ARTIST NAME: Your Name Here

 

 

 

SONG TITLE: Everybody Thinks You’re A Little Strange

 

 

ALBUM TITLE: Graduation At The Apocalypse

 

 

RELEASE DATE: April 17th, 2020

 

 

GENRE: Pop Rock

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Tell us how you develop your sound and style to make it different from other musicians.

Stylistically, I think my music is very “uncool”. It’s geeky and a bit embarrassingly honest, which I think is something that people can hopefully appreciate.

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Tell us your opinion on the way new artists are coming up and the frequent release of songs.

So, the thing that sets Your Name Here apart from other artists is that the music is completely narrative-based.

 

I’ve only ever released concept albums, and as such, I’ve never released a standalone single before. This makes things a bit difficult, as people have come to expect a consistent stream of new music.

 

Personally, I prefer the classic “album release cycle” method, but that’s definitely dying out these days.

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Tell us about your experience as a musician/artist.

My name is Garrett Eckl and I’ve been playing guitar and writing songs since I was very young, but it wasn’t until a few years after high school that I started taking it seriously and developed the idea for Your Name Here.

 

I quit my job at NASA to go back to music school, and people kind of thought I was nuts. I graduated from San Diego State’s music recording technology program this spring though, and I’ll be starting on my master’s in Computer Music at the Peabody Conservatory this Fall.

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Tell us your opinion on streaming and digital download of songs.

There are obviously a lot of harsh sentiments within the music community that digital streaming has destroyed the industry, but to be honest I just don’t really care. There’s so much fantastically weird music that I probably would have never heard if the airwaves were still under the control of major record labels. I’ll happily give up a few record sales if it means any artist in the world has the means to get their music out to the world.

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Tell us your goals and plans.

Up until this point, my academic studies and Your Name Here have remained mostly separate. I plan on changing this in the future. The plan is to spend my time in graduate school developing new audio technologies and then using Your Name Here as an outlet to test these new ideas.

 

My goal is to try to find a happy medium where I can experiment and push boundaries, while still creating music that non-musicians can enjoy listening to. One of my biggest artistic inspirations is George Lucas because even though Star Wars was a massively popular film saga, he never lost sight of his original goal of pushing the technological boundaries of filmmaking.

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Tell us five current artists that are your favourite.

The Mountain Goats, Weezer, Arcade Fire, Billy Cobb, and John Williams

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Tell us your best song up to date and share the link.

Graduation Day

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Tell us your dream and hope for the future.

I’m hoping to pursue a career in academia. I love the idea of teaching music to others, and the ripple effect that can have over time.

 

Of course, Your Name Here is also a big part of my future plans; I’ll probably be releasing concept albums till the day I die.

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Tell us what has changed in the music industry.

The decline of CD sales has really forced the music industry to adjust, and while this decline in sales is mostly seen as a bad thing, I think it has spawned new levels of creativity.

 

There are thousands of new tracks released every single day, and so we’re seeing artists come up with exciting new ways to stand out.

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Tell us your opinion on television/radio stations playing the same songs from established artists and giving little chances to independent artists.

I think this is something that’s going to start changing, with the launch of sites like Songtradr, where musicians can submit music directly to filmmakers.

 

I think that whatever song fits the project best should be used, whether it’s a Top 100 artist or someone with less than a dozen Spotify streams.

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Tell us the challenges independent artists are facing and how to tackle them.

As I said, there’s just so much new music being released every single day, independent artists need to do something to make themselves stand out.

 

For me, that’s crafting these overarching narratives that are told throughout the album.

 

In the future I wanted to start including transmedia storytelling, using books, comics, or film to tie into the narrative of the album and bring listeners further into the world I’m creating.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Garrett Eckl is proud to announce the release of Your Name Here’s debut album “Graduation At The Apocalypse”. This rock opera will be released in a serialized format, with a new chapter debuting every Friday on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.

 

Review of the previous EP

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Tell us your opinion on using social media to promote music online.

It’s funny because I love pretty much every step in the music-making process, except for the promotional phase.

 

I get really uncomfortable talking about myself. I am also pretty objectively bad at social media, so promoting my music feels like a bit of a chore, when I could be spending that time writing more albums. But I understand it’s a necessary part of the process if you want other people to actually hear your music haha.

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Tell us about your music career.

I’m still in that early phase in my career where I’m willing to try pretty much anything. Like last year I ran sound for a musical production of “She Loves Me,” and it was just so different from anything else I’d ever done. I just recently got really into the algorithmic composition (creating computer programs that write music), and I plan to make this a large part of my graduate studies. I’m not willing to rule out any possibilities this early in my career. The only thing set in stone is my continued work as Your Name Here.

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Tell us what still motivates you to go on with your music career.

Every once in a while, I’ll get discouraged because, as with everything in the entertainment industry, you face ALOT of rejection. But then I’ll hear something new that just completely blows me away and I’ll be right back into it again, as passionate as ever. The day I can’t find any new music that excites me, or I can’t write anything exciting myself, would be the day I call it ‘quits.’

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Tell us about you as a person.

Well, I’m twenty-three years old and I’m from Rochester, NY. I’m a huge film geek, especially horror and science fiction, which definitely seeps into my music pretty often. I’m also a die-hard Rochester Knighthawks fan, which is my hometown’s box lacrosse team. Before switching to music, I used to work for NASA’s GOES-R satellite project.

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Elaborate on the story behind the song.

So, the premise of this album is that two teenagers decide to run away together at the dawn of an alien invasion.

 

This song is featured early on in the album and catches up with our two protagonists as they question their decision to leave behind everything they’ve ever known.

 

 

Although I wrote this song specifically for the album, it was definitely influenced by my move to California, and the insecurities I had about leaving certain people behind on the east coast.

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Tell us the process involved in making this song.

I finished a demo version of this track early on in the album-making process. It ended up sitting on the shelf for a while as I tweaked some of the lyrics to fit the narrative of the album I was writing. Eventually, I went back and tracked all the real instruments and vocals. This song ended up taking the longest of any song on the album, mainly because all of the backing vocals had to be individually recorded by myself, which is a time-consuming process.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

I actually decided on calling this project Your Name Here back when I was still considering releasing music anonymously. As I said, I really don’t like being in the spotlight, and I thought that the anonymous aspect would add an extra layer of intrigue. I ended up abandoning that idea but decided to stick with the name. The reason I like it so much is that I’ve never wanted the music to be about me specifically as a person, the idea is that these songs could be about anyone, hence the name “Your Name Here.”

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Everybody Thinks You’re A Little Strange.” I wanted it to be clear that the main character of this story was a bit of an outcast, and this song is meant as a bit of a “loser anthem” so to speak.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

“Graduation At The Apocalypse”… It was important to have an album title that helped clarify the narrative of the album. It’s very different than movies, where the storyline is clear-cut; music is more interpretive than that. So I put a lot of work into making sure the album title, the song titles, and the album artwork all helped reinforce the main plot points.


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