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Brainheart Drops Emotive EDM Anthem “Close to You”

A rising star in EDM, Brainheart, delivers an anthemic yet emotive production, “Close to You,” combining edgy synths and soft but soaring vocals over a driving club-ready beat. Rooted in the DJ and producer’s unique ability to infuse dance, electro, and future house with expansive orchestral sounds, the track boasts a hypnotic quality that urges us to play it on a loop. 

 

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Framed by extreme transportive elements that pull us into his sonic world, the track falls smoothly within progressive and deep house soundscapes. Tapping into the genre-hopping tendencies of EDM, Brainheart found his love for classical music morph and blend into his fascination with electronic compositions, giving rise to authentic artistry that he has slowly but steadily honed. 

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With soothing touches offset by a powerful party anthem drop, “Close to You” sets this promising talent up for bigger and better things in his career. Brainheart talked to us and answered our 14 unusual questions. Check it out below.

 

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Let’s start by introducing ourselves. You know the basics, like your name, age, and where you’re from; you can share as much or as little as you’re comfortable with.

 

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Brainheart: My name is Roi Zohar, a.k.a. Brainheart. I am an independent music producer, songwriter, and DJ unbound by genres. I produce mainly electronic music and other genres (pop, acoustic, and more). I am a dream chaser and musician who believes artists should be versatile and open-minded to new genres. 

 

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My goal is to leave a legacy and make a lasting impact, and I want to touch people and make them happy and emotional. Music is the best way to connect with people and share messages because it’s a universal language. I want to be an inspiration for many generations to come.

 

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Tell us about “Close to You.” How did it all come about?

 

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Brainheart: “Close to You” is a lush, introspective song about trying to fall in love when no one comes close to the one who got away. First, I produced the track and then searched for a good singer. I found Anica on Spotify and fell in love with her voice immediately.

 

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I sent her a message, and she loved the demo, so we decided to collaborate and create a magical song together. It took me two years to finish the piece because I changed the production many times until I was satisfied.

 

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The production combines pop, rock, and EDM elements with classic chord progressions, distorted guitars, and an incredibly gratifying emotional drop. The dreamy acoustic texture of “Close To You” is twice as dynamic as the sentimental performance of the vocal line and the instrumentation. When I finished the song, I made an acoustic version, too, and Anica loved the idea.

 

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This acoustic version adds a lot of depth and meaning to the song, and it’s just as captivating as the original. The melancholy strings and tender piano melodies perfectly enhance Anica’s moving lyrics. This version has a different vibe and is much deeper and soulful. 

 

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Could you talk me through your creative process?

 

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Brainheart: 99% of the time, I start with the melody. I improvise on the piano until I find a good melody and chord progression. Then I start producing and adding synths, guitars, violins, cellos, rhythms, etc. 

 

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I always collaborate with other singers because, unfortunately, I can’t sing; my voice is terrible. So, I find amazing singers on social media or music platforms.

 

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In the studio, name three things you can’t live without.

 

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Brainheart: Muse, electric guitar, and headphones

 

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How do you solve productivity and scheduling problems and reduce overwhelming situations?

 

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Brainheart: I am still figuring it out.

 

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What do you like to do when you’re not making music?

 

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Brainheart: I spend time with my family, training, and traveling. 

 

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I love nature because it gives me peace of mind and a massive boost of inspiration.

 

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Who are some artists you admire and want to work with in the future?

 

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Brainheart: My wishlist is enormous, so I’ll give you just eight artists. I love them so much; each artist has a piece in my heart. I wish I could work with Coldplay, ILLENIUM, OneRepublic, Ed Sheeran, Adelle, The Script, Avicii, or Dermot Kennedy.

 

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What is still your biggest challenge?

 

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Brainheart: Mixing and mastering are the most complex parts, and it’s challenging to let go and finish a song because I am a perfectionist.

 

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What’s the best advice you’ve ever received concerning music?

 

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Brainheart: Make money to make music, don’t make music to make money. I love this advice (by Russ). Being an artist is like having a business; every artist must invest in his songs and brand as much as possible. So true.

 

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What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?

 

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Brainheart: I wish I could change my mindset.

 

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I wish I knew that I come one step closer to success every time I fail.

 

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The world works in mysterious ways.

 

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The prize is the fulfillment of reaching my destiny.

 

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My destiny is the most important thing.

 

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Trusting the process, having faith in the future, and trusting life are the most important things that could help me.

 

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How do you currently feel about the state of “your genre”?

 

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Brainheart: Honestly, I can’t define my music by genre because I always love to experiment with different sounds and styles of music.

The songs’ vibes and messages are more important than the genre.

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I mainly produce EDM, but I also love pop, soft rock, and acoustic songs. My goal is to create a versatile and exciting catalog. I don’t want to develop repetitive music with the same sounds and structure. 

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I always created EDM in the past, but now I am more open-minded and willing to try different things, techniques, and genres. I develop emotional music and interesting melodies with strong and meaningful lyrics. I want to surprise myself and my listeners by taking them on a mesmerizing musical journey. 

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In my opinion, we all experience pain, depression, anxiety, trauma, and many other kinds of pain that might not be visible to anyone else. My songs speak to people, heal them, and can make them feel better and more motivated.

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What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

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Brainheart: I constantly remind myself that I am lucky because I can make music every day, grow my fanbase, and evoke emotion in people worldwide. 

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Every day I get out of bed excited to do those things I’m passionate about, and I have all the time in the world for them. I don’t take this for granted, and I try to stay as positive as possible.

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What’s your proudest moment to date as an artist?

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Brainheart: The success of my song “Explore the World” on Spotify, with nearly 3 million streams and over 600,000 Instagram views, is entirely independent.

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This song holds such a special place in my heart. It means the world because I wrote it with my amazing and talented sister. This is the first song I have ever released, and I never expected it to be huge.

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What are you focusing your time on now?

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Brainheart: My biggest goal for 2023 is to get an artist visa; I want to move to the US.

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I will have many more opportunities there to develop my music career.

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Unfortunately, it isn’t straightforward, but I’ll get it one day.

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I will keep making music and touching people’s hearts and souls.

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I want to continue expanding my social media presence and fan base.

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I want to evolve and become a better version of myself—as a musician and person.

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Stream “Close to You” on Spotify 

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Connect with Brainheart: Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify

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Austin Martin & The Herd: Music with a Mission – Feeding America, One City at a Time

Imagine this: a tattooed cowboy with an urban edge, penning his next big hit. Nearby, a modelesque guitarist strums riffs while sketching stage designs, a rock ‘n’ roll drummer with dreadlocks practices incessantly, and a bass player tirelessly showcases his talent. This isn’t a movie scene; it’s the reality of Austin Martin & The Herd, a trailblazing country rock band, taking the music world by storm.

Austin Martin & The Herd, a band that stands out with their unique sound and style, is a force to be reckoned with. Led by Austin Martin on vocals, Marko Romain on guitar, David Bedell on drums, and Paul Anthony on bass, they bring over two decades of collective experience to the table. Their music, a harmonious and improvisational blend often compared to the Mötley Crüe of country music, guarantees an unforgettable, dance-filled night for their audiences.

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In 2024, Austin Martin & The Herd used their success as a platform for a more significant cause. In the face of economic challenges in the US, they dedicated their eighth national tour to a noble mission: Feeding America. By teaming up with food bank affiliates in each state they visit, the band surprises two families in every city with a week’s worth of groceries, selected through engaging social media campaigns. They aim to raise donations, combat food insecurity, and inspire others to join their community outreach efforts. Moreover, the band actively volunteers at 30 food banks nationwide, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to making a difference.

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Their current tour, “2024 Feeding the Herd,” underscores this mission. Their hit single “Country Drunk” has garnered attention on CMT, CBS, and Yahoo News, and their performance at the 2024 HMMA Awards in Hollywood was a standout. Fans eagerly enjoyed their performance at the CMA Awards after-party in Nashville on June 8, 2024.

Austin Martin & The Herd are no strangers to hard work. They are currently recording new music with top industry producers like Michael “Fish” Herring, Sam Hook, and David Blake Chatfield. The “2024 Feeding the Herd Tour” showcases songs from their forthcoming album, “American Brewed,” with over 50 scheduled dates. Noteworthy performances include:

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– 06/08 – Nashville, Tennessee

– 06/12 – St. Louis, Missouri

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– 06/29 – Minneapolis, Minnesota

The band’s new music video, “American Brewed,” is set to debut in early June 2024, followed by their next dance hit, “Wrangler,” in early July. They also look forward to potential collaborations with the Wrangler brand, which a long-held dream. Austin Martin & The Herd drive social change through their community efforts, with “American Brewed” as an anthem of unity. The song celebrates the diverse cultures and perspectives that enrich American society, ensuring everyone feels connected regardless of race, religion, gender, or socioeconomic status.

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Their journey has led them to discover their true purpose: giving back. This revelation fueled their passion and solidified their mission. Austin Martin and The Herd aim to inspire others by highlighting creativity and purpose through their music and philanthropy. Their goal is to use their platform to raise awareness about social issues and support their community, one plate at a time.

The band extends special thanks to their sponsors and supporters, including BRETZ RV, North County Ford, CBS News (Tegna affiliates), Stockman Bank, Shipton’s Big R, Target, Mayor Bill Cole, Coca-Cola High Country, Mountain Organics Dispensary, Waypoint Hotel, Hampton Inn Suites by Hilton, Fresh Bread Productions, Chatfield Entertainment, Bank of America, Wrangler, Toy Boat Productions, Hats by Parker Thomas, The Sojourn, Northwestern Insurance, Jim’s Western Wear, Springhill Suites in Great Falls, Anheuser-Busch, Heyward Marketing Lab, Kimes Ranch, Exhibit Ambush Consulting, Vincent Flood, and Lynnette Madsen.

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Follow Austin Martin & The Herd on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. Proud supporters of the Feeding America organization encourage donations to support their efforts. Together, we can help feed America one plate at a time.  http://www.austinandtheherd.com/

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In an era where musical innovation reigns supreme, these seven tracks stand out as the harbingers of a new sonic era. From soulful introspection to comedic brilliance, each song offers a unique auditory experience. Add these gems to your playlist and elevate your listening journey.

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Kofi Harmony – Radiance of Truth Kofi Harmony’s “Radiance of Truth” is a celestial journey through sound. Inspired by childhood memories and musical dreams, this track is a tapestry of nostalgic and cosmic melodies that promise to dance upon your waves and resonate with your soul.

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