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  • The Alabama Shakes on Success and Songwriting - Music Connection Magazine
    to cloister myself away I like to think about the mood of the song how it wraps itself musically MC Are you writing parts for everyone in the band to play Howard I often have a rough draft idea of what everybody s doing Sometimes I won t fill in the gaps but I usually come in with a rough draft of what the beats would do MC Do you take any more extensive breaks while writing Howard The only way I can work is if I keep working I learned that the hard way because we had taken a year off and gotten comfortable then it was Wait a second we have to put out a second record Where am I musically We could ve repeated the first album easily but that s not who we are as musicians I try to think of where I am as a songwriter where am I socially what do I want to hear what are the ways to do it how can we do it and not copy somebody else MC What parts of songwriting in particular did you most enjoy with this second record Howard The sections of orchestral French horns I enjoyed messing with that MC Were there any new influences Howard Listening to music you pick up tiny things and don t even realize it but growing up our heroes were The Meters and Curtis Mayfield and these rhythm sections so we focused more on that When it comes to a live audience you want to shock them and soothe them When we went to the studio it was like Okay this is something new to us This album shows you don t need to have a formula you just need to make music for yourself and stay true to yourself MC Can you elaborate on one new song and talk about what it means to you Howard Over My Head is about this theory I have based off of reincarnation You don t have to believe in reincarnation to understand the song It s just that I believethe energy that s created is never destroyed so if you think about it love never goes away It s based off the concept that you recognize one day that you have all this love around you at all times and it s a very deep feeling to know that someone loves you no matter what It s something that can t be explained by science or anything MC How did you come up with that theory Howard I m not sure I just had that thought years ago It s not hocus pocus I m a realist I m a realistic person but I try to stay positive MC How did you develop your unique delivery Did you have any vocal coaching Howard No vocal coaches I took The History of Music in my school A lot of people compare me to Janis Joplin and she s great for any

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  • Giorgio Moroder: from Disco to Daft Punk and Beyond - Music Connection Magazine
    t be out of place in a Martin Garrix set at Tomorrowland Moroder is either a shining example of what s old is new or it truly is déjà vu MC On the new album debuting at number 1 this week you celebrate the past but your collaborations are all very much in the now Tell us who s on the new Déjà vu record with you Giorgio Moroder I was really surprised First of all the idea was to get some good names some big names then have some new guys some new acts which are not that known Obviously I have Britney Spears who is huge and I have Kylie Minogue who is a big star I have Charli XCX who was on that big hit last summer Fancy But then I started to work with Sia who is a great composer lyricist and singer but she was not yet the great composer that she became with Chandelier Then I worked with the relatively unknown like Foxes Mikky Ekko Matthew Koma and the Swedish singer Marlene And I have a great singer Kelis who has had some hits but didn t break big yet So I think it s a great combination of stars but then you can discover new talents MC You have a history especially with your hit soundtracks to pair the right singer with the right track did you approach these new collaborations like you did when casting those soundtracks Moroder Today it s a little different than for a movie obviously you cannot have a movie with an act that doesn t fit like with American Gigolo Blondie fit it so well Flashdance Irene Cara fit it so well Now I don t have to worry if it fits a movie but it has to fit my style I pick the voices which fit my personality which is mostly dance music but I like to work with someone like a Mikky Ekko who had that wonderful ballad with Rihanna Stay So I think picking the artists now is a little different but not totally from picking a singer for a movie MC Do you think it s fair to say that Daft Punk and their tribute to you on their Grammy winning Random Access Memories introduced you to a new generation of fans Moroder Absolutely although I must say Daft Punk generally speaking don t appeal to the very young I mean I don t think a 15 to 18 year old guy bought Daft Punk But it certainly opened my world to the younger people And you know Sia s listenership is huge and Charli XCX is really up to KISS FM radio level So I think Daft Punk obviously got me back in the business first of all and second like you said opened up a whole new set of listeners and hopefully buyers 1 2 3 Tags blondie Britney Spears Charli XCX Cher Cover STory daft punk daniel siwek dave grohl

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  • Daniel Siwek, Author at Music Connection Magazine
    SIGNATURE that famously sequenced synthesizer over a four on the floor beat on Donna Summer s smash single I Feel Love the album From Here To Eternity and The Chase theme from Read More Steve Aoki Lets Them Eat Cake Cover Stories Magazine December 1 2014 by Daniel Siwek He crowd surfs with his friends like Skrillex from atop a raft He jumps up on stage barriers and hurls cakes in the faces of fans who are either holding Read More Wiz Khalifa Talks Blacc Hollywood Cover Stories July 28 2014 by Daniel Siwek You ve heard about the shot heard round the world but what about the Tweet shared round the world The day before Music Connection was set to do a phoner with Read More Q A With Kid Cudi Cover Stories November 4 2013 by Daniel Siwek Our story starts out in New York s South Bronx where a young rapper named Scott Mescudi is crashing at his uncle s place after arriving from the suburbs of Cleveland OH Read More Q A with Flo Rida Cover Stories October 10 2012 by Daniel Siwek By Daniel Siwek Tramar Dillard s mon iker may immediately suggest he s the amb assador for the Sunshine State but the confident and affable Flo Read More Q A with Lupe Fiasco Cover Stories October 9 2012 by Daniel Siwek By Daniel Siwek To call Lupe Fiasco s upcoming Lasers a highly anticipated album would do an injustice to the recent controversy surrounding to its March 8 debut To catch you Read More Our Sponsors Newsletter Signup Sign Up Friday Freebie Weekly Bulletin New Issue Partner Offers Founded in 1977 on the principle of bridging the gap between the street and the elite Music Connection has grown from a popular print publication

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  • Cover Stories Archives - Page 3 of 7 - Music Connection Magazine
    Kongos drummer Read More Cover Stories May 27 2014 by Andy Mesecher Atmosphere s Slug Discusses Hip Hop DIY Southsiders In the early 90s Before DIY was a household term hip hop enthusiasts were scrambling to submit tapes to majors hoping to secure a deal that Read More Cover Stories May 27 2014 by Andy Atmosphere s Ant Speaks In the early 90s Before DIY was a household term hip hop enthusiasts were scrambling to submit tapes to majors hoping to secure a deal that Read More Cover Stories April 28 2014 by Dan Kimpel Lily Allen The Naughty Girl Comes Clean Flashing an onstage boob Instagramming a stream of expelled urine or posting semi naked selfies Lily Allen certainly excels in igniting provocation Paradoxically the British artist is now Read More Cover Stories March 31 2014 by Jessica Pace Q A With Cage The Elephant Ever since they made and left behind a blockbuster of a debut Cage the Elephant have been moving rapidly toward a sense of identity much different from Read More Cover Stories January 27 2014 by Dan Kimpel Grammy Winning Producer Songwriter Jeff Bhasker Kanye West P nk Eminem fun Across a dazzling span of marquee artists a roster highlighted by Alicia Keys Kanye West P nk fun Eminem Drake Beyonce Jay Z OneRepublic Snoop Dogg Mary J Read More Cover Stories January 2 2014 by Andy Kaufmann Imagine Dragons Humbly Discuss Recent Success Like most artists Imagine Dragons first years were lean Crammed together in a modest house outside lead vocalist Dan Reynolds hometown of Las Vegas the Read More Cover Stories December 3 2013 by Danica Bellini Lorde Discusses Career Production Songwriting more How did young New Zealand singer songwriter Ella Yelich O Connor blossom into the smart soulful pop sensation better known

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  • Cover Stories Archives - Page 7 of 7 - Music Connection Magazine
    New Music Critiques Live Reviews Album Reviews New Gear Reviews Book Review Industry Contacts Home Magazine Category Cover Stories Page 7 Cover Stories Cover Stories October 9 2012 by Daniel Siwek Q A with Lupe Fiasco By Daniel Siwek To call Lupe Fiasco s upcoming Lasers a highly anticipated album would do an injustice to the recent controversy surrounding to its March Read More leftarrow 1 5 6 7 Our Sponsors Newsletter Signup Sign Up Friday Freebie Weekly Bulletin New Issue Partner Offers Founded in 1977 on the principle of bridging the gap between the street and the elite Music Connection has grown from a popular print publication into a spectrum of products and services that address the wants and needs of musicians the music tech community and industry support services Contact Us 3441 Ocean View Blvd Glendale CA 91208 818 995 0101 contactmc musicconnection com Latest Posts ArtistMax Paid Scholarship Freebie archive 4 22 16 Friday Freebie Archive April 29 2016 KONGOS and The Strumbellas to Co Headline at Music Biz 2016 Latest More Industry News April 29 2016 Signing Story MAKUTA Latest Magazine Music News Signing Stories April 29 2016 Music Gear Review EastWest Solo Instruments Latest Magazine

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  • Jessica Pace, Author at Music Connection Magazine
    Articles Film TV News Latest Magazine January 22 2016 by Jessica Pace When 38 year old Daniel Pemberton was getting his foot in the door by scoring a TV documentary for director Paul Wilmshurst television music was looked down upon as an unclean way Read More Out Take Jeremy Tisser Feature Articles Film TV News Latest Magazine Music News December 18 2015 by Jessica Pace Jeremy Tisser is only 28 years old which comes with pros and cons in the composing world Tisser who started out studying music business with dreams of being a studio drummer Read More Out Take Composer Edwin Wendler Feature Articles Film TV News Latest Magazine November 24 2015 by Jessica Pace A diet of Disney musicals as a child spurred Austrian born composer Edwin Wendler s interest in film music Now 40 he most recently scored three horror films released appropriately in time Read More Out Take Composer Dan Romer Feature Articles Film TV News Latest Magazine October 20 2015 by Jessica Pace After being lauded for the compositions that underscored the 2012 film Beasts of the Southern Wild composer and producer Dan Romer is again collaborating with True Detective director Cary Fukunaga Read More Out Take David Barbee Film TV News Magazine August 31 2015 by Jessica Pace Known for his work on CSI NY Mad Men Angel and The Number 23 Los Angeles based sound designer and sound effects editor David Barbee s latest project is the NBC TV Read More Out Take Composer Gwendolyn Sanford Feature Articles Film TV News Magazine August 3 2015 by Jessica Pace Writer producer director Jenji Kohan s kids love for the Los Angeles children s group Gwendolyn and the Goodtime Gang was what led composer Gwendolyn Sanford to collaborate with Kohan who created Orange is Read

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  • Mike McCready Takes Us Inside His World as CEO of Music Xray
    2001 I crossed over to technology The problem I wanted to solve was how to use technology to identify high potential songs and talent at the earliest possible stage My first company doing that was called Polyphonic HMI It did spectral deconvolution it could listen to a track and isolate things like melody harmony beat tempo rhythm octave pitch and chord progression It would understand the parameters of that song or how each of those variables fit together and compare it to other songs Making Predictions We tried to sell this technology to retailers in the U S and U K and they had what they were calling Intelligent Listening Posts Our idea was to put additional software on their server and whatever you were listening to would show recommendations of other music you might like We had one competitor Savage Beast We were both driving into bankruptcy because retailers were experiencing a decline in sales and weren t willing to make the investment in our software We had to figure something out Savage Beast changed their name to Pandora and started building radio stations We created Hit Song Science Instead of making a recommendation to a person based on what the person liked we started making recommendations to the market based on what the market liked We sold this service to labels and were much more successful But this was the early 2000s and in the race to adopt new technology the industry finishes just ahead of the Amish so it was difficult to get the adoption Getting an Xray Someone said These reports you bring it s like needing a technician to read an X ray We just want you to tell us is this a hit or not There was internal arm wrestling in the company the technology company wanted to go in a different direction than I wanted so we parted at the end of 2005 and I started Music Xray in 2006 as a continuation of that vision Determining the Odds Music Xray is not what it appears to be It is a data analytics company whose primary mission is to identify high potential songs and talent On the surface Music Xray appears to be a run of mill pay to submit website providing a service to help musicians reach decision makers That s a by product When an artist puts a song through our system we provide them with a score that tells them the probability of their song getting a deal via our platform 1 2 Tags Mike McCready music industry news music magazine music news Music Xray Music Xray profile Previous Story Loud Proud Records and ADA Announce Next Story Polyphia at the Troubadour in Los Angeles 0 Shares Andy Kaufmann Related articles Pixies Want YOU to Design a Poster For Them More Industry News March 26 2014 Perform The Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion at SXSW More Industry News Opportunities March 6 2015 Rob Zombie Narrates Mayhem Festival Puppy Rescue Mission PSA

    Original URL path: http://www.musicconnection.com/executive-profile-mike-mccready-music-xray/ (2016-05-01)
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  • DIY Spotlight: Alicia Rae - Music Connection Magazine
    up she discovered that it propelled her creativity and inspired her songwriting Rae began writing relentlessly and playing all around her home town of Maryland She was quickly recognized for her memorable vocals and relatable lyrics Her pop songs captivate listeners with playful melodies and honest observations that pay homage to her influences Taylor Swift Vanessa Carlton and Kina Grannis Recently she wrote an Anti Valentine s Day anthem called Cupid that garnered social media raves That song showcases her dark side as she confronts an unfaithful lover But mostly she likes to craft pop tunes that lift your spirit and leave you smiling Her debut 2015 EP Sweet Melody is packed with acoustic gems and addicting hooks She funds and produces all her music and videos on her own and plays festivals across the mid Atlantic region as well as performing at Washington DC venues like Jammin Java and U Street Music Hall With a resolve that is undeterred she also wants to help those with childhood cancer saying It s one thing to have awareness about it It s another to ACT on that awareness With that sort of drive and ambition Rae defines the term DIY For more visit aliciaraemusic com facebook com aliciaraemusic Tags Alicia Rae Sweet Melody Previous Story Hangout Music Fest Gears Up for May Next Story Audix Microphone Freebie 2 Winners 0 Shares Bernard Baur Related articles Unsigned Artist Sonny Hunter Magazine New Music Critiques Reviews December 28 2015 Iranian Vocalist s Mysterious Sound in Argo s Score Film TV News More Industry News January 23 2013 Vaughn Takes New Warner Chappell Post More Industry News December 5 2012 Our Sponsors Newsletter Signup Sign Up Friday Freebie Weekly Bulletin New Issue Partner Offers Founded in 1977 on the principle of bridging the gap

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