Published on January 31 2014

ProleteR - "A producer is supposed to be curious by nature"

 

1. Could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit more about your debut as an artist ?

 

I started making music when I was very young, around 9, I was playing on my father's old drums but at that time (in the early '90s), I listened to Rock and was a fan of guitar heroes  like Slash. My parents got so annoyed that they ended up buying me my first electric guitar. From this moment on, I began obsessed with music, I carried my guitar everywhere, I played every time. I learned how to play guitar by myself, played in several bands and often performed in public. I was around 21 or 22 when I started to get into music production and thought about making a different kind of music. I bought a sampler (Yamaha rs 7000) and also learned by myself. At that time, I had created some compositions with friends of mine from Strasbourg University. There was no sampling, just basic compositions.

 

 

2. What kind of artists do you usually listen to? Are they a source of inspiration for you?


I am a very good client as a listener, what I mean is that I'm a huge music lover and I don't have any prejudices about genres, I get my music from each one of them. I think that I have quite a good musical culture, rock, electronic music, hip hop, reggae, soul, jazz... I get my inspiration from all of these, I think a producer is supposed to be curious by nature and has to act as a "sponge" by absorbing a whole range of influences, textures and sonorities from various elements that will later turn into new ideas. This is the reason why I cannot make a list of my influences since it would be two pages long. I, however, truly admire the careers of Danger Mouse, Marc Ronson, Quincy Jones, Rick Rubin, Pharell, 20syl, for example, because they are not only beatmakers, they have a wide vision of music with no borders. I would love to have the same kind of career.

 

ProleteR - "A producer is supposed to be curious by nature"ProleteR - "A producer is supposed to be curious by nature"ProleteR - "A producer is supposed to be curious by nature"

 

3. Are you planning on becoming a full time artist?

 

Life has been crazy around here lately, and I just quit my job to become a full-time artist. I feel lucky, I can live thanks to my music, while doing what I like the most. After having worked for a long time in a factory, I am now fully enjoying this change in my life. I am fully aware that living from my passion is a privilege, whatever the amount of time it will last for, I live my life day by day and it's an incredible experience.

 


4. What kind of machines / softwares do you use in order to make music?

 

Today, I mainly produce music on a mpc 1000 and I add synthesizers, pianos, guitars with FL studio or Cubase through a midi keyboard. I also have a "maschine" of native instruments with which I've almost produced my whole second album. Every depends on the sound I am aiming to reach, when I want to have "garage" influences, I use the mpc.

 

5. You use the sampling technique, do you think it might be a problem for you in the future?

 

In fact, it's already a problem since it is very hard to license this kind of music for example. I missed several contracts for music synchronization because of that. It requires a lot of money, so that's the reason why I chose to give away my music for free.

 

ProleteR - "A producer is supposed to be curious by nature"ProleteR - "A producer is supposed to be curious by nature"ProleteR - "A producer is supposed to be curious by nature"

 

6. What are the best memories you keep from your live performances and your fans ?

 

I went to Athens, Greece, to perform during last summer and it was the first time I went abroad to perform. Being right in front of the Acropolis, seeing a room packed with people whose language you can't even understand and who are so happy to be here is an extraordinary feeling.

 


7.  What’s your favorite song to belt out  in your car/shower/bedroom, at the bar or for karaoke?

 

It would be "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder.

 


8.  You chose to share your music for free under Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo. Why did you make this decision?

 

It's a logical choice when you produce music based on other people's music. I recycle songs while adding my personal touch to it. It's my own way to conceive music and it's probably the only realistic way to do so, with Internet. I am pretty angry at the disc industry for the money it stole from me when I was a teen. I think compact discs are too expensive, I prefer letting people decide of the value of my music.

 

ProleteR - "A producer is supposed to be curious by nature"

 

9. Do you have a fun anecdote that your fans don’t know about and would be surprised to hear?

 

I performed in Toulouse a while ago, in my hometown, and a guy came to me after the concert and told me that it's an american tourist from Chicago who told him about me, convinced that he already knew my music. What a paradox ! It's an american guy who made a guy from my hometown discover my music.

 


10. Anything to add?

 

Thank you to all the people who support me as an artist, I am currently working on my third album and a collaboration. I can't wait to meet you during my next performances !

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Published on January 24 2014

Lyonn - "Playing live is the best feeling in the world"

 

1. Could you introduce yourself and tell us where your artist name comes from and a little bit more about your debut as an artist ?

 

My name is Tyler Gelrud and I go by the artist name "Lyonn" I named my artist name after the French city Lyon, but I added an N to make it more like a name/less like the city. I also liked the name because its pronounced Lee-Own, and I am a Leo, and I am Leonardo Dicaprio (in my head). My debut EP "Knivsta" is named after a city in Sweden I am obsessed with as well! I spent my last summer in Europe, and as you can tell it had an enormous influence on my music.

 

 

2. Your EP "Knivsta" striked me because it was simple and complex at the same time, which makes it so much different from what we can usually hear. What's the story behind it and what messages are you trying to convey through it?

 

Wow, I stopped going to college to focus on music, but this is what I imagine a college question to be like! Very dense, I like it, good work Cécile. Well first off thank you for the kind words, I really do hope that my music is unique. The acoustic genre can be quickly generalized and I hope to make my own niche in this scene. This EP is just raw. I think it is the most honest music I have ever written and that really is the only thing I am trying to convey. Honest music is probably the hardest thing to find in today's industry.

 

There is a formula now in music, the pop genre uses this formula with EVERY song. I enjoy pop music though, it is really catchy and fun, but I couldn't write that stuff if I tried. I hope people can listen to my stuff and form their own stories, read the lyrics and place themselves inside of it and fill in the gaps so it relates to them. I like music I can put myself inside of, songs that make me feel like I am there too, songs that soundtrack a perfect night, a break up, a drive home. I just want to write real music for people who feel real emotions, it really is that simple.

 

Lyonn - "Playing live is the best feeling in the world"

 

3. What kind of artists do you usually listen to? Are they a source of inspiration for you?

 

I listen to a good amount of music, Spotify has let me just shuffle through millions of new artists and songs and I am in love with it! As far as my favorites go I would say Coldplay, a huge inspiration to me regardless of their formulas, Ed Sheeran, Passenger, Paper Route, Bjork, Utada Hikaru, it is infinite honestly. I think that just day to day experiences influence my music much more than other music does. Travel, falling in/out of love, crazy nights, movies, so many things inspire and influence me to write the music I do.

 

 

4. When you compose, do you start with the music or the lyrics? Where does your inspiration come from?

 

My writing changes with each song. Sometimes I will write a fun chord progression and add a melody to it, but most of the time I have lyrics first that I add instrumentation to. A lot of times lyrics hit me in full at random times. Out of nowhere I will get blindsided by an entire song that just writes itself, those are always the best songs too. I will be showering, or at Disneyland, or sleeping, and a song will just kind of pop up, so I quickly write it down and record the melody on my phone. If anyone were to steal my phone and open my voice recorder, they would be EXTREMELY confused by the amount of random lyrics and melodies I recorded at 3 in the morning! I kind of answered the second part to this question in the last question, so reread question 3 everyone!  

 

Lyonn - "Playing live is the best feeling in the world"

 

5. Have you ever performed in public? If yes, what are the best memories you keep from these performances and your fans ?

 

In past bands I have performed hundreds of times, but Lyonn was officially started in November, so I have not had as much time to perform solo yet. Luckily all of 2014 will be live shows. I have a lot lined up through California, Tennessee, and Montréal and I couldn't be more excited. Playing live is the best feeling in the world, there is nothing quite like it. Some shows are full of so much energy from the audience, and that moment when the entire room is feeling the same thing at the same time is life changing! I have endless amounts of memories on stage, from silly mistakes, to my old guitarist walking out on stage in only his boxers, to crowd surfing!

 

I think the funniest story ever was when my old band played the House of Blues in LA, we covered the song "California" by Phantom Planet which happens to be the theme song to the TV show "The OC" Well before we played it I said "I want to dedicate this song to my dear friend Marissa Cooper who passed away in a car accident" A lot of people did not realize I was referencing a fictional character in the show who passed away in a car accident so they said "awwww :(" but one of my friends in the audience started cracking up, and everyone in the room was FURIOUS! It was awesome (if you have not watched the show, crawl out from under that rock and Google it) !


As far as love letters go, nothing (excluding my mom)... I honestly think I just grew into my looks recently, so now I am like a 4 on the 10 scale, so maybe I will get a love letter or 2 as Lyonn. I am immensely excited for the new memories I will make at these upcoming shows.

 

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6. What was the craziest experience you lived as an artist?

 

I think the craziest thus far was a tour I did in 2010 with an old band I was in. We went up to San Fran, Vegas, LA, and a few other cities. It was just wild. I cannot talk much about it in case my parents read this ;)  My band member ate 10 hamburgers in a hamburger eating contest in SLO, WE PARTY!

 

 

7. What’s your favorite song to belt out  in your car/shower/bedroom, at the bar or for karaoke?

 

"Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus

 

 

8.  You chose to share your music for free under Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo. Why did you make this decision?

 

Nobody buys music anymore. If 99 cents is going to hold someone back from listening to my music, then I will give it away for free. It is that simple, I want people to hear my music. Through downloads, remixes, shares, etc as long as it is getting into peoples ears/pants I am stoked! I will get their money eventually through concerts and merch muaahahaha!

 

 

9. Do you have a fun anecdote that your fans don’t know about and would be surprised to hear?

 

I am not really Leonardo Dicaprio everyone.... sorry to fool you :/

 

 

10. Anything to add?

 

Everyone be sure to check out my debut EP "Knivsta" available to download free off of Jamendo, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Jamba Juice, etc. Head over to the links and listen away, and please follow me through all my social network sites you can find on LyonnMusic.com I hope to see you all at future shows this year all over this beautiful continent. Thanks so much for the support!

 

 

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Published on January 17 2014

Tamara Laurel - "The Songwriting Never Stops"

1. Could you tell us a little more about your debut as an artist ?


Shortly after “I Want You” came out, I won a finalist spot in an international contest. The final round of the competition included playing a 3-song set at the House of Blues on Sunset Strip. At the time I found out I was a finalist, I had never played a show before. I had 3 months to get a band together, get better at the guitar, and get enough songs ready for this final showcase, which was broadcast all over the world. I was – by at least 2 years – the least experienced person in the competition. I was terrified! Walking on to that stage was definitely the most surreal experience of my life. I still can’t believe we pulled that off. We didn’t win, but I like to say we got 2nd place. When you have a debut like that, everything else seems easy!
 


2. For our readers who have never heard it, how would you describe your music?


Someone once called it “Sparkle Folk.” It’s Folk-Americana Singer-Songwriter with southern, pop, and indie rock influences.

 

 

3. If I borrowed your mp3 player right now, what artists would I find in the recently played list? Are these your main inspirations?


Right now, I’m really into dark, southern singer-songwriter music. There are a few songs on Jason Isbell’s most recent album “Southeastern” that contain some of the best lyrics I’ve ever heard. “Lay Lady Lay” by Bob Dylan knocks me out every time. I spent the whole fall listening to “The First Days of Spring” by Noah and the Whale. I also love country music – David Nail, Eli Young Band, Eric Church, Jason Aldean. My childhood was full of Jimmy Buffett and Bruce Springsteen, so they are always on too.
 

Tamara Laurel - "The Songwriting Never Stops"Tamara Laurel - "The Songwriting Never Stops"

 

4. You just released a new EP, Lightning, on Jamendo. What are its main themes and what's the story behind it ?
 
The title comes from the chorus of the EP’s last track, “Dying.” It says, “I never liked the lightning…” My Mom knows a handful of people who have been struck by lightning and survived, which is so weird. Growing up, my sister and I were always so afraid of it because of these stories my Mom would tell. I moved to Dallas, Texas for a couple of years and couldn’t believe the huge thunderstorms and tornado clouds that would just shut down the city and take up the whole sky. It was always fascinating to me, and it seemed like a really accurate way to describe the last couple of years – a really quick flash of light that leaves you a bit stunned.


Stephen Johnson of Great White Buffalo was my co-producer, and we recorded it with Grammy-winning Engineer Philip Allen (Adele) and Grammy-nominated Engineer Luke Tozour (Katy Perry). I learned so, so much in the process. I was really fortunate to work with such esteemed musicians on my debut.
 


5. Are you currently working on any new musical projects?
 
Yes! The songwriting never stops. I’m also expanding the band to include some more traditional Americana elements, like a banjo and mandolin, so I think some of that will be present on the next record. I’m also getting a little more influenced by southern rock, indie rock, and dark folk, so there is definitely some sound evolution taking place. I’d love to release something by the end of the year.

 

Tamara Laurel - "The Songwriting Never Stops"

 

6. What’s your favorite song to belt out in your car/shower/bedroom, at the bar or for karaoke?


I’m a really annoying person to be in the car with because I will sing along to everything. I love “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette. My Aunt forced me to sing it in front of our entire Cruise Ship to Alaska a few years ago. I also love trying to memorize rap songs – I have the entire Eminem verse in Lil Wayne’s song “Drop the World” memorized. Same with “Superbass” by Nicki Minaj. It’s my party trick.

 


7. Did you ever perform in public? If yes, what are the best memories you keep from these performances?

 

For a while, I was too scared to play my songs in public. I would show up to open mic nights alone and then panic and leave before my name was called. The first time I ever played was actually a year ago at a nice little restaurant in Malibu, CA. It was a songwriter night, and I asked to be dead last so that no one would be left in the restaurant by the time I played. It was terrible, but I did it! I got a band together and hit the ground running after that. We play pretty regularly around Los Angeles now.

 

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8. What was the craziest experience you lived as an artist?


Making this EP, Lightning. I met Steve (of Great White Buffalo) just about two years ago. He is an incredible guitarist and musician. We played through a handful of songs I had and decided to try to make an EP as co-producers. My lifelong dream has always been to write and record a record, so this project meant everything to me. I wanted to do it by ourselves for the first one – we were the lead producers, arrangers, and musicians. I also financed it 100% on my own, working a desk job in Hollywood during the day, and recording and arranging at night.


Unfortunately, we had to start over a few times due to engineers and studios not working out. One person left the country, and several others just lost focus on the project. It was back to the drawing board over and over again, and a true test of how committed we were to reaching the finish line. I have a little list of things to accomplish each month, and for 14 consecutive months, I kept on writing “Finish EP by the end of the month.” In the end, I’m really happy with the way everything worked out, even though everything that could have gone wrong went wrong. It was a crazy experience, but I’d do it all over again. I’m so beyond grateful to everyone that worked on it and stuck it out with me.
 


9. What is your songwriting process? Any particular method?


The words usually come first, and then I’ll be playing around on the guitar, or sometimes the piano, and a melody will just stick. I know this sounds crazy, but I sometimes feel a song coming on. I just start seeing images and patterns and hearing the general feel of the song. Then I try to write it all down as fast as I can before it goes. As a songwriter, you write hundreds and hundreds of songs, and most of them aren’t good enough to be recorded. But there’s always a gut feeling with the good ones. With “I Want You,” I definitely felt it coming beforehand. There was actually an earthquake here in Los Angeles in the middle of me writing it! What an omen. I finished it within 30 minutes and knew it’d be the first song I’d ever record.

 

Tamara Laurel - "The Songwriting Never Stops"Tamara Laurel - "The Songwriting Never Stops"

 

10. You chose to share your music for free under Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo. Why did you make this decision?


Jamendo has introduced me to an audience that never would have heard my music otherwise. Seeing the YouTube videos people make, seeing the comments left on my website and Facebook Page from all over the world – it all really means so much to me. As a young artist just getting started, I moreso have a desire to connect with as many people as possible than anything else. I wanted people beyond my immediate circle to have access to these songs because music and the human experience are meant to be shared. Jamendo made that possible.

 


11. Do you have a fun anecdote that your fans don’t know about and would be surprised to hear?


I am a vegetarian, and I LOVE potatoes. Tater tots, hash browns, scalloped potatoes, twice-baked potatoes, French fries – you name it. I’m addicted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Published on January 15 2014

A Tribute To Jamendo World Music Artists

 

Jamendo artists come from many different countries and cover a wide range of genres. Today, we decided to focus on the music that lets culture shine through : The complaint of a spanish guitar through a Flamenco piece, the deep sounds of a Arabic flute through the dunes of sand, the chanson of an accordion somewhere in Paris, the catchy melodies of Celtic violins in the green plains of Ireland,  the traditional sonorities of ethnic instruments in Longji mountains.... We captured this unique sounds through a special playlist as a tribute to Jamendo world music artists !