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Interview | Questions & Answers With Chris Beer

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You need to discover Chris Beer‘s music through his new single “Remember To Forget”. He’s an Austrian Singer and Songwriter whose charisma allows him to deliver uplifting performances. Not to mention, he merges elements of contemporary Pop, Soul, Folk, and even Reggae in his sound.

Plenty of metaphors, fears, and memories of the past, the song he’s currently promoting will reach your senses. Get all the details here!

1 — Hey Chris, thanks for your time. What is the message you want to convey with your song “Remember To Forget”?

The song wasn’t really written with anything in mind. Maybe it was a story or a feeling that I worked through in my dreams, or my relationships or the stories I read and hear about. I can’t really remember exactly. 🙂

I guess I am getting better at remembering to forget the information that isn’t that important. Many people have talked to me about the song, but none of them have actually asked what the message is. Usually, they just tell me what memories and emotions it triggers in them. When people are inspired and come up with associations and meanings that I had never been consciously aware of and could never have come up with by myself. Then I realize that the story/song has become bigger than the storyteller and that is a great feeling.

2 — Who inspired you to write its lyrics?

I enjoy reading poetry, quotes and listen to music, comedy, and stories of various styles. I enjoy art that exposes that contradictions can sometimes make sense. That solutions or perceptions that appear on opposite ends of the spectrum can make sense at the same time. I believe that the source of the rivers of comedy and drama are both found in the high places of the same mountain. A sad song, a moving story can make you feel happy at times when upbeat music can’t reach you and laughing about a horrible situation can be the best medicine for gaining strength to overcome a situation, where you have to be stronger than you ever thought you could be.

3 — What did you like the most about the experience of filming the visuals for this single?

I enjoyed the entire process. It was really easy to be honest. Veejay Justin Lynch special is the type of guy, who doesn’t talk very much, but when he does say something, you know he has thought about it at great length. I could tell right away that he felt a connection to the song. Shooting takes a lot of energy, so it is important to take things one step at a time. Kind of like the saying that you have to walk slowly if you want to get far. He is from the same fishing village where my mother was born. Like her, he has a special relationship with the ocean, as he is a shellfisherman and surfer.

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4 – Do you consider yourself a nostalgic person?

I can be sentimental at times. I believe I am capable of experiencing intense emotions and find that experience rewarding. I see it as a gift that can also be a curse if I forget to take care of it. I can, for example, spend time with a lot of people and experience a lot of stimulation in a short amount of time, but then I need solitude or time with only family, close friends, art and music as a way to balance that out.
I believe that every person has many talents and inabilities and that they interact  We often have the tendency to assume that someone is either really talented or not. I don’t buy into that. I find that people that are often seen as extremely talented in one field often completely lack ability in other things, often things that seem very simple to most of us. I believe that if you look long enough and get to know a person well enough, you will discover that what they are extremely good at is often a result of coping with extreme inability in other things.

5 — In your opinion, are good singers born or made?

I have no idea how to answer that. Born or made doesn’t really matter to me. The sound of a voice, the way you articulate, pronounce and breathe is so unique.  It either hits you or it doesn’t. I prefer a voice with soul over a technically perfect one any day.

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6 — Generally, how many instruments do you use per song?

My voice is my main Instrument. Mainly because I can vocalize what I hear in my head the fastest that way. I use guitar, bass, drum pads, voice effects, a loop station, and a synthesizer live.

7 — How has your music changed over the years?

My mother would always sing with me as a child. I would sometimes spend days communicating everything through singing. I then learned to play the Cello and took bass lessons later on. In high school, I had a great percussion teacher. I was heavily into hard rock, alternative rock, early Hip Hop and folk as a teenager and then became fascinated by roots music, especially dub, early ska, and reggae. At that point, I was very critical of electronic music. that changed when I worked with some balkan, electro swing and global beats artists from Germany and Austria.

8 — When did you start your artistic career?

I got to sing the high pitch solo in my primary school class choir and nailed it. It was in a venue with an amazing sound. I will never forget that. I had a cast at the time.

9 — Are there any live shows on your agenda for 2019?

I will be performing a lot in 2019, so please check my website www.chrisbeermusic.com to stay up to date.

10 — What do the upcoming months have in store for Chris Beer?

Besides the work I do with my solo project, which has continuously grown since I started 3 years ago, I really enjoy working on songs and lyrics for other artists. I have written songs for Rock, Electro, Pop, Jazz, and world music artists and I really enjoy writing songs in different genres.

I will definitely continue to do that as well, but I can not say to what extent it will be possible to fit that in this year as my schedule is filling up quicker every year. Besides the live shows, I have several new recordings and videos lined up. I don’t want to spill all the beans just yet, but it looks like I will be traveling and going to places and experiencing cultures I have never been to before. I am excited about that.


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Beth Crowley: From Books To Music — A Revealing Interview

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In this revealing interview, Beth Crowley shares insights into her creative process, the challenges she faces as an artist, and her passion for books and reading. Get ready to dive into the mind of this talented woman and find out what makes her music unique.

1 — Can you tell us about your new single “The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” and how it relates to the book of the same name?

“The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” is based on the book The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, which is about a woman who makes a bargain with the devil where she will get to live forever, but the catch is that no one she meets will remember her. It’s such an interesting premise for a story — how much of life’s enjoyment comes from the people around you who love you? For the song, I wanted to capture how sad and haunting it would be to know that you can’t truly make an impact on the world. I tried to take some themes from the book so that people who have read it will know the “easter eggs” in the song, but it’s not so specific that people who haven’t read it wouldn’t enjoy it.

2 — What makes this composition worth listening to?

I am always proudest of my lyrics. It’s such a careful and painstaking process to craft the exact right lyrics, so I hope that alone makes “The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” worth listening to.

3 — Is there any specific book or author that has had a significant impact on your music?

I don’t think my first book-based song “Warrior” would have taken off like it did if it weren’t for Cassandra Clare (the author of the books it was based on) being incredibly kind and supportive not only when it came out but in the years since. I will always be grateful to her for that.

4 — What would be the title of your life story if it was a book?

Well, This Has Been Unexpected.

5 — Your tunes are often described as emotional piano ballads with cinematic elements. Are you open to experimenting with different sounds in the future?

Absolutely! I don’t think I have painted myself into a corner throughout the years with only having one “sound”— I have had songs that are a little more Rock, musical theatre, or even Country. Doing the same thing over and over again is boring, and I don’t ever want my music to get too predictable.

6 — “Warrior” is your most popular track to date, and it has been streamed over 16 million times on Spotify. What do you believe to be the key factors that contributed to this achievement?

Like I said earlier, Cassandra Clare sharing the song and being so supportive is a huge factor in that. But I also think “Warrior” just resonated with people. It’s about realizing that you are stronger than you think you are, which is something we not only see in tons of different characters through books/movie/television, but something people relate to within themselves as well.

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7 — How do you know when a song is finished and ready to be released?

I hate to be vague and say that it’s just a feeling I get, but it really is. When I am writing a song, sometimes I’ll finish a full set of lyrics and just sit with it for a while to see if it still feels right. But sometimes I immediately know it’s done. When I am in the studio, my producer Daniel and I will usually get to a point where we think it might be ready, then listen all the way through one more time just to make sure. It really does just boil down to a “feeling” though.

8 — What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced in your artistic career?

I think my biggest struggle has been trying to not take numbers and social media algorithms too personally. No one really knows how the algorithms work, which can be frustrating when it feels like they control if people are going to hear your music or not. When the algorithms don’t work in your favor and a song doesn’t do as well as you hoped, it’s easy to feel like it’s a failure even if the people who do hear it have good things to say about it. I have to remind myself that I can only do so much and just keep putting out music that I am proud of.

9 — When not working on new music, what other hobbies does Beth Crowley enjoy?

Unsurprisingly, I love reading. There is something really therapeutic about listening to an audiobook while doing a jigsaw puzzle, so I do that pretty often. I host trivia once a week at a bar, which I love. And I spend a lot of time with my family.

10 — Finally, can you reveal details about your upcoming projects?

“The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” is the first single from my upcoming album ‘Unabridged,’ which is going to be all book-based songs. I am really looking forward to seeing people’s reactions when I reveal which books I chose to write songs about, and I have some really great videos and other fun things to go along with them. It’s going to be a lot of fun.


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More To Discover: Additional Insights Into Rubayne’s EP ‘Connections’

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Don’t miss out on rising artist Rubayne’s new EP ‘Connections,’ a blend of genres he calls Bass Pop exploring the ups and downs of love. With a special live performance airing on February 24th and music videos planned, it’s an EP not to be missed. Read the interview to learn more.

1 — What is the main theme you explore in your new EP ‘Connections’?

The EP is a set of eclectic love stories that are connected to each other. Throughout the EP, you will discover the feeling of falling in love, being in love, and holding on to love in the toughest time.

2 — Is there any special meaning behind its title?

There are multiple. Firstly, the titles of the songs relate to each other. In addition, I made a stronger connection with my music by involving myself in the songwriting as well.

3 — Did you collaborate with other artists or producers on this project?

Yes. There are a couple of great singers involved with ‘Connections’! Some new, some I do know from the start. I must give credit and big ups to Romy Dya, Yunnee, EthanUno, and Ansaly for their amazing work.

4 — How did you go about crafting the overall sound and style?

The approach for creating ‘Connections’ was different in comparison to my regular creative approach. With each project, I first focused on selecting a main instrument that would characterize the song. Unattainable has the guitar, “Connections” has the bass, and “In Love Tonight” has the piano. After the main instrument and its melody, I would carve out the full production.

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5 — Did you have any specific genre in mind while producing this material?

I had not, but I focused on having a blend of genres that I and the love theme associate with. I would say this blend of genres can be best described as Bass Pop.

6 — Is there a particular track on the EP that you have a special connection with?

Nope! They are equally special to me and as they complement each other, I feel that I have a special connection with the project as a whole.

7 — Are there any things you wish you had done differently?

When it comes to the EP, there’s nothing I wish I had done differently.

8 — In what ways do you think your songs will resonate with listeners?

I think this project, as well as other songs I have made, encourages its listeners to open up and acknowledge their feelings. I hope my music provides the listeners with a better understanding of themselves.

9 — Have you ever considered creating a music video for any of these news tracks?

I did! I feel like each of the songs has a visual story to tell. However, I have prepared something special for this EP which is visually pleasing as well.

10 — Is there anything else you would like to share about the EP that we haven’t covered in this interview?

To celebrate the release of  ‘Connections,’ I recorded a live performance of the EP with all the vocalists and an amazing guitarist (Rob). It will air on February 24th and you can get notified here.


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Discovering Lucii’s Musical Journey And Her New Song “Narcissist”

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In this exclusive interview, Lucii shares more about her journey as a musician, the meaning and inspiration behind her new single “Narcissist, and her plans for the future, including incorporating a live band into her performances and releasing a new album.

1 — How did you first become interested in music and what led you to pursue it as a career?

So I always sang and made songs on guitar as I was growing up but never thought I was good enough. I went to a rave at 17 and really loved it so I started DJing and producing and started to use my vocals on my tracks and it turned into a career!

2 — As a member of the LGBTQ community, how do you feel your identity influences your songs?

I feel like Idk I just write songs about girls, but I think cause I’m female writing about a female gives this extra sparkle of divine femininity.

3 — How do you aim to use your artistic platform to uplift and inspire others in the community?

I just want to make people feel something, music is a form of expression sometimes easier than talking. Mac Miller helped so much with my mental health and I just wanna be that to someone. Make people not feel alone, especially the LGBTQ community.

4 — Please tell us more about the meaning and inspiration behind your new single “Narcissist.”

I was in therapy and was describing this person to my therapist and she said (her name is Andrea and I shout her out in the song) “well that person sounds like a Narcissist” I NEVER heard of that word in my life so I started writing that night “you’re a Narcissist says my therapist” and that’s how it came about. I just wanted an angry song about a Narcissist so I made it.

5 — What’s your favorite lyric line?

Probably “thank god for Andrea I should send the bill to ya for all the times I’m in the chair wondering how I got here” Andrea is my therapist and I just think that’s a BA.

6 — How has your experience been as an electronic music producer and how has that influenced your shift into the Pop genre?

I feel like it influenced my Pop music a lot because I want my songs to have energy even if they’re sad, I want that emotional wave rollercoaster to feel like dance music gives.

7 — Are you planning to incorporate a live band into your performances?

YES!! I cannot wait to start playing with my band. I can’t wait to be closer to my audience and just play my songs, that is my dream and I can’t wait to do that soon hehe.

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8 — Can you share a bit about the creative process of your upcoming album?

Details on the upcoming album will be announced soon.

9 — What message would you like to send to aspiring LGBTQ musicians looking to break into the industry?

I would say just fucking go for it we NEED you. Look at fletcher she is breaking boundaries right now she is a full-on amazing Pop star and watching her grow has just been so inspiring and made me realize I can do this, I can make the move from being a DJ to being a live performance act.

10 — How do you see your music evolving in the future?

I see myself going through eras, I really love how Taylor Swift each of her albums feel like a chapter to read from ‘1989’ to ‘REPUTATION’ and OMG ‘Folklore.’ All of them are AMAZING but I just want to give that feeling with every one of my albums, as you listen to it and you’re transported back in time to a feeling.


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