Halfway Hero

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

My name is Casey Truman. I’m from Nashville, TN. I was born and raised in a musical family, watching and learning from my dad and his successful country band, Diamond Rio.

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

I’ve been writing music since I was 16 and have done stints as a solo act and as part of a rock band but it wasn’t until I started Halfway Hero that I found my calling. I am the only true member of Halfway Hero. I write and sing all the songs. I also play guitar and piano where needed. Most of the songs I write are meant to inspire and uplift people. The biggest one with this purpose is “It’s Not Too Late.” The main message of the song is that it’s not too late to be who you could’ve been, or in other words it’s not too late to follow your dreams and to change your life. Basically Halfway Hero is my way of saying, “I’m only halfway there and maybe you are too but that’s OK. We can both change for better and do more with our lives.”

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

In general terms my genre is pop, but inside of that there are a lot influences. There’s rock, punk, and even a little soul. At the end of the day I just try to write super catchy and inspiring songs.

The concept and idea behind my song “Take Me Away” is actually spiritual. I had felt that my relationship with God was struggling and that I needed Him to rescue me from the trials I was going through. Thus I wrote this song asking him to ‘take me away’ from it all. Of course I made the song so it could be about a girl too, because a girlfriend or spouse can also serve as a rescuer when life gets hectic.

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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 songwriter I’ve had to face a lot of rejection and scorn, even from my own father who does music for a living. Of course it never feels good to hear someone tear down something you put your heart into but when my own dad discouraged me from pursuing music it really stung! I was hurt and confused for awhile but eventually I realized that it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks, even my own dad, I’m going to do music because I know my songs are beyond myself. They’re meant for helping other people.

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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. 

All of the recording and production for “Take Me Away” was done by myself and my engineer, Nate Young. Nate is a extremely talented producer, drummer, guitarist, and do-it-all guy. Our process usually begins with me bringing in a new song, putting down a scratch take of it on an acoustic guitar, and building the drums, bass, electric guitars, vocals, and everything else from there. Of course there’s a lot of adjustments as we go. For example on “Take Me Away” the original intro we had was an organ! It was bad haha I was so happy when we came up with the acoustic intro because it really made the whole song crescendo.

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

I’ve been around the music industry since I was born due to my dad’s band so I’ve always been exposed to it. But as for my personal experience writing and playing it’s been about 4 or 5 years. My big future goal is to get a Billboard Hot 100 hit. My small goal is to get over 200k subscribers and over a million video views on YouTube. I know exposure is the key to success and YouTube is a crucial platform for my music.

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

What inspires me to write are the hardships I’ve gone through and the lessons I’ve learned throughout my life. The subject matter comes from my relationships, depression, anxiety, failures, successes, and optimism to move forward.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.  

For me I think a hit song has a catchy melody and a message people can relate to. People want to find something in a song that makes them feel good and that’s what those two elements can do.

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

For the fans I have out there I would say thank you for your support. I hope my music brings some kind of good into your life and I want to hear about it someday.

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

Self-evaluate often. Confidence and self-belief are great but you’ve got to continuously improve and take stock of where you’re at. Only you can beat you. If you keep working something will eventually give.

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

My music career is at the outset but I believe it won’t be long before it blooms. I released my first single “Take Me Away” in September of this year and I’m busy recording the rest of the album, which will be released in February. I play a lot in Utah where I’m based but I also have a growing YouTube channel.

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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 just recently had a feature on Music For Your Heart blog and will have a few other blog features soon.

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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.  

My biggest musical idols are Stevie Wonder, Phantom Planet, John Mayer, Green Day, & Jimmy Eat World.

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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. 

Of course I would love to collaborate with any of my musical idols. Other artists I would like to collaborate with would be Hayley from Paramore, State Champs, Gavin DeGraw, or Third Eye Blind.

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3NRBN18hMnwHk-E80KVG1Q
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HalfwayHeroBand

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Halfway_Hero

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

iTunes: http://hyperurl.co/TakeMeAway
Spotify: http://hyperurl.co/TMASpotify
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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

One of my saddest days was the passing of a dear friend in high school. He was such a good-hearted person and it made no sense why he was suddenly taken. Later on I realized that God has a plan for all of us, even if we don’t always understand it quite yet.

One of my happiest days was completing my college undergraduate degree. It felt so good to be done with school and to have accomplished something I worked so hard for.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

The first thing I would do with a million dollars is pay off my debts and loans. After that I would buy a nice house, a quality car, and other essential nice things. Then once I was established I would go to Mexico for a month.

 

Mark Swink

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

Mark Swink and Kalista. I (Mark Swink) was born in Price, Utah (United States). Kalista was born in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States). I (Mark Swink) grew up listening to my mom singing Richard Marx. I loved listening to her sing. It for sure grew on me. I started playing guitar around the age of 9. All in all my childhood led me to my future investments in music. 

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

I (Mark Swink) really dove into music and writing when I was 15 years old. I remember recording and writing on GarageBand consistently. Eventually, I moved up to Salt Lake City, Utah and met some dudes who needed a bassist. I ended up playing bass for them for a few years. During that time I was learning more about producing and writing music in general. Now, I just keep on writing, producing, performing, and enjoying it. Music is whatever you want it to be. Whatever makes YOU feel good. Singing has always been something that took time for me to understand but, like they say “practice makes perfect”. My band name is just my name “Mark Swink”. “Kalista” is Kalista’s band name. 

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

(Mark Swink) The genre of the song is mainly hip-hop/pop I would say. When producing “Heart Attack Beats” I felt a bright vibe but, darker lyrically. Me and Kalista collaborated on another song called “Fake Eyes” which kind of has a similar sound to this song. I love working with Kalista. I vibe well off of her. Lyrically the song has to do with giving your full attention/energy to someone you loved/trusted but, in the end they took you for granted. Most people I know can relate to this 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. 

(Mark Swink) To make it short. I am a very open person. I think music can be anything you want it to be. I don’t believe there is a right or wrong with music. Music is what should make YOU happy. Yes, it’s nice when you make others happy too. But, make sure you love doing it for yourself before others. Music adds to my creativity. Music has given me a voice. Music has been my meditation through what we call “rough times”. All I can say is, enjoy what you are creating in that moment. Because I believe that is all you truly have. I am very thankful to have music in my life, and to be alive at a time with so many tools to create music. Music is endless. There is always ups and downs with music. It has taken me months to write music. I recommend just letting it happen. Relax, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. ENJOY IT.

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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. 

(Mark Swink) Kalista is a good friend of mine. Like I said, we vibe really well when we write music together. I produced the song. I am still learning, and I love every moment of it. Kalista played a big part in this song. She is a lyrical genius in my opinion. One of the brightest individuals I have met. I can’t wait to see where her musical career takes her. 

We wrote and recorded the song in my room actually. Just a small apt. room. We both were having some difficulties with relationships at the time. That really helped us create the instrumental aspect of this song. Also, helped us write the lyrics. The song both means a lot to us. 

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

(Mark Swink) I have been doing music since I was about 15 years old. I am 24 years old now. It’s been my whole existence really. Being able to create and hear music is what I feel makes me as an individual. I hope in the future I am able to have more listeners. I hope one day my music will elevate peoples days. Give them some excitement for their day. I’d love to tour as well. I would also love to keep producing more artists and create connections by doing what I love. 

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

(Mark Swink) Other artists inspire me to write. I love all types of music. Melodies are in the air, you just need to grab them. I love just messing with sounds and eventually meshing the other art pieces together. There is so much out there with music. Like, I have said before. It’s endless. 

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

(Mark Swink) There is no secret in my opinion. I don’t believe there is this “hit” song. We have created a stereotype with music. I believe any song can be a hit. All that matters is if you enjoy the song. That’s the whole point of music. It’s enjoying that moment. Enjoying the music. Being in the sound. No competition. Be open, don’t put other artists down. 

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

(Mark Swink) Be true to yourself with music. Never think your wrong when writing or producing a song. What might seem wrong to you might seem right to someone else. Be open with music. Don’t put other artists down. ENJOY the moment while writing or listening to music. Music is your experience. Don’t be afraid to be proud of what you have created. You will have people who will love your song and you will have people who hate your song. We are all different. We like different genres. THAT’S OKAY. Let music take you to where it wants you to be. Relax, and make sure to have fun. ALWAYS. Music is not a competition. 

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

(Mark Swink) Be true to yourself with music. Never think your wrong when writing or producing a song. What might seem wrong to you might seem right to someone else. Be open with music. Don’t put other artists down. ENJOY the moment while writing or listening to music. Music is your experience. Don’t be afraid to be proud of what you have created. You will have people who will love your song and you will have people who hate your song. We are all different. We like different genres. THAT’S OKAY. Let music take you to where it wants you to be. Relax, and make sure to have fun. ALWAYS. Music is not a competition. 

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

(Mark Swink) I have been in bands before, but this is my first time being solo. This is just the beginning of my career. More to come! I do have a lot of music available you can check out on Soundcloud, Spotify, and Apple Music. Just type in “Mark Swink” and you’ll find more music I have recorded and produced.

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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. 

(Mark Swink) This is actually my very first feature in a blog. I am honored. Thank you. 

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

(Mark Swink) It’s random. Sometimes lyrics come first. Sometimes lyrics come while writing and recording the song. Sometimes the lyrics will be after the production of the song is finished. I never really have a plan. I just flow with it. 

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

(Mark Swink) Chris Brown, Blackbear, Lights, Travis Scott, Drake, The Weekend. 

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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. 

Artists I have collaborated with now are Kalista and Frankenwizer. Future artists I’d love to collaborate with would be Blackbear, Chris brown, Travis Scott, Lights, Ty Dolla Sign and many more. 

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

Soundcould: https://soundcloud.com/markswink 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6eMvwOzuxzWhA0IgW7WAVi

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/mark-swink/id1117872557 

Instagram: @markswink

Twitter: @markswinkmusic

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

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6eMvwOzuxzWhA0IgW7WAVi

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/mark-swink/id1117872557

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

(Mark Swink) That’s a tough question hahaha. I will just say one of my happiest days of my existence is when I created my first song. I remember listening to it like 100 times that whole day. I was stoked.
My saddest day so far in my existence, is probably when I realized how short my existence is. It isn’t bad, just makes you enjoy the moments of your existence.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

(Mark Swink) HAHAHA. I would save a portion of that money and donate the rest of the money to people who need it more than me. 

 

 

Main – Perky (Ft. $tevo)

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

I was born In Washington DC and Maine was born In Philadelphia . We Both reside In Maryland . We both are from the United States .

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

My music career really started in 2013, I was always making new music with people I already knew but never released anything due to quality issues and just not being ready , my musical background really involved Go-Go a DC Sound that almost any and everyone in Maryland grew up on besides radio hits.

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

Our genre Is mainly Hip-Hop & Rap , the concept behind the song and visual was to have a high powered energy that would gravitate people to our sound.

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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. 

Other Members who helped us make this come true was Artist + Producer: Main. Artist + Videographer: 7-z Maxi Artist + Producer + Videographer: Azzan Jair.

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

What inspires me to write I would have to say it is always the beats I listen to.

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

I appreciate all the support from you all and hope you continue to grow with me and watch my story unveiled.

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

The advice I’d shared to any and all upcoming artists is that; you have to be able to take constructive criticism with this it will come with it, even if you ask for it or do not want to hear it at all, always keep it real with yourself and whoever else is with you along this journey and last success does not happen overnight you have to have a million dollar work ethic/hustle.

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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. 

Blogs that have featured me + Podcasts are – Swidlife , MusicOnTheDot , Work Hard Playlist . Get Money Music . Pardon My Fresh . Underground Industry . I want to say that you are foreseeing the vision when nobody else did.

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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.  

Five artists I look up to as idols are, Nas + Jay-z + Lil Wayne + T.I & Juicy J.

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

Links To More Music: www.soundcloud.com/lilmurrlandbaby , www.spinrilla.com/lilmurrlandbaby , www.youtube.com/channel/UC9nFtl–qOmmGHLCK84ayOg ,

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Firebirdie

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

I’m Travis Lou Wavescorx and my bandmate is Ms. Jessica Grantham. We grew up living only blocks away from each other in the suburbs of Minneapolis. While we didn’t know each other as kids, we have determined that we were likely at a lot of the same places at the same times, always just missing each other. 

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

We are a band called Firebirdie from Minneapolis, MN in the US, the land of Prince. On our debut singles, we wrote and produced everything, playing all the instruments ourselves.

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

The music video is pretty crazy. I’ve never seen anything like it done before. Not sure people realize it the first time they see it, but it actually is a documentary that captures the birth of our daughter. The concept was all Jessica’s idea. The clues are in the timestamps that appear onscreen, which are all accurate. So in the scene when the music begins and the fireworks are going off, Jessica was actually in labor, having contractions. Her water had broke a few hours earlier and we had a crew of friends come that day to film that sequence. The scene was very elaborate and required intricate timing for everything to sync up and look the way we had envisioned. It took several hours doing take after take, only stopping to let Jessica breathe thru contractions or to let the smoke from the fireworks clear. We finally got a successful shot around midnight and then drove straight to the Emergency Room. I think it gave Jessica something to focus on which kept her mind off the pain. She danced, lip-synced, performed, everything during her contractions in the hospital. You can see a few moments where she was really struggling, but overall she was committed. Our daughter was born 8 hours after that first shot. When she is set on Jessica’s chest, that was a magical moment.

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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 song was originally written as a one chord song. I enjoy putting ourselves in a corner and fighting our way out. Limitations force creativity. So I set out to write the most interesting melody possible using only a single chord. But I couldn’t do it. When I met Jessica, I showed her the music and explained how difficult it was to write something interesting over music that doesn’t go anywhere. She immediately sang the Firecracker Racket melody — lyrics and all — over my one chord music. And the song was born. I was so happy to finally have done it, but also angry with how easy it was for her. Ha!

In it’s final state, no students of music theory would interpret Firecracker Racket as a one chord song as some of the melodies imply other chords. However, even in its fully-produced recording, there is still actually only one chord ever played, and that is an F major.

Lyrically, the song is about being trapped in your own head and trying to break free of your anxieties and depression. So the lyrics in the verses become lyrics in the chorus, etc. It’s repetitive and circular by design, getting more intense as it goes to mirror how a person feels during a panic attack.

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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.

Speaking for myself, I really dig the Flaming Lips, David Bowie, Beyonce, Radiohead and Kanye West.

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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.

Honestly, I feel lucky to have found the collaborator I have in Ms. Grantham. I hope to have years and years of artistic sparks with her.

We also recently started putting together our live band. We have two new members, Chris Burgan on bass and Cale Henk on lead guitar. They have been stellar to work with and have brought new life to our project. Looking forward to seeing where we all go together.

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

www.firebirdie.com, facebook.com/firebirdiesound, instagram.com/firebirdiesound, twitter.com/firebirdiesound,

snapchat @firebirdiesound

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

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2aUEPI8WgdGjkanHIxHmCh

iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/firebirdie/id1290653594

La Porte!

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

Timi Tamminen (29.01.1994) – Finland

Mikko Barck (15.02.1995) – Finland

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

Mikko: We met during the compulsory Finnish military service and soon after decided to start collaborating regularly, as both of us are multi-instrumentalists with a passion for explosive musical styles. La Porte! was a name Timi had written down as a potential idea ages ago, and suit our vision perfectly.

I play rhythm and lead guitar, bass and drums on the album, Timi sings and also plays lead guitar. I created the instrumental drafts, Timi would then write lyrics and melodies on top of them, as well as focus on the nuances.

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

Timi: La Porte! combines crushing guitar walls with explosive vocal performances and dynamic, high-energy song structures. We don’t currently have any music videos.

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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. 

Mikko: We both share a long history of playing in various bands, and currently do so as well: Timi Alexander also performs in a trap-pop group Morceau and as a solo artist, I currently work on another (yet unnamed) rock album with some of my friends. We don’t have much experience with the big biz and the major labels (as of now), but are both healthily aware of the trappings that one might face as a professional.

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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. 

Mikko: Us two wrote, recorded and performed everything on our debut EP. We are driven by a desire for creating powerful DIY music.

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

Timi: As mentioned previously, we’ve been working with various ’underground’ musicians for a long time, yet haven’t really experienced the ’more serious’ biz side yet. This, of course, is the ultimate goal, whether as La Porte! or as solo artists. We are driven by a desire to achieve great following, to inspire and collaborate with people from various walks of life.

Mikko: To do this as the sole job is the dream, predictable as it is.

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

Timi: Women of the world.

Mikko: Raw rock and roll.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Timi: What good is a man that can’t keep a secret?

Mikko: A bottle of whiskey and some vision to back it up. Openly wanting to perform to big audiences while still holding on to one’s own vision without compromises.

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

Timi: Thank you.

Mikko: Thank you. And not to be a bum but I need $ hahaha!

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

Timi: There’s already enough Ed Sheeran copycats out there, do something unique and stick to your very own vision, no matter what. Remember, you are the only person with your very own experiences and ideas, no matter how silly they might seem to the naysayers.

Mikko: I support what Timi said.

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

Mikko: We are currently doing promotion for the EP while planning our next move. Me and Timi are also simultaneously working on our respective solo albums (Timi will be featuring on mine as the vocalist), we’ll keep people updated via our Soundcloud once these releases happen. From what I know, Timi Alexander’s eponymous debut album is out 27.10. with the sound being more in the electronic and experimental realm.

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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. 

Timi: You guys are the first ones! (Thank you so much for that <3)

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

Timi: I usually prefer working alone, experimenting a lot with different ideas. I do also like co-writing together in a room, as the result is always different from me being in a room by myself. I’m a very intense perfectionist during studio recording, preferring many takes and sometimes working myself into this sort of a recording frenzy that allows me to get things done, albeit it might look slightly scary to . I like variating my approach to lyrics, sometimes writing down lines in advance, sometimes just freestyling them out.

Mikko: A lot of my drafts are born while simply toying around with a guitar, then noticing that a certain lick or a riff sounds like a potential song idea. After that, I just keep whetting the tracks until they start sounding the way I want them to sound.

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Name up to five biggest artists that you look up to like idols. 

Timi: Chris Cornell, Aphex Twin, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Mike Patton

Mikko: Johnny Stevens from Highly Suspect (he changed my way of looking at music and life in general in 2016), Slash (inspired me to play guitar) and my Father, the man who made me play guitar in the first place. There’s bands I love a lot but these three names stick out among all else.

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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. 

Timi: I’m extremely open-minded and looking forward to collaborations of any kind, be it whomever. It would be amazing to work with the previously mentioned people, as well as some of my other idols like Graham Bonnet and his amazing voice. Hell, I’d love to co-write with Graham Bonnet, Rammstein’s Till Lindemann and various rappers… And I’m forgetting so many of my idols at the same time, the list goes on and on!

Mikko: I’d do anything to get to work with Johnny Stevens one day. Fingers crossed!

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

Mikko: https://soundcloud.com/laporteband

We are approaching social media game a bit differently with this group, focusing solely on Soundcloud right now.

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

Mikko:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2yh3v7APw5SF3PMHE7NQoj

  • Emusic

  • Amazonmusic

  • Spotify

  • Itunes

  • Deezer

  • Napster

  • RND

  • Groove

  • GooglePlay

  • Omnifone

  • Wimo

  • Shazam

  • Juke

  • Anghami

  • Claro-musica

  • Pandora

  • Melon

  • iHeartRADIO

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Mikko: The saddest day of my life might have been seeing my grandmother suffer from a bad case of liver cancer, realising how ill she truly was and how there would not be much more time for her.

The greatest day of my life is hard to pinpoint because there have been so many good ones. City and Colour’s gig in Amsterdam was one of those days.

Timi: The saddest day of my life was me contemplating suicide, then being confronted by two of my friends. Since then, my life has slowly gotten better and better which I’m extremely glad of. It’s an experience that I cherish in a weird way because it taught me a lot about myself as well as people in general.

The greatest day of my life, there are so many of them! One of them was seeing Chris Cornell live in 2016 during his acoustic tour, then there were two amazing send-offs before I moved to London in 2017 (which in itself was the greatest choice of my life), one of those nights involving MDMA and a bunch of great friends.

Capitano

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

“It’s either knowing there is yet another band of common folk who buy boxershorts online, don’t like their first name, have smelly farts when they eat too much cale and sometimes shop in the same grocery mart as you do, OR you have a mysterious bunch of weirdos suddenly appearing on the face of the earth, creating a wicked world with wicked masks, songs and videos that make your brain shrivel. We prefer the latter.”

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

“Capitano is the pied piper of our generation. The golden calf that leads our prosperous, privileged bubble of baristas and social media managers off the cliff of self-perception into a deep, dark pit of a genderless kiss-and-tell-seven-minutes-in-heaven hellhole.

Plus, we play instruments.”

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

 “The song is a breakfree hymn. It’s about leaving a hurtful und self-destructing relationship with a fist full of guilt and shame, only to jump into the nightlife and get wasted, fool around, dance too intensely and in general, feel liberated, lonely, angry and sad at the same time, while there’s a mirrorball in the background.

The video itself has a somewhat different, more artistic angle to the story of dysfunctional love. It’s like a coma, where one can’t decide if his love is dead or alive, and the other sticks around without knowing how to fix it. It is a dance around a middle that has nothing but pain for both participants. Only to kill off the relationship once and for all will bring you back to a life of emotion and empathy for the other one.”

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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, we’ve been around in several other bands, and always tried to “make it” by trying to make it right. Once we shed off that burden of trying to be “just as cool” or “just as amazing” as all the other bands out there, we found Capitano. Something that is special and peculiar, and from the start had no real place in a music business that has its own behavioral patterns. That makes it harder to be heard in the circles of the biz, but all the more interesting for all the people out there that actually yearn for new music to catch them off guard for once.

So we keep on doing what we’re doing. In the long shot, people decide what they listen to, not radio stations.”

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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.

“We all serve the single purpose of making booties shake and eyes cry, ideally at the same time. So there’s not much to tell about individual members. We are more like and ant farm. Drones that carry out the will of a fat queen ant that lives in our hearts and is all about getting freaky.

We had a lot of help from different studios and, in the end, made a lot of it ourselves since not a lot of people seem to get what we are talking about. So there’s at least three studios involved in this song, probably more.

When we wrote the idea for the music video, we looked over a lot of directors and finally stumbled upon Aviv Kosloff, who is more of a fashion & art aficionado and not too much of a music video guy. We liked his totally different approach to how he wanted to shoo this thing. His ideas for colors, makeup and outfits really spoke to us. We we’re like: “He’s getting it! He’s the one who gets it!”. So he got the job. We paid him minimum wage, though. We have our standards. Also, I think he liked the project enough to not rip us off entirely.”

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

“School kept telling me that there’s no place for all the madness that is happening in my head. But I met three other people who have the same gift, and together we are creating a place for us to be the exact thing everybody wants to repress. Next step would be to quit our jobs, burn our I.D.s and live in a plane that never lands, streaming live concerts from the stratosphere to the people on earth. Sometimes we’d open a window to hear them cheer. Only if its not too windy outside.”

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

“Everything. Simply everything.”

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

“Why don’t you tell us? I really want to get filthy rich and own a helicopter.”

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

“The end is near. So let’s light some candles, order pizza and touch our private parts.”

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

“Don’t ever listen to advice! If what you are doing is crap, you’ll know it deep inside. If it’s not: Don’t stop, keep going.”

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

 “We don’t have a career. Not yet. Future acknowledgements that we aim for: Oscars, Pulitzer, a golden ticket to Charlies Chocolate Factory. No Grammys.”

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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.

“We are as fresh as an unborn baby. You are one of the first to feature us. Good call!”

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

“Fuzz and I mostly keep coming up with ideas and talking trash about the other ones ideas, until we find common ground we both can dance on.

The rest is pixie dust and other magical mysteries.”

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

“David Bowie, Eminem, Josh Homme, Freddie Mercury, Mike Patton”

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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.

“We have a song with Mastodon’s Troy Sanders on vocals. He’s the nicest guy we know, so we tried to make him sing on the most malicious song we have. It’s called “Get Naked”. He wrote a verse for it that really sums up the idea of the song. There is this line like “Check your feelings at the door” that I really thought is brilliant. Listen to the song when its out and you will know!

Other than that, I am willing to work with anyone, as long as he or she gets what we are about.”

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

www.capitano-band.com

www.facebook.com/CapitanoBand

www.instagram.com/HiCapitano

www.twitter.com/HiCapitano

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1Z-d_HU7eca9qU91dVuWjg

https://www.songkick.com/artists/8776864-capitano

http://www.bandsintown.com/Capitano

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

One link to rule them all:

https://capitano.lnk.to/Hi

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

“Saddest day: The day the music died (Bob Dylan)

Happiest day: When Jesus washed our sins away (Whoopie Goldberg in Sister Act)”

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

“A solid gold helicopter. Too heavy to fly, but nice to look at. It’s something nonetheless.”

Stelle Amor

 

 

 

Stelle Amor has a mission to “serenade the world,” moving individuals through her music and spreading the message of affection and solidarity.

First experience with music originated from her parents playing classic rocks, blues, and country collections in their home. She started composing around a similar time different children were figuring out how to ride a bicycle. Notwithstanding playing out her tunes at little scenes in Louisville, Stelle would sneak into Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar (she was just 18) and sit in with the band, ad libbing verses and singing the blues.”Singing with those blues bands is when I realized my true calling as an artist and performer,” she says. These experiences drove her to an association with Music Row veteran John Dorris, who asked her to move to Nashville to seek after music.

In 2015, Stelle met her maker, Dave Yarema, and her guitar player, Derek Toa, and truly began discovering her “soulternative” sound. Derek rang his old flat mates from Berklee, drummer John Wood and bassist Will Cafaro, and the enchantment happened momentarily. “I have been lucky to work with a lot of talented musicians – but there is just something undeniable about our vibe together that really brought the music to the next level,” says Stelle.

Stelle and her band spent the following a while composing, practicing and playing each show they could. Stelle has charmed groups of onlookers at incalculable Nashville scenes, was a semi-finalist at Music City Big Break (2016), performed at B.B. Ruler’s Tribute Festival at Diamond Pub Concert Hall, and was highlighted on the TV indicate “Nashville Entertainment Weekly” and the “Women of Substance” podcast.

Stelle Amor’s introduction EP is set to discharge in May 2017 and highlights such Nashville legends, for example, The McCrary Sisters, Maureen Murphy, Roy Agee, and Vinnie Ciesielski. The primary single, “Get Right,” and music video were appeared in November 2016. The music video for her second single, “Spike’s Groove,” will be discharged in March 2017.

https://www.stelleamor.com

 

 

 

 

 

Kelsi Mayne

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

My name is Kelsi Mayne, born June 25th, 1990 in Windsor, Ontario Canada. I am the youngest of three and I grew up highland dancing with my sister and acting in my brother’s movies.

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

My music career spawned from a part-time job I had serving, singing and dancing at a country bar in my hometown Windsor, Ontario. There was when I had complete strangers come up to me and say “you have something” and tell me to “take this to a big city”. So I did! Since then I’ve had the honour of sharing bills with acts like Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Dean Brody, and Russel Dickerson.

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

My genre is Modern-Country or Country-Pop. This concept came from a friend who was experiencing a bad breakup after only dating a few months. The video is basically a funny dramatization to help shed-light on all of the mixed emotions and feelings felt during 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.

I am professional but I also make sure never to take myself too seriously. You have to laugh at yourself and have fun in the process. I think that’s how we all should live our lives and my music reflects that (hence the song’s contrasting uptempo with a sad subject). Choosing to be a musician is a tough career path. But I’ve never taken the easy way on anything so it’s par for the course! The keys are to surviving the industry are: celebrate the little things, take it one step at a time, be grateful for what you have, bust your a$#, take time to enjoy the ride, be yourself and always stay humble. No one likes a diva :P.

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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 newest members of my band also play with other artists like Madeline Merlo. JoJo Mason and Kelly Prescott. My one guitarist and backup vocalist, Ryan Dunn, has been with me since day one and is an old friend (who’s also featured in the music video). I co-wrote, “Still Not Over You” with my producer Ryan Stewart in Vancouver, BC. He’s a 2x Juno award winner and multi-platinum selling producer/writer who’s worked with artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, Hedley, and Simple Plan. So you can imagine I was a little nervous first writing with him. But we got along so well and (*spoiler alert*) even wrote another catchy tune I’ll be releasing in the near future ;). 

For my video, I’m very fortunate to have the best movie industry personnel as my friends and family. My director, visual effects artist, editor and script co-writer is my own brother, Corey Mayne (yes he became a film-maker), and has worked on productions like Toy Story 3, Up, Cars 2, Vikings, and Beowulf. Basically a good excuse for him to use his new drone ;). My producer Barbara Szeman has worked on films like Pixels, Poltergeist, Pacific Rim, and Suicide Squad; and my Production Assistant, Camera Operator/everything else extraordinaire, Adrian Jaworski is an incredible actor himself who selflessly volunteered on the other side of the camera both, long days of filming. The four of us will be working together again on a Short Film from Stephen King story “Willa” over the next few months.

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

Even though I’ve sang ever since I can remember, I consider my move to Toronto four years ago my official start in the music industry as that was when I really focused on music as a profession instead of a hobby. Since then I’ve played some of Canada’s largest stages like “Boots and Hearts” to some of the smallest like random open mics. I’m grateful for every opportunity because I get to do what I love. The last year and half I’ve been going to Nashville to write and to soak it in as it truly is the “Music City”. My goal is to break into the Canadian Country radio top 40 and perform 5 festivals every province by 2019.

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

Literally anything and everything. That’s why I love Country music. There’s a song for every emotion and feeling. You can write about anything. Usually things around me inspire me. People and their stories especially.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Well, this is my first release of an original song so I’m not qualified to say from my own experience. However, Canadian Country Hall of Famer and friend Ralph Murphy has a fantastic book called “Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting” that gives some excellent pointers ;).

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

My fans are SO incredible and supportive. Their enthusiasm keeps me going and I owe them the world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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

I’ve had a lot of success on YouTube. Recently passed the 2-million mark, guest-starring in the River Town Saints’ music video “Cherry Bomb”. I’ve also performed a cover song with Eric Ethridge of Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild’s song “Home Alone Tonight” which garnered almost 100k views and my own cover songs which also have thousands of hits. This my debut original song and after 24 hrs, it’s already received over 1000 views so it’s pretty exciting. I was a Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist finalist, Trackside Music Festival Homegrown Spotlight artist, and selected as a Sirroma Entertainment’s CCMA week “Diamonds in the Rough” featured artist 2 years running. I’m also fortunate to have received funding from the OAC and FACTOR Canada to help along the way!

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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 hometown, Windsor, ON, is especially supportive, every station (Country 92.7 and 95.9, AM 800 and CBC Windsor) have all committed to play my song. I’m incredibly honoured.

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

I write my lyrics and compose usually with a guitar at the same time. Although I have had songs that come in the middle of the night that I’ve recorded acapella on my phone and flushed out the next day. This may be weird but I like to record with a mirror in the iso-booth. Performing to someone (even if it’s yourself) helps me to replicate the same feelings and emotions you have when you’re on stage.

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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.

Eric Church for his lyrics, Miranda Lambert for her nerve, Brothers Osborne for their humbleness (even though they are so massively talented), Taylor Swift for her work ethic and role-modelling, and Wynona Judd for her soul and voice (I’ve loved her since a kid).

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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 collaborated with artists Danielle Bourjeaurd, Emerson Drive, Eric Ethridge, American artists DeLeah Shane and fellow actress and singer Corri English. The list of collaborators is endless but my dream mentor would actually be Justin Timberlake.

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

www.kelsimayne.com

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are all @KelsiMayne.

YouTube link to the music video is: https://youtu.be/Abj2oWlVP2U

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

iTunes.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/kelsi-mayne/id991596779

Website: 

https://www.kelsimayne.com/music

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/4Yt69jFD7HDADQ4EJt7EEE

CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/kelsimayne3

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

One of my happiest days was when I became a Zia (yes I am a redheaded Italian!). I wrote a lullaby for him while he was being delivered called “Born To Run” (found on my website and Soundcloud).

Since I’m very close with my family, my saddest days have been when we have lost a family member.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

My parents still live in the same “starter” home they bought when they first got married. Since we have the best neighbours in the world, moving was never an option. However I would either rebuild or extremely renovate their current home, adding central air and a proper studio for my mom to make her sculptures. I’d also give back to my hometown and donate a portion to one of the many deserving charities.