Art Block – The Basement

 

Art Block – The Basement

Art Block – The Basement

 

ARTIST NAME: Art Block

 

SONG TITLE: The Basement

 

GENRE: Singer-Songwriter/Indie Pop

 

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a song from the start to the end.

I am usually inspired by a melody and progress to writing lyrics. Lyrics are much harder than the music.

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Elaborate on the gain and loss of being a musician/artist.

Being an artist is great in being able to explore creativity. The downside is that it is hard to get noticed amid all the noise out there.

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Tell us how you connect people with your music.

I try to focus on universal themes that connect to listeners such as lost love and sadness.

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Mention your greatest song up to date.

I really like how The Basement has turned out, but credit for the production must go to the amazing Ian Barter.

 

In terms of the best song, it still probably has to be Eliza. Particularly pleasing is the combination of strings… recording by Dan Blackett, an amazing cellist Maria Rodriguez Reina, and the superb violinist Maria Kroon.

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Tell us what you hate most about the music business.

The superficiality and ageism of it all.

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Discuss how you monitor your digital distribution and streaming.

Via Distrokid.

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State the obstacles that a new artist can face as a starter.

Getting their music listened to and developing a following.

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Tell us how you will tutor a new artist in the music business.

I would advise just promoting your songs to the right people as much as possible.

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Explain how you record songs.

For the Basement EP all-mixing, mastering, recording, and production was by Ian Barter.

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Tell us your opinion on adding effects to vocals.

I always prefer a healthy dose of reverb.

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Describe the theme of your lyrics.

My lyrics often concern lost love and the melancholy state of the human condition.

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Tell us if you consider singing about politics or injustice rather than love stories.

I don’t have overt political lyrics but some of my music does refer to injustices such as “Stowaway” or “Borderline.”.

 

The lyric “the protest movement has gone astray/while we fail it fades away” in the song “Islands” was a veiled reference to a certain political leader.

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Discuss the registration of your songs with your Performing Rights Organization.

I use Sentric music for this.

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Discuss how you cope with the crowd on the stage.

I get stage fright when I perform which is difficult for me as an artist. It is something that never really goes away.

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Elaborate on the EP.

The Basement EP consists of four songs all produced by Ian Barter who has worked with luminaries such as Amy Winehouse and Paloma Faith among others.

 

The use of synths and electronic beats was a departure from my usual acoustic folky sound. Although there have been aspects of this in previous songs such as “Breaking Point.” I love the way Ian enhanced my sound to include hitherto unexplored musical dimensions and dynamics.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.

The Basement is a metaphorical title. I hope that the EP will take the listener on a musical journey through the synths of the title song to the sampled grand piano of pop ditty Teardrop, the melodic electronic guitars of The Sea, finishing on the acoustic guitar-driven and majestic vocal arrangements of Heart and Soul.

 


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