ARTIST NAME: Megan Black 

 

 

SONG TITLE: Hang Out Dry 

 

 

ALBUM TITLE: Hang Out Dry

 

 

RELEASE DATE: 10/04/2020

 

 

 

GENRE: Indie, Rock, Pop

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

I find with any song; it always becomes something new after you have performed it. This song was built upon a ‘feel’ when playing it live and created further with my band. 

 

A version of “Hang Out Dry” was written at home on a guitar and from there I and my band worked on it, performed it, changed it, and eventually, it became what it is now.

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

Unfortunately, this is information I’ve yet to gather for my own career. All I can say is that I plan to sell records based on people gaining something from my music, or just some sort of inspiration to be more creative, connected and closer to the version of themselves that they want to be.

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Tell us how fans are reacting to your music.

I have so many amazing fans. The support I continue to receive is great and really influences me to continue doing what I am doing and shaking things up as I go.

 

The reaction to this song has blown me away as I’ve had a lot of people relating to it through their own experiences. Addiction is a very prevalent part of today’s society so I’m glad that people feel they can open up honestly about their own connection with the issues it targets.

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Explain how to deal with fear on stage.

This is something that I will never fully conquer. Performing is such an adrenaline rush for me. Leading up to a gig I can’t eat or sleep properly and, because I’m dramatic, I feel like I’m going to die. However, nine times out of ten, I come off stage wondering why I do that to myself and feel uplifted for the rest of the night. In order to settle my nerves slightly, I try to practice gratitude. I feel gratitude before I go on stage for the fact that I have this opportunity in the first place, I’m thankful to everyone who came along to support me, the staff that work there, my band guys, my management and try to remember that I’m lucky to do what I love.

 

 

My stress with performing stems from being too critical of myself and is something I’ll always continue working on but having a positive outlook and remembering why you’re doing it definitely does help.

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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 love older music and most of my inspiration stems from older recordings. However, the mixing and mastering do tend to be less up to par and have a more ‘rustic’ feel to it compared to most recordings now. I’ve met many producers (including but not limited to Mark Morrow who worked on Hang Out Dry) who really have a creative and technical influence with how they want a track to sound. The technology for recording nowadays is insanely advanced and can do wonderful things. Both in my opinion sound great and the production of recorded music will only continue to up its game.

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

The best experiences in my career mainly come from me messing up and learning from it, i.e. shitty gigs or being unhappy with my performance. Other great experiences would be meeting new people, learning new things, doing interviews, and recording.

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

Like all of my songs, I just get an idea or a tune in my head. They all wind up relating to my personal experiences; however, the lyrics are mainly set up for whoever listens to connect with it in their own way. I always try to write about something that I find important in the society and reflect upon how it affects the way I feel – in this case, how I feel about addiction and a lack of control.

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Tell us your best means of expressing yourself.

My best means of expressing myself come from my physical appearance. I love experimenting with drag, bending gender norms, and just going with the flow. I love having my look like a blank canvas each day and I decide what I want to do with it.

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

I think this can be an immensely powerful tool so long as you remember that everyone has a voice and an opinion of their own. If people want to hear what I have to say, then I’m thankful that they listen. However, whenever I do write about any sort of world issue, I try not to force my own opinion onto others or take offence if they disagree.

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

My plan to create timeless music that people can cherish is to create something true to me and allow others to gain from it what they will. We all have a song that helped us get through a breakup or a song that reminds us of someone we love – my goal is for one of my songs to mean something to someone and have it be timeless in their experience.

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

There are too many artists who I consider to be amazing and inspirational. To name a few: David Byrne (lead singer of “Talking Heads”), Lady Gaga, Kate Bush. The list of inspirational artists is endless in my opinion; however, all three of these guys represent my favourite parts of the creative process – be it weird and wonderful, unlimited stylistically, or a face for people who aren’t quite ready to come into their own yet. Their sense of creative truth speaks volumes and definitely gives others some hope and inspiration along the way.

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Tell us your viewpoint on discriminating.

It’s fucked up, don’t do it. (Please).

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Tell us your favourite books and state your reason. 

One of my favourite books is “Junky” by William Burroughs which is a strange autobiographical venture or not knowing what to do, where to go, or having anything to hold onto. It focuses on addiction too which I admire. It has a real sense of urgency and honesty.

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Tell us what triggers your creativity.

Anything and everything.

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Tell us how you generate musical ideas for your composition.

My ideas for composition are based upon progressions and keys. I was lucky enough to learn the basics of reading music in school and continued to learn more, so the composition of music often comes easier to me than deciding which lyrics are too cringe-worthy.

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Tell us how you compose your song.

I often start with a melody in my head, some quiet space, and just let it grow from there. I find it difficult to write a lot. As I’ve said, I’m very self-critical.

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Elaborate on the song.

“Hang Out Dry” is a song focusing on addiction and the strain it places on the relationships. I began writing this track at a time where my feelings for a loved one only seemed to consist of despair – mainly that I could no longer “fix” them or mould them into someone she longed for them to be. It has become more apparent to me that I’m just as much the addict as they are and have been hurting those around me in the process ‘the pain we’ve both caused, we’ll just let it go’ (a line from the song). The track has a very punchy bass and drum line that drives the song forward.

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

The artist’s name is just my name. I was blessed with a boring name, so people tend to remember it. 

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