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IBG Interview – 9 Questions With Dom Colizzi

When success comes calling an artist has to keep working hard to stay in the limelight. Our friend Dom Colizzi has been on a real roll with a string of singles and is already back on the road touring to stay in front of his growing fanbase. We had a chance to catch up with the rising singer-songwriter and entrepreneur to get a little deeper into his story. Enjoy the interview:

 Hey Dom!  Congrats on the success of your brand new single, “Demons.” Tell us about it…what has it meant to see some of the chart success you’re enjoying?

Thank you so much! Honestly, it finally gives me the feeling of validation; I feel that I made the right choice sitting in the producer chair and trusting my gut. I knew I loved the song Idin Kain and I were writing, but I took a chance on producing it as well. What’s been really cool is seeing all these new fans from Europe and around the World, not just in the US! This only fuels the flame for me as an Artist to continue to release songs that I love regardless of Genre. I really want to be part of the whole “No Genre” train and just focus on putting out music I’m proud of and let the Fans decide on “what it sounds like.”

If you had the chance to play/record with one of your major influences, who would that be and why?  What would you perform?

I love this question because I’m a believer in manifestation so if we say it enough, it’s gotta happen! Haha my answer will always be Justin Timberlake! I just want to get in the studio and record something completely fresh. I’m a fan of Justin’s song, “Mirrors” so I’d love to sing it with him and put out a record with a similar sound.

How would you describe the perfect song?

This is an extremely complicated question when you’re an Artist, Writer, Producer, and multi-processor haha! There’s no real formula to creating the perfect song. To me, I believe that the hook has to be repetitive and extremely catchy; the verse has to simply tell the story of your concept with a couple interesting lyrics that can impress fellow songwriters; all melodies have to be able to hold their own, meaning they all have the potential to be the “hook” melody; lastly, be very intentional with lyrics, concepts, length of the song, etc, and remove anything that isn’t needed or crowds the mix.

If I scanned your playlists, what would be one artist that I’d be most shocked to see on them?

Ty Dolla $ign with Atlantic Records! He is an incredible Artist and Producer that nails every hook or melody he sings. His voice has such a cool timbre, so I’d really love to do a record with him.

You live in Music City, Nashville.  How did you come to live there? How is it different from anywhere else you’ve lived?

I moved to Nashville in 2014 when things were just beginning to change in the city, especially in Mid Town and Broadway. Randy Jackson recommended that I move there to learn songwriting and producing when I sang for him out in LA, so I followed his advice! Nashville is a great blend of city and country, so growing up in Maine, it’s far easier for me to live there than it was living in LA. Nashville is a “big city with a small town feel.”

Now that COVID is lifting, are there any tour plans?

Absolutely! I’m currently on my “Slowly Tour” all throughout New England. I’m currently working on hosting and promoting my first big music festival as well in my home state. The Red Rum Music Festival will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday, September 4th in Augusta, Maine. The plan is to give a huge revival to the city and give local businesses a chance to get involved, and get Artists of local and National recognition to create an all day musical experience for Fans and Festival-goers!

Music Video for ‘Slowly’

Any plans for a music video for “Demons?”

For sure! I’d like to actually put Idin Kain, who cowrote “Demons”, in it! I’d love to give him a chance to act, while also giving Fans an Easter egg once they find out he wrote the song with me. We should be shooting the video in the next month or so.

When can we expect an EP, or maybe a full length?

I’m going to release a few more Singles this year, leading up to an EP. I’d love to release an EP by early 2022 and see how that goes before putting together a full length album. My plan is to get a few more placements in Sync to build recognition and pull in more creators when it comes time for an album. I’d want it to be a collaborative project!

Any closing words for your fans, and our readers?

Thank you so much for all the love and support so far! It means the world to me. Stay tuned on The Red Rum Music Festival in Augusta, Maine! This is my first time taking an Entrepreneurial approach to the show, so I’m excited to see what we can pull together for Fans!

Keep up with Dom Colizzi Here:

www.DomColizzi.com

Instagram.com/DomColizzi

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Twitter.com/DomColizzi

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Alex Julia Is “Like The Sun”

Chill, laid-back, and breezy are all words that can be used to describe singer-songwriter Alex Julia and her latest single “Like The Sun.”

Alex Julia is a singer-songwriter, content creator, foodie, and adventure seeker from New Jersey. She has a very unique style to her music, drawing from influences of pop, rock, and indie genres. Alex released her debut EP titled Better Part Of Me on September 19, 2020. 

Better Part Of Me picked up steam on college radio stations across the country such as KXLU and WMCX. The EP even caught the interest of The Bay Area Reporter.

LHYME shared a recipe on Pinterest for Hawaiian pizza that they paired with Alex’s music. This inspired Alex to launch her blog “Julia’s Live Music Pizza.” The blog helps spread the word on independent artists. 

Her newest single “Like The Sun” really showcases her unique style of music. You can really pick up on the different genres that she drew inspiration from. 

“Like The Sun” is a love song about a special someone being a positive energy source and being “perfect like the sun.” After listening to the song a couple of times, it just keeps getting better.

Listen To “Like The Sun” Below:

The blend of instrumentation and her soft, dreamy vocals are to thank for the chill, laid-back, and breezy vibe that I mentioned above. 

With her unique sound, determination, and passion for independent music, Alex Julia is an artist to keep an eye on!

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IBG Interview – 8 Questions With… Joseph Trem

Your music should be inside of you without any restrictions. Do not let genres or current mainstream music define what you write. By being true to your own sound you will produce your best self and therefore your best music. Our recent find Joseph Trem does just that.

Today IndieBandGuru is proud to premiere his latest single “Getaway”

We had the chance to catch up with Joseph Trem and get a little deeper into his music and artistic journey. Enjoy the interview here:

First off, What drives you to create music?

It usually comes from an overwhelming feeling. It could be rushing adrenaline, or anxiety, or feeling dejected. When I have no words, I go to the piano and just start playing shit. Or sometimes I’ll feel inspired by a record I hear and I’ll start making something because I want to give listeners the same feeling that record gave me. For me, it’s best to create music while I’m working through an intense emotion because then I can gain perspective through the process. If the listener hears that, I’ve reached my goal.

How would you describe the Joseph Trem sound?

A combination of nostalgia and allusion with the current moment. My records have throwback elements, yet they are often vignettes of the here and now. ‘Getaway’ sounds like 2008, ‘I Just Wanna Have Some Fun’ sounds like the late 90s and ‘Show Me All Your Moves’ sounds like the early 2000s. My sound is not specific to any decade or year, but it is dedicated to escapism itself.

Which artists have had the biggest influence on you?

Taylor Swift, Prince, Michael Jackson. I love pop rule-breakers. The idea of creating something entirely new, something totally innovative is what drives me and what I will continue to strive for. It’s not always about following trends; it can be about taking trends and twisting them. My music is in it’s early stage right now, so it is highly influenced by these artists. I hope to build upon that and make it my own.

How does a song come together for you? What is your songwriting process?

It’s often a slow process that starts in my backyard and ends in my home studio. Concepts for songs happen randomly for me, so I can be walking around and think of a melody or lyric. If it feels special, I’ll go with it. I construct most songs on the piano, and even as they are tranferred into bigger production I try to maintain the same spirit I felt on the piano. Most songs I make take years to produce because my attention span is zilch, so I get bored with a project easily. But then I’ll go back years later and the magic is recaptured. 

What can you tell us about your newest single “Getaway”?

It’s an upbeat, moody track that sounds like late 2000s, early 2010s pop. It was not inspired by the pandemic, but it does feel like it was made for post-Covid fun. Remember clubs? “Getaway” recaptures the adrenaline we took for granted before 2020, but it does have the residual attitude of quarantine. 

How do you hope to connect with your audience through your music?

I want my audience to relate to my music and to get perspective out of any situation they find themselves. If that means dancing like a maniac through your house when nobody’s home, so be it.

Share some advice for other artists trying to be heard in pop music.

Never be quiet. Your music it your voice and you need to keep using it. Make people pay attention. Make people listen to your voice.

What is next for Joseph Trem?

Many more singles. I promise there will be an album someday because in my opinion albums are the most authentic form of music. But expect different sounds, and expect to have your mind blown.

Keep up with more from Joseph Trem:

Website: https://www.josephtrem.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/josephtrem7/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/josephtrem22

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Gigi Vega Asks “Watchu Tryna Do?”

With the speed of how something can go viral, an artist needs to be ready for sudden unforeseen success. Building up a solid foundation for when the views and followers start to come quickly is very important. It seems like our new find GiGi Vega was ready and keeps building with her most recent single and video for “Watchu Tryna Do?”

This emerging artist has built an array of talents. GiGi Vega is a songwriter, singer, and dancer. This has helped her gather a lot of attention since her debut single “Mistletoe Kiss” in December of 2020. The song quickly went viral on TikTok with over 10 million views to date. GiGi has grabbed onto this sudden fame and is providing fans with a stream of great content to keep them coming back. With inspiration from pop star legends such as Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Paula Abdul, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, and Britney Spears, the rising star has a blueprint for major success.

On May 9th, GiGi Vega released an amazing lyric and dance music video for her single “Watchu Tryna Do?” It shows off her multi-talents in a way that you just can’t look away from. She was able to work with choreographer Roland Tabor to pair the perfect moves with her song. As the neon lights flash behind her, GiGi Vega’s sultry voice puts some heat in your heart as she is ‘only at the crib for you.’ 


Be sure to keep an eye on what GiGi Vega has in store next on her INSTAGRAM.

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Dom Colizzi Faces His ‘Demons’

From Maine to Nashville via LA, Dom Colizzi has carefully cultivated his wandering “coast to coast” sound but has reached the point in his journey where he’s now confronting his ‘Demons’. Head on. 

A saccharine R&B/pop music mash-up that belongs on a global stage, ‘Demons’ sees singer/songwriter/composer/producer Colizzi at his candid best, unafraid to bare his emotion and exorcise a past that continues to haunt him. To shine a light on the shadows that loom over him, that evidently still weigh heavily.

Smooth Sound of ‘Demons’ by Dom Colizzi

Whilst ‘Demons’ is very tangibly a break-up track, the regret simmers beneath the surface and never really boils over. There’s a steady pace to the song, the tempo unchanging as the vocals cascade over the minimal beat – it sounds like Colizzi’s purposefully made a trap song and filtered through a hazy chillwave template. It mirrors the series of lingering memories and moments that don’t necessarily hit Colizzi in waves, rather a constant stream of if’s and but’s and what-could-have-been’s. A situation we can all relate to in one way or another. Like replaying certain scenes as though you’re watching a movie and wishing you’d responded in a more poignant or dramatic way.

There are shades of both Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake in Colizzi’s vocal timbre when he ratchets up the emotion, and it sounds as though the latter has proved to be a major influence on the Nashville-based pop purveyor. If anything however, Colizzi demonstrates more soulful range than the former N-Sync superstar, with an anguished authenticity to his voice that couldn’t be further away from Timberlake’s Mickey Mouse Club backstory. 

Colizzi’s story is in fact quite remarkable, and has shaped the socially conscious approach to his artistry. As a teenager he battled severe depression and a speech-impediment, falling victim to bullying for which he continues to raise awareness for. It wasn’t until he reached 19 that his life began to change drastically – doctors cut the cord under his tongue, curing the lisp and stutter he’d lived with until then. Soon after he relocated to LA where he completely re-learned how to speak, and even sing. He aims to use his story to encourage people with similar conditions – his troubled experience of high school provided the inspiration for indie-short film, Somebody’s Hero, with Colizzi himself scoring the project. 

This is a through-line of his work with Colizzi writing and producing all of his own music, which is incredibly common with contemporary artists seeking more autonomy over their own artistry, and having the materials to do so. But it’s hard to shake off the feeling that the track’s production is a bit lightweight, and doesn’t quite match the emotional depth of his lyrical content and history. It would be interesting to hear the outcome of him working with major industry producers, and it might not be long before that becomes an actuality.

“Where did all these demons come from?” Colizzi laments in the track’s chorus. His past, that’s for certain. His future, however, is looking far more hopeful as he continues to write the next chapter in his colorful story.

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STEEN is Running Through ‘Red Lights’

Southern California has always been a hotbed of fresh musical talent. It seems that experimentation is in the air there while bands try new things and offer their own style that takes the SoCal feeling to the masses. The latest up-and-coming band to start making some noise is our recent find STEEN.

The musical duo is based in Orange County, California. STEEN is actually made up of brothers Elijah and Isaiah Steen. Together they bring in an assortment of influences to craft their own version of the SoCal sound with their debut single “Red Lights.”

The smooth warm vibe can be felt right from the start. The smooth vocals ease along but there is real emotion in the lyrics. STEEN says about the song  “Once you cut through the feel-good acoustics of the record, ‘Red Lights’ is heavy and encompassed in pain. It’s a play on humanities fatal flaws, mental health, and addiction.” They truly show that there is more to the music than just great sound. 

Justin Raisen who worked with such stars as David Bowie and Lizzo was brought in for production on “Red Lights.” The mellow mix of beats and swirling sounds blends perfectly to lay a full cascade of music to surround the listener. This track is ready to hit the mainstream and set STEEN up for real success.

Keep up with more from STEEN on their socials:

https://instagram.com/violentxnds/

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IBG Interview – 8 Questions With… Dez Money

We all take different journeys to creating our own music. Some of us have early life experiences that almost pre-determine our trajectory into the world of music. Our friend Dez Money is one such person. We are seeing the results now with new songs and excellent videos to accompany them.

We caught up with the talented singer-songwriter for an interview to get deeper behind the scenes. Enjoy:

First off, what is it that draws you to create music?

Dez – I was surrounded by music growing up. My whole family has always been very musically inclined. The feeling I get when making music is like nothing else. I love it. It’s the best feeling in the world. It’s rewarding to be able to make songs that I want to hear. It all starts with an idea in my head then one thing leads to another and it turns into this magical experience where each idea builds onto each other and connects like a sonic puzzle. 

How would you describe the Dez Money sound?

Dez – I think my sound ranges from all the different influences. I try not to box myself into a certain sound or genre, so it keeps things interesting and always gives me a challenge to try something new. My goal is to expand my horizons while staying true to myself. One thing that stays consistent is the honesty and vulnerability in my music. I put my all into it.

Which artists (besides your dad) have had the biggest influence on you?

Dez – There are a lot of artists from different genres that have influenced me. Growing up, my family was always listening to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Michael Jackson, The Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder, and Prince. I also listened to a bunch of 90s and 2000s music growing up like Nirvana, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Outkast, Nujabes, Kanye West, and Smashing Pumpkins

What was it like growing up on the road touring with your dad Eddie Money?

Dez – Growing up on the road with the family was an amazing experience. That’s why I love music so much. It’s been my life ever since I can remember. I grew up sleeping on the tour bus and waking up in a different city every day. I always wanted to give people a special experience through music like my dad did throughout the years. 

Get ‘Lost’ With Dez Money

Give us some background behind your new single “Lost”.

Dez – Lost” was made at the beginning of quarantine. I felt at the time everyone was kind of stranded on our own desert islands. I wrote it around a theme which I came up with when writing the synth sequence that goes on throughout. My goal was to put the listener on their own desert island when listening to the song and get lost within the music. I wanted it to feel like a cinematic experience and tell a story of someone who is searching for a connection in an isolated world. 

The accompanying video has some great visuals. How did that come together?

Dez – The music video came together one day when I was with some friends and my sister Jesse. It was an arbitrary decision to just get the cameras and go shoot some footage. We had the locations in mind and spent a couple days filming in the different locations. I wanted to get lost when making the video and go somewhere I hadn’t gone before. The way everything came together was pretty cool and I’m really happy with how it turned out. The cotton candy skies behind the silhouette were just something that we got in the spur of the moment. I told my friend to pull the car over and we just filmed that on the side of the road in Malibu. That style of run and gun filming makes for some moments that you can’t really plan out but when it all comes together it’s like magic. I did the editing as well and aimed to give it a certain aesthetic as if you found an old VHS tape. I love that 90s/2000s vibe and wanted to get sort of nostalgic with the imagery. 

What do you hope the listener takes away from your music?

Dez – I hope I can help others with my music. However, it can help I think that’s the most important thing about music is connecting with others and creating art that makes people feel something. Music is such a powerful thing I’m just happy to be able to make it for a living. I hope when people hear my songs, they understand how much I love music. It takes me to another place in my mind and making a new song is like creating a new world. Music is freedom to me. 

Give us a look at the future for Dez Money, what songs are coming next?

Dez – I have another song and music video coming out on May 28th. The song is called “Trippin’”. For this music video I wanted to have a Beatles “Yellow Submarine” vibe. It was a great experience making the music video. The song takes you on a journey as it builds onto itself and I think it’s one of my favorites. Learning how to make my own music videos is something I’m having a lot of fun with. When you listen to my songs and watch my music videos, I want you to know who I am. That’s why I like to do it all myself so you can understand who I am as an artist. 

Keep up with more from Dez Money on his WEBSITE

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I M U R Is An Official Member Of The “Sad Girls Club”

Vancouver based genre-bending music trio I M U R recently released their single “Sad Girls Club.” Their genre is hard to describe, which is absolutely a good thing. The song has moody lyrics and trippy breakdowns wrapped up in catchy dreamy beat that keeps you hooked. The group is described as a mix of pop, electro-pop and R&B with their own twist. Their third album My Molecules is coming out June 25th. I think it’ll be the perfect anthem for the summer, especially with adjusting to the changes we’ve gone through with COVID-19. The accompanying music video is aesthetically pleasing filled with red neon lights, skate parks, arcades, and the lead singer ironing her own head all presented in a dream-like state.

I M U R’s singer and songwriter, Jenny Lea, describes the single, saying, “Sad Girls Club is about the trickery our subconscious mind plays on us when we’re feeling low. It’s about Self-deprecation, unworthiness, and being burdensome.” Producer and multi-instrumentalist Amine Bouzaher adds, “Ironically, a lot of negative thoughts combined to create an epic, dark banger, and we were able to pour all of those feelings into the production of the track. It’s always amazing to see what incredible art and positivity can come from channeling negative thoughts and feelings.” Producer/guitarist Mikey J Blige encapsulates the overall vibe and says, “It’s ok at any age to feel like an emo kid that loves pop music AND trap music.”

Watch the official music video for “Sad Girls Club”

“Sad Girls Club” was inspired by the first month of quarantine. Like many of us, Jenny found it difficult to distract herself with everyday life and her inner demons began to surface. She said “Sad Girls Club was my break-through from the block, but also by expressing my fears in a tangible way, it helped to pull me out of the mud.” Many creatives found it difficult to be inspired during COVID, and you can really get a feel for her frustration in the song.

Just by listening to the first few seconds of the song, I was instantly hooked. It’s a song I could see myself listening to after I finally get to have a night out with my friends (hopefully) this summer. It’s fun definitely has an emotional undertone, it fits well between the fun of going out to the club and the low you get once you’re home all alone. The music video was one of the best I’ve seen recently. The visuals were all so different but flowed well together. I’m going to have this song on repeat for awhile, and I can’t wait for the rest of the album to drop.

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