Kristi, founder and creator of The A&R Guru, is a recent graduate of Belmont University. She earned her BBA in Music Business and minor in Production. She is passionate about the music industry, and the up and coming artists all over the world. One of the most important things she wants her audience to know is that talent is everywhere, and as a music industry professional, she is determined to find it.
Introducing Nashville duo, Salemtown! During the 2020 Nashville quaratine, Patrick Cornell and Dan Harrison got together, wrote, and recorded a ton of songs.
During lockdown, Dan and Patrick did their best to be creative and with that, they ended up forming this duo.
Their EP, Pretty Wild, was released on January 18, 2021. Their debut single, “Pretty Wild” has been added to some popular Spotify playlists such as New Music Nashville, Fresh Finds Country, Next from Nashville, Wild Country and New Boots!
This duo is something special.
Get to know both Dan and Patrick better by checking out their interview below!
What got you started in music?
We’re both solo artists and have been doing our solo music since we were kids. But, in 2019 a mutual friend in management suggested we write together. The write went so well that we kept writing and recording music together as a duo through the 2020 Nashville COVID lockdown and here we are!
Who or what inspires you?
We’re inspired by rock n roll greats like The Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones and Van Halen and Country greats like Willie and Merle and newer artists like Eric Church and Sam Hunt.
What is your creative process like?
Typically Patrick writes the music and records all the instruments and makes a track. Then Dan listens to that and comes up with some vocal melodies. Once that’s solidified both of us write the lyrics. It’s a true 50/50 collaboration.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
We’re brand new, so anyone who’s interested haha. Maybe John Mayer, Post Malone or Justin Bieber. The Stones or the Eagles would be pretty killer, obviously. Can you get us their number haha?
If you’ve performed, what’s your favorite thing about performing?
We’ve only performed four times so far. Harmonizing our vocals is tough to beat. That seems to be what people like best too.
What’s one of your favorite things about the music industry? What’s one thing you would want to change?
There’s nothing good about the music industry! But, one of our favorite things about music is creating something from nothing. Like one day this song doesn’t exist, three hours later you can’t get it out of your head. That’s pretty special. If there was something we could change about the music industry it would probably be the objectification of women. Nothing wrong with singing about a girl you think is pretty, but they do do other things, like run companies, run countries, raise children and create amazing music.
We want to play as many shows as possible and release as much music as possible. We’re releasing six EP’s this year and already have all the songs we’re releasing in 2022 written.
New York artist, Jake Daniels, releases debut EP, “Obsessed”!
This is his largest body of work to date under CloudKid.
“Obsessed”, the alt-pop track, is the last chapter of the series involving two characters whose quest for love is an emotional rollercoaster.
His staple is emotive sounds, and compelling, narrative-based storytelling.
This is only just the beginning for artists that are able to connect with not only themselves and their surroundings, but for their listeners to actually connect and relate.
Although it’s not rare nowadays to relate to a song or album, it just means so much more especially in this ever-changing industry.
“Obsessed” follows the storyline of a relationship between two, dare I say, toxic individuals. The main character finds himself infatuated with the other person, and gets addicted to their fling, undefined-style relationship quickly, but finds himself wanting more with every subsequent visit and interaction. The other party doesn’t want to commit to anything serious, and it becomes an issue over time between them, where the initial person starts to become so attached, it starts bordering obsession. It’s meant to deep dive and mirror the fling-style relationship trend that is happening now in our generation. Although not everyone goes through it this way, it’s becoming more common to just date who you want when you want, no commitment involved. I don’t necessarily agree or disagree with it, but wanted to bring light to what that could feel like between the two people involved, from my perspective.
Jake was born and raised in a small city in upstate New York. His musical journey began early in life surrounded by his gifted parents and siblings.
Only releasing music since 2019, Jake has made a huge impact on the pop and alternative charts.
“Two Face”, his most viral track, is what pushed his career to what it is today.
Youtube’s animation and Gacha community welcomed this track with open arms gaining listeners attention all over the world in a matter of months.
Jake Daniels, keep bringing that dark alt-pop our way.