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Exclusive Interview With Simon Blaze – Artist Of The Moment

Simon Blaze is 30 years old from Munich, Germany. He is also known as “simonblazemusic” which has more than 10 songs released so far. His kind of music appears to be a mix between chords and heavy baselines in combination with vocals.

His top tracks are “The FeelingMaryjaneWhat I NeedAin’t NobodySummer Jam” and many other collaborated songs to his credit.

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During this exclusive interview, Simon Blaze bears his mind on so many of his dreams that have come to pass due to some factors – as you read more.

Questions:- 

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  1. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Simon Blaze: I always had a dream about being a musician growing up with boy bands such as the backstreet boys & “N’sync”.

  1. Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

Simon Blaze: It happened a few times that people I knew listened to my music without knowing I produced it.

  1. Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Simon Blaze: The funniest but also the dumbest mistake I made was believing that I had to convince artists to use my beats. I was sending hundreds of beats to different kinds of artists trying to get them placed without charging any money in the hope of getting discovered.

  1. What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Simon Blaze: I recently started collaboration work with Australian singer Faydee and American singer Derek King. Both artists have been a big inspiration for me in the past.

  1. Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Simon Blaze: I have met some very interesting people in my life. I have met American singer Omarion of former boy-band B2K. He was such a friendly person for being so successful. Besides that the most interesting people I interact with are my fans. Some of them have super interesting stories and are supportive of my music.

  1. Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Simon Blaze: Always do what makes you happy. I tried bending my style a few times trying to get placements with major labels and ended up doubting my whole career. People won‘t feel the music that you feel. Authenticity is the key to be a successful musician even if it takes more time. 

  1. You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure?

Simon Blaze: The main reason I see that holds back musicians from being successful is not releasing enough music. People tend to put all of their hopes into one record and expect a breakthrough. Once this doesn‘t happen their motivation drops to zero and they start doubting. Sometimes that one record you think is just a filler can boost your whole career.

  1. Can you share with our readers any self-care routines, practices, or treatments that you do to help your body, mind, or heart to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.

Simon Blaze: Never forget that you not only provide music but also remember receiving it. I love scrolling through Spotify looking out for new music by unknown people. Sometimes leaving our comfort zone helps us expanding it. If I don‘t feel inspired for making new music I go back to listening and enjoying music.

I had a few moments when I thought I had a so-called producer’s block. It took me a few weeks but I always found my way back to creativity when I listened to my favorite songs, mixtapes, or oldies.

  1. What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Simon Blaze: (1). Hard work beats Talent that doesn‘t work.

The motto of one of the artists I worked with. I have seen quite a lot of incredibly talented artists who just didn‘t go ahead because they were too lazy.

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Simon Blaze: (2). Don‘t chase opportunities – let them chase you.

Instead of trying to get a good production to one major artist sell it to 100 independent artists and make a living off of that. The possibilities for music producers are incredible these days.

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Simon Blaze: (3). Trust your feeling.

I had to convince a lot of artists to do things the way I liked and most of the time it paid off.

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Simon Blaze: (4). Be as independent as possible.

When releasing a song you need a studio, a mix & mastering engineer, artworks, promo videos, a distributor, and a whole bunch of other things that usually get provided by a label. In my case, I take care of all of these things on my own.

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Simon Blaze: (5). Always have fun

Never forget the “why“. I started making music because I had fun turning an idea into a song.

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  1. Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Simon Blaze: Don‘t compare yourself to others – I have spent so much time comparing my life with other people and their success. It took me years to realize that everybody has their speed to reach a certain goal. Some get discovered with 17 years like Martin Garrix others take 20-30 years longer. I think life will give you that when you are ready for it.

  1. None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

Simon Blaze: I have met some great artists who helped me evolve and gave me a huge boost of self-confidence when I didn‘t have it. My good friend Tobi Hinrichs who is a great producer himself gave me the inspiration for my single “What I Need“ which had a big impact on my career.

  1. You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

Simon Blaze: Giving producers the spot they deserve. Some of the greatest records are only there because of the right production, the idea of a producer-led to. I have produced for too many artists in the past that didn‘t even dare to mention me as a producer.

  1. We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

Simon Blaze: I would love to have lunch with Elon Musk as one of the biggest entrepreneurs of our time. Someone who got rejected a lot of times and still believed in his ideas. The mindset of a winner is what turns you into one. I am very stubborn when I want something in my life and I think I could learn a lot about Elon‘s mindset. 

14 How can our readers follow you online?

Simon Blaze: Follow me on:

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Instagram: www.instagram.com/simonblazemusic

Facebook: www.facebook.com/simonblazemusic

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YouTube: www.youtube.com/simonblazemusic

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Michael Odu is the founder of Goshenvilla Limited and official Interviewer of Honk Magazine. He shares stories of inspiring entrepreneurs from all around the world and tips to create a better life & business.

Album Review

Album Review: Pete Miller’s “Live on Record”

When it comes to genuine and unembellished music, Pete Miller’s debut album “Live on Record” is a revitalizing breeze in the current music landscape. Released on MTS Records, the LP presents an artist who, despite the modernity around him, channels a vintage, heartfelt essence that’s increasingly rare. Combining elements of folk, country, and rock, Miller’s work is a throwback to an era where music was raw and storytelling was genuine.

A Connecticut native who now calls Pennsylvania home, Pete Miller’s journey to his debut album wasn’t one paved with glitter and glamor. Escaping the allure of New York City, Miller worked various blue-collar jobs, including landscaping, warehouse labor, and construction while chasing his musical dreams. His life’s experiences, genuinely reflected in his songs, make “Live on Record” an autobiographical piece that resonates with the “everyman.”

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From the get-go, Miller’s voice draws comparisons to the legendary Johnny Cash, a resemblance he carries with pride. His rich baritone and poetic lyricism are reminiscent of the Man in Black’s storytelling prowess. Influences of Townes Van Zandt’s melancholic narratives also weave through the album, grounding Miller firmly in the tradition of great American singer-songwriters.

The album’s opener, “A Light Out There – Intro Version,” sets the tone with a soulful introduction that hooks listeners. The lyrics, “You may go away, but the story will survive. You want to return, but wonder if you’ll arrive…” instantly pull you into Miller’s world – reflective, tinged with melancholy, yet hopeful. The full version of “A Light Out There” has  garnered significant attention, amassing over 119K streams on Spotify and breaking into the UK iTunes Top 20 Singer-Songwriters Chart. The full album is quickly approaching 1 million Spotify streams!

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Each song on the album is meticulously crafted to tell a story, from the contemplative “The Star Showman, Pt. I” to the earnest “Oh, Lord,” each track offers a glimpse into Miller’s life and experiences. In “The Dazzling Kimberly,” Miller’s narrative style shines through, painting vivid images of characters and emotions with minimalistic yet powerful instrumentation.

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The simplicity of the album is its greatest strength. Miller’s acoustic guitar work is untainted by overproduction, allowing the natural sound of the instrument to take center stage. His playing is rhythmic and engaging, supporting his vocals without overshadowing the poignant lyrics. Tracks like “I Wrote Hannah a Letter” and “Hard to Find” showcase this beautifully, with Miller’s jangling guitar providing the perfect backdrop for his homespun poetry.

“Midnight Blue” and “The Raven & the Dove” delve deeper into Miller’s introspective side, offering meditative and almost haunting melodies that linger long after the song ends. They’re a testament to Miller’s ability to evoke strong emotions through his music, making listeners feel the weight of his words and the authenticity of his experiences.

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The album’s closer, the complete version of “A Light Out There,” is a fitting end to the journey. It encapsulates the overarching themes of the album – longing, resilience, and a quest for meaning. The lyrics, “When you suffer, you’re out of this land. When you came back through that door, the waves didn’t remember your feet on the shore,” resonate with anyone who’s felt lost and found solace in the simplicity of life.

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“Live on Record” is an album that doesn’t aspire to be flashy or trendy. Instead, it focuses on being real and relatable. Pete Miller’s music is a reflection of his life – unpolished yet profound, simple yet deeply meaningful. His storytelling is the heart of the album, and it’s this authenticity that makes his debut a standout.

As Miller works on his follow-up album in the woods of Pennsylvania, one can only anticipate the continuation of his musical journey. If “Live on Record” is any indication, Pete Miller is poised to carve out a niche for himself in the music industry, staying true to his roots and delivering music that is as raw and real as it gets.

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For more information on Pete Miller and to connect with his music, check him out on Facebook.

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Music Review: Pam Ross – “Doublewide”

Pam Ross’ latest single, “Doublewide,” set for release on August 9th, 2024, is a captivating fusion of rock, Americana, and country that showcases her knack for heartfelt storytelling and infectious melodies. As the lead single from her highly anticipated LP, “Outside the Box,” “Doublewide” is a testament to Pam’s ability to connect with her audience on an emotional level.

From the outset, “Doublewide” pulls listeners in with its country-rock infused sound. The track’s vibrant instrumentation and Pam’s distinctive vocals create an irresistible energy that captures the essence of newfound love. The lyrics paint vivid images of being swept up in the fervor of a passionate relationship, with lines like:

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“I’M OUT DANCING ON A HOT TIN ROOF
EVERYTHING’S BEEN DIFFERENT SINCE I MET YOU
NOW I’M MAKING CHANGES TO PLANS I HAD
AND STAYING IN ON FRIDAY DON’T SEEM SO BAD”
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These evocative words resonate with anyone who has experienced the transformative power of love, making the song both relatable and deeply personal.

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Recorded at Goodluck Studio and masterfully mixed in Nashville by Marc Frigo, “Doublewide” boasts a polished yet organic sound. The production allows Pam’s voice to shine through while ensuring that every instrument plays a pivotal role in the overall composition. The song’s dynamic range keeps it engaging, with energetic verses building up to a memorable chorus:

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“YOU AND ME GOT A LOVE SO HOT
WE’RE GONNA BURN THIS DOUBLEWIDE DOWN
EVER SINCE YOU TOOK MY HAND
FOLKS SEE FLAMES FOR MILES AROUND”
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The chorus is anthemic and catchy, destined to be a sing-along favorite at live shows and a staple on playlists.

What sets “Doublewide” apart is its ability to evoke a wide spectrum of emotions. Pam Ross has a gift for making listeners feel the intensity and joy of love through her music. As she herself puts it, “I just want people to enjoy my music. I hope they sing along, and it makes them feel something inside when they listen.” This intention is beautifully realized in “Doublewide,” a song that is sure to leave listeners feeling uplifted and inspired.

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With “Doublewide,” Pam Ross reaffirms her status as a versatile and emotionally resonant artist. The single not only stands out on its own merits but also sets the stage for what promises to be an exceptional album in “Outside the Box.” Fans and new listeners alike will find much to appreciate in this vibrant, heartfelt track. Be sure to mark your calendars for August 9th, 2024, and get ready to experience the magic of Pam Ross’ “Doublewide.”

 

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