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David Haerle tells us his own story, reveals musical influences and talks about the new single “Finding Natalie”. A pretty nice song we’re digging at the moment. Definitely, if you pay attention to the lyrics its emotional component will make you remember your first crush! 💕

1 — What’s your general taste in music?

I really love a lot of different music, but my taste developed and unfolded in phases. As a kid, I remember riding in the car with my dad around Los Angeles and hearing David Bowie’s “Fame” on the radio. I thought now THAT’S cool! His voice, the groove, the background vocals, the band, I loved everything about it. If asked to name my favorite album of all time, I would say Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’. Then there were all the AM radio singles at the time by groups like The Commodores, K.C. and The Sunshine Band, Wild Cherry, Hall and Oates, to name a few, and of course, disco. Then I gravitated towards rock and hard rock, more specifically bands and artists with great lead guitar playing: Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Frank Zappa, Van Halen, Ted Nugent, ZZ Top, Peter Frampton, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple were all early inspirations of mine, especially with respect to guitar. I also loved The Cars, and then many, many bands and hits of the 80s.

My mother’s parents, and my father, had backgrounds in the country music business, and I have very early musical memories of hearing Johnny Cash’s live recording of “A Boy Named Sue” and Tanya Tucker’s “San Antonio Stroll”. Eventually, I developed a passion for my dad’s great love, country music. Artists like Merle Haggard, George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, and also great bluegrass artists, especially those who recorded for CMH Records, the record label my father co-founded with Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith and which I continue to run today.

Over the years my ears would be turned on by so many great artists, I can’t give you a complete list, but here are a few in no particular order: Stereolab, N.W.A., The Chemical Brothers, Radiohead, The Avalanches, Convoy and Anita O’Day.

2 — How many years have you been active in the music world?

Professionally, over 29 years. I had been a music agent for around 2 years at International Creative Management (ICM) when my dad passed away suddenly. I decided to quit that career and take over CMH Records. I have been president of that company now for over 27 years. This does not count starting on guitar around age 13, playing in bands at parties and clubs around Los Angeles in my teenage years, and so forth. Around seven years ago I began working part-time at the label and spending my other working time writing and recording music. It was around that same time that I began work on what would become Garden Of Edendale.

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3 — As a musician, is your ultimate goal to win a Grammy or reach the top of the charts?

Though I will gladly accept a Grammy if offered one, and would excitedly share news of topping a chart, I would say my goals are more along the following lines: Write the best songs and make the best music I can, with the skills and abilities that I have, and share that music with friends, with loved ones and with the public. I’d be thrilled if my music achieved some measure of commercial success and/or critical praise, as those are forms of acknowledgment that make you feel pretty good. It lets you know that what you have done has connected with someone, somewhere, and thus what you have done has had a purpose beyond yourself. I was very excited to hear that Electro Wow was liking what I am doing and wanted to do this interview with me.

The other day a childhood friend and fellow musician I respect wrote me a long e-mail with quite a lot of detail concerning how he liked my album. That felt quite wonderful and, truthfully, it’s hard to imagine that feeling being topped.

4 — What came first when composing “Finding Natalie,” the music or the lyrics?

The music came first, I had a chord structure and melody for the verse and the chorus, and had an instrumental jam developing.

Sometime after I developed the music I attended an alumni reunion at a school I went to in Los Angeles. I was a student there from kindergarten through third grade. At the reception, I noticed they had a table stacked with old yearbooks. I went over and began flipping through pages looking for Natalie.

Sure enough, there she was, smiling in those old photos. We were in the same class for 4 years before I switched schools. I was looking through the later yearbooks trying to find out how long she stayed after I left. She was there until 8th or 9th grade.

Natalie was my crush, or perhaps I should say, my first love. I started imagining what it would be like to find Natalie again, to tell her after all these years what she meant to me. The chance to tell her she was my first love would be fulfilling because that was not something I was able to do at the time. I was too young. Too afraid of my own feelings.

She wasn’t at the reunion, but the phrase “Finding Natalie” stuck with me. I knew it would go perfectly with the melody and chord progression I had been working on. I debuted the song at a live performance in Los Angeles at an event I love called Strong Words.

5 — I noticed there’s a classic rock feel to it. Are there any legendary bands that inspired your style?

I know I am influenced by classic rock bands and artists, especially those who would have instrumental sections, jams and/or guitar solos in their songs; where the drums, bass, lead guitar and other instruments would let loose on a particular chord progression or musical idea. My love for that is in my DNA, and I know Zeppelin, Zappa, Aerosmith, Sabbath, Hendrix, Nugent, ZZ Top, Van Halen, Deep Purple and many others are responsible for that.

Finding Natalie features a wonderful improvised solo by Luanne Homzy on violin, I take a guitar solo myself, and then Luanne and I do certain melodic lines together in unison and also with her harmonizing to my guitar.

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6 — Why do you think people will feel identified with this song?

I hope many people can relate to a story of first love or of a first crush. And I suspect quite a few folks might be able to relate to being too afraid of your own feelings, or of rejection, to express them to the person you feel those things for.

7 — Was the music video filmed at your own studio? Who participated in it?

The music video was filmed at the legendary studio Sunset Sound, in Studio 2. That is where we did all the basic tracking. We had done some pre-production before going in, and then overdubs were done at my own Edendale Studio in Los Angeles afterward. My amazing band consisted of Carson Cohen on bass, Reade Pryor on drums, Alex Wand on rhythm guitar and Luanne Homzy on violin. Sabrina Doyle directed the video, and her team included Stephen Paar, Lee Young, Chris “Moose” Stalsworth, Samuel Phillips and Daniel Myers. And you need great engineers, and we had them in David Bianco, Geoff Neal and Jose Salazar.

So many legendary artists and bands have recorded at Sunset Sound: The Doors, Prince, Van Halen, The Rolling Stores, Zappa, The Beach Boys, Neil Young, Zeppelin, the list goes on and on.

8 — What’s the best thing about working with other artists rather than working all alone?

The input and great playing they bring to the table make all the difference in the world. In “Finding Natalie”, I love the drums and drum fills, the bass playing (it is outrageous on section 5 of the jam), the violin answers to the vocal and improvised solo, Carson Cohen’s and Alex Wand’s harmony parts and singing, and so forth. That is all them, not me.

9 — What can your fans expect from your next single?

The next single is a favorite of mine on the album, and it is called “Always.” It’s about a relationship between two people in the late summer of their lives. It is a call to love, from one to the other saying that it’s now or never. They’re both aware their time is finite, but there’s still the chance to pursue a dream, the dream of embracing and loving each other, and spending the rest of their lives together.

In my teenage years, I wrote a song called “Amazon Laura” about a crush I had on a friend of a friend. The chords from that song, simple as they are, have stayed with me and I drew on them for this song and while making my first album. The music has been with me since the early spring of my life, but did not come to fruition until the late summer of my life.

10 — What are your thoughts on the streaming era? Do you see more benefits or more disadvantages?

There are a number of things to like about the streaming era from an artist perspective and an independent record label perspective. But first the disadvantages and what I miss: I grew up holding LPs in my hand, looking at the artwork, the photos, and the liner notes while listening. That is an experience that is hard to beat, and I do miss it. Something tangible to hold and to look at. But as far as advantages go, you have the ability to make your music available to a huge audience at very little cost. And around the world for that matter.

From the independent record label perspective, manufacturing CDs and sending them to stores around the country was and is a fairly costly endeavor, and you have to spend time managing your inventory and keeping track of components (booklets, stickers, etc.). And it was sometimes hard to know what was really selling vs just sitting in record store bins. CDs could be returned by stores to the distributor and the label if not sold, for full credit. With streaming, your manufacturing costs are about zero in one sense, returns are not consequential, and you can stay right on the pulse of what is being listened to via reporting that is available. However, with Garden Of Edendale, I did choose to make a CD with a pretty elaborate package. I just wanted to!


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Dan Stutter Shares Insight On Debut Electro-Pop Album — Interview

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Meet Dan Stutter, an indie music producer, singer, and songwriter from Berlin, Germany. Find out more about his Electro-Pop album, “My World Is All I Know” in this exclusive interview.

To sum up, he wisely fuses digital synthesizers and drum machines with relatable lyrics, while evoking so much emotion. Plus, each track feels like a wonderful recreation of nostalgic rhythms. Mastered by Listen & Feel, here we have an amazing record that deserves way more attention.

1 – What has been the inspiration for your debut album, ‘My World Is All I Know’?

I believe these days everyone is overloaded with information, media influences, daily work, and personal responsibilities. It is often hard to be able to focus on the things that are really important to oneself. This is when you get unhappy and unsettled with yourself. Everyone only knows and creates his own small part of the world and I realized how important it is to own it.

2 – We know you grew up in Germany, how did your homeland influence your sound on this album?

Germany has a long tradition of electronic music. I like other music styles too, but when I first listened to Kraftwerk it really opened up another dimension of sound to me. Moreover, I like Techno and House music, which has been very much present in German club culture. I guess I, therefore, like the idea of continuing the tradition of electronic music from Germany.

3 – Can you tell us more about your creative process when writing those intimate songs?

Some songs really come to my mind spontaneously. The melody of love is a stranger formed doing groceries in the supermarket. I recorded a sketch on my mobile phone. Sometimes I have a certain topic or emotional experience that I want to transport, e.g. “The Devil Called Me A Monk”. Then I have a basic idea of the lyrics before I write the song. Most of the time, however, I first compose the music in my studio and then write the lyrics fitting the melody. Some songs I finish in one night such as the title track and some I change over the passage of several weeks. It is always exciting to see how it goes.

4 – What were some challenges you face in your home studio?

I like to work in my home studio and certainly, I have some limitations in comparison to a large studio. Especially recording the vocals posed some challenges.


5 – Overall, ‘My World Is All I Know’ is beautifully melancholic. Which song do you think best describes this mood?

This is a difficult question because as you mentioned the whole album is melancholic. “Love Is A Stranger” tops this mood probably. The song tells about an unfulfilled romance between two lovers who simply cannot seize the chance they have been offered and let it pass by.

6 – How long did it take you to complete this project?

Although I used some earlier sketches for some of the songs the album was mainly written, produced and recorded between April and October 2019.

7 – If you could produce your dream music video, what would it look like?

I do not have a dream video per se. It is important that the visualization corresponds with the mood of the music and refers to the lyrics. I personally prefer atmospheric landscapes or large city views at night, but of course, I would also not mind having some hot looking girls dance around me… But that’s rather something for rappers… I admit I sometimes envy them for this. 😜

8 – Are you planning to release visuals for any of your new songs?

I am planning to create visuals for 2 or 3 tracks. At this moment, I am in correspondence with several artists who might be able to support me on this project.

9 – How many synths does it take to produce such a great album?

I only work digitally, so I exclusively use software except for my voice of course. There are several software-based synthesizers and drum machines /samplers that I use, some of them are even freeware. In recent years software instruments have become really potent and sound great with a decent interface. I especially embrace the fact that I only switch on my computer and everything is set up the same way I left off. This is a very efficient way of production and saves time.

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10 – At the end of the day, what do you hope listeners take away from ‘My World Is All I Know’?

First of all, I hope that listening to this album brings joy to people. That they like what they hear and it makes them feel good to listen to it again and again. I want to believe that a lot of people share similar thoughts and emotions and can relate to the album’s main theme. I am melancholic about life sometimes, but never bitter or negative, and always hopeful to find confidence and love. That is what I want the listener to take away.


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Man Parrish On The Meaning Behind ‘The Art Of Pop’ — Interview

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It’s an incredible privilege to interview an influential figure in the history of American electronic music like Man Parrish. He is ready to impress this decade with a brand new album, ‘The Art Of Pop’. A collection of re-invented Pop classics from the Godfather of Electro along with some great vocalists. Be the first to discover the most important details of this fantastic project exclusively here!

1 – Can you reveal to us the artists that inspired you to compose your new album ‘The Art of Pop’?

Wow! That’s everyone in the ’70s, 80’s and 90’s! I absolutely LOVE pop music [always have] and these tracks, 24 of them, are the top picks that I enjoyed growing up. Let’s do some “name dropping”!

Soft Cell, Depeche Mode, Dead Or Alive, Telex, Bowie, Eurythmics, Erasure, Robert Miles, Bananarama, Ramones, Yazoo, Buggles, Freeze [a,e,I,o,u], Giorgio Moroder, Michael Jackson, Irene Cara, Donna Summer, Madonna, The Normal [Warm Leatherette original version] … I could go on, but these are the artist we used for inspiration on this new album “The Art Of Pop”. I would like to mention that these are NOT remixed but true REMAKES of the original tracks from scratch. No sampling here. I went back to the original synthesizers that the original artist used and re-programmed their sounds. Of course, I added my own new stuff to make it fresh, but you’ll definitely recognize a few familiar things and be surprised but some new twists and turns!

2 – What does the “Art Of Pop” represent?

“The Art Of Pop” is really about paying respect to a genre that most people take for granted. Yes, I know… people roll their eyes around many pop tunes because they are so cheesy or un-cool, but in fact, a well-crafted pop tune is quite difficult to create. You’re bound by “pop” guidelines, time [like 3 minutes 46 seconds] and song structure. It’s crafted to sound effortless, but it’s quite difficult. That’s why many groups have only a few pop hit songs. This for me was a big challenge to keep the original feel AND still keep the pop aspect. I’m paying homage to a genre that most people don’t consider important.

3 – Can you reveal to us your favorite tracks from this album?

I programmed, played, produced and mixed everything, so it’s like asking, “what’s your favorite child”. But a few that I really like are “Share Your Body Down” [Michael Jackson] because it’s a dangerous one to redo. When you do a monster hit, you risk ridicule, This one really works! Also, Telex Moskow Diskow, Flashdance, Warm Leatherette, Situation for starters..!

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4 – What is your writing process like?

Varies on my project. This one, since I knew the tracks were LISTENING! I know that sounds stupid, but if you can’t REALLY listen, break down not only the parts but the feeling and movement of the music, you can’t re-create it with any quality. Once I FEEL the track, I usually do a scetch on my MacBook Pro in Logic. Sometimes laying in bed! Once I get a good demo idea, then I got to my big studio and start layering sounds and playing parts to make up the track. THEN, and this is important, I sit back, make-believe I never heard the track [usually a day later] and edit anything that rubs me the wrong way. It’s a hard one because I love this part and that, but I’m not making this for myself. I’m making this for you to enjoy. Editing is critical. Then it’s mixing and mastering.

5 – Did you collaborated with other artists?

Always, but in this album, it’s Steven Jones, Corey Tut, myself and Mikey Redvenom for vocals. I did the rest.

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6 – Where exactly was this album recorded? How long did it take you to complete this project?

I have a place in Manhattan and in Florida. I love Florida because I can escape the craziness of the city, think and focus on work. So both places. I can work pretty fast, but these 24 tracks took about 6 months [with a week here and there for rest] to finish.

7 – How different is ‘The Art Of Pop’ from your previous records?

Most other works have original content. This is the first album of ALL remakes. I’ve matured musically and I don’t think I would have been able to have done this 5 years ago. I’m quite proud of the “interpretations” that came out. Funny, these things have their own life. They seem to take on a personality and develop and I go with that flow and help it become realized. I know that sounds weird, but it’s how it works for me.

8 – Are you planning to drop a music video?

YES! We secured some amazing footage for VOGUE. It’s not Madonna, but it’s a twisted version of the original Vogue video. I think it’s going to be really cool.


9 – What about live shows?

Since streaming came about, indie artists find it expensive to tour. Like $100,000 just to rent venues and sound systems and lights. That not even including a crew and hotels, transportation and food! YES, I WOULD LOVE TO TOUR, but we don’t have that kind of money. But if anyone wants to fund us, we’ll work out a very fair deal!

10 – Any words of advice for those fearing with rejection in the music industry?

Yes… F*CK them if they reject you. It’s not meant to be. Seriously. Don’t go against the grain and try to force something the universe is trying to keep you away from.

I know many artists that pursued big or glamorous deals, either to be rejected or pushed themselves in those situations, only to fail.

In today’s online world, you can be massive WITHOUT a manager, big label or producer. Do your THING, and if it’s pure and true to yourself, the world will notice. Now… Will that be instant or 10 years later, who knows, but it will be yours, pay you back for your hard work and YOU will be in control and never ripped off. Listen to me, I’ve been doing this for 45 years! One more thing. If you think you’ll sit back and be discovered, you’ll fail. EVERY successful person, no matter what profession puts in long hours of work. Think of it this way [and here’s the real key] … The energy in – Energy out. Put in a lot of work and you’ll succeed. Just show up and wait to be discovered, and you’ll be waiting forever. No matter what you do in life. Much love to you, and now that you have the real info, go out and conquer the world!


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Avery Raquel Discusses “Pieces” Remix Hitting The Billboard Club Music Chart

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Here’s an interesting interview with singer-songwriter Avery Raquel, regarding her most recent Billboard chart success. Of course, I’m talking about “Pieces”, which got an amazing remix treatment from Stonebridge & Damien Hall.  You can read the full interview below and discover a music star in the making!

1 – First of all, did you expect it to enter the Billboard Club Music Chart?

I try my best to go into projects with no expectations at all. I never want to get my hopes up. But that made the charting position even more exciting! I’m sitting at 30 right now, from 50, in just six weeks, which I am pretty proud of.

2 – What music elements do you like the most on this Stonebridge & Damien Hall remix?

I honestly didn’t know what to expect from these remixes, sound-wise. They’re all very different from the original, so it was definitely strange to adjust. But I really enjoy how they stayed true to the song, yet made it their own. The StoneBridge mix uses a lot of the original elements, like the horns and melody. Since its a dance mix, its primarily electronic which was interesting to hear on a song that was recorded with only live instruments.

3 – How did this remix collaboration come about?

It was my producer’s (Greg Kavanagh) idea. I didn’t think I was ready to hear my music presented so differently but after noticing so many other artists coming out with remixes to expose their music to a wider audience, I thought, why not?

Greg sent a couple of tracks to StoneBridge, who has multiple Billboard hits with artists like P!nk and Ariana Grande, and ”Pieces” caught his attention.

I am so happy with how his remix – and all the remixes! – turned out and how well they’re doing with radio and club DJs.

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4 – How has the feedback from your fanbase been about this new remix?

Very positive. Everyone seems to be very open to hearing these re-imagined versions. The support is comforting! And I’ve reached a new set of fans now as well!

5 – As a contemporary soul singer are you planning to explore more EDM rhythms in the near future?

The music that I write is, and probably always will, Contemporary Soul / R&B. I’m certainly leaning more towards mainstream these days, so I think there is a possibility for more remix projects in the future.

6 – What about taking a completely new music direction? Would it be too risky?

I don’t think there is anything wrong with taking a new music direction, but personally I believe it should be gradual. For example, it might be risky if a country artist switched to Jazz. The fans may get confused and move on. Certainly, some artists have been very successful in making the switch. I myself moved from Jazz and Blues to R&B / Soul and am now leaning more towards Pop.

Though the music industry today focuses a lot on genre, I think the music should stand on its own. I think an artist must stay true to who they are, and never stop paying attention to the audience. Appealing to the audience is very important.


7 – Besides Stonebridge and Damien Hall, are there any other electronic music producers you would love to collaborate with?

I was so lucky to have them apart of this project, and they have been nothing but supportive! There is honestly so many great EDM producers and DJ’s that would be great to work with, like Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Dave Audé. The list goes on!

8 – What message do you want listeners to get from your song “Pieces”?

The emotion for this song came from being at the end of a relationship that had gone bad. I think the main message is that if you feel the need to remind yourself to be happy, then the relationship is toxic.

Like I say in chorus, “sometimes the pieces just aren’t always meant to fit.” – Two people, though maybe still in love, may not be right for each other, and that’s okay. I feel each partner in every relationship requires a certain amount of self-respect. Know when to back down, because sometimes it’s not you, it’s them.

9 – Is your ultimate goal as an artist climbing daily on the music charts?

Personally, I think climbing the charts is great. It means you are receiving some form of recognition for your work, but my main goal is to really make good music that connects to people, makes them feel and respond. I know that if I’ve touched at least one person emotionally with my music, then I’ve done a great job! That’s more rewarding to me.

10 – Any news or announcements we can look forward to?

I’m writing a lot more, and plan to release new music soon. Not sure if it will be a full album. I’m thinking maybe release a few singles? I currently have 4-5 songs in the bag. I would also like to perform more! I’m planning some small tours in Canada and the United States for Spring and Summer 2020.


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Kinesus Talks New Single “Tomorrow Goes On” & Much More In Interview

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Check out this interview with Kinesus, the emerging producer with grand ambitions shares with us the most important details of his single “Tomorrow Goes On”. Based in Las Vegas, he also describes the music scene, announces the release of his debut album, and much more…

1 – How long have you been producing electronic music?

I started off making hip-hop beats in 2001 and begin to transition to electronic music sometime in 2010. It’s been so long ago; I don’t remember exactly when and how it all happened. I guess what I discovered is that I mostly enjoy composing, creating a melodic atmosphere and combining cinematic elements. Electronic music really gives me more freedom with that. I still have a love for hip-hop and trap beat, and you’ll hear parts of that in some of my music.

2 – For readers who are not familiar with your sound, yet what best describes your style?

I really like to be imaginative with my sounds. I get inspired by all types of genre, every music I ever listen to, I find myself extracting soulful details that I can reconstruct in my own ways. Sometimes it’s hard to tie any one of my songs to a specific genre because the effect of that fusion is unique on its own. What I try to do though, the best that I can, is to tell a story with my sound.

3 – Where did the inspiration mainly come from for your new single “Tomorrow Goes On”?

Believe it or not, what inspired me for “Tomorrow Goes On” was a lot of indie dream-pop music! Most of the songs I listen to feel energetic, melodic and upbeat. It’s the kind of music that lifts your spirit even when you’re having the worse day of your life. This track was about being in that state, and still having the energy to keep going, staying positive and being optimistic about life.

4 – What really sets this track apart from your previous compositions?

The virtual guitar you hear in the beginning was something new for me. I haven’t done anything like that before. The rhythm and the groove were not something I’m used to making. But it’s the guitar that I started playing around with that was the drive for the entire track.

5 – What software, instruments or tools did you use for “Tomorrow Goes On”?

I recorded the virtual guitar in Pro Tools and then used FL Studio to add the rest of the sound together. There were a bunch of different VST instruments on the track, but most of it were from Native Instruments Komplete bundle.

6 – In your opinion, Is Las Vegas a good place for underground electronic musicians?

You know what, I have to be honest, I don’t know the answer to that yet. I want to think it’s a good place to be in because all the major electronic music producers you heard of has performed here. There’s quite a lot of inspiration though when you’re around the strip and you see names like Steve Aoki, Zedd, Major Lazer, Calvin Harris, and all the big names who’s been around. I will say this though, Las Vegas is the home for electronic music for many many years to come. C’mon, EDC, that’s not going away anytime soon!

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7 – What’s the music scene like over there?

The music scene out here is phenomenal! It’s not just electronic music, you have performers from all musical backgrounds. There’re always music festivals here for everyone and you can find a wide range of genres; reggae, jazz, classical, blues, rock, Latin, experimental, even world music. Plenty to discover. It’s great for me since I love discovering new music. You bring any kind of music to Las Vegas and you can’t go wrong. People here love to be entertained, and music is the center of entertainment. The Blue Man Group and Jabbawockeez are great examples of that.

8 – What type of listeners do you want to attract with your music?

I haven’t really thought about that – I mean, no group in particular. I think if listeners can enjoy music without lyrics and find that it resonates with their emotions, their imagination or their dreams, then my music is for them.

9 – Have you ever produced film scores?

For short films and school projects, yes. I would love to produce film scores for a feature film or video games one day. A composer I really admire in that field is Junkie XL. He started off with electronic music and has now become one of the best film composers today. Of course, there’s also Hans Zimmer. These guys are incredibly talented. If I have a chance to score, I think I’d like to do something like Steve Jablonsky, he’s my favorite composer.


10 – Finally, what makes your upcoming album ‘Retrogram’ so special? When can we hear it?

‘Retrogram’ is an album that will be a launchpad for my music career. I’ve been producing music for a very long time, mostly staying under the radar and sharing it with a small community – what most music hobbyist would do, I guess. Now, I think it’s time for me to get out there; expand, reach more people and share my music with the world. It might seem a late that I’m just starting now, but I once heard a quote somewhere goes like, “It doesn’t matter how old your music is, if someone never heard of it, it is new to them.” So, this album will be a compilation of some of the best work I’ve done in the past and a few extra surprises. ‘Retrogram’ will be available this year in July.


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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Country Duo Poppyiris

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Unquestionably, timeless romantic songs are the specialty of Poppyiris. In this exclusive interview, you can know them better. Moreover, if you want to chill and listen to Country music, you might enjoy their latest offering entitled, “Why The Hell Knot”. Scroll down and happy reading!

1 — Thanks for your time, where are you located?

Poppyiris is a duo from Nashville and Los Angeles.

2 — What are you known for?

Deedee:  I am known for writing Country songs and Broadway Musicals.  One of my musicals, “Waiting For Johnny Depp” was selected by Tony Award-winning producer Ken Davenport to be featured in the Rave Music Festival this past summer in NYC.  The show is definitely gaining momentum across the country.  I co-wrote it and starred in it and won Best Actress for my performance at The Valley Theatre Awards here in Los Angeles.

Mike:  I am in high demand as a session singer in Nashville and I share the stage with a lot of cool cats. I recently performed with Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban.  I am very fortunate to make my living as a musician.

Poppyiris is known for our timeless love songs and our harmonies.  People love each of us as performers in our own right but together,  they kind of go wild over the union of our voices.

3 — What do you do for a living?

Deedee: Write songs, books, teach songwriting and perform.

Mike:  I am a session musician and a bass player.  I tour with a lot of amazing artists including the legendary Loretta Lynn. We are also both session musicians who sing on other people’s albums.


4 —
How much experience or expertise do you have in music?

Deedee:  When I was 21 I started singing commercials in New York.  You could hear my voice on commercials like Avis Rent A Car, Heinz Ketchup, IBM and Toshiba.  I was also the jingle voice for a Japanese radio station for years. If you combine the list of people we have shared the stage with, it is a list of the who’s who of American Music.

We have collectively shared the stage with Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Chris Cagel, Stephen Bishop, Glen Campbell, Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, and the list goes on and on and on.

5 — Studies

Deedee:  I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from Hofstra University and a minor in music.

Mike: I came to Nashville the week after HS graduation…  My cousin is a professional bass player here and had already gotten established in the Nashville music community…  I got here on a Monday and on Tuesday he got a call about a new artist needing a bass player who also could sing harmonies, he told them about me and on Thursday (less than a week of being in Nashville) I was on my way to Las Vegas with my first artist gig.

6 — Music influences

Billy Joel, The Beatles, Kenny Rankin, Dan Fogelberg, The Police, Brett Eldredge, Loretta Lynn,  Rascal Flatts, Garth Brooks, and Keith Urban.

7 — Aspirations or hopes

We want to open for a major Country act like Reba, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum or Eldredge, on the road!  We want a bunch of Grammys and CMA awards as well.  We wouldn’t mind starring in a few movies too!

8 — Achievements or awards

Deedee:  I’m pretty proud of winning the Los Angeles Music Award’s singer/songwriter of the year

Mike:
I  won Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards International Artist Of The Year last year.

9 — How would you describe your music style?

Contemporary Country with an R&B influence.

10 — Other details about your life and personality

Deedee: I have written a book called The Lemonade Maker about turning obstacles into opportunities and I love public speaking and singing about the subject. I enjoy helping mankind become more causative over his problems and less a victim.  Life is all about learning to handle the punches in a positive way.

Mike: My parents were always very supportive of my music with the lessons and making sure my bills got paid when times were tough!
I never take for granted that kind of support. It takes a village to make a great artist.

Deedee:  Yes, my mom and dad were exactly the same. Always there to back me up on all my music endeavors.  We couldn’t do it without the support of family and wonderful friends.


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