How did that song come about? BE: Yeah, it came out a little over a year ago. Last year, one of my teachers asked if I would either write a song or have my brother write a song to choreograph a dance to. He told me he thought it would sound really good in my voice. He taught me the song and we sang it together along to his guitar and I loved it—it was stuck in me head for weeks.
We kind of just decided that that was the song we were going to use for the dance. BE: We put it on SoundCloud with a free download link next to it so my dance teacher could access it. We had no intentions for it, really.
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But basically overnight a ton of people started hearing it and sharing it. Hillydilly, a music discovery website, found it and posted it and it just got bigger and bigger. It was really surreal. I want to help you guys.
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I never thought a career as a musician was possible. I like writing about things that aren't real. The song is about not trusting anyone and then putting trust in yourself and realizing that you don't know what you are doing, either. Or realizing that things you do with a group of people that you think are cool in the moment are ultimately all on you. In the end, you might think, "That was stupid," and feel bad about what you did. I think it is cooler to be unpredictable rather than have everyone knowing what is coming next.
BE: I like Tyler the Creator a lot. Childish Gambino is also an incredible lyricist. TV: How do you balance high school with your career? Are you trying to keep some sort of normalcy to your life? But with everything happening with my music right now being homeschooled has been really great. Some of our videos, like the Rube Goldberg machine for 'This Too Shall Pass,' took six weeks of planning and building.
Generally, if you're having fun, people will have fun watching you. Unless you have wholly different ideas of recreation than the rest of the population. If people can get famous off of lo-fi home recordings, you bet your bass the same is true of videos. Empathy is an integral component of shareability. It can be shocking to address a significant issue, but the sense of humor is smiling in the face of diversity.
As we stated in the introduction, the Internet has made the musical realm much more democratic. While Green's jam was censored on the radio, it could be played in all its glory online. In that way, the song worked with people," Green says. While you're out there Fellini-ing it up, remember that a good video won't save a bad song.
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There has to be an underlying desire to be related to. Not just seen, heard — embraced.
Needing and wanting that love to be reciprocated. If you don't have that love, chances are you won't succeed. The Internet loves cats. If you've got 'em, flaunt 'em. Still, it's not like the band set out to cash in on kitties.
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Make The Video Its Own Entity Yes, the point of having a video is to promote your song, but that doesn't mean the vid should take backseat in the artistic realm. Try a Cover Song We know you have your own sound that's, like, 50 times better than any of the garbage out there, but no one's going to listen if they don't know who you are. Rehearse — A Lot "This may not be true for everyone, but we've found that most of our ideas, at minimum, take a week and often times months of rehearsal before we feel like we've got something good," says OK Go 's Tim Nordwind.