Ivy Ways – Ghost

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

My name is Cherish DeGraaf, I’m from the United States and I grew up in a small city called Pleasant Grove. As a child I was very shy and it wasn’t until I was about 14 that I started realizing my love for music and my desire to create. At 15 I found an old acoustic guitar in my basement and taught myself a couple of songs- I’ve been writing ever since.

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

I started my music career during the last semester of my senior year in high school- releasing my first EP “Find” the day after I graduated. At first I mostly focused on more of a folk genre style of writing. I secured an endorsement from Teton Guitars in the fall of 2016 and played multiple showcases around the west coast. Over the last two years I’ve gotten more into production and started testing out the waters for a synth-pop project; which led to the release of the first Ivy Ways song “Ghost”. The name Ivy Ways in a way touches on mental illness- ivy consumes anything that it is left to grow on, kind of like how a mental illness can consume your life.

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

For this project I write in more of a synth-pop/ singer-songwriter genre. The idea for “Ghost” is that it’s hard to leave someone you love & when you leave you still feel attached to them. I also just wanted to song to be as spooky as possible.

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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 absolute best part about being a musician is playing shows and getting to meet such amazing people. I’ve been incredibly lucky to live in a town where there are so many musicians to meet and collaborate with. The hardest part about being a musician, for me personally, is staying relevant after a release. I’ve had an extremely difficult time getting people to continue to listen to my previous releases following the shows.

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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 the main producer behind Ivy Ways and the sole member. For this song, “Ghost”, I teamed up with the producers at Bone Shack Studio- Chris Bennion and Cat Leavy. We recorded the song using protools and various synths, such as the Prophet 6 and other software like Battery and Melodyne.

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

I’ve been in the music industry for about two years now and the overall experience has been very positive. Again, I’m very fortunate to live in a town with so many musicians. My goal in the future is just to write as much as possible and reach as many people as possible with my music.

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

I draw a lot of inspiration from going on drives and reading. I tend to just absorb the things going on around me and write about the way I feel in that moment.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

I’ve been taking a songwriting class recently and I’ve found the secret to making a hit is just to write a good song that can be translated across all genres.

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

If you have a dream, just go for it. I dropped out of college a week before I was supposed to start and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve loved every minute that I’ve been able to pursue my dream.

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

Keep writing every single day. Even if it’s just for like 10 minutes. Just write as much as possible, you definitely will have bad songs but consistency is the only way to get better!

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

I’ve released two previous EP’s “Find” & “Giver” that were solely acoustic. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to have release shows and play my songs live so many times. The biggest recognition I’ve received is an endorsement from Teton Guitars. I’ve loved getting to know the people there and being a part of their “family”.

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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. 

Still waiting to hear back from other blogs and promoters!

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

I usually start with an idea or theme that I like, then I’ll come up with some chords that I feel like fit with that theme, followed by a melody for the verse and chorus, and the lyrics typically tend to come last. I’ve been very fortunate to work with some incredible producers and recording is always a breeze. We’ll typically lay down the instrumentals then vocals, followed by some “glitter” to top it all off.

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

My tip five artist that I look up to are: The Moth and The Flame, Fictionist, Lorde, Wet, and Goldmyth.

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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. 

In the past I’ve collaborated with Robert Connolly of Fictionist and that was super fun. I would love to collaborate with Lorde if I’m ever given the chance.

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

www.facebook.com/ivyways

www.instagram.com/ivywaysmusic

www.twitter.com/ivywaysmusic

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

 Bandcamp: www.bandcamp.com/ivyways

iTunes: Ghost – Single by Ivy Ways

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ghost-single/id1294417668

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ghost-single/id1294417668

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6Kxnv8Pfp2auKhZ2iYPClo?si=z2W88S2F

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

The happiest day of my life so far was when I released my second EP “Giver” at Velour Live Music Gallery. So many of my friends and family came out to support and it was such an incredible experience. The saddest day of my life was when my parents got divorced, everything was messy and hard. I’m still working through some stuff because of that but I know one day everything will be good again.

Fresco Bars – Toast

https://soundcloud.com/frescobars/toast

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

Jaimee Friend, 11/18/1995 born in St Paul, MN, raised in Elkridge, MD, 15 minutes from Baltimore City. Grew up fairly normal til about 13 when I attended boarding school at Choate Rosemary Hall. I got exposed to all types of different people, backgrounds and experiences and it really opened my eyes to the world.

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

Always been interested in rap. I have been rapping for fun since age 11 and started taking it seriously in college. All my friends were really good at freestyling and I thought it was really cool so i decided to really work on it myself as well as producing.

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

This is an upbeat/modern style hip hop song. Basically wanted to make a song to showcase how I am still feeling good and doing my thing regardless of how people may view me.

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

I am into a lot of different styles of music. I am into some stuff that people would be surprised that I like. But to me music is a way of me telling my side of the story and expressing myself as well as a way of making people feel good. The business is hard though. Its really hard to get someone to even give you a chance. You gotta force your music on people sometime.

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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 produced this track and mixed and mastered it myself. I actually produced the song about 2 years ago and I remixed it to the version that you hear now.

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

I’ve been in the music industry for about half a year now. I have family members in the industry as well so I’ve always been familiar with it at least.

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

Not to be lame, but just whatever I’m feeling can inspire the sound. Whether it’s happiness, sadness, cockiness, insecurity etc, it can all be portrayed as a sound and reflected in music.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.  

Be honest with yourself. Don’t be clouded by your own judgement and persistence. I made about 30 songs before I even released 1. But that’s what it takes to develop your craft.

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

I am the wave. I am making the music that represents the youth and that you will feel. The sound is always going to be pushing the limits and the lyrics are always on point.

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

Don’t give up. Keep pushing. But also be real with yourself. This game ain’t for everyone.

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

I released a single “With My Team” and recorded a video prior to my latest EP. But this is just the beginning. I will be releasing singles more often from now on.

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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.  

Haven’t had any radio play yet but that’s next on the bucket list!

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

I used to sit down and write but now I mostly just take it from my head. I start each studio session with a raw freestyle to generate a flow and then I go back and edit my lines to come up with actual content.

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

Kanye West

Lil Uzi Vert

Travis Scott

Migos

Jaden Smith

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

I am down to work with anyone. Like i said I am into all types of music so I am interested in exploring as many areas as possible. Have not had any collaboration yet.

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

Instagram: @fresco_bars

Twitter: @fresco_bars

Soundcloud.com/frescobars

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

Fresco Bars on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Happiest day: When I got my scholarship money refund and I got 6k into my account.

Geminii – Alone

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

Ivory, Chicago, Il, USA, 05/24/1995 and my childhood experience was good. Music has been with me since I was five years old.

 

 

 

 

 

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

My stage name is Geminii. I am a singer/songwriter/poet/drummer. I had started taking music seriously about a year ago. Music has been with me since I was five years old. My music career is getting better each day. I am looking for a manager/management to take me to the next level as a musician. My musical background comes from my father side. My father was a musician.

 

 

 

 

 

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

My genre is RnB, soul, old-school hip-hop. The song is about my mother. Basically telling her that she isn’t alone and I will be always by her side.

 

 

 

 

 

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 music! I can do any genre. Man! You have to learn to write your own music! Please do! I am not the best yet but I want to be.

 

 

 

 

 

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 do not have a music video for this song. I am solo so I do not have any band members. My song was recorded in my closet.

 

 

 

 

 

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

I am not really in the music industry. I am just an indie artist. My future goal is to find a manager and go on gigs.

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us what inspires you to write compose and sing.

What inspires me to write song and sing is my mother.

 

 

 

 

 

😎Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Dedication and hard work. Having that passion when you are in the studio.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Please go follow me on my social media! My new song is coming out next week and I need you to listen listen listen! Please!

 

 

 

 

 

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

Make sure you be careful with this A&R’s. I had learned my lesson with one.

 

 

 

 

 

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

I have never had a live performance. Five Steps To Fame, FSTF2, 90’s babies and Hip Hop Junkie.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Obseruce Sounds, SSG music,dlnw, By the Devils Tuna, StereoFox, shebobps,and many more.Thank you so much!

 

 

 

 

 

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

I get an idea and write it down. I start on my hook first then my verses. I record in my closet so it is not the same as the studio.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Michael Jackson

Prince

Bob Marley

Shabba Ranks

Tupac

 

 

 

 

 

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 like to collaborate with Logic or Joey Badass.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NicoleJChicago

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/lovegeminijustbecause/

Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBFt1vF8D2tRu_7yRTmCfpQ

Soundcloud:

MyWebsite:

https://ivorymiller182.wixsite.com/website-1

 

 

 

 

 

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

itunes.apple.com/us/album/alone-single/id1271412966

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was when I had gotten a drum set from a friend. The saddest day would have to be the time I thought about committing suicide. I was in high school and one day i thought about it. All the bullying and being homesick (Moved to the south). One person had saved me from doing it. Bob Marley! I had heard this song, “Every Little Thing Gonna be Alright”, and I knew it would be better.

Binky – Fireflies

 

Binky is a happy go lucky, wild and bubbly singer from London. Her unique, raspy and captivating tone makes her one of a kind, driven by relentless amounts of determination. Fusing her love of urban pop and country music, Binky is a unique sonic force in the British country music scene. While her sound reflects the marriage of the two sounds with the current US industry, her distinctively British take adds a striking new dimension that sets her apart from all her contemporaries.

 

Having established herself as a presenter on Sky TV’s The Smith & Rogers Country show, Binky is a well-known face within the British Country scene. With each show featuring a performance by it’s presenter, Binky’s strength as a performer was immediately evident to all viewers, while the diversity of material performed showed she was a talent on the brink of bigger successes.

 

Following her success in the television world, Binky re-evaluated her ambitions and decided to focus her energies on her true passion – music. Having teamed up with an array of songwriters, Binky has crafted a sound that represents all facets of her musical interested. While best described as country pop, even as she approaches her debut single, it is clear that Binky is much more than just British country’s next big name.

 

“My journey has been a whirl wind from the start and has been so much more than I ever thought it would be. I have been given the chance of a life time and I can’t express how blessed I feel. This started as a seemingly impossible dream, that dream is now slowly feeling as though it could come true. I can see my goal peering through the clouds. Wherever my future is destined, I will never forget this journey and the people I have met along the way, no matter what lies at the end of the road”.

 

With her love for country rock music she aspires to some of the most successful artists in the industry, including Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson, Dolly Parton and Stevie Nicks. Using her diverse ability to meld all types of music together, she has crafted one of this year’s most instant and unforgettable introductory singles, Fireflies. An up-tempo, anthemic sing along, Fireflies is a joyous slice of summer filled optimism to brighten even the breeziest of Autumnal evenings.

Dave Connis – When We Reach The City

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

My name is Dave Connis, I was born in the USA on April 16th, 1990 and I wrote my first song at the age of 6. It was called “My Hart” and was utterly horrible.

 

 

 

 

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

My music career is a strange beast that I still don’t understand. What constitutes a career? Can anyone tell me? If so, let me know. I’ve played in bands off and on since high school, but never played the same instrument. In one I played drums, in another I played bass. In another I played electric guitar. I’ve always just tried to fit where I’m needed. I’ve been writing music since I was six, and all throughout high school recorded songs on the built in recorder on my computer. I’ve attempted to make music work for me since high school, but I find success in music pretty liquid in that you can’t pin it down and it seems like a random game. So, instead of chasing whatever success is, I just attempt to write music I’d want to listen to.

 

 

 

 

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

My genre started out straight folk, but has since evolved into I guess what the kids are calling electrofolk or neu-folk. Well, I’d like to think that’s what I’m making. At the moment I’m a little too dumb on electronic music to claim those genres entirely. I’ve always liked layered music, where the ear is consistently picking up something new. Of course, this is why I’ve moved out of straight folk. I want more.

 

 

 

 

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.

Honesty time. I don’t know what I’m doing. Easy. I have no idea what to do with my music outside of make it the best it can be. I don’t even know if I can speak to the ups and downs outside of the fact that I’ve never really “broke in” to the music business, which maybe is my ups and downs.

 

 

 

 

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 backing band is made up of 5 of my favorite musicians. David Henry, John Michael Forman, Joel Harris, Noah Barnett, and Sammie Brown. Between them, they cover trumpets, bass, drums, vocals, electric, cello, and pretty much any instrument I could ask for. We recorded this song along with the rest of the album over two years of long nights.

 

 

 

 

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

I’ve been writing songs for a long time, but I don’t think I can claim I’ve been in the music industry. I think my future goal is to have a fanbase that cares about the music and not having to talk media outlets into covering me. It’s exhausting doing that all the time.

 

 

 

 

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

Anything. I plagiarize the world.

 

 

 

 

Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I wish I could! If I find out, I’ll definitely tell you!

 

 

 

 

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

Hi, I’m Dave Connis. I hope you like the tunes. I made them for you.

 

 

 

 

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

Be honest. Be kind. Share others music if you enjoy it. Don’t fall into the keep the “secret sauce” mindset.

 

 

 

 

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

I would if I could, Broadtube. I would if I could.

 

 

 

 

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 think my mom is listening right now!

 

 

 

 

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

I typically write lyrics first and then write music around it, but not always. Sometimes I wake up with a melody in my head. Other times I record little riffs on my phone. Composition looks a lot like messing around with any option I think of until I come up with something I like more than the others.

 

 

 

 

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

  1. Damien Rice. Does a lot with a little.

  2. Sufjan Stevens. Amazing instrumentalist. Amazing layers to songs.

  3. Josh Ritter. Storytelling skills are on point. If I could write a song as good as he does, I’d be happy.

  4. Jon Foreman. Knows how to make good tunes about everything including his faith. He balances art and faith in a way I want to emulate.

  5. Gregory Alan Isakov. Simple but beautiful. Plus, I’d die of bliss if I ever got to play my songs with a full orchestra.

 

 

 

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:

  1. Jed Whedon. PRODUCE ME, MAN. PLEASE.

  2. Kate Davis. Her voice. My lord. Her voice.

  3. Chance the Rapper. Indie Folk meets his style of rap? Yes please.

  4. Tycho. I want this so bad I’d sell my house. Probably not, but I still want it bad.

 

 

 

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

Website: www.daveconnis.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/daveconnis

Facebook: www.facebook.com/daveconnis

instagram: www.instagram.com/daveconnis

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/daveconnis

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5GbjPoEL6iR3EMsxkeRNlX

 

 

 

 

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

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1296100949?ls=1&app=itunes

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Dave_Connis_Looking_for_Eden?id=B5fnen64vwcrcd5oxnadap2vpxu

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Looking-Eden-Dave-Connis/dp/B076DK38L5/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1508248077&sr=8-12&keywords=dave+connis

 

 

 

 

Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Yesterday. October 16th, when the album I’d worked on for four years released and my dad passed away only two weeks before. He didn’t get to hear it.

 

Fast Car To Florence – Babyface Stranger

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

Isaac Anderson, United Kingdom, 1995 

Chris Barber, United Kingdom, 1994 

Mike Groves, United Kingdom, 1991  

I didn’t know the other two back when we were kids so I can’t speak for them – but my childhood was pretty normal for a boy growing up in the UK in the noughties. There was a fair amount of music involved, probably hence why I’m here writing this!

 

 

 

 

 

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

‘Fast Car To Florence’ doesn’t really mean anything in particular. It was a phrase that just popped into my head one day and ended up being the winning choice of band name out of a couple of different suggestions. There were a few events that happened as the band started that may have subconsciously influenced the choice – I passed my driving test, bought my first car, and went on holiday to Italy – but I couldn’t say for certain. Sometimes it’s best not to over-analyse stuff too much. 

The three of us were all working as full time session musicians when the band came together. Prior to the band forming we’d all been touring with other artists for a good few years, and this has been incredibly helpful in navigating the first tricky few steps in getting a new band off the ground.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Babyface Stranger is a song I wrote a few years ago that explores the concept of rejection. It’s not quite as black and white as ‘I’ve been rejected, therefore, I’m sad and angry!’ but it’s more about forcing yourself to get over it – realising the fact that in the scheme of things, it doesn’t ACTUALLY matter and therefore realising the pointlessness of getting hung up on it. Life goes on. I took those feelings and created a massively overdramatic, over the top, satirical representation of how you feel when you face rejection – partly for self-protection but mostly just to take the piss out of myself. I wanted to keep it open to interpretation – the narrative could be addressing a love interest, a friend, an opportunity. It’s a rock track with an indie edge and a dash of Disney-esque strings. 

 

 

 

 

 

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 could be here for days talking about the negative moments whereas the ups could probably be counted on one hand… But no one needs that! Anyone that’s experienced the music business knows that it’s a brutally unforgiving environment. All I’ll say is that we’re incredibly lucky that people have so much as given us the time of day. We’re grateful for anyone that listens to even a couple of seconds of one of our tracks.

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 Babyface Stranger was recorded and produced completely by the band. It was mixed by our good friend Natt Webb at RatCat Studios and mastered by JP Braddock at Formation Audio in Nottingham. Like most other small bands’ releases it was a hugely low-budget operation but we’re so happy with how it turned out.

 

 

 

 

 

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

We’ve all been musically involved since we were old enough to be able to do so, and have been active within the industry for the majority of our adult lives. It’s our bread and butter and for me personally, the only thing I’m really any good at.  

The goal for us isn’t to be the biggest band in the world, nor to be mega rich or super famous. Too many bands are dead set on conquering the world right from the off, but to me that’s just an ego thing. It’s a fairly unexciting answer but as long as people are enjoying our music, and we’re comfortable and happy creating it, that’s more than ideal.

 

 

 

 

 

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

I think a lot of our songs address the challenges of taking on the world at that awkward transitional stage in your late teens/twenties. Your relationships, friendships, family life and career are constantly changing and it can be a pretty uncertain and scary time. Our songs are really about all of the individual obstacles presented by that period of your life, a subject which (I hope) a lot of people can relate to.

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.  

If only I had it figured out. I suppose you can’t go wrong with big hooky choruses. And if you’re gonna steal stuff from other people then do it discreetly. (Don’t do that). 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Thank you for listening, we hope you don’t get bored of us any time soon…

 

 

 

 

 

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

Keep writing. All it can take to launch someone’s career is one good song. Write write write! Oh and keep an eye out for sharks. Too many people try to exploit young musicians (speaking from experience) so make sure you don’t get caught out.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Ask us again in a few years and hopefully we’ll be able to provide a more exciting answer! Babyface Stranger is the second of two singles that we’ve released since the band formed at the start of this year. I suppose we’re not really in much of a position to have an impact on mainstream press but the reaction online has been overwhelmingly positive and we’re so grateful for that. We go out on our first mini tour of the UK this December, visiting London, Nottingham and Manchester, and have many, many more tours planned for 2018. We love touring.

 

 

 

 

 

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 suppose special thanks is due to Dean Jackson and the BBC Introducing team in Nottingham for airing our first track, English Skin, last month. They’re wicked. And I guess that now would be a great time to give a shout out to Broadtube Music Channel for inviting us to do this interview. Thanks guys!

 

 

 

 

 

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

Both of the singles we’ve released this year were produced and recorded completely independently by the three of us as a band. Recording is usually fairly straightforward as the songs are normally 100% finalised well ahead of the start of the process. 

 

 

 

 

 

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

‘Idols’ is probably a fairly extravagant term! But some of our biggest influences include Foo Fighters, Michael Jackson, The Killers, The Police, and Fall Out Boy amongst many others. 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

No collaborations yet. I suppose we’d have to see what opportunities present themselves. Never say never…

 

 

 

 

 

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

www.fastcartoflorence.com

Facebook: Fast Car To Florence 

Twitter: @FastFlorence 

Instagram: @fastcartoflorence

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Our music is available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, YouTube, SoundCloud and any other platform you could think of. For those with deep pockets who actually spend money on music (shocker) we’re on iTunes Google Play, Amazon, etc. No physical CDs yet but that may change soon…

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Whilst every new day presents itself as a chance to be the happiest one you could experience, tour dates and show days are probably pretty high up there. As for the sad ones, they probably aren’t worth thinking about.

Goose The Kid, Joseph Anthony- Blowin’ Treez

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

Demylan Jeron Brown, born in Ruston Louisiana, raised in the 504, moved out to Houston, my childhood was very educative and it forced me to become mentally matured.

 

 

 

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

I started rapping 6-7 months ago, i was a poet, my band name is Modern Day Hippies, we promote loving yourself, because u can’t love others until you love yourself.

 

 

 

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

Well i feel like I am more of a backpack rapper, I’m just a cool guy who knows how to play with words and create pictures and vibes with them and I want people to feel better when they hear my music like a sense of nostalgia.

 

 

 

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

I am very versatile, i can rap over any and everything believe me, my down would be not knowing the engineering side of the music because that right there has slowed down so much progression having to depend on other people to get things done for me.

 

 

 

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.

Ok, so as of now, the artist in MDH, are Goose The Kid, Johnny House-Shoes aka Pe$o, Biggz, Smitty, Yung Antho, & Humble the Prophet. We all have unique skills that makes the rap super group so universal.

 

 

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

Like I said I have only been rapping for about 6 months, my future goals isn’t to headline any show event, become an XXL freshman, and start a movement so monumental, niggas 10-15 years from now will say “Damn those Modern Day Hippie niggas were fucking shit up back in the day”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Feelings, depending on how I’m feeling that determines what i will do with a beat or what i want to do with it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

The secrets is creating a gimmick, an image or phrase so catchy people have to keep hearing it, Bad and Bougie, so and so.

 

 

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

These questions seems a little repetitive, but the message is love your self, Live Love and Laugh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Write your ass off, spend countless of hours and days dissecting your thoughts and putting them on paper, write poetry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

I don’t have any awards or anything like that, i have a few projects we’re trying to get in and can’t tell you a lot about it right now because we are really at stage 1 with them.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Shout out to Hip Hop Elements All city radio, they started fucking with my music as of lately hopefully more stations and people start gravitating towards me.

 

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

Now i can’t tell you that and that’s my little secret.

 

 

 

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

J. Cole, Dom Kennedy, Bas, Biggie, Jay-Z

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 love to do songs with Mac Miller, Bas, School Boy Q, Chance The Rapper, Cole, Joey Badass, KDot, Yatchy, just to name a few.

 

 

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

IG:@goosethekid Twitter:@GooseBigelow Snapchat:@black_goose

 

 

Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My Happiest day was any day during my SR year in high school. My saddest day was May 29th, the day before my birthday.

 

 

 

Riiza – Shapeshifter

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

Regan McCroskey, USA, 20 years old. I had an average, mid-western upbringing and came to NYC to study musical theatre, where my passion for songwriting and singing grew.

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

My stage name is Riiza, which is a combination of my first and middle name. Riiza also comes from the old English pronunciation of the word “rise”. I am more of a songwriter and lyricist than a recording artist, but after writing for some other producers, they agreed to help me create my own EP. “Shapeshifter” is my second single that will also be on my EP.

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

My genre is mostly electronic pop, but I want to make all different kinds of music from all different genres. This song, “Shapeshifter” is about letting go of people in you life who have abandoned you. I wrote this song based on something I was going through with someone I love deeply. It is so hard to let go of people you love who don’t love you back. That includes friends, family, significant others, things like that.

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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.

Breaking into the music and I’ve only been committing myself 100 percent in the last year, because songwriting was a passion I never knew I had until I met a producer and he gave me a song to write. It’s been hard for me because I love working on songs all the time and its tough to find great people to collaborate with, but these things take time.

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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 had two producers work on this song with me, Yites and Dakota Lillie. They are my good friends and have been so supportive in the creation of my EP. We made “Shapeshifter” in Brooklyn in Dakota’s personal studio and it was awesome. We always have a lot of fun all recording together.

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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 the industry for a year, It is been wonderful and my goals are to always be able to write and meet some great people while doing it.

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

I listen to the songwriting greats, like Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell, but I also highly respect artists like Halsey, Lorde, and Sabrina Claudio. I love listening to successful women in music making incredible art.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I think the secret behind making a hit song is listening to celebrated artists and studying why and how they did well. I constantly listen to songs and think about their song structure and lyrics.

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

Well, if i have any fans, I would just like to say thank you for listening to my songs! I am so glad people are listening and enjoying “Shapeshifter”.

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

My advice would be to just learn to perfect what kind of art you want to make and then find the right team to create it. Its all about who you know and how their skills can benefit you and how you can benefit them.

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

My new EP “Say Hello” comes out in November, I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!

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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.

Eternity network has “Shapeshifter” on their Sunday Selects playlist!

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

I write with my gut. I usually write a first draft within a half hour, and then edit slowly. I find inspiration everywhere. On the subway, in the shower, during a class. So i take notebooks everywhere with me and have millions of voice memos.

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

Sara Bareilles, Halsey, Lorde, Judy Collins, and Joni Mitchell.

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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 worked with Yites, Dakota Lillie, and Sub Lush. I would love to write for artists like Sabrina Caudio, Sigrid, or even pop artists like Demi Lovato or Charli XCX.

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

Website:

https://www.reganmccroskey.com/riiza-home

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

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/riizamusic/

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

They can listen to my stuff on Spotify. Here is the link.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was the day I got my acceptance papers to college to come to New York and my saddest day was the day I had to leave home to come to the city, but it all worked out for the best!

 

Beautiful Nothing – Simple Lies

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

Anthony Ludgate, Canada, June 9th 1988, Basic suburban upbringing

Luke Ludgate, Canada, Nov. 14th 1986, Basic suburban upbringing

Shane Ludgate, Canada, July 27th 1990, Basic suburban upbringing

James Featherstone, Canada, Sept. 22nd 1988, Basic suburban upbringing

Sven Petrovic, Yugoslavia, April 20th 1990, Basic suburban upbringing.

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

For my brothers, Luke and Shane, and I, we started playing music very young. Our parents introduced us to a number of instruments but what really stuck at that time was the guitar. Once we really just started trying to discovered it we just wanted to do it as much music as possible. Once we recruited long-time high school friends James and Sven, Beautiful Nothing became complete.

We’ve matured a lot as artists and song writers since then. Our first songs were written when we were about 13 years old and were very straight up metal/rock. We’ve definitely morphed and grown along the way but there was always a lot of melody in whatever we came up with.

As far as skills Shane has graduated from McMaster University where he majored in music and Luke graduated from Mohawk College for music as well. My brothers and I all had continuous lessons in brass instruments like the trumpet and baritone for years growing up. I do all of our own recordings and James films and edits our videos.

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

While still having definite elements of rock and pop our music especially on Sleep Walk is much more electronic based with synthesizers and drum samples. The whole thing overall takes on a dark tone. We were listening to a lot of The Cure, Depeche Mode and New Order kind of bands which I think really rubbed off onto this record. We also were inspired by old cinema like weird David Lynch and Quentin Tarrentino films.

I’d say we’re an alternative/electronic/rock/ pop band if such a genre exists.

The concept behind the music video was to emphasize how time really passes us by in life and how love has a tendency to make time stand still. The song is about this kind of love and how sometimes it can get the best of you if you let it.

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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 biggest challenge for us is really just being satisfied with ourselves as artists. There are fleeting moments where we feel completely content with one of our creations but, like with any art, it’s never complete. We might feel like we’ve created something perfect one day our mood change the next day and we’ll want to start it again from scratch. But it’s worth it for those moments of pure satisfaction and we’ve come to accept that art is never fully done, just abandoned when it comes time to release it.

We’ve experienced many highs and lows on our journey as musicians. The highest highs I think come from the feeling I get right after we’ve created something that feels really special to us. In that moment there’s no other high like it. As far as lows we haven’t had to many. Sometimes we can get our hopes up when potential great opportunities arise but don’t end up happening. That can be a real bummer.

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

Our long time friend Mike Greggain had the vision for the video and directed the whole thing. He works for a video equipment rental company so he was able to borrow a lot of the gear we needed. James our bass player helped shoot and edit the video and Shane our drummer had access to a funeral where we shot the end funeral scene.All in all it was a lot of fun to shoot and to pretend to be frozen which can be hard to do after a few drinks.

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

We’ve been in the industry a few years and it’s been treating us well. Our fans are great and we’re getting more all the time. We’d love to be able to do more touring so that’s one of our main goals in the future. Otherwise we just want to keep writing and creating content that people enjoy.

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

Many things have inspired us but for this record the idea of dreams and the subconscious mind was where we really found our inspiration. We wanted to explore what would come out of us if we really just didn’t think too much about it and we surprised ourselves with a record that runs deep with feelings we didn’t know we had.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Not sure we’re the best people to ask about that since we’ve never had one! But if I were to guess, I think a hit song really has to move people and stand out in some way while maintaining a format that conventional radio can swallow.

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

Be careful with drugs. Everything in moderation.

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

Do it for you. If you can genuinely say you’ve pleased yourself then there are probably a bunch of others out there who would be pleased listening.

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

We’ve had released a self-titled LP and our latest EP called Sleep Walk. We were nominated for a Hamilton Music Award, had our video’s on rotation at Much Music, reached the Top 40 on the College Radio charts, performed on National Television and have had recognition from some of our child hood radio host heroes.

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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.

102.1 The Edge, Y108, college radio across Canada, A Journal of Musical Things (Alan Cross blog), exclaim!, The Hamilton Spectator…  We’ve played CMW, NXNE and Indie Week and opened for The Arkells, Finger Eleven, The Trews, Big Sugar, Big Wreck…

Full list here:

http://www. beautifulnothing.com/press/

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

It starts with being inspired. It could be a cool sound, an emotional situation or just the need to get a song out that’s been brewing internally for a while. From there the process can take many turns. There’s really no set way for us when it comes to writing songs.

Generally I write the lyrics. On this album the main theme to the songs would be the sub conscious and exploring what and who we actually are behind our masks. The subject of dreaming often comes into play, relationships are touched on, death and terminal illness, youth and the unknown future are examined, but all from the point of view of the subconscious.

Every time we do a record it feels like a new experience; like shedding old skin. We made a real evolution in our writing style and creativity with the record. I suppose every time we do a new project there are always new hurdles to overcome and new musical pathways to pursue, so it’s always a new experience but this record represents a significant milestone on our musical journey.

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

Arcade Fire, Depeche Mode, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radio Head, The Killers, Oasis.

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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.

On Highway to the Sky and Stuck In Clouds, two songs from our first record, we collaborated with rapper Say Talk which was a lot of fun.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest day was today because I had pizza for dinner and it was the best pizza I ever tasted. Saddest day was yesterday because all there was for dinner was left over fish.