ARTIST NAME: Heavyman

 

SONG TITLE: Baby Jean

 

RELEASE DATE: 16th May 2020

 

GENRE: Rock/Alt Rock/Prog Rock/Pop Rock/Classic Rock

 

 

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Tell us how you build up the tune for this song.

Baby Jean was one of those songs that came very easily. Like a lot of the music we write, it started in the rehearsal room, with a guitar riff. Tom and I [Charlie] were just chugging chords (which would eventually become the intro to the song), and then suddenly, the riff just happened. We knew then that we had something special. After that, all the other pieces fell into place. We felt that there was this lustful and desperate energy latent in the riff and that the song would have to tell a story that best served that energy.

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Tell us the best means of becoming a famous artist and selling more records.

God, what do we know? If anyone has a good clear-cut answer for this, please let us know. We need all the help we can get!

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Tell us how fans are reacting to your music.

So far; so good. We’re just getting started, but we’re super grateful to all the people who have shown us support, both at home and at our shows. We do our best to give our all whenever we perform, and it feels like the crowd really responds to that. We like to think there’s something for everyone in our music.

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Explain how to deal with fear on stage.

Everyone has a different process. There are probably loads of people who don’t get stage fright at all. But for us, the main thing is practice. And not just practice in the rehearsal room but practice gigging. Playing in the rehearsal room and playing in front of an audience are completely different experiences. You don’t get that adrenaline rush in the rehearsal room. That rush can really change your perception of time and energy, and it’s easy to lose yourself in that.

 

But if you practice your live show and get it so that all the notation is second nature, then you can really focus on expressing and living the performance.

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Tell us your point of view on the quality of production of today’s songs to old songs and point out what you think has changed.

I think it depends on the genre. It’s easy to argue that since the 80s, music has become increasingly overproduced, but I don’t think that’s absolutely true. There may be a lot of music you hear today where everything is “too perfect” and lacking the “human element,” but that’s arguably just a different form of music.

 

There are loads of different ways to use and listen to music. Some are more active experiences, some more passive.

 

Personally, we love that raw human element, but there’s a time and place for different kinds of perfection. I’m pretty sure I read that Paul McCartney once said that if The Beatles had had access to the technology of today, they’d have used it too. And they’re as raw as anyone.

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Tell us any interesting experience in your music career that is significant.

Just this interview is quite the experience itself. The thought that anyone might care what we think about music and the industry is pretty nuts.

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Tell us how you come across the lyrics of this song.

Just like most songs, it started with one line. In this case; “My Baby Jean” … The rest just fell into place around the idea.

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Tell us your best means of expressing yourself.

Music is pretty good. But that’s a pretty self-indulgent form of self-expression; turning emotion and intention into beauty or art. While it is my favourite form of self-expression, sometimes it’s best to just properly talk things out. Better yet, act on your best intentions. Sometimes, instead of just singing about something, it’s better to just DO something.

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Tell us your opinion on using music to deliberate on issues affecting people like corruption, immoralities, politics, and religion.

Why not? We certainly use music in that way. Besides, art is always up for interpretation.

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Discuss how you plan to create a piece of timeless music that your fans can cherish forever.

Hopefully, honesty does the trick.

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List the names of individuals you can point out as legends and state your reasons.

The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson… the list is endless. Do they need reasons? The music speaks for itself.

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Tell us your viewpoint on discriminating.

Discriminating isn’t a bad thing if you just mean being able to differentiate between distinct ideas.

 

But using it as an excuse for a prejudice against groups of people you don’t understand or relate to? Obviously not something we encourage. There’s no place for that in this world – one that requires compassion and teamwork if we’re going to survive…

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Tell us your favourite books.

Some of Charlie’s favourite books are:

  1. Damien – Herman Hesse

  2. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

  3. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Tell us what triggers your creativity.

Being sexually inactive. You get a lot of pent up energy.

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Tell us your greatest song and state the reason.

We haven’t written it yet.

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Elaborate on the song.

Baby Jean is the tale of a man tortured by the advances of a much younger love interest, torn between lust and despair. It focuses on that inner turmoil that pits morality against desire. It’s not political, but an exploration of that sort of energy, that both gives and takes when you either want something you can’t have or have something that you shouldn’t.

 

The interplay between the vocals and the instruments feels like a chaotic and dramatic conversation between the protagonist and the varying inner forces with which he battles. At least we hope it feels that way!

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

Heavyman is a character. It is the protagonist of all our music. He’s heavy. Physically, emotionally… We like to pour our emotions into our songs, and we think that comes across; like a person trying to defy the gravity of their own weight. Heavyman could be anyone.

 

But more importantly, how does it make you feel?

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Heavyman is a four-piece rock band based in London, comprised of Charlie Yang on lead vocals and guitar, Tom Papaloizou on drums, Igor Fonseca on bass, and Nick Burns on lead guitar.

 

Named for the emotional struggle that characterizes their music and lyrics, the band was formed in 2019, as the birth child of a project Charlie and Tom started when they first met at university. Sharing a love for rock veterans like Queen, Led Zeppelin, and Jeff Buckley, Heavyman combines groove and swagger with pop melodicism in a mix that brings a sweetness, endearment, and emotion to hard rock.

 

Driven by impassioned vocal performances that bridge rock and soul, the band delivers a devastating blow that captivates and invites the listener into the progressive narrative of the gravity-defying character that is Heavyman.

 


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