Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber full name is Justin Drew Bieber. He was born on 1st of March in 1994 in London, Ontario. He was raised in Stratford, Ontario. Bieber is a famous canadian singer and songwriter. He was famous from his best ever song "Baby"

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen has been an established artist in Canada for several years — with a third-place finish on Canadian Idol, two gold singles, two albums, and two Juno Award nominations to her name — Jepsen was a virtual unknown in the U.S. when “Call Me Maybe” hit it big.

The Weeknd

Abel Tesfaye is a Toronto-based singer famous by named " The Weeknd " . He recorded his all songs under " The Weeknd " name , his first song leaked in late 2010, though the identity of the individual behind the project was initially unknown. " The Weeknd " released a nine-song mixtape, House of Balloons, on 21 March 2011

Addy C

Adelynn Cuevas, or Addy C as she is known, is an 8 year old Latina from metro Atlanta, Ga. Addy loves to sing, dance , and play piano...

Céline Schmink

Celine Schmink is a french singer and also writer, journalist and Associate songwriter of SACEM. She writes in french and english in a pop folk style. Her musical work is regularly praised by the regional and national press and broadcast in France, Greece, Australia and the USA, where she leads a bilingual performing career.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Interview with Tony Orion

Tony Orion New video Trappin Aint Dead produced by Interscope/SoSay International Recording artist Tito 6 is now blowing up all around Michigan and getting the notoriety that it deserves in the mid west as the long awaited album titled Carrhart & Cardi’s is scheduled to be released November 2018. The album features Detroits own Drew Parks, Flint Michigans own Chuck Berry & Greg Joslin AKA Kush Is My Cologne. The album has been branded and formulated by TITO 6 engineered by platinum producer Bernard Terry to give hip hop heads something special that they haven’t heard in a very long time come out of the Midwest with grimey samples over epic 808 drums & soulful hooks to catch the ears of soulful nostalgic listeners.

The new single Trappin Aint dead is available on all music platforms such as Spotify & Tidal. Be sure to check out Tony Orions new music & upcoming events as he becomes buzz worthy in the Detroit music scene.


 


CHECK OUT THE INTERVIEW:


Love Music : Let’s talk a bit about your music and what is the secret behind your success ?

The secret behind my music is stayin in touch with the times and never judging who's doing what but just keep in my music authentic and real.


Love Music : Can you please tell our readers about your Album Carrhart & Carti's ?

The origins of C&C is out of Flint, Michigan but the vibe has a Detroit vibe with it as well knowing that Detroit hipsters and hood stars like to Flawse real hard and love shiny elegant things. The vibe of the album is straight up hip hop though with 808 beats and rugged samples.


Love Music : Any upcoming project?

Next project on board is Chuck Berry album as well that featured on my new single trappin aint dead.


Love Music : Please tell us more about your single Trappin Aint Dead ? 

TRAPPIN AINT DEAD is produced by once signed inter scope artist Tito 6 and we just talkin about how were living in the streets of flint michigan and how we get to the money.


Love Music : Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to be a professional musician ?

If you wanna be in this business stick to surrounding your self with people thats living it everyday and being successful in the business and never to be around people that just talk about their dreams but really bring them into manifestation.






Sunday, 12 August 2018

Firstdub, The Best Online Music Platform?


Firstdub is fast becoming one of the best online music platforms for music creators to connect with music buyers.

Firstdub has a simple vision, to give music creators greater control and an income from their music, whilst at the same time, creating a large and diverse music library for music buyers.

Music creators with their personalised music player can promote, sell and share music from Firstdub website, their website and on social media platforms.

Firstdub now has a Free Prize Draw, to enter music creators simply upload at least one song or instrumental before 1st September and one winner chosen at random will win £250 cash.

It is free to upload music to Firstdub and music creators keep all their copyrights, set their own sale prices and get paid instantly.

Firstdub is a great opportunity for music creators to expand their audience, share their music and generate an income by selling music to app creators, film makers, songwriters, vocalists or simply to fans and the general public.

Their website as a detailed FAQ page which is useful for most questions, to learn more visit Firstdub.com







Monday, 6 August 2018

Interview With J.T. Pender


Jacoby “J.T.” Pender was born into a family of musicians in the rurally located town of Port Angeles, Washington. His mother, father and brothers were all aspiring musicians throughout his life. He credits his family for providing an environment of constant musical creativeness growing up.

Although he is skilled with a beat pad or sampler, he is also a capable musician with the keys, guitar and bass. A typical studio session with J.T. reveals that he can create a track from scratch with any arrangement of instruments and develop it into a published song. As a recording engineer, songwriter and vocalist, J.T. has shown an ability to perform well in all areas of the song creation process. Under his urban music label, GameRunnaZ Records, J.T. has amassed a catalog of over 10 published albums with various artists from the Northwest.
J.T. also stays in demand as a music publisher for his self-founded company True Audible, gaining music placements in many different media outlets. Most recently his music has been placed on the UK’s re-airing of The Hills for MTV Networks, the feature film Something Like A Business, the PGA Tour and web series such as Sorority Forever and Prom Queen 2.

J.T. Recently most recently revamped GameRunnaZ Music Publishing through GameRunnaZ Records, and has secured music placements with Fuse TV, Bravo!, B.E.T., amongst other TV networks. You can hear his first official music composing credit on network TV on Season 2 of The Hollywood Puppet Show on Fuse TV.


J.T. has gained increase exposure  on his social media links:

J.T. Pender on Instagram
@jtpender

J.T. Pender on Twitter
@jtpenders

J.T. Pender on Facebook
@jtpenders


CHECK OUT THE INTERVIEW :


Love Music : Let’s talk a bit about your music and what is the secret behind your success ?

Persistence. I've been making music for 20 years. A lot of people when they think Hip Hop producer or rapper, they think Bentley, champaign, mansions. Overnight success. Hit single. But, the truth is, everything takes a lot of work behind the scenes. I've known artists that quit music for good, just because someone criticized their album. This was before the internet. Look at it now…the negativity is all summed up on one social media post. So, just sticking with it is half the battle for any musician, and persistently improving your skills and formula. Even when my music was struggling for inspiration, I’d still be making it. So, when you get a hit or something that’s fire, it makes it all that much more gratifying. 


Love Music : Can you please tell our readers about your latest project, The Success Freestyle?

For the last year I've been working heavy on the business side. Our record label, publishing company, and brand GameRunnaZ Records has secured some contracts that have allowed us to put our Hip Hop music into TV networks and film more than ever. But, at the core, I’m a musician and an artist. The Success Freestyle is my “back again” project. It is the first song from my incoming word in progress the “It Is What It Isn't.”







Love Music : And background Of The Success Freestyle Song & Video?

I just kept seeing people posting freestyles online, and I honestly questioned that they were freestyles or off the top. It kind of bothered my a little. Like, what is a freestyle nowadays then?  Like, most people that know me know I CAN freestyle, but I don’t step in cyphers and battle and all that. In the studio, half my songs start with Freestyles we end up keeping. With “The Success” freestyle I had an idea of what topic, but I wanted to do it from the top. So, that was where the live recording in booth concept happened. Cut a video with two iPhones and just let it roll. I actually did one freestyle and I forgot to arm the track in Logic, so the freestyle that made the video is actually the second attempt, like it shows. I had to keep it real.


Love Music : Please tell us more about your music style ? 

I've switched up a few times over the years. My style has been very artistically inclined since I released the No Apologies album. Even more with Affirmations. I try to put a message in my music an always take the listener somewhere. That doesn't always jive with what’s on the radio or what’s trending, but it’s what I do. One of my goals in music production has always been to try to bring the most dynamic energy without crowding my beats. I've gotten away from that the last few projects, but I’m bringing that concept back for “It Is What It Isn't”


Love Music : Who are your musical inspirations?

Too many to name in a sit down. I was raised on my pop’s vinyl collection…everyone from Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Gil Scott Heron. All the way through B.I.G., Tribe Called Quest,Wu Tang, and 2Pac. New guys like J. Cole and Kendrick really inspire me to make new music.


Love Music : Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to be a professional musician ?

It’s easier now than ever in history to start experimenting with music production and recording. If you really want to do it, start now. Quit waiting. There’s really no excuse anymore to not do music if that’s what you want to do. Professionally, remember, it’s BUSINESS… it’s not always beats and rhymes. Be ready for when it gets complicated. Study the game. BE READY AND STAY READY!


Love Music : Have you set some goals to achieve ? 

Just had a dope experience composing for Season 2 of The Hollywood Puppet Show on Fuse. I’d like to compose music for a movie someday in between everything else I’m trying to do out here.


Love Music : If you could perform anywhere, in the world, where would it have to be?

Those huge festivals in Europe look wild. Dubai looks dope. My backyard would be dope at this point….it’s been a couple years since I've performed live. That’s about to change. Anyone that’s seen me knows my stage game is legit.


Love Music : Please share with us your proudest moments ?

Seeing my one year old son hit the pads on my beat pad.


Love Music : Are you active on social media?

I stay pretty active on my Instagram @jtpender and I’m on the others. The new IGTV platform is starting to catch some exclusive content. Youtube stays up with new stuff as well.






Exodus Swift’s “Woke” Album

I had a chance to listen to Exodus Swift’s “Woke” Album. First off, this is unlike any gospel rap album I’ve ever heard. I would listen to this all day if I had the time too. And I’m not just saying that. This is too good to be a gospel rap album. And I’m not putting down gospel music or the hard working gospel rap artist that’s out here. 


I listen to Andy, Lecrae, Da Truth, KB, and so many more. But none of their albums left me thinking on a deep aspect the way Exodus Swift just did with this “Woke” album. The features are crazy! From Hollywood actors to legendary musicians, it’s crazy! I’m not going to spoil it because it hasn't dropped yet. But, speaking as a music critic. Exodus Swift’s “Woke “ is the realest gospel rap album of all time.







Sunday, 5 August 2018

Interview with Hakan Sunar of Spiritual Machinery

Love Music : Let’s talk a bit about your music and what is the secret behind your success ? 

Well, the thing is that pop and rock music have their limitations due to the set of rules that define the music. It's not just about the musical rules. Scales, notes, chords etc. But it's also about the fact that what you do is that you just copy something and try to add some of your own personality, or whatever to it.  

I mean, almost anything you hear can be placed in a genre. If you make a reggae track you copy reggae and try to come up with something of your own. That last part is very difficult. It doesn't get easier when you have all those favorite reggae tunes in your head. It's sort of unavoidable. 

Nine times out of ten you'll most likely end up with something like a remake or remix of all that reggae stuff stored in your memory. 

So what I'm trying to do is to add as much of my own musical identity , or whatever, to what I do.


Love Music : Can you please tell our readers about your latest released project? 

"As The World Goes Around" - That was a very difficult track. It started out as a simple synthpop track. But somehow the chorus didn't fit the arrangement. It has a bit of a 60's beat music feel to it. So I'd to rework the orchestration for the chorus part. But that didn't solve the problem. It just reversed it. This time the verse parts didn't fit to the chorus. 

I lost count on how many changes I did on this track. The final version is a hybrid of beat music, eurovision, synthpop and whatever else that's in there. Unfortunately I missed out some pitch issues after the track was released. But despite that I think it's a very catchy and uplifting tune. 


Love Music : Any new project do you have coming up ?

Yea, I'm currently working on a song we recorded a few months back. Struggling actually. Because there are some technical issues I haven't solved yet. However I released a short teaser for fans and followers on the Spiritual Machinery Facebook fan page. 

It's a mid-tempo electro-reggae-ish soulful tune called "Hold On". 

There are also plans for a video for a previous release.


Love Music : Please tell us more about your first synthesizer (a KORG Polysix) ?

I and some classmates used to jam in a music studio. They had a small control room with an 8-track tapemachine, a 12-channel mixer console, some audio processing gear and two synthesizers. A, at that time, new digital synthesizer Yamaha DX 7 and an older analog synth KORG Polysix.

Everybody was drooling over the DX 7. Because you could play acoustic instrument sounds on it. Like piano, saxophone, cello et cetera.  

I didn't quite understood the point of playing saxophone on anything but a real saxophone. To me a synthesizer should sound like a synthesizer and not like an imitation of a cowbell.  

So, I was way more interested in the OTHER SYNTH.

The KORG Polysix is actually a quite simple analog synth. It has only one oscilator. But the sound is very fat and warm. It's great for strings. It has a small memory . So you can store your sounds. There's also a fun arpeggiator aboard.

Anyway, my father bought me a Polysix in a second hand shop for musicians. I think it cost around $250 or something. He also bought me a drum machine and a 4-track portastudio one or two years later. Still to this day I'm endlessly grateful for that. 


Love Music : Who are your musical inspirations? 

Oh, there are so many. When I as 6 or 7 I started out by singing along to StevIe Wonder's LP "Talking Book". Y-know, songs like "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" and "Superstitious". I also loved MGM musicals with Gene Kelly. "Singing In The Rain", "An American In Paris".

As a teenager I mostly listened to synthpop music. Like Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, Jarre, Vangelis stuff like that. 

I actually enjoy all kinds of music. From Bela Bartôk and Karlheniz Stockhausen to Peggy Lee and Bowie.

Sounds are also a great source of inspiration. The funny thing is that soundS somehow dictates the way you play. Depending on the sound's pitch, velocity et cetera you're going to play a certain way.


Love Music : Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to be a professional electronic / pop musician ? 

In the post-punk era of the early 80's there was this idea that anyone could make music. You didn't have to be a brilliant instrumentalist. Sure, that was true - to some extent. Technology made it easier for non-musicians to make music. 

Today that should be even more true. Especially considering the technological development over the last few decades. 

But it's not. 

You have all these loops, samples, presets and production kits that you cna play around with. Like LEGO. You can alter a great drum loop and play a vocal sample on top of it. Naturally the pre-made stuff will sound great. But, apart from that won't really be your own music, it's actually very hard to make a good production out of that. 

A good song or production isn't something you just sneeze out of your nose. It'll still boil down to the fact that you need some level of knowledge and, hopefully, some talent. 

And so, my advice would be to bite in the soar apple and do the homework. 


Love Music : Have you set some goals to achieve ?

Yes, to clean up and organize my audio library. It seems like it's never going to happen.


Love Music : If you could perform anywhere, in the world, where would it have to be? 

I don't really know. Maybe the Meistersal at Hansa studios in Berlin. It's the famous studio next to the, former, Berlin wall where David Bowie recorded his Berlin trilogy albums. He recorded the vocals for "Heroes" in that location [Meistersal aka Studio 2]. Since then a string of well know artists have been recording there. Depeche Mode, U2, R.E.M and so on. The Meistersal is a very big room with absolutely fantastic acoustics. I saw a video a couple years ago when Daniel Miller, the head of Mute records, performed there together with producer Gareth Jones. It was great. I would love to perform there. It won't be a to big audience. So I won't get nervous and play a bum note [laugh].


Love Music : Please share with us your proudest moments ?

Oh, there are so many. I contributed with some music for a commercial for the city's enterprises. There was a reception. Everybody was there. The mayor, all the politicians, business people, local media and so on. We got standing ovations for like 10 minutes or so. That was pretty cool. 

I remember a gig on a club when suddenly somebody in the audience threw something on me that landed on the keyboard. I was thinking "f**k they hate us !" Then I realized it was a girl who had thrown her bra. O.K - that's maybe not a "proud" moment. But it was pretty flattering. I mean, I was just 22 or something and any expression of appreciation from any girl would have been counted as a success. At that time. Well, O.K I admit - I guess I'm still vulnerable to that [laugh]


Love Music : Are you active on social media? 

Yes, you sort of have to these days. There's this Facebook Fanpage and I'm also on Twitter. I guess I should sign up for Instagram, Google+, Snapchat etc. I'm not so familiar with all the social media. I'll have to ask my daughter. She's a dedicated expert.




http://spiritualmachinery.eu







Monday, 16 July 2018

Dying Van Gogh Records artist, Ed Hale talks about his latest single “The Prince of New York” in candid interview

Love Music : Let’s talk a bit about your music and what is the secret behind your success ?

Haha! I think the term success might be viewed as pretty subjective by most artists, depending on where they’re at in their career, or even which genre they’re in. So I’m not sure if I’m a good candidate to share any secrets. But I can tell you what it’s been like for us. With Ed Hale and the Transcendence we did really well on Alt Rock radio and especially on College Radio. After a certain amount of time we transitioned into the Adult Contemporary radio format, because that was the direction our label was recommending. And that ended up being a HUGE move for us. Out of the blue kind of success on the Billboard charts in a brand new genre. Not sure if I can say for sure that would have happened had we stayed in the Alt Rock world… But regardless, the key to all of it in my opinion is that we just keep doing what we FEEL... we do what we want to… But at the same time, to be really honest, we also listen to our fans. Because it’s not just a selfish thing anymore. It’s ART. For sure. So you have to follow your muse and be true to yourself. But at the same time you also can gain a lot of insight from just hearing what other people are telling you. Because you can get so caught up in your thing that you just can’t hear it. You WILL hear it, eventually. But it’ll be too late. So it’s good to do have a few people that you can count on and trust to tell you like it is and be real with you about what you’re doing. 


Love Music : Can you please tell our readers more about your forthcoming album So For Real?

Well…. We went into the studio to record a quick follow up to Ballad On Third Avenue, because that album started doing well. And of course from there it all went downhill. LOL! We ended up spending a few YEARS in the studio and recording way too many songs for one album. But I take responsibility for all of it. I know I got really sidetracked in terms of wanting to cover too many bases… maybe afraid to commit to any one “new album”… Stylistically we were all over the place. So we ended up focusing on a few different albums all at the same time. But after a while we started recognizing that we really were recording 2 to 3 new albums and we became okay with it. Luckily the guys in the band were willing to go along with it and we were able to finish them all. SO FOR REAL is the first album that the label decided to release because it’s the collection of songs that sounds the most accessible. It’s more electric than Ballad On Third, but it’s still kind of acoustic… It’s more pop. More polished. Every song is just really good on that album. It’s the first time we’ve ever recorded an album where we feel like we have 4 or 5 or 6 really good candidates for singles. Like that. There’s no fat on it. Just really cool tracks one after the other. Haha. Maybe I’m biased about this album. But man we worked so hard on this one… And so far the reception has been really positive. It’s solid. 


Love Music : Any new project do you have coming up?

Haha! Right now we’re going to put the idea for “new projects” on hold for a while and just focus on releasing and marketing these three new albums. I think if we went back into the studio to work on any new projects, people would think we were crazy!  


Love Music : Please tell us more about your latest single "The Prince of New York". 

With that song there’s not a lot I can say about the process of it… because it was one of those songs that just wrote themselves. I strummed a chord, opened my mouth to sing and the whole damn song just came out. All I did was scribble the lyrics down as fast as I could write. I mean that song CAME from somewhere else… All I did was bring it in to this world. And recording it went the same way. I played it for the guys and they dug it and we practiced it once or twice and they recorded it. Bam! That was it. Like magic. It was always one of the tracks that we just knew was special from the start. Loved working on it. Can’t believe how easy it was to bring it to life. 
But I think it’s important to say this about “Prince of New York”… That track is what it is because of the contributions of all the different people who worked on it. And for that I feel really really grateful. Roger Houdaille produced it and played bass. Fernando [Perdomo] does an incredible job on the lead guitar parts. Bill Sommer captured the rhythm track just right. It just pulses the whole time and that’s all Bill and Roger. And then we also had several musicians who aren’t in “the band” but they play regularly with us…. Matthew Sabatella added a bunch of harmony vocals and that made a huge difference on that track, like he made it sound incredible! Same with Greg Byers, the cellist. He’s a monster. His string arrangements on the song add this whole other magical element to it. Same with Paul Messina. He came in and added sax and other horns to it, and again that also amped the track up to a whole new level for us.  


Love Music : Who are your musical inspirations?

At this point I pretty much listen to everything. There’re no styles that I won’t entertain… Obviously the foundation of our music is rooted in a lot of classic 60s and 70s music, when experimentation and freedom were a lot more popular. Everything from the Beatles and Stones to Zeppelin and Bowie, Lou Reed, T. Rex, Iggy Pop, Joni Mitchell…. There was this moment in the 70s when artists were really encouraged to do their thing… Whatever that was… and they were rewarded for it. Then we lost that for a while in the 80s and 90s…. 
There’s a lot of pop right now that’s dominating the Top 40 that I personally think is starting to sound really stale. And that’s not good for the industry. People are starting to complain about “the radio” the way they did back in the early 90s until Grunge came out. After that, music just EXPLODED into all these different kinds of new genres that all became popular and for the next ten to fifteen years music was awesome. We had another British invasion with the whole Manchester scene and Brit pop, bands like Coldplay and Radiohead and Muse. Phoenix and Air from France of course were incredible. Jeff Buckley… The dream brother. He left us way too soon. Rufus Wainwright I absolutely adore. The Strokes are still one of the best. Tame Impala too. The Killers still surprise. We need that now. A new explosion of new bands and artists to rip things open and get a new party started in music. It’s all starting to sound the same again. But I have a feeling it’s not going to last long. I think this new trend of indie artists is going to blow things up again. It’s just a matter of time.  


Love Music : Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to be a professional musician ?

Haha! I’m not sure I’m someone who should be giving anyone advice. My career has been an insane rollercoaster, almost a textbook lesson in what NOT to do LOL! Mainly because I’ve been so selfish as an artist, always wanting to do what I wanted to, regardless of what was popular at the time. Sometimes that’s worked out for me. And sometimes it’s really backfired. So maybe it all depends on what each artist is going for. I’ve always turned my back on what’s happening in the mainstream and tried to stay away from it. Because I don’t like jumping on bandwagons just to make a buck. I have always liked artists who carve out their own niche doing their own thing. And that’s still possible. Maybe now more than ever before. It’s that fresh voice we’re all looking for. That fresh sound. Something new and cool and exciting. And the genre or style doesn’t even matter. You just gotta keep working on YOUR thing until you really feel like you have something new and fresh.


Love Music : Have you set some goals to achieve? 

Yeah…. Of course…. Over the years those goals change as you start achieving them… Hearing yourself on the radio is a trip. Everyone should have a chance to experience that if they work hard at their thing. Playing giant shows to a ton of screaming fans is another one that you can never describe with words… that feeling when you’re up there… Like you can do no wrong… When you become one with the audience. Of course, there are a lot of others we still haven’t achieved… And that’s probably a good thing. It keeps us working hard at the game. Keeps you fighting and creating. I still feel like our best albums are to come. And I’m not sure I’d feel that now if we had achieved all of our goals. So I see it as a positive.


Love Music : If you could perform anywhere, in the world, where would it have to be?

Madison Square Garden would be nice! That giant stadium in Rome would be another. Where you can hear the band all over the city even if you aren’t at the show… I love it there. I’d also like to see us play a series of big festivals again. We haven’t done that in a while. Things have changed a lot since then. It’s been long enough for us since we’ve toured that I think all of us would be happy to just get back out there and play for people again. 


Love Music : Please share with us your proudest moments ?

I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Honestly. I look back and there are so many. We’ve had the chance to meet a lot of incredible artists that we’ve admired since we were kids…. We’ve done so much together that wouldn’t even seem like a big deal to people outside of the band… things that might seem like no big deal… I know what you’re asking…. A shout out of all our “formal acheivements” like awards or hit songs… And yeah all those things are awesome… But I notice that my mind starts thinking about different things… like when we finished the All Your Heroes Become Villains album. That was HUGE. When we finally finished it and got the first CDs in our hands and popped it in… It was just a BIG project… Took forever… The band even broke up for a few months during the process. It was such a contentious album for us. We argued amongst ourselves for months. But in the end it came out so good. Things like that. Same thing with all the albums really… Each one is an adventure, and if you all survive it and it ends up sounding good, like you wanted to, that’s an incredible feeling. Of course yeah I could say that when all those songs started climbing up the Billboard charts and suddenly everyone starts calling you… I mean, that’s something too. I’m not going to downplay it. It feels AMAZING. You work hard. You do your thing and sometimes it hits big. That feels really good. Can’t deny that. 


Love Music : Are you active on social media?

Yeah. I try to be. It’s hard to keep up obviously. But I try. Most of the time I find that staying connected with people on social media is a better way to stay in touch with what’s going on than mainstream media these days. People are on top of things now. So social media is a good way of staying informed and tuned in. And we’re good about staying connected with our fans. We appreciate each and every one of them. Sincerely. Now more than ever due to how crazy it’s become in the music business… it’s the fans that keep you going. We use both FB and Twitter to keep people informed of what’s going on. Facebook.com/edhalemusic and @ed_hale









Friday, 8 June 2018

Interview with Olliray

Olliray is a singer songwriter from London England. He plays the piano and guitar and works with synthesisers and drum machines. He has been composing for many years ranging from classical piano to electronic and a few in between. He has just started to release music in 2017 with BoxRox as his first single. Soon to complete the final music on his latest album and release.
Born in the South of England he moved to London in his early 20s and currently still lives there.






Love Music : Which famous bands/musicians do you like?

I love Radiohead and The Cure and Bjork, Elbow, Mumford and Sons, and the National and always listening to new music that’s just out.


Love Music : What new bands/musicians are you listening to right now?

I’m loving Davide Squillace’s new album Once upon a time in Napoli great name and some of the beats are just amazing. Nick Mulvey too I’ve just gotten into – suddenly realized that about 4 of his tunes I’d added to my playlist (olliray on itunes) without even knowing it was the same person. Tom Rosenthal to is great. Lots more on my playlist – have a listen if you like.


Love Music : Describe your first instrument. Other instruments:

I used to play the violin which was my first instrument I picked up, ooh actually the recorder first but then everyone had to play that right? I played the violin for about 8 months and then gave up as the teacher used to shout at me and on top of that all my friends were doing gymnastics through the glass in the PE hall. I still can’t do a handstand but I can work out what note I want to play on the piano which is almost as good.


Love Music : Describe your family member's musical interests and abilities?

I’ve got three brothers and they can all play an instrument. Two even write music too and I hope they release it soon as I think its really good. The strange thing is our parents don’t play anything.


Love Music : Have you ever thought about joining forces with one of your brothers or anyone else?

Yes a few years back my brother Dave and I started to put together some music and it was sounding great. I’m not sure what happened to that, perhaps we should pick it up again. Currently I’m working with a female singer and also a sitar and viola player and so hope to have some interesting new music out soon.


Love Music : Please tell us more about your first single ?

BoxRox – this is really the first tune I managed to get into a finished enough state to release. I could work forever on each tune trying to get it more perfect but I thought this is ready enough and managed to release it through Ditto Music which then opened up a world of possibilities for me in creating and releasing. The track itself is a blade runner style fantasy type tune which just came to me one day magically, probably after I had watched too many Scifi Movies.


Love Music : What motivates you to do your best work as a singer songwriter ?

I usually get inspired by real life events and I’ve had a lot of crazy things happen in the last 2 years with my “day job” and so I’ve been writing about that a lot and events happening around it. In a roundabout way its pushed me to put more time into my music and actually release some tunes and so its not all bad.


Love Music : Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to be a professional musician ?

Usually the inspiration I have is in the first 30 minutes of making a track and then the rest is down to hard work and being organized and focused. I edit and produce the music myself and I spend most of the time doing that.


Love Music : What are your future plans ? Your vision for the coming years.

I’ve just started DJing and really enjoying it and bringing in to ideas I have built on other people’s ideas or tangents to it into my music I create. I am hoping to play out globally mixing in what I have created and some other people’s great tunes. I am working on about 5 new original tracks right now I hope to release in the near future.


Love Music : If you could perform anywhere, in the world, where would it have to be?

Ah I’d probably be up for a performance on Mars if Elon will fly me out one day.


Love Music : Are you active on social media? what’s the best way to follow you ?

I’m active on Instagram as ollirayofficial also soundcloud too as olliray