JBJ - Beach Love Song

JBJ – Beach Love Song

 

JBJ - Beach Love Song

JBJ – Beach Love Song

 

ARTIST NAME: JBJ

 

SONG TITLE: Beach Love Song

 

ALBUM TITLE: So Close

 

GENRE: Alternative

 

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JBJ, a singer/songwriter from Boston, completed his first solo album, Tin Man, in the spring of 2015.

He released his second solo album, So Close, February 2018 and is currently working on his third.

Originally from Texas, JBJ’s life as a musician began at a young age as a drummer in his father’s church.

Growing up as the third son of a preacher was not easy and JBJ found his salvation through music.

Eleven years ago, JBJ carved his own path and made his way to the Northeast, working various jobs to keep afloat.

He landed a job as a worship director and over the last seven years has gained invaluable experience leading a band, working on dynamics and honing his skills as a performer.

While working full-time, JBJ has been getting out performing in several local venues, has completed two albums and is currently working on his third.

JBJ is now pursuing music full-time. Although he plays all the instruments on his albums, JBJ hand-picks a group of seasoned musicians to play his music (as well as choice covers) for live gigs. This group of passionate musicians with different backgrounds and styles makes up JBJ’s band, Blended Family. JBJ’s wild, yet melodic voice (“like sipping whiskey in vocal form” – says George Woods from Lizard Lounge) and mastery of his incredible range from a low rumble to a haunting falsetto and soul-filled performance, command the attention of any room.

As a solo artist or with his band, JBJ will bring a passion to all of his performances. He says he plans on making music until “he is all out.”

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a song from the start to the end. 

For me, music is where I start. Either it comes to me as I am jamming or there is some melody in my head that I am trying to translate to the studio. I try to capture that first. Then I sing nonsensical words (hum along) with the musical track I created.

 

Once I have the sound down, I then go on to work on the words and what the song is about. That part is a grind, but sometimes the journey of life brings about those songs.  It’s like I’ve got to wait for the message or the situation before the lyrics are birthed. 50% is working to get it, 50% is waiting. For me, taking any of these parts to the extreme is not good for my composing so I try to keep them all in balance. I also just try to finish the song so I don’t prolong the deadline. Artists need deadlines or we will only be almost done. This is what works for me.

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Elaborate on the gain and loss of being a musician. 

The gain is you are aware and sensitive to the world around you. The loss, you lose a little bit of yourself with every song, every performance. Another loss, it’s not very lucrative.

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Tell us how you connect people with your music. 

I try to connect with myself first – To live in truth and to be 100% genuine as much as I can.  Then I just put the song out and hope people can figure it out.

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Tell us what you hate most about the music business. 

That it can be a business and that you can sell your soul and lose your soul for a little bit of success. There is no guarantee of success, but it’s done anyway. I can’t fault people who pick this path because the path of truly being yourself can be lonely and the outcome might be that you die in obscurity.

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Discuss how you monitor your digital distribution and streaming.

I check YouTube to see if I have any views. And then I check the other platforms to pinch myself that I am out there.

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State the obstacles that a new artist can face as a starter. 

There are so many artists out there. Who wants to notice you and hear you? This is the hardest part. You hope to be heard and accepted.

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Tell us how you will tutor a new artist in the music business. 

I will ask them if this is what they really want to do. You got to test passion. Passion is tested when you have nothing and you are still able to say, “I DON’T WANT TO DO ANYTHING ELSE BUT THIS.” You have to find that out first. Count the cost and realize that you may be poor and obscure. That may be the final analysis. You figure out a plan to survive financially and hope for the best.

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Explain how you record songs.

I go to a local studio and record. Sometimes the initial music can be composed when I am in my apartment and jamming. Once I am in the studio, I just try to work through the grind of it.

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Tell us your opinion on adding effects to vocals.

For me, adding reverb and such to my voice allows me to stomach my voice. It helps me, but that is just me.

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Tell us how you eradicate noise in your recording. 

I let my engineer, Kenny Lewis, take care of that. That’s above my pay grade.

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Describe the theme of your lyrics. 

Searching for answers, living in truth and being genuine – That is my theme.

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Tell us if you consider singing about politics or injustice rather than love stories. 

Hell yea. You got to wake to the world and what is happening. Fight the system and fight for those who are oppressed.

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Discuss how you distribute your music. 

Hard copy CDs at all my gigs. Digital downloads on iTunes, Bandcamp, Website, etc.

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Discuss how you cope with the crowd on the stage.

I perform for me, first. Then I perform for the joy of performing; whether I am in front of 50 people or just 1. I got to sing true. I got to be true. That sounds selfish but you can be a prisoner to people and their expectations sometimes. I hate that. For me, what you see is what you get. I feed off the crowd, whether they like me or not – whether they are engaged or not.  So if they don’t like me, I just perform with a bit of a “fuck it” attitude. But if they like it, I am flying and try to put on the best show possible. Either way, I am trying to be true.

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Elaborate on the song.

Beach Love Song: I was in Oceanside, California swimming in the Pacific. Being from New England, where the ocean is cold, swimming in the Pacific is exhilarating and refreshing. Kind of almost divine I guess – As are the women in Oceanside.

 

I love the ocean, I love women. I also want to be in love, and sometimes being in this setting, you hope for a love story. A moment that is perfect and you are swimming in the ocean and in love.

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

JBJ isn’t exactly a thrilling name but it’s my initials and I wanted to keep some autonomy. JBJ, my alter ego, and my name is my name.

 

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Katie Ainge - Ashes

Katie Ainge – Ashes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Ainge - Ashes

Katie Ainge – Ashes

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Ainge describes music like colors on a canvas. She creates an extraordinary composition and imagery.

 

Ainge’s tune has a soothing acoustical quality to it while the powerful lyrics draw you in.

 

Not scared to disclose the truth and making no attempts to sugarcoat reality her songs ring home to the listener. This becomes obvious during her live performances when she delivers her music with deep emotion.

 

Katie has been performing ever since she can remember.

 

She began her musical journey at a young age by taking piano lessons and she was so enthusiastic that she would skip ahead through lessons and memorize all the songs in every book.

 

At the same time she also took part in children’s choirs and loved performing. After her first experiences on stage she knew that is where she fit.

 

She played the clarinet in elementary school and then switched to the oboe in middle school.

 

Her grandfather played the bass guitar during the 60s in an Akron, Ohio band called the “Blues Society” and loved to tell stories of those times and the big name musicians he played with. When he passed away her older sister bought a bass guitar to help remember him.

 

Katie picked up that bass guitar at age 11 and fell in love with Jazz music. She played in her middle school, high school, and college jazz bands. Katie also played the bass in a few projects.

 

Katie wrote her first song “Walk Away” when she was 14 and couldn’t stop writing music after that.

 

Katie was playing in bands and writing songs on her own, while collaborating with other musicians.

 

It was challenging to write songs when playing the bass guitar, so she switched back to the piano, and then her brother taught her to play the acoustic guitar, and the music poured out.

 

For four years Katie traveled with The Extreme Tour doing shows for at-risk youth in small towns across the USA.

 

They would play in churches, parking lots, skate parks, coffee shops, wherever there was an audience that wanted to hear great music.

 

She learned to perfect her stage show during that time she had on the road.

 

Since then she has been performing around the West from winning the Humphrey’s Back Stage Songwriting contest in San Diego, California, to The House of Blues in New Orleans, Los Angeles.

 

Over the past few years Katie discovered that she loved Folk music and changed her music to fit that genre.

 

She found a Folk / Americana band to play the mandolin and sing while experimenting with a new sound.

 

Katie found her way to her new style. She has recorded four CD’s with each one unique, but in 2018, has released a three song E.P. that is groundbreaking for her new Folk sound, with a lot more music to come.

 

Songwriting has always been Katie’s true passion. She has won many songwriting contests, including International Song of the Year in the Christian Category.

 

The hit TV show “The Fosters” in March 2018 featured her song “Fond of You” in the season finale.

 

“For me music is like colors on a canvas. When I hear music I see color.” Katie has said. “Writing songs is like this thing inside of me dying to get out.”

 

Katie loves to perform live and finds herself at home on stage with just her acoustic guitar and passionate voice.  She says, “It is the place where I am most comfortable, and where I fit in this big world.”

 

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James Scudder , Andrew Sofranko

 

 

 

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

James Scudder Jr: Bayonne NJ USA and Andrew Sofranko: Bayonne, NJ USA

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

40 years in music business.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

Comments from MIPs and DJ’s worldwide stating a great potential for our songwriting capabilities.

 

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List your various works.

“Sweet Georgia”

 

“(Shes) There For The Taking”

 

“Kryler Rocket”

 

“Bad Boy”

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Elaborate on your music career.

We are songwriters utilizing work for hire singers to record vocals on songs

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Looking Back” -The reason for this title is obvious in the lyrics reflecting the past.