Lexx, Coda, Nassus, Foots and Shon P

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

My name is Shon Shanton Pennerman.  I was born on September 3rd 1989 in the city of Nassau, on the Island of New Provide, in The Bahamas.  I grew up with a lot of Brothers so my childhood was filled with fights and sports.

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

I began rapping from age 7, they were not original songs, but once I learned a new rap song I would alter it for fun and perform it my own way.  Rap got me into music, but I didn’t start studying music and play instruments until I turned 13.  A lot of people believe that music is an easy subject to learn but it isn’t.  Eventually, I developed enough musical abilities to start my own band, Jam Session.  At this point, I had no managing skills or strong desire to be a leader.  All I knew was that I still wanted to become a rap Artist and in addition to that, I had individuals looking at me for work and progress.  If I was unable to keep up with everything I may have lost my band.  So I googled and went to the library everyday until I got an understanding of how the music industry works.  With this knowledge I developed my band, making enough business transactions to create a music career for myself and created my own plan to bring my artistry to the forefront.  I used my band to produce events and as a bridge to network with some of the biggest music industry personnel in The Bahamas.  At one of these events I met a radio personality called Jay Isaac’s, who was impressed with my talent and ability.  This happen in July of 2016 and the event was MAVs.  I didn’t know Jay at all, but I knew he may have been the connect that I was looking for, so together we produced a great song call GTFOH (Get The Fuck Outta Here).  I did not only use this venture to get to know him, his team and production quality, but to showcase enough talent and cooperation to proof that I’m the artist he need to work with.  After the success of this single I joined his team and we create Savage 100 the record label.  From that point it has been non stop production, promotion, development and performing.  In 1 year so much has happened, but this is only the beginning.

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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 and artist, the hardest thing was proving I was worth an individual’s time.  I have no doubt in my mind that I was talented, but so many individuals in my age set came before me and did bad business or displayed unpolished talent and left a negative generalization of young Rap Artist and Musicians behind.  As a Rap Artist and musician, I had to find ways to show that I’m different and change the perception.

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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.

There are many different projects I could tell you about, but for now I’ll go with All Mine – Charisa ft. Shon P.  Charisa is the lead singer of my band (Jam Session) and she always had dreams of becoming an artist.  She approached me about a song she began working on by herself and wanted some assistance.  So I assisted her with the story line of the song and theme.  Afterwards we gave our idea to Chavez Park (former keyboard player of Jam Session) and he produced the track for the song.  From this point we took the idea and track to Jay Isaacs (owner of savage100) for recording and video production. This song was and still is a great collaboration piece between all the hands that where involved.

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

In my opinion I haven’t been in this music industry long.  I’ve been working in this industry for almost 5 years making a name for my self as a musician, manager n booking agent.  Only for a little over a year now I’ve been releasing music and being recognized as an artist.  Yes I have been writing songs and showcasing my talent from a very young age, but I never considered my self an artist until I began making money and being recognized for it.

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

I honestly can’t say that I’m inspired by just one thing, because so many factors in my life motivate me.   Music was always a passion for me.  Its always been fun.  It’s always been something I enjoyed doing, so I was easily motivated to want to create more and experiment.  On the other hand, after getting into the music industry I realized how much I enjoyed being organized, doing business and seeing progress.  So developing my product inspires me as well.  Making songs more relatable, bettering the quality of recorded music and videos, or even freestyling.  I guess what inspires me the most is being apart of something I love doing.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Well lol! My secret is before putting words to paper as the chorus, verse or bridge I would normally sit my corner with a pen and a paper to brain storm about the topic.  I think about the story line, statements I want to say, the mood, ways I want to approach the track is there is one, and most importantly I try to give every line I state a sense of fantasy and reality.

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

Dear Jhene Aiko/you fine piece of something good! I see you.  Thanks for being a fan I really appreciate it.  Paradise is just a text message away.  Come see me fa once LOL!!!

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

This industry isn’t always good or fair to everyone, but don’t stop what your doing.  As artist we reach out to other’s with our music, some reach millions and some only reach one.  What I’m saying is that all of us affect someone.

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

Before I graduated from school I wrote and performed a lot of music, but I never released or recorded any of it.  After graduating from C.V Bethel I recorded and release my first song and it was a called “Music Rock”.  It was hype and it got me a lot of attention, but I didn’t know what to do next with it so eventually that hype died.  A couple years later I recorded and released a number of well produced songs like “B.A Baby”, “Here I am”, “My Love ft. Sketch” and “Together ft. A Major”, but they still lacked the level of hustle and promotion needed to make them last.  Soon after I connected with Jay Isaacs and a line of singles GTFOH, Bang, I’m me and All Mine ft. Charisa.  Immediately after these singles, we released the Savage 100 mix tape with songs like “2nite” and “M.C.G.T”.  Few months later and we’re preparing to release The Savage 100 group album “This Is Life”, but believe me, this is only the Beginning.

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

Personally, I would prefer writing at home and walking in the studio as prepared as possible, but when working on large projects with a time limit you find yourself in the studio editing verses, jumping on another individual song and starting something new, so it can’t be avoided.  Writing in a studio is effective because there isn’t any distraction or other task to complete; the force is the song so most conversations will only add to what you’re writing even when you get stuck.  The producer or studio engineer also played a big role in my records because in the passed I was paired with a lot of producers who don’t have much advice or opinions on my sound and what I could say differently.  Fortunately, as of lately I worked with great producers who have ideas, opinion and don’t mind taking a minute to try something different.

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

I look up to J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z , Eminem and Anderson Paak.

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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 met and collaborated with a few artists, but the most memorable in my opinion was Angel Alei, Coda, Nassas, Foots, Sketch, Charisa and Lexx.  Looking at the future, there are two artists from my city I would like to work with, Meedz and Juda the Lion.  Internationally, if I was given the opportunity I would jump to work with Jhene Aiko, Big Sean, Missy Elloit, Drake and Anderson Paak.

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

Facebook: TheRealShonP

https://m.facebook.com/therealShonP/?tsid=0.32013295427031374&source=result

Instagram: TheRealShonP

https://www.instagram.com/therealshonp/?hl=en

Twitter: TheRealShonP

https://mobile.twitter.com/therealshonp

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

Name.

Koardero Capron

Country of birth.

Nassau, Bahamas 

Date of birth.

September 10th 1986

Childhood experience.

Grew up in yellow elder and Bernard road with both parents and multiple sisters and brothers but it wasn’t a traditional family to say the least. My mother was a teacher that was a cult like Christen that I never heard say 1 bad word or even got angry. My father was a so called “pastor” to many but just an evil, hateful, selfish cheating man in my eyes. We have a preschool and an old folk’s home and my dad would make sweethearts out of all the women that worked for us and have many kids outside of his and my mother’s marriage (that she still accepted and took care of). Financially we’ve never “needed” for anything but you’d think growing up with both parents that are business owners and successful in the 80’s and 90’s would be easy but it wasn’t. Yellow Elder most definitely toughened me and my brothers up; I remember ducking bullets as a child and watching my brothers fighting daily and hiding under cars from gunshots. My childhood was strangely surreal but really built my character.

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

Basically just 10 years of developing myself and my music. I can give a long history of things some would say are accomplishments but to me everything I’ve done ain’t shit lol. Today, here and now is where it begins for me as a complete artist.

 

Artsit’s name.

Nassus (Koar)

 

Musical background:

Formally Kilo Grams.

 

Experience:

Again 10 year of just developing myself. I’ve performed over 300 times within that period, twice in the U.S.

 

Skills:

Ultra Instinct rap skills, word play, relatable and socially conscious. I can be lyrical, clever and tell a story without doing what maybe 93% of rappers do…..lying.

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

Hip hop is and will always be a form of expression weather for good or negative. Some have the media and other controlled platforms to tell their sorry or push a narrative but all we really have is music so I choose to use it for more than just (shake dat ass, get money, fuck bitches, pop pills).

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician.

Firstly this is and never will be about the money to me. Again it’s more than just (shake dat ass, get money, fuck bitches, pop pills), It’s also not (bey I can rap bey I better than niggas) because if it was I’d have ascended to heaven already as rap god or something. I feel a greater responsibility knowing people are listening so I’m not about to be feeding niggas ears no bullshit. My country is a graveyard of skills, talent and unfulfilled dreams; we see nothing beyond our neighborhoods and see any global feet as “just a dream”. The success of having international musicians and creating a thriving music industry here means so much for our country economically(by creating multi-millionaires that can bring help build up and invest in the country) and can also have a mental shift for the future generations that you don’t have to dream you can live, you don’t have to feel stupid for not wanting a traditional service industry job but you can turn your natural talent and skill into your job. So maybe I answered or maybe I didn’t but to me that the kind of musician I am, one that does everything to help make those things a reality.

Tell us the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Personally none but there are a lot of who knows who or who’s cool with who that can make or break you if you’re only in it for popularity but ain’t really shit. We all have to see this bigger than ourselves to be a successful music industry (artist, club and radio Dj’s, radio and TV talent, promoters)

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Shit idk lol I’ve never had a real hit, getting played on the radio in The Bahamas ain’t shit nigga. There’s a difference between a local and an international hit I think and truthfully I’m no music god that can give the exact formula because I don’t think there is one. While music can be programmed to make people like it by just constant play and extreme marketing I don’t think the song matters in those cases. If it’s organic then it’s just the feeling it gives the people and timing because you can’t make folks connect with music especially if it’s trash.

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

I wanna be free. Love is the greatest thing ever. We need unity. Stop hating. It’s OK to not have an opinion. You can like more than one thing. Aliens are real but low key they may be demons so don’t loan ET your bike.

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

Stop giving too much of a fuck about what people have to say. Keep getting better because if niggas who liked peanut butter didn’t try putting jam on that bread too we wouldn’t have pb and j nigga. Stop rapping if you suck and become an electrician shit.

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

 My album Janus still is the best album ever from my country and it’s free so you free shit loving niggas go to my SoundCloud and listen then pay me for blessing you. I’m going on my first tour soon with Savage 100 so I’ll get back to y’all on that. 

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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 is being played a lot of places on a lot of stations but I particularly love when just normal folks from all over the world fuck with it. I’m humbled by anyone listening let alone thousands so from the Dj’s to radio personalities to a nigga name Ishmel in Bangladesh, I appreciate you.

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

Well for me normally what I do is get a concept of what I want or I sit down and really think about it meticulously. Some days i just kind a write random bars and put it together. I’m the write on the spot and then go record the song in 20 minutes i just kind of started doing that shit when is I started working with Savage. So now studio sessions kind of quick these days but normally I love to take my time writing music recording music sitting back and listening to it to make sure I fix all of the mistakes anything that I want to change or Takeaway, that’s normally my process in the recording.

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

I don’t have idols but as far as artist I looked up to growing up or before I started to doing music and record, Tupac is on the top of my list for me he will always be more than just music more than just a rapper more than just an artist. 50Cent, Nas, Jeezy and later in my life Jay-Z because I hated that nigga because Nas did lol when I was around 22 I realized that I was a hating ass nigga and Jay-Z is possibly the greatest rapper on any planet.

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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.

This about me right now them nigga probably somewhere doing lil less dope shit than interviewing me right now.

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

www.twitter.com/1koar

www.facebook.com/1koar

Instagram: 1koar

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Every day that I am able to wake up healthy and able to continue to try to improve myself as a person as a husband as a father as a musician in my career is a good day for me. We really should have shit to complain about really not when you wake up and you’re still able to try to improve yourself every day not really 100% a slave maybe 85% but not 100%. Millions of people out there that have a very bad life and when you’re able to make ends meet and help your family and feed your family every day and you don’t have to worry about where the next meal is coming from then I’d say that’s a good day. I suffer from depression and I don’t like to use the word suffer from because it makes you seem kind of a slave to this mental thing, that when you consider yourself a strong person you don’t really want to say you suffer from something that you can control. But I’m medically bipolar but fuck the doctors by the way, so I have days where I do get depressed you know, when thinking about my sons physical and mental disability because of his accident is kind of hard. I’d put it like this, like Young Jeezy said minus the bullshit life’s great.

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

My real name is Jacoda ,kendary, jervain Adams and I was born in Nassau Bahamas, but my childhood experience wasn’t one of the typical Bahamian because at the age of two I left Nassau and moved to Hollywood Florida, where I grew up influenced by rappers like Young Joc ,Lil Wayne , Jay Z and more and when I wasn’t listening to music I was on the football field.

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

My music career I can safely say has just begun, even though I was really into all genres of music and loved to sing along with most.

My artist name is Coda, my name being Jacoda ,Coda just came natural also because most people would have problems pronouncing my real name. My musical background wasn’t much as one may think instruments where never really my thing until I got into the 9th grade where I took up the drums and the trumpet. But I always listened to mostly hip-hop and R&B mainly because I loved how those back in the day artist of r&b such as Genuine,  Donnelle Jones , Neyo and Tyrese expressed themselves onto a track. My experience in music is mostly from me peaking my own curiosity and teaching myself what I know and gathering what information I needed to keep myself musically in touch.

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

My genre of music is not limited to one to me because I try to do a little bit of everything and be as versatile as my body allows. Now pertaining to the music video the genre behind that would catch the ear as hip-hop or trap music. The idea behind it to me was to depict the “Get the Bag” type of scene, you gotta hustle for what you want and go and get it. The music video also depicts the same.

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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.

Everything that you would need to know about me as a musician is simple I am Coda and I want my music to be heard from people all over the world and to let them see what I go through and what I have experienced in my life so that they may either learn from it or simply appreciate the sound.

Being an artist in the Bahamas proves to carry a lot of downsides such as not as many opportunities as one would have abroad, the audience for someone trying to be a rapper is small compared to abroad. Not to mention the stereotype that a Bahamian artist should be held to the genre of soca or calypso and sometimes that’s not always the case. An artist should not be defined by where he is from but by his or her sound.

Now the ups are that since our numbers as small compared to other countries we have a chance to stand out more above the average of you are above average. For me one major upside is that through the years we have connected with other labels and music industries abroad to help provide more opportunities.

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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 of my label include Shon P, Angel Alei and  Ophine at this moment I have little that I can say about them except that working with them is like working with a family, everyone is easy and fun to work with. Our music production crew and directors that I can remember off the top are Jay Issacs the man in charge alongside Toi who is the woman in charge, Sharr is the mother of the label so to speak and those I forgot I apologize but those are the ones who make it all happen and for their effort and dedication I am forever grateful.

The song M.C.G.T was recorded as any other song but the video was shot a little different from the usual as you can see with some of the shots we took using Jays Visual Genius trying to capture what the song was really portraying instead of random scenes like some music videos do.

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

I haven’t really been in the music industry for a long time probably six months therefore my experience at the moment is not much but I am learning new things everyday from my fellow artist and everyday life. My future goal is to have my music heard worldwide to share my love for music with everyone else.

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

I get most of my inspiration from pure love for music and the art of making a song and the curiosity hearing what people think of a song that you as an artist put together.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

For me the secret behind making a hit song is  being as original as possible and having a song that people can easily relate to. That’s it for me because once you do those two things it’s kind of hard to go wrong , people get tired of hearing the same sound of music all the time ,hence originality is key. As for the second you may not be able to relate to everyone but when people can relate to you that’s when you’ve done something right.

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

My message to all my fans out there is just thank you , thank you for listening and supporting what it is I love to do and having an understanding of how I feel written down in my songs. And also that without them this would all be pointless because my mission as Coda is to share my music with the people who will listen and that would be pretty hard without anyone to listen.

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

Well to me since I’m just starting out I can’t really give much advice , but what I can say I have learned is to no matter what remember why you’re doing what you’re doing and who you’re really doing it for, never let criticism of any kind get to you and last but not least be humble.

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

So far I currently have no albums of my own but am featured on the mixtape “Why So Savage” and future mixtape “This Is Life” soon to be released at the end of this month.

My songs include Bounce,2nite ft Shon-P.

M.C.G.T ft Shon p and Angel Alei all off of the mixtape “Why So Savage” and a new release off of the mixtape “This Is Life “called “Need That” by Sleepy Lexx ft Coda (me) ,Nasus, Foots and Shon P and that’s all for me for now.

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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.

So far the radio stations that are airing our songs and e 91.7 and 100jamz that I am aware of. I have also been interviewed by ordain on support an artist Friday which was a lot of fun for me. As for blogs that I know of none besides the current one now. What I would like to say to every platform that plays and or talks about our music I extend a thank you to all and I have nothing but appreciation for their efforts and what it is they do.

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

When writing a song I usually start off by free-styling getting a feel for the instrumental and write down as I freestyle, keeping in my head what kind of song and the kind of story I’m trying to go for or the emotion I want someone to feel when listening. The way I record on the studio is simple for me get behind the mic and put your all into it as you were percent on a stage in front of millions.

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

Well I don’t really look up to any artist like an “idol” but I do have artists that inspire me and my five biggest would be Michael Jackson, Big Sean, 2pac , Lil Wayne And Tory Lanes.

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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.

Some artist that I have collaborated with include in order shon p ,Angel Alei, Que, Nasus, sleepy Lexx and foots. Other artist I would love to work with would include Tebby, Twin Dem, Wendi and dyson Knight. As for foreign artist my list on that would be way to long for this panel.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was when I got my first birthday gift at the age of 19 as funny as it sounds that was my happiest day because what I got was something that pushed me a little further into music and wanted to badly at the time, my very first guitar.

My saddest day was actually more than a day, my grandmother had been diagnosed with cancer for me hearing her scream in pain every night was the worst thing I could ever experience; knowing that there was nothing I could do to help her or comfort her was sickening up until the day that she couldn’t take the pain anymore. I don’t know if I’m right to say this but the day she finally stopped screaming was the day I was happy for her and heartbroken at the same time.  I am happy because she didn’t have to suffer anymore and sad because I lost a very special part of my family.

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https://soundcloud.com/simon_dewit/hey-girl

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

My real name is Simon de Wit, I was born on April 19th in 1997 born in Utrecht, a city in the Netherlands. I had an awesome childhood! When I was about 3 years old, we moved to the north of Holland, where we lived on an old farm. Our nearest neighbors were like 200 meters away, so we could play on the land, make noise, and make music as loud as we wanted.

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

I started playing guitar when I was around 10 years old. After one year, I started singing too. Since then I’ve been playing. I took lessons for about 4 years, then we moved to the city. It was around this time I started writing songs with a friend, just for fun.

Two years ago we (my friend, my brother and I) participated in an online talent contest, organized by one of the most well-known radio DJ’s of the Netherlands, Giel Beelen. We made it (from 1300 submissions) to the last 25.

After that, I decided it was time to focus on music. I experienced how much I liked writing songs, playing music and finding my way in the business. I started producing and writing myself, watching hundreds of videos on YouTube. After 1 year of messing around, I felt like my skills were good enough to release something.

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

Imagine walking down the street, and you make eye contact with a boy or girl, and you just feel a connection. Sparks are flying, the world stops spinning for a second and then both of you keep walking and its gone. ‘Hey Girl’ is about exactly that moment. Describing the feelings, imagining how it could be to be together, and what you would say if the two of you would ever meet again: ‘Hey girl, don’t you need someone to hold you warm at night?’

I tried to give the song a positive and uplifting feel, because in that moment of eye contact you usually feel butterflies in your stomach.

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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’m really for doing everything myself. I’ve written, recorded and produced this song myself. I play the instruments myself. I sing myself. In order to create a song that sounds completely like you want, you should carry out (or at least be involved in) every step of the creation.

About my ups and downs: I’ve only been in this biz for about 2 years, so I wouldn’t say I’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs. Sure, I’ve often heard no’s, but I feel like everything I’ve tried till now worked out. One of the ups was definitely the response to my first single. It topped the Spotify viral charts in the Netherlands for about 3 days straight.

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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’m a solo act, so this will be short: it’s just me. I play, sing, write, record and produce everything. I wrote and recorded this song in my garage (which I turned into a home studio).

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

My experiences till now are very positive. I haven’t experienced any negative things and I’m not getting discouraged if for example a song doesn’t do as well as the previous one, or a blog turns down my song. I really do make this music because this is what I like and makes me happy.

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

I get inspiration from everything around me: my own experiences, my friends’ experiences, other songs, movies, the internet, whatever. What inspires me to keep writing? I don’t really know. All I know, is that getting out of bed, and messing around on the piano and coming up with a new melody is the best thing in the world. The feeling I get when I find a beautiful lyric, melody or chord progression really makes my day (or week haha). It would be my dream to be able to wake up and make songs, and do that every day.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I don’t believe there is a strict formula or something (verse-chorus-bridge always does nice), but there is one thing that must be there: catchiness. If a melody, chord progression or lyric is catchy, it can be a hit. I’d say the more accessible it sounds, the more it will be played on radio, but sometimes weird songs become hits too.

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

Enjoy everything, live in the moment. By that I don’t mean you shouldn’t think about your future, that is a fun and smart thing to do, but be present in the moment. Nowadays, we’re always on our phones and doing multiple things at once. Try to focus 100% on every moment and enjoy it to the fullest.

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

From one upcoming artist to another: keep on rocking, a ‘no’ doesn’t mean shit, trust your gut. And don’t forget to have fun! 🙂

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

I’ve released 5 singles, which have accumulated over 600.000 streams on Spotify (bit S\O to Spotify). I haven’t toured (yet), I don’t have any awards (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.

Local radio stations have played my songs in the Netherlands:

  • KX radio

  • 3ML

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. I always start with the melodies, and then I’ll try to find words that fit. I try to start of with what I like to call typical ‘verse-melodies’, which feel like they are going to build up to something. Most of the time I will have some sort of pre-chorus, and then a chorus which will either be vocals or a melody played by an instrument.

The moment I write lyrics, I record them immediately. It usually doesn’t sound great at this time, but this is just so I won’t forget the melodies and I can move forward in the writing process. Once I’ve finished the first verse and chorus, I always get stuck. I will always finish the second part of the song on another day. Once it’s finished, I record all the vocals again, until they feel and sound right.

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

Charlie Puth, Jon Bellion, Jeremy Zucker, blackbear and EDEN.

Charlie Puth: this man is an amazing songwriter, producer and singer. I really look up to his musical and production skills.

Jon Bellion: I admire his songwriting skills. His songs made me really think about concepts you can write about, and he does this really good I think.

Jeremy Zucker: his production is mental. Sounds really crispy and unique. I hope I will be on that level one day.

Blackbear: consistence and catchy melodies. I’ve listened to him for years now, and I think his melodies are always really catchy.

EDEN: the emotion he puts in this songs is crazy. When I record a song, I always think of with how much emotion EDEN sings, and then I start recording.

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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 haven’t collaborated with any artist yet, but if I would have the chance, definitely with one of the above.

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

https://www.youtube.com/simondewitvideos

https://twitter.com/simon_dewit

https://www.instagram.com/simon_dewit/

https://www.facebook.com/Blanks-161563667625139/

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

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7geo7fjTQyp13Wf2ALTZCF

https://itunes.apple.com/nl/artist/blanks/id1147295384

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day, that’s a really tough question. I’m usually very happy. I’d said every time I finish a new song. That feeling is amazing!

The saddest day of my life was definitely the day one of my best friends passed away.

Twelve24

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

Ryan Griggs (USA), Josh Green (UK).

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

We are a totally independent group that have been releasing music year after year building a great fan base mainly in the UK and Europe but dabbling in the U.S. market from time to time. We’ve had our music videos played on MTV and performed for thousands of people throughout the UK and EUROPE and are known for our high energy shows and catchy Chorus Melodies! 

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

Our genre is an eclectic mix of pop,rap, and various dance genres, This song is all of that with a sprinkle of tropical house on top. The concept of the song is about how Love can be simple to fall into but Complicated to navigate through and is expressing the thoughts that we all seem to have going through these situations/relationships in life.

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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 as most artists/songwriters know there’s nothing better feeling than being able to write and perform music for people all around the world and even tho we are still an up and coming band we have been able to do that for the past 9 years. I guess you could class that at the overarching Up of our carer so far! The down and constant adversary to that is, even though we’ve come so far we would always like our music to reach more people and build the fan base bigger then it currently is. 

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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 run a pretty small crew with most of our releases. This project involved only 3 People Ryan & Josh (i.e. Twelve24) and a UK based producer called Geek Boy (Al Swetenham).

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

We have been working on music and performing for the past 10 years and have had a great experience sharpening our craft.

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

We love music so much, so many different types of genres and sounds, this always helps the process. We love to hear peoples’ stories too and we like to talk about that in the music. Our faith in Jesus is also a huge inspiration for us too.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

HAHA we wish we could tell you! I think you just got to make the best music you feel you can make and say something that is personal and real to you and people will like it.

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

YOU’RE AMAZING! Our fans WLDKDZ (Wild Kids) are the best out there. We love you! This song was made to tell you that hey life is complicated but i can be simple too, so don’t worry you’re not alone, we all find love simply complicated.

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

Be true to who you are. Don’t try and find your sound, just do what you like and what comes most natural to you. Keep chasing your dreams and don’t let anyone stop you!

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

We have been doing this for a long 10 years!!! We have released tonnes of singles, 2 albums and and EP and we are working on much more. We have done a UK Tour and also done festivals and shows all over the world and we are in a different European City almost every weekend. God is good! No awards yet but maybe one day.

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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 have been on MTV in America before, that was super cool…hey MTV if you’re watching thanks so much…check out the new stuff.

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

We normally start with a beat, making it with a friend. Then just write melodies…these sound strange because we have no lyrics yet…some of them are crazy funny….maybe one day we should release all our old song ideas before the lyrics people would love it. Then we just try and find lyrics from the heart that are important to us. On this song, Simply Complicated, we particularly like the lyrics “I’m so there but I’ve got no courage to say I’m nowhere” It is a line about stuff we go through sometimes and we know others do with depression and anxiety. We are saying how hard it is to tell people your problems because you know you are “so there” in the moment with people etc. but at the same time it is hard to find the strength and courage to say actually “I’m nowhere”. That’s why we say later in the song “I’m lost without love” because if we don’t have love then what do we have? Well for us that is where our faith is so huge because we believe God is love and we can find love in Him. That is where we hope to inspire you all that you are loved, you are here for a reason and your life has a purpose.

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

Lecrae 

Macklemore

Justin Bieber

Tracey Chapman

Linkin Park (RIP Chester)

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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 worked with a lot of up and coming new artists and we have also worked with Geek Boy a few times before so it is great to work with him again. Tessa E is a great new up and coming artist we are working with at the moment. We would love to collaborate with any of the top 5 artists we listed above. Chance the Rapper or Will I Am would be cool too.

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

Instagram is Twelve24band https://www.instagram.com/twelve24band

Website is https://www.twelve24.co.uk

Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/twelve24

YouTube is https://www.youtube.com/twelve24vevo

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

Best place for the new song is here https://twelve24.lnk.to/SC

Our last singles are:

What You Got https://Twelve24.lnk.to/wug

Missing Piece https://Twelve24.lnk.to/getmissingpiece

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Tough one!!!

Saddest day there has been a lot but we lost a close family members in the past few years.

Happiest day is when we release new music and the birth of our children!

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Put it all back into the music!!! And pay off the mortgage lol.

Willie Hoover

 

Willie Hoover better known as Young Will grew up in Winston Salem, NC. He was an instant music lover!!! He grew up in church, singing on the choir but his real influence was Hip Hop, Pop, Rnb & Gospel music. He started rapping by that early 90’s. Fast forward to 2009 he has recorded 10 studio Albumz & a half a mixtape. He has 2 worldwide released albums under his belt & he’s no where near finished taking the world by storm. His buzz is growing by that second & he’s ready to show the people what he’s got & his own style that God has blessed him with. He doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon, so get ready to blast your cellphones,& radios with nothing but tha best Young Will yo & as always God bless, peace & shout to all the radio stations, Websites, webzines, & fanz, who been supporting Young Will since day one. Love always, peace

 

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Ellis Cloud

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

I’m Francesco Riccardo Lo Faso and I was born on 20th, November 1987 in Italy. My childhood as I’ve said in other occasions was far from being musical. I actually sort of hated music because I was raised with Italian mainstream music of the 80’s and believe me, it’s 99% garbage. I simply thought I had seen it all.

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

I’ve been making music since I was about 19. It all started with a rusty guitar and it ended by adding bass, synths and samples. I’ve changed main influences every year since then. I started from jazz and Motown music and ended with independent music, pop and hip hop. But in the middle there have been massive moments of new wave, shoe gaze, post-rock, math-rock, psyche Delia, electronic music from idm to techno. I’m technically a multi-instrumentalist but I’ve always thought it looks pretentious to read, especially considering that I’m the most distant thing from an academic figure and that I often don’t even know the notes I play, but I play them just because I please. But I’m well experienced on the use of DAWs and producing in general.

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

My genre is technically pop but it’s not something you generally see on charts. It’s too melodic to fit the ‘indie’ thing (I’ve been told this ridiculous thing many times by now) and well. Let’s just say they’re mostly happy and upbeat songs. The idea for the song, and for the whole album ‘Born in The 20’s’, was to recreate what I imagine 2040’s will be like. I depict them by using different characters with different and equally bizarre moments set in a timeline totally different from ours, yet somehow familiar.

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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.

You need to know that music comes first to me. All the Instagram and big like bullshit just gives me headaches. I come from that side of music made of people gone broke to pay for their instruments and whose concepts of beauty come from their records experience, not from what’s trending. I know a lot of the industry even though I’ve never been an insider and all I can say is: Jesus Christ what a drag.

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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 fellow musicians all come from jazz background. They’re simply amazing. My producer is a sort of infant prodigy since at 17 he was already able to teach Pro Tools and sound engineering to a class of adults that were no newbies. ‘Tangled Wires’ was recorded with us having in mind passages from Orwell’s 1984, so we tried to recreate this aseptic sonic scenario, sort of dystrophic landscapes, with robotic guitars, long pads and distorted samples. Yet we used a mellotron in it, an instrument far from the sci-fi scenery.

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

I’ve never really been in the industry. My goal is to be a part of it, making about 5 million and then talking shit about all the industry.

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

Usually some unique story I see behind someone or a very sad mood. I get a melody inside my head bugging me for weeks/months until I say ‘OK, you won, let’s try it’.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Why would I share that information with you? OK. You take the billboard 100, steal about 15 samples here and there, you take a vocalist that sounds like half of that other male/female artists and write the simplest catchy melody that crosses your mind. There’s a slight yet real possibility that it will succeed.

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

Stop listening to that Trap crap and buy a Beatles’ record.

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

Stop playing covers after a while. Try your own music. Maybe it’ll suck in the beginning but eventually you’ll have your own style.

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

Born in The 20’s’ is my very first record and it came out like 3 days ago. As far as I know Forbes hasn’t noticed yet, hence no awards coming to me this week.

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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.

-Lots of local Italian radio at the moment. No TV, YET. I can say: keep featuring me!

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

When songs are just ideas I sing with really random English that I use just to match the beat with the melody. Then I convert what I wrote into something that makes sense, but not too much. My singing in the studio is so moody. I can enter the studio 30 days in a row, and everyday I’ll sing differently, something that gives my producer a really hard time.

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

Bill Hicks, Amy Winehouse, St. Vincent, Thundercat, Jonny Greenwood.

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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 would really like to end up on a Thundercat record. Even just the name without playing. That’d be quite an accomplishment.

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

You’ll find every social link and useful stuff at elliscloudmusic.com

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

You can buy merchandising and physical copies on my website and on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/it/album/born-in-the-20s/id1280739018?l=en

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day is when there’s pizza for dinner. My saddest days are all the others.

Azair

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

My real name is Azair Gresham, I’m from Atlanta, GA. U.S.A. I grew up in a single mother household with my two sisters in Lithonia, Ga.

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

I started writing songs around the age 9, when my mother and (then) step-father noticed that I had taken a liking to music, they got me a drum set and xylophone. Although my step-father would later pawn the instruments that was my first exposure to creating music. I would later join band at Stephenson middle school where I met my partners and co-founders of Fat Camp Entertainment, an entertainment collective founded to support, inspire, and further creative efforts in the community. We hosted our first “Fat Ass Concert” this past July and have big plans to end 2017 and kick off the new year. I am a self taught producer, songwriter, and engineer. I produce mostly all of my own music. 

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

I intend on bending genres. Hip hop has been my biggest influence, but New Edition – Home Again was the first music I fell in love with and R&B/ Soul have a special place in my heart. The song “Mad At Me” came after feeling frustrated with a relationship. My ex was not always supportive of work ethic and I felt like I was being pressured to choose between her or the music. I chose. 

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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’m naturally a gifted writer, but production, mixing and mastering are skills that I had to learn and fine-tune over the years. Because of that a lot of my early music had a very rough around the edges sound (and even still isn’t as perfect as I would like for it to be). Also, I’m a college graduate (first generation) I graduated from UGA in 2015 and its been tough to make the transition into an artist publicly when everyone has this preconceived notion of who I already was. 

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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. 

Fat Camp consists of me, and my homies Ye’LIR and McClain!. We met at Stephenson Middle School, but it was not until 2014 that we begin to create music and share projects between one another. Shortly after that we formed Fat Camp and have been picking up steam and sharpening each other ever since. We all have very different styles but somehow they usually blend perfectly. Ye’LIR ( who co-produced “Mad At Me”) was in the studio with me and I had the melody for the beat and frame for the drums. I played it for him and he filled the drums in on the track and I wrote and recorded the song in maybe 35 minutes on the spot. Both Ye’LIR and McClain have projects on the way and there is a Fat Camp EP coming soon!

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

I’ve been pursuing music for 3 years now, I’ve performed all over Georgia, but before it’s all said and done I want to be regarded as one of the greatest artists and contributors to art the world has ever seen.

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

I just love music. I always hear music in my head.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.  

Being able to grab the listener with that first sound, and again with the opening lines. Being relatable, being honest and quality music!

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

You are what you think. Think positively and accomplish anything. 

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

Be patient and trust yourself. Trust the process.

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

No awards, but I’ve won a few freestyle cyphers in the city and have headlined my own concert. 

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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.  

Hand me the aux recently did a write up on me.

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

I just ask myself “How am I feeling” or “What do I need to say” and then the lyrics come flowing out.

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

Jay Z, J Cole, Pharrell, Kanye WestKendrick Lamar.

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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 want to work with BiBi Bourelly, Swae Lee, and Kendrick to name a few.

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

Twitter and IG: Only_Azair

soundloud.com/azair 

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

ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-over-you-single/id1295629528

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5J5kaLYlcRBzGtGssGmQ4E

Tidal: https://tidal.com/track/79849953

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

My happiest day was the day of my first concert. I was nervous, excited and anxious all at once. Second happiest day was when I paid off my college loans, paid off anything my mom owed and got her a crib. Renovated my studio and invested!

My saddest day was the days are in the past and I’m not one to dwell on the things in the past that bring negative energy.

 

Doug Bush

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

Doug Bush, USA, 4/28/90, I grew up in LA. I was raised by a Dad who loves classic rock and a mom who loves showtunes, which led to my unique songwriting style. It has definitely shaped the way I write music. My last album, Shadows and Dreams, has an interesting mix of genres. I first took piano lessons but as a child I always hated the practice songs they would assign me. I usually slacked off and creating my own melodies. After songwriting privately for years, I finally decided to start recording some of the songs I was writing. The rest is history. 

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

My artist name is Doug Bush. I have released an EP, Heart Parts, and a full length album, Shadows and Dreams. My songwriting style varies and mostly depends on which instrument I am writing with. When I write with my piano, it is more of an indie-pop-rock sound. On ukulele, my lyrics are much simpler, and the meaning is usually more on the surface. When I write on guitar, it is almost more of a folky feel. And my lyrics tend to be more melancholic. I sang in high school where I was the student conductor of my chamber choir. I sang for several honor choirs. In college I took vocal training lessons for several semesters and participated in choir and musical theatre. My favorite role I got to play was Bert in Mary Poppins. My experience with musical theatre definitely has influenced the way I sing and I’m sure has impacted the way I song-write. I wrote this song, as I was living in Hawaii. Much of this was created as I practiced in my hammock, overlooking the ocean on the North Shore of Oahu.

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

My genre on the ukulele is definitely inspired by the Hawaiian islands. This song production and composition was influenced by Vance Joy and the All American Rejects which sounds like the strangest combo but it’s true. The music video was an afterthought. This was the first music video I ever produced. I honestly never intended to make videos but one day I was sharing some of my music with my friend and she gave me the idea to make music videos. So naturally I wanted her to be the leading lady in my first one. I wanted the video just be a huge explosion of all the fun things to do during summer, especially if you fall in love. The song itself is written about a summer romance when I was back home from school.

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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, the hardest thing has been balance. I can’t afford to do this full time yet, but it is what I am passionate about. So in the end, if I were to never make a penny, I would still do it. It takes a lot of time and sacrifice to make it work but I love sharing what I create with people. It means so much when someone enjoys what I imagined for so many months during the songwriting process. It’s always exciting to hear your song come to life in the recording studio after so long of you being the only one to hear this tune in your head.

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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. 

Colin Hatch is my good friend and music producer. He is a talented sound engineer and musician. He has been in several bands and groups himself. RJ Idos was the director of my music video. He is a very talented artist who has had some Disney-Parody videos go viral. The video was a one day shoot. We tried to cram as much in as we could since summer was on the verge of ending! But we did and I think it turned out well. The most challenging part was hiking up to the waterfall which I don’t think any of us were prepared for. But we somehow made it.

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

I have been songwriting for as long as I can remember but have been making my music public for only a little over 3 years. The dream would be to become a name that people recognize. I would love to be able to influence other artists and songwriters the way that so many have inspired me. I have only been making videos for the last year. You can check out my page on youtube or Facebook by searching @dougbushmusic.

I have tried to do something different with my videos. I want to tell a story or show something, and not just sing to a camera. There is too much of that. What’s the point of making a video if it doesn’t show something different with the song.

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

What inspires me to compose, song-write, and sing? First of all, these melodies just pop in my head. What else am I supposed to do? They didn’t exist before so I want to bring them into existence. I get a total kick out of it. Secondly, I am always looking to improve. I believe that drives me. To always be looking to make the next song better than the last.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.  

Everyone’s style is different. For me, I always start with the melody. The lyrics come later. Sometimes the lyrics will come as the melody pops into my head. But I never go lyrics first. Melody is king in a song. Lyrics are secondary. This is proven all the time. How often do you hear someone start to sing a song stuck in their head and forget the lyrics? They continue humming the melody and might add in la-la’s are nah-nahs because they don’t know what the right words are. But they almost always remember what the right notes are. That is what they remember. Melodies are what stay in the head. Lyrics are what connect you to that catchy tune stuck in your head. But for me, if the tune isn’t good, there is no reason to let it just be a poem.

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

I’d love to tell anyone that appreciates my music thank you. Also don’t do drugs or make stupid promises.

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

My advice for anyone that aspires to become a songwriter is that it doesn’t come by accident. Trial, error, and practice is what develops you. You can hear who the experienced songwriters are. I don’t consider myself to be anywhere close to where I want to be. There are so many songs that I have written and have looked back on thinking, what was going on in my head when I wrote that lyric. It’s so bad! I’m just grateful I’m learning and understanding how to write more effectively.

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

My latest album, Shadows and Dreams, is an album about what I experienced over a few years in my life. It’s all about something, whether I’m singing literally or metaphorically. It all has meaning. They way each song was produced was largely based on what I was listening to at the time. I was on a huge Beatles and Chicago kick during part of the production process. One song with trumpets could have easily sounded more like an Alt J song. It’s just what I decided to do with it in the end. Maybe someday I’ll remix some of my own stuff.

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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.  

Colin Hatch was a huge help for helping me get these songs to sound how they sounded in my head. Also shout out to Momma and Papa Bush for the love and support. My mom is my biggest fan, as every mother should be. She doesn’t let me forget. She is the one that first trained me vocally. You don’t hear that style of singing anywhere on this album, but that’s what it all stemmed from. Also shoutout to BYU and BYU Hawaii for allowing me to grow and develop as a musician as I attended. Lastly, I’m grateful to God for blessing me with the talent and desire to create something that wasn’t there before. Truly an awesome experience.

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

I go through so many revisions. There were some songs on my last album, where I was finishing up lyrics the same day I was recording everything. I like to sit on lyrics a lot afterwards and listen to my songs again and again to make sure I really like it. Even then, I still let some lines or melodies, or even songs fall through the cracks. It’s a process.

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

Ben Folds, Thom Yorke, Ryan Tedder, Paul McCartney, and Freddy Mercury. These guys all have very different styles but I am in awe of their craft and how they song-write. They all write so differently and create something so unique, but amazing.

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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 collaborated with Caitlyn Cope who I’m convinced is an alien. She has maybe the best live voice I’ve ever heard. I look forward to create something with her again. I am also in the middle of a project with Monica Moore Smith. We will have a fun little diddy out soon for y’all. I would love to collaborate with songwriters who have inspired me. The list is long but it includes: Ben Folds, Ingrid Michaelson, Ryan Tedder, Muse, Weezer, the Brandon Flowers, etc.

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

My handle is @dougbushmusic on all social media platforms

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

I am on just about every major online music store. When in doubt, search me out.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Saddest day: Heartbreaks and deaths of loved ones are never fun. Happiest day? Honestly, my life is pretty great. Even on the bad days, I have a hard time feeling I don’t live an awesome life.

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

Corjan de Raaf, born in the Netherlands in September 1971. I had a happy childhood much of which I spent in my room writing songs and annoying the neighbors with my guitar.

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

I founded Stage Republic in 2013 with Dutch producer Itsbart. I am a child of the 80s and I have been active in music for as long as I can remember. I am very much a self-taught musician, playing piano, guitar, drums and everything else you can shake a stick at.

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

We make sort of electro pop-rock with strong beats. This is also embodied in the artwork that we use which is always back/white with a touch of orange. Over the years we created a signature sound that is clear and solid.

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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.

Everything? Not sure there’s enough space on the internet…. I have lost count of the number of times my music has been rejected until I decided to do everything myself. I write, sing, play, design, promote and whatever else there is to do. Tons of work and I love out to bits. So good to be independent and I founded Stage Republic as the living example of how that is. After three years it is starting to work out. Itsbart and I have mind-melted musically and we have won a cool IMEA Music Award in Nashville last year. This year we are nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award, previously won by people like Timberlake and Gaga.

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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.

It’s just the two of us. I am the band and Itsbart is the producer. I recorded the song at home in my home studio. Itsbart then turns it into something that is up to the Stage Republic quality level. The guy is a genius guitarist and sound manipulator. We usually ping the project back and forth until it’s perfect. I did the video on my Macbook in Final Cut Pro based on the cover design I made.

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

Been in bands since I was 12 so that would be 34 years and that makes me to sound old. I am always writing. My goal would be to have a song out that many people know and love because they love the vibe, they can relate to what it says and get moved physically and mentally.

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

Everything does but generally it’s people. Relations. Doing the unthinkable, experiencing the unimaginable. Writing is a necessity for me. It’s a need. When I have started on a song I must finish it. It has to get out of my head or I’ll go crazy.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Keep it simple. Write from your heart. Only sing it when you mean it and have been there.

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

It still humbles me to know that people actually take the time to listen to my songs. That’s a big thing that I value more than anything else. Thank you so much for listening. It inspires me endlessly to keep writing about these. Things that we all know and have to go through. The experience makes us grow. Bigger than we know.

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

Believe. Never give up. Never ever. Nobody else will do it for you. People will start really helping you when they feel you can do it fine on your own without them.

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

Stage Republic has 2 albums out Firstage and Authenticity which was only released a month ago. Since the band was founded in 2013 we have had 9 IMEA Award nominations in the US and won 1 for Best Pop Song in 2016. We won a Global Music Award for our song All Out and we also won the ISC (International Songwriting Competition) in the Rock category for that track. We have been nominated for the 2017 Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

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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 a small act from a small country. I count myself lucky to get quite a lot of airplay. At this moment Stage Republic has songs in rotation on some 100+ radio stations across the world including some cool signature indie stations like IndieXL and Alternative FM in the Netherlands, Zone Radio and Ubuntu in South Africa, Q108 Canada, PFM in France, Skyrose in Sweden, KVMR WIDB, CHMR in the US. We are doing very well in the UK where we have airplay on 9 stations in Scotland alone.

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

I write where I am. I can start with a melody or a line or some words. Usually sit behind my piano or on the couch with a guitar. I do most of the recording in my own studio at home these days and in Itsbart studio. We work in Logic on Mac. I use a simple Shure SM7B or SM58 microphone. I have most fun with a Yamaha electronic drum kit that has suffered quite a bit of aggression from me.

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

Beatles, Duran Duran, Imagine Dragons, Tom Petty, Adam Ant.

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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.

To be honest I have never done a co-project but I would love to work with a good rap or EDM artist. I live close to Breda which is the hometown of Tiesto and Garrix and I would love to do something with these guys.

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

http://www.stagerepublic.com

http://www.facebook.com/stagerepublic

http://www.twitter.com/stagerepub

http://www.instagram.com/stagerepublic

http://www.youtube.com/stagerepublic

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

open.spotify.com/artist/2HiFq4yQNNY7DiwicKFgvX

 

itunes.apple.com/nl/artist/stage-republic/id775049899

 

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Best day ever: waking on stage in Nashville to perform at the 2016 IMEA’s and then took home the prize

Saddest day: the loss of someone very special never got over it.