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Honk Interview With The Raising Pop-Rock Singer Neomi

Neomi has a pop-rock sound that is rooted in her ability to morph emotions – the good, the bad, and the ugly – into melodic and lyric compositions.

We had the chance to interview the raising pop-rock singer and songwriter who has been winning the heart of millions over the years and next stopped to amazed her fans.

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

Neomi– I don’t think there was one specific moment that made me realize that I wanted to do music, it was always something I intrinsically knew as a kid. I always loved music and performing and so having a career in music was always my goal from day one. As a young kid, I went into music, singing, dancing lessons, etc. (really anything that would allow me to perform haha). I started performing wherever I could and then when I was 12 or 13 I started writing my own music. Fast forward a couple of years later, I started releasing my own music and I got together with my band and started doing live performances with them and really building my music career from the ground up.

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

Neomi- Something interesting that actually happened in the last year is I had been planning for my first big headlining show for my album launch in Montreal at Petit Campus and we actually did the show a little less than a week before lockdown started in Montreal. Immediately after, the quarantine started here. It’s crazy to think back and see how we squeezed that last show in right before everything changed.

3. 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?

Neomi– I had this one moment when I first started performing as a young kid where I went onstage and I entirely forgot the lyrics to the song I was about to sing; I had been practicing this song for months haha. That was a really defining point for me. I decided instead of being freaked out and running offstage or being upset about it to turn to the audience and crack a joke about how I forgot the lyrics. That helped me not be as nervous about performing and potentially messing up onstage in the future. It also taught me that a moment is only as embarrassing as you allow it to be.

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

Neomi– Right now I’m writing a couple of songs with my band! We’re going in a more pop-rock direction so I’m very excited to put those songs out. We also have a really cool music video that’s gonna be released alongside one of those songs so I’m really excited to release that! Other than that, I’m working with an amazing EDM producer, Shallow, on a track right now. I’m a huge fan of EDM so I’m really excited to get that out.

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

Neomi– I’ve been fortunate enough to have met a lot of really cool people in music. An especially interesting person I’ve met is the producer I’m working with right now, Jesse Zito from True Sonix Studio. He takes a very interesting approach to create music by studying what’s really popular right now and why it’s popular. I’ve never seen music dissected that way so I thought that was really cool. Our sessions together are always filled with ideas on how to bring my tracks to the next level and how to take what is working in popular music and use it in my songs to give them that modern feel while still remaining true to my unique sound.

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

Neomi– I think the number one thing I would tell people in music is to not feel like you have to put out perfect music, perfect content, or perfect anything really. I feel like if you go into creating your music or even posting on social media which is a huge part of being an independent artist, with the mindset of having to be perfect, you’re never going to truly enjoy what you’re doing and it’ll just be a stressful experience. I think when creating music and building your brand, you have to go into it with a mindset of “I’m not a perfect being and that’s okay. Nobody wants perfect, they want real.” If you’re having fun with what I’m doing, I think that’ll translate to your listeners and help you guys connect
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7. 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?

Neomi– That’s a great question. I definitely do feel the fear of failure as well, I think that’s a factor for every artist. I think the number one thing you have to ask yourself before starting is: “Am I more scared of failure or am I more scared of never trying and never knowing?” Another thing I would say to aspiring artists is to channel that fear of failure into motivation and use it as something to push yourself to work that much harder.

8. 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.

Neomi– One thing I like to do is yoga every single day. I put my phone and all my electronics away during that time and really just focus on being present in the moment. After yoga, I also like to meditate for 15 – 30 minutes depending on the day. Those two things really put me in the right mindset. I also think that taking one day of the week “off” (as much as you can) is important. For a couple of months, I would work 7 days a week and wouldn’t let myself rest much. Now, I take this rest day on Sundays to recharge myself for the week ahead and I’ve found both my productivity levels for the rest of the week and my mental headspace have improved drastically.

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

Neomi:

1: Is just starting. When I was younger I really wanted everything I put out to be perfect when it came to music or anything I would post online; that delayed my start in my music career. I had songs that I held onto for years because I wasn’t sure if they were “ready”. With music, I found out that there’s never a perfect place to start, you just have to take the plunge; once you start, you’re always gonna be learning as you go and getting better as you go, but you have to start first.

2: Is to collaborate with other writers. I feel like when you write by yourself, you may find that you have a very distinct writing style and structure, which isn’t a bad thing but to grow as a writer, it’s important to experiment with how you write, and one great way to experiment is to write with others. Collaborating with other people can really open you up to a whole new world of ideas and ways of writing music and will (hopefully) inspire you.

3: Is to not be afraid to reach out to people. You never know until you ask so use your contacts, use contacts you don’t have yet, research things, reach out to people, cold call, cold email, go out and as Nike would say, just do it.

4: This is concerning live performances. I used to be an introvert when I was a kid so I would be really nervous to go out and do live performances. I wish someone had told me back then that most people in the crowd want to like you. As a kid, I would get onstage and assume everyone was judging me, and if I mess up they’re gonna think XYZ about me, and most of the time, these thoughts aren’t reflective of reality.

5: Is don’t compare yourself to other artists. In the music world, there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” in terms of how to build a career, so comparing where you’re at to where someone else won’t be helpful to you.

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

Neomi– My favorite life lesson quote is “Other people’s actions towards you are not reflective of who you are as a person but who they are as a person”. As an artist, you’re performing in front of people all the time and you have to learn how to not take things personally, for your peace of mind. Everyone’s human, people have bad days, it’s 99% of the time not about you, so don’t take it personally.

11. 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?

Neomi– There’re so many people that I’m so grateful to have helped me along the way. I have to give a special shout-out to my amazing, supportive parents here though. They have been behind my dream 100% since I first started and I’m eternally grateful for them.

12. 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. 🙂

Neomi– This might sound super corny but I’d love to start a movement of just people being super kind to others, being patient with others, and trying to be as understanding as possible. I think a little goes a long way in that department.

13. 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 whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

Neomi– I would absolutely love to have a private lunch/dinner with Maggie Lindemann, an artist I love. She’s super cool and has amazing music. She transitioned from making pop music to more pop-rock music recently so I’d love to pick her brain about that since I’m doing a similar thing in my music.

14 How can our readers follow you online?

Neomi– You guys can find me on all social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube) with the username @thisisneomi and you can find my music on all streaming platforms, such as Spotify and Apple Music, under my artist name: Neomi. Thank you so much for this interview Jessica and thank you for taking the time to read it guys! Looking forward to connecting with you all 🙂

Natalie is a journalism major with a focus on Entertainment and Music who aspires to become a Content Creator For Honk Magazine. Eventually, she wants to be the Publisher or Editor-in-Chief of a major Publishing House. She loves helping people find their voice and passion for writing and journalism, and she can always be found with coffee in hand, editing another article.

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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. 

Stay connected with Paige Corwin: Instagram | Facebook | Spotify

 

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