Tyga - Ayy Macarena

Tyga – Ayy Macarena

 

Tyga - Ayy Macarena

Tyga – Ayy Macarena

 

Artist Name:  Tyga

 

Song Title:  Ayy Macarena

 

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Directed by Tyga x Psycho Films

EP: Sam Canter, Christian Sutton

Producer: Geenah Krisht

DP: Tyler Weinberger

Prod. Designer: Taylor Almodovar

Editors: Colton Toy & Tori Schachne

VFX: Andrew Finch, Warm & Fuzzy, Max Goodrich, Justin Johnson

 

Tyga is back again with another entertaining music video for the song entitled ‘Ayy Macarena.’

 

Tyga is getting stronger day by day with the release of high-class music videos.

 

The recent video is an eye-catching one while his delivery of words is great.

 

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With a rangy set of friends from Fall Out Boy to Lil Wayne, it was clear from the start that Tyga was not your everyday rapper from Compton.

 

After recording a mixtape and promoting it around the city, Tyga ran into his cousin, Gym Class Heroes member Travis McCoy, in the Flight Club L.A. sneaker shop. Their conversation went from shoes to rappers, and as Travis’ group went from unknowns to MTV stars, he would always remember that talk and his cousin’s unique style.

 

Travis signed Tyga to his Bad Squad label and then invited him along when the punk-pop group Fall Out Boy came calling. Travis and Tyga would appear on the remix to Fall Out Boy’s “Arms Race,” which also featured Kanye West, Paul Wall, Skinhead Rob, Lupe Fiasco, and Lil Wayne. When the remix became a hit, Tyga found himself performing the track on MTV’s Video Music Awards in 2007.

 

He soon entered the studio to do some guest shots for his new friend Lil Wayne before shifting the focus to his solo career.

 

His first single became the hooky “Coconut Juice,” a S*A*M & Sluggo production that borrowed a bit of Harry Nilsson’s hit “Coconut.” As the club track was climbing the charts in the spring of 2008, Tyga was hard at work on his debut album, No Introduction, which was officially released that June.

 

He returned in 2012 with Careless World, an album that featured Game, Snoop Dogg, and Drake among its guests. Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, and 2 Chainz landed on his 2013 effort, Hotel California — his second straight Top Ten album.

 

Among his many guest verses were a pair of hit collaborations with Chris Brown, namely “Deuces” and “Loyal.” The two opted to take their success to another level with Fan of a Fan: The Album, issued in 2015.

 

Later in the year, Tyga followed up with his fourth proper album, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, as well as the mixtape Fuk What They Talkin Bout. Another tape, Rawwest Nigga Alive, arrived in 2016. The effort featured appearances by Goapele, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, and 2 Chainz. At the end of the year, Tyga signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint.

 

In 2017, he released a series of high-profile collaborative singles, including “Feel Me” with Kanye West, “Act Ghetto” with Lil Wayne, and “100’s” with Chief Keef and A.E. His fifth official album, BitchI’mTheShit2 (the sequel to a 2011 mixtape), appeared in July, containing the singles featuring West and Keef as well as additional features by Vince Staples, Young Thug, Pusha T, and others.

 

Tyga’s prolific run continued a few months later with the Bugatti Raww mixtape, followed in early 2018 by his sixth album, Kyoto. While the album failed to make a splash, Tyga scored a hit that summer with standalone single, “Taste,” featuring Migos’ Offset. The slinky track broke into the Top 10 of the Hot 100, one of his highest showings to date.

 

In 2019, he issued the quick follow-up Legendary, a typically horny set that recruited guests Lil Wayne, Blueface, J Balvin, Bazzi, Chris Brown, and many more.

~ David Jeffries, Rovi

 

Pongo – Canto

Pongo – Canto

 

Pongo – Canto

Pongo – Canto

 

Artist Name:  Pongo

 

Song Title: Canto

 

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Pongo unveils a high-class music video for the song entitled ‘Canto.’

 

The harmony between her raw vocal and the diverse instrumentation is exact.

 

The song is appealing, and the melody is pleasing.

 

Her performance is extraordinary.

 

The colour-grading is perfect, and the video is well shot.

 

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Pongo embodies the renewal of Kuduro, mixing her African, Langan and Zairian roots with EDM, bass music, dancehall, and melodic pop.

 

Her powerful, rhythmic, but equally fragile and sensitive voice draws us into her world, on the borders of dance and Saudade, where no one has taken us before.

 

Credits:

Directed by Felix Dol Maillot

Produced by PLZ. agency

Line Producer: Edouard Tintignac

Production Manager: Felix Paul Schmid

Director of Photography: Duarte Domingos

1st Assistant Director: Edouard Tintignac

Steadicamer: Samuel Amaral

1st Assistant Camera: Marcel Encarnacao

Gaffer: Mario Soares

Drone Operator: Manuel Costa

Set Design Director: Constant Clesse

Set Decorator: Juliette Moreau

Assistant Decorator: Charles Nachtergaele

Structure Construction: Rising Rust Produçoes

Location Manager: Rodrigo Candeias

Make-up Artist: Beatriz Texugo

Wardrobe: Laura Marciano

Stage Manager: Isabel Taunay

Stage Assistant: Malaz Elnaiem

Post-production Supervisor: Felix Paul Schmid

Editor: Joao Teixeira

Colour Grader: Marco Amaral

 

Selena Gomez - Rare

Selena Gomez – Rare

 

Selena Gomez - Rare

Selena Gomez – Rare

 

Artist Name:  Selena Gomez

 

Song Title:  Rare

 

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Selena Gomez is back with another striking music video for the song entitled ‘Rare.’

 

Selena thrills with her unique vocal while her performance is excellent.

 

Her vocal works with the driving instrumentation perfectly.

 

‘Rare’ is a melodic song that is timeless.

 

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Selena Gomez is a multi-talented performer with featured roles on the screen, both small and big, and a musical career that reached the summit of the charts from the very beginning.

 

Her group Selena Gomez & the Scene issued a trio of breezy modern pop albums from 2009 to 2011 that each reached the Top Ten.

 

She hit the top of the singles chart for the first time with the soul-searching ballad “Lose You to Love Me,” in 2019, a song that delved into Gomez’s real-life relationships and marked a new openness in her lyrical approach.

 

Gomez started her career as a teenage actress starring in a hit Disney Channel series. However, she soon showed that her musical talents were perhaps even stronger, as she piled up hit singles such as “Come & Get It,” “Good for You,” and “Same Old Love” from her first two chart-topping albums.

 

Initially, she broke from her child actress mold with the pop/rock band Selena Gomez & the Scene, issuing a trio of albums from 2009 to 2011.

 

After going solo, she scored a pair of number ones with Stars Dance (2013) and Revival (2015), before continuing her reinvention as a cool electronic pop vocalist with chart-climbing collaborations with Kygo (“It Ain’t Me”) and Marshmello (“Wolves.”) She hit the top of the singles chart for the first time with “Lose You to Love Me,” in 2019

 

Born in 1992, she grew up in Texas and got her first break as a cast member on the kids’ TV show Barney and Friends. Gomez landed minor roles in several other TV programs, but it was her affiliation with the Disney Channel — which discovered her during a nationwide talent search in 2004 — that officially jump-started her acting career. Guest appearances on The Suite Life of Zach and Cody and Hannah Montana paved the way for Gomez’s own show, The Wizards of Waverly Place, which premiered in October 2007 and quickly became one of the network’s most popular programs. Gomez began juggling her commitment to The Wizards of Waverly Place with additional projects, including movie roles and a burgeoning singing career.

 

Gomez began branching out into pop music by recording songs for her own Disney projects. She sang the theme song for The Wizards of Waverly Place, recorded several other tunes for the show’s soundtrack, and performed on the soundtrack of the family film Another Cinderella Story.

 

By 2009, she’d also assembled her own teen pop band, Selena Gomez & the Scene and signed a contract with Hollywood Records.

 

The band’s full-length debut Kiss & Tell was released that year and went gold, as did its 2010 follow-up, A Year Without Rain.

 

Gomez continued filming The Wizards of Waverly Place and made her theatrical debut in the 2010 film adaptation of Ramona and Beezus, but her music garnered just as much attention.

 

When The Wizards of Waverly Place started airing its final season in November 2010, Gomez shifted her attention back to her band, whose third album, When the Sun Goes Down, was recorded in early 2011 and released later that year.

 

She then took a break from music to focus more on acting, with her first role in a decidedly adult movie in 2013’s Spring Breakers showing she could stretch beyond teen stardom.

 

Her return to music in 2013 with her fourth album — but the first credited to her as a solo artist — also showed some stretching as she added dubstep, R&B, and EDM to her sound. Stars Dance was released in July of 2013 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The rest of that year was a bit challenging for her, as she fired her management team and parted ways with Hollywood Records.

 

She soon bounced back, though, and scored a deal with Interscope. One last Hollywood album, a contract-fulfilling hits collection titled For You, was released in late 2014 and featured the self-penned platinum single “The Heart Wants What It Wants.”

 

In early 2015, Gomez guested on Zedd’s hit EDM single “I Want You to Know.” On the heels of that success, she released her own single, the Sir Nolan- and Nick Monson-produced “Good for You,” which featured a guest appearance by the song’s co-writer, rapper A$AP Rocky. The song featured on the 2015 album Revival, her first for Interscope. With production by Mattman & Robin, Hit-Boy, and Benny Blanco, among others, and songwriting credits for Charli XCX, Julia Michaels, and Chloe Angelides, the album had many collaborators. Gomez executive produced, though, and shared writing credits on six songs, making it her most personal effort to date.

 

It entered the Billboard 200 at the top and spawned three singles that reached the top ten on the Top 40 chart. While touring in support of Revival, Gomez cut the trek short to address personal health problems stemming from her lupus, later revealing that during her time away from the spotlight she underwent a kidney transplant.

 

Re-emerging at the end of 2016, she collaborated on a single with Kygo (“It Ain’t Me.”) and Marshmello (“Wolves”), both charting in the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2017.

 

The next year was a busy one for her as she acted in the movie A Rainy Day in New York, served as executive producer of the Netflix show Thirteen Reasons Why, and worked with Marshmello on the Top 20 single “Wolves.” She also issued the solo singles “Bad Liar” and “Fetish,” which featured rapper Gucci Mane.

 

In 2018, she contributed the song “Back to You” to the 13 Reasons Why: Season 2 soundtrack, joined with DJ Snake, Cardi B, and Ozuna on “Taki Taki,” and sang the hook on Benny Blanco’s single “I Can’t Get Enough.”

 

While working on an album in 2019, she also executive produced the HBO series Living Undocumented and appeared in the Jim Jarmusch zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die. Near the end of the year, she released the confessional ballad “Lose You to Love Me” and it became her first single to reach the top of the Billboard charts. The song set the tone for her sixth album, Rare, a collection of songs that explored aspects of Gomez’s life in ways her previous work hadn’t. It featured the usual crop of heavy hitters — Mattman & Robin, Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, etc. — behind the scenes and was released in January of 2020.

~ Matt Collar & Andrew Leahey, Rovi

 

Demis Coleman - Without You

Denis Coleman – Without You

 

Demis Coleman - Without You

Demis Coleman – Without You

 

Artist Name:  Denis Coleman

 

Song Title:  Without You

 

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Denis Coleman unveils an entertaining music video for the song entitled ‘Without You.’

 

The powerful vocal of Denis enhances the song while the song is melodic.

 

The harmony between the vocal and the instrumentation is intact.

 

His vocal is raw, and the listeners can grab the words.

 

The music video is captivating and descriptive.

 

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Pop sensation Denis Coleman broke into the public eye after touring with the Vamps on their Four Corners Tour of the UK.

 

Since then, he’s toured Europe and the UK with New Hope Club and Why Don’t We, as well as selling out his own headline tour of the UK earlier in the summer.

 

His latest single titled ‘Without You’ features production from the hit production duo Red Triangle (credits include Charlie Puth, 5SOS, and Little Mix to name a few) and was featured on New Music Friday UK.

 

His previous single ‘All I Wanna Know’ was included as one of BBC Radio 1’s Best New Pop.

 

Not just a singer, Denis has been honing his musical craftsmanship from the age of 4 and the multi-instrumentalist even wrote his first original song aged 10.

 

Born in the States, Denis is currently based in London and has been studying at the Royal College of Music Junior Department for the past six years studying Violin and composition.

 

Denis has already caught the eyes of talent scouts, after winning Open Mic UK / FutureMusic’s Songwriter of The Year competition in 2017, where he beat hundreds of songwriters from across the country to come first place and winning highly commended in the BBC proms inspire competition aged 12.

 

Having been featured in various media outlets including The Sun, Shout Magazine and Spindle Magazine, Denis Coleman is certainly one to watch!

 

Becky Hill - Better Off Without You

Becky Hill – Better Off Without You

 

Becky Hill - Better Off Without You

Becky Hill – Better Off Without You

 

Artist Name:  Becky Hill

 

Song Title:  Better Off Without You

 

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Becky Hill brings to light an amazing video for the song entitled ‘Better Off Without You’ together with Shift Key.

 

The memorable song is a blend of raw vocals with inspiring electronic instrumentation.

 

Becky thrills with extraordinary performance as she sings for real.

 

The video is interesting to watch, and the instrumentation is driving.

 

She nails the instrumentation with her raw vocals while her delivery of words is outstanding.

 

The lyrics are deep and easy to grab.

 

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Becky Hill

With her highly resonant voice and R&B-influenced style, Becky Hill first came to the public’s attention competing on series one of The Voice UK. Ultimately reaching the show’s semi-final round, Hill emerged a fan favourite and became the first Voice UK contestant to score a number one single when “Gecko (Overdrive),” her collaboration with Dutch EDM star Oliver Heldens, topped the U.K. singles chart in June 2014.

 

Born on February 14, 1994, in Bewdley, Worcestershire, England, Hill was no stranger to music when she first auditioned for the then-new The Voice UK in 2012. As a teenager, she had sung with the acoustic rock & soul group Shaking Trees, which created some local buzz and received several plays on BBC Radio. On The Voice UK, she made it to the semi-final with her powerful renditions of R&B songs by the likes of John Legend and others, before being eliminated. By her own admission, she was a novice in the music industry game, and it took her 18 months to finally get a record deal. In the meantime, however, her sultry, soulful, older-than-her-years voice was highly sought-after by dance artists looking for feature vocalists. Her first recorded appearance, on British drum ‘n’ bass artist Wilkinson’s single “Afterglow,” went to number eight on the U.K. singles chart. She then appeared on Rudimental’s single “Powerless,” singing with them at several U.K. festivals in 2013, including Glastonbury.

 

Following her success with Heldens, Hill worked extensively with London-based dance producer MNEK and issued her debut solo single, “Caution to the Wind.” It showcased a shift toward a more electronica-influenced sound, with twinkling melodies and production reminiscent of Four Tet. The Eko EP appeared in 2017 and included the single “Unpredictable.” The single “Sunrise in the East” followed a year later. In 2019, Hill issued a pair of upbeat singles, “I Could Get Used to This,” which featured Weiss, and “Wish You Well,” which featured Sigala.

~ John D. Buchanan, Rovi

 

Shift Key

Shift K3Y (alternately Shift Key) is Lewis Jankel, a songwriter, producer, and falsetto-equipped vocalist whose best output cleverly fuses contemporary pop and R&B with hints of classic house and garage sounds.

 

Lyrics:

I thought my world was crumbling

when I woke up and you weren’t in my bed

and I was left here wondering how

you could walk away & never turn back

 

tried to right

all your wrongs

I never thought that I’d be lost

 

but I’ve found

the truth

I was searching for me in you

 

now I’m better off without you

and it’s finally clear to see

that the person I was missing

it’s not you

it’s me

 

now I’m better off without you

and I’ve never felt so free

coz the person I was missing

it’s not you

it’s me

 

I tried so hard to please you

but nothing that I did would work

oh & all the things we’ve been through

now it’s time to start putting me first

 

AWA - Like I Do

AWA – Like I Do

 

AWA - Like I Do

AWA – Like I Do

 

Artist Name:  AWA

 

Song Title:  Like I Do

 

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AWA brings to light a captivating music video for the song ‘Like I Do.’

 

AWA impresses with her heavenly voice as she sings from the heart.

 

The video is exact in terms of production and colour grading.

 

Her performance is impressive while the costumes are remarkable.

 

 

 

Harry Styles - Adore You

Harry Styles – Adore You

 

Harry Styles - Adore You

Harry Styles – Adore You

 

Artist Name:  Harry Styles

 

Song Title:  Adore You

 

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Harry Styles drops a fascinating song for the song entitled ‘Adore You.’

 

Harry thrills will a compelling vocal and driving instrumentation.

 

‘Adore You’ is a melodic song while the songwriting is excellent.

 

Good lighting enhances the video and colour grading is outstanding.

 

The music video is cinematic.

 

Credits:

Directed by Dave Meyers

Written by Chris Shafer & Dave Meyers

Starring Harry Styles

Narration by Rosalía

Score by Kid Harpoon

Produced by Nathan Scherrer

Line Produced by Jo Coombes, Ellen De Faux, & Tom Gardner

Cinematographer Scott Cunningham

Production Designer Laura Ellis Cricks

Mr. Styles Styling by Harry Lambert

Cast Styling by Verity May Lane

Edited by Alyssa Oh

Telecine Stefan Sonnenfeld

VFX by Mathematic

Sound Design Chris Afzal at Wave Studios

Post Produced by Adam Parker & Nathan Scherrer

Video Commissioner Bryan Younce

 

Lyrics:

Walk-in your rainbow paradise

Strawberry lipstick state of mind

I get so lost inside your eyes

Would you believe it?

 

You don’t have to say you love me

You don’t have to say nothing

You don’t have to say you’re mine

 

Honey

I’d walk through fire for you

Just let me adore you

Oh honey

I’d walk through fire for you

Just let me adore you

Like it’s the only thing I’ll ever do

Like it’s the only thing I’ll ever do

 

Your wonder under summer skies

Brown skin and lemon over ice

Would you believe it?

 

You don’t have to say you love me

I just wanna tell you something

Lately, you’ve been on my mind

 

Honey

I’d walk through fire for you

Just let me adore you

Oh honey

I’d walk through fire for you

Just let me adore you

Like it’s the only thing I’ll ever do

Like it’s the only thing I’ll ever do

 

It’s the only thing I’ll ever do

 

I’d walk through fire for you

Just let me adore you

Oh honey

I’d walk through fire for you

Just let me adore you

Like it’s the only thing I’ll ever do

 

I’d walk through fire for you

Just let me adore you

Oh honey

Oh honey

 

I’d walk through fire for you

Just let me adore you

Like it’s the only thing I’ll ever do

 

Mike Bauer – Is It Too Late

Mike Bauer – Is It Too Late

 

 Mike Bauer – Is It Too Late


Mike Bauer – Is It Too Late

 

ARTIST NAME:  Mike Bauer

 

SONG TITLE: Is It Too Late

 

ALBUM TITLE:  Financial Aid, Vol. 3

 

GENRE: Soul/R&B, 50s Doo-wop.

 

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So far, 2019 has been a busy year for Mike Bauer. Releasing four new singles (Good Things, Sky So Blue, Window Watching, Wild), and two new music videos (Good Things, Window Watching), Bauer and his backing band are turning heads.

 

 

Recently playing to a sold-out crowd at The Troubadour, one of Los Angeles’s most storied and historic venues, Bauer and his ten-piece ensemble continue to show-off their musicianship and songwriting.

 

Writing mostly with producer, Adam Berg, or, Berg (The Decoders, Maejor), Bauer has a genre-bending style that is all his own and a vocal range to match.

 

Occasionally co-writing with the legendary Richard Rudolph, whose credits include Minnie Riperton, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Stevie Wonder has only refined that style.

 

“As the band seamlessly transitions genres during their set, it is clear that, individually, each band member is very talented in their own right. When playing together, the band’s synergistic harmonies take on a life of their own, and Mike Bauer is the conductor who brings it all together. From classy funk that makes even the most aloof Angelino want to dance, to soulful R&B that Phil Spector could not have done a better job producing… This is feel-good music done right; the antithesis to mindless radio pop where the only lyrics include a repetitious chorus. Even their moody songs are upbeat, leaving listeners with a lingering satisfaction.”

– Ryan Stabile, LA Examiner

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Tell us your view on old and new school music in terms of preference.

I tend to admire the older models of songwriting and recording more than the modern. The musicianship in the pre-digital recording era was absolutely bananas. There were no multiple takes, no auto-tune, no midi. Most things were live-tracked and always played on real instruments.

 

While I love the clarity of the new school in terms of recording and playback, I really admire that old sound. It’s something I really try to fuse when creating and always use live instruments with live musicians when possible.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

Stepping on stage at the Troubadour for the first time with some of my best friends on 04/20/2019 to a sold-out crowd. Just… wow.

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“Los Angeles-based, independent singer-songwriter Mike Bauer recently shared his R&B tinged, soulful summer music video “Sweet Sunday” after the strong online reaction from “Mother of Exiles,” his artistic response to the political climate and immigration orders issued by the Trump Administration.

 

The latter has surpassed 220k views on YouTube since its premiere in May.

 

Both releases, co-written by Bauer and Grammy-nominated producer Adam Berg…

 

“The LA-based, independent singer-songwriter Mike Bauer has released his official music video single “Sweet Sunday,” a downright groovy, feel-good anthem – that bursts with sunny instrumentation, R&B tinged vocals and a seriously-smooth sax solo.

 

The emerging songwriter, who also serves as a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney by day, has been dropping well-produced, visually-stunning music videos often, and each release has been met with great acclaim.”

 – Ground Sounds

 

“During my hunt for new music, I have tried many websites that allow artist to share their music with the world. I usually spend most of my day on Soundcloud because that is usually where most people send me their music. I also go on AudioMack because they have a great stream of recently released music (not just what’s popular at the moment).

 

One day I decided to try Reverbnation again, which usually has good music, but I find either people don’t use it as much anymore or maybe I am not searching right. After checking a bunch of random playlists, I clicked on the R&B/Soul section and then Soul/Pop playlist. There he was. The first song was Mike Bauer’s Sugar (it still is I just checked). I floated away on the cloud that was Mike Bauer’s voice. It was so smooth and essentially timeless.”

– Hope Love Media

 

“Looking to ‘create an old school Motown vibe with a modern twist’ for the third installment of his ‘Financial Aid’ series, Los Angeles based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mike Bauer sets a rueful mood with the organ accents and blues-tinged guitar licks of his single, ‘Sugar’, the smooth soul tone and falsetto hues of his voice offering a self-aware admission that he is unable to handle the vulnerability and commitment required to love, ‘I’m selfish, why can’t you see, that I only want to be in love with me’.”

– Next2Shine

 

“Bauer has a signature style that borrows from artists like R. Kelly, Maxwell and Michael Jackson just to name a few. His timing is spot on and his vocal range is dangerous… I would recommend this CD to anyone looking for a taste of fresh contemporary pop with a touch of the old Michael Jackson swagger.”

– EVO:R

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Tell us how you protect your singing voice.

The voice is a muscle, so I just try to work it out as much as possible and never over-strain.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music.

It’s my outlet and my solace. How I process and feel things. Sometimes, I overthink creating and performing because it is such a vulnerable state. It’s openly sharing your soul, knowing you will be analyzed and critiqued in the process.

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Discuss creativity and originality in music.

I don’t believe anything is truly original. Everything we do is borrowed and learned from our surroundings and experiences, including sound.

 

Creativity occurs when it is re-interpreted by the songwriter.

 

In my younger years, I think I tried hard to sound like the voices I admired.

 

Now, I focus more on solidifying my own voice and perspective while still acknowledging the root influences.

 

There’s a certain level of loneliness and insecurity in songwriting that is less painful when you realize how many others have gone through the same experience of processing emotions while writing.

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Tell us your plans pertaining to music.

To write and record the best quality music with an underlying message that I possibly can, with the best quality humans I can find to create with.

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Tell us the secret of success.

I’ll let you know when I feel like I’ve attained success!

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Tell us how you get started as a musician.

I was just always around it and could always sing. My grandfather tapped and sang on the Lawrence Welk Show back in the 50s:

 

My father sang with the Falconaires Jazz Band in the USAF, and my sister is a professional cellist who has performed with everyone from Adele to Andrea Bocelli.

 

I started writing my first songs in Kindergarten. Though, I’ve always somewhat been tentative about my music career as I have seen so many not reach their own goals. I felt it was important to get an education while learning and shaping my musicianship as well.

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Tell us what makes you happy and sad about this project.

I am very proud of the work I have put out to this point, including this single “Is It Too Late.”

 

 

I wanted to create something honest, something timeless. I am sad it isn’t more widely heard, or the video widely seen. Music is always more fun the more it is shared.

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Tell us your point of view on rape and sexual harassment, and how to eradicate it.

As a prosecutor for Los Angeles County and the son of a woman who had her own experiences with both domestic violence and sexual abuse, I have a very deep understanding as to the after-effects of such crimes on a personal and professional level.

 

In terms of completely eradicating these issues, I don’t believe that is possible. If humans co-exist there will be those that victimize others. However, I do believe that with education and teaching more empathetic principles beyond traditional academics, I do see a substantial drop in instances of rape and sexual harassment possible.

 

In order to understand these issues, we need to be able to converse openly with both abusers and victims, without judgment and without malice. Only then can we understand the cause of such crimes, and their subsequent effects.

 

If you haven’t ever volunteered at a woman’s shelter, listened to a victim or abuser, you cannot possibly relate. As such, I wish individuals were more active in seeking to understand these issues before making opinions on anyone else’s experience.

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List the people that assisted in making this song.

Daniel Krieger produced and engineered the song. He also played electric guitar on the track. Kenny Ford, Jr. played bass. Jeff Lewis on Keys/Organ. Priska Lim sang all the amazing backgrounds with her gorgeous voice. Don Houston was on drums. I wrote the topline/chords/lyrics.

 

The video was directed by Nanea Miyata, and it is by far my favourite music video I have made thus far.

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Tell us how you get financial support to run your music career.

My own pocket. Which is why I am habitually broke! I am very adamant about making sure I compensate the people I work with as much as I can.

 

As an independent artist, it can be expensive to create, especially if you are wanting to remain fair and equitable with all that you work with. That is extremely important to me.

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Tell us the genre of your music and the reason for choosing this genre.

I am a genre-bender for sure. The best way I can describe my music is if Soul walked into an R&B bar and ordered some Funk with a side of Jazz and that order was then delivered by a blue-eyed white boy backed by the best damn humans/musicians he could find.

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Tell us if you prefer to write your own songs or you prefer to write with professional songwriters.

I prefer to write with others because you will always learn something while writing together with someone else. It’s also such a unique and shared experience each time that all involved get to look back on and remember the creating process. I love that.

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Tell us if you prefer to produce your songs or you prefer to work with reputable producers.

Often, I write with Adam Berg (who is an exceptional producer). Sometimes we argue quite a bit about the production… Sometimes his approach wins the day, sometimes mine. Either way, our goal is always the same… To write and produce a damn good song.

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Tell us the story behind this song.

In my 20s I was in a long-term relationship and it was at its end. Like most people in their first long-term relationship, I was still very much learning who I was and how to be a good partner.

 

This song was written after the break-up as an acknowledgment of the things I did that led to the break-up and things I wish I had done better. The question “Is It Too Late?” Well, it was… She is now happily married with two beautiful children and I am so happy/proud of her. I still neglect the dishes…

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Tell us the project you will pursue to make the society better.

I hope I am already doing it, every day. I serve my community as Deputy District Attorney. This means my primary responsibility is to protect the community through the fair and ethical pursuit of justice and the safeguarding of crime victims’ rights. That can mean taking a case to trial and all the way to verdict, or, at times dismissing cases that cannot be proved.

 

I also hope I am making society better with the music I release. I intentionally avoid writing about superficial topics, materiality, and negative messaging.

 

I try to write about meaningful experiences and am careful with the prose I use to communicate ideas. I want to always be able to look back at something I wrote and share it with pride.

 

 

Mike Goudreau - Tell Mama I'm OK

Mike Goudreau – Tell Mama I’m OK

 

Mike Goudreau - Tell Mama I'm OK

Mike Goudreau – Tell Mama I’m OK

 

ARTIST NAME:  Mike Goudreau

 

SONG TITLE:  Tell Mama I’m OK

 

ALBUM TITLE: Acoustic Sessions

 

RELEASE DATE: February 15th, 2019

 

GENRE: Blues-Americana

 

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Born in 1965 in Newport, Vermont into a musical family with an English mother and a French-Canadian father, Mike Goudreau picked up his first guitar at age 14 and hasn’t stopped playing since.

 

His early influences included the Beatles, Chuck Berry, Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and later, Albert King, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Powder Blues and Downchild – to name a few. Such diverse interests help to explain why Mike is comfortable in so many musical genres, especially jazz and blues.

 

Since 2007, Mike’s songs have been heard on hundreds of network TV shows and films, such as the Universal Pictures film ”Dark Waters” (in theaters November 22, 2019), the Hollywood film ”The Banker”, starring Samuel Jackson (in theaters in 2020), City On The Hill (Showtime), The Flash (CW), The Neighborhood (CBS), NCIS Los Angeles (CBS), Chicago PD (NBC), Shameless (Showtime), Life In Pieces (CBS), Bloodline ( Netflix), Gotham (FOX), the Hollywood film “Passengers” (2016), the TV movie North Pole (Hallmark Channel), The Fosters (ABC Family), Defiance (FX), Hung (HBO), Memphis Beat (TNT), Friday Night Lights (ABC), Let’s Make A Deal (CBS), Scoundrels (ABC) , Justified (FX) , George Lopez Show (TBS), Dirty Sexy Money (ABC ), Army Wives (Lifetime) , Kath & Kim (NBC),  Auction Kings (Discovery), Oddities (Discovery), Duck Dynasty (Discovery) and Everybody hates Chris (CW) just to name a few.

 

Mike is also highly in demand as a sideman and has backed up many international artists such as, harmonica legend Lee Oskar, Garou, Roch Voisine, Corneille , Robert Charlebois, John Primer, Diunna Greenleaf, John Hammond, Linda ”Chocolate Thunder” Rodney and the Prime Minister of the Blues Dutch Mason just to name a few and he has toured in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine, USA, Mexico and Eastern Canada.

 

When asked why he plays both jazz and blues Mike replies: “I get bored doing just one type of music. I love jazz for its beautiful melodies, chords, and improvisation. I love blues for its energy, soul and milking its three-chord structure. I enjoy playing rock ‘n roll too. But no matter what music I play it must SWING.

 

Mike’s produced 20 Albums (1994-2019)

 

In the early 90s Mike formed the Boppin Blues Band. Taking its name (and some of its style) from Vancouver’s Powder Blues Band, the BBB blew into the Canadian music scene with their first independently produced CD in 1994 and since then, Mike’s produced a total of 20 albums and more than 150 other songs in various genres for his ever-growing Film/TV and Advertising licensing partners.

 

Acoustic Sessions (2019) For this project, Mike revisits his musical roots with an all-acoustic themed soundtrack that features various influences from the past 30 years of being a professional musician, producer, and songwriter.

 

Comprised of 10 brand new original songs and 4 revamped compositions, this recording showcases the versatility and eclecticism of the Townships musician. With instrumentation that includes acoustic guitars, upright bass, Dobro slide guitar, banjo, harmonica, cello, drums & percussions and accordion, this delightful organic blend of Blues, Americana, Country, Gospel, Singer/Songwriter and even a Manouche Jazz inspired song displays the many musical influences that Goudreau grew up listening to.

 

Alternate Takes – Vol 1 (2018) Mike Goudreau presents his 19th album: “Alternate Takes – Vol 1”. A collection of unreleased and reworked original tracks that were recorded and produced in various studios between 1999 and 2017. Most of these songs were produced mainly for licensing on network TV and film projects for the many TV/Film contacts Mike has made in the USA, UK, and Europe since 2007.

 

This recording features 16 tracks in a wide variety of Blues stylings: Blues Rock, Country Blues, Swing, Funk, Jazz, Chicago Blues, Boogie Woogie, Reggae and even a Manouche Swing inspired song! Accompanied by a great line-up of musicians and long-time collaborators help make this album a great showcase of the many eclectic musical genres and influences of Goudreau in numerous variations of the Blue note!

 

Sweet Blues (2016) Mike Goudreau & The Boppin Band present their 6th release (This being Mike’s 18th album since 1993).

 

Now in their 25th year of performing and recording their brand of blues, this album features a dynamic mix of Swing, Rock, Soul, Gospel and Jazzy Blues that they have become well known for with accolades from their peers as well as blues media and aficionados!

 

12 brand new original songs, all written and sung by guitarist Mike Goudreau who’s accompanied by an all-star band featuring the stellar horns of tenor saxophonist Dany Roy and trumpet player and arranger Maxime St-Pierre.

 

Also, onboard is legendary bassist Norman Lachapelle, pianist John Sadowy, drummer Alain Bourgeois, bass trombonist Olivier Lizotte, organist and co-songwriter Lorrie Goodman and keyboardist Steve Soucy.

 

Recorded and mixed by one of Canada’s top recording engineers Dany Legendre and mastered by Steve Corrao in Nashville, Tennessee, this album will keep blues fans swinging and snapping their fingers from track one to twelve! Get ready to Bop Till You Drop!

 

Je reste accroché (2015) Mike Goudreau presents his 17th album: “Je reste accroché,” featuring 12 new original songs, 11 of which are sung in French!

 

With “Je reste accroché,” you’ll discover a good-timing mix of contemporary Blues and traditional Blues with diverse influences: Chicago Blues, Swing, Jazz, Rock, R&B, Country and even Reggae!

 

His 16th album, “T.G.I.F.” (Thank God It’s Friday), comprising 12 new compositions from the Eastern Townships blues and jazzman.

 

For the occasion, Goudreau sings, plays bass, guitars and 6-string banjo, as well as being the composer and writer on all 12 tracks.

 

He’s accompanied by long-time cronies, brilliant saxophonist Dany Roy (Garou, Bet.e & Stef, Susie Arioli), Maxime St Pierre on trumpet (Michel Cusson, Alain Caron, Pagliaro ), Serge Arsenault on trombone, Stéphane Jetté on drums and the fleet-fingered Nino Fabi on keyboards.

 

Time For Messin’ Around (2013) a 15th album for Mike Goudreau, comprising 11 songs with 8 new compositions and 3 covers from the Eastern Townships blues and jazzman.

 

For the occasion, Goudreau is accompanied by long-time cronies Jonathan-Guillaume Boudreau on bass, Jean-François Bégin on drums, and the saxophonist David Élias on one song.

 

Also appearing as a special guest is Pascal “Per’’ Veillette, a unique and talented harmonicist who brings a particular exotic flair with his participation in two songs. This is a “party” vibe album, with the first track that sets the tone immediately, right on to the last one. A few funk rhythms, Texas shuffle, country blues, blues rock, Southern rock vibes that’ll make you want to dance your blues away! Also, a sizzling authentic and soulful slow blues sung “en Français”, which has been one of Mike’s trademarks for the past 20 years and counting.

 

 

20 Years of Bop & Blues (2012) with Mike Goudreau & The Boppin Blues Band: The album features 13 new original songs ranging from swinging to funky, from New Orleans to blues-rock, with some southern soul & gospel thrown in for good measure! This latest Boppin’ offering features Mike Goudreau on vocals and guitar, Jonathan Boudreau on bass, Jean-François Bégin on drums, David Élias on tenor and baritone sax, Serge Arsenault on trombone, and Maxime St-Pierre on trumpet. The BBB is joined by guests Lorrie Goodman on B3 organ, and special guest Pierre Lacocque, of the Chicago band Mississippi Heat, on harmonica.

 

Live at The Haskell Opera House (2011) recorded live at this one of kind venue which was inaugurated in 1903, the Haskell Opera House is situated on the border of Mike ‘s hometown of Stanstead, Quebec, and Derby-Line Vermont. Mike with his long-time cronies play a mix of Jazz standards as well as a few blues favourites and some original compositions.

 

Dancing Shoes (2011); Mike with organist Lorrie Goodman form ” The Goodmen Band ” with drummer Stéphane Jetté. The album features a great mix of Blues, Funk, Southern Soul, New Orleans and Jazzy original material which was well received by blues media and fans alike.

 

Look for The Sunshine (2010); 17 tracks featuring 12 brand new original songs and 5 jazz classics, not to mention one song in French, ”La Gentille Fille,” co-written with Michel Aubin. Whether it’s a Sinatra-style crooner, groovy instrumental, dreamy bossa-nova, romantic ballad, New Orleans-style Dixieland or a finger snappin’ blues, everyone from the most particular connoisseur to the jazz newbie will be enchanted with this eclectic mix of jazz.

 

Blues Et Cetera (2009) with 15 new original songs. The works include various styles and grooves such as reggae, singer/songwriter, rock country and world music influences as well as Texas, Chicago, funk and swing blues.

 

Boppin 15 (2007); 15 cuts with 11 originals and 4 covers. Over the years some of the band members have changed but this album, as with all the previous, still boasts some of the best rhythm and brass musicians in Quebec along with some very special guests including Peter Brown on piano, Didier Dumoutier on accordion and the great Harmonica Zeke on harmonica.

 

The Grass Ain’t Greener (2006); Mike moved away from the big band style that characterized the Boppin Blues Band. The Mike Goudreau Band stripped down to guitar, drums, bass, keyboards and some great wailing harp and slide guitar from Harmonica Zeke. You get a great mix of rockin, swingin, up-tempo blues – 8 of the 12 songs are originals!

 

My Favourite Time of The Year (2004) of the Year is a sweet, personalized collection of original and classic Christmas tunes featuring silky smooth vocals, great horns, clarinet, piano, cello and jazzy guitar work guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit.

 

Thank You Louis (2002) a tribute to the great Louis Armstrong. It was and still is, very popular in Quebec garnering him numerous interviews with Radio-Canada, CBC Radio/TV and sell-out live shows.

 

“Nous avions rendez-vous” (2001) Mike received a Research and Creation Grant from the Quebec Arts Council and produced ”Nous avions rendez-vous”, on the Montreal based Bros label …

 

12 original blues tunes all sung in French! They were invited to the ” Francofolies ” in Montreal as well as a live recording captured by CBC’s ” Silence on Jazz ” broadcast coast to coast.

 

Stardust Memories (2000) Mike indulged his passion for his other favourite musical genre – jazz – when he released Stardust Memories, a compilation of 14 classics including Route 66, The Lady is a Tramp, and Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.

 

Happy Go Lucky (1999) with 9 of 13 songs originals. More accolades: Real Blues Magazine called it one of the 5 best CDs of the Year and named the Boppin Blues Band as Best Swing Band and Best Unsigned Band in Canada. It was also nominated by Maple Blues for Best Album.

 

I Dig My Job (1996) featured mostly original tunes including a couple of en français, which was unique. Real Blues Magazine continued its love affair with the band rating it as one of the 5 best blues CDs in Canada that year and named them Best Group in Eastern Canada for 1996-97.

 

They were also nominated as Best New Artist at Canada’s Maple Blues Awards in 1997. A California radio station (KKUP FM) placed I Dig My Job in the Top 25 Blues CDs for that year!

 

Sold Out (1994) with 10 songs running the gamut from solid Chicago blues to jazz-influenced 40s & 50s swing/jump/shuffle and a few country and gospel tunes thrown in for good measure. It showcases superb guitar work and vocals from Mike with a great backline of drums, bass, piano, horns, and harp. Upon hearing it, Andy “Blues Boy” Grigg of Real Blues Magazine called them one of the most talented bands in Canada.

 

 

Over the past two decades, Mike has performed at some of the most prestigious Jazz & Blues Festivals in Canada including 10 times at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, 17 times at the Tremblant International Blues Festival, 7 appearances at the Edmundson Jazz and Blues Festival, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Rimouski, 3 times at the Maximum Blues de Carleton, Fredericton’s Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Saint John Jazz Festival and Festival by the Sea.

 

Mike was featured at the ” Playing with Fire ” Blues Festival in Omaha Nebraska accompanied by members of Chicago’s ” Mississippi Heat ” and had raving reviews for their performance.

 

With well over 450 major concerts under his belt, he’s earned the respect from his peers for his work ethic, love of music and professionalism.

 

What some of the blues media have to say about Mike Goudreau:

“A hearty vocalist and effective guitarist who plays snarling, tightly wound leads…A highly enjoyable set”

– Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue Magazine, USA.

 

“Listening to his music it almost seems he is searching for the musical Holy Grail but in actuality, he is the musical Holy Grail. He is already there – but he just doesn’t let up on his drive to do more, write better songs, record more, play live more.”

– Sandy Graham – Cashbox Canada

 

“Du Mike Goudreau en français, cela représente pour moi un style en soi ou la qualité à tous les niveaux s’avère toujours indédiable! Bonne écoute!”

– Pierre Jobin – Québec Audio & Vidéo

 

“Aussi bon en spectacle que sur disque, Mike Goudreau saura vous faire apprécier un blues savoureux avec un son différent grâce à une excellente section de cuivres. Une fois qu’on commence à écouter du Mike Goudreau, on ne peut plus arrêter, vous aussi direz comme moi, JE RESTE ACCROCHÉ et j’aime ça!”

– Pierre Lamontagne – Le Net Blues

 

“Je reste accroché , vous propose non pas un remède à la morosité ambiante, mais LE remède miracle pour non seulement effacer vos soucis mais faire briller le soleil dans vos yeux, tant il est rempli de bonnes choses, joué non seulement avec le coeur mais aussi avec l’âme.”

– Arol Rouchon – BCR La Revue, France

 

 “Un titre approprié d’album, puisqu’effectivement on reste accroché par ce blues qui rock et swing en français et qui nous parle de la vraie vie. Ce prolifique auteur-compositeur-guitariste et producteur estrien nous offre un beau mélange de blues contemporain et traditionnel avec des influences: Blues, Swing, Jazz, Rock, R & B, Country et même Reggae. -” Marie-Josée Boucher – Info-Culture.biz

 

“Mike Goudreau a encore trouvé le moyen de nous surprendre et de nous convaincre qu’il est un indispensable membre de la famille blues du Québec. Il a accompli le tour de force de présenter un album tout en français sans tomber dans les clichés, sans faire folklorique et en gardant l’intérêt de l’auditeur par la variété des styles comme des thèmes abordés. Oui, moi aussi ‘ Je reste accroché”

– Michel Dubois – RUE D’AUTEUIL, CKRL 89.1 Québec

 

“Well, if Mike Goudreau and his boys were looking for the sunshine with their new album, they certainly found it! Lay the sunscreen heavy ‘cause this one is a real scorcher!”

– Dan Behrman, Producer/Host, Espace Musique / Radio-Canada

 

“I love Mike’s easy-going, confident approach to music. Backed by sympathetic players, that approach results in a cool effortless swing whatever the groove. He shows his ‘big picture’ love and understanding of the blues in his guitar playing and songwriting. I’m happy to help spread the word by playing his music on CBC Radio’s Saturday Night Blues and on Galaxie.”

– Holger Petersen, host Saturday Night Blues (CBC)

 

“Goudreau plays lead guitar with the tone and taste of greats like Otis Rush and Albert King, and writes compelling, original songs.”

– Jeremy Loome, Edmonton Sun

 

“Quality Canadian blues…solid and unpretentious…swings with snappy sincerity and crisp energy”

– Hal Horowitz, Blues Revue Magazine, USA Oct/Nov 2006 Issue

 

 “Undiluted blues from one of the purest players on the Canadian scene”

– Al Kirkcaldy, CFFF 92.7 FM, Peterborough, ON “

 

“A rockin’, rompin’, stompin’ good time…. solid, creamy, tight and tasty licks executed with precision and class”

  • Billie Lucas, CHLY 101.7 FM, Nanaimo BC

 

“Goudreau is a natural. He leads a great band with exciting original songs that dare you to sit still”

– John Valenteyn, Maple Blues, Toronto Blues Society

 

“The Grass Ain’t Greener ” est un de ces albums racés qui font figure de référence dans une carrière, aussi riche et chargée soit elle!”

–  Fred Delforge, zicazic.com, France

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Tell us your name, country of birth and childhood experience.

Mike Goudreau, born in Newport, Vermont, USA but I have lived most of my life in a small town called Stanstead, Quebec, Canada, situated on the border of Vermont and Quebec.

 

My dad is a French Canadian and my mom an English Canadian and although we spoke English at home, I attended French school so today I speak (and sing) in English and in French. I started playing guitar when I was 14 and have been a professional musician since I was 17. Today I’m 54.

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Tell us how you discover Americana.

My parents listened to Country and Oldies Rock ‘n’ Roll mostly, and I grew up listening to various Roots music so I’ve always been exposed to what you would call Americana.

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Brief us your experience creating your first song.

I had been playing in cover bands for about 10 years when I wrote my first song in 1991. It was a Stevie Ray Vaughn influenced Blues Shuffle titled “I Had Me A Woman.”

 

We put it on our first album with my blues band The Boppin Blues Band, and it was the song that got the most airplay and the best reviews, so it encouraged me to keep writing my own songs from that point on.

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List the name of the artists that have influenced you.

Beatles, Elvis, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert King, BB King, James Taylor, America, Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Merle Haggard, ZZ Top, Brian Setzer…Just to name a few.

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Discuss the difference between the old school songs and new school songs.

I think old school songs didn’t have gimmicks. It was just a great melody, lyrics that were simple, organic instrumentation and honest recordings (I mean not doctored up with software like most recordings today) so they had to be tight in the studio to get it right.

 

Today with the new music business and shorter attention spans of some of the audience, new artists rely on a video presentation, appearance, visual presentation and especially tons of money for promo and airplay to get the word out to the masses.

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Discuss the evolution in the sound of Americana.

Like most modern music, it has added different instrumentation, and sometimes grittier perhaps than it did 10 years ago.

 

Presentation and promo are the main changes in today’s market to present your music although, with the help of the internet and social media, it’s possible for an independent band to break out.

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List the name of your favourite Americana artists and state your reason.

I can’t say that I have a favourite, but I do like Ray Lamontagne, Mumford & Sons, Bob Schneider and the older influences like The Band, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson.

 

To be honest, I’m all over the place musically but on this last release, my 20th album ”Acoustic Sessions” I wrote a bunch of Americana themes and influences. I wanted to produce some rootsy music on this one and it was a great experience returning to my roots.

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Explain what you understand by Americana genre of music to the best of your knowledge.

To me, it’s a mash-up of Folk, Country, Blues, and Pop.

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Discuss Americana in detail.

I think it’s music that many people can identify with, that tells stories about real life and real people with often acoustic and organic sounding instruments.

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List the name of Americana greatest songwriters and state your reason.

Bob Dylan, The Band, The Band, Ray Lamontagne, Bob Schneider, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Mumford & Sons, Ry Cooder.

 

Their music just touches me, and they are also great singers and musicians and songwriters…

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List the name of Americana greatest artists and state your reason.

I think The Band perhaps, but Ray Lamontagne might be my favourite because I love his voice and his eclectic style and brilliant songwriting, I am not sure he’s actually qualified as an Americana artist but he certainly has songs in the genre.

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Tell us how you compose or write lyrics.

I often write when I’m driving. I often start with a subject or a title for a song and elaborate from there.

 

I don’t have a set method, sometimes songs come to me very quickly and other times it’s over the course of a few hours. I’m never trying to re-invent the wheel, just trying to write lyrics that folks can relate to and cool and groovy music in a simple, honest way. I try to make them as accessible as possible.

 

I license a lot of music for TV and Film, so I try to keep the themes as universal and general as possible so the songs can be used in a variety of ways in scenes and themes.

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Tell us how you make the instrumentation.

I play guitar, bass, banjo, and harmonica, but I have some great collaborators and I try to add the instruments that will enhance each song and reach the audience with that choice of instrumentation, and course make it fun.

 

On this last recording we have harmonica, banjo, acoustic and resonator guitars, dobro slide, cello, accordion, glockenspiel, upright bass, drums, percussion, and handclaps so it’s got many vibes and nuances.

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Brief us on your recording experience in the studio.

I’ve been recording and producing music for 28 years and have recorded many styles of music: Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country, Folk, Christmas, Big Band, French Cabaret, World music, and Americana.

 

 

Through the years and working with some great people who taught me the ropes, I have learned how to mix music, produce and organize sessions after literally spending hundreds of hours in the studio.

 

To date I’ve produced 20 albums of my own and dozens for other artists. I’ve also written about 350 songs and counting for my licensing and publishing business in multiple genres.

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Tell us how you get involved in music.

I always loved singing as a kid and would sing in front of the record player for hours, singing along to my favourite songs.

 

When I was 15, I had a best friend who I played hockey and attended school with. He played guitar and he taught me my first chords and we practiced together and learned how to sing harmonies and learned many songs. Soon after we were playing in school events and the local community center and it was a great way for a shy kid like me to make friends and help me have greater confidence in myself.

 

Soon after I started playing in bands and I was consumed with music and wanted to better my playing and singing skills and progress as a musician.

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Tell us your gain and loss as an artist.

The gain is doing what you love for a living.

 

The loss is many things: It’s a difficult way to make a living, especially today since live music is under-appreciated often and underpaid.

 

It also can be tough on a family life if you are too often away from home.

 

I’ve been very fortunate since I have toured a bit but was able to make a decent living being always close enough to home most of the time.

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Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist.

Be versatile, if you can play many styles, you’ll have a better chance of working regularly and you’ll be a better musician, I think. Be honest to yourself that this is tough business and you’re going to deal with rejection and failure at times despite hard work. Do it because you love it and not just to be a star or to get rich.

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Discuss the music industry.

I’ve always been an unsigned independent artist. We have had some help from agents with bookings and cd promo a bit but it’s harder with very little budget for real promo like with a major label.

 

In the end, though for myself as an artist it has been a good thing because I manage my career, play live about 150-200 gigs a year, and I’ve been licensing music for network TV shows and a few Films since 2007, via contacts, mostly in the USA, I’ve made through many hours of research and figuring it out on my own.

 

Today the industry is having difficulty with the hyper-fast development of technology and how it has affected the way people purchase music and it has really changed the way the business works.

 

Independent musicians are numerous nowadays and some of them have figured out how to have many fans and be successful via social media and other ways as never before. Some independent bands are huge and that just didn’t happen before or rarely.

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State your future goal.

My goal is to continue to produce as much music as I can in all the styles I love and have a good knowledge of how to create and produce those genres whether it’s Blues, Americana, Jazz, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Country, World, etc.

 

I’m 54 now, so I’m thinking for the future and my plan is to continue working hard to build my library of music and continue to get my songs published and placed on TV, Films, Advertising etc, as to help me generate more revenue so I can produce even more music and hire more musicians too. This could also enable me to play live gigs a little less and keep only the fun and valorizing gigs rather than taking so much more work only because you got to pay those bills!

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Discuss the process involved in making this song.

I was visiting my dad last winter in Florida and while driving through the Everglades I had the melody hook and the main idea for a song subject (Tell mama I’m ok).

 

I wrote it in 15 minutes, it came so fast and I just sang it in my phone while driving. It doesn’t always happen that fast but sometimes the inspiration is there and it’s a beautiful thing! It’s a simple song, not rocket science but I think it can appeal to a lot of folks. Everybody has a mama lol.

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Tell us everything we need to know about the song.

It’s a two-step basically with a happy feel-good vibe even though the song lyrically is about a guy who had a break-up and moved away to another city to forget that girl he loved, and this guy is telling a friend to tell his mama he’s ok. In the end, he’s feeling better and on his way to a brand-new day.

 

 

There’s a fine dobro slide guitar track from a nice session player from the UK I met online, Toby Wilson, and my regular bandmates Jonathan Boudreau playing upright bass, Jean-François Bégin on drums and I’m singing and playing acoustic guitar.

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Tell us how you come up with the title of the song and your artist’s name.

Basically, I wanted to write a song mentioning mom or mama because it touched me, and I thought it might touch someone else. And for TV or film, I think the title tells it all: Tell Mama I’m Ok. My artist’s name is simply my real name…

 

The Inoculated Canaries - Sneakers

The Inoculated Canaries – Sneakers

 

The Inoculated Canaries - Sneakers

The Inoculated Canaries – Sneakers

 

Artist Name: The Inoculated Canaries

 

Song Title: Sneakers

 

Release Date: 4/26/2019

 

Genre: Rock

 

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Discuss how you find the sounds that fit your vocals.

I have always been a guitar player first and a vocalist second. When The Canaries were in their infancy, we actually had a couple of different singers.

 

I only started singing to avoid changing our entire set every time a singer left the band. I can’t say it’s a very specific process. We sort of write the songs and then I go home and practice singing them in my shower until they sound good.

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Tell us how you come up with ideas to create your lyrics.

Most of my lyrics are based on life experience; either with things that have happened directly to me or things that have happened to people close to me.

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Tell us how you ensure the music producer properly balances your vocals with the instruments.

That all comes down to the mix really. James is an audio engineer and he’s a real stickler for frequencies and all sorts of nerdy stuff like that.

 

For me personally, I just play and sing as hard and loud as I can and somehow that seems to work. It might seem like we’re professionals, but our production style is a very “seat of the pants.”

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Discuss the recording process.

For us, the most important thing is making sure that the recordings reflect our live set. We don’t use any digitized instruments, and we always track everything together live as a band. If there’s a more difficult way to do something, you can be certain we’re going to do it that way.

 

We’re the type of guys to stress about every single little detail within the music. When you’re asking people to take precious time out of their day to listen to your music, no note can be insignificant.

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State the best means of generating income in today’s music business.

It’s tough out there. I think in total we’ve probably made a total of about $4000 over a 7-year span of recording and touring (not including the tens of thousands in expenses). There’s not a lot of room in the middle, you either make a lot of money or you make no money at all.

 

Licensing deals are where all the money is. If you hear a song in a commercial on television, you can be sure someone’s making a decent chunk of change from it.

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State your favourite song and the reason

Hey Hey What Can I Do – Led Zeppelin, simply because I have yet to find a time in my life where I’m not in the mood to listen to that song.

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Tell us your opinion on the use of digital effects on vocals.

So, while I’m not generally a fan of anything digital, there are times when you are looking for a sound that you cannot physically recreate in the real world.

 

I think our view is this; computers should never replace musicianship, but they can allow artists to be creative in ways that weren’t possible in the past.

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Tell us the steps you take before going into the studio.

James usually eats a cheeseburger. I tend to chug a couple of bottles of water. Dylan brings a Sansamp, and Brian shows up late, so he doesn’t have to carry anything.