Jane Machine – I Hope We Win

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

Erica Von Trapp, United States, I’m a Pisces, and I grew up in the Bay Area, California, though I was born and spent the first few years of my life in Los Angeles County. 

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
 
Music started very young for me — I grew up playing piano at about the same time I started writing and have been singing since I can remember.  I was raised in a smallish town in Northern California so while I wasn’t doing Broadway young, I was still doing every musical I could from a very young age and have my first “job” as a character on The Disney Channel, which was fun as a young thing to drive down to Los Angeles and film.  I’m classically trained in piano and voice and it’s been great to transition those skills into modern pop and production.  I learned how to produce electronic music while I was living in France in 2014 when I joined the group H4R3M and then a few months later formed another group GRAND BAIN with my now-partner and drummer/mixing engineer for Jane Machine.

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

Genre is such a weird thing.  I guess we are all certainly inspired by what innately moves us and then environment of where we’ve listened to things we like certainly has a play.  I would definitely call my music a sad indie electronic pop music.  Most of the instrumentation is completely synthesized or electronic, with a few exceptions being some drums and percussion, a few guitars here and there on the album, and of course voice.  I am a keyboardist so it’s easier for me to be more elaborate with melody on the synthesizer, and I love how many sounds you can achieve with them.  It’s like having a whole orchestra at your fingertips.  I play guitar (horribly) so I use that for textures or composing, but the songs are always far more simple when I use the guitar to compose, though I love its rhythmic quality, you can always hear where the drums or percussion fit in with a guitar, piano is more floaty to me sometimes.  Which is great for singers. 
The music video was directed by French-Indian director Hannah Rosselin right outside of Paris, France by Trinita Films.  It’s an ode to the Gulabi Gang in India, a group of women who are human rights activists and beat up rapists and corrupt government officials with pink sticks to restore order to the rural area.  They’re really badass, and since we wanted a video to speak upon the power of women and standing up for yourself, this was inspiring to us.

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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.
Music for me is a catharsis.  I left performing for several years when I was at University and the few years following it and songs always kept creeping their way back to me.  It’s a way for me to let out how I really feel, as even though we might feel comfortable within ourselves to do so, sometimes it’s just not easy for others to take (I’m an intense person) so songs are my safe place to do so.  That beings said, the music industry to me is just a way I get to share these songs.  It’s changed a lot since even 2013 when I joined H4R3M, there’s always a new way to market your music, new mediums to share it, etc, but at the end of the day, it’s just about making songs because they mean something to you and make you feel, and finding a way to get them out to those who could feel something, too, is really rewarding, so worth understanding the “industry” for.

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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.
Lots of questions there.  For the music, I produced and recorded about 95% of the album all by myself in studio or in various locations with a soundcard, a synth, and a microphone.  Jules de Gasperis, who is also the drummer for the project, mixed the entire album and added some production for a few of the songs, including this one “I Hope We Win”.  Since this is a studio project, meaning I started making the songs in studio before sharing them live, the band has come second, but they’re amazing.  I’m starting to incorporate more of the live elements, such as more guitar, more real drums, etc, into the next recordings for the next album. 
Music video: Director was Hannah Rosselin of Trinita Films and it was produced by Trinita Films, including Mathieu Tonneti and Sarah Lee, who is an old friend of mine from when we lived in Paris in 2007 the first time.  There was a decent sized crew but it wasn’t enormous for what it looks like.  We shot all of it in a day in the forest outside of Paris and the girls who danced were so so lovely.  We’re still in touch.  Same with the actor for the video, he was phenomenal and actually scared me when I was running in the beginning.  It wasn’t hard to “act”.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
It hasn’t been that long in adult life that I’ve been in the “industry”, though as I mentioned I have been playing music my whole life.  I’ve been lucky to meet my partner Jules in 2013 in Paris right when I think I was emotionally solid and mature enough to know what I was getting into.  I imagine people have bad experiences within the music industry if they’re looking for fame or doing it for the wrong reasons.  I know it’s a hard road, but I love making songs and playing them live and putting media with them, and I need it to get everything out of me.  So, for me, it’s just about being smart and resilient and saying what you want to say.  Everything comes out of that as long as it’s in good taste, in a certain way.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Mostly sad things, but anything that is beautiful.  And kind of weird sometimes.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
It needs to be sincere, a great composition, well produced, and never leave you bored.  Ta da!

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Listen to music, in general.  Media gets so in the way, but listen to all of it, sit down with a RECORD, not just a single and skip to the next group.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Be honest, and know that if you don’t know why you’re making songs, it just won’t last.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
Jane Machine is a really new project, relatively, so the album isn’t publicly released yet, but is ready to go.  We’ve played a lot around Los Angeles and in Southern California and will be doing a West Coast tour in November.

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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.
Huffington Post
Obscure Sound
Buffablog
AXS
Surviving the Golden Age
Many indie radio stations nation-wide.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
Lyrics either come first or after being inspired by a melody, but I generally know what I want to sing about when I write instrumental anything.  We have a pretty decent studio set-up, so my vocal rig is a C-12 going into a LA2A compressor and BAE pre.  Lots of other stuff, too, but voila, that’s vocals.

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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.
I don’t believe in idols.

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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’d love to collaborate with Portishead, Soulwax, Vök, Metronomy, or Hot Chip, but those are reaches.  🙂  Brothertiger did a remix of another single off the album I cannot wait to share.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
http://www.janemachine.com
http://soundcloud.com/janemachine
http://instagram.com/jane.machine
http://facebook.com/jane.machine

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-hope-we-win-single/id1245337075

https://janemachine.bandcamp.com/

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
Happiest day – the day I met my partner, Jules, in 2013 and many other days with him afterwards. 🙂
Saddest day – the day my mother died.

JAAYNS – GO

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

My real name is Jayn Oakley and I’m from Leeds, England,  grew up listening mainly to 90s/00s pop, indie, house and garage music.

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

Started out properly songwriting for other people about 5-6 years ago, I love songwriting so look for any opportunity to do so. Last year I was encouraged to release my own music which resulted in my EP being recorded and independently released this summer.

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

My music is alternative/Electro-pop but I try not to be too restrictive on the genre and go with where the song wants to go, although I am a sucker for synths, bass and beats 🙂

The tracks on the EP are about different human emotions, personas and perspectives.  Go is the first track on the EP and it’s about the moment before your voice /opinions are able to be properly heard and the frustrations of your views etc being ignored, but you know that it’s about to change to which is kind of empowering 🙂

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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 love finding melodic layers in music and how you can get them to layer up but still work with each other, I also love good lyrics, synths and weird low bass noises and sounds 🙂

starting out as an independent can be overwhelming, mistakes and taking bad advice does happen.  Networking and making friends with other artists and bands can really help steer through what to do to help get your music heard and you help support each other.

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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 singer/artist.  The songs on the EP were written originally acoustically then recreated in the studio at Song Mason Studios in Leeds.  My budget is limited as everything is self funded so i try to do as much as I can on my own for now.  I created the video for the track myself at home. I hope in the future to be able to re-record all my videos and do something more creative but for now I’m learning final cut-pro 🙂

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

I’ve been actively writing songs for the past 6 years, future goals are to keep creating and writing music and promoting and performing my music for as long as I can and growing a fan base. I’m currently working on some more collaborative tracks and singles, would be cool to work on another EP/Album in the near future to.

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

It’s part of who I am and not something I can easily stop.. there are definitely easier careers!

inspiration i guess I love people and like to create something that reflects thoughts, stories, experiences that ive experienced or people around me may have.  I’m also fascinated by music, lyrics and songs so I never find it boring as I’m always learning and wanting to create something new reflecting where I am in life at the point the song is created.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

My favourite songs are normally really simple, with really good melodies that I keep singing along to.  I also like good lyrics but I never really hear the lyrics of a song at first until I’ve heard it a million times and I realise I’ve been making them up, so if they are good lyrics it’s like rediscovering the song all over again 🙂

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

That I would love to hear from them, what do they think of the songs and who are they and where are they from? I would really love to hear from them so get in contact through social media, Facebook, twitter etc and would like to say thank you for listening, liking and sharing my songs it is really really amazing and appreciated that they do 🙂

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

If it’s what you want to do keep going and don’t give up, network, keep getting better and keep putting your music out there to be heard, and do something different that you really love. If you don’t love it why should anyone else?

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

I wrote and recorded my debut EP last year and it went on general release in August, I am currently working on a live set to hopefully start touring in the new year.

I have had air play on BBC Introducing West Yorkshire, BBC 6 Music by Mr Tom Robinson which was really cool. I’ve also had three songs featured on Best of British Unsigned and came 3rd in the best Electro category on Radio Wigwams online awards in August.

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

I’ve had loads of support from independent music blogs and radio stations which has been amazing including – The Matt Barker podcast, Russ Evans show on Ridge Radio, Artefactor Radio, OFI Monday, Radio Wigwam, Radio Coolio to name just a few.

Blogs have been really supportive too including Divide and Conquer music reviews and Love Music Love Life.com and this one of course! Thank you! 🙂

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

No set way, tend to have banks of lyric ideas and part written songs in my notes on my phone or melody ideas recorded which I’ve recorded when they arrive in my head. I then have something to work on when I’m properly sitting down to write. I really love writing in the studio as we have access to tons of beats, sounds and instruments.

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

Love Banks, David Bowie, Bjork, Massive Attack, London Grammar.

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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.

Most of my current songs are collaboratively written and produced with Leeds based producer Song Mason

I have a current collaboration with DJ/Producer: Green Valdener called The Wrong Ones. Track went on general release 4th October and was really cool to work on.

Love co-writing as different people can make my music go in different directions which I find really interesting so open to work with writers, artists, producer, DJ to see what could be created, so if you would like to collaborate please get in contact, that would be amazing.

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

Website: www.jaaynsmusic.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jaaynsmusic

Soundcloud: https://m.soundcloud.com/jaaynsmusic?id=266062428

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaaynsmusic/

Songwhip:https://songwhip.com/artist/jaayns

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

You can buy, Stream, Download the EP or any of the tracks online through:

Bandcamp: (downloads and limited addition CDs)  https://jaayns.bandcamp.com/

– Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0mX86tWXLVnS16ZI52J4LF?si=Wnp2UKyj

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/jaayns/id1210166327

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B06XC7QLFB?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Jaayns&index=digital-music&search-type=ss

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest Day: the day I realised all I wanted to do was to create songs.

Saddest day: Any day a loved one has passed.

Arastella

 

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

I was born in Tampa, FL, USA on May 2nd. I used to lean against our TV and bounce, or “dance” as my parents would say, before I could walk. My love for music runs deep.

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

Arastella adds a Spanish flair to the name Arabella, which is one of the first females mentioned in pirate folklore.

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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 have worked closely with a few producers, Herman Haggerty, Mike Wagner, and Martin Henry, and I mainly record at Anarchy Studios in Houston.

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

Relationships, of all shapes and sizes, not exclusively romantic. People and the way I interact with and observe those in my life. Any way I can invite my listeners into many of my life’s windows.

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

Perseverance will feed your passion. There are no guarantees but when you’re an artist, you create for the moment—not for the future guarantees that may or may not happen.

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

I used to love writing in the car, so much so that I carried small notepads in my glove compartment—just in case inspiration struck. I can compose anywhere and look forward to collaborate with other musicians.

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

Ella Fitzgerald, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Lorde, David Bowie.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network including Soundcloud or Youtube.

 

Website

 

SoundCloud

 

YouTube

 

Nathan Jacobs, Isaac Basal – One Step at a Time

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

Our real names are Isaac Basal and Nathan Basal; yes, we are brothers! We were born May 24, 1998 and August 5, 1999, respectively. Our childhood experiences were normal and pretty similar. We’re only a year and a bit apart so a lot of it was spent together. We went to the same school, had similar extracurricular activities. And, more often than not, his friends were also my friends (and vice versa). 

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

We are individual artists and we go by the names “Nathan Jacobs” and “Isaac Basal”. We both started playing instruments at the age of 7 years old. While Nathan Jacobs focuses his skills and efforts into his productions mainly, Isaac works on his vocals, guitar, piano, tarbouka, drums and even his dancing ability. Isaac started singing at 14 years old after he got the opportunity to perform with Canadian artist Karl Wolf. Then, Nathan Jacobs started producing only about two years ago and already, his productions are improving every song he creates. We come from a pretty musical family. Our sisters, as well as our mom, sing and play instruments.

 

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

Isaac sings more R&B/Pop and Nathan produces more EDM/Dance music; but, because we live in rooms right across form each other, a feature was inevitable. While we were bouncing around some ideas, Nathan thought about how everything in life is so rushed and that there is an immense amount of pressure coming from school, our jobs, our family… pretty much everywhere. As he was ranting, he uttered the words “we need to start taking things One Step At a Time”. And thus, the song had an initial direction. We don’t have a music video yet, but plan to work on one soon.

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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. 

The main thing to know about us and music is simple: We love it. It’s such a big part of our lives and to be able to create it such a gift and we can’t NOT take advantage of. A lot of our music is a reflection of our lives or just some creative ideas we come up with in our heads. The dream is to create music that everyone enjoys! We’ve faced many ups and many downs separately and together. Some “downs” include: rejections from playlists, performances for less than 30 people, lack of payed shows for years, many expenses, rejections form radio. But, on the upside, we’ve had: some accepted playlists, some radio play, opening for big artists (Akon, Sean Paul, Aaron Carter), big interviews, international performances, etc..

 

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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 started recording the track in Montreal together. But, we were interrupted because Isaac had to fly to Atlanta for a month and a half. So, he finished recording the song out there. Again, a music video has yet to be done!

 

 

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

Isaac’s been singing professionally since the age of 14 while Nathan only started producing in 2015. Our goal is to make music that everyone loves. That’s it. Isaac constantly mentions that a more specific dream of his is to have an arena with thousands of people singing his songs. 

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

So many things inspire us. It can be the stuff that happened to us that day or thoughts on what will happen in 10 years from now. For example, the family went to Mexico last December and we wrote 6 song in 2 weeks. The scenery was inspiring like one can’t imagine. Trying to force it does’t usually bring results.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.  

A hit song is the result of creativity.

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

“We love you!” It’s because of them we’re doing what we’re doing. They inspire us and allow us to continue making the music we both love. We ask that they keep believing in us and show their support always.

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

Be unique. I would ask: “What is it that makes you, you?” Success follows someone who works hard. It chases after those who truly want it. And those rare few who are willing to sacrifice parties, Saturday nights, going to meet up with friends late at night. 

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

Nathan has close to 20 produced songs in his repertoire while Isaac has about 55 recorded songs. Currently, we have many songs out on all media platforms (i.e.: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, etc…) and radio. We don’t have any albums yet but might start one soon (individually) with potential features including each other. 

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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.  

Isaac’s latest record “Shorty” is on the biggest French radio stations in Quebec, Paris and is being listened to by thousands of others across Canada (English). It’s fast climbing the French charts! (Note: he’s an English artist/vocalist but speaks and sings French; so, the song on radio is a French version.) This is only the beginning for this record, as a music video has yet to be created and more stations plan to play it. As for “One Step At a Time”, we still have hopes of getting it on interested radio stations! 

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

The type of song it is defines the vibe we’ll create in the studio. For example, a song that requires a “raspy” feel in the vocals will be recorded in the morning. Contrarily, A song that needs smooth vocals with more demanding notes will be recorded at night and dimmed lights. Not all lyrics to a song, including this one, are created in one day. Inspiration happens spontaneously so we actually use our phones to note down or record any ideas that come to mind when were away from the studio. 

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

For Nathan, the artists that inspire him the most are: Martin Garrix, Cheat Codes. While Isaac’s are: Usher, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson and The Beatles. It’s important to know that we look up to these guys as performers, musicians, artists, vocalists and producers. Everything they do artistically grabs our attention. 

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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. 

Isaac has collaborated with Grammy award winning producer Cortez Farris, Sean Kingston, and Grammy nominated producer and vocalist Jan Smith (aka: Mama Jan). The artists listed in the previous question would be our answers to who we would love to work in th future. However, it’s not only these artists, but they guys behind them (i.e.: JT’s main producer Timbaland). 

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

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

“One Step at a Time”

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/6KVdnQzBPkdiO8P7TA5OMw\ <https://open.spotify.com/track/6KVdnQzBPkdiO8P7TA5OMw%5C>

Apple music: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1289464526

Itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1289464526?ls=1&app=itunes

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgAE70ny2fk

 

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

We’re still waiting for our happiest day!! Isaacs would probably be the dream he mentioned earlier… A pretty bad feeling is rejection. There was a time we kept getting rejected. It got to a point where we even got about 20 rejections in one day…

 

The Watanabes – Over Romantic

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

We are two British brothers, Duncan and Selwyn Walsh. We perform either as a duo or as a band with our Japanese friends, Ayumi Sato on bass and Tomoyuki Yamada on drums. Selwyn and I grew up during the 1980s in a small village in rural England. We spent our childhood running around outside or writing songs!

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

The Watanabes began life as a band in the beautiful countryside of Ehime in Japan. Watanabe is a common surname in this region of Japan, and as a group of foreigners, we decided to use the name to expression of our love for the area and its warm and welcoming people ! In 2007 we packed up and moved to Tokyo in search of new inspiration and regular trains and we’ve been performing and recording here ever since. Skills? We don’t have a lot of those, just emotions and thoughts that we like to express through music. 

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

For a while we referred to our music as neo-folk but now we just call it indie folk pop. What would you call it? The music video for Over Romantic was shot by American videographer David Allen, and features Japanese actress Shuna Iijima.

As a pair of bickering brothers we thought it would be quite amusing to see us taking part in a romantic battle. 

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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 can only remember one down. That was when we arrived in Tokyo full of rock dreams and realized that there were thousands of other brilliant bands with exactly the same dreams, many of whom had been doing it far longer and sounded much better live! Since then we’ve only been moving onwards and upwards and enjoying every minute. 

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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 work with a Scottish music producer called David Naughton. He used to work at the legendary Ca Va Studios in Glasgow where he teamed up with some of our heroes: Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fan Club and Suede. He has worked in the studio with so many famous artists and has an interesting story about each one. But he’s not only good for a story, he’s a very talented and able producer and we are extremely lucky to work with him. 

The video for Over Romantic was shot in Ueno Park, Yoyogi Park and the bay in Tokyo. It was filmed over a couple of days in the early summer. Happy days!

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

We’ve been doing our indie thing since 2005. Our goal is quite simply to reach and to please as many ears as possible. We’ve had a few songs used on TV and in commercials, but we would love to be part of a movie soundtrack. That would be a case of mission accomplished!

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

Emotions mainly. When I’m feeling moody, I pick up my guitar and sing off what’s on my chest. 

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Ask Paul McCartney. 😉 In my humble opinion, it’s about being genuine and authentic while writing about something that everyone can connect with. We’ve written some songs in the past that were a hit with a very small, highly specific group of people, but left everyone else numb and confused.

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

If you have spent a few minutes of your time listening to our music, then you have made us very happy! THANK YOU! 

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

The best thing you can do is to lose the ego. What I mean by that is to be critical about your own writing and performances and work out where and how you can improve. Take advice, listen to feedback and work together with others. The most talented musicians are only the most talented because they have worked the hardest at their art.

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

We’re about to release our third album at major record stores nationwide across Japan. Considering that Japan is not our home country and Japanese is not our native language, I think we can feel proud of what we have achieved in a foreign music industry. We’ve had songs used on TV by CNN, as well as in commercials for Western Union and Triumph Motorcycles. We’ve also been aired on some very respectable radio stations including BBC Radio 6, Amazing Radio, InterFM and RakutenFM. I think we have also made a name for ourselves within the Tokyo live music scene. TimeOut Tokyo called us “Tokyo’s answer to The Smiths”. It’s been fantastic. I think the highlight was when Guns N Roses drummer Matt Sorum joined us on stage, and played through a set of Watanabes’ songs! Magic!

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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. 

BBC Radio Norfolk recently asked us to perform Over Romantic live for them, and have been extremely supportive over the years. The same tune was also aired every day throughout October on RakutenFM in Japan, and has been played on Amazing Radio and InterFm. 

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

Selwyn and I write a lot of our songs together, throwing ideas at each other and criticizing each other work and suggestions. It’s very useful to have a brother in the band that you can be completely honest with. If we think a song or lyric is not up to scratch we have no issue bluntly telling each other. In that sense, some of our songs are slowly molded together. Our producer Dave is also very much involved and will listen to our ideas and suggest minor changes to vocals or lyrics. 

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

We love The Smiths, The Beatles, Belle & Sebastian, David Bowie and recently, Beach House. 

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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 collaborated with quite a few musicians. Nick Duffy of The Lilac Tme has played accordion and banjo on two or three of our tracks. American singer songwriter Kate Sikora sang a duet with me on Hot Water Hills. Jammin Zeb vocalist Lensei Nishizawa also happens to be an amazing pianist and he played the piano on Over Romantic. We’ve had a number of other talented musicians adding cello, trumpets, and saxophone. We are very lucky to have so many talented friends. 

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

WEBSITE: www.thewatanabes.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/thewatanabes

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/TheWatanabes @TheWatanabes

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/thewatanabes/ @TheWatanabes

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/thewatanabes

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

BANDCAMP: https://thewatanabes.bandcamp.com/

ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-watanabes/id300592111

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Happiest day as a band. Playing on the big stage at the Tokyo Summer Festival looking over the blue skies of Tokyo while singing Watanabes’ songs loud and proud.

Saddest day as a band. When our long time bassist and fellow songwriter Ash decided that he wanted to quit the band after 7 years together.

The Lovepools – See You In The Funny Papers

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

Anthony Shea Hernandez. I was born in the United States on May 10th,1990. My first memories are driving on the 101 in LA and watching the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills. 
The name came to me in a dream. I saw a band performing and The Lovepools written on the drummer’s kick drum. It stuck. The Beatles are a major influence as well as modern British acts like Arctic Monkeys. Skills-wise, I write with 60’s style lyric play and song forms. I can play guitar, craft melodies and sing pretty well sometimes too.
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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 
There’s no video for See You In The Funny Papers yet but we have one for Animal Instinct. The concept behind it was to literally compile a bunch of beautiful footage together and make it a ride to watch. The video has no meaning to me, other than being a fun roller coaster of imagery.
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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. 
The ups have been writing my best songs and playing recent shows. The downs have been spending time with negative people and spending time in doubt.
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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 work with John McLucas who records any drum tracks that weren’t programmed. He is a spot-on studio player and has a playing taste I haven’t been able to find anywhere else. Aria Cruz, who is a good songwriter, plays bass for me now. They’re both like unofficial, official members currently. It’s complicated.
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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 
I have been in music for about 10 years, mostly focused on songwriting and singing. I used to be afraid of performing but now there’s nothing as exciting. I have songs I enjoy hearing and playing over and over again and it only took a few years for that to happen. My future goal is to record songs that will be ubiquitous and to tour the world.
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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 
I usually find song inspiration by sitting down and just playing something. However I have a new song I’m working on called, “Do You Wanna Play With Fire?” which was started on vacation in Vegas a few days after a seemingly strong romance came to a brake-screeching stop. Blame it on the redheads.
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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 
Do what ABBA did which was make every song as catchy as possible. Intend to write better every day. Make your melodies addictive. Craft your lyrics until someone gets goosebumps. Use whatever emotion you’re experiencing to your advantage. Write when you’re angry, sad, inspired, uninspired. Just write cause the more you do it, the more you’ll trust your instincts. If you can do that all the time and be your truly genuine self in song and on paper, you will improve your hidden, hit-making powers.
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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 
Thank you for listening to The Lovepools! I hope to record song after song that will make you happy. You mean the world to me.
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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 
Find your angle and message in music. Then use submithub.com and submit to Broadtube Music Channel.
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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 
The first EP I made was just re-released with new cover art entitled, “Safely In My Loveseat EP”. It was the first time I had released music I didn’t want to change. The next EP is more fun probably, but a bit more raw and not as well produced which was my fault at the knobs.
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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. 

http://salutemag.com/salute-spotlight-5-independent-artists/


http://www.mysticsons.com/article/new-music-discovery-140817#.WZGRUovsVHg

http://therevue.ca/2017/06/13/the-matinee-june-13th/

http://atwoodmagazine.com/fallin-in-love-the-lovepools/

https://besttuna.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/fresh-sounds-270817.html

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 
I tend to write lyrics on paper first and then they end up on my notes app on my phone. I prefer lyrics to look good in text. Almost like a poem. I like verses to have mini-stories with idioms and weird stuff I come up with that you might not catch immediately. As far as recording goes, I do everything in my bedroom studio.
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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols. 
The Beatles
Radiohead
Led Zeppelin
Bob Dylan
Ben Folds
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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’d be willing to do a song with Paul McCartney. He seems pretty game. Ben Folds any day of the week!
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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 
thelovepools.com

youtube.com/channel/UC0gVsRzssCMBDfRPMCFt0LQ

http://www.bandsintown.com/TheLovepools

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-lovepools/id1232417168

https://thelovepools.bandcamp.com/

http://www.deezer.com/artist/12398538

https://play.google.com/music/listen#/sr/the+lovepools

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
Well. Years ago I had a unique psychedelic experience which killed my ego. To put it into words, I felt only love and only fear and then nothing. It was the best and worst day of my life.

5 Stars of the Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://soundcloud.com/silkvelvetrecords/bodycon

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://soundcloud.com/musicbyko/lonely

 

 

 

 

 

Rave Radio – Carry You

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. Brett & James, we’re both from a beach city in Australia called Gold Coast! Super nice! Born in November & January 1988! Growing up on a beach town and surfing during weekends.

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

James – We actually dated the same girl and met when we both turned up to pick her up one night.

Brett – Haha. I wish our story were that interesting. We met a music college and were the only two into house music.

James – I’ve played piano since I was 8, guitar since I was 12 and as of this year have started to learn to sing!

Brett – I’m great with a triangle!

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

Brett – We’ve grown a lot as Artists over the last year with all this touring. We just started making music for our DJ sets, so a lot of heavy drops and aggressive bass lines.

James – Club music just has such a short shelf life and we wanted to write music people would connect with long after they hear it on the dance floor. Carry You is the first of many songs that evoke an emotional response and show our growth from DJs to songwriters.

Brett – The music video was shot on our friends’ road trip in Hollywood and Cuba, mixed with some footage of us at a festival in Australia!

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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.

James – When we sent the track to our label, our A&R guys called us straight away and were like, ‘guys, where the hell did this come from! It’s awesome!’ That was pretty cool!

Brett – Playing it out for the first time and seeing people react to a track they’ve never heard before.

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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.

James – It’s just us! We’ve had management in the past, but it didn’t work out. We’ve we do everything in house and work with a number of promoters around the world for our tours.

Brett – The track was writing probably in a hotel or plane somewhere on our laptops haha.

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

Brett – 9 years! I started DJing right out of high school

James – 7 years, finished University and started DJing at parties.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose, and sing and the secret behind making a hit song.

James – We’ve added a keyboard and voice box to our live drum / DJ set, so lots more live elements in our sets. We’ve also got 3 singles to follow up Carry You with that we’re really excited about.

Brett – Lots of lame travel selfies. haha.

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

Both – Thanks for the support and hope to see you at a show this year!

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

Brett – Work on your craft!

James – Yea don’t rush it. Take your time!

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

James – We pinch ourselves sometimes when we end up in these cities. We were just in Hong Kong on Thursday, flying to Amsterdam tomorrow then to Ireland on Saturday. VERY grateful this is happening.

Brett – Traveling around puts everything in perspective. How much opportunity there is in the world and how lucky we have it here in Australia. Best place so far for me was Brazil, which has amazing food, culture and landscapes.

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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.

Brett – EDM Sauce, EDMTunes, Drunken Coconut and Spotify are just some that have supported our new single Carry You!

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

James – It’s all on the road, and fine tune at home.

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

Brett – Hardwell, Chainsmokers, Peking Duk, Avicii, Galantis.

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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.

James – We’d love to work with Rozes, her voice is amazing!

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

Rave Radio:

facebook.com/raveradio

soundcloud.com/rave-radio

 

Vicious Recordings:

facebook.com/viciousrecordings

soundcloud.com/viciousrecordings

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

Stream/Download Carry You here: Vicious.lnk.to/CarryYou

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Brett – When we got booked to play in Brazil at the DJ Mag #1 club, Green Valley

James – Every time I wrote music brings me joy!

 

 

Jessica Frech – DOPAMINE

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

Jessica Frech, Born in USA, 10/30/1991. Grew up in Nashville, Tn around music ALL the time. I was walking around studios on music row since I was 2 years old. Lived there all my life and went to school to study songwriting at Belmont University. Moved to Utah 2 years ago and miss Nashville every damn day. 

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

I’ve always followed an Americana roots path when it comes to music, but this year I wanted to do something new and more amped. So, I started releasing pop music.

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

To be honest, I rarely write about my life. I can’t remember what sparked the concept. I think it was truthfully me and my co-writer Mike Mccllelen just ad-libbing until the concept formed. The verse came first then the rest kinda spilled out.

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

My journey as a musician has definitely been confusing at times. Since I started making music at such a young age, it took me a second to find MY sound. Not the sound the producer was trying to push on me, or the sound my parents thought fit me, or the sounds my friends were making. I feel like I finally have my own taste and my own ear for MY music. I definitely have a direction and I’m not afraid to stick to my new direction.

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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. 

Dopamine was a collaborative effort between Sarin.Us, a friend of mind from back home in Nashville, my new co-writer and producer friend Mike Mccllelen here in Utah, and myself. I feel like I’ve struggled to find collaborators here in Utah, but the talent here surprises me. 

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

I’ve been releasing music publicly since I was 17. My goal to keep doing killer pop tracks that make peoples head turn and be like “wait up. i like this”.

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

Songwriting is the best part of the process for me. It’s an outlet to let things go into. While I might not write about my own life too much, I still find a release in creatively making words into melodies.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.  

Strong melodies. I’m a huge lyrics person so I have to remind myself that most people don’t care about the words. They just want to sing along.

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

Just do your thing. Unashamed. If something feels right or makes you curious, then there’s a reason for it. So chase those curiosities.

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

Make shit that matters. And always remember that you matter. (among the sea of people who’ll try to hop on your wagon if you’re doing well for yourself). 

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.  Ummm.. I did a national holiday commercial for Hyundai in 2012. That was a while ago.  I was on Spotify’s weekly buzz playlist earlier this year. I thought that was cool.

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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.  

Some of the blogs are La on Lock, Elite Muzik, Gems and Secrets, and Electronic North.

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

I spend most of my time on lyrics. Even in co-writes. They just really matter to me. For Dopamine, Mike wanted to try a freestyle approach which SHOOK me. I was super insecure and scared about it, but it actually lead to the development of the whole song. It was great. 

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

WHOA OK… I’m on a huge BB Rhexa kick right now. I just think she’s so sick. Image, music, all of it. I really dig powerful female bands and artists. SZA, HAIM, Betty Who.  

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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. 

Past artists: Sarin.Us. People in the future that I’d love to collaborate with, Khalid, Chance the Rapper, Logic, Post Malone, Migos… I just want to write a really dope topline for any of those people. I respect their music a lot. 

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

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

https://open.spotify.com/artist/1bgcogMQprBkvzp9X6OELy

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/jessica-frech/id327605786

https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/Jessica_Frech?id=Aq2oe7guofun7hrnebpom2vmy5i&hl=en

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Happiest day: Probably when my fiance proposed to me. Dawww.

Saddest day: whenever I lose a friend.