ARTIST NAME – Chameleonize

 

SONG TITLE:  Spoiler

 

RELEASE DATE: March 28th, 2020

 

GENRE: Acid Jazz

 

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Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.

Our fans really like our newest single, “Spoiler,” many saying it’s their favorite yet.

 

They emphasize the sultry vocals over dynamic instrumentation and get sucked in by the intro.

 

We think the lyrics are helping people relate to it well, since it’s about a situation everyone’s been in – a breakup.

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Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favourite.

When we’re on stage, we can measure the heat and intensity in the room when we play certain songs. There’s strong energy between us and the audience when they’re connecting with a song. Those are our favourite.

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Tell us the names of producers you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

Salaam Remi, Quincy Jones, Mark Ronson, DJ Jazzy Jeff.

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Tell us the names of the songwriters you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

Peter Gabriel, Smokey Robinson, Robert Glasper, Jill Scott.

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Tell us your favourite TV show and state your reason.

Most of us love the Office because of dry humor. Comedians and musicians are very similar – the improvisation, creativity, transparency of thoughts, etc. We appreciate that.

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Tell us your best mood to create a song.

Our best songs have come when we are extremely energized and focused. When one of us presents a great musical idea and we’re all present and inspired, everything happens so naturally.

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Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.

Having the freedom to experience the world in whatever way interests you. Freedom.

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Tell us the names of artists you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

Hiatus Kaiyote, Thundercat, Snarky Puppy.

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Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.

Our very first show was at the Black Oak Tavern in Oneonta, NY. I think we played a 45-minute set. Which was long for a brand-new band now that I think about it…we had Cameron Finch play keys and synth with us, which was actually awesome since even now, we normally don’t have the keys in our live show. The place was packed, and we felt pretty good about it, though I’m sure if we saw the video now, we would feel differently…

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Tell us how you approach songwriting.

Usually one of us will come to band practice with a new idea and we expand from there. We have a lot of songwriting chemistry. Most songs are written by all of us together.

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Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound.

That’s what Chameleonize is all about. The five of us have very different musical backgrounds, so we blend the best aspects of those into our own sound.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

Our drummer Jake says, “The world owes us nothing.” Remembering to stay humble and keep trucking along is key. Hard work will pay off.

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Elaborate on what compels you to sing.

I can’t help but get emotional when I hear songs and vocalists that wow me…it makes me want to learn how they do it so I can emote that same emotion and power through music.

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Tell us the comparison between digital recording and analog recording.

We love the warmth of an analog recording, and most of the music that inspired us growing up were analog recordings, but technology has allowed us to create and record with much more flexibility, which works for us as a young band.

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Tell us how you record your vocals.

We record vocals with our bassist and engineer, Mikey Rotunno in a home studio. Some songs on the EP were recorded by Gabe Weissman at Hartford University.

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Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.

Logic.

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Discuss the selling of CDs and the selling of digital files through digital stores.

We plan on having CDs to sell at shows once our EP is out. Even though most people listen to music online, there’s something special about seeing a band live that makes you want to take something away from that experience, besides a memory. It’s extremely flattering when people ask for our CDs at our shows.

 

In the meantime, we’ve been releasing singles and distributing them digitally. It’s been interesting navigating the market- it’s very saturated and it’s hard to stand out.

 

Our manager, Jesse, keeps on top of the trends and has been invaluable in helping our songs get heard.

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Elaborate on the song.

“Spoiler” is a breakup song. It’s about reflecting on a past relationship and realizing you gave it your all, but that other person couldn’t.

 

Musically, it was written spontaneously on a college dorm laptop. Gabi and Mikey recorded the main idea of the song with emphasis on the harmonies and bass lines.

 

Later, we came back to it and finished it up while considering the parts for each member. With everyone’s unique touch, it became a true Chameleonize song.

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

“Chameleonize” is our third band name. It sparked a new beginning for us as a group – we were transitioning out of college and into the real scene. We were evaluating what we really wanted our sound and look to be, and our previous name didn’t feel right. We were writing new songs and recording more maturely. Ben, our original drummer who we still have the pleasure of playing with from time to time, pitched the name. We brainstormed some others after that, but that one stuck. We think it describes us accurately – Chameleonize (verb) means “to change into various colors.” We like to tap into different genres and write music that is colorful and dense.


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