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Anthony Mustaca – Focus

 

ARTIST NAME: Anthony Mustaca

 

SONG TITLE: Focus

 

RELEASE DATE: 03-30-2020

 

GENRE: POP/TRAP

 

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Discuss your composition and melody. 

The music itself is quite upbeat but in contrast with the lyrics, it plays into the idea of hiding your pain and being in a conflicting headspace.

 

The beat reinforces that sentiment with tempo changes and octaves. The song starts off at 120 BPM in the chorus and moves up to 130 BPM in the verse. I was worried at first that it might not be the best move to go back and forth between tempos, but as the song came together, I realized it was crucial.

 

Another thing that really makes this song for me is the syncopated melody that introduces it. It carries into the verse at an octave lower and helps to make a familiar yet fresh transition and keeps the energy of the song going. It also plays well with the more linear piano chords that come after and I really love that.

 

In terms of melody, it was important for me to add something fresh and introduce new melodic ideas into each part of the song. It was about tapping into the energy that different parts of the track provided and most importantly letting that energy take me to wherever felt right.

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State the name of your producer and elaborate on the song.

Firstly, I’d like to say I’m happy with how this song came together. It took a lot of time and hard work but I’m glad to finally be able to share it with the world.

 

The process of producing, writing, recording, and mixing was done by me alone in my home studio. I’m not saying that to brag in any way, in fact, there’s a lot I can do to improve as an artist but I am saying it so I can really emphasize the amount of work that went into this project.

 

I’m excited to push myself even farther and in addition make more time to collaborate with other artists and producers on future projects.

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Discuss the lyrics of the song.

If I had to sum it up it would have to be about being in a conflicting headspace.

 

It’s about hiding your pain, and not dealing with it in the right ways. One part of this person is convinced they can brush it off with distractions, but another part of this person knows it is inevitable that it will have to be dealt with or they will be consumed by it.

 

The writing in this song takes this individual to the brinks. One example of an eerie self-realization in this song comes just before the conclusion with these lines.

 

“Solutions one sip at a time.

Illusions placed in front of my eyes.

I’m using just to make me feel nice.

I’m losing myself and that is the price.”

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Elaborate on your music career. 

Some of my earliest memories include me, my dad, and a guitar.

 

When I was very young, he taught me a couple of chords, and ever since then it’s been an incredible journey.

 

I started playing live in local bars from age 13 to 15. It was mainly classic rock covers with a few original songs slipped in. Those years gave me the confidence and stage presence to convince my family to hit the road, and in late 2013 we travelled to New Braunfels near Austin, Texas.  I played a sting of live shows every night for around 6 months for crowds of hundreds. It was a fantastic time and I look back on it very fondly.

 

Eventually, we had to come back to Arizona and I decided to focus on homing in on my craft and taking a break from live shows.

 

In more recent times I’ve decided to branch out into producing and try some new types of music that aren’t necessarily in my comfort zone, but to me that’s what it’s all about, taking some risks, trying new things and discovering more about myself along the way. I can’t wait to see where this new venture takes me.

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Brief us on how you are reaching fans with your music. 

In the past I didn’t utilize social media as much as I should have, however over the past few months I’ve had a much more active social media presence by engaging with my small but dedicated fan base as well as running ads and using word of mouth to gain new fans. It’s as easy as it’s ever been to get your music heard, but it still requires patience and consistent content.

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Discuss your motive behind making music. 

I’ve always loved music and have always found the drive to create from a very young age, but it was in 2018 that I began this journey into experimenting with new genres following the death of my 20-year-old cousin (who was more like a brother) when I was 19. He was always up to date on the newest music in multiple genres, but one of his favourites was hip-hop and trap. He was always trying to show me all the new and upcoming artists. At the time, I didn’t really appreciate a lot of music that was coming out. After he passed, I started to learn more about the music I had previously turned a blind eye to. I guess branching out of my comfort zone is my way of honouring him. The death of anyone you really loved is extremely difficult, but for me, one of the weirdest things is he was always older than me until recently. It never really crossed my mind that someday I’d be older than him.

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Discuss your songwriting.

I know songwriting comes easier to some people but my songwriting has been plagued with internal struggles. It’s not always easy to pour yourself out to the world. It can be terrifying but on the other hand, extremely liberating.

 

It really depends on the song for me. I’ve had songs that seem to “write themselves” but I also have a lot of unfinished music even dating back to 2012.

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Elaborate on your work and achievement so far in your music career.

I see this point in my life as the beginning of something completely new.

 

I’ve spent a ton of time over the past few years teaching myself how to use Logic, produce beats, how to record properly and mix music as well. I’ve always been self- taught just finding resources wherever I could find them…

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Tell us your opinion on using rhymes dictionary or writing software to develop lyrics. 

We live in a world with unlimited recourses all in the palms of our hands, I think at the end of the day how you apply those resources becomes more important than how you got them. All music has influence.

 

For me personally I think that writing from your own head creates a more organic feel to a song. Who am I to say something that works for someone else is wrong?

 

Writing software is somewhat of a touchy subject though as I feel like if its a computer generated song it might be up in the air as to who owns the rights, but then again it’s also at the end of the day up to the person who is using these softwares to decide what lines to keep and how to work them into the structure of a song. I think if it’s done right it might have its place.

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Discuss the music industry. 

One positive is it’s more possible than ever before to get your music heard without major label support.

 

It’s still hard to make listeners into fans, but if you get it in front of the right people you can make great progress! A person who’s done that wonderfully recently is Arizona Zervas! Also, a lot of people are making music in home studios now, It’s something that was never really taken seriously for a while, and now we have entire albums that win Grammies that where recorded in bedrooms. It’s cool!

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Elaborate on how you prepare yourself for a recording session. 

I put on my headphones, get in my vocal booth made with PVC pipe and sound blankets, and record until I get the take. Sometimes it takes a long time, and other times I get it on the first one but still do 20 more!

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Brief us on your preference in terms of tempo as in up-tempo, mid-tempo or slow tempo. 

That’s all at the moment, depends on my mood. Music has incredible power to make you feel any type of way, sometimes you listen to music to get into a mood, and other times you listen to music that fits your mood.

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Discuss your shows or live performance. 

It’s absolutely exhilarating! I’ve played a lot of shows in my teens. I took a break when I was 16 and I’ve played a few small shows since then. I’ve never played a show with my current more pop/trap releases. I was going to do a vlog leading up to my first live show in years. I was rehearsing in December and planned on having my first live show by the spring. Then everything in the world got canceled! I’d really love to play live again when they start opening things… It’s still a plan I have.

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Send a message across to your fans and supporters. 

I don’t have many fans, but the ones I do have are very loyal and supportive and some of you have even followed me into my genre change. I do music for anyone who wants to listen. If you find solace in anything, I’ve created I’m just happy I could be that person for you.

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Discuss the storyline of the song. 

The song starts off with this person trying to let go and have a good time. It becomes more apparent that they’re running from something. This person is using things to escape from facing their pain. It ends with a realization, a moment of awakening.

 

They have come to terms with the fact that they’re running from their problems, but it’s left open-ended as to if they do anything about it. The song isn’t really about what they do with the realization it’s about the journey to the realization itself, but I’d like to think it’s a step in the right direction.

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Tell us what makes this song unique from others.

This song was made in my bedroom studio alone. I didn’t have any ideas coming to me from my producer, or another songwriter to help me out. Sure, there are some outside influences as with all music but this song really does just have one name on it. (Excluding my mastering engineer) Who knows maybe a lot of people can say that but I’m still proud.

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Tell us the themes of most of your compositions.

I really do try to do new things with each song I release but I usually start most projects with a guitar in my hand or some type of cool synth on my keyboard. They all start with a mere second of inspiration; all the music I’ve released has started with a vision. It’s my job to capture that. If the vision doesn’t come naturally or I end up losing it, I consider it a lost song. Who knows I might find it again later and come back, but it has to feel right.

 

6 thoughts on “Anthony Mustaca – Focus”

  1. You’re doing so amazing Anthony! Demetry would be so incredibly proud of how much you have accomplished and how much more you’re going to do. Your songs are incredible and have awesome stories to them. Keep up the great work!

  2. It’s cool to hear an artist make music from a “conflicted headspace”. It’s difficult to come up with topics from that sort of subject. Awesome job Anthony!!

  3. Really impressive that you’re able to create something so meaningful to yourself and others in this way! The idea of tying the concept of hiding underneath your pain to the way you put upbeat music over more somber lyrics is something that I think a lot of people will hear and relate to deeply! Really great job, Anthony🖤

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