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Zen Garden – Rumours

 

Zen Garden - Rumours
Zen Garden – Rumours

 

ARTIST NAME: Zen Garden

 

SONG TITLE: Rumours

 

ALBUM TITLE: Rolling

 

RELEASE DATE: 13th February 2020

 

GENRE: Alternative Funk Rock

 

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a song from the start to the end.

For us writing a song is a very organic process. Christiaan will work on a couple of riffs in his free time.

 

Inus would write a couple of cool lyrics at his own pace. The magic then happens at a weekend away after a couple of beers and some fruit from the tree of knowledge.

 

Jannie and Dolph would then just fall in and the result is always like this unspoken synergy just between everything.

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Elaborate on the gain and loss of being a musician/artist.

Well everyone must start somewhere. It’s the sacrifice that gets you. You can’t always go away with family and friends because we have a gig…

 

You might have your own job that suffers every now and again but going on stage and realizing the painful things that made you write those songs and people getting off on that – that makes it truly worth it.

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Tell us how you connect people with your music.

We’re just normal guys. We write and play about things that happened in our lives – stuff that everyone goes through at any given time. People just find that stuff relatable. There’s no pretense from our side. All of it is true.

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Mention your greatest song up to date.

That is a tough one. Especially because all our songs tend to be drawn from a totally different idea, vibe or genre. Because of that, it would probably be Pagan – which is the first song we wrote together back in 2017.

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Tell us what you hate most about the music business.

The music industry has awesome people – but every now and again you will find someone that just wants to slit your throat for no reason whatsoever.

 

 

Also, some people’s communicating is terrible. Waiting for two weeks to confirm a gig will frustrate anyone.

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Discuss how you monitor your digital distribution and streaming.

We use CD baby which can draw the state from all your platforms.

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State the obstacles that a new artist can face as a starter.

Getting your priorities straight. You need to know what your goal is as an artist and where you want to go.

 

You can’t get gigs without decent social media. You can’t get radio play with low budget recordings. Decide where you see yourself and align your business to make those goals real things.

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Tell us how you will tutor a new artist in the music business.

Teach the person how to do a proper admin. Somewhere in the world; someone has a taste for your music. Make sure to work hard and get your administration in order if you want to pull those big gigs.

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Explain how you record songs.

We go to our level 12 wizard – JP in the East Rand. He’ll tighten up those drums to have everything in time.

 

We like to do double-takes and double pickups on everything for a nice, fat sound. And then JP does his thing.

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Discuss digital and analog recording.

We are way too young to even know what analog recordings are.

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Tell us your opinion on adding effects to vocals.

When it works it works… Understand your market and what it wants. If your music is loved by those around you – fuck the haters.

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Tell us how you eradicate noise in your recording.

JP’s studio does all of that. He’s got a lot of noise-canceling equipment and soundproofing, so you’d have to ask him.

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Describe the theme of your lyrics.

Well, ‘Rolling’ is about relationship troubles. Everyone has perhaps been cheated on or lost someone close to you that meant the world.

 

What we try to do through “Rolling” is to show our fans that it’s okay to be broken and sad sometimes – but you need to get through and move on even if it’s the hardest thing you ever had to do.

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Tell us if you consider singing about politics or injustice rather than love stories.

Love stories mostly. We are just not into politics that much. The world has become so weird around things like that, so we just prefer to keep those things on the periphery.

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Discuss the registration of your songs with your Performing Rights Organization.

South Africa’s registration body is a lot of admin. We just registered everything with BMI – it’s wide-reaching and easy to use.

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Discuss how you distribute your music.

It’s very simple – we pay CD Baby to do it and then we sit back, relax and watch the magic happen.

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Discuss how you cope with the crowd on the stage.

If you play your heart out and the crowd feeds off that they will control or rather lose control all by themselves.

 

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