ARTIST NAME: Tarzanaland
SONG TITLE: Calling 901
RELEASE DATE: 2019
Tarzanaland is an American country duo consisting of vocalist Kelly Kidd (from Houston, TX) and multi-instrumentalist Thomas Gallmeier (from New York, NY).
The young band emerged in Los Angeles in late 2015 after several years of starting their careers in honky-tonks (the Podunk Poets) and on the dance floor (Mot & Krid).
Both had met several years before when Kidd had asked Gallmeier to drum in a new project. He agreed and together they went on to sign a songwriting/production deal with Grammy-winning producer Glen Ballard.
Kidd is most known for fronting and touring with the traditional country band The Podunk Poets all over the U.S. and making appearances at country music festivals including STAGECOACH.
Gallmeier’s unique songwriting/production releases have landed him on several European charts.
Combining Kidd’s and Gallmeier’s unique musical experiences, their music has been tagged as a pop-country – transitioning from the traditional country feel to their own hybrid modern sound and lyrical focus about cutting loose, forgiveness, political satire, and personal evolution.
Tell us how to refine a demo to a mastered song.
Get your performances sorted, make sure that everything works together with the way you hear it. Sometimes it helps to have a producer who gives you a different perspective. Get the best mix you can and also the best mastering you can. Most of all; be authentic.
Discuss the processing involved in creating a song.
One way is to come in with a melody and start building a chord structure that supports that melody. In the meantime, we probably already came up with a lyrical idea that then keeps developing as we go along.
Elaborate on the theme of most of your songs.
We sing about relationships, civil rights and equality, and even environmental issues. Whatever inspires, worries, or enrages us at any given moment, might end up in a song.
Tell us your greatest musical works up to date.
We are proud of our singles, Leave Her Wild and Hold Your Fire.
Tell us those behind your music process.
We do most work within the band. Sometimes we bring in additional musicians and of course, we do have a full live band.
Tell us how you are handling the promotion of your music.
Social media is the thing these days. And of course playing live, touring, which we are about to begin.
Tell us your future goals and how you aim to accomplish them.
Touring – We are in rehearsal and will be looking for a booking agent.
Tell us what you think has changed in the music industry.
Everyone wants you to be successful already. No one is willing to develop an artist anymore.
Tell the greatest mistake to avoid while making a song.
Write from the heart. There’s no formula for a hit song.
Tell us how you boost your performance.
Playing live is a great opportunity to connect with the audience. We are performers and feed off each other’s energy and enthusiasm.
Explain the arrangement of the song.
Calling 901 is a more traditional pop/country song with an intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, and bridge.
Discuss how the instruments come together for a song.
I think this song started on acoustic guitar. Then we developed a drum groove, recorded bass and additional guitars, and the added vocals.
Tell us if you consider acting in a movie.
Yes, Kelly, our lead singer has been involved in acting.
Tell us how you eliminate noise in your recordings.
Digital recording is very quiet, to begin with. Our studio has an isolated ground circuit that helps eliminate unwanted buzzing and noise.
List the name of artists you cherish most.
The Beatles, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Shania Twain.
Tell us how you get inspiration.
Life offers all the inspiration one could wish for.
Elaborate on the song.
Calling 901 is about what happens when the love you give isn¹t strong enough to keep someone close – Realizing that one cannot win over a heart that is destined to be someplace else.
Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.
Our studio is in Tarzana, CA. the neighborhood the Tarzan stories were written in. Calling 901 was inspired by calling 911.