It’s great to know there are still artists who make songs with a purpose. That’s the case of the acoustic singer and songwriter John Tracy who have just released the lyric video of his new single “Home”. Make yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy reading this exclusive interview with the man himself!
1 — Do you believe in the phrase: ‘If you are a good singer, you’re going to make anything sound good’?
That’s a really good question! I think yes, if you are a good singer, you can make anything sound good. However, first, you have to have a great melody to be the foundation of your singing. And then you have to have passion. I’ve met some amazing vocalists who’s notes sounded like heaven. But their delivery lacked deep passion – like they were just singing words and not actually feeling the magnitude of the lyrical content they were delivering.
Vocal chords are muscles that can be trained and developed. But passion comes from a place deep within. The greatest singers might not be the ones who have trained their vocals but who have lived the song they are singing and make the audience feel every word with them.
2 — Are you vocally trained or is it just a natural talent?
I do not have formal vocal training. At the heart of it, I believe my talent is God-given. However, I also think that the passion in my songs comes from the fact that I write about what I live – the ups, the downs, the trials and victories we encounter on the journey. I feel the experiences with every note I sing and I think my audience fully gets that.
3 — Was your family supportive of you choosing to do music?
I chose music later in life after having a corporate career. My passion for creating music started in my late teens, but my parents didn’t really understand that desire and didn’t value it as a solid career choice.
I did what any good son does – joined the family business, climbed the corporate ladder, got married, had the house, the two kids, the dog, all the while suppressing this burning desire within. After about twenty-five years of that, I couldn’t take it anymore.
I walked away from the family business after a series of unfortunate events made me realize I had no future there. I think it was actually the best thing that happened to me and to my wife and girls. I finally am pursuing the thing I was created for and our little family unit is closer than we have ever been. My wife and daughters were completely supportive of this life and career change and I am grateful for their unwavering encouragement!
4 — What are the main topics of your songs’ lyrics?
I like to say I write “real music” for “real life.” My songs are about our journey – the things we all go through. I sing about love, loss, family, relationships, good times and hard times. I think that’s why people find them so relatable – it’s all of the things they are going through. I also think that’s why I get responses from them like: “you’ve helped me heal,” “you’ve helped me feel less alone,” “you’ve given me hope,” etc.
5 — Are you releasing a new album next month? What can we expect from it?
I am so excited to be releasing a new album in June – June 15 to be exact. It’s titled “Quintessential” and I think this is really my best work yet.
The definition of “Quintessential” is “of the pure and essential essence of something” and “of or relating to the most perfect embodiment of something.” I think the overall theme of the songs we put together on this album is the quest to find that pure and essential essence. Perhaps that’s in the love and peace in “Home,” or in the comfort of listening to the “Midnight Moon.” Maybe it is in finding the joy in “Blue Sunny Skies,” or the longing for that healthy relationship in “The Shallow Game.”
We previously released “Midnight Moon” and “Home” as singles, but I’m excited for the world to hear the album tell its story in its entirety.
6 — Are you planning live shows anytime soon?
You know, we just relocated to Richmond VA and finished a long renovation. It was all consuming, but now with the release of this new album, I’m ready to get back out there and share the music.
Actually, my favorite shows are House Concerts. I love the intimacy you get to have with the audience without the barriers found in traditional venues. I’m looking forward to getting that tour together for the second half of this year.
7 — What can you tell us about your new song “Home”? Why is it so special to you?
I’ve written a lot of songs about family, my wife and my girls. But I had never written a song about the idea of home before. I just seemed like a song that wanted to be written. My home is my sanctuary, my safe place. I think a lot of people feel that way about the space they call home.
I love how the ideas of this song came together to fit the melody. It almost wrote itself, which doesn’t happen all the time. I always labor over the lyrics, making sure every word counts. With this song, they just seemed to flow easily, which made it fun to write.
And then the production just seemed to top it off and put the perfect bow on the package. Add to that the awesome lyric video and you almost have that perfect trifecta.
8 — What message do you want to share with this single?
Great question! I think the biggest message I want to get across is to treasure what you have at home. It’s easy to go out in the world every day and get caught up in the race, isn’t it? But home is where you have all of the things that really matter.
9 — Do you have a favorite place at home?
Haha – I was just talking about this with someone the other day. Sure, I have a studio in the house with all of my guitars and gear. My wife often accuses me of spending too much time with “her” (what she calls my guitar). But for me, it’s the couch in the living room. We ended up having to get a new sofa when we moved to this new home. I think my favorite place is sitting right there, in front of the TV, watching our favorite shows with my wife curled up next to me. It’s definitely my happy place!
10 — Finally, is there anything else we should know about John Tracy?
I count myself fortunate to be able to live out my dream. I’m grateful for the fans (and now new friends) I’ve gathered along this journey and look forward to meeting many more in the years ahead. I create music because I want to make other people’s lives better.
Someone recently asked me what my “why” was. It wasn’t hard to put down in words. I believe people want to feel. We want to feel alive. We want to feel hope, excitement, peace, joy. Sometimes we just want to cry. I believe that music is the catalyst that can awaken that in all of us. That’s why I write music filled with stories of real life – to help us have that vehicle to experience life with all of our emotions ignited.
We are all here together, in some crazy way connected with each other, trying to live that life that leaves a positive impact on humanity.
We aren’t all creatives. Not all of us can create music or write songs. However, we all have our purpose in life – that one thing we were created to do, so we’re able to enrich each other’s lives. I believe music is my “one thing” and hope that with it, I can make your journey a little better.
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Exclusive Interview: Dhyan Talks Debut Album ‘The Sun Never Says’ & More
In our latest interview, the Maryland-based artist, Dhyan talks about his debut 10-track album, ‘The Sun Never Says’. So many emotions, it’s been quite a sonic journey so far. Press play on the album below and dive into our interview to learn more about it. He has revealed a music video is on the way, and more…
1 — Thanks for your time, how long did it take you to produce your new album ‘The Sun Never Says’?
‘The Sun Never Says’ took me about 4 months to fully create it. I put out “Lady In the Shadows” and “Speak of the Devil” as singles a while before tho haha.
2 — So, what was the initial concept for this record?
Initially, I wanted to make the entire album have a darker more mature vibe to follow my two singles. I eventually wanted the project to be more diverse to show I can capture different types of emotions.
3 — In your opinion, which track has the most memorable melody?
I would say “Back in Business” has the most memorable melody while “Lady in the Shadows” has the catchiest beat.
4 — Is the acoustic sound part of your signature style as an artist?
I LOVE THE acoustic sound and incorporating into Pop and Hip-Hop. I usually am not the biggest fan of putting myself in a box for genre but I would say I definitely say the acoustic melodies are part of my sound.
My favorite lyric would probably be “Lookin in the mirror and I see / the person staring in front of me / does he know who he is?” in “Speak of the Devil”.
6 — How many people participated in this project?
Me, the producer, and the two people I collaborated with! And, of course, the people in my life that sometimes spark inspiration. 🙂
7 — What’s one thing you could change about this finished album?
If I could change anything I wish I could have included the Lady in the Shadows Remix I’m currently working on. 😉
9 — What about upcoming music videos?
I definitely have a music video coming soon. I have an insane animated music video coming up for my song “Hypocrites”.
10 — Finally, why people should listen to ‘The Sun Never Says’?
People should listen to this album because it’s a lot about raw emotion and honesty. The project name is inspired by a poem by a Persian poet named Hafiz which discusses loving without expecting anything back. ‘The Sun Never Says’ you owe me. The project was meant to capture feelings like lust, infatuation, curiosity, confusion, harmless fun, impulsiveness, and ends with a message selfless love. I think a lot of people my age would relate to a lot of the songs because of the sheer frustration we all share in this aspect haha. Lastly, I have a diverse variety that could be Pop, RnB, Hip Hop, Latin Trap and more. Hopefully, there’s something for everyone.
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Interview | Questions & Answers With PhiloSofie
PhiloSofie like many new rising artists is making her way into the music industry with a high level of originality. Here she talks to Electro Wow about the early stages of her career, plus, the new single “Go-To”, which is a favorite among her fans. Singing, and songwriting ain’t only a hobby but also her true passion. Learn more below.
1 — First of all, how did you come out with your artist name PhiloSofie? What does it mean to you?
My brother was the one who initially came up with the name and suggested it to me when I was about 15 years old. I was attracted to it because the word ‘philosophy’ itself asks people to look inward towards values and thought. The name ‘PhiloSofie’ captures an ongoing search for wisdom and purpose. My music serves as a vehicle to get me closer to whatever that may be. Songwriting and producing allow me to explore and cross boundaries within myself.
2 — When did you start your music career? Was your family supportive?
I’ve always been writing and making up little songs since I was little, six years old. As I grew older, I would borrow my dad’s work laptop and use Garage Band to make music and then post what I made to SoundCloud. Writing, singing, and producing have always been my passion. Putting the three together into music-making served and continues to serve as an outlet for my emotions as well as a way to tell stories. My family always supported it because they saw how passionate and happy creating made me feel. When “Do My Thing” with Lucian came out, I realized I could do this as a career.
3 — How has your music style changed over time?
My music is constantly evolving and expanding over time. The collaborations allow me to stretch in ways I wouldn’t normally do and put me in genres I wouldn’t normally listen to. This helps inform my own sound as I can take what I like about a particular collaboration and apply it to my own music. No matter how simplistic or sophisticated each song may sound, there is still a dreamy element to my music that is distinctly ‘PhiloSofie.’ No matter how my sound may change, I would like to keep that.
Prince, Prefab Sprout, Stevie Wonder, The Gorillaz (still have the T-shirt from their second album “Demon Days” which is my personal favorite album of theirs), David Bowie, Gene Kelly, Lily Allen, Empire of the Sun, Norah Jones, Queen, Fergie, The Internet.
6 — Let’s start talking about your newest single “Go-To”. What was the inspiration behind its lyrics?
0:12 – 0:35 seconds and the vocal chop that comes after was recorded a year ago. I decided to revisit the project and write additional vocals centered around the ‘you’re my go-to’ line because there is someone in my life who is indeed my ‘go-to’ and who the song is directly inspired by. I wanted to capture the feeling of being in love and being with someone who is your everything. Not everyone is in love, and not everyone wants to be, but I want to be able to create what one may not have in his/her daily life, even if it only lasts for 3 minutes and 31 seconds. If I can do that, then that is a day made in my book.
7 — Are you planning to release a music video in the near future?
Yes. To begin with, a video of me singing with the song playing in the background, I’d like to have some visual so people can see how I move and create. There will definitely be a music video to one of the tunes I’m currently working on. There is a note in my phone that contains a huge list of scene ideas. It is high on the list of priorities to turn these ideas into videos.
A professional music studio offers a creative space that is optimal for collaboration because you can hire an engineer to do the technical work. You can also work just as well on your own or with other musicians in a bedroom. I still use the same midi microphone I used when I was in high school. Owning a preamp and monitoring speakers do really help the production and recording process but these are still tools you can easily put in your bedroom and that you don’t need a studio for. It really depends on how you work. I would love to get inside a studio that has all sorts of gadgets and analog instruments to play with as well as work with an engineer and musical team to produce some insane music.
9 — What equipment or basic tips do you recommend for beginner artists?
Find a DAW that works for you. It is relatively easy to learn the layouts of other DAWs when you have a good understanding of your own. I use Logic pro but would love to learn how to use Ableton as Ableton is a great DAW for live performances. Get yourself a pair of over-ear headphones. These block out most outside noise and keep you in the zone. One of the biggest tips I can give for beginner songwriters that I wish I had listened to time and time again is to be truthful in what you write about. You don’t need to tell the truth, but whatever you’re writing about, let it come from the heart.
I see myself being able to live within my means from the music I create.
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Interview | Questions & Answers With FUREA
The Internet is a magical place where you can discover so many great artists. Such is the case of FUREA, a genuine Electronic Music Producer/Singer from Germany. Electro Wow caught up with him to know all the facts about his latest gem, “This Can’t Be Happening”. A fresh track I’m listening on repeat mode!
1 — Thanks for your time. You have put out a new song called “This Can’t Be Happening”, can you tell us more about the lyrics?
Thank you too! Yes, sure. The lyrics are about the younger generation, my generation and how suppressed we are when it comes to doing things that we love. We fear a lot of things and it is even cool to be negative these days.
2 — What do you expect listeners to take from it?
I want people to understand, that they should believe in themselves because everyone is unique and you can do a lot of beautiful things in this world. It is just a matter of time!
3 — What were the steps you took to produce it?
I was in The Hague in a hotel lobby when I was producing this song. I started with a House song and ended up with an experimental witchy Trance sound like this. I like Trance but I wanted to use my own sounds.
4 — What challenges did you overcome during the production process?
Vocals were pretty much all over the place because I layered them a lot. It worked well though.
Absolutely, I think that it is something different. So yes!
6 — What kind of music did you grow up on?
I always tried to do my own thing with my music so I don’t know if a genre exists for me. My label also focuses on this element, Graycrest wants artists to name their own genres.
7 — Do you draw inspiration from contemporary artists?
Yes, for example, while I was growing up a really big Bring me the Horizon fan. I still am. They still inspire me.
I’m going to dissatisfy people with my answer but I guess I just like nice computers. Otherwise, if I had a retro synth I would use it but I don’t really own one.
9 — What do you like to do when you’re not working in the studio?
I like to be in nature and meditate. Sometimes I go out with certain people I love and care about.
10 — Finally, what made you want to start a career in music?
Everything and especially my perception of happiness. I thought I could be happy if I persuade the right thing in my life. The people who have supported me really increased my courage to do so. Thank you all!
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Quickfire Interview With: Mr Hudson
I had the absolute honour to interview Mr Hudson. The artist who is ahead of his time is back with a futuristic album entitled ‘When The Machine Stops’. This 11-track project is probably his best work to date and it revolves around modern isolation. As a music fan, I wanted to find out the intimate details about his career. Scroll down for more info.
1 – You’ve been Songwriting and Producing since…
I was nine and wrote a song called “Will You Be Mine” always the sensitive soul.
2 – You got involved in the music realm because…
It’s the closest thing to a religion that I have.
3 – Your sound is…
Sad robot music.
5 – Fans should listen to your new album ‘When The Machine Stops’ because…
It’s the best thing I’ve ever made.
6 – If you want to know who Mr Hudson is, listen to the track…
“There Will Be Tears”.
7 – Your most memorable career moment so far has been…
Meeting Elton John on the beach and taking him to the studio to work on MBDTF with Kanye.
8 – Your dream is…
9 – Your next release is called…
“When The Machine Stops”.
Bowie’s “Space Oddity”.
11 – Your favourite venue/club is…
The Greek Theater in L.A.
12 – If you weren’t a Songwriter and Producer you’d probably be…
13 – You’ll only stop making music if…
I lose my hearing.
14 – In a few years, you want to be…
15 – What are you doing for the rest of the day?
Sitting on a plane to London.
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Quickfire Interview With: RETNA
RETNA is a DJ and Producer from London whose whole life has revolved around music from learning the mix on the decks at the age of 10 to graduating Point Blank Music School to having his debut EP supported but some of the industry’s leading artists such as PAX, Eskuche, and Detlef. With the release of his “Teach Me” coming in a few weeks, we caught up with RETNA for a quickfire interview.
1 — Favourite song?
I have so many to choose from, but one of them is DMX’S “Where The Hood At” that one always seems to get me going whenever I hear it.
2 — Biggest Inspiration?
All the young artists that are smashing the scene at the moment and obviously the legends that have paved the way for us all and finally my family, as their encouragement, love and work ethic, drives me forward every day.
3 — Worst Habit?
Being on my phone and getting easily distracted, I probably could have had an album ready now if it wasn’t for my iPhone – definitely need to limit my time on that!
4 — Biggest Career Achievement?
Getting signed to a reputable record label
5 — DJ’ing or Producing?
Producing, that’s another addiction!
7 — Best DJ Set You’ve Ever Seen?
Adam Beyer at Ants in Ushuaia, Ibiza went off!
8 — Funny Career Memory?
Trying to get my Dad in the studio to record some lyrics for one of my tunes, which he eventually did after more than a few glasses of Courvoisier! Playing back the tapes is something that will stick with me for a long time!
10 — What’s up Next for RETNA?
I’m thinking of starting up my own record label and events company, sometimes you just got to make your own luck, because time waits for no one!
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