Mike Bauer – Is It Too Late

Mike Bauer – Is It Too Late

 

 Mike Bauer – Is It Too Late


Mike Bauer – Is It Too Late

 

ARTIST NAME:  Mike Bauer

 

SONG TITLE: Is It Too Late

 

ALBUM TITLE:  Financial Aid, Vol. 3

 

GENRE: Soul/R&B, 50s Doo-wop.

 

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So far, 2019 has been a busy year for Mike Bauer. Releasing four new singles (Good Things, Sky So Blue, Window Watching, Wild), and two new music videos (Good Things, Window Watching), Bauer and his backing band are turning heads.

 

 

Recently playing to a sold-out crowd at The Troubadour, one of Los Angeles’s most storied and historic venues, Bauer and his ten-piece ensemble continue to show-off their musicianship and songwriting.

 

Writing mostly with producer, Adam Berg, or, Berg (The Decoders, Maejor), Bauer has a genre-bending style that is all his own and a vocal range to match.

 

Occasionally co-writing with the legendary Richard Rudolph, whose credits include Minnie Riperton, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Stevie Wonder has only refined that style.

 

“As the band seamlessly transitions genres during their set, it is clear that, individually, each band member is very talented in their own right. When playing together, the band’s synergistic harmonies take on a life of their own, and Mike Bauer is the conductor who brings it all together. From classy funk that makes even the most aloof Angelino want to dance, to soulful R&B that Phil Spector could not have done a better job producing… This is feel-good music done right; the antithesis to mindless radio pop where the only lyrics include a repetitious chorus. Even their moody songs are upbeat, leaving listeners with a lingering satisfaction.”

– Ryan Stabile, LA Examiner

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Tell us your view on old and new school music in terms of preference.

I tend to admire the older models of songwriting and recording more than the modern. The musicianship in the pre-digital recording era was absolutely bananas. There were no multiple takes, no auto-tune, no midi. Most things were live-tracked and always played on real instruments.

 

While I love the clarity of the new school in terms of recording and playback, I really admire that old sound. It’s something I really try to fuse when creating and always use live instruments with live musicians when possible.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

Stepping on stage at the Troubadour for the first time with some of my best friends on 04/20/2019 to a sold-out crowd. Just… wow.

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“Los Angeles-based, independent singer-songwriter Mike Bauer recently shared his R&B tinged, soulful summer music video “Sweet Sunday” after the strong online reaction from “Mother of Exiles,” his artistic response to the political climate and immigration orders issued by the Trump Administration.

 

The latter has surpassed 220k views on YouTube since its premiere in May.

 

Both releases, co-written by Bauer and Grammy-nominated producer Adam Berg…

 

“The LA-based, independent singer-songwriter Mike Bauer has released his official music video single “Sweet Sunday,” a downright groovy, feel-good anthem – that bursts with sunny instrumentation, R&B tinged vocals and a seriously-smooth sax solo.

 

The emerging songwriter, who also serves as a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney by day, has been dropping well-produced, visually-stunning music videos often, and each release has been met with great acclaim.”

 – Ground Sounds

 

“During my hunt for new music, I have tried many websites that allow artist to share their music with the world. I usually spend most of my day on Soundcloud because that is usually where most people send me their music. I also go on AudioMack because they have a great stream of recently released music (not just what’s popular at the moment).

 

One day I decided to try Reverbnation again, which usually has good music, but I find either people don’t use it as much anymore or maybe I am not searching right. After checking a bunch of random playlists, I clicked on the R&B/Soul section and then Soul/Pop playlist. There he was. The first song was Mike Bauer’s Sugar (it still is I just checked). I floated away on the cloud that was Mike Bauer’s voice. It was so smooth and essentially timeless.”

– Hope Love Media

 

“Looking to ‘create an old school Motown vibe with a modern twist’ for the third installment of his ‘Financial Aid’ series, Los Angeles based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mike Bauer sets a rueful mood with the organ accents and blues-tinged guitar licks of his single, ‘Sugar’, the smooth soul tone and falsetto hues of his voice offering a self-aware admission that he is unable to handle the vulnerability and commitment required to love, ‘I’m selfish, why can’t you see, that I only want to be in love with me’.”

– Next2Shine

 

“Bauer has a signature style that borrows from artists like R. Kelly, Maxwell and Michael Jackson just to name a few. His timing is spot on and his vocal range is dangerous… I would recommend this CD to anyone looking for a taste of fresh contemporary pop with a touch of the old Michael Jackson swagger.”

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Tell us how you protect your singing voice.

The voice is a muscle, so I just try to work it out as much as possible and never over-strain.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music.

It’s my outlet and my solace. How I process and feel things. Sometimes, I overthink creating and performing because it is such a vulnerable state. It’s openly sharing your soul, knowing you will be analyzed and critiqued in the process.

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Discuss creativity and originality in music.

I don’t believe anything is truly original. Everything we do is borrowed and learned from our surroundings and experiences, including sound.

 

Creativity occurs when it is re-interpreted by the songwriter.

 

In my younger years, I think I tried hard to sound like the voices I admired.

 

Now, I focus more on solidifying my own voice and perspective while still acknowledging the root influences.

 

There’s a certain level of loneliness and insecurity in songwriting that is less painful when you realize how many others have gone through the same experience of processing emotions while writing.

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Tell us your plans pertaining to music.

To write and record the best quality music with an underlying message that I possibly can, with the best quality humans I can find to create with.

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Tell us the secret of success.

I’ll let you know when I feel like I’ve attained success!

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Tell us how you get started as a musician.

I was just always around it and could always sing. My grandfather tapped and sang on the Lawrence Welk Show back in the 50s:

 

My father sang with the Falconaires Jazz Band in the USAF, and my sister is a professional cellist who has performed with everyone from Adele to Andrea Bocelli.

 

I started writing my first songs in Kindergarten. Though, I’ve always somewhat been tentative about my music career as I have seen so many not reach their own goals. I felt it was important to get an education while learning and shaping my musicianship as well.

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Tell us what makes you happy and sad about this project.

I am very proud of the work I have put out to this point, including this single “Is It Too Late.”

 

 

I wanted to create something honest, something timeless. I am sad it isn’t more widely heard, or the video widely seen. Music is always more fun the more it is shared.

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Tell us your point of view on rape and sexual harassment, and how to eradicate it.

As a prosecutor for Los Angeles County and the son of a woman who had her own experiences with both domestic violence and sexual abuse, I have a very deep understanding as to the after-effects of such crimes on a personal and professional level.

 

In terms of completely eradicating these issues, I don’t believe that is possible. If humans co-exist there will be those that victimize others. However, I do believe that with education and teaching more empathetic principles beyond traditional academics, I do see a substantial drop in instances of rape and sexual harassment possible.

 

In order to understand these issues, we need to be able to converse openly with both abusers and victims, without judgment and without malice. Only then can we understand the cause of such crimes, and their subsequent effects.

 

If you haven’t ever volunteered at a woman’s shelter, listened to a victim or abuser, you cannot possibly relate. As such, I wish individuals were more active in seeking to understand these issues before making opinions on anyone else’s experience.

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List the people that assisted in making this song.

Daniel Krieger produced and engineered the song. He also played electric guitar on the track. Kenny Ford, Jr. played bass. Jeff Lewis on Keys/Organ. Priska Lim sang all the amazing backgrounds with her gorgeous voice. Don Houston was on drums. I wrote the topline/chords/lyrics.

 

The video was directed by Nanea Miyata, and it is by far my favourite music video I have made thus far.

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Tell us how you get financial support to run your music career.

My own pocket. Which is why I am habitually broke! I am very adamant about making sure I compensate the people I work with as much as I can.

 

As an independent artist, it can be expensive to create, especially if you are wanting to remain fair and equitable with all that you work with. That is extremely important to me.

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Tell us the genre of your music and the reason for choosing this genre.

I am a genre-bender for sure. The best way I can describe my music is if Soul walked into an R&B bar and ordered some Funk with a side of Jazz and that order was then delivered by a blue-eyed white boy backed by the best damn humans/musicians he could find.

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Tell us if you prefer to write your own songs or you prefer to write with professional songwriters.

I prefer to write with others because you will always learn something while writing together with someone else. It’s also such a unique and shared experience each time that all involved get to look back on and remember the creating process. I love that.

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Tell us if you prefer to produce your songs or you prefer to work with reputable producers.

Often, I write with Adam Berg (who is an exceptional producer). Sometimes we argue quite a bit about the production… Sometimes his approach wins the day, sometimes mine. Either way, our goal is always the same… To write and produce a damn good song.

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Tell us the story behind this song.

In my 20s I was in a long-term relationship and it was at its end. Like most people in their first long-term relationship, I was still very much learning who I was and how to be a good partner.

 

This song was written after the break-up as an acknowledgment of the things I did that led to the break-up and things I wish I had done better. The question “Is It Too Late?” Well, it was… She is now happily married with two beautiful children and I am so happy/proud of her. I still neglect the dishes…

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Tell us the project you will pursue to make the society better.

I hope I am already doing it, every day. I serve my community as Deputy District Attorney. This means my primary responsibility is to protect the community through the fair and ethical pursuit of justice and the safeguarding of crime victims’ rights. That can mean taking a case to trial and all the way to verdict, or, at times dismissing cases that cannot be proved.

 

I also hope I am making society better with the music I release. I intentionally avoid writing about superficial topics, materiality, and negative messaging.

 

I try to write about meaningful experiences and am careful with the prose I use to communicate ideas. I want to always be able to look back at something I wrote and share it with pride.

 

 

Sargent Tucker – No One Can Replace You

Sargent Tucker

 

Sargent Tucker – No One Can Replace You

Sargent Tucker – No One Can Replace You

 

ARTIST NAME: Sargent Tucker

 

SONG TITLE: No One Can Replace You

 

RELEASE DATE: 07/01/2019

 

GENRE: R&B/Adult Contemporary

 

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Sargent Tucker’s (ST) impetus for creating this music – “My desire is to write meaningful music with lyrics that inspire self-worth, values the experiences of relationships, and spreads infinite love to others.”

 

One of life’s major relationship challenges is transitioning through difficult, emotionally painful experiences, while maintaining a love for self, and others involved.

 

Too often, when a relationship comes to an end, the departure seems unendurable. However, those who have lived a little know that trying times will pass.

 

As one matures, having peace of mind becomes the focus for achieving real-life success. Whether differences grow from cherishing material processions more than each other, or from engaging in drama, life goes on after losing someone, who can’t be replaced.

 

ST’s song, “No One Can Replace You”, was created to inspire self-value and hope in the midst of pain from ending a relationship.

 

Sargent Tucker’s most recent release, “I Need Your Love” featuring Drizabone, charted #1 on the United Kingdom’s Solar Radio.

 

His song “I AM Happy” was selected as the theme song for the Happiness Foundation, where ST was the featured performer at the Hollywood Global Happiness day; the honourees included Will Smith, Ellen Degeneres, Goldie Hawn, and Robbie Williams.  This event was sponsored by the International Happiness Foundation, Drai’s W Hotel, and Dr. Shelly Sykes, a USA Multiple Best-Selling Award-Winning Author.

 

ST’s first release with Macola Records, “Come See Me,” (of the R&B genre) charted internationally and was featured on the “SUN SET STRIP” Compilation Album along with Hip Hop Pioneers: N.W.A. (Ice Cube) Dr. Dre’s Production of the “World Class Wreckin’ Cru.”

 

Also, “Stop Telling Me” a song written by ST and recorded with the band “Two Things in One” (TTIO) was featured on the Grammy Nominated “Music City Story” compilation CD liner notes. Later, ST was inducted into the “Bay Area Blues Society Hall of Fame”, as a member of TTIO.

 

Currently, Sargent Tucker is writing and arranging new material. He is also in the studio recording a soon to be released new single titled, “No One Can Replace You”, written and arranged by ST.

 

Again, overseeing this production is Levi Seacer, Grammy Nominated Producer, and former Music Director of the late, great PRINCE.

 

The studio musicians who contributed to this project include: Danny Thomas (Keyboardist) Co-founder of “Con-Funk Shun”, Carl Lockett, Legendary Bay Area (Guitarist); Lorenzo Hawkins (Keyboardist); Will Williams (Guitarist); Levi Seacer (Guitar and Keyboards), Cedric Wilmott, and Edwin Moore (Drums); and Sargent Tucker (Bass Guitar) Lead and background vocals.

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Discuss your existence.

New Orleans born; my musical roots can be traced to the San Francisco Bay Area music scene.

 

I’m a multi-talented, singer, musician, writer, and producer; a country boy at heart. By nature, I’m a loner.

 

Without any fear to stand-alone for what I believe, I’ve never been a follower.

 

Absent of the need for personal recognition, I prefer to edify the successes of others, rather than my own. I don’t take myself too seriously, “music is only 12-notes”.

 

However, I definitely take my work seriously, similar to a perfectionist, which is my approach to nearly everything.  Music is love, but not my only love.  More than fortune, fame, or stardom, actually I placed greater value on a promise I made to my mother to finish college (and graduated with honours from the University of California, Davis).

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

I grew up playing various styles of music: Blues, Jazz, Funk, Rock, etc.

 

However, my favourite is R&B.

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State your experience as a musician.

I’ve performed with many of today’s major contemporary artist:

 

2016 Solar Radio #1 Sargent Tucker, “I Need Your Love” featuring Drizabone,

 

2019 Starpoint Radio #10 August 2, 2019…

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Tell us the theme of your song.

“No One Can Replace You” is clear, no one can ever be replaced good or bad, life just moves on.

 

“My desire is to write meaningful music with lyrics that inspire self-worth, values the experiences of relationships, and spreads infinite love to others”.

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.

I want to thank all of the following: Willie James, New Concept Marketing, Don Huggins formerly of Hush Productions, UK, Gary Spence (Solar Radio) Grary Van den Bussche DSG Promotions, Disco Soul Label, and StarPoint Radio.

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State your future goals.

I like to continue writing meaningful music.

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.

Everyone at one time in their lives will experience love challenges and it’s inspiring to realize, life goes on!

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Analyze the transformations you have discovered so far in the music industry.

The transformations of technology I find to be very often, overwhelming.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

I cherish and respect the entire artists who have achieved a level of success. The reason is that I realize how very difficult it is to accomplish anything in today’s music industry.

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

Lyrics come to me when I’m not thinking about the lyrics. Therefore, I keep a pencil and paper close.

 

Thus, even when I’m driving; sometimes I just pull over and write an idea down or it’s usually gone forever.

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.

Yes, I love to collaborate; several of my first songs were collaborations.

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Brief us with your opinion on making music that makes people dance or making the music with a genuine message that inspires them.

I just write what comes to me, I’ve tried forcing it and that doesn’t work for me. If it feels up and I can dance to it, I write it that way, and if it feels slow or downtempo, I just follow the mood.

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Explain copyright.

I copyright my completed and or recorded songs immediately and would advise every writer to do the same.

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Discuss the impact of a Performance Rights Organization.

I’m a member of ASCAP as a writer and publisher, you must register…

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

It just comes out of nowhere, I wish I could explain it but I can’t!

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Go into detail on the recording of this song.

First I lay out the song on my guitar, do a chart of the music and lyrics. Do a demo recording and let my producer hear it and get feedback.

 

I then schedule rehearsals for the session musicians I’m going to use. I usually have the recording scheduled shortly after the material has been rehearsed.

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Discuss your music performance.

This is what’s I’ve done all my teenage and adult life. Knowing the venue and audience is important, and then the song choices and order is major for performance!

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Sargent Tucker, my sister coined this name. She’s much older but felt that I was always giving her orders, it wasn’t a compliment?

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“No One Can Replace You” is exactly what it means; no one can ever be replaced, DNA is unique to one individual!

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

The title of the single, “No One Can Replace You” and the reason is past love experiences that can never be replaced.

 

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2GreenDollars + Flattop - My Confidence

2GreenDollars – My Confidence

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2GreenDollars + Flattop - My Confidence

2GreenDollars + Flattop – My Confidence

 

Artist Name – 2GreenDollars + Flattop

 

Song Title – My Confidence

 

Genre – R&B/Soul

 

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Amazing Producer, Creator, Writer, DJ, and Video DJ 2GreenDollars known as Anthony Cruze teams up with Flattop to drop a stunning video for the song entitled ‘My Confidence.’

 

The video strikes the audience with some fascinating dance moves.

 

‘My Confidence’ is a blend of a raw male vocal with a bouncy beat.

 

The vocal is appealing while the instrumentation is pleasing.

 

Listeners will fall in love with the vibe of the song especially for those who like the old rhythmic beat of the past.

 

The instrumentation is groovy and catchy while the singer is consistent in the delivery of words.

 

The intriguing dance moves will interest the audience.

 

Lyrics are deep and easy to grab regarding the song title.

The simple video is very interesting to watch.

–  Broadtube Business Network

 

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Mollie Ralph - Give It Up

Mollie Ralph – Give It Up

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Mollie Ralph - Give It Up

Mollie Ralph – Give It Up

 

Artist Name – Mollie Ralph

 

Song Title – Give It Up

 

Genre – R&B/Soul

 

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Soulful singer-songwriter from Notts Mollie Ralph is a gifted singer with a soulful vocal. Blessed with a powerful voice that is compelling which makes it easier for her to entice her listeners.

 

Her songwriting is outstanding and the sounds of her music are appealing. Mollie is a musical icon to check and the release of the video for the song entitled ‘Give It Up’ proves that she is here to stay on top.

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A voice to silence the liveliest of crowds, Mollie Ralph mesmerizes and draws in the audience at every gig with her soulful tone, dynamic range, and subtle guitar work.

 

The phrase “One to watch” gets thrown around often, yet this is apt with Mollie and her growing hype in the local music scene.

 

Mollie’s biggest performances to date include supporting the Gipsy Kings at The Royal Concert Hall Nottingham in July 2018, along with playing at Splendour festival 2018.

 

Other standout performances at venues such as Rock City, Rescue Rooms, The Bodega, to playing Dot To Dot festival & Hockey Hustle many times has put Mollie on every musicians and music lover’s radar, building a very strong following in the local area.

 

Inspired by such classic performers as Etta James and Norah Jones, Mollie has reinvigorated this soul sound with her own style and introduces it to a new audience.

 

Mollie released her debut EP ‘Old Café’ to the world on the 11th of February 2019 and held her sold-out EP Launch on the 15th of February at Rough Trade Nottingham.

 

Her track ‘Give It Up’ made it to Track of the Week on BBC Introducing in the East Midlands by Dean Jackson on May 2019, who described the track as ‘simply sensational.’ – This led to an interview with BBC Radio Nottingham on Summaya Mughal’s evening show. The track has been on air on Tim Robinsons BBC Radio 6 show.

 

After entering Nusic’s Future Sound of Nottingham 2019 with her track ‘Give It Up’, Mollie was fast-tracked into the event held at Rock City Nottingham after receiving the highest number of votes from the panel of industry professionals.

 

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Kiana Ledé + Offset - Bouncin

Kiana Ledé + Offset – Bouncin

Kiana Ledé + Offset - Bouncin

Kiana Ledé + Offset – Bouncin

 

Kiana Ledé + Offset – Bouncin

 

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Kiana Ledé – Born to a Mexican and Native American Self-raised mother, and an African American and Native American father, raised by the streets of Philly, the Arizona native spent her early years with little to no money throughout her early years, developing a sense of identity that fuels her art to this day.

 

Distracted at school, songs would play in her head as she spent countless hours honing her voice and learning guitar and piano.

 

She moved to Los Angeles by herself and fought hard to keep that career going.

Republic Records Co-Founder and Chief Executive Monte Lipman signed Kiana. Joining the roster, she released the 2018 debut EP, Selfless featuring her single “Ex.”

 

“I hope people feel the vulnerability and truth in my music and see it as something strong, I hope they find self-awareness and self-worth in my music.

 

I hope they hear my story and my struggles and find something to take away from it that makes them feel powerful. I want women to know that you can be vulnerable and strong—that you can be in control and not be taken advantage of.

 

Most importantly, I want everyone who hears my music to know that I am no victim. I am in control of my own destiny and path and I embrace all the flaws and mistakes I have made because they make up who I am.”

 

Offset

One-third of rap outfit Migos, Offset is a rapper whose speedy rhymes and love of interjections and clever wordplay made him a fan favourite as the trap trio ascended the hip-hop charts.

 

After breaking through with Migos, he branched off as a solo artist, collaborating with multiple artists and reaching chart highs with Tyga “Taste” and Kodak Black “Zeze” in 2018.

 

In early 2019, he issued his debut full-length, Father of 4.

Born Kiari Kendrell Cephus in Lawrenceville, Georgia, he formed a collective called Polo Club in 2009.

 

The following year, he formed Migos alongside Takeoff and his cousin Quavo.

 

The trio broke out of the underground when their track “Versace,” from the 2013 mixtape Young Rich N*ggas, became a widespread hit.

 

Offset released chart-topping studio albums with Migos, including 2017’s Culture and its follow-up, Culture II.

 

Without Warning, a collaboration with 21 Savage and Metro Boomin, appeared on Halloween of 2017 and hit the Top Five of the Billboard 200 album chart. The set featured his triple-platinum hit “Ric Flair Drip.”

Following a slew of guest appearances – including the multi-platinum Top Ten singles “Taste” with Tyga and “Zeze” with Kodak Black – Offset issued the single “Red Room,” which landed on his solo debut, Father of 4.

 

The album debuted at number four in the top 200 Billboard charts and spent another week in the Top Ten.

~ Rob Wacey & Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi

 

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Jake Exavier – Upside Down

Jake Exavier – Upside Down

 

Jake Exavier – Upside Down

Jake Exavier – Upside Down

 

ARTIST NAME: Jake Exavier

 

SONG TITLE: Upside Down

 

RELEASE DATE: June 12, 2019

 

GENRE: R&B/Pop

 

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At 21 years old, Jake Exavier is a bona fide, gifted singer/ songwriter, the likes of which we haven’t heard in a while.

 

His style is best described as a throwback, old school vibe with an urban edge. Along with his skillful lyricism, Jake’s hooks and harmonies resonate with a diverse audience.

 

Growing up in Zachary, Louisiana, Jake developed a love for music at an early age, and even as a young child, music has always been his top priority.

 

Jake Exavier’s primary influences are Usher, Chris Brown, D’Angelo and John Legend.

 

His goal is to create music that people can feel. In 2014, at 16 years old, he performed and twice won first place at the Apollo Theater.

 

Jake is currently working on new music and looking forward to using his sultry vocals to present fresh songs that everyone can relate to.

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Discuss your singing ability.

I was told I sing well and have a good voice at a young age.

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Tell us the reason you want to sing.

I like writing songs and telling relationship stories through song.

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Tell us your most memorable live performance.

The House Of Blues performance in New Orleans.

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Discuss how you build your song.

After I hear the music track, I connect through hearing a melody and words that connect with my current state of mind.

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Tell us how you impress your fans with your music.

I impress them by singing songs that they can relate to.

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Discuss the relevance of promotion to the music business.

You must promote to get the awareness of your singing and songs released to the public such as your community.

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Tell us what you will do apart from music.

I want to get involved with Burn Victims Foundations. I also would like to get into acting.

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List the names of the instruments you can play.

My voice is my instrument. I also play the trombone.

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Tell us if you have any music background.

I sang in my high school choir, performed in musicals and played the trombone.

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Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist on entering the music chart.

Get ready to work socially and ready to perform a lot!

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Elaborate on melody and rhythm.

The melody I choose to write words to determines the rhythm for me.

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State your future goals.

To get into acting, tour and continue writing songs for other artists.

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Tell us the most difficult part of the recording.

Getting the right sound level of the microphone…

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Discuss the greatest mistake you have ever made in your music career.

Not checking the reference of my first manager.

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Discuss the relevance of the lyrics to the listeners.

To believe in falling in love.

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Elaborate on the song.

‘Upside Down’ is about being in love that changes you for the better.

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

Jake (Exavier) is a middle name given to me by a fan I rode a bus with because I told him in conversation I didn’t have one.

 

I name my songs by what I’m saying the most; like the word “Upside Down.”

 

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Chameleonize – Velcro Shoes

Chameleonize – Velcro Shoes

 

 Chameleonize – Velcro Shoes

Chameleonize – Velcro Shoes

 

ARTIST NAME: Chameleonize

 

SONG TITLE: Velcro Shoes

 

DATE: May 31st, 2019

 

GENRE: Acid-Jazz/Funk Fusion

 

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Chameleonize is a 6-piece acid-jazz/funk-fusion band based in New York City.

 

The musicians have been playing together since 2015, but collected as “Chameleonize” in August of 2018.

 

Band members include Gabi Feliciano on vocals and alto saxophone, Mo LaMastro and Brian Gipson on guitar, Ben Rudolph on drums, Mikey Rotunno on bass, and Gabe Weitzman on keys.

 

Some influences include Erykah Badu, Snarky Puppy, and Hiatus Kaiyote.

 

Combining complex musical sequences with attractive pop melodies and hip-hop grooves, they exhibit a unique twist on contemporary music.

 

Eager to begin the Chameleonize journey under the management of Jesse Hermann, the band will quickly gain traction and exposure due to their deep-rooted musical compatibility and fresh appeal.

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State your history.

Ben: The band started as a project between Mo, a couple of other musicians, and me in the fall of 2014 while attending SUNY Oneonta.

 

Shortly after the band was conceived, Gabi joined, other musicians left, and then Brian joined.

 

There were many forms of the group in the beginning while we were mainly brainstorming riffs and practicing cover ideas.

 

In the Spring of 2015, the band seemed to come together with incredible synergy and finalize its line-up. Mo and Brian were coming up with cool riffs and chords left and right, Gabi and our founding bass player Jackson were organizing our ideas into fluid and dynamic forms, and I was really excited to be a part of this band. After we played our first show later that semester I knew this was the right group of musicians to work with.

 

As soon as 2016 hit we recorded our first album, with Lana Migliore, another SUNY Oneonta student and a good friend of ours. Later that year our bassist Jackson left school and the band for personal reasons. It was then we found Mikey.

 

Although we enjoyed working with Jackson a lot, Mikey was the bassist for us. He brought the band to where we are now. We finished out our college career with him, playing a school festival, going on a couple of brief tours, and writing lots of new music including ‘Sweep’ and ‘Velcro Shoes.’  Shortly after graduating, we settled into our current moniker of “Chameleonize.”

 

Gabi:  I like to say we started playing together in college, jamming as a unit until we found our sound and eventually came to terms with the name “Chameleonize.”

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Describe yourself as an artist.

Mo: We are a bunch of passionate musicians who love what we do and keep pushing ourselves to be better not only as individuals but as a band. We seek to elevate others and motivate them to be better too

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Tell us the genre of your music.

Ben: We call upon a lot of influences while writing so it’s difficult to narrow it down to one genre most of the time. However, I usually say we’re fusion-jazz-rock-funk to try and cover all the bases.

 

Mo: Acid-jazz-funk-rock-fusion.

 

Gabi: I like to call it soul-prog.

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Tell us the story behind your song.

Mo: Living a life of no regrets?

 

Gabi: Mo wrote the original guitar lick, which we jammed on through a series of a few band practices. Eventually, I wrote the lyrics and melody over that tasty line and we topped it off with a bridge that the band wrote together.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.

Ben: Being a musician takes a tremendous amount of time between individual practice, band rehearsal, recording, gigging, planning, and promoting. We’re finding that it’s sometimes difficult to balance each of our individual work schedules (we’ve all got to eat) with the band’s schedule. However, when we work through our scheduling the end result is very rewarding.

 

Mo: Not getting paid enough.

 

Gabi: Living in New York City is such a blessing for me as a full-time musician because of the amount of opportunity and inspiration. However, I struggle with work-life balance and deciding how to best spend my time investment. I’d love to play original gigs as much as possible, but I have to do what works for me.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

Mo: We did it at the University of Hartford through our keyboardist Gabe Weitzman.

 

Gabi: Gabe Weitzman did an amazing job facilitating the recording process and we are so happy to work with him. He really brought out the best in each musician and in the little bits of the music that make it so special.

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List the names of blogs, radio or television stations that have supported you so far.

Jesse (manager): NYS Music, IGGY Magazine, Lefuturewave, Lastdaydeaf, OddNugget, Nyack News and Views, Say What’s Radio, Newsday, SUNY Oneonta Music Industry Club…

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Elaborate on your music career, experience, and future goals.

Mo: we have only been out of college for a few years, but we plan on writing more and more music, continuing to push ourselves beyond our limits, playing tons of shows, and embarking on more adventures together. 🙂

 

Gabi: I work with a few different groups and projects as a singer, saxophonist, and writer. Almost every day of the week I’m gigging, rehearsing, or checking out new music. I’ve been so fortunate to have support from my family and to have met some incredible friends and colleagues. My future goals are to be a successful songwriter, entrepreneur, and continue performing original music.

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

Mo: My experiences and my loved ones.

 

Gabi: Usually love inspires my writing. Nothing is better than the words and chords spilling out so easily it’s like they were dying to be born.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

Mo: Super-catchy melody and harmony.

 

Gabi: We’ll know once we have a hit song!

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

Mo: Never give up or let anyone discourage you.  Be consistent with your practice and goal-reaching

 

Ben: Get to know your band members playing styles and what they love to play, reflect on your playing style and what you love to play, and see how you can mix these styles in the best way possible. This might take a long time and will almost certainly result in disagreements. However, it will result in music that is unique and displays each musician’s deepest musical passions simultaneously, and it seems to me that bands like this are the ones that catch people’s attention.

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have received.

Mo: We won the right to play the main stage at OH fest opening for Jesse McCartney.  We’ve toured some of the Northeast U.S…

 

We released “sweep” at the end of last year and released Velcro Shoes a few weeks ago. We have a bunch of new songs tracked currently being polished in the studio.  We are going to release an album this year.  Before that, we plan on releasing a music video and a few more singles.

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

Mo: We all jam on certain musical ideas and develop them systematically together. Different band members will present different ideas and everyone else will add their own flavour to the idea to make the end result. Sometimes band members will write entire songs and Gabi will write the lyrics and vocal melody to them. Of course, she also writes full songs herself.

 

Gabi: It’s a group effort putting songs together. One of us might write the song, but it’s not completed until the rest of the guys have put that Chameleonize touch on it.

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Name your favourite artists for collaboration. 

Gabi: I’d love to collaborate with Moonchild, Childish Japes, or Masego.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

New York City-based progressive jazz-funk band, Chameleonize, strikes again with their newest single, “Velcro Shoes,” released on May 31, 2019.

 

This tune is a lively bop about seeing the world in colour even in the cloudiest of situations.

 

The idea of velcro shoes symbolizes the youthfulness and energy we all have the ability to wear any time.

 

This song has become a favourite of the band, with the interesting dynamics and sax/guitar “soli” section that always get listeners moving. Once the beat drops, you’ll be hooked as it’s the perfect “pick-me-up” song…

 

Lefuturewave

 

Odd Nugget

 

Iggy

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Mo: Donate most of it, invest a bunch, spend it on PR and band stuff. Also not worry about paying rent for a while.

 

Gabi: I’d buy a house with a beautiful studio room!

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Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base.

Mo: We’ve sent our music to several playlists and music reviewers. We have our music on multiple streaming platforms and we infatuate people at our shows, compelling them to follow us on social media and streaming platforms.

 

Gabi: I try to manage our social media as best as possible, always keeping the bug in peoples’ ears. Bringing merchandise such as T-shirts, cards, and stickers to our live shows, spreading the word and helping people remember the experience they had with us.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

Mo: I’m always hustling.

 

Gabi: Since music is my work, it can be so easy to get completely caught up in it every day. I try not to put too much on my plate so that it never really feels like work. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I spend time with loved ones, work out, and do yoga.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Mo: Chameleonize to us means to adapt and make something your own. Which is what we strive to do with our musical ideas and things that inspire us

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Gabi: Velcro Shoes – This song is about seeing the world in colour even in the cloudiest of situations. The idea of “vElcro Shoes” came from a negative situation that I wished I could walk away from.  Velcro Shoes symbolize power, youthfulness, and energy that we all have the ability to wear any time we need.

 

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