Natalie Migdal

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

My name is Natalie Migdal, I was born in Stockholm, Sweden February 20th 1990. I grew up in a musical family and music has always been a part of my life. I used to spend hours by our dusty old piano in our living room, composing short piano pieces. As I grew older I started writing lyrics as well. 

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

I have worked with artists like Rickie Lee Jones, And Brun, Laleh and Amanda Bergman. I’m the co-founder of Migdal Strings, a string collective based in Stockholm who have recorded strings for artists like Loreen and Peter Lemarc. Migdal Strings also appear on the soundtrack for the swedish movie success ”Gentlemen”, who won the esteemed ”Guldbagge” for best soundtrack in 2015. This fall I’m releasing three singles on my very own record label Raccoon Recordings and every single will also have a music video. 

My musical background: I’ve studied classical violin at the Royal College of music in Stockholm and jazz vocals at the jazz programme at Skurup in the south of Sweden.

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

I would say that my genre sounds like a combination of my musical background. There are classical and minimalistic elements as well as grand gestures. The concept behind the three singles I’m releasing at the moment is the process of moving on, after a breakup. The songs are not about the breakup itself, but rather about what happens emotionally after the breakup has taken place.

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

As a musician, I’ve been part of a lot of different constellations and projects, but what I love the most is creating my own music. One challenge in being a musician is being able to pay your bills.

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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. 

For the single All The Way Home, I called the amazing pianist Filip Ekestubbe. He came by the studio one afternoon and blew our minds away. The song is recorded at a beautiful studio at heart of Stockholm. I’ve produced the song together with producers Marcus Ardai and Joakim Hultqvist. The music video shoot for this single is actually taking place just now, and it will be released november 6th! Directed by Sosi Chamoun and filmed by Richard Götze. 

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

These three singles are my debut singles as an artist playing in my own name, but I’ve worked in the music industry for a long time as a freelance musician. I’ve had the pleasure of working with a lot of exciting artists and I’ve been part of various productions. My future goal is to write and record more music in my own name and to work with my string collective Migdal Strings!

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

I draw inspiration from my own experiences and feelings, and the feelings of those around me. Writing is part of a healing process for me, to put experiences into words.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Hm.. Good question. I’m not sure I have the secret, but I would say that the best way to make a killer song is to create something you truly love and hope that others do too!

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

My music is about emotions and about the process of healing after a break-up. I think it’s very important to talk to the people around you about how you’re feeling. That every emotion is okay. 

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

Give yourself time and do not be afraid to ask people for advice!

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

My first single I’ve Run Out of Words has gotten beautiful reviews by Nordic Music Review for example. As a violinist I’ve toured with artists like Loreen and Laleh.

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

I always sit by the piano when I write music and also when I write lyrics. 

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Joni Mitchell, Emilie Nicolas, Regina Spektor, Ane Brun.

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

I haven’t collaborated with any artists in my songs yet, but I would love to collaborate with the amazing Ane Brun some day. 

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

https://nataliemigdal.com

https://facebook.com/nataliemigdalmusic

https://instagram.com/nataliemigdalofficial 

https://soundcloud.com/nataliemigdal

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

https://itunes.apple.com/se/album/ive-run-out-of-words-single/id1271897083

https://itunes.apple.com/se/album/all-the-way-home-single/id1288301798 

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Wow that’s a really hard question to answer. I don’t really remember one day as being my happiest or saddest day. I’m much more of a period-person! I remember the first period with my current boyfriend as being one of the happiest. And one of the saddest periods when I broke contact with an important person in my life.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would buy a beautiful summer house to share with my brother and my mother. 

Greg Owens and the Whiskey Weather

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

Greg Owens, United States, 6-26-1986. I grew up in a small rural town in West TN where everyone tried to talk you into coming to their church and everyone knew your business. While, I never plan on returning to my hometown for any amount of time I had a pretty good childhood. Largely due to my awesome family (both parents at home, 2 older brothers, and 1 older sister).

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

I got my first guitar when I was 10 (I’m 31 now) and immediately started writing songs. I wanted to be Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. I started playing in hole in the wall bars in West TN when I was 16. In college, basically partying took precedence over anything else, so while I was still playing and writing music I never put in the work that the music deserved. However, I did discover Ryan Adams in college and he kind of replaced Billy Corgan as an artist I really connected with. After struggling a find a decent job following college I finally found a job that I liked as well as a great woman. However, something was still missing. This is when I decided I had to go back to music and put in the effort this time. I perform under the name “Greg Owens and the Whiskey Weather”. The “whiskey weather” refers to the fall when the air starts to cool and the leaves begin to change. I’ve always felt more creative during this period. It also refers to my struggles with anxiety and depression in the past. All of that is a part of me and music helped to get me through it. 

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

The genre is Americana. Probably leaning a little more towards rock if you were to listen to the rest of the songs that will be on my forthcoming EP. The song is about trying to figure out how to grow up and grow out of old habits, all while the past is so much easier to just give in to and repeat. So, the demon in the video represents the past catching up with me. We wanted it to have a ’90s music video vibe. All those videos were kinda weird and a bit ambiguous. 

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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.

Aside from what I’ve already mentioned, being an artist in Nashville is both a blessing and a curse. While its an amazing city with amazing players available to play on your record, there’s so much competition. Everyone is so damn good! It’s easy to get down on yourself. The indie music community here is great though! Very collaborative and helpful for newcomers. Also, I’m my own manager, booker, publicist, and label. Its a ton of work considering I also have a pretty demanding day job, that without, I wouldn’t have been able to afford to make such an awesome video. 

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

My producer was Jon Estes. He’s played with everybody from John Paul White to most recently Ke$ha. We hit it off immediately when we bonded over our love for the Ryan Adams album Cold Roses. He really helped me make the song more concise and ultimately more effective. We recorded to tape at the Bomb Shelter Studio in East Nashville. The Bomb Shelter’s claim to fame is that the Alabama Shakes’ debut album, Boys and Girls, was recorded there. They’ve had a ton of great artists record there since though. A company called Bolo Brothers Creative wrote and created the video for me. The director, Jared Rauso, is a friend of mine and we used to play music together in college. He had the vision for the video everyone came together to bring it to fruition. We shot the video here in Nashville at an abandoned house and the surrounding woods. The house used to belong to Hank III and it was obvious that place had seen some debauchery. We shout in mid August so it was hot as hell outside but we had a great time. Aside from the opening scene, it was all shot in one 12 hour day.

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

Like I said previously, I’ve been playing in bars since I was 16, but this is the first time in my life that I’m really immersing myself in a career in music. I don’t think I had the drive or focus to be successful when I was younger. So, I guess you could say this is my debut single although I’ve been cultivating my talents since I was just a kid. Ultimately, I just want to be able to make a comfortable living playing my original music. I’m not looking to make millions (although that’d be nice!)

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

I write a lot about my personal life. It’s therapy for me. It helps to not only get me through hard times but also to more fully understand the emotions that I’m feeling. Its very cathartic. 

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I recently heard Mary Gauthier talk at a music conference. She said that if you can write a song that touches people’s heart, they will give you money. I strongly agree with her. Ultimately, your audience wants to connect with you. We all want to know that someone else is going through the same storm we are. The best way I know how to connect with people is to write about my own experiences and tribulations and hope that someone out there can relate. One of the greatest compliments I’ve ever gotten is when I was in my early 20s I recorded a little 3 song EP in my bedroom. It was terrible quality, and in retrospect, not the best songs. My mom had a coworker whose kid heard the songs though. The kid told his mom that the songs had got him through some really tough times. Knowing that I had helped someone get through tough times solely through music gave me an indescribable feeling. At that time I had no idea my music could have an effect on someone like that. 

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

You’re not alone. 

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

I’d say to make sure that you remember that it’s called the Music Business. It’s a business and should be treated as such! Stay organized. Spread sheets are your friends. Be easy to work with and always tell people thank you. 

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

“Five Years From 21” is the first single off of my forthcoming EP, You Can’t Change the Man. Tentative release date is January 20th, 2018. 

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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.

The video was premiered by an Australian blog called Music Injection. You can read the article at: https://musicinjection.com.au/2017/10/21/proud-to-premier-greg-owens-and-the-whiskey-weathers-five-years-from-21/

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

Sometimes the lyrics come first and sometimes I’ll be strumming a chord progression on my guitar and that will inspire lyrics. I almost exclusively right on my acoustic guitar. For this record, I demoed the songs at a friend’s home studio then brought them to my producer and we talked about any changes that we might make. In the studio we also got input from the other musicians and adjusted the song accordingly. We were tracking to tape so you really want live takes. Rhythm guitar, bass, and drums were all tracked live then we did overdubs for vocals, keys, and other guitar parts.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Billy Corgan, Jerry Cantrell and the rest of Alice In Chains.

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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.

Both my producer, Jon Estes and the guy who played pedal steel on the record, Spencer Cullum, play in a band called Steelism. They’re making some pretty big waves and have been making great instrumental music for several years. I’m open to collaborating with just about anyone that’ll have me!

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

EPK:

https://gregowensmusic.com/ press-kit

Website and socials:

http://www.GregOwensMusic.com

                                

https://www.facebook.com/ gregowensmusic/

                               

https://www.instagram.com/ gregowensmusic/

https://twitter.com/ WhiskeyWeather

                                

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2MPe8xDFLc4zSWWiFYW1Mb

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

https://gregowensandthewhiskeyweather.hearnow.com

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day may have been the day when my mom told me what that her coworker’s child had said that my music helped him get through some tough times. Saddest day – Well 3 months ago, my dad had a massive stroke. That was a really tough day. 

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If I ever see a million dollars I will absolutely be giving some of it to my parents. They’ve always been super supportive and there’s no telling how much money they spent over the years buying me music gear. I’d also have to give a little to charity, because well, karma. haha The rest would be spent on helping me build a life for me and my girlfriend. Nashville is getting more expensive by the day!

Shotgun Fakes

 

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

Stefan and Pamela Myburgh, both South African. Married for 5 1/2 years. 

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

We are .Shotgun Fakes.’ The name began when we fell in love and decided to get married after like 5 years of being friends. We started dating, got engaged and married within 4 months. It was a crazy whirlwind romance. We had a ‘shotgun’ wedding because we got married so quickly but we ‘fakes’ because there was no bun in the oven only true love in the oven! Kind of a cute story.

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

The music video is a lyric video and loosely built around the idea of keeping the light burning throughout the night(one way or another) until the full light of morning comes. It is about being courageous in the dark until the morning saves us. 

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

I don’t know you well enough to tell you all that!! Buy me a drink first 😉

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

We are pretty much a self contained duo who compose and produce all our own music. Pamela handles the songwriting and lyric writing while Stef handles the composition and production ?mixing, etc.  We shot the video ourselves and edited it ourselves too. So we pretty much handled every aspect of this one. Some of our other more complicated videos we obviously had more help with but this one we did alone basically. 

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

We have both been in the music industry for just over 12 years. Basically, we want a simple life of making the music and the sound that we are good at and finding a way to get paid for it! 

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

Anything. Relationships. God. Sad things with a happy end. Happy things with a sad end. Just different seasons and stages of life also make me reflective and so I will end up writing about that. 

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

The secret is that there is no secret ! It’s any mans game.

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

We will keep bringing you what we have as hard and as best as we can as long as you are buying our music and supporting us we will keep going. True fans don’t just stream. They also buy.

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

Make sure you know how to play at least one instrument. Also, if you can play music on that instrument by yourselves or with others for maybe 8 hours a day than you are ready to be a artist. 

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

We have been touring in the form of a campaign called ‘5’ that we invented to challenge ourselves. ‘Ode to Courage’ is actually part 4 of ‘5.’ 5 stands for 5 songs in 5 different cities over 5 months. We have played Amsterdam, London, Cape Town and LA is the last to be released for this segment.  Although we did not make it in 5 months but rather 10 (life happened!) we still have done the songs and recorded live in each city 

https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=t08Tp6jJ1fY – Depression intervention -London 

https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=0k-gr9HoxoA – Out of the blue – Amsterdam. 

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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. 

Digital Tour bus did a blog on our last release ‘ Inception’ and Indiemono shared it on their Spotify playlist. 

In South Africa, ‘Depression Intervention’ was playlisted on a couple of the major radio stations including 5FM and Heart FM.

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

We don’t have a set way that we work, sometimes the music comes first, sometimes the lyrics. It all depends on who has the nugget for that time that we decide how we are going to build the song.  

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

Kimbra, Lorde, Sia, Max Martin, Passion Pit, Fyfe.

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

We did a track with Coke Studio ZA with hip hop rapper, Ricky Rick that was a cool tune. We have also collaborated with Tresor. 

I think we would both love a chance to collab with Kimba or Fyfe. 

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

Instagram –  https://www.instagram.com/shotgunfakes/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ShotgunFakes/

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmaWNfHCxc-teQzLrQEqCUg

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

iTunes, band camp, Amazon Music.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

The day we got married ! – happy 

The day that honeymoon ended !!!  – sad 

YNNOX

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

Johnny Sommerer, Austria, September 9th, 1984, growing up playing the cello and guitar.

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

I started playing when I was very young, both my parents and my brother and sister are/were musicians. I studied jazz-guitar & jazz-composition, had singing lessons and have been in a lot of bands already, e.g. Parov Stelar.

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

Pop, the idea for Lifeboat came from a line in the CBS show “The Good Wife”. Will told Alicia that he was her lifeboat. This started an idea for a melody in my head, within a little while the whole song came together. I re-wrote the lyrics a lot though, to make every line as much on point 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.

I sing, play guitar, bass, cello and love songwriting the most. I experienced a lot of stuff down the road.

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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 wrote, produced and mixed the song, so there’s not a big crew here. There’s no video yet, but probably will be in the future.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I’m working as a musician since about 10 years, writing songs since almost 20 years. I’ve seen a lot, especially while touring with Parov Stelar. My goal is to reach a bigger audience with my music and write with people I admire.

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

It’s everyday life, but mostly all facettes of love.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Re-write, re-write, re-write! Don’t fall in love with a song before it’s finished!

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

Make the best of the time you are given here on earth. Try to spread as much love as possible.

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

Don’t let setbacks discourage you! Try to grow on them!

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

I toured with Parov Stelar, did a remix for Klangkarussell and Falco.

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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.

Radio: Life Radio

Blogs:

Eternitynetwork

Drunken Coconut

Future Hous Cloud

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

I rented a room near my home, I produce everything myself, the inital ideas are all on my phone as voice memos. I also write with, produce and record other artists.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Ryan Tedder

Julia Michaels

Max Martin

Coldplay

Justin Bieber

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.

Have collaborated with Stelartronic, Parov Stelar, Max The Sax, Klangkarussell.

I’d love to collaborate with Ryan Tedder, Julia Michaels, Greg Wells, Coldplay.

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

www.ynnox.com

https://www.facebook.com/ynnoxmusic/
https://twitter.com/ynnoxmusic
https://www.instagram.com/ynnoxmusic/

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

https://lnk.to/LifeboatFA

https://itunes.apple.com/at/album/lifeboat/id1296833386?i=1296833401

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

First one my wedding, the latter one was the day my mother died.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Some charity and recording equipment of course!

Lily

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

My name is Lily Garay and I was born in the United States on December 18th, 1996. At age 4 I created my first melody and music has been a part of my artistry ever since then.

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

My band name is just my first name! Lily Garay 🙂 I released my first album at 15 years old! My friend, who wasn’t much older, and I made it in her basement with all of her equipment. At that point all I was doing was playing instruments and singing, not producing. I’ve performed all over the States, as well as in Puerto Rico and Honduras, for conferences and events. At 19 I released my second album, with one song I helped produce. After that album I decided that I really wanted to get into pretty soon so that I can generate a sound that was really my own. And I feel like I’ve done that with entirely self producing my song “Sorry.”

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

My current genre is really focused on indie pop. The concept for this song really came from a place of wanting to be in touch with someone I knew I didn’t need to be in touch with. And it kinda relates to everything in life. There are things that we struggle with, but still go back to all the time. The empty chair is the idea that what used to sit on your heart is now no longer there and there’s an emptiness that we’re looking at to be filled.

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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. 

Honestly, I’m in a stage of anonymity that is allowing me to grow and mature in my sound. One thing that used to disappoint me was getting so many rejections from competitions or auditions for certain teams. However, I’ve come to a place of being okay with that fact that things may not happen exactly how I see it. 

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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 currently a solo act and really trying to self-produce. Sometimes my friends back home will do a show with me and that’s great! I do believe in collaboration though and have asked my musician friends for their honest opinion as I work on songs. Some amazing friends for this include Nate Emmanuel and Taylor Rigg. Super stellar people. 

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

I’ve been professionally gigging since I was 15. When I was younger I wanted to sell our Madison Square Garden, but now my goal is to make authentic music from my soul.

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

The deep, broken places are my most inspirational moments. I sing from a place of joy, but it does come from heart breaking experience. 

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I don’t know that I’m the person to ask! I will say that you should stick to making music that feels like you. Take the words of critics with a grain of salt. 

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

Stay soulful.

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

You don’t need to focus so much on the formula for success. Put in the work and make a product before focusing on marketing or your look. That stuff will come and evolve with time. 

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

I’ve never received an award for music! But I have gotten to perform in front of thousands of people, as well as crowds of 6 people haha!

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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.

The Devo Co. (blog), For Lauren and Lauren (blog), purple melon, local tv and radio channels in Virginia, Tennessee, and Honduras! I know there’s a radio station and in Mexico that plays my song but I’m not sure what the station number is! One of my friends actually let me know which I thought was pretty cool.

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

Well currently the studio is my dorm room, like I said earlier everything really just comes round my past experiences.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Chelsea Cutler, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, SG Lewis, and Taylor Swift (purely for her boss business woman strategies).

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

I’ve collaborated with Nate Bowen and Joshua Massey! They’re also independent artists with great messages. I’d absolutely love to work with Japanese House and SG Lewis. And Chelsea Cutler ahhhh!!! GOALS!!

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

My website is www.lilygaray.com and my instagram is @lilygaray

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

http://hyperurl.co/bjvte6

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Oh man. I don’t have the answers to this haha! I think one of my happiest times performing was literally like a week ago when I sang at a coffee shop and I was just singing from my soul. Songs that haven’t been performed before or heard. It was amazing. And I don’t have a “saddest day,” but for sure the moments I’m saddest are when I realize how much I’m hating on myself.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would first donate to my local church. This is super important to me because they pour into my life so much! I would then save and invest some, and then get started on my next record!

Matt Sperrazza

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

Matt Sperrazza, United States, July 3, 199.  My entire extended family used to go on “field trips” as Camp Ohana.  We kids had so much fun other parents used to ask us our parents if they could send their kids to our camp.  We would tell them it was exclusive.

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

My music career began a couple months ago when I started uploading music to Soundcloud just for the fun of it.  I’ve been playing piano and singing since I’m six years old.  I began writing music because I didn’t like practicing the songs I was supposed to be learning for lessons, I would rather just make up my own.

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

I write pop music.  For “Hindsight (Impossible Solutions)” there is a bit of a musical theater influence as well.  This is the third track of nine of my EP “Camp Ohana”.  “Camp Ohana” is a concept project that has five songs and four scenes creating an overarching storyline.

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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 out as an artist is difficult.  Once you have your music you have to learn to navigate the business side of the industry which is definitely a challenge.  

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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 am the only writer for “Hindsight (Impossible Solutions) as well as the entirety of “Camp Ohana”.  It was co-produced by myself and Anthony Milan.  The primary audio engineer is Camden Hutcheson.  Both are very talented and were vital to making “Camp Ohana” the product it became.

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

I have only been trying to forge a career as an artist for a couple months now.  It has been a great experience so far.  For as long as I can remember the largest goal I’ve had has been to sell out Madison Square Garden.  Hopefully it happens one day, just have to keep working hard!

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

I love to tell stories.  I’ve always loved storytelling and that can be seen in the way that I write.  Like other writers I often write when “struck by inspiration” but I found that a lot of the best songs come when you create that inspiration yourself and just aim to tell a great story. 

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

An important ingredient to a hit song is vulnerability.  Music has the ability to connect people, by allowing yourself to be vulnerable you let listeners truly relate to your music.

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

I have new music coming out around every two weeks for about another month.  All the support you’ve given me the last few months is beyond appreciated!

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

You have to work hard.  Plain and simple.  If you’re not putting in a 110 percent you aren’t putting in enough effort.  You have to be chasing the music because you love music.  Music is the motivation!

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

My debut EP Camp Ohana is available on most major platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes).  I have around 35,000 streams on Soundcloud as well.  I’m very appreciative of the support I’ve received thus far and only plan to keep working harder!

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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.

This will be the first blog post, so thanks!

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

I have several different processes for writing.  Sometimes I do both music and lyric at the same time, other times it is one or the other first.  I’ve recently begun searching for inspiration in photography. 

Some of my favorite work thus far has been studio work.  Camp Ohana was recorded in a studio, other tracks I have released are mostly recorded via a bedroom set up.

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

Jon Bellion, Billy Joel, Andy Grammer, Logic, OneRepublic.

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

I would love to be able to write and have a track produced by Jon Bellion.  He has had such an influence over my writing and performing style, it would pretty much be a dream come true.

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

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1EUR4pzq5ncyRQQUKzHV5Z

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/matt-sperrazza

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mattsperrazzamusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattsperrazza

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

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

iTunes: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/camp-ohana/id1257442347?app=itunes

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1EUR4pzq5ncyRQQUKzHV5Z

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Days spent with my family are the best.   Family has always been extremely important to me, so anytime spent with them is time cherished.

JAC

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

Jason Aaron Coons (JAC), Birmingham, Al United States. June 1st 1991. When I was three I remember hearing my father playing The Beatles Blackbird from the next room and I remember thinking…”I’m going to do that when I get older.”

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

I started playing the piano and guitar at age 8. I studied guitar at the Jacob’s School of Music @ Indiana University.
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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

I’m in the synth pop genre and the song 3-6-5 is simply a song about the joy of first meeting someone you love. The video is an effort to capture that feeling through color and dance.

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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.

Last year I signed with management and had a few major labels coming into the picture after my first album “Ride,” was having some success locally. In an effort to meet the needs of these labels we pulled the album down because they wanted to re-release the record through the label. After about 6 months their hadn’t been any movement and the label was telling me to just be patient. As an artist I get meaning in life by creating and sharing what I create. This went on for a year and at around the year mark of talks and waiting I just told them I needed to be an artist and released the single 3-6-5. I plan on releasing new music every few months going into 2018.

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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.

5. I recorded the song with Nashville producer Micah Tawlks. Owen Thomas of AbsorbMe Co. directed and shot the music video. Both of these people are dear friends and I’m reminded when working with them how lucky I am to be surrounded by such gifted people.

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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 world of music biz for 4 years. My goal is to grow in my creative works and my ability to connect with the world. I want to give my audience multiple vibes and sonics wrapped in interesting sonics.

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

I’m inspired by multiple things. Sometimes it is my own life that I draw from and sometimes it is observing others and culture. Sometimes I write for myself and sometimes I write for my audience. I write in many other genres outside of my own projects.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I don’t know the secret…I’m all ears if you know?

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

9. I appreciate them and I’m grateful that something I’ve created can be adopted and shared by them. Just thankful to be apart of so many lives.

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

10. It takes work and it doesn’t happen over night. If you’re doing it for reasons other than you feel you were put on this Earth to create then you’ve probably picked the wrong profession.

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

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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.

You’d be the first with this song.

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

Every song is different. With 3-6-5 I simply had the idea of using stereotypical hip hop words like “lets Roll” and wanted to put deeper meaning to it for example “I like the way you rollll”, through every corner of my mind. I often have music first and then write lyrics but this had a few lyrical ideas and overall concept before writing music. I just wanted the song to be joyous and capture the feeling of first love or infatuation.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

My 5 favorite major artist. 1. Peter Gabriel, Miami Nights 1984, The Elms, The Killers, and Dream Chief.

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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.

Never collaborated in my genre. But I want to write Justin Bieber’s next album…I think he has potential;)
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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest day was when Broadtube music reached out to me and my saddest day is pretty private.
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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

19. If I were to earn a million dollars I’d probably use the $ to create the coolest music video with director Owen Thomas and hopefully shoot it in Japan. Are you telling me you’re giving me a million $$$? If you did I’d donate 500,000 back to you.

 

The Sleepless Elite

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

All the songs are written by David Carter and Carolina Carter. But, David goes by Baylor and I (Carolina) like to go by my maiden name of Kehoe. We were both born in Montana and grew up in Livingston, MT. We were both drawn to music and met while Bay was drumming for a community theater production and I was singing in it.

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

It wasn’t until Bay moved with me across the country to Boston, MA that we decided to be in a band together. I had moved to go to the Berklee School of Music in Boston and due to a wild Craigslist transaction we both ended up living with Ben Deily (ex-Lemonheads) and Lisa Deily. Ben and Lisa were extremely supportive of our musical career and Ben was a little confused as to why I needed to go to school to be in a band. So, after one semester the prompting from my newfound friends and a sincere lack of funds caused me to leave Berklee and go on a West Coast tour with Ben and Lisa’s band Varsity Drag and my band I started with Bay under the name Carolina’s War. The name did not last long however, and we tried on a few before settling on The Sleepless Elite.
Bay plays drums but, he can play anything. I play electric ukulele and I’m not very good at guitar but my love in life is singing.

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

I have been told by many people that we are pop punk but I feel like we are somewhere in the realm of Indie Rock and Pop Rock. The song Bad Boys was written while I was driving home from work. I had asked myself to write a song like I was writing it for another artist. Just to get me out of my own head, and Bad Boys was written.
Bay’s long time friend Michael Boise started Soundcolor Studios who did the music video for us. Bay and Mike have been friends for so long that it has been a long running joke that they will each leave their partners and run off together eventually. So, that is where the music video idea came from. On the day of the shoot we brainstormed and the ideas that made us laugh were put in the film.

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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 hardest thing is to put music first day after day and year after year and keep the spark alive. Because putting music first means missing out, disappointing people and putting it first when you don’t want to or aren’t inspired. When we recorded the album “Lights” we had to miss a dear friends wedding. Before we left to record the album we had an acoustic fundraiser show planned, the day of the show my grandfather passed away and I had to play through tears. Because music is so personal when you have success you feel it like you have never felt anything else but, when you fail, you feel like your heart, soul and body have all failed, that everything that makes you you has failed.

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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.

For the music video we had the crew from Soundcolor Studios help us create it. And we were extremely lucky to have our dear friend Alexandra Sammy visiting from Paris to play our leading lady, and the gentleman who saves her at the end is actually my cousin Shane Kehoe. They were so perfect together that Bay and I want them to star in the rest of our music videos.

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

We have been a band for 4 years. Our most exciting news has been that last year we signed with Spirit Music Productions for music licensing. Our goal would be to be able to make music our full time job. If we made enough touring and selling music to be able to focus only on it then I think we could both die happy.

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

For many of our songs inspiration strikes at random times. Maybe I got a triple shot in my latte that day, maybe the sun hit Bay’s face just right in the morning… But, when a song hits us it’s almost like we just have to open our mouths and it comes out. That being said when the inspiration is gone it is extremely hard to get it back and finish the song.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I’m not sure we have written a hit song yet but, I would say the most important thing is to let a song be what it is. Don’t try to make it into what you think would be a hit because I think people respond well to honesty.

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

I think that the most important message to send to our fans would be to be kind to yourself and be kind to everyone else. Our goal is to either make you laugh, smile or help you through if you are crying.

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

My advice to an upcoming artist would be to do the work and have patience. We live in a world dictated by numbers, how many subscribers you have, how many views you have, how many likes your picture got, etc… I think for someone who is starting out those numbers can be disheartening. But if you ignore them and keep producing good content I think that you will succeed.

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

The Sleepless Elite has gone on a few DIY tours out to the west coast. We have an EP, and album and a Christmas EP out and we are currently working on our next album. We are currently signed to Spirit Music Productions in LA.

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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.

Our songs can be heard on KGLT Bozeman, MT! Thank you KGLT we love you!

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

When we are writing a song we pass the song back and forth between each other. Sometimes I will start a song and then show it to Bay and say, “Ok finish it,” and leave him with it for a while and come back. I think it is our way of keeping the inspiration going and not letting a song get “stale”. Bay’s strong point is melodies and mine is lyrics to together we can get through a song.

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

Paramore, Phantogram, Blink-182, Lana Del Rey, Alabama Shakes.

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

We have yet to really collaborate with anyone. But given the chance, we would love to work with some of our influences particularly Mark Hoppus. He’s funny and I think would be super fun to hang out with.

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

www.facebook.com/thesleeplesseliteband
www.instagram.com/thesleeplesselite
www.twitter.com/theselite
www.thesleeplesseliteband.com

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

Our music is available on:
iTunes: geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/lights/id1250744041?mt=1&app=music
Amazon: amazon.com/Lights-Sleepless-Elite/dp/B0737XLYD3/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508780483&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Sleepless+Elite-+Lights+album

On our website: www.thesleeplesseliteband.com/store

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Our wedding day was our happiest day. In our time together we have both lost loved ones, I don’t think there is any day that can measure up to those days.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If a million dollars were to ever fall into our lap, we would pay off our house and go on a real vacation!