Theody

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“It started as a solo project” says founder, Lauren Elizabeth, “just a recreational and part time thing.”

 

As more opportunities arose it became obvious that this up and coming hard rock group from NW Arkansas was gaining an audience and being taken seriously. The solo project transformed into a band. Taking on the name Theody, they continued to share hope through lyrically driven songs that are relatable to any age group.

 

Delivering a highly charged rock motif, Theody has toured the country multiple times in just a short span of 4 years. They have shared the stage with Decyfer Down, Children 18:3, Project 86, Rival Choir, Nothing Left and many more. But their true hope is to share more than just a stage—.   Theody offers a unique approach, backed by the power of their faith and testimony that inspires any who hear them.

 

The musical history of Theody is also impressive, releasing their debut, self-titled album in July of 2014. It was well received and was quickly followed by their rendition of the Christmas hymn “Oh Come Emmanuel” as a single in December 2014. In early 2016 the band released a single “Define the Relationship” as they launched their crowd funding campaign for their sophomore album that was released March 2016. They just released a new project titled “Prelude”, that brings more heartfelt melodies and intense energy that Theody has become known for.

 

But if you really want to know what this band is all about, ask the band members, Lauren, Charles, and Chad about the connection they are forming with their rapidly growing fan base. This is not just another chart chaser; Theody brings energy with convicting voice to every project and concert.

 

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Dizzy Box Nine

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Dizzy Box Nine is a pop-rock band out of Southern California.  They play melodic, radio-friendly pop songs that have nearly instant appeal.  The lyrics are clever and tight, and the instrumentation is dynamic and full.  Dizzy Box Nine has been influenced by a variety of musical styles, over a broad range of genres-from Blink 182 and MXPX, to the Cars, Train, and Tom Petty.  Their music is basic straightforward pop-rock with splashes of pop-punk sprinkled into the mix.

 

Singer-Guitarist, and band creator, Randy Ludwig, claims that this eclecticism is what helps give Dizzy Box Nine their signature sound.  “We have been inspired by all types of music, and this clearly shows in our songs.”  There are no fillers here.  Randy’s motto is “start fast”.  And, these songs seem to captivate, energize, and even, inspire – from the very first second of the record, to the very last one.  One thing is clear:  the debut CD from Dizzy Box Nine is a well-put together record with something for everyone.

 

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Don Carnevale

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ARTIST NAME: Don Carnevale

 

SONG TITLE: She’s an Eight

 

RELEASE DATE: 04-10-2018

 

GENRE: Rock Pop

 

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

I like anything that captures me.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

Old time Bass player turned writer/producer.

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Tell us the theme of your song.

It’s actually about the ancient Enneagram which is its own science.

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Tell us your future goals.

Just keep turning out music that pleases me.

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans. One by one and no faster.

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

There is no money left unless you want to play out a lot.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

All great songwriters inspire me.

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

I used to think I was a natural, but now I realize I have to work hard at lyrics and most of my stuff is not as deep as it could be.

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

One man band.

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

I’m leary of a message because that means I’m preaching.  I prefer to see them dance or just enjoy.

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Explain copyright.

A legal requirement for every song.  Usually $35.00.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

Sometimes the whole idea just comes to me.  I write it quick and then edit it over and over until I’ve gone as far as the idea will let me.

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Go into detail on the recording of this song.

This song took a long time from conception to completion.

Rearranging and pruning until ripe.

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Discuss your music performance.

I played guitars and keyboards on this tune.  I originally played everything, but I replace my parts with better players as I move along and it serves the final outcome better.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Don Carnevale that’s me.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

She’s an Eight is referring to the ancient Enneagram (you might want to google it) and it explains a powerful personality type.

The James Carratt Project

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ARTIST NAME: The James Carratt Project

 

SONG TITLE: Jackson Street Pub

 

ALBUM TITLE: Volume One

 

RELEASE DATE: October 17 2017

 

GENRE: Country / Rock

 

 

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Discuss your composition and melody.

The song is based in the key of C Major and uses a simplistic classic country melody.

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State the name of your producer and elaborate on the song.

The song was self-produced by James Carratt the writer.

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Discuss the lyrics of the song.

The song was written during a very rough time in my marriage.  Essentially, the lyrics take me back to my college days where my wife and I had met.

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Elaborate on your music career.

I’ve been playing since I was young.  I’ve played almost every genre with the exception of jazz and polka.  Rock, Classic Rock, Country, Classic Country, Rap, and etc.  I started out with influences like Van Halen, Metallica, Led Zep and the old classic rock bands.  I was not big into country but appreciated it none the less.  Eventually, country evolved to be something more of an 80’s rock sound with a southern voice on the mic.  As music changed I found myself listening more and more to the country stations.  From there we started taking trips to Nashville, playing clubs like Tootsies, the Cadillac Ranch and other bars all along the strip.  My good friend, Jamie Campbell was the lead singer at that time and eventually life just caught up and I retreated back to my home to write music.

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Brief us on how you are reaching fans with your music.

I find that allowing other musicians to sing and play my material is the easiest way to get my music to be heard.  Other musicians throughout the country, but mostly in my own community are starting to play and listen to the music that I wrote.  Sure, I’ve allowed others to record the tracks in my studio, but at the end of the day, it’s my song being shared across their band pages and web sites.

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Discuss your motive behind making music.

At 50 years old I’ve given up on the dream of becoming the iconic rock star from my youth.  However, as I began this project I realized that a lot of local musicians really enjoyed the writing.  I found that I can reach more people by simply allowing others to record my music which resulted in an album featuring 47 musicians on a project of over 60 different people.

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Discuss your lyrics and songwriting.

Songwriting for me comes from the heart and what I’m feeling inside.  It’s almost therapeutic.  My wife and I struggled for years and I almost lost my marriage as a result.  This was when most of the songs for the last record were written and recorded.  Appears I’m not alone when it comes to this.  Adele has three albums that reference her break up.  She has since moved on but she had written so much material from this emotional heartbreak the songs are still there. I have to say I also have about three albums worth of material that cover the subject, however I’m glad to say I’m finding myself able to finally write about other subjects.

 

Many of my songs are impromptu.  I’ll get an idea, record the rift and loop the track.  I’ll scat around a bit, but the lyrics being to flow pretty quickly.  I do use a cookie cutter approach many times.  I know where the hook is coming and at that point I copy and paste the rest of the song together and start writing the remainder of the song.

 

The best material usually takes less time to write.  One of my best compositions, “Fall in Love Again” and “Pictures On My Page” were both written in under 10 minutes…

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Elaborate on your work and achievement so far in your music career.

Winning Rockstar Radio’s 2017 best country song from an unsigned artist had to be the pinnacle.  Next week we find out whether we have secured album of the year for the Rockford Area Musicians Industry (RAMI).  Again another huge accomplishment for a guy in his 50’s who never thought this could happen.

 

I’ve been approached by record executives including David Ross of Reviver Records who found that our unique approach to making music was at least interesting enough to talk about.  It was an amazing moment to be speaking to the president of a top 20 Billboard record company to say the least.

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Tell us your opinion on using rhymes dictionary or writing software to develop lyrics.

I think that these are great tools for beginning song writers.  I often found myself using rhyme dictionaries early on.  However, the more and more that you write the better and better you become as a writer.  Even Paul McCartney once said he didn’t like any of his songs until after he had written 100 songs.  It takes time.  It takes passion.  I’ve written almost a 100 songs and most of them are garbage and sit inside my hard drive never to be heard by anyone.  However, there are a couple of gems inside there.  Over time a writer will find he no longer needs these tools and write from the heart.

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Discuss the music industry.

The music industry has changed by leaps and bounds since the 80’s and 90’s.  Record Companies are not making what they used to and as a result the business model has evolved and continues to evolve.  Artists have to grasp and understand these changes if they are to be heard.  Right now, there is simply so much information.  Between all the social media websites and band promotional websites it’s hard to get yourself heard.  It was at that point I decided to take a unique approach of simply letting others sing and record my material.  In return I would produce and release the material on VINYL and on all the digital platforms on their behalf.  Almost like a label myself but slightly different.  Slowly, we are starting to turn the “Big Machine” called the music industry.

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Elaborate on how you prepare yourself for a recording session.

I have a small studio in my basement where I recorded almost the entire album.  However, my main source of income, an insurance adjuster, the office is also in my home.  When I get an idea that is overwhelming I simply track immediately, the songs are typically written in only a few minutes.

 

I am very limited vocally.  I’ll listen back to the track.  I’ll ask other people what they think.  If there is a green light to move forward with recording I start vetting the players for the song.  It’s a process of finding the best singer for the track.  Sometimes, a song will go through 2-3 singers before landing that special someone who gives it life.

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Brief us on your preference in terms of tempo as in up-tempo, mid-tempo or slow tempo.

I like to write mid tempo… it’s easier to get the lyrics out.

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Discuss your shows or live performance.

47 musicians on one record.  Really hard to get them all on stage.  We simply took a handful of musicians of the record and formed a core group.  Periodically we do invite all the singers on stage for special events, typically however; we stick with 3-4 singers off the album performing all the songs.

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Send a message across to your fans and supporters.

I can only say that this project would not have been accomplished without the amazing musicians and their fans.  With them we would not have garnished the amazing support we have had from radio, press and media around the world.

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Discuss the story line of the song.

The story is essentially about my remembrance of a time from my past when my wife and I met.  Those days when you meet someone for the first time and fall madly in love.  Jackson Street Pub is that place for me.  All the memories and all the good times wrapped up in one song.

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Tell us what makes this song unique from others.

It holds a classic country sound with a unique approach to the drum production.

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Tell us the theme of most of your compositions.

They vary.  Honestly, because I’m bringing in different musicians and different singers the theme continually changes.  I may start the song off with a classic country vibe, but after the musicians arrive to record I start to hear something different.  I like to allow these changes and allow the musicians to take chances and change the approach to the song.  It’s still my song, and still my chord structure but the approach that each musician has always intrigued me.  Several tracks were recorded 2-3 times with different musicians before I was happy with the track.  Yet, each time it was recorded, even with the same exact chord structure the tone and approach continued to change.

 

I think this what makes the project so unique to the listener.  As they comb track by track not one song sounds the same.  All the tracks are written by the same guy, yet the approach to the material and the theme changes from track to track.

Tiny Fighter

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Indie-pop duo Tiny Fighter are releasing their debut single ‘New Century’. Meeting in Stockholm in 2017, this Australian/ Swedish pair have quickly built a strong live reputation for mixing catchy indie-pop with darker themes and arrangements, led by the enigmatic Therese Karlsson. ‘New Century’ was recorded in Los Angeles and Stockholm with Daniel Rejmer (Ben Frost, Foals, Girls Names) and extends on the more melodic moments from their previous work with bands such as Fire to the Stars and Mid-State Orange.

 

After relocating to Stockholm from Melbourne in 2016, Therese and Tim came together via some rather fortunate semi-random sampling (i.e. internet band forum) and quickly realised that where Tim was good at starting songs, Therese excelled at finishing them. Their single ‘New Century’ describes the tension many experience between unfulfilled desire and resigning to one’s fate with a drive to take control of one’s destiny and make a difference. The title, ‘New Century’ is meant to suggest reinvention, a personal reinvention – which whilst desirable is not always an easy or straightforward thing to do.

 

Accompanying the single is award winning directors Kyle V James & Mallori Taylor’s incredible video, short entirely on a 360-degree camera. The video extends on the lyrical theme of reinvention, using the 360-degree camera to distort or reimagine a range of natural and urban landscapes into dream-like exaggerations of their original selves: oceans turn to globes, whole forests morph into a single dandelion as a metaphor for the internal personal changes the song’s main protagonist so desires, but can’t quite seem to obtain. By pairing the music with such wild distortions of the everyday objects and landscapes the viewer is encouraged to look at their own everyday life in a different light and from a different angle – the truth may be right there in front of you, you just need to be more flexible with your interpretation.

 

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