Saturday, September 29, 2018

@entirelypr Q&A With Lyra-Star


1. Where are we talking from today?  I am at my studio apartment in the west Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California.

2. How is 2018 treating you so far?  It has been an intense year to be honest... I just made a big decision to quit my job as an educator (I worked in schools with kids for my whole life until this past June) and move to LA to pursue my yoga teaching and music career.  So far, 2018 has been full of change... good changes for sure because it means more time for me to focus on my two greatest passions, although it definitely feels a little weird to not be working with kids anymore and has been a challenge financially.  Essentially, this year marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life, and I am just getting started on this next adventure.

3. How did you get involved in music?  My mom made my brothers and I take piano lessons when we were younger, and I am forever grateful for that.  I stuck with it for a while, quit, came back to it, and played clarinet in the band/jazz band throughout middle school and high school.  I picked up the guitar in high school and took lessons for a little while from an awesome teacher.  Also, I grew up in Nashville, TN, so I have always loved a wide variety of music and was surrounded by it constantly.  The school I went to (University School of Nashville) for 13 years had a number of amazingly talented students that were musicians as well, some of them touring right now.  We had music nights where artists like Bela Fleck would come and perform in our auditorium, and a lot of my friends were in bands or involved in music.  I dabbled in songwriting and performing a little bit in high school and in college, and I always loved listening to music and going to live shows.

4. When did you make music a priority?  About 5 years ago, I revisited my songwriting and had a friend tell me I should go play at an open mic night.  It sounded terrifying, and it was...my first open mic night was so scary and horrible, but I had a great group of friends come out and support me.  My voice was trembling, my fingers were shaking when I played, and being onstage was out of my comfort zone.  However, something in me told me I should keep trying and keep practicing my craft.  This year, I released my first album, A Thousand Dreams,  in March, and I am very proud of this collection of songs.  I worked closely with producer Christopher Krotky for a little over a year, and he is really amazing at what he does... I feel very grateful to have gotten the chance to work with him.  I had been feeling really burned out with my school job this past year, and music had always been a side project.  Now I am making it more of a priority, which for me meant coming to LA where there are more opportunities to be heard, to network, and to collaborate as an artist.

5. What inspires you daily to write & record music?  I am inspired when I go out to hear live music for sure, and it's great to now be in a city where there is constant inspiration from fellow musicians and songwriters (there is always a live show to attend) and people following their creative dreams.  I absolutely love music... I make playlists for my yoga classes, I listen to it, and it's cathartic for me to play piano, guitar, and ukulele.  Songs come when they come, and I go through creating phases where I might be writing a lot or phases where I focus more on practicing so that I can have a solid stage performance.  Singing is something that really feeds my soul as well.... it's just in my nature to want to create music.

6. Name 1-2 highly influential musicians that you listen to & respect?  My biggest influence when I initially started composing my own music was Tori Amos, and I still have so much respect for her.  She is an incredible pianist, and what she does with her songs is so unique and different...her album "Little Earthquakes" changed my life for sure.  It inspired me to start creating my own music.  Radiohead is the other artist that I absolutely love and respect because what Thom Yorke is doing with his bandmates is also so unique... each album has its own character, and it's amazing to hear what they are doing now compared to their first record, Pablo Honey.  I still love all of their albums, and the musical landscapes that they create are absolutely mesmerizing, full of intricate sounds, ambient guitar, and really interesting chord progressions.  They are also incredible live performers.

7.  When it comes to how the music enthusiast listens to your album do you prefer they buy or stream and why?  This is a good question... honestly, I love it when I am able to sell a CD because the purchaser is directly contributing to my art.  I also feel that since they are buying a physical copy of the album that they really want to listen to it.  However, I think these days it's also important to have lots of plays/listens on Spotify... all of this is new to me, so I may have a different answer for this question in a year or two.

8.  Do you have an album/EP out now that readers should check out or are you about releasing singles?  My album, A Thousand Dreams, is available on Spotify, Bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes, and Soundcloud... I'm happy for people to listen to it wherever they wish.  I also just released a live in studio recording of a new song called "Beautiful Ride" that was previously unreleased... it is on YouTube.

9. Music wise, what are you working on?  Right now, I am finishing up writing a couple of new songs and have been writing a lot on the electric guitar, which I got in February.  I have also been playing around with vocal looping.  Honestly though, the majority of my focus right now is on putting together shows in Los Angeles, playing open mic nights, and trying to network with people in order to get myself heard and the songs out into the world.  This involves really practicing at home to fine tune my live performances and also busking in the streets at times, which is a new experience for me.  It's not ideal, but it's a good way to make extra cash, especially since I just moved here.

10. Do you have any plans to tour?  Right now, I have no specific plans, but I would love to do a tour.  At this point, I think I would ideally like to be an opening act for another band or artist that is already touring.  Eventually, I would love to book my own tour for sure, but I have to focus on one thing at a time.

11. When you are not making music what else do you enjoy to do?  Well, I am also  a yoga instructor, and I practice every day in addition to teaching at some local studios.  I recently released a unique and beautiful music video on YouTube for my song, "Paper Moon," which is me doing my yoga practice in a white leotard with a black background.  I also enjoy nature and doing outdoor activities, such as hiking, rock climbing, and going to the beach.  I haven't gone on a good hike since moving here because I've been so busy, but I'm excited to check out trails in Topanga and Malibu sometime soon, both of which I've heard have some beautiful areas.

12.  Where you @ online?
Website: www.lyra-star.com
Instagram: @lyrastarmusic
Twitter: @LyraStarMusic
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lyrastarmusic
YouTube: Lyra Star https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjrIBdqT5sYEbK5TXH18ZbQ



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Friday, September 28, 2018

10 Steps For Success For Musicians (from the archive)


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Step #1

Realize that no one is waiting for your music. If people are going to become fans of your music, you must approach the promoting of your live shows and the promotion of your CD releases with the same planning and professionalism as the artists whom you admire have promoted their music. Marketing music has changed radically in the age of the Internet and social media. That technology has the potential to take your music to the world. But knowing that it is up to you to let the world know about your music, is an important first step to take as a responsible independent musician.

Step #2

Avoid telling people in the music business that your music is "good". It is a much overused and weak word. A&R reps, music directors at radio stations, the music press, and buyers at distributors and stores presume you think your music is "good," because you put it out to begin with! When they listen to it, they will decide if it is the kind of "good" music that they feel can get behind and be proud of supporting from their position of power in the music industry. And let's face it, it is the public who will ultimately decide if your music is “good” by buying it or not. That’s not say, you shouldn’t talk up your music. But use your words; shape an elevator pitch that accurately reflects what you and your music are about.

Step #3

Use the Internet and all its tools to your advantage. Besides having your own domain name and website where you promote releases and shows, you’ll probably want a presence on the main social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But don’t over-commit your time. If you spend all day working on social media, what happens to your music? It’s better to skip some social media rather than do a poor or infrequent job of staying in touch with your fanbase. And of course, you’ll want to make access to your music easy through YouTube, SoundCloud, iTunes Store, CD Baby and the like. Last, but definitely not least, build and use an email list to stay connected with your fans. Permission-based marketing using emails to your fanbase is a proven winner—these are folks who said they wanted to stay in touch!

Step #4

Thank people who help you. You might be surprised how often music reviewers, DJs at college radio stations, and club bookers don’t get thanked by artists. So, make their day by sending a card, a small thank-you gift, or simply by giving them a shout out on the tray card of your next CD. Some artists tend to feel they are owed something because of their talent. Guess what... they aren't. Being grateful and thankful are essential qualities for success. Cultivate them and watch the doors open.

Step #5

Play gigs outside of the usual clubs that cater to your genre of music. Branch out a bit, consider gigs at schools, fairs, festivals and perhaps parks in the summertime. So many artists think that the only valid venues to play are the clubs. Look around, start noticing where you see performers playing music, and ask yourself if that venue isn't a valid one for you. Give your fans more than one place to see you perform while finding new followers. And at every gig, be sure there is an email signup sheet. Did I mention staying in touch with fans via emails is golden?

Step #6

Listen to other kinds of music beyond your own particular genre. There is much to be learned from other styles. All music offers a vast reservoir of new melodies and rhythms to experiment with, and to incorporate into your unique sound. If the future of music promises anything, it is the ongoing mix of old and new styles coming together in profoundly new ways.


Step #7

Remember that the record labels don't know what they are looking for, but with any luck, they will recognize it when they hear it. Work on developing your own signature sound rather than trying to shape something to please A&R people or future fans. Strive to find your own true identity through your music. And don’t feel like that once you’ve established a musical identity that it need be set in stone. Great artists such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young have continually reinvented their personas and music throughout their careers.

Step #8

Create great graphics. How many logos do you have in your brain right now that are recognizable symbols for legendary bands? You want to build the same kind of “brand awareness” for your music by creating a memorable logo and graphics. Make sure the logo is legible/identifiable in a wide range of sizes and that you use it everywhere your name appears: posters, flyers, press releases, letters, business cards, stationery, websites, and CD covers.

Step #9

Stop making the same foolish mistakes over and over. Insanity has been described as repeating the same habit continually while expecting a different result. As a musician you may find yourself not wanting to rehearse, yet frustrated that your musical abilities never progress. Or, as a songwriter, you may get upset when you keep backing yourself into a corner with an awkward rhyme scheme, yet find yourself continuing to use it. All of us at times get trapped in creative dead-ends, but the way out is not through repeating the same moves that got us there in the first place. Challenge yourself to find new inspirations, and develop at least one new creative technique a month.

Step #10

Don't ever stop making music. One sure way to gain some level of success as a musician is simply to not stop being one. There is no one timetable or path to success. Most artists termed "overnight successes" are in reality years in the making. If you find yourself approaching the creative act of making music as a chore, what is the point in that? Some of the most successful musicians out there are people who simply never stopped making their own music, performing it regularly, and finding a comfortable way to go about doing the business of their music. They could not not make music. Are you that passionate? Would a part of you die without your being able to make your music? If so, just keep doing it, the rest will follow.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

"There She Goes" by Brandon James





 Chicago r&b artist Brandon James had a great year in 2017. The success of his album “The Divine Collection” released last fall and the followed success of his single “Love Rising,” has put him center stage as one of Chicago’s leading independent acts. Now Brandon looks to build upon that success with the single and music video release of "There She Goes." The single was released on August 3rd, 2018, and the music video was released on September 1st, 2018.The single release also featured "Love Rising," as an accompanying track. Links have been provided for the public and media to view the video for "There She Goes." Radio and media can receive a copy of the video or audio per request.

  Chicago native Brandon James was born "Brandon James Foster". He states that he "started doing music as an outlet for depression early in life. I wasn't very popular in school and I was considered a latchkey kid due to my mother's work schedule and my father's battles with alcoholism." On a teacher's suggestion to find extracurricular activities, Brandon joined the choir. He finished the eighth grade with a determination to elevate his understanding of music and succeed with his own music.

 Constantly challenging himself to become better at his craft, he has taken voice lessons from Bobby Wilsyn, Ars Musica, and Andrew Schultze. He has played with Earth, Wind & Fire and performed at some of Chicago’s most notable venues including the UIC Pavilion and the House of Blues. Brandon has also earned a degree in music performance and business from the Columbia College of Chicago. Forever seeking to share his story and testimony, Brandon seeks to inspire, touch hearts and provoke thought with his music.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Eminem v.s M.G.K


As of late the rap battle between Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly has been heating up. Recently Eminem brought even more attention and controversy to the beef. On "Killshot," Eminem speculates of Diddy's involvement and funding the beef on Machine Gun Kelly's side. Em, goes even further and hints that Diddy, ordered the hit on Tupac Shakur years ago.

You can't help but see the correlation between this rap battle/beef and the one that horrifically played out years ago. Two great artists lost there lives. Tupac and Biggie we're martyrs of the rap game and the beefs that stem from if. Sadly there were many players in the background pushing and fueling the beef. They walked away with there lives. Now as this rap battle fuels up, your seeing the same players in the background lining up and fueling the beef on both sides.

Rap is the only music industry that tolerates such a hateful and destructive thing as battling aka beef. You can blame it on raps competitive nature or it's close ties to the street, either is a piss poor excuse. You don't see rock, country, r&b etc. artists beefing and at times killing or at least bragging about on record. Again only in rap is this tolerated. Hopefully this is a tradition we let go of as rap evolves. With this particular battle we should tune out and realize there both dated artists, one just happens to be younger and less glorified.



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Q&A With Adam Jason



1. Where are we talking from today?

A.We are and have chat via telephone and via email thus far.

2. How is 2018 treating you so far?

A. 2018 came in like a heard of buffalo. I had a decent amount of shows lined up and I had just released my new record: In The City Of Lovers as the year progressed I started to record a new album which I intend on releasing towards the end of the year.

3. How did you get involved in music?

A. I started playing music when I was in third grade in the school band. I played clarinet and saxophone till I was 12 or so then I began to take interest in guitar. Once I started playing guitar, I never turned back.

4. When did you make music a priority?

A. When I realized that music is what makes me happy and what I want to do for the rest of my life. Music is a release for and of my inner self and being, a getaway if you will sometimes letting me have head peace and mind.

5. What inspires you daily to write & record music?

A. Life around me, people in my life, my feelings and thoughts of what's going on around all of us in the world. Love inspires me, and all the delicacies and complications that come with it. All the beauty in the world makes for a great muse and unfortunately some of the not so quality things in life too plays a toll in the music. Adversities happen to everyone and music helps me vent and get through my own and cope with other things that go on in the world too.

6. Name 1-2 highly influential musicians that you listen to & respect?

A. Brandon Boyd the singer of the band Incubus, and Frank Sinatra.

7.  When it comes to how the music enthusiast listens to your album do you prefer they buy or stream and why?

A. On my website: www.AdamJasonMusic.com I host all of my records, they are all available for free to stream and or download.  I feel that I want to get my art and music out to anyone interested in listening to it. Money is not my main objective with music. Granted it is apart of the industry so it certainly plays a part, however I try not to let that guide me in my endeavors. If my music brings lucrative advancements I certainly welcome the notion.

8.  Do you have an album/EP out now that readers should check out or are you about releasing singles?

A. I recently as I mentioned earlier released a new album: In The City Of Lovers, it is available on my website.

9. Music wise, what are you working on?

A. I have been playing some regional and local shows promoting my new album and also I have started recording a new record, I am roughly half way through. I've been trying a couple of new methods on the new album, and also using a different angle/ approach with how I write some of the songs.

10. Do you have any plans to tour?

A. Yes, eventually again I want to tour, I toured a few years in a row for months at a time a couple years ago which I enjoyed to the max. Despite the hard work that goes into touring it still is always life changing in some many amazing ways. And fun too at that!

11. When you are not making music what else do you enjoy to do?

A. I love to be active, swimming and hiking are big on my list. I do paintings and ink drawings as well.
I listen to a lot of old music to learn the roots of how rock n roll has evolved and how musicians in general throughout history have changed and evolved as well. New music as well to keep up with the present.

12.  Where you @ online?

http://www.AdamJasonMusic.com






Saturday, September 15, 2018

Congratulations To Brandon James On His Feature In Stereo Stickman




Original article at: https://stereostickman.com/reviews/brandon-james-there-she-goes/

Brandon James is one of Chicago’s fastest rising artists, and this single There She Goes adds further to an already impressive and widely enjoyable musical catalogue.

There She Goes offers a quickly calming groove and an RnB aura that feels soaked in nostalgic vibes and genuine soul. As a singer, Brandon James reaches every edge of the spectrum with ease – his voice has an authentic smoothness that connects with the central energy of this type of song perfectly well. From the deeper verses to the higher moments of meandering bends and bridges, his voice meets the needs of the moment naturally.

From a musical perspective, this song really shines brightly – the instrumentation has a gorgeously organic feel, right the way through, and not only this but every single performance and riff within is incredibly well presented. This is noticeable more and more so with each new listen. You get a sense that it’s very real, that this is the result of passion, skill, and effort combined – that everyone involved in making this loved doing so, through and through. Furthermore, the soulful tones, the flickers of jazz – the horn solo, the bass line, the drums – everything builds in unison and gradually makes you realise that a live show is where this would all come into its own. Fortunately, this is something fans local to Chicago are likely to stumble upon right now. As far as independent music goes, the dedication, skill, and sheer enjoyment of the craft doesn’t get much clearer and more enjoyable for an audience than this.

There She Goes is a release that feels classically nostalgic at first, which is a pleasure in itself, but that later evolves to become a simple example of well crafted, emotionally relevant songwriting and music. It’s an easy going track with some superb performances throughout.

Stream the single on Soundcloud or Spotify. Find & follow Brandon James on Facebook & Twitter. Visit his Website for more information.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Joe The Bluesman is ready to release his EP “Seasons”


Congratulations to Joe The Bluesman & His Feature In Jam Sphere 
Original Link - http://jamsphere.com/news/joe-the-bluesman-is-ready-to-release-his-ep-seasons


A west coast export making his way south, Joe The Bluesman is ready for success, and he wants you to know it. The So Cal native is creating a strong buzz, traversing the country with his one-man electric blues show. Skoli of Skope Magazine described him as “a rocker who is a bit older and tamer, a wild man of So Cal traversing the country in his RV with his one-man electric blues show.”

Now Joe is planning on creating more than a strong buzz with the upcoming release of the E.P “Seasons,” scheduled for release this fall. The E.P will be made available on all major streaming services. A pre-release listening session is set up with two songs from the E.P to preview. A private link can be provided for media and radio to listen and download selected tracks from the E.P per request via email.

OFFICIAL LINKS:“Leisure Time” song link:https://soundcloud.com/user-959493003/leisure-time-blues/s-AcSIC

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Chicago Artist Brandon James Releases Music Video For "There She Goes"





 Chicago r&b artist Brandon James had a great year in 2017. The success of his album “The Divine Collection” released last fall and the followed success of his single “Love Rising,” has put him center stage as one of Chicago’s leading independent acts. Now Brandon looks to build upon that success with the single and music video release of "There She Goes." The single was released on August 3rd, 2018, and the music video was released on September 1st, 2018.The single release also featured "Love Rising," as an accompanying track. Links have been provided for the public and media to view the video for "There She Goes." Radio and media can receive a copy of the video or audio per request.

  Chicago native Brandon James was born "Brandon James Foster". He states that he "started doing music as an outlet for depression early in life. I wasn't very popular in school and I was considered a latchkey kid due to my mother's work schedule and my father's battles with alcoholism." On a teacher's suggestion to find extracurricular activities, Brandon joined the choir. He finished the eighth grade with a determination to elevate his understanding of music and succeed with his own music.

 Constantly challenging himself to become better at his craft, he has taken voice lessons from Bobby Wilsyn, Ars Musica, and Andrew Schultze. He has played with Earth, Wind & Fire and performed at some of Chicago’s most notable venues including the UIC Pavilion and the House of Blues. Brandon has also earned a degree in music performance and business from the Columbia College of Chicago. Forever seeking to share his story and testimony, Brandon seeks to inspire, touch hearts and provoke thought with his music.

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There She Goes Video Link:


Website


E.P.K


Sound Cloud


YouTube


Facebook


Twitter


Contact:

Chris Keplinger

Senior Publicist for Entirely PR

www.entirelypr.com

www.eprmusic.com

entire.lypr@gmail.com

615-797-8399