8 Questions With Timothy Banay —

•What do you like most about playing music?

Mostly, the atmosphere it gives to the soul. For me, I think about music as an infinite fuel of emotions for the human. That's why I love playing music as it gives me that adrenaline spike from the first chord I strum.

•What inspired you to start playing and making music?

My grandparents are the reasons why I started making music. My Grandfather was a guitarist at a local church and my grandmother was a singer.

•How do you overcome you mental illness?

I haven't yet.

•Are there any past instructors you look up to? What qualities did they have that you admire?

To be honest, I never had any formal training when it comes to singing and playing guitar. I only taught myself how to play the guitar.

•What type of musician would you prefer to collaborate with?

A type that has talent and really has passion for music. That's the type of musician I would want to collaborate with

•Describe your creative process when you write new music.

I my guitar out and just strum random chords until I for some kind of melody. After that, I write the lyrics in a form of a poem. I'm still learning but that's how I write songs.

•Who is the inspiration to you song Abyss Of Broken Men and Escape This Terror?

Depression and anxiety.

•Do you ever think of giving up?

I'm actually taking a break right now from writing songs because I need to deal with my mental health for now. But I'll be back. I never give up on my dreams.

Sam and Sounds Released his First Ever EP "Focus" —

"real talk. I find releasing music very, very hard on my mental health. There’s always this expectation for it to ‘do better than the last release’ or for ‘big things to happen on this one’ but it seemingly never does. I really feel a ton of pressure when i release music and..."
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"...and I know that I always seem extra happy and positive and really excited, but the truth is, that’s not all the time. Right now I’m sitting in my bed, dreading tomorrow. I’m so damn proud of the songs I’ve put on this EP, and I’m genuinely hoping you guys like them too, but..."
"...when you’re in an industry that seemingly prioritises numbers, and the numbers don’t match up to expectations, it can be really difficult. Anyway rant over have a cool day and remember my EP comes out at midnight lmao"

Two songs are new "Focus" and "My Kind of Fix"

8 Questions With Sam And Sounds —

When did you realize that you wanted to make a career out of music?

•I got the opportunity to perform in front of the whole school (about 1000 people), and I just fell in love with it straight away. The careers lady, who I’d been complaining to for the previous few months about how I had no sense of direction regarding my future, came up to me afterwards and said ‘Sam, you’ve found your happy place’ and I couldn’t agree more.

What does your workflow look like when creating?

•Like the most inconsistent thing you have ever seen… honestly some days I’ll write a whole song and smash out a demo as well, then be in the studio working with my producer within a week or two of doing it, but then sometimes my manager will have to kick me up the backside to get me to stop watching Netflix. It’s lockdown though, so I’m being faaaaairly easy on myself… haha!

How was the experience of kicking off your career in the midst of a worldwide pandemic?

•It’s been suuuuper weird, because there’s
absolutely zero live stuff going on. During the first UK lockdown I found a crazy writing flow and my producer and I worked over FaceTime to create like half the catalogue I have now, so there are upsides, but I’m absolutely itching to get out and play my music in real life to real people.

What’s the biggest milestone you’ve hit so far in your career, and what’s the biggest milestone you aim to reach in the future?

•Probably hitting a million streams on Spotify… it’s mad to see it really because I’m still so new to this industry and I still feel like an outsider, yet somehow people are actually listening to my tunes. I feel like a bit of an imposter sometimes because I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing!

What’s your advice to young artists who want to hone their craft and be successful in music?

•It’s okay to jump into the music thing with no idea what you’re doing. I’m doing exactly that and just learning as I go along. If you love it, then don’t listen to what anyone else says and just give it a good go. Write some songs you like, find a producer that can make them sound good, then watch a ton of YouTube videos on how to promote your music!

What are the best and worst things about being an artist in today’s musical climate?

•The best thing I’d say is that everyone has access to your music for either cheap of free. I don’t want people to not be able to listen to my music for any reason! The beautiful thing about today’s music climate is that you can just listen to any song you want with a few clicks. The downside to this is that it’s really hard to make money as an independent artist unless you’re getting tens of thousands of streams a day, AT LEAST! With promo costs, production costs etc, you can end up having a lot of money you need to earn back in order to start making a living!

Who are some of your favourite artists that inspired your sound?

•Two Door Cinema Club, Smallpools, Coin, American Authors

Who is your dream collaborator?

•Two Door Cinema Club 100000000000%

8 Questions with Johnny Orlando —

1.What’s the first piece of music that you bought for yourself, and what was the medium?

J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive. I bought it on iTunes.

2. What was the first concert you saw?

Taylor Swift’s The Red Tour! It was a time and a half

3. Who or what made you realize you could be an artist full-time?

4. I realized when I was about 12, and I started gaining more and more followers.

What’s at the top of your professional bucket list?

Stadium tour.

5. You’re from Mississauga, Ontario. How did your hometown/city shape who you are?

The culture: hockey, music, and Timmies [Tim Hortons]!

6. What’s the last song you listened to?

“Back to Back” by Drake.

7. If you could see any artist in concert, dead or alive, who would it be?

Prince!!

8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen happen in the crowd of one of your sets?

Sometimes people pass out, which is terrible. I always stop the show, though, and help them. Then they sit backstage, so silver lining I guess!

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