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.

Azair

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

My real name is Azair Gresham, I’m from Atlanta, GA. U.S.A. I grew up in a single mother household with my two sisters in Lithonia, Ga.

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

I started writing songs around the age 9, when my mother and (then) step-father noticed that I had taken a liking to music, they got me a drum set and xylophone. Although my step-father would later pawn the instruments that was my first exposure to creating music. I would later join band at Stephenson middle school where I met my partners and co-founders of Fat Camp Entertainment, an entertainment collective founded to support, inspire, and further creative efforts in the community. We hosted our first “Fat Ass Concert” this past July and have big plans to end 2017 and kick off the new year. I am a self taught producer, songwriter, and engineer. I produce mostly all of my own music. 

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

I intend on bending genres. Hip hop has been my biggest influence, but New Edition – Home Again was the first music I fell in love with and R&B/ Soul have a special place in my heart. The song “Mad At Me” came after feeling frustrated with a relationship. My ex was not always supportive of work ethic and I felt like I was being pressured to choose between her or the music. I chose. 

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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 naturally a gifted writer, but production, mixing and mastering are skills that I had to learn and fine-tune over the years. Because of that a lot of my early music had a very rough around the edges sound (and even still isn’t as perfect as I would like for it to be). Also, I’m a college graduate (first generation) I graduated from UGA in 2015 and its been tough to make the transition into an artist publicly when everyone has this preconceived notion of who I already was. 

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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. 

Fat Camp consists of me, and my homies Ye’LIR and McClain!. We met at Stephenson Middle School, but it was not until 2014 that we begin to create music and share projects between one another. Shortly after that we formed Fat Camp and have been picking up steam and sharpening each other ever since. We all have very different styles but somehow they usually blend perfectly. Ye’LIR ( who co-produced “Mad At Me”) was in the studio with me and I had the melody for the beat and frame for the drums. I played it for him and he filled the drums in on the track and I wrote and recorded the song in maybe 35 minutes on the spot. Both Ye’LIR and McClain have projects on the way and there is a Fat Camp EP coming soon!

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

I’ve been pursuing music for 3 years now, I’ve performed all over Georgia, but before it’s all said and done I want to be regarded as one of the greatest artists and contributors to art the world has ever seen.

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

I just love music. I always hear music in my head.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.  

Being able to grab the listener with that first sound, and again with the opening lines. Being relatable, being honest and quality music!

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

You are what you think. Think positively and accomplish anything. 

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

Be patient and trust yourself. Trust the process.

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

No awards, but I’ve won a few freestyle cyphers in the city and have headlined my own concert. 

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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.  

Hand me the aux recently did a write up on me.

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

I just ask myself “How am I feeling” or “What do I need to say” and then the lyrics come flowing out.

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

Jay Z, J Cole, Pharrell, Kanye WestKendrick Lamar.

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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 want to work with BiBi Bourelly, Swae Lee, and Kendrick to name a few.

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

Twitter and IG: Only_Azair

soundloud.com/azair 

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

ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-over-you-single/id1295629528

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5J5kaLYlcRBzGtGssGmQ4E

Tidal: https://tidal.com/track/79849953

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

My happiest day was the day of my first concert. I was nervous, excited and anxious all at once. Second happiest day was when I paid off my college loans, paid off anything my mom owed and got her a crib. Renovated my studio and invested!

My saddest day was the days are in the past and I’m not one to dwell on the things in the past that bring negative energy.

 

Doug Bush

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

Doug Bush, USA, 4/28/90, I grew up in LA. I was raised by a Dad who loves classic rock and a mom who loves showtunes, which led to my unique songwriting style. It has definitely shaped the way I write music. My last album, Shadows and Dreams, has an interesting mix of genres. I first took piano lessons but as a child I always hated the practice songs they would assign me. I usually slacked off and creating my own melodies. After songwriting privately for years, I finally decided to start recording some of the songs I was writing. The rest is history. 

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

My artist name is Doug Bush. I have released an EP, Heart Parts, and a full length album, Shadows and Dreams. My songwriting style varies and mostly depends on which instrument I am writing with. When I write with my piano, it is more of an indie-pop-rock sound. On ukulele, my lyrics are much simpler, and the meaning is usually more on the surface. When I write on guitar, it is almost more of a folky feel. And my lyrics tend to be more melancholic. I sang in high school where I was the student conductor of my chamber choir. I sang for several honor choirs. In college I took vocal training lessons for several semesters and participated in choir and musical theatre. My favorite role I got to play was Bert in Mary Poppins. My experience with musical theatre definitely has influenced the way I sing and I’m sure has impacted the way I song-write. I wrote this song, as I was living in Hawaii. Much of this was created as I practiced in my hammock, overlooking the ocean on the North Shore of Oahu.

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

My genre on the ukulele is definitely inspired by the Hawaiian islands. This song production and composition was influenced by Vance Joy and the All American Rejects which sounds like the strangest combo but it’s true. The music video was an afterthought. This was the first music video I ever produced. I honestly never intended to make videos but one day I was sharing some of my music with my friend and she gave me the idea to make music videos. So naturally I wanted her to be the leading lady in my first one. I wanted the video just be a huge explosion of all the fun things to do during summer, especially if you fall in love. The song itself is written about a summer romance when I was back home from school.

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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, the hardest thing has been balance. I can’t afford to do this full time yet, but it is what I am passionate about. So in the end, if I were to never make a penny, I would still do it. It takes a lot of time and sacrifice to make it work but I love sharing what I create with people. It means so much when someone enjoys what I imagined for so many months during the songwriting process. It’s always exciting to hear your song come to life in the recording studio after so long of you being the only one to hear this tune in your head.

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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. 

Colin Hatch is my good friend and music producer. He is a talented sound engineer and musician. He has been in several bands and groups himself. RJ Idos was the director of my music video. He is a very talented artist who has had some Disney-Parody videos go viral. The video was a one day shoot. We tried to cram as much in as we could since summer was on the verge of ending! But we did and I think it turned out well. The most challenging part was hiking up to the waterfall which I don’t think any of us were prepared for. But we somehow made it.

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

I have been songwriting for as long as I can remember but have been making my music public for only a little over 3 years. The dream would be to become a name that people recognize. I would love to be able to influence other artists and songwriters the way that so many have inspired me. I have only been making videos for the last year. You can check out my page on youtube or Facebook by searching @dougbushmusic.

I have tried to do something different with my videos. I want to tell a story or show something, and not just sing to a camera. There is too much of that. What’s the point of making a video if it doesn’t show something different with the song.

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

What inspires me to compose, song-write, and sing? First of all, these melodies just pop in my head. What else am I supposed to do? They didn’t exist before so I want to bring them into existence. I get a total kick out of it. Secondly, I am always looking to improve. I believe that drives me. To always be looking to make the next song better than the last.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.  

Everyone’s style is different. For me, I always start with the melody. The lyrics come later. Sometimes the lyrics will come as the melody pops into my head. But I never go lyrics first. Melody is king in a song. Lyrics are secondary. This is proven all the time. How often do you hear someone start to sing a song stuck in their head and forget the lyrics? They continue humming the melody and might add in la-la’s are nah-nahs because they don’t know what the right words are. But they almost always remember what the right notes are. That is what they remember. Melodies are what stay in the head. Lyrics are what connect you to that catchy tune stuck in your head. But for me, if the tune isn’t good, there is no reason to let it just be a poem.

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

I’d love to tell anyone that appreciates my music thank you. Also don’t do drugs or make stupid promises.

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

My advice for anyone that aspires to become a songwriter is that it doesn’t come by accident. Trial, error, and practice is what develops you. You can hear who the experienced songwriters are. I don’t consider myself to be anywhere close to where I want to be. There are so many songs that I have written and have looked back on thinking, what was going on in my head when I wrote that lyric. It’s so bad! I’m just grateful I’m learning and understanding how to write more effectively.

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

My latest album, Shadows and Dreams, is an album about what I experienced over a few years in my life. It’s all about something, whether I’m singing literally or metaphorically. It all has meaning. They way each song was produced was largely based on what I was listening to at the time. I was on a huge Beatles and Chicago kick during part of the production process. One song with trumpets could have easily sounded more like an Alt J song. It’s just what I decided to do with it in the end. Maybe someday I’ll remix some of my own stuff.

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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.  

Colin Hatch was a huge help for helping me get these songs to sound how they sounded in my head. Also shout out to Momma and Papa Bush for the love and support. My mom is my biggest fan, as every mother should be. She doesn’t let me forget. She is the one that first trained me vocally. You don’t hear that style of singing anywhere on this album, but that’s what it all stemmed from. Also shoutout to BYU and BYU Hawaii for allowing me to grow and develop as a musician as I attended. Lastly, I’m grateful to God for blessing me with the talent and desire to create something that wasn’t there before. Truly an awesome experience.

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

I go through so many revisions. There were some songs on my last album, where I was finishing up lyrics the same day I was recording everything. I like to sit on lyrics a lot afterwards and listen to my songs again and again to make sure I really like it. Even then, I still let some lines or melodies, or even songs fall through the cracks. It’s a process.

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

Ben Folds, Thom Yorke, Ryan Tedder, Paul McCartney, and Freddy Mercury. These guys all have very different styles but I am in awe of their craft and how they song-write. They all write so differently and create something so unique, but amazing.

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

I have collaborated with Caitlyn Cope who I’m convinced is an alien. She has maybe the best live voice I’ve ever heard. I look forward to create something with her again. I am also in the middle of a project with Monica Moore Smith. We will have a fun little diddy out soon for y’all. I would love to collaborate with songwriters who have inspired me. The list is long but it includes: Ben Folds, Ingrid Michaelson, Ryan Tedder, Muse, Weezer, the Brandon Flowers, etc.

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

My handle is @dougbushmusic on all social media platforms

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

I am on just about every major online music store. When in doubt, search me out.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Saddest day: Heartbreaks and deaths of loved ones are never fun. Happiest day? Honestly, my life is pretty great. Even on the bad days, I have a hard time feeling I don’t live an awesome life.

Stage Republic

 

 

 

 

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

Corjan de Raaf, born in the Netherlands in September 1971. I had a happy childhood much of which I spent in my room writing songs and annoying the neighbors with my guitar.

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

I founded Stage Republic in 2013 with Dutch producer Itsbart. I am a child of the 80s and I have been active in music for as long as I can remember. I am very much a self-taught musician, playing piano, guitar, drums and everything else you can shake a stick at.

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

We make sort of electro pop-rock with strong beats. This is also embodied in the artwork that we use which is always back/white with a touch of orange. Over the years we created a signature sound that is clear and solid.

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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? Not sure there’s enough space on the internet…. I have lost count of the number of times my music has been rejected until I decided to do everything myself. I write, sing, play, design, promote and whatever else there is to do. Tons of work and I love out to bits. So good to be independent and I founded Stage Republic as the living example of how that is. After three years it is starting to work out. Itsbart and I have mind-melted musically and we have won a cool IMEA Music Award in Nashville last year. This year we are nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award, previously won by people like Timberlake and Gaga.

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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.

It’s just the two of us. I am the band and Itsbart is the producer. I recorded the song at home in my home studio. Itsbart then turns it into something that is up to the Stage Republic quality level. The guy is a genius guitarist and sound manipulator. We usually ping the project back and forth until it’s perfect. I did the video on my Macbook in Final Cut Pro based on the cover design I made.

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

Been in bands since I was 12 so that would be 34 years and that makes me to sound old. I am always writing. My goal would be to have a song out that many people know and love because they love the vibe, they can relate to what it says and get moved physically and mentally.

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

Everything does but generally it’s people. Relations. Doing the unthinkable, experiencing the unimaginable. Writing is a necessity for me. It’s a need. When I have started on a song I must finish it. It has to get out of my head or I’ll go crazy.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Keep it simple. Write from your heart. Only sing it when you mean it and have been there.

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

It still humbles me to know that people actually take the time to listen to my songs. That’s a big thing that I value more than anything else. Thank you so much for listening. It inspires me endlessly to keep writing about these. Things that we all know and have to go through. The experience makes us grow. Bigger than we know.

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

Believe. Never give up. Never ever. Nobody else will do it for you. People will start really helping you when they feel you can do it fine on your own without them.

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

Stage Republic has 2 albums out Firstage and Authenticity which was only released a month ago. Since the band was founded in 2013 we have had 9 IMEA Award nominations in the US and won 1 for Best Pop Song in 2016. We won a Global Music Award for our song All Out and we also won the ISC (International Songwriting Competition) in the Rock category for that track. We have been nominated for the 2017 Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

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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 a small act from a small country. I count myself lucky to get quite a lot of airplay. At this moment Stage Republic has songs in rotation on some 100+ radio stations across the world including some cool signature indie stations like IndieXL and Alternative FM in the Netherlands, Zone Radio and Ubuntu in South Africa, Q108 Canada, PFM in France, Skyrose in Sweden, KVMR WIDB, CHMR in the US. We are doing very well in the UK where we have airplay on 9 stations in Scotland alone.

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

I write where I am. I can start with a melody or a line or some words. Usually sit behind my piano or on the couch with a guitar. I do most of the recording in my own studio at home these days and in Itsbart studio. We work in Logic on Mac. I use a simple Shure SM7B or SM58 microphone. I have most fun with a Yamaha electronic drum kit that has suffered quite a bit of aggression from me.

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

Beatles, Duran Duran, Imagine Dragons, Tom Petty, Adam Ant.

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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.

To be honest I have never done a co-project but I would love to work with a good rap or EDM artist. I live close to Breda which is the hometown of Tiesto and Garrix and I would love to do something with these guys.

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

http://www.stagerepublic.com

http://www.facebook.com/stagerepublic

http://www.twitter.com/stagerepub

http://www.instagram.com/stagerepublic

http://www.youtube.com/stagerepublic

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

open.spotify.com/artist/2HiFq4yQNNY7DiwicKFgvX

 

itunes.apple.com/nl/artist/stage-republic/id775049899

 

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Best day ever: waking on stage in Nashville to perform at the 2016 IMEA’s and then took home the prize

Saddest day: the loss of someone very special never got over it.

Wise Youngblood

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

Vocals- Kyle Stephen, Guitar-Andrew Harper Bass- David Buchanan, Drums -Myles Nowik, We were all Born On Vancouver Island BC on the West Coast Of Canada Kyle and Andrew Born in 1992, Dave in 1991 , And Myles 1989 We grew up in Nanaimo BC and surrounding area all from different high schools and actually didn’t meet and connect until later on in our early twenties and formed ‘Wise Youngblood.

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

Wise Youngblood has been a band for a year and a half now; we all come from musical backgrounds and have individual musical projects. We are out there sharing our music with as many people possible and reminding everyone that Rock N Roll lives on. The Name ‘Wise Youngblood’ is based off the word ‘Youngblood’ – A young man /person who has a lot of drive and ambition to do something but doesn’t have the skill set to do it, than you throw ‘Wise ‘In front of it and you have Oxymoron.

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

Our Genre has been described as West Coast Grunge Rock , but also we have influences of 70’s Britt Rock . Makes for a loud Rocking combo, with the song ‘My Only Problem’ we really kept the Grunge feel behind it with a gritty sound, and along with the video it has that dark grunge side but has the viewer keeping interest.

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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.

There are always going to be Up’s and Downs in life regardless of what you’re doing. When it comes to the music industry you’re going to hear things you don’t want to, and also things that aren’t fully true, so always stand your ground setting the bar high, but remember to never let your guard down, stick by your band mates and most importantly stick by your music and your sound and don’t let anyone tell you different this your dream so chase it and full fill 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.

For this song in particular we used our Hometown Producer, Sound Engineer, and Friend Rick Salt with Mountain View Studios for this one . He did a Killer job we tracked this one down in his basement put some more work and production behind it but kept out sound and that raw grungy rock sound we were looking for, couldn’t be happier. As for the wicked lyric video we went with Matt Gladman from Keywork designs who put together the super edgy and catchy lyric video for my only problem based off mostly still pictures from our live performances really showcasing us as a band, Eventually looking at doing a full OFFICIAL video.

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

Mainly because it’s what we love to do , there is nothing more thrilling and exciting when you have a new song in the work brewing up and stuck in your head and you get together with the band and power it out and let it flow naturally and after you hammered it out look at one another with ear to ear grind in pure excitement , what could be more inspiring than sharing your music with the world something that you love so much that others can also take in and love just as much is pure joy . We do this because we love it but we do this for everyone who loves Rock N Roll.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Well if we told you than it wouldn’t be a secret 😉 Just do what feels right express your sound express yourself and stay true to your sound and fingers crossed you’ll band out a rocking hit !

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

Wise Youngblood would like to remind you that Rock N roll will Never die, and we are living proof, keep on head banging and don’t forget your dancing shoes, CHEERS.

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

It’s going to be hard, it’s a roller coaster ride through and through there will be times where you will just want to say “FU@K It” but if this is your dream and passion we recommend that you chase it because you have to LIVE THE DREAM if you don’t try you will never know and most importantly always have fun.

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

We are in a great spot right now constantly growing our fan base creating new music working on future albums and projects, NEVER STOP WRITING. We are grateful for all of our listeners and to the fans who come and rock out our shows we are still growing and we are growing strong , we are hitting the road again early November for another Western Canada tour and hopefully hitting a stage near you . Thanks for all the support we couldn’t have done it without the fans ROCK N ROLL.

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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 has stations all over the island and starting throughout the province spinning our newest single ‘My Only Problem’ we are coming up to our tracking next week to start spreading throughout the country , so hopefully your ears will catch a spin and you all enjoy.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. We come up with a base idea and progress off of it for instance this song we combined our ideas , in holding back frustration with an individual always holding you back and preventing you from doing what you want and basically lashing back out , “hence” My Only Problem we go into the studio as prepared as can be and pre produced but there is always some creativity and new ideas thrown in once you get in there.

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

Speaking for everyone as a band I would have to say 1.Queens Of the Stone Age 2.Pearl Jam 3. Foo Fighters 4.Soundgarden.5.The Tragically Hip – RIP to the man and the legend himself Gord Downie a true patriot rocker and gentleman and rocked the stage for many years as the Frontman of the hip will never be forgotten truly inspirational for any Musician and Canadian.

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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 collaborate with any artists , it would be super cool to collaborate with fellow Canadians Glorious Sons or Highly Suspect we really dig both there sounds and it would be unreal to share a stage with either band one day.

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

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/wiseyoungblood

Twitter –

http://www.twitter.com/wiseyoungblood1

Instagram-https://www.instagram.com/wise_youngblood

Spotify -open.spotify.com/artist/127F9XEA80qkaAd8mPJ7Lk

Website -wiseyoungblood.com

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

Bandcamp-https://wiseyoungblood.bandcamp.com/releases

iTunes-https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/wise-youngblood/id1130755080

A.J. – Bell Talk

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

My real name is Alexander (A.J.) Jordan Thomas! I’m from Winnebago, Illinois U.S.A. about an hour and a half outside of Chicago, Illinois. My birthday is September 3rd, 1991 so I just turned 26. I was born in Rockford, Illinois and grew up in Winnebago, the neighboring city, playing every sport we had out here and then went to college and played football at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois to get my Bachelors in Psychology. I then moved to Chicago, Illinois to get my Masters Degree in Business Management at Robert Morris University.

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

I started playing the trumpet in the school band when i was in 4th grade and fell in love with that. I played the trumpet, baritone, and field drums all throughout grade school and high school. When I went to college i had to drop all of that and just focus on Football and Track along with the other school organizations I was in. I always made beats on my phone through an app called iMaschine and i would write raps to the beats i made on my phone. I started making beats when i was 10 on a little drum pad my mom had gotten me and it gave you the option to record your beats and play them back. I first started writing around that time as well.

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

Hip hop/Rap is a crazy genre right now because it has such a wide range of talent. Anywhere from the “mumble rap” group to the “conscious rap” guys, you can listen to rap all different types of ways. I lean towards the conscious rap, J. Cole, type of rap with full on story telling about life experiences. This song ‘Bell Talk’ is the most hype song that I have right now and I don’t know if I will be shooting one for it, but I am in Chicago right now to shoot a video for a song off of my last album ‘I Can’t Wait’! ‘Bell Talk’ is a song that I made for my Alma Matre about the “Battle of the Little Brass Bell” which dates back to the 1800’s and the chase to a hopeful championship. It was one of the most fun songs that I have written because I got to be a part of the game in another way outside of being a player or a coach.

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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 moved down to Nashville, Tennessee a year and a half ago to pursue music and ever since then it has been a complete roller coaster. I am doing this all by myself and in a country music town trying to do hip hop which presents a challenge all by itself, BUT it made me into the producer I am today since I had to create all of my own beats and learn how to create everything from scratch alone in my room. On top of doing music full time, I had to have a full time job to pay the bills, so I worked at 312 Pizza company as a chef to make my money. I then had an opportunity to make more money and work an 8-5 job so I went and worked for Alfa Insurance as a Claims Adjuster. All of this was going on while trying to create music, which turned into a full album called ‘Lost In Thought’ available on all streaming platforms. It’s been a crazy year and a half, but it has taught me so much about myself as a human being and as a musician.

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

I produced my entire first album, besides one song called ‘I Cant Wait’. The producer of that song is Nilo G. who i have now done ‘Bell Talk’ with. He is an amazing producer out of Chicago, Illinois as well and we didn’t meet until we got down here. He is incredibly talented and can do just about anything on the production side of music. He is producing a country singer right now along with working with me every single day which shows his versatility. He’s incredible to work with and just an all around amazing human being and that’s what makes me want to keep working with him in the future and build this thing from the ground up. Another producer named tmwtr made a beat for me that I used for ‘Blessed’ on the album and the kid is only 15 years old out of Washington state. He will be one of the biggest names in the game in the future and I can’t wait to keep doing work with him. The guy that does all of my graphics is named Jace Werkheiser who I went to college with and played football with. He has a love for graphic design and has for as long as I’ve known him and it makes it easy to work with him since he is one of my best friends, so it is naturally a great vibe all around. He has an incredible creative mind and is doing the music video with me in Chicago this weekend which is both of our firsts, so we will see how that goes but we’re both very excited! ‘Bell Talk’ was recorded at Nilo G’s house where we have a great set up in his studio and there is a shed outback that we do a lot of creating in as well with all of my music equipment set up in there. It was a quick write and recording session that took about a full day to complete. Nilo and I worked on the beat a little bit, but he took over the final production and edit’s while I was traveling to Chicago. The song turned out incredible and that’s all thanks to him. We wanted to create a hype song with melodic movement throughout like Tory Lanez does brilliantly. It ended up being the most fun, and best sounding songs that I have!

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

I have been in the music industry for about a year and a half now and my experiences have been insane. I have met some of the most influential people in the game and childhood hero’s along the way. It has been an absolutely insane ride so far. My future goals are to get signed by a major record label and be able to take care of my family while making music full time and not have to work another full time job on top of doing music full time. The end goal is to create a record label/management group that I run/manage and get heavily involved with the business side along with being the creative basing it off of how J. Cole does with Dreamville Records. That has been my dream for a long time, but the music has to come first and will always come first.

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

People inspire me to write. I love that I now have a voice that is completely my own and can’t be changed after I put together a song. I love having the responsibility to tell a story and allow people into my mind and soul. It inspires me that I get an opportunity to change the perception of people for the better and open their minds to other thoughts and ideas. Being biracial helps me link two groups of people and everything in between. It’s interesting to see the fusion of people through music and that’s what I love being a part of.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.  

I don’t know if I’ve made a hit song yet haha! BUT, I’d say it’s all about feeling. If the feeling you get is undeniable that it’s a good or great song with feel, then you’ve made a “hit” song. That also depends on the genre. There are great melodies that will blow up a song in a second, but there’s also the ability to tell an incredible story and bring it all around in the end that makes a “hit” song like J. Cole has done over and over again along with Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Chance The Rapper does it too and will get the credit for that after he puts out another project I’m convinced.

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

My message is to invest in people. We are all human beings on earth and we should love one another as that. There is so much hate in the world today and I can’t just sit back and let it happen without voicing my side and try to change the perception of people or groups. Love one another as your brother. Everyone has a family and is more alike than we think. Invest in people and allow people into your thoughts and feelings and always keep an open mind. We are all we got. That’s my message. At the end of the day, if we invest in people and human beings, then we will see amazing change in the world for the better.

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

Keep grinding. No matter what, keep grinding. It’s gonna be tough and it will NEVER go as planned. Work your ass off and be great/take care of people and you will find your way. The MUSIC COMES FIRST! Make good music that will influence people or strike emotion with people and use your platform for something positive.

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

Like I said in an earlier question, I have just put out my first album that I produced, wrote, mixed, mastered, etc. myself called ‘Lost In Thought’ available on all streaming platforms! It was an insane ride to get to that point to put it out, but taught me so much. It is a tap into my cognition and my fight to music from sports along with my ride from being a kid in Rockford/Winnebago with a single mother and how we have gotten to the point were at now. I have yet to perform, but I am ready! I can’t wait until I get to spread the message on stage. Make sure you go and listen to the album and you will understand where I am coming from and where I want to go as an artist!

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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 guys are the first to play my songs and play list it which is so cool for me and I can’t thank you guys enough! Thank you all so so much! Seriously! Means so much to me.

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

I first create some sort of beat with percussion and pad’s and then usually a melodic hook comes after that. Some times it’s the exact opposite! Lyrically, I take a lot of time tapping into the space in my mind that i need to get to to write the song were about to write and then i pick a part my thoughts to create some sort of direction. Once there’s subject and direction, then I make sure every line is cadenced correctly and move in and out of melodic flows to harder percussive flows to create a good feel while telling the story. I write everything in the notes on my phone and then I hop up to the mic and I’ll do a few takes all the way through to get a rough demo of the song. Then I’ll go back and really dissect the words and meanings and flow to create a good, interesting, thought provoking song or feeling infused song. Then I try and perfect the verses and hooks and keep doing it until it’s perfect and then do it again haha. It won’t ever be perfect and that’s the struggle as an artist, but sometimes you have to let some of it go and look at the big picture and admire something that you’ve all created.

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

J. Cole is day one number one then Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper, and I’d have to say Jon Bellion/Sam Hunt. All of these guys are incredible and it’s so hard to pick just 5, but they all have their unique influence on my life and music!

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

I have collaborated with Conor Matthews and Jordie! We’re all new to the game and in Nashville, TN pursuing a music career. Theyre both amazing pop artists and I can’t wait to keep working with them in the future. I’d love to do collab’s with J. Cole or any Dreamville artist, Syd/the internet, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Drake, Kendrick, Future, Madison Ryan Ward, Bailey Bryan in a crossover country, pop, rap song, Tory Lanez, and Sam Hunt! That’s a ton of them and there are a ton more!

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

https://twitter.com/ajrapsofficial?lang=en

https://www.instagram.com/ajrapsofficial/

www.ajraps.com

https://www.facebook.com/ajrapsofficial/

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

http://Hyperurl.co/kxa4jq http://hyperurl.co/y6enjw – Lost In Thought Album on all platforms link

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

This is a tough one haha! Happiest day was anytime our teams won a championship or getting accepted into college/graduate school. It could also be putting out my first project and just knowing all of the work that went into it. The saddest day is even tougher to come up with… there’s been a lot of difficult days, but there’s always purpose. I’d say losing my last basketball game in high school after being undefeated on our way to state and we lost in overtime. Could be the time I lost my last football game in college after we were undefeated and going to the national championship and we lost by one point…. terrible. haha

League

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

Jaylen League Carpenter, from the US; Inglewood, CA. Growing up in South Central definitely contributed to the main I am today. Grew up in a tough neighborhood but my pops always managed to keep me in the right direction.

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

Go by the name League my middle name. Love basketball, I was suppose to go League, really had game. Life circumstances and not seeing eye to eye with a few coaches caused me to stop hooping and pursue music. I can rap, harmonize a little when I need to, & I just executive produced my sis Dreaded Cas project.

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

Mainly a hip hop/R&B type of feel in my music. “We the Catch” came about when Jay Kurzweil one of my producer played the beat in the studio. All the homies talk like we know we got it and we know we will be big places soon. Thus the “we are the catch”. Shorties think they are the ones to be caught, when in reality we are the ones that need to be chased lol.

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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. 

Not too many ups and downs just yet. I have a home studio so I recorded whenever I feel and have time. Only struggle is finding more beats to write to or an engineer ready to work when I am.

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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. 

At the end of the day I want my music to speak to people and for them to have a real connection with it. I always loved music as a form of expression and it helps me get through the toughest of times. If I can in anyway help people through the words I came up with? That’s super dope.

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

Been in the game about 2 years tho. No project. Just all SoundCloud singles. Got about 300,000 plays all together on my page with about 10 songs out.

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

Everyday life experiences inspire to me write. And songs that make me feel some type of way.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.  

Secret behind making a hit record ? Not sure because I don’t have that real hit record yet lol. I think I got some hits but the world just doesn’t know yet. I think a lot of it is timing.

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

I appreciate all the love I get from the blogs I’ve already built relationships with. And all of the fans that’s been keeping up with me over the past couple years. I’m really planning to be in the game for a while and giving a dope project. So anybody down to ride with me is squad to me.

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

My Advice to upcoming artists would be to stay yourselves most importantly. The game is very trendy at the moment and I notice a lot of artist trying to hop on a “wave” and make a sound similar to the next man. Just be yourself and create your own wave.

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

No awards or recognition yet. All that will come in time.

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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.  

Been posted by 2dopeboyz, dailyloud, pigsandplanes, uproxx, djbooth, earmilk, homegrownradio, on smash, etc.

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

I vibe out in the studio with cookies and backwoods.

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

Hov really.

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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 worked with Mani Coolin’, Jag, Big Gipp, Squadshitonly, two time, Dreaded cas. Producers like Jay Kurzweil, Mike Free, Byanymeans.

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

twitter.com/leaguetho instagram.com/justgotoff

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

Can buy merch at squadshitonly.com

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Saddest Day was when I lost my grandmother. Made her a song called 8.31. Happiest Day will be coming soon.

Bryan Hubert

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

My name is Bryan Hubert and I’m a singer-songwriter based out of New York City. I was born in Connecticut, USA in 1987 and grew up in a lower middle class family in a small town called Torrington. When I was 15, my family moved down to North Carolina where I lived for 7 or 8 years before I moved to NYC. I started playing music when I was 5 years old.

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

Music has been a part of whole life from getting my first drum set at 5 years old to recording on cassette at 8. Throughout high school, I played drums in a band and put out some mixtapes with some friends going into college. I went to GTCC in North Carolina where I received two Associates degrees: one in recording and one in artist management. I received my Bachelor’s in Music from City College in NYC a couple years back. I’m been songwriting, recording, and working with local artists in North Carolina and NYC for the past 10 years.

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

Growing up I was heavily influenced by hip hop music and slowly got into singer-songwriter stuff when I was in high school. Some of my favorite artists have been able to successfully blend hip-hop and folk including G. Love, Mike Doughty, Citizen Cope, etc.

My song “Loose Change” really has nothing to do with money – it’s all summed up in the last lyric of the chorus: “The love I get is worth more than I need”. It’s more about appreciating all the love, friends, and family I have and how grateful I am for them.

The video was a collab with a good friend of mine (Forrest Davis) who makes films with his crew at Raw Bacon Pictures. I did some post production sound work for a film of his in exchange for this video. For this video, I sent him the track and let him create as he saw fit.

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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 a huge advocate for education in the music business and understanding how things work in this crazy business. The music business is overly complicated and very difficult to understand. Many artists have no clue about the business beyond making music. My goal was always to learn as much as possible. I went to school for music and started a label called Black 17 about 3 years ago with a good friend of mine. Not only do we work with a bunch of dope hip hop artists but we’re constantly learning about the industry and how to do things better. I truly believe that in 2017, if you want to be successful in the music business, you need to understand as much about marketing, promotion, copyrights, publishing, etc. as possible. Great music can fall on deaf ears if there is no plan; mediocre music can blow up with a great plan.

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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 completely written, produced, and recorded by myself. The video was done by Forrest Davis (of Raw Bacon Pictures). Basically just a one day shoot with him and his crew. A simple video for a simple song.

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

Got my first real job in the industry about 10 years ago at a radio station. Since then, I’ve worked in radio, TV, a music venue, a distribution company, and currently run a label. The end goal? Find happiness by putting out honest art.

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

My wife is my muse and tends to play a part in most of my songs. The rest of my inspiration is more or less a simple commentary on the world around me.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Though I’ve yet to write one, I believe the secret for making a hit song comes down to honestly, structure, simplicity, and a touch of something different. A disclaimer – what is considered a hit song is relative. There are a lot of hit songs that are incredibly complex or lack honestly, yet they still resonate with people. And that’s great! However, for the music I consider to be successful, I want it to be short, direct, and honest. I like artists that respect the song and the craft of making it; traditional song structures work for a reason. I think if an artist can be honest and put their stamp on it (which is the touch of something unique or different), they’ll have a better chance of reaching an audience that is interested.

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

Peace, love, and happiness.

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

Don’t be afraid to put your music out there. Be open to criticism. Stay optimistic. Learn as much about the music industry as possible.

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

The success I’ve found in my career has been on the label side of things – being a small puzzle piece of the marketing and distribution of some great projects. A behind the scenes kind of guy. For my personal music, this is new territory for me.

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

I do everything at home in my bedroom. I’ve been recording music for over 10 years and I feel most comfortable doing it myself at my apartment. Usually I pick up the guitar, mess around and come up with a melody. That somehow transforms itself into a full idea where it becomes a song.

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

This is not an easy question because I love so many different artists – some of which are my favorite, some of which I think are the best, some of which capture a moment in time. The list changes constantly as I find new artists and discover old ones. Here’s a list of artists that I’m hugely influenced by and really dig right now (in no particular order): The Beatles, Jack Johnson, Citizen Cope, Jay-Z, Amos Lee, Bob Marley, Sublime, Anderson Paak, G Love, Kendrick Lamar.

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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.

Haven’t done much collaborating lately!

 

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

www.bryanhubert.com

www.instagram.com/bryan.hubert

www.twitter.com/iambryanhubert

www.facebook.com/ bryanhubertmusic

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

Loose Change: https://fanlink.to/loosechange

Too Good: https://fanlink.to/toogood

Wine: https://fanlink.to/ bryanhubertwine

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/ artist/4mh00Yu9DORYY9eIdIKiaw

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest day – getting married.

Saddest day – don’t know if I’ve experienced that one yet.

NOISECHOIR

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

The band consists of Travis Drews, (DJ, Production, Trombone), Scott Langford (Guitar) and Alex Duck (Drums). We were all born in Texas, but found our way to Austin to pursue our music careers.

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

At NOISECHOIR, we are all very involved in the local Austin scene. Travis is an experienced DJ/Producer, and teaches these skills at Dub Academy. The band members each play in several bands, and have performed at Austin City Limits, South by Southwest, Euphoria Music Festival, and X Games in the past years.

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

The project is all about combining the hard-hitting excitement of EDM with the emotional quality of soul music. We want our songs to have the special ingredient: Love.

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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.

There’s no way we could ever explain all the ups and down that the music industry has brought us. It can be very hard sometimes, but there are certain shows that remind me what it’s all about and why I started in this industry in the first place.

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

We are all in our early 20s and have been performing since at least high school. Personally, my goal is to have 1,000,000 Spotify plays on “Is You Feelin’ Me” by January 2019.

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

Life.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

It has to be catchy and it absolutely has to come from your heart. Don’t overthink it. The best songs flow out of me in minutes, while it takes me a long time to make songs that aren’t as good.

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

Be true to yourself. There have been many times where I decided to go with my head at the expense of my heart, and each time I wish I would have gone with my gut. It’s really important.

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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’re really excited; “Is You Feelin’ Me” has been featured by 4 different media outlets just this morning! These include Future House Cloud, Eternity Network, Groovebassment, That New Jam, and of course Broadtube!

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

CAPYAC, Tame Impala, Thundercat, Gorillaz, and The Lagoons.

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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 some work this summer with King of Nothing. Be on the lookout for those tracks to drop around December.

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

Facebook:

facebook.com/FancyPantsBand/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Soundcloud:

soundcloud.com/travis-drews

Instagram:

instagram.com/fancypantsmusic