Finja – Calling You Home

Finja – Calling You Home

 

Finja – Calling You Home

Finja – Calling You Home

 

Finja – Calling You Home

 

ARTIST NAME: Finja

 

SONG TITLE: Calling You Home

 

RELEASE DATE: 25th May 2019

 

GENRE: Indie Folk

 

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FINJA is the creator of original songs inspired by life, love, and spirit.

 

Her intention is to uplift you out of time and place, moving you into a state of joy and empowerment.

 

She believes in the virtue of music as medicine and its inherent ability to bypass the noise of the head and be received in the heart.

 

Her bold and buoyant message is expressed through her music and the way she lives life.

 

May you feel inspired to deliberately create a life you love and realize your limitless potential.

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Tell us when you are most comfortable to sing.

Driving! On the open road, windows rolled down, wind in my hair, stereo turned up, kids in the back…I sound and feel amazing!

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Tell us what you like to write about in your lyrics.

Consciousness – I tune into an emotional state that I have experienced (usually a heavier one like grief, doubt, and insecurity) and I tell a story that takes the listener up the emotional scale until we reach a state of joy, upliftment, and empowerment.

 

A good story takes its audience on a journey from a place of depth (problem) to a feeling of freedom (solution) while defeating the villain (adversity) in the process.

 

I try to incorporate this narrative arch in my songs. The intention behind my lyrics is to remind my listeners, and myself, that our power and potential as humans is limitless.

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State your most emotional song and the reason.

It’s yet to be recorded, but it’s actually the first song I ever wrote. It’s called ‘My All, My One’ and I wrote it in the weeks after the devastating news that my former partner, and father of my firstborn child, committed suicide. I still choke up when I sing it; not because I am currently experiencing the pain of grief, but because the song taps me back into that emotional space.

 

The song has moody jazz feel in the verses, describing the pain of shattered dreams, and an uplifting dreamy pop vibe in the chorus, speaking to the eternal love that can exist between two souls.

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Discuss the process in finding the right sound for your vocals.

I have a classical background having trained in violin and piano for fifteen years in my youth. But my teenage dream was to be on Broadway, singing and dancing in musicals. Either that or a jazz singer in a smoky back alley club!

 

In my twenties, I was obsessed with drum ‘n’ bass female MC’s and vocalists, and later, after my party years, I swooned over soothing mantras and medicine songs that feature in plant medicine ceremonies.

 

Now I’m in my thirties and have finally given myself permission to sing from a non-technical, untrained place and to songwrite just for the pure love of it. The sound I embody is a mixture of all of the above. My vocals are smooth-sounding with a particular focus on harmonies and have been described as being rather ‘theatrical.’

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State the challenges you have faced as a musician.

Actually just starting! Coming from a past of classical training I felt embroiled in a world of technique, precision and immaculate performance of a piece of music that was written by someone else, hundreds of years ago.

 

I felt boxed in, having to express my musicality according to how a school of thought believed it should be expressed. Also, the thought of improvisation and intuitive composition was one hell of a scary idea and I did not know how to unlock the door into that realm. I could read music before I could read words, but I really envied those musicians who could play and create off-the-cuff and by ear alone.

 

As I was going through my ‘dark night of the soul’ and wrote my first song, I played it to a peer singer-songwriter whom I looked up to and received words of praise and encouragement in return. And so began the process of overcoming the fear of rejection from others. Pretty soon I felt brave enough to approach a producer, expose the inner-workings of my heart and mind (though the subject matter of my lyrics) and begin recording, which is oh-so-rewarding!

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Tell us your opinion on how artists should raise funds for their music projects.

Hmm, great question and a much-needed discussion! However, I don’t feel my opinion holds much weight as my experience is very different from the usual tale of a hardworking, on-the-road musician. Since I began songwriting and recording, I’ve been living the life of a mother and housewife (or as I like to call it, a space of love creator).

 

But I have learned a thing or two from my entrepreneurial husband. When starting off I think it’s wise to be Clarke Kent by day and Superman by night. That way, you can ensure you’re not ‘in-the-red’ struggling to make ends meet; you can save and budget for your recording costs and you have the benefit of learning how to handle (keep and grow) your money, before making it big time in the industry (where you potentially will have a lot more wealth to manage).

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Tell us the present state of your fan base.

Ooh, this one makes me laugh (and kind of shy away!). It’s very small. My kids, husband, family and close friends and the rest are unknowns (though dearly appreciated).

 

I wrote my first song less than two years ago, and have just released my first single. I haven’t toured or played any gigs as of yet. I’m a stay at home mum with a five-year-old and a six-month-old baby. But what matters to me, is that I don’t use any of these supposed “limitations” stop me from doing what I feel passion for.

 

And, I have my first gig booked where I’m playing at an amazing conscious festival in New Zealand, NY Resolution, at the end of this year, and again early next year for NZ Spirit Fest. Totally stoked to make my debut performance!

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Tell us if you consider sharing your music with the world or a specific geographical zone.

The world, baby! (We are one, after all)…

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Tell us your genre of your music.

I have an Indie-Folk sound with influences ranging from Blues, Acoustic, Soul, Jazz, and Conscious Pop.

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State the title of your best song.

Calling You Home.

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Tell us your greatest supporter.

That would be my husband Sebastian. He truly sees the boundless nature within me and holds me in this loving space (no matter how moody I can be).

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Tell us the artists that have impacted you.

I’m truly inspired by the great Harry Nillson. I think his songwriting skills and ability to tell a story is phenomenal. I’m also very inspired that he was able to reach so many people, yet never went on tour!

 

I have a nostalgic love of The Carpenters, particularly Karen’s smooth and soothing vocals, and again their ability to tell a good story through their lyrics.

 

I just love how successful Bjork’s career has been – not in spite of, but because of her quirkiness. Her voice is one of the soundtracks to my teenage years.

 

I embrace Rising Appalachia and their wonderful work at bringing sexy back to multi-harmonies, and their hybrid mix of genres.

 

As far as EDM goes, I love some Tinlicker and Black Sun Empire for when I’m in a banging mood (my current dream is to guest vocalist for both!).

 

And my most played artist on Spotify would have to be Trevor Hall…

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Describe the listeners that listen to your music.

I would say they are folks who are more in the “conscious” or spiritual scene, due to the nature of my lyrics. I’m also a publisher on Insight Timer, the world’s #1 Meditation App, so I tend to attract people who have a desire to explore self-development and practices in mindfulness.

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Tell us the future of the music business.

I love this one – it’s a topic that constantly ticks over in the back of my mind. Simply put, it will be all about the EXPERIENCE an artist can offer. I really see VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) playing a BIG part in this. I intend to embrace this move as I believe it creates much freedom for the artist. Just think you could produce a visually-sonically mesmerizing concert from the comfort of your own home each week, at very little cost. All without the need to constantly be away on tour. How exceptional, for new artists who have chosen to stay at home, like me – Just watch the film Ready Player One for more inspo on this…

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Discuss the gains and losses of technology to the music business.

What comes to mind is autotune. Call me old fashioned, but I believe in the value of developing your skill as a vocalist or a musician, and pitch and intonation is a huge part of that! For me, autotune takes the soul out of the music, and the virtuosity out of the musician.

 

Then again, how amazing that we don’t have to necessarily spend hours and hours of practice perfecting our pitch and technique. This means we can create and produce more music at a much faster turnaround rate.

 

Either way, it’s all good. Some people love autotune, others not so much. Luckily there is enough supply to cater for both preferences.

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Tell us if you still make CDs of your release.

I actually have never thought about it, which means, no. I, myself, wouldn’t even have a way to play it if I did!

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Elaborate on the song.

‘Calling You Home’ is a beautiful lullaby sung from your inner being to you. It serves as a reminder of your divinity and gently empowers you with the knowledge that you can do, be, have whatever you want – courtesy of the most powerful law in the universe, the law of attraction.

 

 

I usually advise my listeners to treat this song as you would a guided meditation. Lie down, close your eyes and take five minutes to marinate in the uplifting essence of source that is Calling You Home.

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Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.

FINJA- I was born Fiona, but never felt it was the name for me (Sorry mum, you really got that one wrong!).

 

Coming from Australia where we love to abbreviate every word possible, I go by Fi. One day I learned that the Gaelic boys name Fionn is actually pronounced Finn. Somehow my mind put it together that the correct pronunciation of Fiona would be “Finyah”. Then I found the name “Finja” is a legit Nordic name. I have Irish and Danish roots (yup, according to my family tree I’m a real-deal Viking), so it feels and sounds better for me.

 

Calling You Home – Simply put, Calling You Home is an action performed always and in all ways from your source / higher-self / god / inner-being, to remind you of your greatness and to help you stay centered in any situation.

 

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Karl Sky – I’m Always Here You Know

 

Karl Sky – I’m Always Here You Know

 

ARTIST NAME: Karl Sky

 

SONG TITLE: I’m Always Here You Know

 

ALBUM TITLE: Stranger To This Place

 

RELEASE DATE: 5/1/19

 

GENRE: Alternative Folk

 

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Discuss your music process and recording in full details.

My songs usually come to me as simple melodies at any given moment.

 

It’s always when I’m doing something non-musical that they seem to appear out of thin air.

 

So it’s mostly music first then words, but I have been trying to write lyrics without any thought for music, so it helps with the creative process.

 

When it comes to recording I love having at least one instrument being played while I do a vocal, so most of the time I’m playing guitar and doing the vocal at the same time onto separate tracks. From there it is building the song with each track.

 

Most of the time; I do not have a clear picture in my head as to how it should sound, so I experiment with the different tracks, play them back to see how it sounds.

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Discuss how you get involved in music. 

I started out playing guitar at about the age of 13. I had done some singing before that, usually to The Beach Boys’ records, picking out harmonies.

 

It all evolved into coming up with my own tunes once I learned how to play and sing at the same time. It just felt like a natural way to express myself.

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Elaborate on the secret to success.

We all have this different idea of what success is. Is it money? I don’t believe so; I mean if you are doing music strictly for the money, there are plenty of other ways to earn a lot in a short amount of time for less effort.

 

Success to me is having an idea, executing it and finishing it -Doesn’t matter how big or small.

 

When I finish writing a song, to me that’s this tiny little bit of success I can add to the roster in my life.

 

Finishing an albums worth of songs, a little bigger bit of success – Just stay focused, don’t get distracted and be disciplined and you’ll be successful.

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Discuss how you distribute your music. 

Right now I have my music available for download directly through my website and through CD Baby, which they of course distribute through several streaming services, such as iTunes/Amazon/Spotify/etc.

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Describe your vocal ability.

There are times I feel like a million bucks and other times I want to say, shut that song off already. I feel I can convey the feeling of the song I am singing and that’s all that matters.

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Tell us how you develop the instrumentation for this song.

It started out many years ago as a simple guitar/vocal folk song and nothing else…pretty naked, but I decided to add a different rhythm altogether. Implementing percussion, synth and harmonies to song, but not too much – I did not want it to sound overproduced or too busy.

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Go into detail on how you create your song.

Well first I sit and hone the lyrics to the best possible feel to the music as possible.

 

Some words don’t always have the best cadence to the melody, so that’s what I try to fix first.

 

Then I run through the chord progression and try different approaches, to see how it blends with the melody. I would 80% of the time; the 1st mental sound that I had for a song is basically how it ends up.

 

With the ones that I keep – So I usually just have this gut feeling about the melody that makes me feel good, so I stick with it.

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Discuss your musical ability. 

I’m a bad judge about my own abilities. I look at all the musicians out there and I get jealous.

 

I feel that I’m talented enough to be dangerous. I think there’s articulation in playing and then there’s feeling.

 

I think I’m pretty good at the feeling part of it and somewhat fair at the articulation.

 

I will let my listeners decide what they like and don’t like.

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Elaborate on the lyrics of the song.

This song, as I remember was written in late winter, as the song’s lyrics begin.

 

I was struggling with the length of the season and yearning for spring…the green of life. So that’s the primary theme of the song, but buried in there are similarities that occur in relationships. Wanting to help those you love, hoping their particular “season” they are going through can also change and that you are always there for them to lean on and confide in.

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Discuss the structure of the song.

It is pretty basic 1st verse, 2nd verse then refrain, but I consider the refrain more of a “bridge” element to the song.

 

The title lies at the end of the refrain, like, “here is the last thing I need to say before I leave you…” So I view it as a Bob Dylan or Gordon Lightfoot type folk song structure.

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Discuss your performance.

Performance for this song was vocal and guitar, played at the same time I’m recording – The only way for me to feel and convey the words are to play at the same time.

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Tell us how you prepare for a show or recording session.

I’m a very spontaneous musician/singer. I have practiced the song over and over until it’s time to record, and then sometimes after the 1st take, I change everything.

 

Because listening to something played back to you is different than just playing for somebody.

 

I experiment with sounds regularly. I use anything for a percussive device. I try different amplifiers on the guitars, I add harmonies in areas that I never thought of until I start recording.

 

I think the songs undergo a metamorphosis when you decide to record it. It naturally becomes a little something extra than what you anticipated.

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Tell us how you coordinate other musicians or how you relate with your producer in bringing the best out of your song.  

Well for this album, I did it all, so I only argued with myself. It’s difficult doing these things by oneself.

 

You need other ears that can help relate your story. I definitely will be utilizing other musicians on my next project. It is healthy to have the extra input.

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Tell us how you entice the listeners with your music.

I really try to keep elements of my songs real; I’m not trying to sell plastic bananas and apples to my listeners.

 

I know that the thoughts I’ve implemented into my music are relatable to everyone on the planet.

 

Sooner or later, the lyrics sink in and the song means a little more than just a catchy melody and cute words.

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Discuss how you promote your music.

Well I’m kind of newbie at promoting. It’s been awhile since my last project and so much has changed.

 

I focus on getting industry feedback via reviews/blogs to aid in complementing my music so that the public not only hears it, in as many streaming venues as possible, but will see the reviews and comments, establishing it as something worth having.

 

It’s really the hardest part of this gig and it takes so much time… I’m dying to get back to recording some new material.

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Tell us how you ensure your vocal is in harmony with the instrumentation. 

I don’t even think about it. I feel it just comes naturally. I never use auto tune nor would I think about it. It’s not in the cards.

 

I’ll do 50 takes on a vocal harmony before I use a machine to fake it.

 

I want everything to sound as natural and organic as I can. Sometimes, that isn’t complete perfection.

 

There’s always a little something here or there in the song that isn’t maybe “the best”, but again, I’m not selling plastic fruit, something seemingly real, yet indigestible.

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Tell us how you build your vocal melody.

To be honest I get a pretty good vibe about how it should be and leave it alone. If I’m dissatisfied with it after a few times of playing it, I will tweak it to see if it flows better. If the melody sounds somewhat familiar to the ears, yet new (not a carbon copy) then I roll with it.

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Elaborate on the song.

The song is about hanging in there for others and having a solid relationship with those who need comfort, as well as helping each other cope through their difficulties.

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Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.

Karl Sky is technically my real name except that I shortened my last name due to its length!

 

The title of the album is “Stranger To This Place”, there is a title track of the same name and it embodies the idea of how, as a people, we can be in completely familiar surroundings, day after day, yet feel isolated as the person we really are or who we want to be.

 

I think there are minor themes in all the other songs on the album that touch on that subject and that is why I chose it as the title.

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Singer/Songwriter Karl Sky has been penning melodic, catchy Folk Rock/Alternative songs for several years. Karl’s latest album “Stranger To This Place” is now available for purchase – A collection of 10 poignant/introspective songs that touch so much on the human condition.

 

In 2000 Mr. Sky formed a beneficial relationship with Nashville producer Scotty Turner (Songwriter/Lead guitarist for Tommy Sands & The Raiders/Executive Producer of Liberty/Imperial Records – Writer/Producer for A&M Records).

 

Mr. Turners’ songs were recorded by such greats as Roy Clark, Slim Whitman, Nilsson, Mac Davis, to name a few.

 

That mentorship Scotty provided, enabled Karl to become a better writer both lyrically and musically.

 

Captain Kidd Music/BMI; owned by Scotty Turner, signed Mr. Sky’s “Warm Kentucky Wind” as well as Karl’s 1st collection/album of music, “Guess It’s Time” back in 2000.

 

Karl has had several positive reviews, past and present, which are all included at his website.

 

Karl’s music resembles the styles of early singer/songwriters in the 70’s such as James Taylor, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, Elton John, and John Denver.

 

On his latest album Karl is releasing entitled, “Stranger To This Place” – Many tracks will be slated for release as singles, beginning with “Free” and other notables would include, “I’m Always Here You Know”, “Tired Of The Sun”, “Life Will Begin” and the title track “Stranger To This Place.”

 

The album will soon be released on all major streaming platforms soon!

 

KARL SKY REVIEWS:

Indie Spoonful has this to say about Karl…

“Karl pens thoughtful and intelligent lyrics, painting emotion and story, in a poetic manner.”

 

“I’m Always Here You Know” captures the fragility of our human experience and our need for connection with great tenderness and sophistication, both lyrically and musically.”

 

Indie Spoonful

 

Please Pass The Indie says…

“There’s a certain Americana-Rock feel reminiscent of Springsteen and Morrison that fans of folk-rock will love. Like Springsteen, Sky’s story-telling is very down-to-earth; he paints everyday people with every day struggles. In Sky’s lyrics, you will find heartfelt slices of life that explore the complexities of relationships; he keeps it real and honest.”

 

“Free is well-crafted through and through.”

 

“Singer-Songwriter Karl Sky writes songs that stand the test of time.”

 

Please Pass The Indie

 

Muse’s Muse stated on Karl’s earlier releases…

“This is a songwriter first and foremost. Karl likes the sound of the guitar and keeps trying to think of other ways of making the strings sings. Focusing on the acoustic, kneading in the folk, writing like a pop star, Karl brings all the components together like a well-oiled demo screaming for attention. He’ll get it. Sky is headed for that horizon.”

 

The Muse’s Muse

 

Mike Aydelott – Music Reviewer had this to say about Sky,

“Well realized songs from a seasoned and skilled songwriter.”

 

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Jenny Kern – Slow Burn

Jenny Kern – Slow Burn

 

Jenny Kern – Slow Burn

Jenny Kern – Slow Burn

 

ARTIST NAME: Jenny Kern

 

SONG TITLE:  Slow Burn

 

ALBUM TITLE: Slow Burn – EP

 

RELEASE DATE: Jan 25, 2019 – (Full EP April 5, 2019)

 

GENRE: Indie Folk-Pop / Singer-songwriter

 

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Jenny Kern is a Canadian born indie singer-songwriter based in New York.

 

She performed in Montreal during college before moving to Manhattan in 2013.

 

Drawing on her own experiences, her songs unfold through a confessional-style delivery revealing the strength that can only come through vulnerability.

 

All the while, Jenny creates space for the audience to bring their own stories to the emotive tenor of her music.

 

Jenny Kern’s debut EP is an intimate collection of songs from years of self-reflection on her personal experience with self-doubt, regret and the search for comfort in painful seasons.

 

Her mesmerizing vocals and evocative lyrics sit at the forefront of beautifully contemplative melodies.

 

The EP showcases a soft yet alluring confidence from the first track to the last.

 

Jenny’s single “Slow Burn” is available across all stream platforms and her debut EP will be released April 5, 2019.

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Discuss your recording experience with your producer.

The EP was produced by Katie Buchanan, an incredibly talented Brooklyn-based producer.

 

We recorded the entire album in her home studio, which left a lot of flexibility to explore sounds and arrangements.

 

Katie is an incredible singer-songwriter and musician as well, so between the two of us we played all the instruments.

 

Katie also has a vast understanding of the music industry and songwriting.

 

With her guidance I was able to step out of my comfort zone and be vulnerable while making this record.

 

Had I worked with anyone else I don’t think I would have grown the way I did in such a short period of time.

 

This recording experience helped me find my individuality as an artist and feel more confident in my capabilities.

 

She changed my life in many ways. More importantly, as a producer, she gives me hope that women can continue to make big strides in this industry and put out incredible music.

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Discuss what comes first and last while creating a song.

My songwriting process is constantly changing. Sometimes I’ll come up with a guitar riff or a chord progression and then move to the lyrics or I’ll write down a story and come up with some meaningful words.

 

Ultimately, I aim to write music to understand the world around me or things I’m going through, not to make myself feel better.

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

I’ve received a lot of great advice but it’s hard to give it to new artists when you’re so new yourself.

 

But, if I had to say anything, I’d say take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way and don’t wait for them.

 

If you want to play shows, reach out to venues. If you want to record, connect with producers.

 

Have no fear when it comes to putting yourself out there. Just be true to your identity, take care of yourself first and foremost and stay grounded.

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Discuss your worse experience in the music business.

I can’t say I’ve racked up years of bad experiences, but I think the hard part is that the music industry is not where it needs to be when it comes to gender equality.

 

As young women we are conditioned to shy away from asking questions and standing up for ourselves. For example, going to shows and having the sound person ignore you or having men tell you “you’re surprisingly good at guitar!” These are things that we shouldn’t have to hear but it’s the reality right now.

 

I was fortunate to work with a woman who’s heard the brunt of these comments. Everything you can imagine. So, when I would get down on myself or say “you’ll never guess what this guy told me”, she was able to help me readjust my thinking and not personalize it.

 

I don’t think I would be where I am without that guidance. It’s a learning curve but each time I show up to a new show or reach out for new opportunities I remember these experiences and try to take it on in full confidence knowing I am just as qualified to stand where I’m standing.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

I don’t think anyone really takes rejection well but I try my best to learn from it. If it’s constructive, great, but if it’s negative, I try not to personalize it and move on.

 

At the end of the day artists seek validation but the truth is not everyone is going to like your music. That’s subjectively what happens with art so I am always working on focusing as much of my energy on the supportive feedback and filtering out the negative.

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Tell us what you are doing to impact the people around you.

This is the most important thing for me when it comes to making and performing music. My number one goal as an artist is to impact those around me. Whether it means writing a song that brings comfort to someone struggling or writing a song that makes someone feel happy.

 

I write for myself and the intention of bringing meaning to someone’s life. When people listen to my music, I want them to know they are not alone in whatever they are going through.

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Tell us the music that makes you happy.

There’s so much music that makes me happy. Ironically, sometimes it’s the sad or melancholy music that brings me the most joy. There’s something cathartic about sharing sadness.

 

Being open is not an easy feat for anyone. I love it when music becomes an honest and safe space to feel. So, whether you want to dance, laugh or cry, music can create that space.

 

If I had to share the music that makes my heart dance, I’d probably say anything with a good groove.

 

Motown is probably up there for me. The rhythm that came from this era is a sure way to start my day right.

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Tell us how you make instrumentation to your song.

In general, I tend to write by ear. So whatever shapes and sounds come when I play around that’s usually what manifests into my progressions.

 

Recently I’ve been using a loop pedal to write a lot and it’s been really interesting layering different sounds and hearing the potential.

 

Once I have the basics down, I’ll mess around with synths and percussion.

 

I received some really great advice about experimenting with instrumentation when writing and creating demos.

 

I would’ve never thought to use overdrive or distortion on a snare drum or adding an organ instead of keys or synth. It’s all about exploration.

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Tell us how you feel when you sing and your fans sing along to your song.

I haven’t had too many of these moments yet but when I see someone mouthing the words or humming along to my song, it’s an incredible feeling.

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Tell us the goals you aim to achieve when creating a song.

There are two things I try to achieve when creating a song. First, does this song connect in the way I want it to connect and in return, will that bring meaning to someone?

 

Lyrics are more important to me now more than ever. Since becoming a songwriter I’ve realized how much words can impact others.  Someone told me the magic is finding the intersection between descriptive and statement. This is something I’m constantly exploring.

 

The second is; do I see growth in this writing, instrumentation or arrangement?

 

I’m always looking to develop something new in my writing arsenal even if it’s in my own style. That could mean creating a punchier chorus or creating a stronger arrangement by inserting a bridge. It’s been a really exciting journey.

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Tell us your approach to writing.

When writing I don’t really have one single approach. Sometimes I’ll start with a story or a word and go from there.

 

I have a journal with ideas, anecdotes and topics that I want to engage. Whether these are my own life experiences, things I’ve encountered from meeting people or just themes that I want to touch on.

 

At the end of the day, I’ll always write what I feel rather than trying to manufacture something that is not genuine.

 

I try to think about the emotion I’m leaning on and how I can convey it without considering other people’s personal opinions.

 

Ultimately you want to stay true to your own emotions but make it relatable.

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Tell us how you plan to develop a unique music style.

My goal is to never be pigeonholed in one style or one specific genre.

 

I think artists today are constantly reinventing themselves, and as long as they stay true to their individuality, there’s so much music to create.

 

My goal is for people to always go “that’s Jenny Kern”, when they hear my voice. But they may be pleasantly surprised by the styles that inform my writing as I continue to develop.

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Tell us how to record a song. 

I usually start with a simple beat, lay the guitar down and scratch vocal, then develop the instrumentation.

 

Once the track feels complete, I’ll lay vocals and then harmonize myself. It was pretty much the same process for recording this EP.

 

Once in a while, you really rethink the approach to the sounds or instrumentation especially when I get sage advice to try something drastically different.

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Tell us if you are collaborating with other songwriters or you write alone.

For the most part, everything I’ve written has been a solo endeavour but I’m starting to collaborate with some really talented individuals in the music space – People that I admire as artists in the local NY scene.

 

It’s been incredible just talking through ideas and running songs by each other. I have a feeling there will be some exciting collaborations coming in the next year.

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Discuss your experience with fans.

Fans are everything to me. I’ve received some really amazing messages online about how my song(s) have made people feel. Whether it helped them get through a hard time or they just enjoyed listening; I appreciate all those notes more than anything.

 

As an artist I aim to connect with people so I hope that I can continue to impact their lives as much as they impact mine.

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Tell us your experience on booking gigs and shows.

Booking gigs can get really tough especially being in such a dense market here in New York.

 

But there are some really great venues that are constantly looking to feature new talent and help artists showcase their work.

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Tell us if you consider a song placement in TV or Film.

My background is actually in TV and film so I would love to see my music placed.

 

It’s something that I aim to achieve as an artist and something that influences my writing.

 

I’m always wondering; could this song fit with a scene of a movie or a show?

 

Can it replicate and compliment that emotional impact?

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Elaborate on the song.

Writing Slow Burn was definitely a cathartic experience. It opened my eyes to life in a way I hadn’t really seen it before.

 

At the time, I was going through a difficult period. I felt lost, broken, and uncertain.

 

It was the first song I ever wrote about my vulnerability of self-doubt.

 

There’s something particularly terrifying about feeling alone in your own head. That said, while this song is heavily rooted in a painful experience, it’s not supposed to be sad.

 

It’s about recognizing the struggles and finding comfort in yourself while being open to the unexpected.

 

Life isn’t perfect, it never will be. But the most important thing is to be present in the journey.

 

A very important person to me once said it’s not about burning the candle at both ends, it’s about a slow burn in life.

 

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Charlie Straw is an artist whose musical ability is matched only by his storytelling ability, and undeniable work ethic.

 

Originally from The Wirral, Charlie is all about telling stories through his music and he’s got plenty to recall.

 

Whether it’s his time recording music in a basement in Thailand, or the time he spent 30 days playing a show every night, sleeping on sofa’s up and down the UK.

 

In the age of internet based artists, Charlie is an artist getting out to learn from as many difference experiences as he can, connecting with people in a variety of ways.

 

First and foremost though, Charlie is an incredible songwriter. His string of releases has seen him sell out three London headline shows.

 

He’s performed at Citadel, Wilderness and The Great Escape, as well as supporting James Bay, Marika Hackman, Nathaniel Rateliff and James Morrison.

 

He’s also picked up significant support from DSP’s, racking up over 3 Million Streams on Spotify and top 10 viral positions in the UK and across Europe. He’s also been featured by the likes of Clash Magazine and The Independent.

 

“Light Up For Me is about that moment when you allow yourself to fall in love with someone. I had never fully given myself over to love and I wrestled with it for a while, but this song is me letting go and moving away from that place of isolation.”

 

2019 sees the talented songwriter share a new EP, kicking off with the anthemic “Light Up For Me”.

 

The track marks a change in musical style, combining feel-good guitar pop with an emotional vulnerability rarely showcased by Charlie.

 

“I’m the happiest I’ve been for a long time and I want my music to show that…”

 

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ARTIST NAME: Russ Parrish

 

SONG TITLE: Weary Hearted Man

 

ALBUM TITLE: Finding the Light

 

RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2018

 

GENRE: Folk / Pop / Rock

 

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Music expresses what words often can’t. But I also believe words coupled with music can be the most powerful tool in the world. It makes us move in ways we wouldn’t in silence, it makes us say things we would otherwise keep quiet, and it makes us go out and make a difference in the world. That’s what I want my music to do in others.

 

I want to inspire and make people feel something just for a moment. Forget the world around you, and enjoy the time we have together in the present moment. I want to bring hope and joy even if it’s just a moment.

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Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.

From my gigs, fans really love the upbeat, exciting, community feel that comes with my music.

 

I write songs for everyone to sing along, and that’s what happens.

At my gigs you’ll find people singing my songs even though it’s the first time they’ve ever heard it!

I find ways to engage and interact, and I want people leaving remember the night for the rest of their lives.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

It’s been the greatest invention since sliced ham. I’ve been able to interact one on one with other fans and artists in the area.

 

Some of the coolest collaborations have actually come out of conversation that started on Instagram or Facebook.

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Tell us how you record your song.

I have a home studio. When I recorded “Finding the Light”, it was all done in my basement.

 

I invited my drummer, Topher King, over for a week and we just wrote, recorded, and produced the album.

 

We were intentional, focused, and driven to get the album done in that short week.

 

We’re happy with the product that came out of it.

Lately, I’ve just been tracking everything at home and then sending it out somewhere else to get mixed and mastered. I think it was fun to do the whole project between us, but we learned it was a lot of work for two people…

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Tell us the story behind the song.

Weary Hearted Man came out of a moment I was struggling in my job.

 

There was a lot of hardship and uncertainty about what was happening in my career.

 

I focus a lot on the struggle between faith and doubt. I never know what’s next, and I hate not having control of my life.

 

Weary Hearted Man really focuses on the uncomfortable feeling of not knowing what’s next, but not being happy where I am.

 

There’s an upbeatness to it that comes with the hope of whatever is next will keep me going.

 

One of my favorite lines is the chorus where it says, “So as I wander, oh I still wonder will I ever find where I belong”. That’s essentially the journey I face.

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State your musical skills.

If it’s got strings on it I can probably figure something out. My main instrument would be my vocals, but I love learning new instruments!

 

Lately I’ve found myself working more as a producer and arranger.

I’ve been working with loops and new sounds through my DAW.

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Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.

It really varies. Some of my most popular songs, like Weary Hearted Man, I finished in about 10 minutes… But the ones I feel are some of my deepest took months to finally feel done. You’ll hear some of those in the next year hopefully!

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Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.

I am stronger at finding melodies than I am at lyrics.

 

My songs start with a chord progression and melody most of the time.

The lyrics either come with the melody, or added as the song gets developed.

Lately I’ve been trying to use song mapping which helps develop the song before you even start!

Marty Dodson has a book called Song Mapping I highly recommend reading if you are a songwriter!

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Discuss music in full details.

Wow that’s a big question… music is life. It carries me in the hard times, and helps me soar in the good.

 

It’s the vessel to carry a message I believe needs to be heard.

It unlocks a presence unique to it.

It touches the soul that goes beyond the heart.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

Pop – I love the simplicity and singability. I’m inspired by pop because it works wonders to engage people.

 

Singer / Songwriter – There’s always a story to tell. I feel singer / songwriters have a deep raw emotion that can get lost in other genres. It becomes more about the lyrics, and I like that.

 

Rock – The emotion and elation that comes with this music is so exciting.

 

Alternative – There’s always something new in this category. I like being inspired by new sounds or ideas.

 

Christian – I know this is an open genre, but the themes of hope and joy are inspirational to my music writing.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

I’ll typically spend an hour daily writing, rehearsing, or recording music. This is necessary because I want to perform my music without even thinking about it.

I want to think about the audience and the atmosphere of the scene. I care more about the people and how they’re feeling about the night than I do about if I play the right notes. So the more I practice, the less I have to think about hitting the right notes.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

Mandolin!

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Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.

We have to be engaged! I have written a few songs that are call and response because I am big on engagement. If they aren’t responding, I kind of force the response with those songs… ha.

 

To me, my gigs are all about the people. Without my fans I wouldn’t be doing music.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

I’m a bit crazy… Several gigs I’ve jumped on tables, gone unplugged, and sang my heart out.

So unpredictable could be a good word to describe me. I love people. When a group gets together, and music is present… it’s going to be a fun time! Oh! I also rock climb. I like the challenge.

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Discuss your music career.

Didn’t really start writing till 3 years ago… From there I’ve won the 2017 Minnesota State fair Amateur Talent Contest, 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Honorable Mention in American Songwriter Magazine, and several more awards.

It’s been a big inspiration to keep pursuing my musical career. For about a year I wrestled with whether or not I wanted to keep writing and performing. I just felt like I was playing, saying, and doing the same thing. But something changed in me one year that helped build the interactions with everyone I met, and from then on I’ve loved every moment I’m on stage.

My wife has been the biggest supporter of my career. I couldn’t do this without how much she has continued support and encourage me to keep doing what I’m doing. I owe it all to her.

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List your musical work.

Finding the Light – EP

Weary Hearted Man

Washed By the Water

Glow

I Am Yours

Finding the Light

The Answer – Single

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

Two of the biggest memorable experiences I’ve had so far were winning the Minnesota State Amateur Talent Contest, then coming back the next year and playing 2 original songs with the orchestra on the grandstand – Such unreal moments.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Press Release

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Russ Parrish… uh… it’s my name.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Weary Hearted Man – I may never be comfortable where I am, but I know one thing for sure… I’ll always be a weary hearted man.

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

Finding the Light – The entirety of the album is about finding hope and joy. There are moments of doubt, confusion, hurt, and pain, but I believe hope and joy can be found in light of any circumstance.

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ARTIST NAME:  Alex Cavan

 

SONG TITLE:   Dreams And Better Times

 

RELEASE DATE: 16/02/19

 

GENRE: Singer/Songwriter

 

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Alex Cavan (born June 3, 1993) is a South African singer/song writer and musician.

 

He released his debut album in October 2015 with 9 original tracks and a cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” and has been on the rise since, opening for popular South African artists such as Khan Morbee (The Parlotones), Ard Matthews, Jeremy Loops, Matthew Mole and Shaun Jacobs.

 

This young artist has spread his vibrations across South Africa, touring all parts of his country and performing at multiple events and shows. This includes festivals such as the “Earth Home Project” Hosted by Terra-khaya with Greenpop partnering to host the tree planting day to give back to the environment.

 

In 2016, he made his presence known in the UK introducing songs from his album on both BBC Nottingham and Lincolnshire stations along with two live sessions and 3 Interviews.

 

Also in 2016, Alex Cavan was the only South African to be featured on a UK-produced album “A Breath of Fresh Air” featuring unsigned artists from around the world.

 

In 2017, Alex was a contestant on The Voice SA Season 2, reaching the Top 32 getting Bobby Van Jaarsveld as a coach and getting through the knockout rounds to secure him a spot in Team Bobby’s final 8.

 

After completing a full national tour of South Africa, Alex decided to pursue his opportunities in the U.K.

 

Since moving to the U.K. Alex has had success through BBC Radio Lincolnshire Introducing, getting all of his latest music played and even hosted a once of special show “The Cavan Club” at 7PM on New Year’s Day.

 

Alex released his second album “Introspection” recorded in a cabin in the mountains of Hogsback and Impo Studio Port Elizabeth.

 

Since then he has released 3 singles self-recorded and mastered by Arno Erasmus in Port Elizabeth. He is a self-distributing artist focused on performing wherever he can.

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Name the artists that have influenced you so far.

Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, John Butler, Bob Marley, Kaleo.

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Mention the name of the artist you can regard as the “Greatest Of All Time”.

Bob Marley.

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Discuss composition.

I tend to start out with writing my lyrics. Then I begin to get a melody and add guitar and drums to it.

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Share your recent music success with us.

Dreams and Better Times was chosen as “song of the uploader” on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

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Elaborate on this song.

This song is about staying with your partner, forgetting about bad times.

 

It’s also about refraining from fighting and focusing on “Dreams and Better Times.”

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Rate the social media and tell us the platform that works best for you in promoting your music.

I use Facebook mostly as that is where I have most of my following.

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State the areas that need improvement in the music industry.

I think, if the world wasn’t as obsessed with money and material things, the artists who sing about emotional things would be received better.

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Explain how you are getting your songs to stores and getting it to fans. 

I am self-distributing my songs and sharing them through social media

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Tell us how you prepare yourself for a live performance or show.

Live performances are my favourite part about being a musician. Generally I just get super excited and give the crowd my best!

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Tell us your opinion on frequent releasing of singles or just an album in a while.

In the past, I have released 2 albums. “Follow Me” in 2015 and “Introspection” in 2017

 

In 2018 I started releasing singles. I prefer it as it elongates your followers attention aver a longer period, rather than just releasing an album once.

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Mention the name of the artist you will be glad to see the live performance.

I would love to see Bob Marley. He was a legend and I think if I could have felt his energy just once; I would be inspired.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

Most of my songs have been about love, life and the world in general and how we are blind to see what is really happening.

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Discuss your recording.

At the moment, I am self-producing in a basement studio. It’s fun to work by yourself as you can find yourself with no outside opinions.

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Tell us how boring or exciting the music career can be.

The life of a musician is always exciting! Having been in the industry for 7 years now; I have had the pleasure of traveling, meeting really talented and famous humans doing the same thing and most of all, getting to do what I love!

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My stage name is my birth name. Alex Cavan. I don’t find any need to change my name. I think music will decide if my name has a ring to it or not.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Dreams And Better Times – Focus on your dreams and look forward to better times.

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

My last album was titled “Introspection” – Meaning to find myself; which is what I did during the recording process.

 

I recorded the album over a month in a cabin in the woods; finding myself.

 

 

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Amelle Rose impacts everyone with the release of a new single entitled ‘Rain’.

 

Her sharp vocal will intrigue the listener for the first time.

 

Amelle’s style is extraordinary including the sound.

 

Good musical work for fans looking for original and fascinating songs.

 

She is unfailing in her performance.

 

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Depicted through atmospheric reverb-filled guitars and harmonies, this dreamy sounding power ballad tackles the life changes affecting one’s mental health, comparing it to the changes in weather.

 

The track aims to portray an attempt to keep a bright outlook on things that make someone unhappy in a hopeful sounding manner.

 

Amelle Rose is a 22-year-old French-born alternative indie folk singer-songwriter based in East London.

 

Amelle moved from her hometown in France to London aged 19, after a few years building up an online audience through YouTube videos that have racked up to 20,000 views and has since then been perfecting her craft, playing at various venues and collaborating with fellow musicians around the capital.

 

Her raw and honest songwriting depicts the vulnerability of the human condition, in a spacious yet intimate way with airy electric guitars laying a dark folk atmosphere.

 

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ARTIST NAME:  Naz & Ella

 

SONG TITLE:  Wake up America! (Ban the Gun)

 

RELEASE DATE:  6th February 2019

 

GENRE: Indie-folk

 

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We’ve been performing together since school when we were about 15 and in the same music class. We performed in an all-girl rock band.

 

When we all went to university, it was hard to keep up practicing but Naz and I were still keen to write and play music together.

 

We experimented with an acoustic sound and it worked really well. We’ve since written and released our debut EP, In Limbo, in 2017. The response to it was great – we were chosen as ‘Track of the Week’ by BBC Introducing 3 counties and invited to play live on the show.

 

We are currently writing our follow up EP and gigging around London and Brighton.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.

We’d love to thank Paul, our producer, for helping us out with our songs and the many hours put in in the studio.

 

We’d also love to thank Philip (Ella’s dad) for all his help with our graphics.

 

Finally, thank you to all of the gig organizers who have put us on their bill and paid us a fee for it – a rarity in emerging music circles nowadays.

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.

We aren’t the sort of musicians who come in with a finished product and record it in one take.

 

We spend a lot of time refining and changing up our song. A lot of inspiration comes to us in the studio!

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Discuss your songwriting.

There is no one way we write songs, we write in a variety of ways – sometimes together and sometimes separately.

 

Recently we’ve tried writing in a more structured way, really deciding what to say in each verse and the chorus.

 

We’ve also done a few writing sessions which have been useful.

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Elaborate on your future projects.

Well at the moment we’re writing songs for our follow up EP.

 

We are taking things in a slightly different direction musically.

 

We have a new electro drum pad we’re trying out, along with our loop pedal and electric guitar.

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.

Gigging as much as possible and attending gigs/music events.

 

Networking in music is key!

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Tell us that point in time you wanted to give up on your music career.

Happens all the time!

 

The music industry is hard and trying to ‘make it’ can be frustrating.

 

It’s important to just enjoy it and not put too much pressure on yourself to have “made it”.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.

It’s hard to go into detail but mainly just practicing a lot and listening to a LOT of music, including different styles and genres.

 

Then just jam away and see what happens!

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Tell us your favourite genre of music.

Hard to say one genre! We love acoustic and folk of course, but are both quite into rock and New wave too. We even put the odd metal track on now and again.

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Elaborate on this song.

Wake Up America! (Ban the Gun) is about the issue of gun violence in America and the need for stricter legislation, namely outlawing guns completely.

 

We drew inspiration from two tragic, yet, contrasting incidents from 2017, to subvert the notion that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”: the accidental shooting of a 7-year-old by his younger brother who mistook the gun for a toy, and the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida that took the lives of 17 people.

 

As easy access to and normalization of guns persists, young people in America are leading the movement to push for change.

 

Wanting to capture their anger and bravery, we make reference to March for our Lives, led by the students from Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida.

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Digital distribution is great in the sense that you can have your song on loads of different platforms at the click of a button so your music is very easy accessible.

 

However, to get it in front of the right people, you need to promote, promote, promote!!

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Tell us numerous ways that artists can boost their revenue.

Discuss fees and payment with gig promoters; don’t assume you won’t be paid.

 

Look into syncing and PPR/PRS.

 

Send your song to radios etc. and ensure you can receive your royalties.

 

We highly recommend music publishers, Sentric, for this.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.

Couldn’t tell you the secret formula – can anyone? But I would say it’s all about having a catchy hook that is memorable and repetitive, whilst adding in new bits and pieces to keep the listener interested.

 

Lyrics should touch people in some way or another but melody is KEY!

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Naz & Ella – Not much to elaborate on, it’s just our names.

 

We debated on coming up with a proper band name but our names do just have a ring to them.

 

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Sannie Fox – My Soul Got Stranger

 

Sannie Fox is an iconic singer that will create timeless songs for those who know and value original composition and sound.

 

 

She has a compelling vocal that will make fans of Sade fall in love with her performance. Her songwriting skills and arrangements are outstanding. The instruments put together are appealing and entertaining. Fox proves to us that original music is nevertheless alive.

 

Fox will be an idol on a live stage because one will not be disappointed to see her sing these melodic and timeless song live.

 

‘My Soul Got Stranger’ is an eclectic collection and the sum of thirteen tracks including two bonus tracks which cross genres of psych rock, blues, soul and Elizabethan folk.

 

 

It is retro.

 

 

And modern at the same time.

 

 

Sannie Fox wrote the songs over many years and played the melodic instruments (guitars, synths, keys vocals) and wrote the lyrics and arrangements.

 

 

Inspired by artists such as Kate Bush, David Bowie, Sade and Malian desert blues and Portuguese folk music, John Lee Hooker, Etta James in penning these songs.

 

 

The album is a journey with sonic changes, from the heart and with deep love and attention to detail.

 

 

The songs elaborate on loss.

 

 

And people parting from one another.

 

 

But the songs are not sad.

 

 

With a voracious voice and fingers to her electric guitar, Sannie Fox sways across an evolving sonic tapestry of desert blues, soul and psychedelic rock sounds.

 

 

Fox has released two solo albums- Serpente Masjien (SAMA nominated) and My Soul Got Stranger.

 

 

She has released a self-titled debut album through her band, Machineri featuring the songs, “Big Bad Machine” and “The Searchers” and the album artwork created by Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin).

 

 

London and Cape Town based Sannie is a mix of Portuguese, Afrikaans and English nationality.

 

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Three years after the release of her debut solo album, Sannie Fox’s My Soul Got Stranger is a calculated evolution from her blues sound.

 

 

Incorporating elements of psychedelia (“Vibra Snake”), gritty soul (“Sorrow”) and folk (“Me and the Man”), the singer-songwriter embraces compositional complexity—multiple-part vocals, keyboards and synthesizers—resulting in new sonic flourishes., Fox revels in her ballads, dealing with themes of desertion, general heartache and how you need to realise when it’s time…

 

 

Expansion of her musical arsenal underlines My Soul Got Stranger’s unique ebb and flow.

 

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Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs – Black Noon Dawn

 

Based out of Denver, CO, Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs are making waves in the Colorado music scene. Rouch, a self-proclaimed southpaw whiskey-loving Virginian,  self-released his first full-length solo album, “The Beautiful and the Damned” in March 2016 and now his 4-piece alt-country folk group is one of Denver’s fastest up and coming bands, with mentions in Music Connection Magazine, Denver Post, Marquee Magazine, Scene Magazine, and Axs.

 

“We all came together because we love bands like the Avett Brothers, Elephant Revival, The Decemberists, etc. so it made sense for most of us, we do have one Phish-head who loves him some jam bands, but he’s also a classically-trained violinist so it works out. When I first came to Denver I was blown away by the talent here, there are so many amazing musicians, but what really drew me were the songwriters, there’s a whole underground scene of phenomenal songwriters that need to be brought to light, this town isn’t like a Nashville where songwriters are really appreciated and a few of us intend on changing that. The band just wants to make music for people who appreciate songwriting, melody, structure, etc. with a little twang too it, not too much, just enough, I’ve been called Country-Light, might need to trademark that.”

 

“With a smooth delivery, Colorado folk-country band, Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs is a perfect blend of James Taylor and Fleet Foxes”

 

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