fi/2ytBG0j
Soundcloud – bit.ly/2hM4RDJ
Amazon Music – amzn.to/2xL5ofl
Deezer – bit.ly/2x0jutz

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
Hard to say… There have been many of both. The best is to live in the moment and to let go of the past.