The Faim

 

Perth, Australia’s newest export, The Faim who signed to BMG worldwide, have premiered the official video to their debut single ‘Saints of the Sinners’

“Saints of the Sinners is about making your mark in the world, and not letting anyone stand in the way of where you want to be. It brings out the youth-fuelled rebellion of the voice in all of us that wants to be heard.” says Stephen from the band.

The song originally premiered as the Radio 1 Rock shows ‘Rockest record’ & received plays from Daytime radio, Kerrang radio and more.

The track was produced by John Feldmann who says “working with untapped talent like The Faim doesn’t happen every day. I see something in them that I don’t see in a lot of bands… Amazing songwriters, incredible performers, great front man. I am so pumped for the world to hear what we have created. It is truly a piece of art and I am so grateful I followed through with having these guys out to my house after they sent me their demo!”.

New single ‘Saints Of The Sinners’ – add it to your collection here:

https://thefaim.lnk.to/SaintsOfTheSinners

Website

http://thefaim.com

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/thefaim

Twitter

https://twitter.com/thefaim

Instagram

http://instagram.com/thefaim

Snapchat

@TheFaimOfficial

YouTube

http://youtube.com/TheFaim

Spotify

https://TheFaim.lnk.to/SpotifyID

Heavatar

CLASSICAL INSPIRED METAL-FUSION HEAVATAR TO RELEASE

NEW ALBUM “OPUS II – THE ANNIHILATION”

RELEASED TODAY ON earMUSIC

 

Heavatar, the classical inspired metal band revolving around VAN CANTO mastermind Stefan Schmidt (vocals, guitar), drummer Jörg Michael (former Stratovarius), Sebastian Scharf (lead guitars), Daniel Wicke (bass)… and some of the greatest classical composers of all time are releasing their sophomore album “Opus II – The Annihilation” is released today via earMUSIC.

Unlike other classic-meets-metal projects, the purpose of Heavatar is not in just adapting classical compositions to new instrumentations. It is not writing a metal song and having some orchestra playing along. Heavatar’s music is an answer to the question “What would it sound like, if Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and friends joined a metal band?”. The classical composer’s impact ranges from a single melody to a riff, a song structure, a harmony or even a lyrical inspiration – always picked up and thrown back by the band members, creating a unique, riff-oriented sound with some classical feel underneath. Puccini is spending some chords on the thrashy opener “None Shall Sleep”, Chopin adds some piano-based shuffle feel on “Hijacked By Unicorns” and Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Boellmann and Vivaldi are adding their style and ideas to other songs on “The Annihilation”.

Standing out as a true gem of the genre and beyond, the new album displays exciting guitar riffs, a great sense for storytelling, diversified yet catchy melodies and high velocity.

If “Opus I – All My Kingdoms” was a stepping stone into the unexpected waters of classic inspired power metal, “Opus II – The Annihilation” is a cliff-dive into the same water that bravely challenges the very barriers and possibilities of it.

ANGRA

2018 marks the beginning of yet another era in Angra’s history.

At age 26, the band shows motivation and strength like never before. Not even the sometimes uncertain trajectory was able to take away the focus, determination and inspiration of the quintet led – and founded – by Rafael Bittencourt, and formed by Felipe Andreoli (bass), Fabio Lione (vocals), Marcelo Barbosa (guitar) and Bruno Valverde (drums).

ØMNI” is Angra’s 9th studio album, the result of months of intense dedication, blood and sweat. It will be released on February 16th, 2018 on earMUSIC.

Once again, the album has been recorded in Sweden with Jens Bogren, who also produced the previous album “Secret Garden”, and manages to capture the same excellent chemistry.

The sound, while fully contemporary, has an organic character and respects the different nuances and dynamics of each instrument. Among the various guest musicians Arch Enemy’s vocalist Alissa White-Gluz and Brazilian singer Sandy stand out. The two singers both lend their characteristically very different voices to the track “Black Widow’s Web”. Many musicians were involved in creating the album, ranging from the percussion sound of Bahia to European orchestral arrangement – all of which give the album its outstanding variety.

ØMNI” is a concept album, a set of science fiction short stories that take place at various places in time, simultaneously. The backbone of the plot is based on the idea that in 2046 an artificial intelligence system will change human perception and cognition. It is a system which will allow conscious communication between present and future human beings. Characters such as time travellers, cavemen, warriors, among others, help tell this story.

The album connects the concepts of previous albums (“Holy Land”, “Rebirth”, “Temple of Shadows”) to one main system, “ØMNI”, which in Latin means “everything.” “ØMNI” fabricates an interconnectivity that shines light towards a universal truth: everything that has happened, led to what the band is today. “ØMNI” celebrates and unites the whole history of Angra to this exact, current moment.

Angra’s trademark formula, a Brazilian style mixed with classical music and heavy metal, is enhanced by different influences such as progressive rock, thrash metal, Latin music, djent, etc., which transforms the albums into a swirl of modern and familiar. The conjoined moods and dynamics put a special spin on the lyrics and therefore increase deep sense of immersion in the story.

The cover artwork was hand-drawn by Daniel Martin Diaz, a unique American artist who dedicates his life to mixing scientific and philosophical concepts such as Anatomy, Computer Science, Mathematics, Cosmology, Sacred Geometry, Symbolism and Esotericism. The designer Gustavo Sazes was responsible for integrating such an organic art piece to the visual concept of the album as a whole.

Even in a cultural environment increasingly sterile and unfavourable for music with soul and identity, the band gathers eleven tracks that completely differ from each other, but at the same time tell a cohesive story, and wander through all styles and nuances that have made Angra a worldwide reference. A very well bonded line-up, both personally and musically, overflowing with creativity, was the necessary fuel to bring these songs to life, songs which are undoubtedly among the best in the band’s discography.

ØMNI” certainly is a milestone, not only in the history of the band, but also for Brazilian metal and its recognition worldwide.

Jim Moginie

Jim Moginie

The moment is now. There is no time to dilly dally around the periphery’. So, while I’m thus philosophically engaged, and because there’s a song called Eternal Love on there, I’m releasing this 4 song EP, called PERPETUA, on Ash Wednesday (or if you like) St. Valentine’s Day, February 14 2018. There’s a song written with Sarah Blasko, and another with some Nashville cats.

During recuperation after the amazing Midnight Oil world tour of 2017 and a nasty fall onstage in November the tour’s last couple of weeks, I was mostly horizontal. Or in a wheelchair. A time to think, learn, meditate while contemplating the ceiling. So I thought it would be good rehabilitation to put together an EP of songs I recorded a couple of years ago, along the lines of last year’s ‘Under The Motherland’s lag’ EP. If only because I was unable to do much else.

In 2016 I had just turned a significant age, so barricaded myself into my studio with engineer El Ninety and banged out lots of ideas during the winter months without much revision, judgment or overthinking, playing most of the instruments myself with mostly my son Sam on drums, it was great to make music with him, plus some backing vocals from Lozz Benson and Evelyn Finnerty.

Perpetua. The title fits: it’s in honour of the glorious dead: ancestors, parents, relatives, friends, childhood heroes. The Christabel Blackman picture of me on the cover was taken in Fluntern Cemetery in Switzerland, where James Joyce is buried. We came there to honour the great man and his wife Nora.

I think the picture says ‘we are but passing through’. Existence is relentlessly perpetual. OK. That’s a mawkish idea to some. And I say ‘You’re on earth, there’s no cure for that.’ ‘No, I regret nothing, all I regret is having been born, dying is such a long tiresome business I always found.’ Actually that was Beckett.

John Van Ness

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

I was born and raised in Somerville NJ, USA.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

I studied communications in college and I’ve been playing guitar for 26 years now. I started playing guitar in college.  Later taught my piano and bass guitar.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My musical journey started in 1990 when I decided to learn how to play guitar during my freshman year in college.  I developed as a guitarist and song writer during my formidable years as a co-founding member of the band VAN NESS (with brother Joshua) during the mid-90”s through 2002.

When VAN NESS disbanded in 2002, I stepped away from live performances to focus on writing and producing.  In 2011; I created My Own little World Records. The motivation for starting MOLWR was to keep diversity, quality and integrity alive in today’s music.  I returned to the stage playing guitar and keys with MOR (Men of Rock – gigging band created by brother Joshua Van Ness).

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

I grew up listening to everything so I appreciate diversity in music – my favorite artists all fit in into multiple genres.  With that said, The Great Escape is all over the place.  There’s definitely an RnB/Neo Soul lean to it but there’s moments of pop, rock and Jazz sprinkled in.  The music video for “February” is performance video designed to help folks get through what a lot of people consider to be the longest and coldest month of the year.  This also turns out to be a nice introduction to the world for the featured vocalist Tauree.

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Tell us how to run a record label independently and successfully based on your experience as an artist.

I’m learning something new about the process and business every day.  I try to make the most of my time by being picky about the artists and music I’m endorsing.  I need to be 100% behind their music and for the right reasons. I’ve made the conscious decision to pass on artists that may have been more commercially viable than anything that I’ve done because the music and message just did not feel right to me.  At the end of the day I need to feel good about every aspect that MOLWR is involved in – even if it means sacrificing commercial success. With that said, I don’t always measure success by sales and numbers.  Success can also come from experiencing the impact that music can have on others.  I also look at an artist’s evolution and progression as a measure of success.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

Social media and word of mouth are still most effective tool.  One fan at time turns into momentum.

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Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad.

Happiness comes in simple things.  Being able to slow down and enjoy moments with people you love. Music and walking my dog are sources of happiness   Guitars also make me happy.  I have 20 guitars!  The state of the world often makes me sad.  The fact that we still struggle with inequality, racism and intolerance bothers me to no end.

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Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song.

“February” is a song about wanting to love and be loved during the love’s prime-time – the month of Valentine’s Day and Cupid.  February is a dangerous and sometimes a depressing month when you are single.  Sometimes wanting love so bad leaves you vulnerable to even more heartache and pain.

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List the radio stations, TV stations and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.

Music from The Great Escape has been featured on the following stations and blogs:

Spin Charts Radio

Radio Seagull

Downunda Thunda Radio

96.1FM The Source – Sophie’s Spring Board Show

Ardenncafe/Amnesia electro – France

KRSC 91.3FM – Rogers St. Univ. InnerVisions Syndicated Radio Show

NBT Music Radio

GreatLakesIndie.us

Jammerzine

Evolution 107.9FM – BCIT Campus Radio

IMC Radio – The Better Music Mix

Independent Radio Trier

Spider’s Dirty Rotten Weekend

Radio Casbah

Middle Tennessee Music

Muzique Magazine

Showcase Radio

It’s Psychedelic Baby Magazine

W.A.A.P Radio Locally International

Front Range Radio

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Give us links to where the song can be purchased.

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/johnvanness

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-great-escape/id1276876770

https://www.amazon.com/Great-Escape-John-Van-Ness/dp/B075C7WRQZ/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1518540776&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=john+van+ness

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

The “February” video was shot and directed by the extraordinary Joshua Van Ness.  Joshua (my brother) also plays drums on the track and appears in the video.   Tauree, the featured vocalist also appears in the video.  I wrote and originally recorded “February” almost 8 years ago.  The song was reincarnated multiple times and shelved each time until my brother, Josh, stumbled upon it and asked to record live drums on it.  Although I wrote lyrics for it, I was prepared to release it as an instrumental track until I heard Tauree’s voice.  I considered other vocalists – I even tried to sing but it never made sense until Tauree sang it – it was a perfect match!

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

I’ve been making music since the mid 90’s but I didn’t get serious until I created My Own Little World Records in 2011.  I want to continue to write and produce music with integrity and diversity.  I want to keep real music alive.  I am currently producing Tauree’s official debut album, “Descent”.  We expect it to be released in June 2018.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

I’m self-taught on every instrument I play.  I also have a birth defect called arthrogryposis.  While it primarily affects my legs

(leg braces and a wheelchair) it does affect my hands a little so I’ve had to find my own way to things on guitar and keyboards.  With that said, my approach to chords is noticeably different than most people.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

I know my limitations as a vocalists and a musician in general.  With that said, I much prefer letting real singers sing.  I think my strengths are writing and producing.  I’d like to think my guitar skills are one of my strengths but I also know I still have plenty of room to improve there as well.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

I love so many different artists and songs so this is always subject to change but my 5 favorites today are

Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix  – Everything  I love about guitar in 2:31.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles – songwriting at its best.

Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding – Amazing character to his voice.

I Got You – Split Enz – Neil Finn may be my favorite song writer/amazing hook.

Anotherlovawholeinyohead – Prince – He was simply the best!

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Tell us your position on “DIY” Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.

Major labels are very numbers and trend driven.  I started MOLWR because I didn’t like the direction the industry was heading in.  Majors are not interested in developing and grooming new artists. They only take notice once you’ve developed a significant following or have even sold a good amount on your own. At that point why would you even want to share your hard earned money with them?

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Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music.

I love sports (NY Mets and Cleveland Browns) and my dog Hennessy!  When I’m not making music or working I’m working out and spending time with family.

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List your various works.

Production Credits:

Josh Sallo – Josh Sallo – 2007

A Tall Tale on Johnson Road – Brett Fuentes – 2008

DNA ( ’08) Discovering the Universe – Joshua Van Ness (’11)

The Ropes – Jonathan Andrew 2011

We the People  – Mikey Arto 2013

Someday Sessions – Joshua Van Ness & MOR – 2014

Diaries of the Extraordinarily Beautiful – Mikey Jahbree Wooley – 2015

The Great Escape – John Van Ness – 2017

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State links to connect you on social media.

https://www.facebook.com/molwr

http://www.myownlittleworldrecords.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjtvDSoNZQcMUDmcPFfXl0A

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State the official date of release.

8/7/2017.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it

It’s just me!

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“February” is a song about wanting to love and be loved during the love’s prime-time – the month of Valentine’s Day and cupid.

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

Escaping reality and finding whatever or whoever that brings you happiness is the underlying theme to all of the songs on this album so it seemed only natural to name the album “The Great Escape”.

Uncle Tadashi & the Boyz

Go into detail on why you decide to choose music as a career.

Being a music lover & a serious one since the 7th grade, with over 14,000 albums since then. It was a natural progression into the creative process of original music.

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

We’ve gotten positive random reviews, young and old. Reviews provided by Tunecore and Reverbnation. We’re getting fans worldwide from Jango Radio.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

Everyone’s online in this day and age. Thus, finding and sharing music through social network sites.

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Brief us about the recording of this song.

Rehearsing & recording of “Stay For Awhile”, compared to our other songs, was a more daunting task. Just getting everyone involved, band members and recording engineer, in the same place, at the same time, was a nightmare. Family commitments, illness, work, etc.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

“Stay For Awhile” originally was meant to be duet love song. But as fate had it, it wasn’t meant to be. It was a blessing in disguise, it turned out to be a more emotional and personal journey.

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State your area of specialization in music.

Lyrics and arrangement.

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

It varies pending the circumstances.

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

Starts off with a topic/subject. Then the mood and melody comes into play. I work on the melody, chorus, harmonies and hooks. What types of instruments?

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Discuss music generally in full details.

Just like lyrics to my next song, “The Tribute Song”, “Music good or bad, happy or sad, can’t go wrong”. Uncle Tadashi & Da Boyz, try to stress that every song has a catchy, sing along melody. Also try not to fall into a predictable style and sound.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

60’s-70’s Underground Rock- Influenced my early teen years.

Hip/Hop & R&B – For the beat and relevancy.

90’s Grunge- Particularly Seattle groups.

80’s New Wave- Cool British-style sound.

50’s-60’s Hardbop Jazz. Fave- Hank Mobley.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

I like and feel comfortable with our recording engineer, Pierre Grill. He makes everyone feel comfortable with his sense of humor and bringing out the best in everyone.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

Guitar and Sax.

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

As of now, we’re just a recording and not live band. Like I’ve mentioned earlier, everyone has their own life and agenda to life. So it’s next to impossible, to have a regular commitment and availability to perform live.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

I tend to be soft-spoken and always love being creative and working on projects. Was and still active in sports, so competitive in nature. Participated in individual and organized sports from a kid. Football, baseball, basketball, team tennis, karate, surfing, wave skiing, etc.

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Tell us about your musical background.

Not proficient in any instrument. Did play alto saxophone during Intermediate School (7th-9th grade). Still remember how to read sheet music, basic scales. Always say I’ll get a new sax and start playing again. My old sax keys tend to stick.

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Give us the links to purchase your music and contact you.

iTunes, Amazon Music, CD Baby, just to name a few.

Website

uncletadashi.com

Email

mikeyige@gmail.com (if you want to purchase CDs of our music).

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

Remains to be seen.

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Tell us the good and bad side of mankind you know.

The good- Caring, sensitive, selfless, humble & giving.

The bad- Selfish, arrogant, loud mouth, non-listener & vengeful.

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State the official date of release.

“Stay For Awhile” was released on December 7, 2017.

Johnny Reed

Discuss your personality. 

I’m really self- motivated by inspiration. The spirit of rock music…

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Brief us about you as a musician.

I play all the instruments on all of my 6 albums.

I play by feel, by ear and self-taught.  Drums were first, then acoustic guitar, then acoustic piano.  To this day I just have one of everything; I’m not a collector kind of musician.  For electric guitar: Fender Telecaster, Acoustic guitar: Takamine, Acoustic drums: Ludwig, Digital Drums: Roland V, Bass Guitar: Ventura (a Hofner copy).  In my beginnings I had a cheap guitar and cheap amp… I thought if I just had some top expensive gear that’s what I really needed to be great! Well a guitar player from a major group dropped into our rehearsal one day.  He picked up that cheap guitar with that cheap amp and made that thing SING!  I never forgot that lesson, it’s not the gear, it’s the player.

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Go into details on what have changed in your life for choosing music as a career.

When I chose music as my main thrust in life I left the safety and solid footing of a normal life. I entered into a free-flowing creative way of life with no assurances of success, or any future.  There’s no one that can tell you what the best path in life is for you, they may try but they don’t know.  The hours are crazy working into the early morning and then getting up in a few hours and doing it all again.  It’s not just the creative for me; I love the promotion in as well.  I have to constantly promote my music.

It’s all tied together.  It seems like I’m tethered to the studio.  Every time I decide to try to get out… I find I have to go right back!  But when those magic creative moments happen, it makes it’s all worth it.

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Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.
I’m not tied to that 8 to 5 grind anymore… it’s eight to whenever now!  I’m working longer and longer hours, no overtime pay, just paid in self-satisfaction.

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Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.
As an established artist I will put fame under my belt and continue to create for the purpose of creation, and not fall into some “what should I do now that I’m a famous artist” sort of mode.  I won’t be chasing other artist coattails, just creating and expressing naturally.

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Elaborate on the story line of this song.
The song ROBOT NOT ME is song number two on my new album, FORTRESS OF ONE. This song deals with artificial intelligence and our complacency to embrace it.  We want it, we need it, we think… But at some point we may find that it is US that are being controlled by the robot and artificial intelligence.  And a second message in the song is… in society we are following the commands and doing what the establishment wants us to do making us the real robots.  As with several of my other songs this tongue and cheek presentation highlights an underlying message.

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Tell us means of connecting you and purchasing your music online. 
Johnny Reed

Email

johnny@johnnyreed.com

Official site

www.johnnyreed.com

Facebook 19k+ fans

www.facebook.com/thejohnnyreedshow

Twitter

https://twitter.com/johnnyreedshow

My 4 albums as JOHNNY REED are on iTunes at this link
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/johnny-reed/399752962

My 2 albums as RAWK DAWG are on iTunes at this link

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rawk-dawg/4409912

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Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.
Greatest moment for me was… Well… there are several:

When Mel Evans the Beatles road manager told me I reminded him of Paul. When Music Connection said my vocals reminded them of Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad. When the ZAGmusic e-zine said I reminded them of Ginger Baker and Keith moon on the drums. When StubbleZine Magazine said my electric guitar playing reminded them of a post-Jimi Hendrix. When Bobbie D. says my harmonies remind him of the Beach boys or the Beatles. When a Hollywood magazine says I’ve made a Pink Floyd concept album. When Celebrity Café magazine said I do the kind of Rock the Rolling Stones used to do.  These are my most precious moments, putting me if only for a moment, in the shade of these giants.

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Tell us the highest amount of money you have ever received from your music career and how it happened.

Well, it was actually from my voice talent. During the RAWK DAWG albums I was requested to “Blue Sky” the sounds for the Peter Jackson KING KONG Universal Pictures ® film in 2005. They ended up using my voice for the King Kong, the V-Rexs, The Brontosaurs, Mutant Insects, and even the Ann Darrow scream… etc. in all the merchandising for the movie. I made over $50K.

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Discuss your experience pertaining live performances, gigs, shows and tours. 

And since I play all the instruments on my albums, when I tour I need to bring on other players, sort of a “Hollywood Heroes” of musicians who are a who’s who of great rock groups. Europe is very favorable toward American Rock and Blues music. Music fans in these countries are not tied to the top 40 Hits as most American fans seem to be.

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Tell us how you relate with your fans.
My fans are great.  I like to do things like give special clips, messages, or other things to them when I can.  Their support has made me continue to release albums, and try to stretch my creativity to where it feels it should go naturally; they give me meaning to go on.

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Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time.
I would love to work with David Bowie, the old Bowie.  He was such a Space Case, so interesting “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust” was just so out there.

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Tell us the most important people that have boosted your music career and how you met them.
One would be Mal Evans, he was the Beatles road manager in the early days.  I met him in the Kings Head Pub in Santa Monica, CA. He befriended me and encouraged me, saying I reminded him of Paul, which really re-fueled my engines.  Also, Ronnie I, a great songwriter & artist himself, encouraged me to let the true artist out.  Even if I did hard rock songs he didn’t appreciate, he urged me to express myself and keep going.
Last but not least, Stuart Cheese, a UK producer I submitted my work to, gave me encouragement saying things like “You must know how impressed I am with everything you send us over. You are the kind of artist, where it is purely a matter of time… I genuinely hope that at some point in the near future, we can take some part in what has to be a very bright horizon for you.  Wow, that took me up a notch or two for sure!

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Brief us on what you have in mind before considering music as a career
I worked in the computer & telecommunications industries.  They were good jobs, but far from my passion. I later worked in the independent film industry, it was challenging and interesting, but again far from the spirit of music passions I had.

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Discuss your good and bad experience in life. 

My best experiences in life have been when I’m being spontaneously me!

The joy of creating laughter in others, and playing something musically that gives me that tingle of WOW!

My bad experience, my worst time, is when I found my daughter had been in a car accident, and had suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury.  She was in a comma for 4 months.  In the hospital over a year, and still can’t walk, and can barely talk to this day.   I’ve used this tragic situation as inspiration to write several songs on my albums.  Songs like: Such a Beautiful Bird, Talk Another Road, Live in the Moment and It’s Gonna Be Alright.

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Name the artists that have influenced the world.
The BEATLES, John Lennon singing “All you Need is Love” became an anthem for a generation.

Elton John & Bernie Taupin wrote songs that brought an emotional side to Rock that it hasn’t seen since.

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Tell us about your moment of rejections as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on.

Yes, rejections happen all the time. Everyone likes to give their expert opinions. You have to stick by your guns and your gut feelings about your music.  I always remember the countless times artists had been rejected, only to become HUGE later.  I think the biggest was in 1962, when Decca Records rejected the Beatles, saying “guitar groups are on the way out” and “The Beatles have no future in show business!  Wow if that doesn’t say it all… experts don’t know anything at all.  PS that’s the themes of my song “Anything at All” on the new album FORTRESS OF ONE.

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Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received about your music

Elton John’s producer Gus Dudgeon took the time to write me, telling me that my voice & music was just dreadful!  Wow he must have really hated it!
But I did find out later that in a book by Elizabeth Rosenthal, “His Song: The Musical Journey of Elton John”, Dudgeon called the 1974 Caribou album “a piece of crap … the sound is the worst, the songs are nowhere, the sleeve came out wrong, the lyrics weren’t that good, the singing wasn’t all there, the playing wasn’t great and the production is just plain lousy.  Whew!  I think Elton & I must have a weird connection.
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Tell us how to become a famous artist
Perseverance is the key to success. Don’t give, don’t cave in, keep playing, writing, performing until the world wakes up and embraces you.

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Tell us how you plan to make an impact on the society
Many of the songs on my albums are message songs, so I’ve already started.  My subjects include: Artificial Intelligence, Gender Identity, Native Americans Value, Servicemen and Women & Veterans Appreciation, International Love & Tolerance.  These aren’t topics that will get me into the TOP 10 on the pop charts, but are things that need to be brought out and discussed, not just passed over or forgotten.

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Elaborate on the recording process of this song.
I started the recording for ROBOT NOT ME by singing it and playing the drums at the same time (a Roland V set).  This established the feel, beat and tempo for the song.  I then added a clavinet keyboard (a Korg Triton le). Then the heavy electric guitar (a Telecaster 1965) using a Zoom 9150 to accent the lines.  I played the lead guitar through a SM58 mic’d Peavy Studio Pro. The bridge release was written as I played, it just fell into place by feel.  I added snippets of electronic sounds to accentuate the robot theme.  It’s like some of my songs are a tongue-in-cheek premise with an underlying serious message.
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State the official date of release.
FORTRESS OF ONE was released on November 11, 2017.