Happy Curmudgeons - Bar Hoppin

Happy Curmudgeons – Bar Hoppin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Curmudgeons - Bar Hoppin

Happy Curmudgeons – Bar Hoppin

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Happy Curmudgeons

 

SONG TITLE: Bar Hoppin

 

ALBUM TITLE: Meant 2 Be

 

RELEASE DATE: 2017

 

GENRE: Alternative Folk

 

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Tell us your opinion on creativity and originality.

I think the band concept we have was born from creativity and originality.  We have many studio musicians that contributed to the project as well as fantastic art.  Pauly M. Everett did all the artwork for Meant 2 Be and did an excellent job.  Dave Hamilton either wrote or co-wrote all eleven original tracks on the album.

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Tell us the beginning of your passion for music.

Music has been a passion for everyone involved with the Happy Curmudgeons.  Dave Hamilton dreams most of the lyrics and sometimes melodies as well.  Music is life for us – spiritually, growth and healing.

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Elaborate on how you make sure the quality of your sound is high.

Sound and clarity are the most important aspects of music.   So many bands get into smaller rooms and play too loud.   We are not against loud music, but it needs to fit the venue.

 

We had Nate Harasim (Dave Koz Band) and Mark Byerly (Bob Seger Band) produce Meant 2 Be.  Nate is a Grammy-nominated producer and Mark has worked with Santana, Justin Timberlake and Bob Seger.   We brought people into this project that has experience and we are delighted with the overall sound of Meant 2 Be.

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Tell us how you get ideas to develop your songs.

Most of the songs that Dave Hamilton writes are from dreams.   Amy Dixon-Lavery just wrote her first song, 2nd Chances, which will be on the next album.  She writes from life experiences.   Jeff Warner gets inspiration from his musical influences and his time on the road.  Terry “Leffee” Sheehan and Jay “Tumbleweed” Burrs will be contributing on the second album as well.   Those guys are rooted in blues and reggae.

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Describe your vocal ability.

Amy Dixon-Lavery is the main vocal talent in the band.  She is amazing and can sing with anyone.   Jeff Warner has a great range and can be heard on 3rd Coast, a song he co-wrote with Dave Hamilton.   Dave Hamilton is somewhere between Tom Petty and Bob Dylan.  He would be a good fill-in musician for the Traveling Wilburys.

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Tell us how you develop the instrumentation for this song.

Dave Hamilton wrote Bar Hoppin and it started with the main chords on an acoustic guitar.   This is the only song from the album that the lyrics did not come from a dream.  Dave sat down and wrote the rhythm in two days.  He also plays the solo and fills on electric guitar.  Takaski Iio is on bass, Rick Beamon is on drums and Amy Dixon-Lavery did backing vocals on Bar Hoppin.

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State five hit songs and name the artists.

Bob Dylan – Tangled Up In Blue,  The Beatles – A Day In The Life,  Grateful Dead – Touch Of Grey,  The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil and Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven.

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Tell us how you entertain audience during a live performance.

Stick to music and stay away from politics.  Get up in front on the audience and deliver your best performance no matter how many people are in front of you.  Make a tremendous first impression.   Be yourself and play from the soul.

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List the name of artists that have a similar sound to yours.

Grateful Dead, Tom Petty, Credence Clearwater Revival, Avett Brothers.

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Discuss how you think your music is impacting your fans.

We want to play music that inspires us first and foremost.  Our music needs to move us and if it does, we believe it will move other people as well.  3rd Coast has been a track that fans bring a personal adaptation to in many ways.   As an artist, it is great to get that feedback and hear people singing along with the lyrics at a show.

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Tell us what inspires you to sing.

Amy Dixon-Lavery is the gifted singer.  She was born with the ability to sing with perfect pitch.   Jeff Warner and Dave Hamilton bring their personalities into their vocals.

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Discuss this song.

Bar Hoppin is an ode to college life. The song is about hitting the town with your friend on the weekend and spending it together.   It is a fun song of celebration and relaxation.

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Discuss how you develop your melody.

The melody must make sense.  If I cannot hum the melody or Amy cannot sing it, the song will not move on to the next level.   The melody must be the foundation for the tune.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Overall, the press reaction to Meant 2 Be has been positive.   Most critics have written about IDLE TIME.   We have been a regular featured artist on ReverbNation and were Number 1  for 11 of the past 12 months under the singer/songwriter category in the metro Detroit area.

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Tell us how you master your songs after production.

 Nate Harasim did the heavy lifting on the production for Meant 2 Be.  Nate and Mark Byerly mixed the tracks.   Dave and Nate would sit down and listen to a couple of version of each song and then pick…

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Discuss how you get your songs to digital stores.

The Happy Curmudgeons work with CD Baby and AWAL for distribution.   Those distributors handle all the digital stores like iTunes.

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Discuss how to generate income through music.

Generating revenue is the key to every musician or band being able to continue on a commercial basis.   It takes money to make money.   You must have money left over after production to get the music out into the right hands.   The music business is a lot of who you know.   You need solid music and very cool merchandise.

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Tell us your piece of advice to a new artist.

Take your time and practice everything, so when you hit the studio – you are ready to go.  You do not want to waste studio time and cash.  You will need a budget for advertising when you have your finished project.   Sign up for ReverbNation, BandCamp, CD Baby, Symphonic Distribution and they can help you get your music to the people.

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State your favourite radio station.

Everyone listens to everything from blues, rock, country, jazz  –  We love the Underground Garage, Spectrum,  Coffee House, Outlaw Country, Bluegrass, The Groove and Deep Tracks on SXM Radio.

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Go into details on this song.

Bar Hoppin was written by Dave Hamilton when he lived in the Tampa area.  He spent a lot of time in Ybor City seeing shows and jumping from bar to bar.   Bar Hoppin is a song about grabbing your girlfriend on a Saturday, hitting the bars, listening to music, having fun and relaxing with that person on Sunday.  It is a song about fun and relaxing with someone that makes you happy.

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Happy Otherwise - Man-Made Woman

Happy Otherwise

 

ARTIST NAME: Happy Otherwise

 

SONG TITLE: Man-Made Woman

 

RELEASE DATE: Released 2015

 

GENRE: Alternative Pop

 

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

A career in music was not a conscious choice. The pieces just kept falling into place.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

Writing lyrics is cathartic for me.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

 

“A career that is budding to burst on a bigger scene with her quirky and dark songwriting and special bandmate/muses Kendra and Adam.”

– Marc Albert, MashUp with Marc on KMUZ

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

Listen to my songs, it’s all there.

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Discuss your music career.

It is always evolving.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

Years ago I said, “I write a lot of sad music, but I’m Happy Otherwise”.

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List your five favourite music videos with reasons.

These are all amazing artists and songs, but these videos are in a class by themselves:

 

Bjork – Triumph Of The Heart – I don’t know what I like best, the story, the acting, the cat, the beatbox!

 

Tori Amos – Silent All These Years – The stark white, the red hair, just so graphically appealing.

 

 

Missy Elliot – The Rain – The graphics and the costume.

 

Fat Boy Slim – Weapon Of Choice – Choreography.

 

White Stripes – The Hardest Button To Button – Stop motion genius.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

I write when I’m overcome with emotion, good or bad. The more I write the better my mental health is.

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Tell us your impression on dealing with paparazzi.

Paparazzi are not a problem.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

The song was recoded at Jackpot! Recording Studio in Portland, Oregon. Kendra Lynn was both sound engineer and producer. In the past I had worked with male engineers who didn’t take my music seriously. After a few days of recording, Kendra told me that she really connected with my songs and that she was really excited. We recorded piano and vocals first. Kendra had worked with Jo Mengis (drums) and Adam Raitano (bass) and thought they would be a good fit musically. She was right. It was a really great experience.

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Tell us your future projects. 

I am trying to figure out the best way to release latest recordings. I was just approached by a music label this week, and we’ve opened a conversation. I am always writing.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far.

Kendra Lynn, Adam Raitano, Sam Johnson, Molly Yergens, a host of fellow musicians, friends and fans. My fiancé, Jim Severson. Mom.

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

The hybrid sound of humans and computers is disturbing, but fascinating. It’s changed the way that people think singers should sound.

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Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release songs.

Are we talking about mine? Jackpot! And Rareform Mastering in Minneapolis did an outstanding job. As to quantity, it’s tied into finances at this stage.

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

There is definitely a gap in compensation.

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.

This has been the bane of my existence. I have been categorized into so many genres!

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

I don’t really despise any genre. I don’t care for metal. When I listen to the way they sing I feel like they’re destroying their voices. It physically hurts my throat just thinking about it.

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

I like these women-centric films:

 

20th Century Women – Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig – my favorite actresses.

 

Fances Ha – Greta Gerwig in the story of my life.

 

Pattycakes – The main character is so compelling and so underrepresented in music.

 

Iris – This documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel reminds me of my Mums.

 

Little Women – The soundtrack is in my head all the time. Am I the only one?

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Man-Made Woman – I found myself trying to mold my unruly body and mind to fit a very narrow ideal of femininity. I didn’t feel free and I was suffering. I felt like a man-made woman, and saying it out loud felt right. Man-made woman, it has a nice ring to it.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

Happy Otherwise is self-titled. Choosing an album title was

one less thing to worry about.

Happy Otherwise

Introducing Happy Otherwise, an essentially indefinable band from Portland, OR.

The three band-mates, singer/songwriter Josie Johnson, drummer/producer/sound engineer Kendra Lynn and bass guitarist/studio musician Adam Justin Raitano discovered each other a little over a year ago at Jackpot! Recording Studio.

During the past year they have been playing together in Portland and on the road from San Francisco to Minneapolis and have returned to Jackpot! to record a CD of the new music.

 

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