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Raymond Revel – Ourselves

 

Raymond Revel - Ourselves
Raymond Revel – Ourselves

 

ARTIST NAME: Raymond Revel

 

SONG TITLE: Ourselves

 

RELEASE DATE: March 8, 2020

 

GENRE: Singer-Songwriter/Indie Folk

 

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Raymond was born and raised in Burbank, California.

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Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.

I would say that my fans appreciate the rawness of my sound as an artist.

 

My tunes vary in style, but they all maintain a down-to-earth feel with a message. I really try adding my personality and my thoughts into everything that I write, so it’s cool to see that it is received on the listening end as well.

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Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favorite.

I don’t really think that I look at my songs and choose just one of them as my favorite.

 

My entire catalog means something to me, because each song had a distinct meaning at the time that I was writing it, and each of them have such different feels and a variety of messages!

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Tell us the names of producers you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

I do all my producing for myself at this current point in time. Just me in my home studio!

 

I love collaboration projects as well though, and a have several very close friends across the industry.

 

One huge proponent for my music has always been L.A. based producer Andrew Lane, who is like family to me and has helped me grow so much as a producer and songwriter.

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Tell us the names of the songwriters you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

None currently. Looking forward to more collaboration projects this upcoming year!

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Tell us your favorite TV show and state your reason.

I watch a variety of shows, but one of the only shows that I have seen from start to finish is ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ I would highly recommend. What an emotional rollercoaster!

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Tell us your best mood to create a song.

When a wave of creativity happens, it’s like EVERYTHING just starts to click. Like, when things are clicking, I’ve written multiple songs in under one hour before. I think other songwriters would agree with me on this, but it’s like the opposite of writer’s block, and things just click on all cylinders.

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Discuss the relevance of music.

To me, music is a means of spreading a positive message to as many people as you can. The world can be a crazy place, and sometimes it’s super hard to think through things, or even talk through things.

 

But music has a power that is hard to describe. It can really make people feel things and impact them. That is always my goal as an artist.

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Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.

The first time I recorded in a studio must have been in early high school.

 

I remember it being so weird hearing myself while I was recording.

 

You just kinda think, “wow, do I really sound like that?”. All in all, doing it at such a young age helped me get used to it…but I still sometimes must record with just one side of the headphones on because it feels more natural to not hear yourself!

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Tell us how you approach songwriting.

Just write on emotion, and don’t worry about the style.

 

If you look at my catalog, you’ll see so many different genres of music. Acoustic, Indie-Pop, Synthwave, Folk, etc.

 

But to me, if the emotion gets across then that’s what matters! Once you discover the message you want to get across, it all just starts falling into place.

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Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound.

I think that’s one of the best parts of music! Taking sounds and using them to formulate your message. No rules! If you just stick to the status quo, you won’t ever really stand out.

 

Blending genres and experimenting to spread a message is a tremendous part of the songwriting and producing process!

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

I would say that rejection is always tough, but it’s how you grow and get better.

 

The other thing to remember is that people are all attracted to different kinds of music, so you can’t always please everyone with your music.

 

As an independent, I face a lot of rejection because I don’t have a team to present my music to blogs/playlisters/media – if they reject me, they do it directly to me.

 

I can honestly say I’m thankful for the rejection I’ve gotten so far, because it’s just helped me gain thicker skin and grow even more confident in my abilities!

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Tell us how you record your vocals.

So, this is kind of cool, but my studio has LED lights strung to the top of it that I change the color of depending on what mood the song is that I am producing.

 

So, when I record vocals, the first thing I do is change the color of the lights and that helps me get in the mood. Once I do that, I just start recording.

 

As most artists/producers do, I just get multiple different takes of each part of the song, then go back and choose the ones I like. It’s a long process but worth it in the end.

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Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.

I use Logic for my recording currently. I love the user interface it has.

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Discuss the selling of CDs and the selling of digital files through digital stores.

Selling through digital stores is tough because there are so many artists out there.

 

You put out a song, and thousands of other people are probably releasing a song on the same day.

 

I always encourage my listeners to save and share the songs of mine that they enjoy, because once the digital stores have algorithm data on you, each release just has more and more potential!

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Elaborate on the song.

‘Ourselves’ is a song that encourages the listener to “start with the heart” if you will.

 

Sometimes I think that as people we expect more love then we are often able to give or be given, and so we need to start with ourselves first.

 

We need to understand that we are all so incredibly unique, and we need to nourish ourselves with love first so that we can then give even greater love to others.

 

I think that the idea of self-love is so important in 2020, and I hope my listeners feel so too.

 

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