Firebirdie

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

I’m Travis Lou Wavescorx and my bandmate is Ms. Jessica Grantham. We grew up living only blocks away from each other in the suburbs of Minneapolis. While we didn’t know each other as kids, we have determined that we were likely at a lot of the same places at the same times, always just missing each other. 

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

We are a band called Firebirdie from Minneapolis, MN in the US, the land of Prince. On our debut singles, we wrote and produced everything, playing all the instruments ourselves.

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

The music video is pretty crazy. I’ve never seen anything like it done before. Not sure people realize it the first time they see it, but it actually is a documentary that captures the birth of our daughter. The concept was all Jessica’s idea. The clues are in the timestamps that appear onscreen, which are all accurate. So in the scene when the music begins and the fireworks are going off, Jessica was actually in labor, having contractions. Her water had broke a few hours earlier and we had a crew of friends come that day to film that sequence. The scene was very elaborate and required intricate timing for everything to sync up and look the way we had envisioned. It took several hours doing take after take, only stopping to let Jessica breathe thru contractions or to let the smoke from the fireworks clear. We finally got a successful shot around midnight and then drove straight to the Emergency Room. I think it gave Jessica something to focus on which kept her mind off the pain. She danced, lip-synced, performed, everything during her contractions in the hospital. You can see a few moments where she was really struggling, but overall she was committed. Our daughter was born 8 hours after that first shot. When she is set on Jessica’s chest, that was a magical moment.

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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.

The song was originally written as a one chord song. I enjoy putting ourselves in a corner and fighting our way out. Limitations force creativity. So I set out to write the most interesting melody possible using only a single chord. But I couldn’t do it. When I met Jessica, I showed her the music and explained how difficult it was to write something interesting over music that doesn’t go anywhere. She immediately sang the Firecracker Racket melody — lyrics and all — over my one chord music. And the song was born. I was so happy to finally have done it, but also angry with how easy it was for her. Ha!

In it’s final state, no students of music theory would interpret Firecracker Racket as a one chord song as some of the melodies imply other chords. However, even in its fully-produced recording, there is still actually only one chord ever played, and that is an F major.

Lyrically, the song is about being trapped in your own head and trying to break free of your anxieties and depression. So the lyrics in the verses become lyrics in the chorus, etc. It’s repetitive and circular by design, getting more intense as it goes to mirror how a person feels during a panic attack.

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

Speaking for myself, I really dig the Flaming Lips, David Bowie, Beyonce, Radiohead and Kanye West.

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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.

Honestly, I feel lucky to have found the collaborator I have in Ms. Grantham. I hope to have years and years of artistic sparks with her.

We also recently started putting together our live band. We have two new members, Chris Burgan on bass and Cale Henk on lead guitar. They have been stellar to work with and have brought new life to our project. Looking forward to seeing where we all go together.

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

www.firebirdie.com, facebook.com/firebirdiesound, instagram.com/firebirdiesound, twitter.com/firebirdiesound,

snapchat @firebirdiesound

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

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2aUEPI8WgdGjkanHIxHmCh

iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/firebirdie/id1290653594

La Porte!

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

Timi Tamminen (29.01.1994) – Finland

Mikko Barck (15.02.1995) – Finland

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

Mikko: We met during the compulsory Finnish military service and soon after decided to start collaborating regularly, as both of us are multi-instrumentalists with a passion for explosive musical styles. La Porte! was a name Timi had written down as a potential idea ages ago, and suit our vision perfectly.

I play rhythm and lead guitar, bass and drums on the album, Timi sings and also plays lead guitar. I created the instrumental drafts, Timi would then write lyrics and melodies on top of them, as well as focus on the nuances.

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

Timi: La Porte! combines crushing guitar walls with explosive vocal performances and dynamic, high-energy song structures. We don’t currently have any music videos.

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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. 

Mikko: We both share a long history of playing in various bands, and currently do so as well: Timi Alexander also performs in a trap-pop group Morceau and as a solo artist, I currently work on another (yet unnamed) rock album with some of my friends. We don’t have much experience with the big biz and the major labels (as of now), but are both healthily aware of the trappings that one might face as a professional.

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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. 

Mikko: Us two wrote, recorded and performed everything on our debut EP. We are driven by a desire for creating powerful DIY music.

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

Timi: As mentioned previously, we’ve been working with various ’underground’ musicians for a long time, yet haven’t really experienced the ’more serious’ biz side yet. This, of course, is the ultimate goal, whether as La Porte! or as solo artists. We are driven by a desire to achieve great following, to inspire and collaborate with people from various walks of life.

Mikko: To do this as the sole job is the dream, predictable as it is.

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

Timi: Women of the world.

Mikko: Raw rock and roll.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Timi: What good is a man that can’t keep a secret?

Mikko: A bottle of whiskey and some vision to back it up. Openly wanting to perform to big audiences while still holding on to one’s own vision without compromises.

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

Timi: Thank you.

Mikko: Thank you. And not to be a bum but I need $ hahaha!

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

Timi: There’s already enough Ed Sheeran copycats out there, do something unique and stick to your very own vision, no matter what. Remember, you are the only person with your very own experiences and ideas, no matter how silly they might seem to the naysayers.

Mikko: I support what Timi said.

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

Mikko: We are currently doing promotion for the EP while planning our next move. Me and Timi are also simultaneously working on our respective solo albums (Timi will be featuring on mine as the vocalist), we’ll keep people updated via our Soundcloud once these releases happen. From what I know, Timi Alexander’s eponymous debut album is out 27.10. with the sound being more in the electronic and experimental realm.

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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. 

Timi: You guys are the first ones! (Thank you so much for that <3)

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

Timi: I usually prefer working alone, experimenting a lot with different ideas. I do also like co-writing together in a room, as the result is always different from me being in a room by myself. I’m a very intense perfectionist during studio recording, preferring many takes and sometimes working myself into this sort of a recording frenzy that allows me to get things done, albeit it might look slightly scary to . I like variating my approach to lyrics, sometimes writing down lines in advance, sometimes just freestyling them out.

Mikko: A lot of my drafts are born while simply toying around with a guitar, then noticing that a certain lick or a riff sounds like a potential song idea. After that, I just keep whetting the tracks until they start sounding the way I want them to sound.

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

Timi: Chris Cornell, Aphex Twin, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Mike Patton

Mikko: Johnny Stevens from Highly Suspect (he changed my way of looking at music and life in general in 2016), Slash (inspired me to play guitar) and my Father, the man who made me play guitar in the first place. There’s bands I love a lot but these three names stick out among all else.

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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. 

Timi: I’m extremely open-minded and looking forward to collaborations of any kind, be it whomever. It would be amazing to work with the previously mentioned people, as well as some of my other idols like Graham Bonnet and his amazing voice. Hell, I’d love to co-write with Graham Bonnet, Rammstein’s Till Lindemann and various rappers… And I’m forgetting so many of my idols at the same time, the list goes on and on!

Mikko: I’d do anything to get to work with Johnny Stevens one day. Fingers crossed!

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

Mikko: https://soundcloud.com/laporteband

We are approaching social media game a bit differently with this group, focusing solely on Soundcloud right now.

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

Mikko:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2yh3v7APw5SF3PMHE7NQoj

  • Emusic

  • Amazonmusic

  • Spotify

  • Itunes

  • Deezer

  • Napster

  • RND

  • Groove

  • GooglePlay

  • Omnifone

  • Wimo

  • Shazam

  • Juke

  • Anghami

  • Claro-musica

  • Pandora

  • Melon

  • iHeartRADIO

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Mikko: The saddest day of my life might have been seeing my grandmother suffer from a bad case of liver cancer, realising how ill she truly was and how there would not be much more time for her.

The greatest day of my life is hard to pinpoint because there have been so many good ones. City and Colour’s gig in Amsterdam was one of those days.

Timi: The saddest day of my life was me contemplating suicide, then being confronted by two of my friends. Since then, my life has slowly gotten better and better which I’m extremely glad of. It’s an experience that I cherish in a weird way because it taught me a lot about myself as well as people in general.

The greatest day of my life, there are so many of them! One of them was seeing Chris Cornell live in 2016 during his acoustic tour, then there were two amazing send-offs before I moved to London in 2017 (which in itself was the greatest choice of my life), one of those nights involving MDMA and a bunch of great friends.

Capitano

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

“It’s either knowing there is yet another band of common folk who buy boxershorts online, don’t like their first name, have smelly farts when they eat too much cale and sometimes shop in the same grocery mart as you do, OR you have a mysterious bunch of weirdos suddenly appearing on the face of the earth, creating a wicked world with wicked masks, songs and videos that make your brain shrivel. We prefer the latter.”

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

“Capitano is the pied piper of our generation. The golden calf that leads our prosperous, privileged bubble of baristas and social media managers off the cliff of self-perception into a deep, dark pit of a genderless kiss-and-tell-seven-minutes-in-heaven hellhole.

Plus, we play instruments.”

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

 “The song is a breakfree hymn. It’s about leaving a hurtful und self-destructing relationship with a fist full of guilt and shame, only to jump into the nightlife and get wasted, fool around, dance too intensely and in general, feel liberated, lonely, angry and sad at the same time, while there’s a mirrorball in the background.

The video itself has a somewhat different, more artistic angle to the story of dysfunctional love. It’s like a coma, where one can’t decide if his love is dead or alive, and the other sticks around without knowing how to fix it. It is a dance around a middle that has nothing but pain for both participants. Only to kill off the relationship once and for all will bring you back to a life of emotion and empathy for the other one.”

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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.

“Well, we’ve been around in several other bands, and always tried to “make it” by trying to make it right. Once we shed off that burden of trying to be “just as cool” or “just as amazing” as all the other bands out there, we found Capitano. Something that is special and peculiar, and from the start had no real place in a music business that has its own behavioral patterns. That makes it harder to be heard in the circles of the biz, but all the more interesting for all the people out there that actually yearn for new music to catch them off guard for once.

So we keep on doing what we’re doing. In the long shot, people decide what they listen to, not radio stations.”

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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 all serve the single purpose of making booties shake and eyes cry, ideally at the same time. So there’s not much to tell about individual members. We are more like and ant farm. Drones that carry out the will of a fat queen ant that lives in our hearts and is all about getting freaky.

We had a lot of help from different studios and, in the end, made a lot of it ourselves since not a lot of people seem to get what we are talking about. So there’s at least three studios involved in this song, probably more.

When we wrote the idea for the music video, we looked over a lot of directors and finally stumbled upon Aviv Kosloff, who is more of a fashion & art aficionado and not too much of a music video guy. We liked his totally different approach to how he wanted to shoo this thing. His ideas for colors, makeup and outfits really spoke to us. We we’re like: “He’s getting it! He’s the one who gets it!”. So he got the job. We paid him minimum wage, though. We have our standards. Also, I think he liked the project enough to not rip us off entirely.”

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

“School kept telling me that there’s no place for all the madness that is happening in my head. But I met three other people who have the same gift, and together we are creating a place for us to be the exact thing everybody wants to repress. Next step would be to quit our jobs, burn our I.D.s and live in a plane that never lands, streaming live concerts from the stratosphere to the people on earth. Sometimes we’d open a window to hear them cheer. Only if its not too windy outside.”

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

“Everything. Simply everything.”

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

“Why don’t you tell us? I really want to get filthy rich and own a helicopter.”

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

“The end is near. So let’s light some candles, order pizza and touch our private parts.”

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

“Don’t ever listen to advice! If what you are doing is crap, you’ll know it deep inside. If it’s not: Don’t stop, keep going.”

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

 “We don’t have a career. Not yet. Future acknowledgements that we aim for: Oscars, Pulitzer, a golden ticket to Charlies Chocolate Factory. No Grammys.”

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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.

“We are as fresh as an unborn baby. You are one of the first to feature us. Good call!”

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

“Fuzz and I mostly keep coming up with ideas and talking trash about the other ones ideas, until we find common ground we both can dance on.

The rest is pixie dust and other magical mysteries.”

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

“David Bowie, Eminem, Josh Homme, Freddie Mercury, Mike Patton”

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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 a song with Mastodon’s Troy Sanders on vocals. He’s the nicest guy we know, so we tried to make him sing on the most malicious song we have. It’s called “Get Naked”. He wrote a verse for it that really sums up the idea of the song. There is this line like “Check your feelings at the door” that I really thought is brilliant. Listen to the song when its out and you will know!

Other than that, I am willing to work with anyone, as long as he or she gets what we are about.”

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

www.capitano-band.com

www.facebook.com/CapitanoBand

www.instagram.com/HiCapitano

www.twitter.com/HiCapitano

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1Z-d_HU7eca9qU91dVuWjg

https://www.songkick.com/artists/8776864-capitano

http://www.bandsintown.com/Capitano

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

One link to rule them all:

https://capitano.lnk.to/Hi

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

“Saddest day: The day the music died (Bob Dylan)

Happiest day: When Jesus washed our sins away (Whoopie Goldberg in Sister Act)”

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

“A solid gold helicopter. Too heavy to fly, but nice to look at. It’s something nonetheless.”

Stelle Amor

 

 

 

Stelle Amor has a mission to “serenade the world,” moving individuals through her music and spreading the message of affection and solidarity.

First experience with music originated from her parents playing classic rocks, blues, and country collections in their home. She started composing around a similar time different children were figuring out how to ride a bicycle. Notwithstanding playing out her tunes at little scenes in Louisville, Stelle would sneak into Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar (she was just 18) and sit in with the band, ad libbing verses and singing the blues.”Singing with those blues bands is when I realized my true calling as an artist and performer,” she says. These experiences drove her to an association with Music Row veteran John Dorris, who asked her to move to Nashville to seek after music.

In 2015, Stelle met her maker, Dave Yarema, and her guitar player, Derek Toa, and truly began discovering her “soulternative” sound. Derek rang his old flat mates from Berklee, drummer John Wood and bassist Will Cafaro, and the enchantment happened momentarily. “I have been lucky to work with a lot of talented musicians – but there is just something undeniable about our vibe together that really brought the music to the next level,” says Stelle.

Stelle and her band spent the following a while composing, practicing and playing each show they could. Stelle has charmed groups of onlookers at incalculable Nashville scenes, was a semi-finalist at Music City Big Break (2016), performed at B.B. Ruler’s Tribute Festival at Diamond Pub Concert Hall, and was highlighted on the TV indicate “Nashville Entertainment Weekly” and the “Women of Substance” podcast.

Stelle Amor’s introduction EP is set to discharge in May 2017 and highlights such Nashville legends, for example, The McCrary Sisters, Maureen Murphy, Roy Agee, and Vinnie Ciesielski. The primary single, “Get Right,” and music video were appeared in November 2016. The music video for her second single, “Spike’s Groove,” will be discharged in March 2017.

https://www.stelleamor.com

 

 

 

 

 

Kelsi Mayne

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

My name is Kelsi Mayne, born June 25th, 1990 in Windsor, Ontario Canada. I am the youngest of three and I grew up highland dancing with my sister and acting in my brother’s movies.

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

My music career spawned from a part-time job I had serving, singing and dancing at a country bar in my hometown Windsor, Ontario. There was when I had complete strangers come up to me and say “you have something” and tell me to “take this to a big city”. So I did! Since then I’ve had the honour of sharing bills with acts like Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Dean Brody, and Russel Dickerson.

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

My genre is Modern-Country or Country-Pop. This concept came from a friend who was experiencing a bad breakup after only dating a few months. The video is basically a funny dramatization to help shed-light on all of the mixed emotions and feelings felt during a breakup. 

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

I am professional but I also make sure never to take myself too seriously. You have to laugh at yourself and have fun in the process. I think that’s how we all should live our lives and my music reflects that (hence the song’s contrasting uptempo with a sad subject). Choosing to be a musician is a tough career path. But I’ve never taken the easy way on anything so it’s par for the course! The keys are to surviving the industry are: celebrate the little things, take it one step at a time, be grateful for what you have, bust your a$#, take time to enjoy the ride, be yourself and always stay humble. No one likes a diva :P.

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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 newest members of my band also play with other artists like Madeline Merlo. JoJo Mason and Kelly Prescott. My one guitarist and backup vocalist, Ryan Dunn, has been with me since day one and is an old friend (who’s also featured in the music video). I co-wrote, “Still Not Over You” with my producer Ryan Stewart in Vancouver, BC. He’s a 2x Juno award winner and multi-platinum selling producer/writer who’s worked with artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, Hedley, and Simple Plan. So you can imagine I was a little nervous first writing with him. But we got along so well and (*spoiler alert*) even wrote another catchy tune I’ll be releasing in the near future ;). 

For my video, I’m very fortunate to have the best movie industry personnel as my friends and family. My director, visual effects artist, editor and script co-writer is my own brother, Corey Mayne (yes he became a film-maker), and has worked on productions like Toy Story 3, Up, Cars 2, Vikings, and Beowulf. Basically a good excuse for him to use his new drone ;). My producer Barbara Szeman has worked on films like Pixels, Poltergeist, Pacific Rim, and Suicide Squad; and my Production Assistant, Camera Operator/everything else extraordinaire, Adrian Jaworski is an incredible actor himself who selflessly volunteered on the other side of the camera both, long days of filming. The four of us will be working together again on a Short Film from Stephen King story “Willa” over the next few months.

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

Even though I’ve sang ever since I can remember, I consider my move to Toronto four years ago my official start in the music industry as that was when I really focused on music as a profession instead of a hobby. Since then I’ve played some of Canada’s largest stages like “Boots and Hearts” to some of the smallest like random open mics. I’m grateful for every opportunity because I get to do what I love. The last year and half I’ve been going to Nashville to write and to soak it in as it truly is the “Music City”. My goal is to break into the Canadian Country radio top 40 and perform 5 festivals every province by 2019.

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

Literally anything and everything. That’s why I love Country music. There’s a song for every emotion and feeling. You can write about anything. Usually things around me inspire me. People and their stories especially.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Well, this is my first release of an original song so I’m not qualified to say from my own experience. However, Canadian Country Hall of Famer and friend Ralph Murphy has a fantastic book called “Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting” that gives some excellent pointers ;).

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

My fans are SO incredible and supportive. Their enthusiasm keeps me going and I owe them the world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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

I’ve had a lot of success on YouTube. Recently passed the 2-million mark, guest-starring in the River Town Saints’ music video “Cherry Bomb”. I’ve also performed a cover song with Eric Ethridge of Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild’s song “Home Alone Tonight” which garnered almost 100k views and my own cover songs which also have thousands of hits. This my debut original song and after 24 hrs, it’s already received over 1000 views so it’s pretty exciting. I was a Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist finalist, Trackside Music Festival Homegrown Spotlight artist, and selected as a Sirroma Entertainment’s CCMA week “Diamonds in the Rough” featured artist 2 years running. I’m also fortunate to have received funding from the OAC and FACTOR Canada to help along the way!

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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.

My hometown, Windsor, ON, is especially supportive, every station (Country 92.7 and 95.9, AM 800 and CBC Windsor) have all committed to play my song. I’m incredibly honoured.

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

I write my lyrics and compose usually with a guitar at the same time. Although I have had songs that come in the middle of the night that I’ve recorded acapella on my phone and flushed out the next day. This may be weird but I like to record with a mirror in the iso-booth. Performing to someone (even if it’s yourself) helps me to replicate the same feelings and emotions you have when you’re on stage.

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

Eric Church for his lyrics, Miranda Lambert for her nerve, Brothers Osborne for their humbleness (even though they are so massively talented), Taylor Swift for her work ethic and role-modelling, and Wynona Judd for her soul and voice (I’ve loved her since a kid).

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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 artists Danielle Bourjeaurd, Emerson Drive, Eric Ethridge, American artists DeLeah Shane and fellow actress and singer Corri English. The list of collaborators is endless but my dream mentor would actually be Justin Timberlake.

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

www.kelsimayne.com

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are all @KelsiMayne.

YouTube link to the music video is: https://youtu.be/Abj2oWlVP2U

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

iTunes.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/kelsi-mayne/id991596779

Website: 

https://www.kelsimayne.com/music

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/4Yt69jFD7HDADQ4EJt7EEE

CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/kelsimayne3

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

One of my happiest days was when I became a Zia (yes I am a redheaded Italian!). I wrote a lullaby for him while he was being delivered called “Born To Run” (found on my website and Soundcloud).

Since I’m very close with my family, my saddest days have been when we have lost a family member.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

My parents still live in the same “starter” home they bought when they first got married. Since we have the best neighbours in the world, moving was never an option. However I would either rebuild or extremely renovate their current home, adding central air and a proper studio for my mom to make her sculptures. I’d also give back to my hometown and donate a portion to one of the many deserving charities.

Lexx, Coda, Nassus, Foots and Shon P

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

My name is Shon Shanton Pennerman.  I was born on September 3rd 1989 in the city of Nassau, on the Island of New Provide, in The Bahamas.  I grew up with a lot of Brothers so my childhood was filled with fights and sports.

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

I began rapping from age 7, they were not original songs, but once I learned a new rap song I would alter it for fun and perform it my own way.  Rap got me into music, but I didn’t start studying music and play instruments until I turned 13.  A lot of people believe that music is an easy subject to learn but it isn’t.  Eventually, I developed enough musical abilities to start my own band, Jam Session.  At this point, I had no managing skills or strong desire to be a leader.  All I knew was that I still wanted to become a rap Artist and in addition to that, I had individuals looking at me for work and progress.  If I was unable to keep up with everything I may have lost my band.  So I googled and went to the library everyday until I got an understanding of how the music industry works.  With this knowledge I developed my band, making enough business transactions to create a music career for myself and created my own plan to bring my artistry to the forefront.  I used my band to produce events and as a bridge to network with some of the biggest music industry personnel in The Bahamas.  At one of these events I met a radio personality called Jay Isaac’s, who was impressed with my talent and ability.  This happen in July of 2016 and the event was MAVs.  I didn’t know Jay at all, but I knew he may have been the connect that I was looking for, so together we produced a great song call GTFOH (Get The Fuck Outta Here).  I did not only use this venture to get to know him, his team and production quality, but to showcase enough talent and cooperation to proof that I’m the artist he need to work with.  After the success of this single I joined his team and we create Savage 100 the record label.  From that point it has been non stop production, promotion, development and performing.  In 1 year so much has happened, but this is only the beginning.

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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 and artist, the hardest thing was proving I was worth an individual’s time.  I have no doubt in my mind that I was talented, but so many individuals in my age set came before me and did bad business or displayed unpolished talent and left a negative generalization of young Rap Artist and Musicians behind.  As a Rap Artist and musician, I had to find ways to show that I’m different and change the perception.

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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.

There are many different projects I could tell you about, but for now I’ll go with All Mine – Charisa ft. Shon P.  Charisa is the lead singer of my band (Jam Session) and she always had dreams of becoming an artist.  She approached me about a song she began working on by herself and wanted some assistance.  So I assisted her with the story line of the song and theme.  Afterwards we gave our idea to Chavez Park (former keyboard player of Jam Session) and he produced the track for the song.  From this point we took the idea and track to Jay Isaacs (owner of savage100) for recording and video production. This song was and still is a great collaboration piece between all the hands that where involved.

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

In my opinion I haven’t been in this music industry long.  I’ve been working in this industry for almost 5 years making a name for my self as a musician, manager n booking agent.  Only for a little over a year now I’ve been releasing music and being recognized as an artist.  Yes I have been writing songs and showcasing my talent from a very young age, but I never considered my self an artist until I began making money and being recognized for it.

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

I honestly can’t say that I’m inspired by just one thing, because so many factors in my life motivate me.   Music was always a passion for me.  Its always been fun.  It’s always been something I enjoyed doing, so I was easily motivated to want to create more and experiment.  On the other hand, after getting into the music industry I realized how much I enjoyed being organized, doing business and seeing progress.  So developing my product inspires me as well.  Making songs more relatable, bettering the quality of recorded music and videos, or even freestyling.  I guess what inspires me the most is being apart of something I love doing.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Well lol! My secret is before putting words to paper as the chorus, verse or bridge I would normally sit my corner with a pen and a paper to brain storm about the topic.  I think about the story line, statements I want to say, the mood, ways I want to approach the track is there is one, and most importantly I try to give every line I state a sense of fantasy and reality.

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

Dear Jhene Aiko/you fine piece of something good! I see you.  Thanks for being a fan I really appreciate it.  Paradise is just a text message away.  Come see me fa once LOL!!!

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

This industry isn’t always good or fair to everyone, but don’t stop what your doing.  As artist we reach out to other’s with our music, some reach millions and some only reach one.  What I’m saying is that all of us affect someone.

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

Before I graduated from school I wrote and performed a lot of music, but I never released or recorded any of it.  After graduating from C.V Bethel I recorded and release my first song and it was a called “Music Rock”.  It was hype and it got me a lot of attention, but I didn’t know what to do next with it so eventually that hype died.  A couple years later I recorded and released a number of well produced songs like “B.A Baby”, “Here I am”, “My Love ft. Sketch” and “Together ft. A Major”, but they still lacked the level of hustle and promotion needed to make them last.  Soon after I connected with Jay Isaacs and a line of singles GTFOH, Bang, I’m me and All Mine ft. Charisa.  Immediately after these singles, we released the Savage 100 mix tape with songs like “2nite” and “M.C.G.T”.  Few months later and we’re preparing to release The Savage 100 group album “This Is Life”, but believe me, this is only the Beginning.

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

Personally, I would prefer writing at home and walking in the studio as prepared as possible, but when working on large projects with a time limit you find yourself in the studio editing verses, jumping on another individual song and starting something new, so it can’t be avoided.  Writing in a studio is effective because there isn’t any distraction or other task to complete; the force is the song so most conversations will only add to what you’re writing even when you get stuck.  The producer or studio engineer also played a big role in my records because in the passed I was paired with a lot of producers who don’t have much advice or opinions on my sound and what I could say differently.  Fortunately, as of lately I worked with great producers who have ideas, opinion and don’t mind taking a minute to try something different.

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

I look up to J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z , Eminem and Anderson Paak.

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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 met and collaborated with a few artists, but the most memorable in my opinion was Angel Alei, Coda, Nassas, Foots, Sketch, Charisa and Lexx.  Looking at the future, there are two artists from my city I would like to work with, Meedz and Juda the Lion.  Internationally, if I was given the opportunity I would jump to work with Jhene Aiko, Big Sean, Missy Elloit, Drake and Anderson Paak.

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

Facebook: TheRealShonP

https://m.facebook.com/therealShonP/?tsid=0.32013295427031374&source=result

Instagram: TheRealShonP

https://www.instagram.com/therealshonp/?hl=en

Twitter: TheRealShonP

https://mobile.twitter.com/therealshonp

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

Name.

Koardero Capron

Country of birth.

Nassau, Bahamas 

Date of birth.

September 10th 1986

Childhood experience.

Grew up in yellow elder and Bernard road with both parents and multiple sisters and brothers but it wasn’t a traditional family to say the least. My mother was a teacher that was a cult like Christen that I never heard say 1 bad word or even got angry. My father was a so called “pastor” to many but just an evil, hateful, selfish cheating man in my eyes. We have a preschool and an old folk’s home and my dad would make sweethearts out of all the women that worked for us and have many kids outside of his and my mother’s marriage (that she still accepted and took care of). Financially we’ve never “needed” for anything but you’d think growing up with both parents that are business owners and successful in the 80’s and 90’s would be easy but it wasn’t. Yellow Elder most definitely toughened me and my brothers up; I remember ducking bullets as a child and watching my brothers fighting daily and hiding under cars from gunshots. My childhood was strangely surreal but really built my character.

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

Basically just 10 years of developing myself and my music. I can give a long history of things some would say are accomplishments but to me everything I’ve done ain’t shit lol. Today, here and now is where it begins for me as a complete artist.

 

Artsit’s name.

Nassus (Koar)

 

Musical background:

Formally Kilo Grams.

 

Experience:

Again 10 year of just developing myself. I’ve performed over 300 times within that period, twice in the U.S.

 

Skills:

Ultra Instinct rap skills, word play, relatable and socially conscious. I can be lyrical, clever and tell a story without doing what maybe 93% of rappers do…..lying.

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

Hip hop is and will always be a form of expression weather for good or negative. Some have the media and other controlled platforms to tell their sorry or push a narrative but all we really have is music so I choose to use it for more than just (shake dat ass, get money, fuck bitches, pop pills).

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician.

Firstly this is and never will be about the money to me. Again it’s more than just (shake dat ass, get money, fuck bitches, pop pills), It’s also not (bey I can rap bey I better than niggas) because if it was I’d have ascended to heaven already as rap god or something. I feel a greater responsibility knowing people are listening so I’m not about to be feeding niggas ears no bullshit. My country is a graveyard of skills, talent and unfulfilled dreams; we see nothing beyond our neighborhoods and see any global feet as “just a dream”. The success of having international musicians and creating a thriving music industry here means so much for our country economically(by creating multi-millionaires that can bring help build up and invest in the country) and can also have a mental shift for the future generations that you don’t have to dream you can live, you don’t have to feel stupid for not wanting a traditional service industry job but you can turn your natural talent and skill into your job. So maybe I answered or maybe I didn’t but to me that the kind of musician I am, one that does everything to help make those things a reality.

Tell us the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Personally none but there are a lot of who knows who or who’s cool with who that can make or break you if you’re only in it for popularity but ain’t really shit. We all have to see this bigger than ourselves to be a successful music industry (artist, club and radio Dj’s, radio and TV talent, promoters)

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Shit idk lol I’ve never had a real hit, getting played on the radio in The Bahamas ain’t shit nigga. There’s a difference between a local and an international hit I think and truthfully I’m no music god that can give the exact formula because I don’t think there is one. While music can be programmed to make people like it by just constant play and extreme marketing I don’t think the song matters in those cases. If it’s organic then it’s just the feeling it gives the people and timing because you can’t make folks connect with music especially if it’s trash.

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

I wanna be free. Love is the greatest thing ever. We need unity. Stop hating. It’s OK to not have an opinion. You can like more than one thing. Aliens are real but low key they may be demons so don’t loan ET your bike.

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

Stop giving too much of a fuck about what people have to say. Keep getting better because if niggas who liked peanut butter didn’t try putting jam on that bread too we wouldn’t have pb and j nigga. Stop rapping if you suck and become an electrician shit.

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

 My album Janus still is the best album ever from my country and it’s free so you free shit loving niggas go to my SoundCloud and listen then pay me for blessing you. I’m going on my first tour soon with Savage 100 so I’ll get back to y’all on that. 

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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.

My music is being played a lot of places on a lot of stations but I particularly love when just normal folks from all over the world fuck with it. I’m humbled by anyone listening let alone thousands so from the Dj’s to radio personalities to a nigga name Ishmel in Bangladesh, I appreciate you.

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

Well for me normally what I do is get a concept of what I want or I sit down and really think about it meticulously. Some days i just kind a write random bars and put it together. I’m the write on the spot and then go record the song in 20 minutes i just kind of started doing that shit when is I started working with Savage. So now studio sessions kind of quick these days but normally I love to take my time writing music recording music sitting back and listening to it to make sure I fix all of the mistakes anything that I want to change or Takeaway, that’s normally my process in the recording.

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

I don’t have idols but as far as artist I looked up to growing up or before I started to doing music and record, Tupac is on the top of my list for me he will always be more than just music more than just a rapper more than just an artist. 50Cent, Nas, Jeezy and later in my life Jay-Z because I hated that nigga because Nas did lol when I was around 22 I realized that I was a hating ass nigga and Jay-Z is possibly the greatest rapper on any planet.

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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.

This about me right now them nigga probably somewhere doing lil less dope shit than interviewing me right now.

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

www.twitter.com/1koar

www.facebook.com/1koar

Instagram: 1koar

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Every day that I am able to wake up healthy and able to continue to try to improve myself as a person as a husband as a father as a musician in my career is a good day for me. We really should have shit to complain about really not when you wake up and you’re still able to try to improve yourself every day not really 100% a slave maybe 85% but not 100%. Millions of people out there that have a very bad life and when you’re able to make ends meet and help your family and feed your family every day and you don’t have to worry about where the next meal is coming from then I’d say that’s a good day. I suffer from depression and I don’t like to use the word suffer from because it makes you seem kind of a slave to this mental thing, that when you consider yourself a strong person you don’t really want to say you suffer from something that you can control. But I’m medically bipolar but fuck the doctors by the way, so I have days where I do get depressed you know, when thinking about my sons physical and mental disability because of his accident is kind of hard. I’d put it like this, like Young Jeezy said minus the bullshit life’s great.

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

My real name is Jacoda ,kendary, jervain Adams and I was born in Nassau Bahamas, but my childhood experience wasn’t one of the typical Bahamian because at the age of two I left Nassau and moved to Hollywood Florida, where I grew up influenced by rappers like Young Joc ,Lil Wayne , Jay Z and more and when I wasn’t listening to music I was on the football field.

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

My music career I can safely say has just begun, even though I was really into all genres of music and loved to sing along with most.

My artist name is Coda, my name being Jacoda ,Coda just came natural also because most people would have problems pronouncing my real name. My musical background wasn’t much as one may think instruments where never really my thing until I got into the 9th grade where I took up the drums and the trumpet. But I always listened to mostly hip-hop and R&B mainly because I loved how those back in the day artist of r&b such as Genuine,  Donnelle Jones , Neyo and Tyrese expressed themselves onto a track. My experience in music is mostly from me peaking my own curiosity and teaching myself what I know and gathering what information I needed to keep myself musically in touch.

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

My genre of music is not limited to one to me because I try to do a little bit of everything and be as versatile as my body allows. Now pertaining to the music video the genre behind that would catch the ear as hip-hop or trap music. The idea behind it to me was to depict the “Get the Bag” type of scene, you gotta hustle for what you want and go and get it. The music video also depicts the same.

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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.

Everything that you would need to know about me as a musician is simple I am Coda and I want my music to be heard from people all over the world and to let them see what I go through and what I have experienced in my life so that they may either learn from it or simply appreciate the sound.

Being an artist in the Bahamas proves to carry a lot of downsides such as not as many opportunities as one would have abroad, the audience for someone trying to be a rapper is small compared to abroad. Not to mention the stereotype that a Bahamian artist should be held to the genre of soca or calypso and sometimes that’s not always the case. An artist should not be defined by where he is from but by his or her sound.

Now the ups are that since our numbers as small compared to other countries we have a chance to stand out more above the average of you are above average. For me one major upside is that through the years we have connected with other labels and music industries abroad to help provide more opportunities.

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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.

Other members of my label include Shon P, Angel Alei and  Ophine at this moment I have little that I can say about them except that working with them is like working with a family, everyone is easy and fun to work with. Our music production crew and directors that I can remember off the top are Jay Issacs the man in charge alongside Toi who is the woman in charge, Sharr is the mother of the label so to speak and those I forgot I apologize but those are the ones who make it all happen and for their effort and dedication I am forever grateful.

The song M.C.G.T was recorded as any other song but the video was shot a little different from the usual as you can see with some of the shots we took using Jays Visual Genius trying to capture what the song was really portraying instead of random scenes like some music videos do.

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

I haven’t really been in the music industry for a long time probably six months therefore my experience at the moment is not much but I am learning new things everyday from my fellow artist and everyday life. My future goal is to have my music heard worldwide to share my love for music with everyone else.

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

I get most of my inspiration from pure love for music and the art of making a song and the curiosity hearing what people think of a song that you as an artist put together.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

For me the secret behind making a hit song is  being as original as possible and having a song that people can easily relate to. That’s it for me because once you do those two things it’s kind of hard to go wrong , people get tired of hearing the same sound of music all the time ,hence originality is key. As for the second you may not be able to relate to everyone but when people can relate to you that’s when you’ve done something right.

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

My message to all my fans out there is just thank you , thank you for listening and supporting what it is I love to do and having an understanding of how I feel written down in my songs. And also that without them this would all be pointless because my mission as Coda is to share my music with the people who will listen and that would be pretty hard without anyone to listen.

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

Well to me since I’m just starting out I can’t really give much advice , but what I can say I have learned is to no matter what remember why you’re doing what you’re doing and who you’re really doing it for, never let criticism of any kind get to you and last but not least be humble.

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

So far I currently have no albums of my own but am featured on the mixtape “Why So Savage” and future mixtape “This Is Life” soon to be released at the end of this month.

My songs include Bounce,2nite ft Shon-P.

M.C.G.T ft Shon p and Angel Alei all off of the mixtape “Why So Savage” and a new release off of the mixtape “This Is Life “called “Need That” by Sleepy Lexx ft Coda (me) ,Nasus, Foots and Shon P and that’s all for me for now.

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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.

So far the radio stations that are airing our songs and e 91.7 and 100jamz that I am aware of. I have also been interviewed by ordain on support an artist Friday which was a lot of fun for me. As for blogs that I know of none besides the current one now. What I would like to say to every platform that plays and or talks about our music I extend a thank you to all and I have nothing but appreciation for their efforts and what it is they do.

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

When writing a song I usually start off by free-styling getting a feel for the instrumental and write down as I freestyle, keeping in my head what kind of song and the kind of story I’m trying to go for or the emotion I want someone to feel when listening. The way I record on the studio is simple for me get behind the mic and put your all into it as you were percent on a stage in front of millions.

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

Well I don’t really look up to any artist like an “idol” but I do have artists that inspire me and my five biggest would be Michael Jackson, Big Sean, 2pac , Lil Wayne And Tory Lanes.

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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.

Some artist that I have collaborated with include in order shon p ,Angel Alei, Que, Nasus, sleepy Lexx and foots. Other artist I would love to work with would include Tebby, Twin Dem, Wendi and dyson Knight. As for foreign artist my list on that would be way to long for this panel.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was when I got my first birthday gift at the age of 19 as funny as it sounds that was my happiest day because what I got was something that pushed me a little further into music and wanted to badly at the time, my very first guitar.

My saddest day was actually more than a day, my grandmother had been diagnosed with cancer for me hearing her scream in pain every night was the worst thing I could ever experience; knowing that there was nothing I could do to help her or comfort her was sickening up until the day that she couldn’t take the pain anymore. I don’t know if I’m right to say this but the day she finally stopped screaming was the day I was happy for her and heartbroken at the same time.  I am happy because she didn’t have to suffer anymore and sad because I lost a very special part of my family.

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https://soundcloud.com/simon_dewit/hey-girl

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

My real name is Simon de Wit, I was born on April 19th in 1997 born in Utrecht, a city in the Netherlands. I had an awesome childhood! When I was about 3 years old, we moved to the north of Holland, where we lived on an old farm. Our nearest neighbors were like 200 meters away, so we could play on the land, make noise, and make music as loud as we wanted.

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

I started playing guitar when I was around 10 years old. After one year, I started singing too. Since then I’ve been playing. I took lessons for about 4 years, then we moved to the city. It was around this time I started writing songs with a friend, just for fun.

Two years ago we (my friend, my brother and I) participated in an online talent contest, organized by one of the most well-known radio DJ’s of the Netherlands, Giel Beelen. We made it (from 1300 submissions) to the last 25.

After that, I decided it was time to focus on music. I experienced how much I liked writing songs, playing music and finding my way in the business. I started producing and writing myself, watching hundreds of videos on YouTube. After 1 year of messing around, I felt like my skills were good enough to release something.

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

Imagine walking down the street, and you make eye contact with a boy or girl, and you just feel a connection. Sparks are flying, the world stops spinning for a second and then both of you keep walking and its gone. ‘Hey Girl’ is about exactly that moment. Describing the feelings, imagining how it could be to be together, and what you would say if the two of you would ever meet again: ‘Hey girl, don’t you need someone to hold you warm at night?’

I tried to give the song a positive and uplifting feel, because in that moment of eye contact you usually feel butterflies in your stomach.

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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’m really for doing everything myself. I’ve written, recorded and produced this song myself. I play the instruments myself. I sing myself. In order to create a song that sounds completely like you want, you should carry out (or at least be involved in) every step of the creation.

About my ups and downs: I’ve only been in this biz for about 2 years, so I wouldn’t say I’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs. Sure, I’ve often heard no’s, but I feel like everything I’ve tried till now worked out. One of the ups was definitely the response to my first single. It topped the Spotify viral charts in the Netherlands for about 3 days straight.

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

I’m a solo act, so this will be short: it’s just me. I play, sing, write, record and produce everything. I wrote and recorded this song in my garage (which I turned into a home studio).

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

My experiences till now are very positive. I haven’t experienced any negative things and I’m not getting discouraged if for example a song doesn’t do as well as the previous one, or a blog turns down my song. I really do make this music because this is what I like and makes me happy.

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

I get inspiration from everything around me: my own experiences, my friends’ experiences, other songs, movies, the internet, whatever. What inspires me to keep writing? I don’t really know. All I know, is that getting out of bed, and messing around on the piano and coming up with a new melody is the best thing in the world. The feeling I get when I find a beautiful lyric, melody or chord progression really makes my day (or week haha). It would be my dream to be able to wake up and make songs, and do that every day.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I don’t believe there is a strict formula or something (verse-chorus-bridge always does nice), but there is one thing that must be there: catchiness. If a melody, chord progression or lyric is catchy, it can be a hit. I’d say the more accessible it sounds, the more it will be played on radio, but sometimes weird songs become hits too.

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

Enjoy everything, live in the moment. By that I don’t mean you shouldn’t think about your future, that is a fun and smart thing to do, but be present in the moment. Nowadays, we’re always on our phones and doing multiple things at once. Try to focus 100% on every moment and enjoy it to the fullest.

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

From one upcoming artist to another: keep on rocking, a ‘no’ doesn’t mean shit, trust your gut. And don’t forget to have fun! 🙂

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

I’ve released 5 singles, which have accumulated over 600.000 streams on Spotify (bit S\O to Spotify). I haven’t toured (yet), I don’t have any awards (yet).

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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.

Local radio stations have played my songs in the Netherlands:

  • KX radio

  • 3ML

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. I always start with the melodies, and then I’ll try to find words that fit. I try to start of with what I like to call typical ‘verse-melodies’, which feel like they are going to build up to something. Most of the time I will have some sort of pre-chorus, and then a chorus which will either be vocals or a melody played by an instrument.

The moment I write lyrics, I record them immediately. It usually doesn’t sound great at this time, but this is just so I won’t forget the melodies and I can move forward in the writing process. Once I’ve finished the first verse and chorus, I always get stuck. I will always finish the second part of the song on another day. Once it’s finished, I record all the vocals again, until they feel and sound right.

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

Charlie Puth, Jon Bellion, Jeremy Zucker, blackbear and EDEN.

Charlie Puth: this man is an amazing songwriter, producer and singer. I really look up to his musical and production skills.

Jon Bellion: I admire his songwriting skills. His songs made me really think about concepts you can write about, and he does this really good I think.

Jeremy Zucker: his production is mental. Sounds really crispy and unique. I hope I will be on that level one day.

Blackbear: consistence and catchy melodies. I’ve listened to him for years now, and I think his melodies are always really catchy.

EDEN: the emotion he puts in this songs is crazy. When I record a song, I always think of with how much emotion EDEN sings, and then I start recording.

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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 artist yet, but if I would have the chance, definitely with one of the above.

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

https://www.youtube.com/simondewitvideos

https://twitter.com/simon_dewit

https://www.instagram.com/simon_dewit/

https://www.facebook.com/Blanks-161563667625139/

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

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7geo7fjTQyp13Wf2ALTZCF

https://itunes.apple.com/nl/artist/blanks/id1147295384

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day, that’s a really tough question. I’m usually very happy. I’d said every time I finish a new song. That feeling is amazing!

The saddest day of my life was definitely the day one of my best friends passed away.

Twelve24

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

Ryan Griggs (USA), Josh Green (UK).

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

We are a totally independent group that have been releasing music year after year building a great fan base mainly in the UK and Europe but dabbling in the U.S. market from time to time. We’ve had our music videos played on MTV and performed for thousands of people throughout the UK and EUROPE and are known for our high energy shows and catchy Chorus Melodies! 

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

Our genre is an eclectic mix of pop,rap, and various dance genres, This song is all of that with a sprinkle of tropical house on top. The concept of the song is about how Love can be simple to fall into but Complicated to navigate through and is expressing the thoughts that we all seem to have going through these situations/relationships in life.

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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.

Well as most artists/songwriters know there’s nothing better feeling than being able to write and perform music for people all around the world and even tho we are still an up and coming band we have been able to do that for the past 9 years. I guess you could class that at the overarching Up of our carer so far! The down and constant adversary to that is, even though we’ve come so far we would always like our music to reach more people and build the fan base bigger then it currently is. 

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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 run a pretty small crew with most of our releases. This project involved only 3 People Ryan & Josh (i.e. Twelve24) and a UK based producer called Geek Boy (Al Swetenham).

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

We have been working on music and performing for the past 10 years and have had a great experience sharpening our craft.

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

We love music so much, so many different types of genres and sounds, this always helps the process. We love to hear peoples’ stories too and we like to talk about that in the music. Our faith in Jesus is also a huge inspiration for us too.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

HAHA we wish we could tell you! I think you just got to make the best music you feel you can make and say something that is personal and real to you and people will like it.

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

YOU’RE AMAZING! Our fans WLDKDZ (Wild Kids) are the best out there. We love you! This song was made to tell you that hey life is complicated but i can be simple too, so don’t worry you’re not alone, we all find love simply complicated.

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

Be true to who you are. Don’t try and find your sound, just do what you like and what comes most natural to you. Keep chasing your dreams and don’t let anyone stop you!

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

We have been doing this for a long 10 years!!! We have released tonnes of singles, 2 albums and and EP and we are working on much more. We have done a UK Tour and also done festivals and shows all over the world and we are in a different European City almost every weekend. God is good! No awards yet but maybe one day.

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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. 

We have been on MTV in America before, that was super cool…hey MTV if you’re watching thanks so much…check out the new stuff.

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

We normally start with a beat, making it with a friend. Then just write melodies…these sound strange because we have no lyrics yet…some of them are crazy funny….maybe one day we should release all our old song ideas before the lyrics people would love it. Then we just try and find lyrics from the heart that are important to us. On this song, Simply Complicated, we particularly like the lyrics “I’m so there but I’ve got no courage to say I’m nowhere” It is a line about stuff we go through sometimes and we know others do with depression and anxiety. We are saying how hard it is to tell people your problems because you know you are “so there” in the moment with people etc. but at the same time it is hard to find the strength and courage to say actually “I’m nowhere”. That’s why we say later in the song “I’m lost without love” because if we don’t have love then what do we have? Well for us that is where our faith is so huge because we believe God is love and we can find love in Him. That is where we hope to inspire you all that you are loved, you are here for a reason and your life has a purpose.

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

Lecrae 

Macklemore

Justin Bieber

Tracey Chapman

Linkin Park (RIP Chester)

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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 worked with a lot of up and coming new artists and we have also worked with Geek Boy a few times before so it is great to work with him again. Tessa E is a great new up and coming artist we are working with at the moment. We would love to collaborate with any of the top 5 artists we listed above. Chance the Rapper or Will I Am would be cool too.

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

Instagram is Twelve24band https://www.instagram.com/twelve24band

Website is https://www.twelve24.co.uk

Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/twelve24

YouTube is https://www.youtube.com/twelve24vevo

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

Best place for the new song is here https://twelve24.lnk.to/SC

Our last singles are:

What You Got https://Twelve24.lnk.to/wug

Missing Piece https://Twelve24.lnk.to/getmissingpiece

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Tough one!!!

Saddest day there has been a lot but we lost a close family members in the past few years.

Happiest day is when we release new music and the birth of our children!

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Put it all back into the music!!! And pay off the mortgage lol.

Ellis Cloud

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

I’m Francesco Riccardo Lo Faso and I was born on 20th, November 1987 in Italy. My childhood as I’ve said in other occasions was far from being musical. I actually sort of hated music because I was raised with Italian mainstream music of the 80’s and believe me, it’s 99% garbage. I simply thought I had seen it all.

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

I’ve been making music since I was about 19. It all started with a rusty guitar and it ended by adding bass, synths and samples. I’ve changed main influences every year since then. I started from jazz and Motown music and ended with independent music, pop and hip hop. But in the middle there have been massive moments of new wave, shoe gaze, post-rock, math-rock, psyche Delia, electronic music from idm to techno. I’m technically a multi-instrumentalist but I’ve always thought it looks pretentious to read, especially considering that I’m the most distant thing from an academic figure and that I often don’t even know the notes I play, but I play them just because I please. But I’m well experienced on the use of DAWs and producing in general.

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

My genre is technically pop but it’s not something you generally see on charts. It’s too melodic to fit the ‘indie’ thing (I’ve been told this ridiculous thing many times by now) and well. Let’s just say they’re mostly happy and upbeat songs. The idea for the song, and for the whole album ‘Born in The 20’s’, was to recreate what I imagine 2040’s will be like. I depict them by using different characters with different and equally bizarre moments set in a timeline totally different from ours, yet somehow familiar.

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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.

You need to know that music comes first to me. All the Instagram and big like bullshit just gives me headaches. I come from that side of music made of people gone broke to pay for their instruments and whose concepts of beauty come from their records experience, not from what’s trending. I know a lot of the industry even though I’ve never been an insider and all I can say is: Jesus Christ what a drag.

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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 fellow musicians all come from jazz background. They’re simply amazing. My producer is a sort of infant prodigy since at 17 he was already able to teach Pro Tools and sound engineering to a class of adults that were no newbies. ‘Tangled Wires’ was recorded with us having in mind passages from Orwell’s 1984, so we tried to recreate this aseptic sonic scenario, sort of dystrophic landscapes, with robotic guitars, long pads and distorted samples. Yet we used a mellotron in it, an instrument far from the sci-fi scenery.

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

I’ve never really been in the industry. My goal is to be a part of it, making about 5 million and then talking shit about all the industry.

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

Usually some unique story I see behind someone or a very sad mood. I get a melody inside my head bugging me for weeks/months until I say ‘OK, you won, let’s try it’.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Why would I share that information with you? OK. You take the billboard 100, steal about 15 samples here and there, you take a vocalist that sounds like half of that other male/female artists and write the simplest catchy melody that crosses your mind. There’s a slight yet real possibility that it will succeed.

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

Stop listening to that Trap crap and buy a Beatles’ record.

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

Stop playing covers after a while. Try your own music. Maybe it’ll suck in the beginning but eventually you’ll have your own style.

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

Born in The 20’s’ is my very first record and it came out like 3 days ago. As far as I know Forbes hasn’t noticed yet, hence no awards coming to me this week.

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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.

-Lots of local Italian radio at the moment. No TV, YET. I can say: keep featuring me!

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

When songs are just ideas I sing with really random English that I use just to match the beat with the melody. Then I convert what I wrote into something that makes sense, but not too much. My singing in the studio is so moody. I can enter the studio 30 days in a row, and everyday I’ll sing differently, something that gives my producer a really hard time.

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

Bill Hicks, Amy Winehouse, St. Vincent, Thundercat, Jonny Greenwood.

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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 really like to end up on a Thundercat record. Even just the name without playing. That’d be quite an accomplishment.

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

You’ll find every social link and useful stuff at elliscloudmusic.com

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

You can buy merchandising and physical copies on my website and on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/it/album/born-in-the-20s/id1280739018?l=en

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day is when there’s pizza for dinner. My saddest days are all the others.