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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Trst Talks New Remix “My Neck, My Back” In Interview
DJ and Producer Trst is back with a stomping remix of the 2002 classic hit, Khia’s “My Neck, My Back”. He has transformed the track into an absolute roof raiser, he is best known for other tracks such as “Throw Yo Body” and “Bitch Boyz”. Inspired by the likes of Tony Romera, Noizu, & Rex The Dog, Trst is on a mission to bring back Fidget House. Electro Wow caught up with Trst to discuss his latest remix.
1 — What made you decide to remix “My Neck, My Back”?
I loved this song since middle school. I’ve tried remixing this song like 8 times and it always sucked. This is my favorite version that I’m finally proud of.
2 — This song has been remixed quite a bit in the dance scene; did you feel any pressure when releasing this?
Not really, no one has really took the direction I did. It was popular a while ago to remix and kinda faded. I’m bringing it back.
3 — What was your inspiration when creating your version?
4 — How would you describe the remix to someone who hasn’t heard it yet?
Grimey and loud!
5 — What has the reaction in clubs been like for “My Neck, My Back”?
Well I live in San Francisco, so everyone’s always like ‘hey this isn’t DirtyBird!!’. Jokes, but its gone down pretty well so far, its a fun song to sing along to, especially in a club since it’s so explicit and you can scream it.
6 — Is there any remixes out there by other artists that you really love?
Not really, they’re pretty old school Trap.
7 — Do you prefer creating remixes or originals and why?
Both are different processes for me. I like originals just because it’s a more familiar workflow.
9 — Can you give us an exclusive into any other releases you are working on at the moment?
I have a release coming up soon on one of everyone’s favorite French label. That’s all I can say for now.
10 — Finally, where can we go to download your remix of “My Neck, My Back”?
Free download on Soundcloud!
Here is the link: https://theartistunion.com/tracks/6ca8cd
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Interview | Questions & Answers With Helsinski
Hailing from Finland, Juho Vehmanen aka Helsinski, is a promising new talent within the world of contemporary Pop music. Electro Wow had an interview with him to find out all the most important details you’ll probably want to discover about himself as an artist. In addition, I fully recommend you to listen to his newest single “Glow Sticks” below, which seems to be on everyone’s lips.
1 — First of all, why did you choose “Helsinski” as your artistic name?
I think the name ‘Helsinski’ (the capital of Finland is correctly spelled Helsinki) encapsulates some relevant information about me in one word. Obviously it gives away my geographical location which – I think – is always an interesting fact to know about an artist, since it puts them in a cultural framework. The name also suggests that the music is somewhat urban. Helsinski also really sounds like a surname, so it could lead to the correct conclusion that the music is performed by one person only. For some, it may represent a humorous reference to the political concept of Finlandization. All in all, I think it’s a name of many associations.
2 — How would you define your music with just three words?
Urban alternative pop would be my genre description in three words. To put it more informally, I’d use the adjectives soft, nocturnal and relaxed.
3 — Which popular artists can we compare to Helsinski?
I’ve heard some Depeche Mode comparisons. I’m a fan of Die Antwoord, Daft Punk and Air myself to name a few, but don’t think you can really hear those influences in my stuff. I keep surfing Spotify for random stuff for inspiration. My background as a musician is in Pop and Rock. I think Helsinski is a hybrid of a whole lot of stuff. I’m eager to hear those comparisons, though!
After marking the structure and chord progressions with a piano I laid the foundation for “Glow Sticks” with a pretty loose Hip-Hop drum groove that’s partially programmed “in the box” and partially played with real drums and percussion. I’m not too solid of a drummer so I had to cheat a little. The bass part is a combination of overdriven and side-chain compressed synth and an electric bass slapped and played with a pick through a Big Muff fuzzbox.
I put some ambiance pads and a groove-emphasizing synth arp to the background. The shimmering top end consists of granulated delay effects derived from other, already existing elements. Most of the guitars were played by Riku Karvonen, a super talented guitar connoisseur whom I’ve been lucky to play quite a lot with over the past few years. All elements combined, I ended up with pretty 80’s sounding track by accident. But I decided that as an 80’s product myself I have all the rights to sound like one. Vocals are pretty heavily effected with saturation, huge delays, doubling, pitch and formant shifting and vocoding.
5 – What is this song “Glow Sticks” about?
It’s about two self-contained, short-term light-sources who find comfort in each others company in this impossible place called life.
6 – Any plans to drop a video for this single?
Would you like to invest in one? I’m short a couple grand. The revenues will be surprising, I assure you!
7 — What can listeners expect from your next release?
The next release after the single “Glow Sticks” will be a similarly named album of 9 songs. It will be released on May 17th and it’s gonna be great company for a night drive under neon lights!
8 – Finally, what’s your ultimate dream as an artist?
To crystallize my own sound to the max and keep the high motivation on learning new stuff every day. A billboard hit would also be cool.
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Interview | Questions & Answers With Adam Noah
Read this exclusive interview with Bronx-based rapper Adam Noah. Not so long ago, he released the music video for “Blaze”, which is a heartfelt tribute to his late mother. On the other hand, he’s currently promoting his brand new album ‘Trajectory’, that could be relatable to some listeners as its concept revolves around life itself.
1 — Hello Adam, when did you begin to develop a passion for Hip-Hop & Rap?
Growing up in the Bronx, Rap was a part of the environment. My older brother was always playing Pun and BIG around the house. I lost a lot of people in my life due to violence, sickness, natural causes, and writing was my only therapy since I was 8 years old. Although I have a passion for music in general, I always felt that Rap was more direct and true to who I am.
2 — Who are your musical influences?
Eminem, Nas, Jay-Z, Pun, Mos Def, Big L, Fabolous, the Beatles, the Neptunes, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, Marvin Gaye, Jadakiss to name a few.
3 — What’s your creative process behind your lyrics?
Most of the times it starts with an instrumental. If it doesn’t speak to me, I don’t write. Sometimes I have an idea and I go back to that beat I wasn’t feeling a year ago. There are other times I have a melody or a verse, and we start making the music from scratch.
Yes. I started making beats in high school. Going to thrift shops, buying vinyl off online marketplaces, and experimenting on FL Studio. However, I’m starting to work with other producers and getting more involved in the mixing/mastering aspect of my music. I’m starting to fall in love with actually making each track sound like what I hear in my head.
5 — You recently released the music video for “Blaze”. Why did you choose to film it in your bedroom?
I’ve sacrificed a lot to chase my dreams. I had to leave my childhood home at a young age because I was misunderstood. A lot of my friends are living with their parents and I’m renting out a bedroom. A lot of pain and overthinking goes on in my bedroom. It was only right to perform Blaze in that setting.
6 — Who would you dedicate this single to?
It’s definitely for my mom. I wrote it while she was dying and I just want her to know my presence is not a waste. I have a purpose and this music is going to do great things not only for my family but for the world.
7 — On another note, why we should listen to your latest album ‘Trajectory’?
Everyone struggles in life, I think ‘Trajectory’ highlights it very well. From being homeless to being in a job that you clearly hate, there is something for everyone on that project. Everyone makes life sound easy until it’s time to live it. Bringing lyricism, songwriting, musicality together, makes the album something special.
8 — What’s your favorite track from this material so far?
It changes every time I listen to the project. Currently, my favorite track is “Conditioned”. Heading into my job while listening to that track makes me want more out of life.
9 – Any plans to do live performances?
Definitely. I have a lot of ideas to bring these smaller venues to life as well. A lot of people are performing pretty much the same nowadays, it’s time to give people an actual experience. You can always email: email@example.com and I’ll kill your stage.
I’m working on an EP called ‘Save UR Emotions’, S.UR.E. for short. I’m coming out with a lot more visuals, Melo’s Story was just the beginning. Also working on a collab with a couple of West Coast artists. So I’m pretty much going back and forth from NY to LA. I’m trying to spend all the time I have outside of my 9-5 to make this happen, staying as busy as possible.
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Quickfire Interview With: Drew Schiff
Over the last two years, Drew Schiff is 100% focused on his artistic career. To my great surprise, the Indie Singer-Songwriter has a degree in political science, but his passion for music would not change it for anything else. “Ride The Wave”, is his latest single, and all proceeds from it are going to the Stonewall Community Foundation. Electro Wow caught up with him to do a quickfire interview to get to know him better.
1 – You’ve been singing since…
Does the shower count?!
2 – You got involved in the music realm because…
It’s a beautiful way to express yourself. When you’re hurt, or happy or excited. I always loved the idea of being able to spread a message, influence people, be the soundtrack of their special moments. It can be a very powerful and rewarding tool.
3 – Your sound is…
How do I describe the ‘Drew Schiff’ sound? Especially as it’s still evolving and hopefully it never stops doing so. “Ride The Wave” is only my third release yet I already have things I would change in both of my previous songs. I think I am very knit-picky. I’ll probably be like George Lucas, going back time to time to enhance my previous works! This probably sounds controversial huh? To answer the question, I’d say pop. But then as we know, pop can go to so many directions, I view it as a tree. Add more heavy, hip-hop influenced beats, or a guitar to make it more rock, I love experimenting. I’d say my heart is closest to RnB, with some good beats, bit atmospheric, added some electronic influences which I think is exciting. One thing I’d make clear: I do not view ‘commercial’ as a dirty word. ‘Imagine’, ‘Like A Prayer’ or ‘Purple Rain’ all reached phenomenal commercial successes, yet I don’t think that any self-respecting ‘musos’ would say anything against them. Be smart.
This is a tough one. I love MJ and Beyoncé for their work ethic and how they consciously built / building their legacy. Kanye West for being so experiential. The list goes on. I’d like to take and implement different traits of different people that I look up to, whether it’s for their message, their vocal technique, their writing skills, moves or styling.
5 – Fans should listen to your new single “Ride The Wave” because…
It’s a beautiful midtempo ballad with a singing style in the pre- and chorus that somewhat imitates the movement of waves. It is a love song but if you listen again and concentrate on the lyrics, it is a song about loving someone no matter what. Where you’re coming from, what some people tell you you should or shouldn’t be. You can have a shit storm around you, but as long as you got someone to got you, you can deal with it all, together you can be the eye of the storm. It is also a charity song, with the proceeds going to the Stonewall Community Foundation. So the more you listen, the more you help. 😉
6 – If you want to know who Drew Schiff is, listen to the track…
Given that I only have three tracks out atm, I’d say, listen to all. Or listen to “Ride The Wave”, the new one.
7 –Your most memorable career moment so far has been…
Charting in the USA with my second song, “It’s Just Today!”.
8 – Your dream is…
To become big enough to play with Ariana Grande.
9 – Your next release is called…
TBA. I mean I don’t have such a detailed master plan. I have checkpoints I want to make but I write a lot so even right now, I am simultaneously working on about eight songs that are at various stages of readiness. Two weeks ago, I gathered some friends for an extended weekend, we went out, played videogames and wrote some tunes. It was awesome!!
10 – Your all-time favourite track is…
Wow, this is a very cruel question haha! Ask me about a favourite album, that’s hard enough, but at least I could attempt to crack it!
11 – Your favourite movie is…
Hm. I’d say The Little Mermaid. I love the music, the old-school, beautiful hand-drawn animation and how Ariel dares to dream big, she goes against what people in her ‘bubble’ tell her. I can definitely relate to that.
I think a politician. I would try to make a difference. And make beautiful speeches with mermaid metaphors.
13 – You’ll only stop making music if…
First I wanted to say, ‘if hell freezes over’ or something cocky like that but come on, let’s be real, if no one wants to listen, I shan’t be as arrogant to keep on pressing it. But I hope this won’t be the case.
14 – In a few years, you want to be…
…called the Prince of Pop.
15 – What are you doing for the rest of the day?
Working on my website, gym, plotting world domination… I actually need to tell my stupid ex off for something so I need to find sufficient time to do that. We are super close but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
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Quickfire Interview With: Grant Saxena
This is the second time I have an exclusive interview with International DJ & Producer Grant Saxena. Yesterday, he released an original tune called “Palolem”, which features exotic oriental sounds, but at the same time creates a trancey atmosphere. With short questions and answers, we try to find his artistic essence. Discover many unknown details below!
1 – You’ve been DJing and Producing since…
Since 2000… almost 20 years.
2 – You got involved in the music realm because…
I enjoy the creative process! Performing is also a fun part of the job.
3 – Your sound is…
Epic, progressive, dynamic. Evolving from one track to the next.
4 – Your biggest inspiration is…
Experiences in life… drawing from the adventures in the past, present, and even potential future.
5 – Fans should listen to your new Trance single “Palolem” because…
“Palolem” was inspired by Travels to Goa, India. Has a modern trance bassline fused with world sounds.
“Resurrect” is a good place to start with the 30 track discography.
Achieving a #1 on iTunes for Digital Arkham’s album: Amsterdam Dance Event Essentials 2018.
8 – Your dream is…
Touring original material at festivals and venues globally.
9 – Your next release is called…
“Drivin’ Me Crazy”. A classic trance vibe with stellar vocals.
11 – Your favourite venue/club is…
XS Las Vegas. The club opens up into a giant pool area that is great as a dayclub / nightclub.
12 – If you weren’t a DJ and Producer you’d probably be…
Scuba diving. Recently certified in Mexico on a trip also spinning a 2-day yoga festival. The location was prime in Balandra Beach, near La Paz.
14 – In a few years, you want to be…
Expanding into foreign markets for dance music. Performing outside of the USA at so many of the newer and upcoming festivals.
15 – What are you doing for the rest of the day?
Going to watch the new Avengers: Endgame movie. 🙂
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