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Interview | Questions & Answers With Sena Kana

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I had the honor of interviewing Sena Kana, a Japanese Pop singer who recently shot to the top of the iTunes charts in Europe. At the same time, she released a wonderful music video filmed in Norway’s capital Oslo. We chatted about her single “Live Your Dreams” and many important things about her music career.

1 – Is it true that you developed your singing talent during high school?

Since childhood, I wanted to become a singer. I knew that in order to get the basics, I needed to start from classical music. That is why I decided to enter the conservatory. And to do that I started learning classics in high school. And later the conservatory helped me to develop my abilities, widen my musical range and add some new spices into the vocal.

2 – Did your one and only dream come true after being #1 at iTunes European Charts with your debut single?

Actually, it is not my ultimate dream. But achieving #1 was a big surprise for me. Of course, I am very pleased that the audience rated my debut single that high. My dream is for as many people as possible to hear my song, and thanks to the chart I am one step closer to my dream coming true.

3 – What helps your dream come true?

Always thinking about my songs in the daily life and believing in my dream. My ultimate dream is to for as many people as possible to hear my songs. But aside from that big dream, on my way to this dream, there are a lot of small dreams, small wishes that I would like to fulfill, and I have them as many as there are stars in the sky. For example, I wanted to perform in front of thousands of people. I wanted to go to the fjords, and by feeling the nature and the universe better convey the deep meaning of the song. And because I believe that I can fulfill these little dreams, these little wishes, I did it. I went to the fjords during my PV shooting, I performed in front of a big audience in Poltava. I feel like by the gradual realization of my small wishes I am getting closer to my big dream too.


4 – Why do you sing in English rather than Japanese?

I want to bring my songs to the whole world, and English is the best language for this. Because through my songs I want to bring joy and inspiration to the audience.

5 – Who were your musical idols growing up?

I wouldn’t say that I have idols, I listen to different kinds of music. Since childhood, I have been listening to The Beatles, Celine Dion, Diana Ross, Julie Andrews (since I loved musicals), and Japanese Pop music. I think that they all had an influence on my professional growth. Now I can also add to the above Adele and Ed Sheeran, whom I like the most, and others. I listen to different kinds of music, and I think that it’s all wonderful.

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6 – Why did you choose Norway’s capital, Oslo as the location for your “Live Your Dream” video?

Oslo’s modern architecture is very beautiful, and the way that it is combined with nature – is just unbelievable. When I saw the photos that the director showed me, I knew at that very moment it was going to be very beautiful. Oslo Opera House – is amazing, it’s like a spaceship! It became our first location. Another big argument in favor of Oslo was the fact that you can easily go to the fjords by car from there. I have always wanted to go there. And since this song is about dreams coming true, I thought that filming PV in Norway will help to make the message of the song even stronger.

7 – How do you write song lyrics?

In this case, the songs is a result of blending the work of Stockholm friends’ team, the Kiev team, and my imagination. It all starts with the theme I imagine, which my team takes as a basis, and the final decisions are made depending on how the result fits the images that I have in mind. We make the lyrics the same way, and I think that’s thanks to that my message and my feelings are 120% conveyed. In “Live Your Dreams” there are even Japanese words in the chorus. The song production process is very long. We discuss, revise and correct many times. The ideas, which become the basis of this process, come to mind suddenly. I may wake up in the morning and a small piece of lyrics for new songs may already be floating in my head, or when I look out of the window while sipping coffee, some ideas may come to mind, and sometimes something can become an inspiration. Anyway, there are no rules.

8 – What type of fans might be attracted to your music?

My music is positive and opened to everyone. I wouldn’t point out a certain type of fans. It is popular with children, adults and the elderly, so it is still difficult to identify the main audience. But, judging by the concerts, there are certainly more young people.

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9 – How is going to sound your next single? Can you give us any hints?

My new single will be positive and light, as always. Just like the previous one, we make this song with the team from Stockholm. It may be a love song, or maybe, a song about the universe? It’s a secret. But I can tell with all certainty, that it will leave behind an amazing feeling for those who listen to it.

10 – Can we see you soon performing live?

You can see videos from my live performances in social media. Or if you want to feel the magical atmosphere while being in the audience yourself, just wait for the news about my upcoming shows.

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Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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Meet Nathan Daniels, A Brilliant Musician In The Balearic Islands — Interview

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Nathan Daniels is a brilliant composer, producer, and musician based in the Balearic Islands. The new single “I Choose” walks a fine line between modern RnB and Soul with Pop nuances. In this exclusive interview, you will discover the way this South African artist works and essential information about his instantly-catchy anthem that recently topped the UK iTunes R&B Charts. Happy reading!

1 – For newcomers, how would you best describe your sound?

I offer feel-good-music with influences of Soul, R&B, Motown, Funk, Sophisticated Pop, and Jazz.

2 – What do you think motivated you to write a song like “I Choose”?

I came to realise that not only is there more gratification in giving than receiving, but even if you do decide to do the right thing, it does not exempt you from life’s challenges. I think that these challenges are designed to help you become a better you.

3 – How would you interpret the story behind the music video?

The music video aims to speak about the obstacles one faces when taking on a project, or setting in motion a strategy for reaching a goal. Once we start we are fired up and much sooner than later we hit obstacles that leave us frustrated and demotivated. But if we keep our eyes on the prize it helps us to refocus, and we find what we need to overcome them and we come out better on the other side.

4 – Who are your main inspirations?

My wife (she has a killer attitude for staying positive no matter what), John Legend and Lionel Richie (Composing & Songwriting), Brian McKnight (stage presence) & Michael Bublé (how he manages his career).

5 – Do you have a favorite place to write your songs?

I would exactly say I have a favourite place but my favourite time to write is in the middle of the night when everything is quiet in the house.

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6 – Despite the global pandemic, have you been able to perform your music live?

Yes. I have been fortunate to have quite a few weeks of daily shows back to back.

7 – How is life in sunny Spain? Is there an active music scene?

Spain is a fantastic place to live. The Mediterranean cuisine is exactly what the body needs and sunsets are breathtaking. Living on an island makes all the above even more amazing. The music scene is quite active and if Latin music is your style then it’s definitely the place to be.


8 – Can you tell us more about your band, The Brothers Of Soul?

The Brothers Of Soul started performing around 2003. Since then we’ve been entertaining tourists of all ages. We have some followers that came when they were kids, bringing their kids to see our shows and I find that really wows me when I think of it. Of course, the music we offer (Motown and Soul hits) does the job of putting everyone in a fantastic mood, but I sincerely think that the connection we make with the audience is a wonderful experience that makes them come back for more.

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9 – What plans do you have for the rest of 2020?

I’ve started on my next single that should be out around the end of November and then I’m enjoying the holiday season with my family. I’d like a beautiful snowy destination… maybe even learn how to ski.

10 – If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing?

A bit of a tough one. I love people and creative solutions. I guess I’d be doing something motivational. Another passion of mine is helping others discover their hidden talents and help them sharpen it and see the masterpieces unfold. I might even have been a great landscaper, or maybe that’s just my wife’s way of getting me to mow the lawn regularly.


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Learn More About Studio 54 Music Label + New Single — Interview

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Interview | Questions & Answers With Studio 54 Music’s Label Boss
Studio 54 Music
’s label boss reveals interesting details that will positively surprise Disco fans. I won’t deny there’s a certain degree of anonymity behind this project, however, he shares the basic information to meet all your wishes. The new single produced by hitmaker Greg Cohen and The Crush Boys titled “Salt In The Air” is a must-listen. I must confess my parents partied once at the legendary club, and I’m glad to see they’re finally rising up again with this cool initiative. Learn more below.

1 – Whose brilliant idea was it to launch the Studio 54 Music label?

The label is keeping it a secret until further notice. 😉

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2 – What’s the vision of this record label?

Disco is back in the mainstream music circuit and has never left the underground, so the vision for the label is to continue fueling this fire, by releasing and promoting an array of modern funky dance music by key players in the 2020 dance music scene.

3 – Is there a team of old-school producers and DJs working behind this new project?

There are old producers involved, but the label is a cross-collaboration between Disco music’s new generation and original veterans.


4 – In recent years, I have discovered emerging artists and interesting Nu-Disco releases. Are you currently accepting demos?

Yes! Send demos to info@studio54official.com

5 – Besides the record label, did you unveil a radio station? Please tell us more.

Yes, we are in direct partnership with Studio 54 Radio on Sirius XM which launched in November 2008, is executive produced by former resident Jellybean Benitez, features weekly shows by him and another resident, Robbie Leslie. In addition, every Friday we have the Nu-Disco Hour hosted by Danny Valentino which highlights the new school music scene, and Sunday nights at 10PM ET, check out the Mark & Myra show, hosted by original Studio 54 doorman/gatekeeper, Mark Benecke, an original head of PR, Myra Scheer.

6 – Why people must listen to the label’s latest single, “Salt In The Air”?

Dropping this Friday, it’s the feel-good Disco-Pop vibes that people need during these unprecedented times, mixing up new school R&B and Hip-Hop vibes with tightened up Disco sounds.

7 – What’s the next release of Studio 54 Music?

TBA soon – save the date – November 4th, 2020.

8 – It seems Disco never died, do you agree?

Disco is with us forever; it’s this soulful, uplifting, beautiful type of music, where if produced right, is timeless. There simply would be no House Music & Hip-Hop if it wasn’t for Disco, so it’s rooted and present in those genres forever.


9 – Due to the pandemic, virtual zoom parties became the norm these days. Are you keen on this strategy?

Not opposed but not super keen. Disco can be listened to anywhere, but it’s best enjoyed on a funky dancefloor with a big sound system. We want to make a little more special than just having a stream of one of our DJs playing in their living room.

10 – Do you have plans of re-opening the legendary nightclub again?

You will have to wait and see! 😉


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Exclusive Interview: Beca Talks Her Original Single “Calm Before The Storm”

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Exclusive Interview: Beca Talks Her Amazing Single "Calm Before The Storm"
I really enjoyed this interview with Beca. Currently, she’s promoting an original single called “Calm Before The Storm”. Indeed, the title says it all. It is meant to motivate listeners to break past the limitations that they or others have put on them. This is one of many tunes Beca has released throughout her career along with 4 EPs and an album. Discover more exclusively on Electro Wow.

1 – Thanks for your time, what makes your new song “Calm Before The Storm” different from your previous singles?

Thank you! “Calm Before The Storm” deals with bigger picture issues, while most of my previous songs have been more inspired by my inner world. We’re living in a very chaotic time, and I think this track gives voice to a lot of relevant issues. The song is a call to action and asks the listener “are you coming with us?” It’s about the never-ending quest to stand up for what’s right and never back down, no matter how hard that can be.

I co-wrote this song with Danny Ross, who I also worked with on my previous single “Taking Time For Myself” which came out earlier this year. Little did we know we’d soon be facing a pandemic, increasing social injustice around the country, wildfires close to home and other major climate change issues, and an imminent threat to our country’s democracy all at the same time. On a personal level, I’ve had to overcome some mental health challenges this past year and this song serves as a reminder to keep going.

2 – I think it has a good narrative, what gave you the idea to come up with these lyrics?

Danny was in town from NY and we wanted to write about having inner strength and resilience in the face of self-doubt, with all the crazy things going on in the world. And that was before all hell broke loose! I’d been feeling really drained and wanted to find a way to express something uplifting. And today more than ever with Covid, being confined, and all the stress of our political landscape, it continues to be an ongoing battle. We were improvising ideas on the keys and I came up with the bridge idea that depicts a hopeful light peaking through the clouds. The rest of the words flowed pretty seamlessly.

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4 – Every single seems to get positive feedback, what do you want listeners to take away from this song?

I want people to listen to this song and feel more confident about overcoming whatever challenges they’re facing. I want women (myself included) to speak up when they’re not being listened to or respected. A lot of us are more stressed and exhausted than ever, and it can be especially hard to find our power. But it’s more important than ever so we can show up for ourselves and for others.

5 – I’m loving those infectious synth-based sounds. Was Danny Ross responsible for the sound design?

Yes, he was, and he absolutely killed it on the production! He’s a tremendous talent and it’s been a joy to work with him. We have a great time and don’t take ourselves too seriously while also being creative.


6 – Can we expect a new remix?

Yes! I’m so excited to be releasing a remix on 10/23 by NICOLAAS, a producer out of Winnipeg who’s worked with the likes of Kitsune, Chela, and Kraak & Smaak. He reached out to me last year about wanting to collaborate and this is one of the gifts that came out of that interaction. I’m a big fan of his music and you’re all in for a treat.

8 – Is fashion still an important part of your music project?

Always. Earlier this year, I composed and produced a song for fashion designer Asher Levine for one of his campaign launches which you can watch below. He creates otherworldly LED outerwear that is completely mind-blowing and has dressed Doja Cat and Lady Gaga. I’m lucky to have such talented and fabulous friends.

9 – When the songs are recorded do you tend to play them the same way on stage or do you adapt them?

It depends on the situation. In the past, I’ve had a lot of fun integrating other versions of my songs such as remixes or stripped down instrumentals. Other times I’ve performed the tracks as on the record in a theatrical way with dancers, lights, and costumes. I like to go big or go home. Though lately with the quarantine, I’ve been spending a lot of time composing in my home studio.

10 – What are your plans for the future once the pandemic is over?

At this point, I’m taking things day by day. I miss traveling and seeing my family and friends who live far away so I plan to visit them as soon as possible. I’m also looking forward to working more with bigger creative teams and live musicians in the same room like we used to. It’s always more fun interacting with people in person. In the meantime, I’ll be here in my bubble doing projects that are meaningful to me and trying to make a positive impact, however, I can.


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Inbar Starr Opens Up About Debut EP ‘Take It’ In Interview

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Israeli artist Inbar Starr talks about her first original EP, ‘Take It’ in this exclusive interview. From winning the Jamie Cullum song competition to singing with Taboo of the Black Eyes Peas, Inbar’s gorgeous vocals and smooth R&B style feel so comforting. Her debut EP is a captivating collection of 7 tracks that offers a window into the life and mind of this talented, eclectic, and multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter.

1 – First of all, what do you enjoy the most about releasing your first EP?

It’s definitely nice to finally release this project that I poured my heart and soul into. I think I enjoy the part of letting go. I have created this piece of art that will now belong to everyone else and will be there for them to interpret it their own way, to express feelings, healing, and whatever they desire. I’m excited about that. It’s no longer mine to possess which frees me to continue to create and birth other songs and stay in a creative flow.

2 – Where did the inspiration for this EP come from?

The inspiration for this EP came from life experiences. All of these songs are based on true stories or things that have happened. Some of them were very therapeutic for me to write and kind of helped me process some of the things I went through and helped me move on when I needed closure. I hope it brings as much comfort to whoever listens to it as it did for me to write it.

3 – Why did you decide to name it ‘Take It’?

Great question! ‘Take It’ is the title track of the EP and I love that song so much. It was a very therapeutic experience for me to write it. I mainly loved the message behind the song which is to remind us that we are all unique in our own ways and no one can take who we are, even though some people will try and push boundaries with you and try to make you feel small and insignificant. ‘Take It’ is a triumph of staying authentic and true to yourself and knowing your worth and that there’s no one else like you in the world!

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4 – Musically speaking, what’s your approach?

Assuming you mean production-wise, the approach was to bring the songs to life the best way that I can while honoring the vibe of each song and the meaning behind it. There wasn’t one approach. We just kind of went with what felt good/right for the songs and brought the best studio musicians and friends to play on it. You know what? I have an even better answer – the approach was to have fun! And so we did.

5 – Which song features your favorite lyrics on this EP? Why?

I really loved the lyrics from “Used To Know You Better.” The song talks about two people drifting apart and the analogy from the sea that describes how much vulnerability and acceptance there was in the relationship before it ended:

“Deeper than the waves we used to go
No matter how the tides were really low
I remember how I thought I used to know
Know you better”

6 – During the creative process, do you usually start with a melody and let the lyrics come to you? Or is it the other way around?

It’s both. Sometimes lyrics will come first, sometimes a melody will haunt me and beg to be written and occasionally a whole song just comes together, which is rarer, but very magical!

7 – If you could change something from this EP, what would it be?

I’m happy to say I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s my heart and soul and I feel very whole and at peace with it. The only thing I might have changed is maybe to have released it sooner.

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8 – Besides working on this material, what have you been up to since self-isolation started?

Since self-iso started, I’ve been diving deeper into the production world, learning more about it, and how to become a better producer on my own. I’ve also been writing songs and collaborating with other songwriters and musicians via Zoom. I also wanna be honest and tell you that I have been watching a lot of Netflix, YouTube, and going through that emotional roller coaster we are all experiencing. And that’s ok. Not every day feels creative to me and I think it’s part of life. It’s important to remember that there’s no light without darkness and that it’s ok if after all this is over, I haven’t yet created my best work or become a well-known artist/producer – though I’m getting there 😉

9 – Finally, what’s next for Inbar Starr in the coming months?

Since touring is not happening right now, I plan to produce and release more singles soon and as much as I can.

I would also love to collaborate with some of my favorite musicians in the (hopefully) near future and go on as many tours as I can, which will lead to bigger tours and festivals when the pandemic is over.

I also want to wish good health to everyone out there. Stay safe and I hope to see you at a future show/tour and may we all come out of this stronger.


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Exclusive Interview: Kory Burns Discusses New Single “Radio” And More

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Kory Burns
was mentored by the late singer-songwriter Betty Wright. Betty wrote songs for Beyonce, Mary J, Jay Z, Gloria Estefan, Lil Wayne, Jennifer Lopez, and Snoop Dog and won a Grammy in 1976 for her song, “Where is the Love.” On the other hand, his vocals have been compared to the one and only Eldra Patrick aka El DeBarge. If this introduction sounds interesting to you, then I invite you to read the following interview so that you can discover details of his upcoming single “Radio” (pre-order here), plus much more. Scroll down and happy reading!

1 — How did you discover that singing was the thing for you?

When I was 3 years old I heard the song “Dreamlover” by Mariah Carey and from that moment there was no looking back.

2 — Are you vocally trained or is it all-natural talent?

I believe my voice is a gift from God so I’ll go with mostly natural talent (haha) In all seriousness when I was 14 I started vocal lessons and then at 18 got introduced to R&B icon Betty Wright and she trained my vocals for the past 11 years until she passed on Mother’s Day.

3 — If you could sing one song for the rest of your life, what song would you sing and why?

This is such a hard question! There are so many good ones but I’d have to say my new single “Radio” which is available October 16th on all music platforms (haha) but that’s not acceptable, so I’d have to say “I Swear” by All 4 One. It’s such a good vocal moment and I get to show off a little bit with my singing and that song brings everyone back to a nostalgic time and I am all for some good nostalgia.

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4 — What inspired you to write your new single “Radio”?

I was sitting in the studio with Sean McMillion & Carlos Battey (Producers & Writers) and one of my best friends was with me, we were bouncing ideas back and forth. I wanted something very sexy / Pop / R&B and a little more mature and I think we created that. The song really came to us and we sat in the studio from 10 pm – 9 am. Time flies though when you’re making hits.

5 — How would you compare it to your previous singles?

This song is way more mature. I always want all my music to be universal and I definitely kept that aspect in this song however, I had more fun and gave myself more freedom. The vibe is different as well as my style of singing.

6 — Were there a lot of changes?

There could be 100 changes but I have a way of being able to pull it off and make it work. I think we did that with this song.

7 — Do you think music is helping people to deal with pandemic stress?

My music might not specifically help people with the pandemic but if I’m able to have somebody forget about their reality for 3 minutes from my music I’m here for it. If anything it might get people in the mood and that’s a stress reliever so… (haha)


8 — How do you feel about working with the platinum-selling producer Sean McMillion?

It’s so funny to hear those words. I have been working with Sean on all of my projects starting with my very first song “Count The Ways”. We met at Betty’s House when she was auditioning me to be apart of her music school. He’s seen me grow and mature into the young man I am now and I think that’s so dope. He is a brother I never wanted and I couldn’t be greater full. I don’t look at him any different as I did before and whenever we get to work together it just feels right. He’s my brother.

9 — Are you planning to release music videos anytime soon?

Yes! Doing a music video is one of my favorite things to do! I get to be very creative and I’m very hands-on. I have a great concept for the “Radio” video and I can’t wait for you all to see it!

10 — What do you miss most about performing live?

The energy, the having to win over a crowd because they have no idea who the hell you or where the hell you came from (haha) I just miss the interaction. I love going off stage and walking around the audience and dancing and singing with and to them. It’s amazing. I have the WORST stage fright but once I’m on, IM ON.


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