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Exclusive Interview With Chart-Topping Blonde Bombshell Ashley Puckett

With the release of her debut album, “Never Say Never,” Pittsburgh’s Ashley Puckett cemented herself as one of country music’s hottest young female artists. Her single, “Bulletproof” hit the highest of the highs when it reached #1 on the national AM/FM radio chart ranked by New Music Weekly magazine. She followed that success with another single, “Live Like You Love,” which received 250K Spotify streams and 62K Youtube views. Her recent single, “What’s Her Name” continues to chart on national and international country charts, months after its release.  With brand new music on the near horizon, Ashley took time from her busy schedule to talk about her music, her bird, and her hometown of Pittsburgh…

Hi Ashley! Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us today. Our readers love your music, and we can’t wait to share what you’ve been up to…So, what have you been up to? We all know about your “Never Say Never” debut album and the success of some of the singles like, “Bulletproof,” “Medicine,” and “Live Like You Love.” And, of course, the recent success of “What’s Her Name.” What has been the highlight of your young career so far?

Yes, i have had many highlights since the 2020 release of my album, Never Say Never.  Two of my
favorite highlights were being part of the “Women of Music” edition of Billboard Magazine, and having
“Bulletproof” hit #1 on the New Music Weekly AM/FM Country Music Chart.
 
What’s the hardest thing about putting an album out there for the world to hear?
I believe the hardest thing is really building an audience and finding the right opportunities to gain listening ears. There’s so much you can do with promotions, airplay, and shows, but i feel it’s one of the biggest struggles  just getting your music further and further out there to more people.
Do you ever listen to your music, either on spotify or anywhere else, just hanging out?
Yes.  I don’t make a habit of it, but my friends and family love to listen to it while we’re at get togethers and such. Sometimes i’ll put it on myself, too either for practice and just to keep familiar with all the songs and such for performing and sometimes just to give myself a pick me up believe it or not.  When i’m having a bad week, or feeling defeated it helps hearing what all of us created that were involved in this album and it’s a nice reminder of how far i’ve come and how special and  blessed i really am.
What has been the most surprising thing that you’ve experienced in the last year?
Well, i finally came out of my “writers block” this past January and have been back in the studio with some original work. To me, that was one heck of a surprise to make that jump.  Also, I have quite a few Nominations for the ISSA awards that  I’ll be attending in August, so i’m overjoyed with that!
Do you have any new music planned/recorded? Tell us about it?
I do!  I cannot wait to share the two new songs with you all!  I have a slower, more ballad type song and then a more fun,  bar song as i call it.  Both with a lot of Steel guitar, which is my favorite.  Very traditional sounding.  I don’t want to spoil  the songs before their time very soon, but one song was inspired by a tattoo that i got on my birthday this past January in Miami.

Ok, off topic…celebrity crush? Who is it?
haha.  Jason Statham.
We hear you are the proud owner of an exotic bird. Can you tell us about him, and how you came to own him?
I am indeed.  His name is Captain Morgan.  I grew up with small birds like finches and parakeets, but as i got older i’ve been wanting a larger bird such as a macaw or something similar.  As for my expensive taste, i started my journey wanting a Hyacinth Macaw until i  saw the price tag.  But that started my journey for about six months going over different breeds and traits and such.  He was from a breeder in Florida and he took a long flight up to Pennsylvania for me.  He’s an Eclectus parrot, so very specific species with diet and such.  Really loving fun bird and he’s finally talking but will only talk when he thinks i’m not home since he’s still pretty shy even though he’s almost 2 years old now.  He loves  jewelry, anything shiny, tearing apart really anything, and loves almonds.  But he’s a sweetheart and will cuddle with you and watch tv sometimes, too.

You live in Pittsburgh. What is it about Pittsburgh that makes it a special town, and why do you think so much talent comes out of that city?
I love Pittsburgh.  I think that it’s really special because it’s so diverse.  It’s also really really pretty.  I don’t know how we lucked out with all of the  talent here, but i can say there is talent really anywhere you look, any day of the week.  We have all sorts of music to be found of all genres and  lots of night life, which may be part of the attraction of anyone who wants to share their talents.
If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would that be and why?
I’ve always wanted to perform at the Grand Ol’ Opry.  It’s got such a history and that’s where all the icons perform.
What is your greatest brush with fame? Who have you met that made you a little star-struck?
I went to a CMA fest in Nashville many years ago and i met alot of artists then.  It was a really fun experience.  I was a huge Joe Nichols fan (and still am) back then, and i would attend his fan club parties, and any back stage event i could when he came to town, so i feel he was always the one i was star struck  with growing up.
Any last words or advice to share with fans or aspiring musicians?
Work on your craft as often as possible.  Keep only the people in your life that are uplifting and standing by your side and supporting you, even if it’s hard.  And celebrate the  little things.  Every little success that comes your way is a stepping stone to your biggest dream, but they are important, too.   Be proud of yourself.
Thanks again Ashley! Best of luck with the new music!!

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Exclusive Interview with Danny Hughes (DCPA)

Please describe to our audience how you came about on the music scene and what is the biggest difference between your first piece of music to your latest! 

I was a musician growing up, and I played a few instruments (piano, guitar, trumpet). In high school I took a music production class and fell in love with the software, electronic production methods, song writing and scripting melodies. Although my passion for music took a back seat in college, I always contemplated what role it would play again in my life once I got settled as an accountant in Dallas TX in 2011. From my high school days through 2015 I watched the electronic music scene grow exponentially in the USA. I was always very much into European dance music early on. Eventually I realized that my favorite style of music and the showcase aspect of DJing went hand in hand and it all made sense. I wasn’t meant to remain a classical musician or play guitar in a band, I’m the type to go mad scientist in the studio and mesh all these different sounds together in a unique way, then bring it to a live audience while also sharing great music from other inspiring artists.

Initially, I was producing progressive house and trance instrumentals. I wasn’t too focused on the commercial aspect and had no idea where to find a vocalist or how that process worked. I outsourced some of the production work to a Netherlands based studio and eventually found a roster of vocalists via that outlet. I learned more about songwriting and producing music around existing vocals, enjoying the collaborative aspect. Over time since my first release in 2016 I’ve gotten a lot more flexible as to my style and making it commercial while keeping its integrity. I can thank the EDM stars who preceded me for acclimating society to electro-pop fusion. Lately I’m incorporating pop, electro-house, nu disco, and punk into my 2023 release plan! I’m aiming for the music to be edgy, catchy, and danceable.

What are you doing to push a positive message as the year comes to an end and there is a new beginning coming up with this new year?

I’m always looking to leave the listener feeling understood and empowered with my music. I want them to relate to it and be part of my ‘soul tribe’. It’s important as an artist to have a positive mission statement. We can be highly influential to people we’ll never meet, and in ways we don’t always see. Apart from the music I share, I only put out content with an insightful message, share my life experiences with a tempered mind, or post something funny/wholesome. Viral negativity is a real scourge these days.

Are there any rituals you have developed over the years that are helpful for any upcoming changes happening? 

I try to add creative value every day whether it’s many hours on one upcoming song or jumping around to many different ones. I keep a normal sleep schedule and get outside regularly; I stay active and eat well to keep a sharp mind and body. Live gigs are big physical and mental battles and aren’t always routine in nature. So being up to date on the latest music while staying organized with older libraries is important in being ready for anything. I check my gear regularly too, the last thing you want is to show up and your stuff doesn’t work as expected.

Could you talk about a success that happened this year that you would attribute to all your hard work?

I’ve been focused on growing my fanbase and traction on streaming platforms. It’s important that those can grow organically and generate ‘true fans’, not just play counts. Based on the relevant data, my Spotify grew 56% and is getting a lot more of that algorithmic traction, so I’m happy my efforts are paying off. Also, I reached the top 5% in Spotify artist rankings this past Fall for several months, and that was a shock! It really gave me perspective on how far I’ve come. Lastly I charted on iTunes House: Poland for ‘Iconic Love’ and iTunes House: United States for ‘Filmatic – Carefully Together (DCPA Remix)’.

Could you talk about an obstacle that you persevered through?

Times of loneliness are inherent to a music career, usually those are counterbalanced with moments of abundant attention from others. Personally, when going toward my music career, I accepted a reduction of income and really challenged my physical self. It’s a different world than my prior desk job but endlessly fulfilling in so many ways! In addition I’ve used music as a way to revisit past experiences and reconcile/transmute leftover and confusing energies. My latest track ‘I Feel It Too‘ is a perfect example of this.

How do you think these experiences have helped you shape your career and approach your music? 

It’s brought back a grittiness to my life; and though I value the time I spent in a corporate environment, I currently appreciate these new opportunities to fly by night and get out in front of new audiences, sharing my passion for music and a side of myself that was mostly hidden for many years. For a long time I was more reserved with my emotional energy but I’ve realized the value of honest and intense expression in life, spreading light through art and intend to fully embody this in my personal relationships as well.

How do you continue to develop your community of fans over the years? 

Being present and available is important. I see fans as being collaborators on a bigger project. To make that collaboration work, I know I need to show up in conversation and in my actions. By responding to others in a genuine way and appreciating everyone’s time and input, you start to feel a larger community forming around you and feel more significant and motivated in your role as an artist.

Thank you for sharing all your music with us! Can you give us any exclusive on more music coming up?

My next song is called ‘Broken Heart’. The chorus line for this electro-pop-punk track is “Someone tell me how to let it go…I don’t wanna feel this anymore.” Look for this track to drop in February or March 2023!

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Paige Corwin drops a stunning new single, “Better Than That” [Interview]

Paige Corwin

New York singer-songwriter Paige Corwin shares the pop single “Better Than That,” with a pop sound that grabs the attention of many listeners.

“Better Than That” is a neo-soul, pop-crooner record. It is a heart-wrenching tale of dreamt romantic insecurities that turn into reality.

Paige Corwin had a Conversation with us and answered our unique 8 Questions. Check it out below.

HONK: Let’s start by telling us how it all began. What encouraged you to start playing and making music?

Paige Corwin: I have always written songs and ideas, and once I began networking and meeting the right people, they helped turn my ideas into records that have translated into actual releases. I am grateful to all the people I am lucky enough to have worked with so far and am excited for whatever comes next! From day one, the plan has been to be my own artist.

HONK: Talk me through your creative process when you write new music.

Paige Corwin: My creative process begins with creating a beat with my producer that I feel connected to. Once the rhythm has been established, I write the top line inspired by personal life events. 

HONK: Can you tell us about your new single, “Better Than That”? 

Paige Corwin: “Better Than That” is a neo-soul, pop-crooner record. It is a heart-wrenching tale of dreamt romantic insecurities that turn into reality. Make sure to listen to it to get the full story. 😉 

HONK: What do you like most about being a music artist?

Paige Corwin: I firmly believe that music unites people from all walks of life, no matter their differences, and that, for sure, is a beautiful thing! Playing music is soul-fulfilling, an emotional release, and means of self-expression like no other. Connecting with an audience is the best feeling in the world, and I have met so many incredible people along the way. 

HONK: What projects do you have coming up? Can you give us any info on them?

Paige Corwin: I am working on an EP consisting of six tracks, including the intro. Each record will first be released as a single, followed by a music video!

HONK: Do you have any advice for our readers who may be trying to enter the game of music?

Paige Corwin: Don’t let the long, winding path to success get you down. Stay the course, do not deviate, and believe your hard work will eventually pay off. Putting your blood, sweat, and tears into your work and then not receiving the recognition you feel it deserves is hugely discouraging at times, but do not give it up. It is all part of the journey! 

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

Paige Corwin: I use the calendar on my phone to set reminders which usually avoids scheduling issues, but when I feel overwhelmed, I take hot yoga classes. Yoga calms me down, clears my head, and grounds me again. 

HONK: Name Three things you can’t live without when recording in the studio.

Paige Corwin: Water, tea with honey, white claws : )

Stream Paige Corwin’s “Better Than That” on Spotify. 

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