ARTIST NAME: Wasteland

 

SONG TITLE: Haulin

 

RELEASE DATE: 24th April 2020

 

GENRE: Pop

 

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WasteLand represents the brainchild of Western Australian born producer Matt Riley. Over the years he established himself as a unique and versatile DJ and producer in the Australian scene. Breaking through in the EDM bubble having releases on major labels such as Cr2 Records, Fuze Records, and Onelove, which garnered the support of industry heavyweights such as Avicii, David Guetta, Afrojack, Martin Garrix and more.

 

His music has been heard on main stages around the world from Tomorrowland to EDC in Las Vegas.

 

Recently WasteLand has switched up his direction focusing on a more pop direction song route, with his first foray into this world being the song “Tail Lights,” which saw a viral self-directed video clip amass over half a million views, with the song also being extremely well received on Spotify.

 

There is a ton of new music on the horizon for WasteLand and hopefully and a ton of new fans to discover just what this Australian producer sounds like.

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Tell us how to refine a demo to a mastered song. 

Well, I write a hell of a lot of demos which usually start as just an idea or a vocal over some chords. I generally need to have a super clear idea of where I want to take the song before I then set off to finish it.

 

Once I have an idea, next step is finding the sonic landscape it fits in (this is usually the hardest!), what sort of sounds and instruments need to fill out the idea to make it the final product, then the rest is just arranging, piecing it together and a bit of mixing.

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Elaborate on the themes of most of your songs. 

I generally try to stick to themes of self-worth and empowerment; I like songs that when I listen to them, they either feel like I can take over the world or put a huge smile on my face. This song fits both of those categories.

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Tell us your greatest musical works up to date. 

I’d have to say this song “Haulin” it represents the most real and honest I’ve been in my songwriting.

 

I usually make up a lot of things when writing songs, I’m professional at fake storytelling, but this one everything in it is true, and perfectly encapsulates a period of my life.

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Tell us those behind your music process. 

Well, I wrote the song with my writing partner Justin Martins (JMQ), and then we had Sydnee Carter sing the vocals. The Harmonica was recorded by an American gentleman we had found on the internet… Then I produced it into what you hear today!

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Tell us how you are handling the promotion of your music. 

This song was released through Central Station Records in Australia, who handled most of the promo. Luckily great people like yourself ask me for interviews which helps me get the song and message in front of people who might not have heard a WasteLand song before, in which case “Hello there ;).”

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Tell us your future goals and how you aim to accomplish.

I love what I’m doing, and I love the music I’m making more so than probably ever in my life. From here I just want to make more that I connect with and reach more people. It’s soul-crushing early on releasing songs and not getting many plays. Luckily Haulin is tracking better than any song this soon after a release. I guess what they say is the right song opens doors and let’s just hope more great songs open way bigger doors.

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Tell us what you think has changed in the music industry. 

It’s so much easier for artists to release music directly to fans, that along with the rise of streaming means that you don’t really need all these gatekeepers anymore allowing what gets out there. Yay for more music I say!

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Tell the greatest mistake to avoid while making a song. 

Try to be original, this doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel or make a new genre, but just collect the 3-4 artists or songs that inspire you the most and collect them into a song and boom, that’s you! Also, if you can successfully do it, you will love the outcome, because you loved what made up the song, plus it will never sound be ripped off because it’s not just taken from one source. 🙂

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Tell us how you boost your performance. 

I always self-critique so much, “is this the best it can be” if no then why not.

 

I find a lot of producers and songwriters; just write whatever comes out, which whilst good, doesn’t really do much for refining songs. Most often the ideas or melodies that come out are what your brain thinks is easy. To get the best I must really critique and go over every word and phrase and go “could this be any better.”

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Explain the structure of the song. 

This is a pop/pop-country crossover summer song. Starting off with warm rhythm guitars and a distorted harmonica in the drop, it only slightly infers that it has been inspired by the country music world.

 

Sydnee Carter on vocals has this beautiful airy tone but still punches it out in the chorus. It’s a song with a lot of drive and momentum, which would make it the perfect road trip song.

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Discuss how the instruments come together for a song. 

It’s quite simple compared to my other songs; it’s an acoustic rhythm guitar, drums, a distorted harmonica, and Sydnee’s vocals. I always think if the writing and the song are good, it doesn’t need much, and I feel this song is well balanced, there’s a desire for no more and no less.

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State your musical skills. 

I’m not classically trained at all and cannot play any instruments. Everything is self-taught by ear (don’t worry it took a while!!!). YouTube was my mentor and a hell of a lot of trial and error.

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Tell if you consider acting in a movie. 

Maybe one day yes, I’d love too. I finally bit the bullet and tried stand-up comedy open mic night this year, so I’d love that to be the next thing to hit the silver screen, but alas so much to do, so little time.

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Tell us how you eliminate noise in your recordings.

The better the recording the better the outcome, so if you can, record again. But if it’s there and you can’t record again… then…. to get technical…. either automate the volume between words and phrases or use a waves denoiser plugin. 😉

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List the name of artists you cherish most. 

I’d have to say my musical taste is equal parts Avicii, Kesha, Halsey, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, LANY.

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Tell us how you get inspiration. 

I constantly write notes in my phone, from everywhere just today I wrote down “Kaboom” in my phone, I saw on an advert and thought “man that’s a dope word”, I also scour a lot of rap lyrics from way back in the day for cool jump off points for lyrics, but literally inspiration comes from everywhere, just make sure you write it down, or I guarantee it will be gone forever.

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Elaborate on the song. 

Well, I had decided after living in Perth (West Coast of Australia) my whole life to relocate to Sydney (East Coast of Australia), I was going to be relocating with my writing partner (whom I wrote the song with), and our partners.

 

We decided that we should write a song to sum up the whole experience, the emotions/feelings, and create something that felt like a theme song to the whole process.

 

We had booked a Uhaul trailer, (hint hint), and were literally going to drive the 5 days across the country. “Haulin” is the result of all of that mixed together. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 all of those plans are on hold, we were actually meant to move April 13th (The day the song ended up coming out ironically), but at least the song can live on for the time being!

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

Back in the day I used to DJ by the name “WhiteLabel” I got told after a while that it was a horrible name because it sorta just meant “remix”, but I always signed things off as “WL” then when I started making music the first song I ever sample was Baba Oreilly by The Who, which has a famous lyric “Teenage Wasteland” and I liked it and it stuck.

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Share your press release and review with us.

Perth locals WasteLand & Sydnee Carter team up for the first time on this country inspired dance/pop outing after meeting at a recent writing camp. Creating a song that is an anthem for taking a leap of faith and believing in yourself, Sydnee’s sweet soulful vocals complement a driving acoustic guitar groove, alongside a dynamic rhythmical drum beat and tasteful use of a harmonica in the drop, leaving their catchy hooks stuck in your head.


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