Artist Interview – JOANovARC

JOANovARC is an all female rock band from the UK whose exposure and success has steadily grown since their first interview on Song Revelation almost 2 and half years ago. In early 2013 they signed for Holier Than Thou Records, released a live album and started to work with the famous music producer Stuart Epps. We were really happy when Sam Walker (Lead Vocals/Bass/Rhythm Guitar), Shelley Walker – (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals), Laura Ozholl (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar/Bass) and Debbie Wildish (Drums) got in touch with Song Revelation again to give everyone an update and share some new material. Read on for the entire in-depth interview below:

 

JOANovARC

JOANovARC

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Sexy, energetic, powerful

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you? 

Very exciting! We recorded with legendary producer Stuart Epps, performed in Israel and filmed our new music video for single ‘Stars’. We have performed at many festivals this year and even supported Slade!! At another performance following this, Don Powell (Slade’s drummer) got up on stage with us and jammed!

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Queen, The Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

The Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Brian May, Joan Jett, Dave Grohl

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

New Daft Punk album and latest Biffy Clyro and Foo Fighters albums.

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

We start with a small idea, a riff or a lyric and just jam it in the studio until we get a verse, then a chorus and before we know it we have a song. We always record live before taking it to the studio.

 

JOANovARC

JOANovARC

JOANovARC

JOANovARC

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

They are both as important as each other

 

Q: Where are you based?

Hertfordshire and London

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Great! In the country enough if you need peace and quiet, and near enough the city for the buzz!

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

A brand new album and new single for 2014

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Working with legendary producer Stuart Epps. He has produced Led Zeppelin, Oasis, Elton John and many more! We were honored to work with him and this really lifted the bands career.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

To tour the world and break through the UK music industry with a great album.

 

JOANovARC

JOANovARC

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

We are playing at a few Germany army bases before Christmas. Next year is very exciting!!  Already we have booked tours for Israel, Holland, throughout Europe and the Far East! You can check out our events page on www.joanovarc.co.uk

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Keeping fit – tennis, kickboxing, snowboarding, working out…

 

Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?

New York the city – the city that never sleeps! … or Las Vegas (24 hrs. of party!

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Be yourself and never try to change to please the music industry. Your followers are No. 1 and they buy your records. Be true to yourself and you will shine.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

You can download JOANovARC singles and EPs on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/joanovarc/id438197656

 

Editor’s Note: Since their first Song Revelation interview JOANovARC have continued to enjoy a great deal of success, giving everyone a blueprint of what an energetic and talented British Rock Band should be like. One of Song Revelation’s Bands of 2013. 

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with JOANovARC just follow the links below:

Website: www.joanovarc.co.uk

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/joanovarc

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/joanovarc

Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/JOANovARC/10249741221

Twitter: @Joanovarc

Myspace: www.myspace.com/joanovarc

Artist Interview – Reasons Be

Reasons Be are a Pop-Rock band from Los Angeles consisting of Scotty Dickert (Singer), R.E.L (Guitar). At Song Revelation we we’re really impressed with Reasons Be latest music video, Say Goodnight and were therefore delighted, despite their increasingly hectic schedule when they agreed to be interviewed by Song Revelation. Read the entire in-depth feature below where Scotty and R.E.L. discuss their musical backgrounds, what they’re currently working on and where their ideal holiday destination would be.

 

Reasons Be

Reasons Be

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Pop-Rock with funk, soul, and rock influences, presented in a driving, grooving live performance creating an extremely memorable experience. (That’s 20, sorry)

Q: What is your musical background?

Scotty: I started writing when I was about fourteen. It was a hobby that turned into an obsession. I didn’t start seriously performing until college. When I started getting positive feedback and actually placing some music on TV, I realized the dream could be a reality. Life falls into place.  There’s also an extensive musical history in my family.  My great uncle played piano with Lawrence Welk while another great uncle was admitted to a mental institution because all he would do is play piano; he wouldn’t eat or do anything else.  I’m proud to say I’m related to him… I mean that’s a love story!  My mom was a pageant girl and an incredible singer, performing in competitions like the Miss America pageant.  So music is in my blood.

R.E.L: I was a kid doing classical music on – ahem – recorder before switching over to guitar in high school. I never really got serious until my early twenties when I started studying hardcore, moved to Hollywood to attend Musicians Institute and began immersing myself in the industry. When I was in high school, I thought I would study computer engineering or some other hi-tech something. I still look back and am amazed that not that long ago, if someone had told me I would become a professional musician, I would probably laugh in their face.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

The last year’s been awesome.  Our band has grown so much and we’ve been fortunate to get some great exposure.  To name a few accomplishments, we were chosen as one of the Top 100 Unsigned Artists by Music Connection Magazine, we started touring at colleges on the West Coast, we became the face of an organization called A Case for the Cure (breast cancer awareness), and we’ve expanded our library of songs tremendously.  We also had a song placed on CMT and spent a lot of time in the studio working to bring more music to the world.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Scotty:  I’m inspired by Bob Marley, Dave Matthews, Marc Cohn, FUN, and countless other musicians.  Anyone who has the perseverance and heart to get their music to that stage is okay in my book; especially those who do it for the music and not for other reasons.  I’m inspired by street performers, too.  Music is inspiration and so are the artists who create it.

R.E.L:   I got my top three: Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz and John Mayer. While I draw inspiration and ideas from other artists and their particular songs, these three have really shaped who I am as a musician today- in all aspects – guitar playing, vocal control, lyrics, melodies, etc.  On the top of my wish list is to open up for any of these cats.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

R.E.L:  Well my top three influences happen to still be under the category of modern day so I’ll simply wait for the next question…

Scotty:  I look up to Dave Matthews because he’s just incredible and the longevity of his career is astounding.  He’s also a humble and cool dude.  I also look up to bands like FUN because they stuck with it for over a decade before they started seeing truly viable results… and that takes some serious will power.

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Scotty:  I’d love to collaborate with Bruno Mars and Maroon 5.  I’d like to gig with either of those artists or a band like DMB, The Lumineers, or MUSE.

R.E.L: Well again I’ll go back to my big three.  It would be a dream come true to open for any of those acts, however in terms of a collaborative effort, I think I would revert to Jason Mraz the most.

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

Scotty:  I listen to 98.7 a lot, iHeartRadio, artists I grew up on and tons more.  I try to hit the pop stations a lot to stay current with my writing and to fuse aspects of different genres together to make a unique sound.  So right now some of my favorite songs are ‘Some Nights’ by FUN, Capital Cities’ ‘Safe and Sound,’ and the not-so-new ‘I Will Follow You into the Dark’ by Death Cab for Cutie.  That’s tough… I have so many favs!

R.E.L: Hmmm… Recently I have been in the mood for some funk! I turn Pandora on and let the grooves begin from more popular stuff like Michael Jackson to crazy instrumental vibes from Lettuce. But to throw a wrench in there, I just got back from my cousin’s wedding and I performed for him and his bride another recent favorite of mine – “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. (Scotty couldn’t go cause the wedding was across the globe.)

Scotty:  I wasn’t even invited…

 

Reasons Be

Reasons Be

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track? 

R.E.L:  Scotty is real quick with ideas. His mind is ever flowing with them. Most times he’ll pitch something to me and we might delve into it. Other times I come up with something and see where we take it. The really cool thing about it all is that from that one original idea others are triggered in our minds and it kinda sets off a snowball effect. We may start one place but then wind up going in a completely new direction – whatever sounds best!

Scotty:  Yeah that’s how we typically write.  I focus on lyrics and melody of the vocals and R.E.L creates the musical blueprints, which he’s crazy good at.  Then we bring our material into the studio and work with our producer.  We leave egos at the door and are open for ideas.  Sometimes some minor things will be changed, but Lee Miles always puts his brilliant touch on our tracks and makes them come alive from a production standpoint.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Scotty:  Aw c’mon! They’re both important; but if I’m being forced to choose, I’d have to say melody.  Most people hear the melody before they ever decide to take the time to dissect the lyrics.  When a song gets stuck in your head after you first heard it, it’s the melody that keeps repeating, not the words.  The lyrics, though, give the song longevity and relatability.

R.E.L: Scotty I am impressed, I could’ve sworn you’d say lyrics… My work is now complete.

 

Q: Where are you based? 

Los Angeles, CA.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

 Scotty:  LA’s great.  It’s one of the few hot spots in the country for music and entertainment, so that’s the reason R.E.L and I moved there.  Aside from that, the weather is amazing and there’s always a spot on the beach waiting for us!  There’s a ton of fun stuff to do in California in general and a great place for music connections and opportunities.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

We spent the last few months in the studio with our producer, Lee Miles (Puddle of Mudd, Rise Against, Shinedown, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, etc).  We’re dropping a few new songs starting with the June 11th release of our new single, ‘Say Goodnight.’  In addition to that, we’re shooting a music video in early June for that track and we’re also getting ready to play a lot of shows in the LA and the West Coast area.  We’re prepping for a crazy awesome summer!

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

We’ve been fortunate to have had some really cool things happen for Reasons Be thus far.  Being named in the Top 100 Unsigned Artists by Music Connection Magazine is definitely a highlight, but on a personal note we’d have to say that the most rewarding thing is the response from fans.  Getting a random e-mail or viral message saying that our music helped them through a really tough time, or that a particular song moved them in an unexpected way, or requesting we play an all original set at their wedding is a constant reminder that our music is getting heard and we’re making a difference.  We have a serious respect and appreciation for our fans.

 

Reasons Be

Reasons Be

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

Over the next year we’d like to secure more placements in the TV, film, and commercial industry.  We’d also like to expand our fan base with our upcoming music video and by playing a surplus of shows in areas of the country we haven’t been able to get to yet.  We’ve had interest from labels, but we haven’t found the right fit; and that is something we’re always interested in finding.  Yes, being heard and growing the popularity of Reasons Be is a huge goal, and expanding our team to make that happen is a top priority.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Scotty:  I hang out with friends, go to the beach, play golf, go out and socialize, go to shows, watch Green Bay Packer football (though that’s not relaxing), and take occasional trips home for a long weekend to get back to my roots.

R.E.L: I go all nerd and play silly games on my iPad.  Actually I am really into nature and outdoors and watching live sports, primarily NFL. Social drinking works great too.

 

 

Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?

R.E.L: I still have a goal to see all the wonders of the world – ancient, modern and natural. Next on my list would be Egypt and its pyramids or the Northern Lights way, way North.

Scotty:  Living in LA, the best vacation is going back home to see my family and friends; but I would like to go to Bethlehem and oh snap… Bora Bora or Dubai.  See, I’m not good at choosing one place or thing.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Build a team around you.  Don’t feel like you need to do everything from writing to producing to marketing to booking to managing yourself.  Find people who believe in you so that you can focus on what you’re good at and they can assist in getting you to where you want to go in your career.  Also, stick with it; she ain’t gon’ happen over night.

 

Editor’s Note: Reasons Be have that popular rock sound down to a tee and are a great benchmark to how indie musicians can start to carve a career for themselves in the music industry. One of Song Revelation’s Ones to Watch.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Reasons Be just follow the links below:

 

Website:  www.ReasonsBe.com

Soundcloud:  http://soundcloud.com/reasonsbe

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/Reasonsbe

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/reasonsbe

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/Reasonsbe

Twitter:  @ReasonsBe

Artist Interview – Father Of A Thousand Kids

Father Of A Thousand Kids is a great live band consisting of Kjartan Ericsson (Guitar, Vocal, Keys), Kjell Arne Kjærgård (Lead Vocal), Endre Åsebø (Bass, Vocals), Roger Berland (Lap Steel. Guitar, Vocals), Kristian Lindseth (Keys, Guitar, Vocals) and Thomas Lønnheim  (Drums, Percussion). Although they’re all currently working incredibly hard getting their recently released album heard and have just returned from an international gig in Ireland, we were delighted when they took the time to complete an interview with Song Revelation. Read on where Father Of A Thousand Kids discuss how they initially became interested in music, their inspirations and what they’re hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Father Of A Thousand Kids

Father Of A Thousand Kids

Father Of A Thousand Kids

Father Of A Thousand Kids

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Kjartan: Rock n roll with a touch of nativism…

Kjell Arne:   Showgaze.  We are peeling our eyes into our audience to create maximum energy.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

Kjartan: Learned guitar by playing to tunes without knowing any theory or the names of the chords for that matter. Has always been jamming with people and created music without knowing too much about how it looks on paper…

Kjell Arne:  Played drums since I was 16, (The danny cannon show since2002) started singing Lead vocal when we formed this band in 2008.

I remember when as a kid I got embarrassed every time my father played me Dire Straits, money for nothing on the stereo, cause I liked it so much!

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

Kjartan: I have toured a lot and working with different creative projects. The Father of a thousand kid’s record is finally finished. That is absolutely a highlight.

Kjell Arne:  Been working hard to finish Our Record “Showgaze”, sending it to vinyl printing in Germany.

 

Father Of A Thousand Kids - Showgaze

Father Of A Thousand Kids – Showgaze

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Kjartan: The guys that I play with and other bands that I have toured with. Some people are constantly creating stuff, that really inspires me to be better at the things I do,

Kjell Arne:  Im listening a lot to music, and get inspired almost everyday by all that funky shit that’s floating around in this cosmic world(!)

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

Kjartan: I think Frank Ocean is an exciting modern artist.

Kjell Arne: Edward Sharpe and the magnetic zeroes is a fresh hippie breath of air in an music business filled to the brim with crappy synthetic artists. And of course QOTSA, Mark lanegan , Nick cave ,and the dark side.

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Kjartan: I haven’t thought about it yet.

Kjell Arne: I have already sung a duet with Eroz Ramazotti in a pub in Firenze, so I cant think of anyone really. Well actually I would like to sing a duet with Christina Aguilera on “Beautiful”.

 

Father Of A Thousand Kids

Father Of A Thousand Kids

Father Of A Thousand Kids

Father Of A Thousand Kids

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

Kjartan: The Oblivion soundtrack by M83 and Endre (bass) presented the new Steve Earl record for me, it sounds really good.

Kjell Arne: Fyia wata , E.Sharpe and the magnetic Zeroes.  Bombino , Imuhar   -Anna Calvi, Love wont be leaving- Nick cave and the bad seeds, Jubilee street.

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

Kjartan: There is so many ways. Sometimes alone in the studio with one microphone and sometimes with all the guys in the band and just a bottle with some dark liquor and some salty crisps.

Kjell Arne: Can’t disagree with Kjartan there. Especially the crisps.  I also like to switch on all my fx pedals to see what vibe I can get out of it, and then create music from there, constructing chaos.  It works as my meditation to bring out all evil through my moogerfoogers.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Kjartan: Equal

Kjell Arne: Same here.  Melody comes first but if you aint got nothing to say it really gets to transparent.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Bergen, Norway.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Kjartan: Small city with a good environment for making music. It rains a lot thou.

Kjell Arne: We have mountains all around so its easy to run off  into the mountains. It’s a really nice view when you can see..  Lovely people most of the time. Lots of musiscians playing in each other bands.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

Kjartan: Making a record with my other band Ribozyme and planning to tour and record new material with Father of a Thousand Kids.

Kjell Arne: Releasing our debut album in early june “Showgaze”. Recording new material in our studio to our next Father of a Thousand Kids record.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Kjartan: Doing support for And you will know us by the trail of dead and Opeth with my other band Ribozyme.

Maybe the last Lost weekend festival(Bergen) where Father of a thousand kids had the the last slot, and I got carried by the audience while singing cause I got 130 volts in my mouth when my bare feet touched the grass as my lips kissed the mic.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

Kjartan:  Just to continue to make music and to travel around the world and perform.

Kjell Arne: Trying to get our record out to as many as possible,generate gigs in Norway and in Europa.

 

Father Of A Thousand Kids

Father Of A Thousand Kids

Father Of A Thousand Kids

Father Of A Thousand Kids

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Kjartan: You don’t wanna know..

Kjell Arne: Read,  use a flashlight at my cat, listen to good music, eat popcorn and watch people on the street through my brand new binoculars.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Kjartan: On the road I think, with no plan. Travel ligh witht one good friend.

Kjell Arne: The transsiberian railroad. I LOVE trains.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Kjartan: Work hard and don’t look back.

Kjell Arne:  Believe in what you are doing. Don’t stop playing music cause you’ve passed 30 and never had a “breakthrough”  You don’t tend to get signed these days. It’s a DIY world and you can come a long way by being your own manager.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Kjartan: Check out Father and a thousand kids…. And live life well……

Kjell Arne: And be nice to your parents. They love you.

 

Editor’s Note: Father Of A Thousand Kids have a great vibrant, dynamic sound that gives any live event and evening an incredible amount of energy. Definitely one of Song Revelation’s bands to watch over the coming months and years.

 

If you’d ike to learn more about or get in touch with Father Of A Thousand Kids just follow the links below:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/fatherofathousandkids

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Father-Of-a-Thousand-Kids/300804756603398

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/fatherofathousandkids

 

 

Artist Interview – McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan is a soul inspired singer-songwriter who is originally from Seattle but is now living and working in Brooklyn, NY. After checking out some of McClain’s dynamic, eclectic vibe we were really keen to interview her for Song Revelation. Despite working hard preparing for a series of live shows over the coming months we were delighted when she took to time to complete a few questions. Read on to find out, amongst other things, which modern musicians McClain is inspired by, what she’s currently working on and how she would describe her music.

 

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

 

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

A different kind of Soul Music

 

Q: What is your musical background?

I started off singing classical music in choir, and though I had fun it never felt like the right fit. So I went on to musical theater, gospel, opera, singer-songwriter, and then finally on to Jazz.

Jazz was really what lead me in the direction I’ve ended up in.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

The last twelve months have been fun, and filled with challenge. I have finally found my band in Brooklyn, and have been playing on a regular basis in the city.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

My inspirations are all over the map. Some of my major influences were Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, Diane Reeves, Errol Garner, and Monk. Then on the other side I had The Indigo Girls, The Pixies, Ani Difranco, Tracy Chapman, and the list goes on.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

Right now I think that Florence Welch is one of the most outstanding new artists out there. I love the fact that her chops are truly unreal, and she is such a little nut job with the way she represents herself. She makes it easier for all of us to fly our freak flags.

 

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Ani Difranco, hands down. It would be an honor.

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

I have been listening to Emeli Sande, The Ravonettes, Little Hurricane, and also a lot of Michael Kiwanuka (what a voice!).

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

Every song is different. Most of the time it’s me in a room brainstorming, and trying new things out.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

They kind of hold hands in importance. They are best friends.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am based in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Well, I am actually from Seattle, but have been moving around since I was 15. I moved to New York when I was 17, and it changed my life. Since then I’ve been in Austin, Wilmington, NC, Boston, and always find my way back to Brooklyn. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

I just recently got my full band together out here, and we have been working hard together. We have a great live show together, and plan on recording our full length this winter. We are all super excited.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

I opened for The Roots years back with my partner in crime Fuzz Jackson. We have a hip-hop duo Fuzz and Mac. That was one of the first times that I felt like the rush of people screaming when I get on stage.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

My usual answer, super stardom.

 

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

My next show is at Sullivan Hall, June 12th at 9. It’s a great venue, and with a great line up as well.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I am a huge book nerd. It’s always been my escape.

 

Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Anywhere tropical. Just give me the beach, and I am a happy camper. I find the ocean very inspiring.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

One of my mentors Ted Sod once said to me, “Once you start worrying about what the audience is thinking, you stop being an artist”.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

I’m never happier then when I’m on stage.

 

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

McClain Sullivan

 

 

 

Editor’s Note: With inspiring lyrics and an eclectic, jazz infused tone, McClain Sullivan shines individuality but with a distinct commercial edge. If you have a chance make sure you check out some of McClain’s live shows. Definitely one of Song Revelation’s Ones to Watch

 

If you’d like to check out more of McClain Sullivan’s tracks or get in touch, just follow the links below:

Website:  http://www.mcclainsullivan.com

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mcclain-sullivan

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/mcclainsullivan

Bandcamp: http://mcclainsullivan.bandcamp.com/album/mcclain-sullivan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/msmacsully

Twitter: https://twitter.com/McClainSullivan

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/mcclainsullivan

Artist Interview – Naia Kete

Naia Kete is an upcoming pop-reggae inspired singer-songwriter from Los Angeles. You may recognize Naia from the latest season of The Voice and after listening to some of Naia’s newest solo work we were really impressed so were delighted when she took the time to be interviewed by Song Revelation. Read on to discover, amongst other things, where Naia Kete’s recently been performing, who she would love to collaborate with given a chance and what she does to relax when not working.

 

Naia Kete

Naia Kete

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

I am an earthy songstress with a pop-reggae sound infused with neo-soul colored and jazzy influences sprinkled in my voice.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

Music was everywhere growing up. My Mom, Dad and Step-Dad all played together in a reggae group, that my brother joined by the time he was 9 as the drummer, and I joined when I was 12. Though I started as a back-up vocalist and 2nd keyboard player, I soon became the lead on keyboards and started singing my own songs in the group. This gave me an incredible foundation as a performer and gave me real roots in reggae music that has truly been the basis for my sound. I was 17 when I recorded my first EP at the Institute for Musical Arts in Goshen, MA that really jump-started my career as a solo artist eventually leading me to Los Angeles where I developed a fan base busking on the streets of Santa Monica and performing at various venues including the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

A lot of hard work! I’ve been on and off the road performing everywhere from Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco to Iowa, Madison and Chicago, New York City, Boston, Maryland, Tuscon and Tempe, AZ and one of my favorites, SXSW in Austin, TX… just to name a few. I got a chance to open up for some incredible artists including Ozomatli and Michael Franti. I’ve been working tirelessly on my upcoming EP, Fire Breather (to be released June 11th), writing songs for the EP with such greats including Colbie Caillat, Linda Perry, Mikal Blue… too many to name. Of course, in between times, still hustling on the streets with my brother. I have a new band. A 4 piece, so we’ve been working hard perfecting our live show, as well as making our social networks a main priority, filming YouTube videos every week and always on Twitter and Facebook connecting with fans as much as we can. Just doing anything and everything I can to develop myself and my artistry and grow my fan base. It’s been an amazing year and I feel very blessed. 

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Too many to name!  From a very young age though the people who have always been there are India Arie, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Michael Franti, Bob Marley (and the whole Marley fam), Steel Pulse, The Roots, Norah Jones. In recent years I find myself really getting into Coldplay and Incubus…. Foo Fighters. I love John Mayer and The Civil Wars. Bruno Mars is just an out of control singer and performer. Adele floors me. I mean I could really just go on and on but that could take days and a lot of pages so I guess I’ll just leave it at that for now :)

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

Well I mentioned a number of them in the question above. Overall, I love artists that don’t fit into any one box. The artists that are really able to create their own lane as opposed to trying to follow one. That’s why artists like Adele and Bruno Mars are so great to me. Is Bruno rock? Pop? Reggae? Soul? No! And Yes! He’s all of it, and he’s been able to get a group of people around him who trust his vision enough and really make it universally accessible and commercially successful without compromising who he is, what he wants to say, or the type of music he wants to create. That’s the artist I want to be. That’s the artist I am.

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Once again, the above artists come to mind. Someone I haven’t mentioned yet though is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The way the just exploded onto the scene truly blows my mind. I’ve always loved rap and have a secret desire to be an MC myself, except that I can’t write raps at all! Still, I’d love to collaborate with an MC and I have just fallen in love with Macklemore and what he has to say. I feel he’s the type of artist who understands that he has a responsibility to the listener and truly say something of substance and I really respect that. I also have always thought that a tour with Jason Mraz or Colbie Caillat would really work well for my sound. The show I did opening for Michael Franti was like a dream come true and I’m hoping to go on the road with him someday as well… ah the dreams. There are a lot of them.

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

I’m really digging Janelle Monae’s new track with Erykah Badu. I just love the female empowerment in that song and in the video. I just released a cover of Trojan’s by Atlas Genius on YouTube. A very cool song to begin with, and it inspired a lot of creativity in me. I feel like I turned an alternative pop rock song into some kind of fun acoustic, pop, reggae with a rap in it. Haha! I love it when that happens though. You can approach music from so many different angles and when a band has a song that lights a fire like that in you, that’s pretty awesome.

 

Naia Kete

Naia Kete

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

There’s no one way to do it. However, I find more often than not I’m sitting on my bed, guitar in hand. I come up with a chord progression first, and the melody and words follow. Sometimes it’s easy and I write a song in half an hour. Other times I have to keep coming back to it and it takes months. Either way though, it feels AMAZING when it’s done.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Man, I go back and forth on this. In my opinion though, the melody is what grabs you… the seductive aspect of listening to a song. However, the lyrics are what get you emotionally connected and keeps you coming back for more. Both are equally important for different reasons.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Los Angeles

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Well, originally I’m from Western, MA. It’s incredible there. An amazing atmosphere. An incredible community. A small town vibe, while still having a lot going on. I have so much support so even living all the way across the country I still feel that. But nothing can really prepare you for the hustle and competition that it can be like living in Los Angeles. But I’ve done my best to be open to it and stay humble, and so far, it’s been good to me.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

I’m just finishing up my third EP, Fire Breather, now. It’s going to be released June 11th and I couldn’t be more excited!

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

A definite highlight for me was getting to be a contestant on Season 2 of The Voice on NBC. I made it to the live rounds being in the top 24 contestants out of 48. It was such an incredible experience. From the stand point of having this incredible platform and exposure to new fans, while learning so much about myself, my nerves, how I need to make sure I represent myself in the way I know I have to. It was great. I’m very grateful.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

I’m hoping to be on the road as much as I possibly can. Sell lots and lots of copies of my EP both in physical and digital form, and really get a big leap in my social network. I’d like to make it to 1,000,000 views on YouTube and for at least one of my videos to go viral. Just gotta keep putting that content out there!

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

Yes! I’ve got some really exciting festivals coming up this summer including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, High Sierra and California Roots Festival. Bonnaroo is happening in June and just a few of the artists on that bill include Paul McCartney, Mumford and Sons, Bjork, The Lumineers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nas, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. It’s going to be INSANE and I can’t wait. Anyone who’s going let me know!

 

Naia Kete

Naia Kete

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I salsa dance! At least once or twice a week when I can. It’s one of the most amazing feelings on the planet as far as I’m concerned.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Hawaii. I’ve only been there once, but I have never felt more alive, at peace, at ease or experienced so much joy from a physical place on this earth. At least not yet. I love the ocean. I love the island mentality. And I have always believed (and heard) that people there would really dig my music and vibe.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Wake up every day and ask yourself, what can I do to move my career forward? Then do it! Is it going to be writing a song? Booking a show? Updating your mailing list? Getting on twitter, Facebook or YouTube? Whatever it is, just do it and be consistent about it. Oh yeah, and don’t EVER give up or take no for an answer. If music is your passion, then that’s what you should be doing with your life. Period.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

The first single off my EP is available on iTunes and the music video can be seen on YouTube. It’s a song called “Crazy Glue” written on my very first writing trip to Nashville with Shelly Fairchild and Phillip Lassiter and produced by The Futuristics. Check it out! :)

 

 

 

Editor’s Note: Naia Kete’s unique vocals mould effortlessly with her songs spine tingling pop-reggae inspired songs. We’re sure you’ll be hearing a lot more of Naia Kete!

If you’d like to get in touch with Naia Kete just follow the links below:

Website: http://www.naiakete.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kete.devibrown

Twitter: https://twitter.com/naiakete

 

Artist Interview – Jimmy Marin

Jimmy Marin is an upcoming acoustic Singer Songwriter from Australia and is our latest Sonicbids feature interview winner. After checking out some of Jimmy’s tracks, which have a distinct soulful vibe, we were impressed and were delighted that he took the time to be interviewed by Song Revelation. Read on to discover, amongst other things, how Jimmy became interested in music, what he’s been working on for the past year and his musical inspirations.

 

Jimmy Marin

Jimmy Marin

 

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are, what would it be?

Jimmy Marin blends captivating melodies, hypnotic rhythms and funky blues guitar, creating a sound all of his own: Acoustic Soul.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

First and foremost I’m a singer/guitarist. Along the way I’ve managed to pick up the bass, drums, harmonica, didgeridoo, keys and various percussion instruments. I began my musical journey by playing guitar and singing for Adelaide rock band Liquid Phoenix, which lasted from 2003 – 2007. Since the extended hiatus of Liquid Phoenix, I’ve been writing and performing my own original music.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

Busy! I started recording in September 2011, having already written the bulk of the album. I created my independent record label Top Rope Records, released my debut album Something True in May 2012, and have been busy performing all over South Australia ever since. The promotion and marketing side of the album has kept me very busy, on top of performing the songs with my new band.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Initially, hard rock/metal acts such as Metallica, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Doors, Pearl Jam and The Tea Party served as much of my inspiration. My solo efforts are more inspired by contemporary bluesmen Keb’ Mo’ and Eric Bibb, as well as songwriters Shawn Mullins, Ben Harper, John Mayer and Amos Lee. Plus I’ve always looked up to artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Stevie Wonder, George Michael and Michael Jackson, who write and perform the bulk of their work.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

Amos Lee, Ben Harper, John Mayer, Iron & Wine.

 

Jimmy Marin

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

There are so many great Aussie acts playing at the moment that I’d love to share the stage with, including The Snowdroppers, Angus and Julia Stone and Gotye.

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

I’m listening to a lot of soul and funk, actually; P-Funk, G-Funk, Lyrics Born. I’d love to blend acoustic-based songs with a hard funk rhythm section. There aren’t too many people mixing up different styles, apart from people like G Love, Jason Mraz and Ash Grunwald, which is awesome.

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

The melody usually comes first, whether it’s something I’ve woken up with in my head, or just created while mixing up different chord progressions. I create the rest of the song around the melody and work out any harmonies, bass lines and drum sections. The lyrics usually come last, often from a single idea that I expand upon.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Melody, by far. There are so many songs that people don’t know the lyrics to, but sing along all the same. It’s what gets stuck in your head, that classic melody. In my opinion, you could write nonsense lyrics to a great melody and it’ll always sound great.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I’m currently based in Bordertown, South Australia. It’s a small country between Adelaide and Melbourne, so it’s handy being stuck between two music-loving cities.

 

Jimmy Marin

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

I’m originally from Adelaide, which is notoriously hard to crack into the music scene. There are plenty of great bands and artists, but the audiences aren’t always there to support. More strictly live music venues are needed, like everywhere else.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

I’m currently still working on the promotion of my debut album Something True, as well as writing for the next album, which should be out mid-2013.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Going on tour the central Australia was pretty eye-opening. We played at places like Marla and Ernabella, where there’s not a lot of live music, so we were very well-received.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

Well my second album should be out by then, so just continuing to expand my brand and expose people to my music. I’m also hoping to sign a few more artists to Top Rope Records, and continue to grow as a businessman.

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

The Jimmy Marin Band will be playing at Scorcherfest’s 10-year anniversary in Adelaide on Sunday the 18th of November, along with 43 other acts. It’s at the Duke of York hotel, Adelaide, starting at 12 midday til late.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Listen to music (as clichéd as it sounds!), play music, and read.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Well I recently went to Fiji and that blew me away, so that’d have to be my latest answer. Although I’m headed to the US for 7 weeks at the end of the year, so ask me again in 12 months and there might be a different answer.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Don’t worry about what’s popular now, because music can be so fickle and temporary. Play from your heart and you’ll always be happy with what you write.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

I hope you enjoy my music!

 

Jimmy Marin

 

Editor’s Note: Jimmy’s tracks combine soulful guitar licks with well defined melodies and lyrics to create something that is both initially catchy but has hidden depths too. At Song Revelation we’re looking forward to Jimmy Marin’s music being heard by a wider audience over the coming months.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Jimmy Marin just follow the links below:

Website: http://www.jimmymarin.com.au

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/jimmy-marin-2

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/jimmymarin

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/jimmydmarin

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jimmymarinmusic

Artist Interview – Gina Zavalis

Gina Zavalis is a Singer-Songwriter from New York. At Song Revelation when we first heard Gina’s incredible voice we were impressed and wanted to know more. We were delighted, despite an increasingly hectic schedule, when we managed to arrange an interview with Gina. Read on to discover, amongst other things, Gina Zavalis’ musical inspirations, what she’s currently working on and what it’s like living and working in New York City!

 

Gina Zavalis

Gina Zavalis

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be? 

“To evoke something…a moment, a memory, an experience through my performance so they can walk away with something meaningful”.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

Wow! I’ve been singing on pitch since the age of 2 ½ years old and singing and training professionally since the age of 10.  My training is rooted in opera and musical theatre. I spent many years performing leading roles in NYC and doing Regional Theatre and National Tours of shows. I was encouraged by many to branch out and pursue a solo singing career and write my own music so – here I am!

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

Exciting, dynamic, wonderful, very busy and filled with blessings.  You’ll be seeing and experiencing a whole new Gina and so far, I’ve received nothing but positive responses! I’ve met wonderful A-List producers, managers, agents, radio promoters, photographers, stylists, the fan base has increased, CD sales have dramatically increased and everything seems to be moving forward.   We will premiere the Official Gina Zavalis You Tube Channel and booking more performances. I have an excellent PR company based in LA, LaFamos. I work with Art of the Game on elite bookings, based in Nashville. Last but not least, I have an amazing manager in Scott McReynolds, whom I am very grateful and blessed to have.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically? 

I am old school. I am inspired by the classic singers – Judy Garland, Etta James, Barbra Streisand, Patti LuPone and Ella Fitzgerald. Also inspired by Celine Dion, Yanni, Whitney Houston, Josh Groban, Linda Eder, and Adele. I could go on…

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

I’d have to say anyone who is a seriously trained vocalist. In my opinion that would be Celine Dion, Lara Fabian, Josh Groban, Barbra Streisand, Mario Frangoulis & Linda Eder, Nathan Pacheco, Jon Secada, Mick Hucknall of Simply Red.

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

I would love to perform with Yanni, Josh Groban, Nathan Pacheco, Mario Frangoulis, Mick Hucknall, Jon Secada, Celine Dion, and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode. Collaborate with Kara DioGuardi, Linda Perry, David Foster, among many others!  Come to think of it, I think Adam Lambert and me would tear the house down!

 

Gina Zavalis

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

I listen to everything under the stars. Everything from Adele to Steely Dan to Rush to Celine Dion to Duran Duran to Florence and the Machine to Depeche Mode to Beethoven J

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

I can’t just sit down and decide to write. The inspiration must come to me, so I never know when it will hit me. I always have a small notebook with me for this reason.  I collaborate with my producer on songs.  On the last CD I wrote the lyrics and my producer wrote the music to the songs we wrote. However, on the new CD I will be writing music as well, so I’ll be much more involved.  I love the creative process and putting all the puzzle pieces together when creating a song. I especially love figuring out the melody as I am singing it and want to make sure it’s the best it can be. There are a million ways to write it, so it’s fun and challenging at the same time.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Both. I believe both have to fit together like a perfect puzzle in order to create the effect you want to have when performing it. As an artist, my mission is to make the audience walk away feeling something. In order to do that, the song must be perfectly written so that you can perform it with passion and communicate the meaning of the song to the audience.  If both can come together – you can create transformation in the audience, and that’s what they will walk away with and hold with them forever.

 

Q: Where are you based?

In New York City – the best city in the world!

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and I wouldn’t give it up for the world. When you are raised in one of the greatest cities in the world, it’s a blessing. When I travel I am able to appreciate New York City more and more upon arriving home. The Big Apple is the best!  I haven’t found a city yet that beats it.  Growing up here, I came out with a great education in private schools and in attending Fordham University plus I have street sense. So, I can handle myself in a variety of situations.  Look out!

 

Q: What are you currently working on? 

What are we not working on? LOL!  We are working on launching a Kickstarter fundraising campaign, the launching of the new Official Gina Zavalis website, the Official Gina Zavalis You Tube page, booking performance dates at elite venues, and a brand new CD with producer David Grow who is the producer of Jim Brickman.  I am super excited for 2012 & 2013!

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

I’d have to say a few. Recently I was chosen by Clear Channel and iHeartRadio as a “New! Uncover & Discover Artist” and an “Artist to Watch.”  The critics are quoted as saying; I’m going to be the next Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Carrie Underwood and the next great American voice. Lastly, it’s always an honor when baseball hall of famer, Tom Seaver quotes on National television, “Wow! Gina Zavalis! That’s the best we’ve heard all year!” I am humbled and feel very blessed by the accolades.

 

Gina Zavalis

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

I want to have a successful Kickstarter campaign so I can record my new CD the way we really want to and set up a National and European tour.

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

I am booked to sing at private parties in New York City, the Hamptons, NY and in Westchester, NY as well as some private parties in elite towns in NJ and CT.  I am also in the process of booking charity events that will take place in the fall.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I am an avid reader and a huge fan of the TV show Criminal Minds and British Comedies.  I’m also a spa girl. I go to the spa regularly and pamper myself.  Sometimes I’ll just take a bubble bath at home, have a great glass of wine and read. The peace and quiet does me good!

 

Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why? 

Italy, Cyprus, Greece, London. I have relatives and friends who live in all those places and would love to explore the art, culture, history and just relax and take in what all the locals do!  I am Italian/Greek/German and want to see my family – that would be awesome! Some live in London, so to get an extra trip out of it would be great! Plus, I’d get to see all my friends in London – bonus!

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Learn everything you can about the music business and soak up all you can. If you just focus on your music and know nothing about how the music business works, you will find yourself lost and most likely in a lot of debt. Branding and marketing are everything. Learn about that while honing your craft. Remember, you can spend a ton of money and record a killer CD, but who is going to buy it if you don’t have an audience? So, market and brand yourself and keep it consistent. Don’t stop studying. Nobody is perfect and nobody should ever stop practicing and studying. Know your strengths and your weaknesses and embrace them. My PR Firm, LaFamos, has the best tagline “It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.” So get out there in every way you can, in the most professional, polished way you can within your budget and present yourself in the best light possible. You must figure out what makes you different from everyone else out there. Make them say “Wow!”

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about? 

I love my cats, I love a strong cup of coffee and vanilla lattes, and I love the music of the 80’s.  I love great intellectual conversation and a great formage plate with an amazing glass of fine wine.   Best of all, I still take voice lessons with the same teacher I had since I was a child. She is the greatest!  I’m a makeup, skincare and beauty product girl – I can tell you about every product on the market from the drugstore to the designer brands! Oh, and I will dominate the AC/Pop/Classical world someday J

 

Editor’s Note: Gina Zavalis’ vocal oozes technicality, style and sensuality. At Song Revelation we’re looking forward to Gina’s next album with a great deal of anticipation. Definitely one of Song Revelation’s “Artists to Watch”.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch wih Gina Zavalis just follow the links below:

Websitewww.ginazavalis.com

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/ginazavalis

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/ginazavalis

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ginazavalis

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ginazavalis

Myspace: www.myspace.com/ginazavalis

Artist Interview – Danielle Barbe

Danielle Barbe is a great upcoming from Pittsburgh, PA and is our latest Sonicbids feature interview competition. At Song Revelation when we first some of her tracks we were really keen to interview her so that we could share everything with you too. Read on to find out about, amongst other things, where she would like to travel to given the chance, how she became interested in music and what she’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Danielle Barbe

 


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Q: What is your musical background?

It all really started with my family and their love of music. My grandmother was a fantastic singer, and I’d sit at the piano with her and we’d just sing songs for hours. I grew up singing in school plays, choir, and at church.

My parents really loved rock ‘n roll, and my father was always in bands. I learned a lot about songwriting from my dad. When I was in high school, my brother, who is a guitarist, started up a band and I was the lead singer. We would pass cassette tapes back and forth and keep coming up with new parts for songs. My mom was creative in many ways, and would help me make all of my stage costumes.

It just kept evolving from there!

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

It’s been pretty amazing! I won the Ernie Ball/Vans Warped Tour Battle of the Bands out of over 23,000 artists. I had entered on a whim and it was so surreal to actually win the entire thing. I’m now gearing up for Warped Tour!

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

This changes a lot, but growing up I was definitely inspired by female singer/songwriters such as Sheryl Crow, Alanis, PJ Harvey, Fiona Apple, and Carole King.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

I love Lykke Li, Feist, Band of Skulls, The Civil Wars, the list goes on and on…

 

Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?

I’ve been listening to Alabama Shakes and the new Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros album a lot.

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

This always varies! Sometimes I’ll have a melody stuck in my head, or I’ll have all of the lyrics basically written out and done. At times the music comes first, and it all starts with a guitar riff. I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great songwriters over the past few years, such as my producer Luke Ebbin (Bon Jovi/All American Rejects/Plain White T’s), Rune Westberg, and Matt Mahaffey. They really shook up my creative process and made me think about songwriting in different ways.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

I think they’re both so important! I always strive to have really catchy melodies that will get stuck in your head all day. Of course, I want the lyrics to be relatable and meaningful as well.

 

Danielle Barbe

Danielle Barbe

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Q: Where are you based?

Although I travel around a lot, my hometown is Pittsburgh, PA.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Growing up, it felt like we were out in the middle of nowhere. We didn’t even have a movie theater nearby or a mall. It definitely forced me to use my imagination and get creative.

Once I went to school in the city, I definitely grew to love Pittsburgh. I’m now Pittsburgh’s Iron City Ambassador, which includes drinking Iron City beer, eating Primantis, and being involved in a lot of great hometown events! Pittsburgh has a lot of good music going on right now. I think it’s fantastic that Iron City is supporting local talent.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

I’m currently preparing to do some shows and go on tour! I’m also working on some songs for a new album.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

There have been a lot of highlights that I’m so proud of. From playing festivals like Sundance, SXSW, to having my songs featured on Ghost Whisperer, Vampires Suck, MTV, Fuse, and even on 46,000 Delta airline flights.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

I just hope to keep growing as an artist, and putting out music and videos that resonate with my fans.

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

I’ll be playing the New Music Seminar in NYC on June 18th, doing a bunch of dates on Warped Tour, and also doing several events in Pittsburgh! You can also watch the video for my song “Ghost Town” on your TV right now! It’s currently On Demand through Fuse!

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I’ve found that I like to constantly be busy. I’m usually creating something, be it through sewing, making jewelry, or baking. I post most of it on my blog: http://www.thevagabondqueen.com  .

I don’t really have an “off” button!

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

I just came back from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which was a completely different trip for me. I saw bears, moose, elk, foxes… You name it. There was a lot of hiking, rafting, and non-existent cell and Internet service at times. It forced me to let go and enjoy myself. It was nice to be cut off from things for a little bit.

 

Danielle Barbe


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Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

As an independent artist, I’d say to utilize all the opportunities that the Internet and social media can provide. Try to really interact with every fan, whether you have 4 or 40,000 of them. There are a lot of opportunities out there, so don’t be afraid to take risks and enter contests you don’t think you have a chance of winning. Find other artists and look at the ways they’re marketing themselves. Pay attention to what they’re doing that’s really great, and make it work for you as well! But most importantly, just have fun with it.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Check out my songs, pass them along to your friends, and come see me on Warped Tour if I’m in your city this summer!

 

Editor’s Note: Danielle Barbe combines great vocals and accomplished songwriting to create tracks with an appealing commercial indie sound. Definitely one of Song Revelation’s “Ones to Watch” for the rest of 2012 and beyond.

 

If you’d like to contact Danielle Barbe or check out more of her incredible tracks just follow the links below:

Main site: http://www.daniellebarbe.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/danibarbe

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/danibarbe

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/daniellebarbemusic

iTunes: http://www.itunes.com/daniellebarbe

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Artist Interview – Fly Radio

Fly Radio are a great indie band consisting of Josh Brooks, Derek Wenz and Eric Dilday. All three are originally from Yuba City, a small city near to Sacramento, but now are living and working in Los Angeles. At Song Revelation, when we first listened to their music we were really impressed and are therefore one of our Featured Artists of the month. Read the full, in-depth, interview below where Josh, Derek and Eric discuss their musical background, their current career highlights and what they’re hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Fly Radio

 

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Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be? 

Our music spawns from a cluster of thoughts and emotions and this is how we have interpreted them sonically.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

We all started playing in playing music I think all at a relatively young age, maybe 11 or so, we didn’t actually start playing in bands until our Sophomore year in high school though.   We are all from the same small town called Yuba City, California and only a handful of kids played instruments at that time and even fewer had interests in playing in a band so we all kind of ended up playing together at some point or another.  I think Eric and I had a band called “Pocket Junk” ha ha, like many small town rebel musicians, we started our journey with Punk Rock.  As we aged we took more and more appreciation not only to all genres of music, but music its self. .   In 2009 Derek, myself, and Eric got in touch with each other and talked about starting a new rock band.  Eric at the time was in Los Angeles going to the Musician’s Institute for drums so Derek and I packed up literally a month after and moved to Los Angeles.  Once we settled in Derek began doing session work with various independent artists in the Los Angeles area, I began schooling at the Los Angeles Recording School working on my degree in Audio Engineering while Eric was finishing up his schooling and behind the scenes we were writing and recording in our crammed (tiny) rehearsal space and playing all over Los Angeles.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

The last 12 months have been great! Since embarking on our third year in Los Angeles have been playing bigger shows, gaining more fans, and writing better music.  Our new album is almost done, which is coming a long fantastically, and we are gearing up for an amazing line up of summer time shows. The previous years before that are definitely another story but I guess you gotta pay your dues ha.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Hmm.  There is no specific artist or person I guess.  I would have to say all the amazing artists that preceded us and laid the pavement for Rock music today, from B.B. King to John Lennon, or David Gilmour to Kurt Kobain and everyone in between.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

I think we could go on forever here on amazing artist but if I had to paint a picture I would say: Tom York, Brandon Boyd, Travis Barker, Josh Freese, Maynard James Keenan, Mike Johnston, Justin Vernon and Dave Grohl are just a few.

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Again there is a ton of amazing artists I would love to collaborate with, but if I had to choose only one right now I would say probably Butch Vig and David Grohl the music they have done and worked on a lone is amazing enough but also because of there commitment and dedication to Rock music and it’s culture.

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

Right now I’ve (Josh) really been into this group Other Lives and there album Tamer Animals, but on an average day I like to keep it on shuffle with anything from the Beatles, Flaming Lips, Queen, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Incubus, Nirvana and on and on.

Eric would probably tell you The Way you Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson, Fight Till You Die by Pennywise, The entire Saosin Translating the Name EP, Always By Self Against City and Prints of Guinness by Against Me.

Derek’s got Black by Pearl Jam, High Hopes by Pink Floyd, Clean by Incubus and Little Black Submarines by Black Keys.

 

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Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

Usually the process starts with Derek or myself prepping and writing most of the material by ourselves, once we have a solid foundation and back bone for a song, all three of us will get together and work out the dynamics, guitar work, and percussive arrangements and structure of the material.  Then we’ll finish everything off with the lyrical content if it hasn’t been written already.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Well, to us both are equally important.  To be honest most of time we only have a melody in our heads that accompanies a guitar riff with no lyrics until the song is tracked, then we’ll dissect the song and write lyrics that are both thought out and have the right melody attributing to the emotion and feeling of the song.  But we also have written lyric content first and written accompanying guitar parts.  The important part is that you feel the song, no matter what if you just close your eyes and feel the song the right lyrics and melody will come out.

 

Q: Where are you based?

We all live in the Los Angeles area, but we are originally from Yuba City, CA (a small town north of Sacramento)

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Los Angeles is a little crazy to say the least, yet astonishingly enough its just enough crazy to keep things interesting and balanced.  I swear this city will drive us crazy sometimes but on the other side of things that craziness inspires some, otherwise unobtainable ideas.   I guess it’s a love hate thing.

Where we are from however is very much so different than Los Angeles, Yuba City is some what of a farm town I suppose and for the most part I think everyone knows everybody.  Its nice to have a place like that to call home, we all try and visit back as often as possible to visit friends and family, plus a break from the madness in Los Angeles is always nice.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

Currently we are in the studio working on our sophomore release, which we are pushing really hard to get released in late July or early August.  The album will be an EP consisting of five brand new tracks, which we feel are our best songs yet.   We are also booking several out of state dates this year in Colorado, Seattle, Arizona and Nevada.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

I would say that getting an honorable mention from the Billboard Organization for an earlier song of ours “I Can Change” and receiving the award for “best song by an independent artist” (then known as The Mainland) at the 2009 Malibu Music Awards where we shared the stage with rock legends Tom Petty and Grace Slick.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

Really all our goal has ever been is to connect with people through our music because it is what we love to do and there is no greater feeling than finding an intimate connection to someone through the power that is music.  It doesn’t matter if one person or ten thousand people hear our songs, the importance is what they get from the content, and if in 12 months just one person says to us “that’s a great song” then we have achieved success.

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

We have some amazing gigs lined up this summer.  We are heading to Fairplay, CO August 18th to perform on the main stage at the South Park Summer Festival and have a gang of other great Los Angeles and Southern California shows scheduled at various venues so please visit one of our social media sites for more details.

 

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Q: What do you do to relax?

To relax we spend time with our friends and loved ones, watch a lot of movies and slay a lot of zombies (addicted to zombie games)

 

Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Probably Barcelona Spain or anywhere in Spain, something about the culture there looks very pure and organic.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Always remember this life is what you make of it.  Its constructed much like a song, each part leading and attributing to the next, as a musician you have the power to change the feeling of the song at any time by doing as little turning a minor to a major, life works this way too so grab by the strings and fuckin shred it for a while.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

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Editor’s Note: Fly Radio have a great indie sound with pleasing harmonic overtones to create something with tremendous commercial potential. Definitely one of Song Revelation’s bands to watch.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Fly Radio just follow the links below:

Soundcloud:  www.soundcloud.com/loveflyradio

Reverbnation:   www.reverbnation.com/flyradio

Bandcamp:  www.flyradio.bandcamp.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/loveflyradio

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/loveflyradio

 

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