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Interview | Questions And Answers With Tom Connan

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Meet rising star Tom Connan! He’s a 21-year-old French singer and songwriter that stepped into the spotlight after he went viral on YouTube with his debut single “You Didn’t Give Them A Chance”. In this short interview, he cleared up our doubts about his music project and shared his upcoming plans.  Find out more about this talented artist below.

1 – When exactly did you become a singer? Was your original goal to be an artist?

I started to write songs a few years ago when I was still in high school. Then I met a great producer in London and we recorded several tracks in a studio. I was pretty impressed but I felt I was in the right place. The very first time I came with two or three demos, we chose one together and that was it. I got my first gig in NYC at Webster Hall a few months later, at this time nobody knew me but that was a surprising success. I remember everybody was dancing and clapping their hands. At this particular moment, I knew I wanted to become a pop singer, even if I had to work really hard to achieve that goal. To be honest, I didn’t have any specific goal as an artist. You wake up one day and you have something inside you that wants to write, to sing, to perform. I just followed my intuition.

2 – The music video “You Didn’t Give Them A Chance” has reached more than 100,000 views on YouTube. How has been the reception from the viewers so far?

“You Didn’t Give Them A Chance” was my first official single, we released the track and the music video on December 15 last year and we got something like 10 000 views the very first day which was much more than we had expected. I received support from music journalists, in Europe, and in the US, and we reached 100K views only after ten days. It was awesome! The reception from the viewers was immediately very positive, not only on Youtube but also on Facebook, Instagram where lots of fans started to like and comment. It was so exciting! Just a few days after the release, I also received several business offers from talent agencies, music publishers and so on. I signed the first deal just a few weeks after that. A well-known director also contacted me to make the second music video together.

But you can’t stop bad talk. “You Didn’t Give Them A Chance” video deals with the question of equality in a wide sense, therefore we wanted to denounce all types of discrimination: antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism, homophobia, sexism… We needed to attract global public attention to this burning issue, and even if 95% of the viewers were very supportive, I also received crazy messages and real threats from people saying I was an « Islamist » (because I was wearing a burkini), « gay » (because I was wearing a striped jersey top), and of course « Jew » because I was wearing a kippah. We erased or reported most of those comments of course since it was promoting hatred. But it’s still hard to understand how stupid some people can be. Paradoxically, I thought: given those crazy people really exist, then it was really necessary to make such a video…

3 – Is there a non-governmental organization supporting your music career?

Absolutely not, I work independently, and to be honest, I don’t want to be viewed as a humanitarian singer of something like that. Depending on the song, I try to make people want to sing, dance, think, engage… I don’t have any particular goal, you know. Music is bigger than us. When you write a song or start a recording session, you never know where it will lead you. Sometimes you say to yourself: « I want to do this » and the result is totally different from what you expected. And it’s ok, that’s how art works as far as I know…

4 – Are you only focused on making songs about equality? What other subjects would you like to explore in your next songs?

Not at all. Obviously, equality is a top issue and it remains probably the most important subject nowadays. That’s why the « equal » sign is one of the two symbols I constantly use. But we need to talk about liberty also. Free speech for instance. But as I was saying, music can be just entertainment. Ideally, we want to do both. That’s why Michael Jackson was that great. We remember him for « Billie Jean » but also for « Man in the mirror » or « Heal the world ». His legacy is huge.

5 – What are your favorite protest songs of all time?

Well, as you can guess, I’m (still) a big Michael Jackson fan. I think my favorite protest song is his military pop anthem « They don’t care about us ». A fantastic beat, a beautiful melody, and powerful lyrics: you have everything in here. Not to mention the fabulous video –videos in fact, because Michael recorded two different ones. We definitely need to keep making protest songs. Music isn’t just about emotion, it’s also a political tool.

6 – How is your songwriting process? Did you usually come up with the title or lyric idea first?

I always compose the melody first, entirely, then I work on the lyrics when everything is in order. I cannot do the other way around. I believe music is a good melody in the first place. It’s not like a book. When I have a good melody, I try to find some relevant lyrics. The title is what comes at the end: you have to feel what kind of emotion you want to give, what kind of word or expression you want to repeat several times: when you know that, you can finally choose your title.

7 – When will you release your next music video? Where did you film it?

We just finished the shooting of my second music video, we should be able to release it at the end of the month. We shot in a Parisian studio. We’re now working on the video editing. I’m so excited to see the final work.

8 – Is there an upcoming album for 2017?

Absolutely! My debut EP will be ready this year. Basically, we recorded several new tracks just after Xmas and I’ll be back again in the studio soon after the release of my next single.

9 – How do you stay in touch with your fans?

I’m not very original when it comes to that part of the job… I just spend a lot of time on social media. Maybe 8 hours a day, sometimes more. But it’s not only to stay in touch with fans if you know what I mean… 😉

10 – How can music change the world?

I don’t know if music can change the world, but some artists can. When singers or actors or writers build something strong throughout the years, they become icons and as such, they can have an impact on society. Singers are not only singers, they’re humans with philosophical or political values. Or they’re just puppets.

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Dar.Ra Talks Latest Single And Confirms New Album In 2021 — Interview

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Following the release of his latest single “Rise Like The Sun” along with its proper EP, Dar.Ra also plans to drop a new album in 2021. ‘Ballads For The Down-Trodden’ has been confirmed to be out by the end of January. In this exclusive interview, the British artist talks about the recent single, the most important details on the upcoming album, but also his various side projects, which include his own radio show.

1 – Can you reveal to us the name of your upcoming album?

I have two new projects out, a single called “Rise Like The Sun” with 6 killer remixes. One from Columbia and one from Sri Lanka from a killer Producer called Vidula who did the “Lights” remix from the new kinda normal album.

I did the other mixes which have a tribal House feel and an Ambient 6 am Chill Out mix. All mixes have a Sunshine title, from UK Sunshine mix, Indian Sun mix to Australian, Indonesian, USA, and Columbian mix. It’s all about not being dictated too in your time here and “Rising Like The Sun” every day of your life.

The other project is more of an alias back vibe and is a compilation of slower more Ballad type songs that I have had released over the years. I am doing a radio show called The Kusha Deep Radio show which is going out around the world through various Radio outlets and I did this show which featured some of the laid-back tracks I’ve done and I thought it would make a great album of torchlight songs. The album is 12 tracks long and is titled ‘Ballads For The Down-Trodden’ and is out later this month.

I am also working on a new album of songs for the spring with a new single planned for the first quarter of the year release.

2 – Were there specific things that helped you get creative?

I’m always inspired by life, it’s hard not to be unless you shut off from what’s going on around you. Even in the middle of a global pandemic, I had two singles out “Stand Up For The Heroes”, “Rise Like The Sun” and the ‘Whisky n Honey’ EP plus two remixes out. I also started doing a new project which is now syndicated around the world called The Kusha Deep Radio Show, which started off playing tracks that I had out over the past 25 years.


I also started doing a TV show with a Washington DC-based journalist MJ Godfrey which is a cultural review show looking at things happening in the UK and the USA. I’ve also written the next album to follow up on 2019’s ‘New Kinda Normal’. If you stay open to ideas and let them flow it’s a natural vibe for staying creative.

3 – Are you discovering new sounds on this new record?

I explore different sounds all the time, I’m getting known for merging styles and creating new hybrids like Rock Step a vibe that featured on the ‘New Kinda Normal’ album which mixed the elements of Rock and EDM together which you can feel on tracks like “Nightstepper,” “The Beat” and “Heart Shape Pill.” There’s also a genre called Gothic Soul which you can hear on tracks like “The Lights” and “Whisky n Honey.” I was feeling the Latin vibe on “Rise Like The Sun.”

I wanted something uplifting that holds no allegiance to what’s happening in the charts but has a classic Santana vibe mixed with that Gothic style vocal.

The actual record itself is truly global, the mixes and mastering were done all over the world, the drums recorded in Italy, the Horns in Portugal, the rest in the UK. I love that about the technology vibe that you can work with people everywhere now.




4 – How many tracks will there be on the album?

The album ‘Ballads For The Down-Trodden’ has 12 tracks and “Rise Like The Sun” single has 6 mixes on it. The new album will have around 12 tracks on it as well, value for money I say!

5 – What themes will the new album explore?

The new album has some wide themes such as loyalty on a track called “No Time For Tears” which has a cool Rock vibe about it. There’s a track about power struggles with relationships on “Don’t Make Me Beg.” There’s a track about migrants looking for a safe place to call home on “Renegade Serenade.” At the moment, it’s looking very love-oriented in one way or another.

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6 – Did you collaborate with other artists?

I do work with other artists when the vibe is right. I’m doing a track with a producer called KDX in the UK, a Deep House kinda groove.

7 – What makes your latest single “Rise Like The Sun” special to listeners?

It’s honest, it’s real and it’s played with passion.

8 – What exciting projects can we expect from your label Kusha Deep Records?

All the above and more.

9 – Can you tell us more about your 2021 tour? 


We were supposed to be doing a US tour last year, not sure how things will pan out this year but would be good to get out on the road again for a bit.

10 – The global pandemic forced the music industry to try innovative things. What do you think about private live zoom concerts?

I played Rock the Lockdown back in May and we had a few thousand people all rocking out to the set. I also did a US online tour in the summer which broadcast shows into the venues from my studio. I’ve been doing lots of interviews from Brazil to America, Australia, and the UK online which is ace as you don’t have to drive anywhere. Less hit on the climate and you can hit so many more people with a live stream if it’s set up properly.

Nothing will take the place of a jam in front of people, but I think the live stream is here to say alongside the live gig. I love technology though so it’s all good in my book. Be safe out there and looking forward to partying with you all soon!


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Quickfire Interview With: SOUNDQ

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Hailing from Krakow, the cultural capital of Poland, Kuba Kubica aka SOUNDQ carries the flag of innovation when it comes to producing electronic music. The interview below is very clear and gives you a deep insight into his art. Scroll down to read his answers.

1 – You’ve been composing songs since…

Year 2000. The year when computer records got screwed by the two 0s was the year when I started programming a dodgy Korg workstation.

2 – You got involved in the music realm because…

I found it liberating not to have to depict anything. To be able to express what I feel without saying or drawing what it was.

3 – Your sound is…

As incomplete as I am. There’s always at least one element causing some imbalance. You’re never quite sure if it all won’t fall apart.

4 – Your biggest inspiration is…

I am most creative when I’m deadbeat and stressed out. So, in a way, pressure inspires me – or rather makes my creative juices flow faster.

5 – People should listen to your new track “Bad Lot” because…

It offers a glimpse into a complete world – fatalistic, sexy, and dangerous.

6 – If you want to know who SOUNDQ is, listen to the track…

“Bad Lot.” And if you’ve heard it already, give “This Heart” a spin.

7 –Your most memorable career moment so far has been…

Crossing the Ural Mountains in -30 degrees Celsius to play a death metal gig in Jekaterynburg.

8 – Your dream is…

Long forgotten the moment I wake up.

9 – Your next release is called…

“Disco Turista Antifascista.”


10 – Your all-time favourite track is…

That’s a tough one. I’ll go with “My Kingdom” by Future Sound of London.

11 – Your favourite place to write songs is…

I love coming up with ideas when I’m traveling. Not a lot of occasions for that in 2020 though.

12 – If you weren’t an artist, you’d probably be…

An Instagram influencer pretending he’s a XIXth Century French flaneur. All dressed in epoch clothes doing product placement for travel gear and shit.

13 – You’ll only stop making music if…

I don’t think I have it in me to stop.

14 – In a few years, you want to be…

Able to go out without a mask, play gigs, laugh together with large groups of people. Travel to big cities and get lost wandering through them.

15 – What are you doing for the rest of the day?

It’s evening already, so I’m going to be busy writing music till late.


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Singer-Songwriter Media Mogul Martone Ready To Launch IRMIX Radio

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On March 1st, 2021, IRMIX Radio will be your new alternative to find out the hottest music and your favorite talk-shows. Best of all, it will be in operation 24 hours a day and 7 days per week. The CEO behind this online broadcasting station is singer and songwriter Martone who opens up about this project in the following interview.

1 – What should people know about IRMIX Radio, and can listeners expect to hear when listening to the station?

What people should know about IRMIX Radio is that it is not a hobby and that we have a top-notch staff willing and able to conduct serious, fun, and enlightening interviews, plus, shows. Listeners can expect to hear their favorite artists when it comes to RnB, Hip-Hop, Dance, Indie, and Gospel.

2 – How many radio shows will you broadcast?

Possibly ten to twelve in total. We have a stellar show host roster, some of the shows require hosts. While others do not. I am so looking forward to telling you about them.


3 – Have you already interviewed artists in advance of its official premiere?

No, I have not interviewed artists in advance of the premiere date. That will happen around February for prerecorded interviews for the shows. Lately, I have been interviewing strictly for the website at the moment, and those interviews have been extraordinary, not because I did them, but because of the people that I interviewed and their responses to my questions.

4 – Please tell us more about your collaborators or the staff behind IRMIX radio.

The Staff

The staff is amazing, we have Donia Collier, Arricca Oberlin, and LA Jackson who are the account executives for the station. They are in charge of bringing revenue into the station from the banner, and commercial ad sales. They are excellent at what they do.

Lamont Hicks is in a league of his own when it comes to video editing, there is no other that can do what he does, the way that he does it. He created The Legends Panel and Madonna Dearest for VH1. We worked together prior when I did my show Industry Revue in the Mix, so I am proud to welcome him back.


Spotlight

So, I will be hosting a show called Spotlight, where I give an in-depth interview with celebrities about their careers, career longevity sort of like the interviews that I post on www.irmixradio.net/interviews, I will play a few of their songs.

The Bridge with Cory George

Cory George is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, he has appeared on Iyanla Fix My Life on OWN. “The Bridge with Cory George” was created by the author, mental health practitioner, producer, and award-winning television host Cory George and is the vehicle that showcases what he describes as his “purpose work”. On-the-air “soul-work sessions” with those that have been negatively affected by various forms of trauma, crisis, and other negative circumstances combined with conversations with compelling guests whose stories are compelling and riveting yet also motivational and inspiring are the heart of the show. He believes that every conversation is a conversation that is worth having. It’s time to take an honest look at salvageable situations and how information and compassion can lead to remarkable breakthroughs.

Common Sense Required

Common Sense Required is designed around two girlfriends who have a passion for discussing provocative topics including relationships, pop culture, lifestyle, networking, and more. Throughout their conversations, common sense always comes to the forefront. What happened to good old Common Sense? People are always searching and seeking answers from a variety of sources when Common Sense is readily available, and it is FREE! Olivia Pope says it best…“What does your gut tell you?” Where education, intelligence, and street smarts are not necessarily, required, but common sense, definitely is! Stacey and Wanda will be the judge if you have it or not.

Time Tuesdays with Tee

Tina Spence is a former model and Hollywood actress. She hosts Tea Time Tuesdays with Tina. She will be interviewing actors, singers-songwriters about their latest projects, delving deep into their careers.

Friday Night Jamz

Friday Night Jamz with DJ Suspence, DJ Extreme Detroit, and DJ Cos – they have rotating schedules. Their styles vary when it comes to playing music, generally, it is House music in all of its variations. I am talking about traditional House music, the kind of House music that you would hear walking into clubs in Detroit, Chicago, New York, and LA. DJ Cos has been known to play club mixes of RnB songs which is always appreciated.

Some shows are host free, like The Drive which will put you in the mind of The Move on XM Radio station back in the day. The Billboard weekly Top 20 countdown from the hot 100 charts.

I am currently in negotiations with bringing on some syndicated shows, that I really cannot talk about at the moment until the deal is done. I will say that all of these shows are exciting, my team from the administrative staff to the radio show hosts bring the experience and skills to make IRMIX Radio a success. I am very proud of the team I have assembled and their abilities.

5 – What challenges did you face since the start of this project?

Man, I have been working around the clock since the beginning of November, when I decided that I was going to bring the station back. Some of the challenges were building the website on my own, designing the look for the ROKU Channel, writing all of the content that you see on the website, aside from the bios of our show hosts and staff they did that themselves, scheduling interviews for content, listening to the artist’s music, then coming up with the questions for the interview.

Finding the right people who can and will bring revenue to the station, coordinating show schedules, contracts, writing contracts, interviewing potential staff, writing policies and procedures for the staff, and more writing, a lot of writing. Sometimes, I felt that there are not enough hours in the day, but I did all of those things because I believe in what I am doing, I believe in what we are all doing. The funny thing is, I found the time to finish up on my personal development by completing my Life Coaching certification, all within the last 30 days.

6 – Will IRMIX Radio be available globally or locally?

IRMIX Radio is global with a local feel if you can imagine that. We are based out of Detroit, MI but the show hosts are scattered throughout the United States.

7 – Are you working exclusively with the ROKU app?

For now, yes. But I do have plans to expand to other platforms by summer 2021.

8 – Is IRMIX radio a platform for unsigned artists, and being an artist yourself and making the switch back to the interviewer, have you given up on your recording career?

We are certainly an unsigned artist-friendly radio station, but we do also play artists that have established careers in music. For what I have in mind in the way that the programming will go, it will blend seamlessly. To answer your question, no, I have not given up on my recording career, I am just on hiatus at the moment, as you know that this is due to COVID. I do not see the need for me to release any new music right now especially since all of my music is performance-based music, if I cannot perform it the way I want to, then it can wait.

9 – What type of experience do you have when it comes to interviewing guests? What are some things that artists should expect when being interviewed by you, and how can artists submit their music?

A lot of people do not know this, but I was 13 years old when my entertainment career started. I started out interviewing guests for a music video show called Video Control, that I produced, directed, and hosted, in Lansing, MI, on cable access channel 37.

My guests can expect 100% professionalism, as for indie artists, I will be speaking with them from artist to artist point of view. I have first-hand knowledge of the challenges that artists face when it comes to being heard and having their music supported, so they can expect an in-depth interview. When it comes to submitting music, they must submit their broadcast quality, no more than 4-minute tracks to submissions@irmixradio.net with that, they must also submit high-resolution photos through Google Drive, along with the photo credits so we can post their info on www.irmixradio.net.

10 – Finally, what’s your ultimate goal with IRMIX radio?

It is two-fold, we have a vision and a mission. The vision is To be the number one source for music, news, talk radio, and entertainment worldwide. The mission It is IRMIX Radio’s mission to create responsible radio programming that will provoke thought and inspire our listeners through music and conversation.


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