Tori Boltwood – Fame

Tori Boltwood - Fame

 Tori Boltwood - Fame

Tori Boltwood – Fame

ARTIST NAME: Tori Boltwood

 

SONG TITLE: Fame

 

RELEASE DATE: April 23rd, 2021

 

GENRE: Indie Pop /Pop /Soft Rock

 

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Tori Boltwood is a 25-year-old, Texas-based, independent pop artist who loves writing and making music. Tori is musically trained in voice, with a past in theatre and classical music study.
Tori is considered to be a mezzo-soprano, but never one to be restrained by traditional limitations, she has also performed parts and roles that have been considered untraditional for her voice type. With a love for storytelling in her musical pieces, she writes with compelling originality and soulful melodies. Tori is clearly a different, emerging pop artist with a nod to old-school influences.
Her music is made possible through the love and support of her family. She is proudly the twin sister of an amazing brother (Nick) who gives her inspiration every day with his immense love of life and courage.
When someone asks her why she has the motivation to pursue a music career she says that if her brother can endure through the struggles of having three open-heart surgeries and still look at life with such a positive outlook, then there simply is nothing that can keep her from her dreams.

 

 

LYRICS:

 

Tell me just to worry about myself
Just stay focused
Not to give out help
Please don’t build up others
That one day could hurt you
Have to close out the entire world
You know

 

Rather be drunk on a vision
You made up your mind for division
Choose transparency over blindness
There’s no weakness in this kindness

 

If we can’t build up others around us
Then who are we to deserve this fame?
This fame becomes a chain
A chain reaction
Bang bang bang
One day we will find you’ve gone insane
Blaming the fame
The fame
Can’t we all be winners?
Fame fame fame fame fame
Fame fame fame fame fame fame

 

O+ in doses so strong
But even in my giving
Sometimes I am wrong
But 15 billion people know what’s going on
They keep, they keep singing
Every single word, a false song

 

You greedy, little hustler
Do you hunger like no other?
Then what you crave is violence.
Please, fill up your plate with kindness

 

If we can’t build up others around us
Then who are we to deserve this fame?
This fame becomes a chain
A chain reaction
Bang bang bang
One day we will find you’ve gone insane
Blaming the fame
The fame
Can’t we all be winners?

 

We wear our Gucci like feathers
Buy designer to feel better
Don’t you care that your heart is leather
As long as it’s branded with a name they all know
Crack your chest open and let it all show

 

If we can’t build up others around us
Then who are we to deserve this fame?
This fame becomes a chain
A chain reaction
Bang bang bang
One day we will find you’ve gone insane
Blaming the fame
Or will you suffocate?
Can’t we all be winners?
If we can’t build up others around us
Then who are we to deserve this fame?
Fame becomes a chain
The fame becomes a chain
Can you bear the weight?
A chain reaction
Bang bang bang
One day we will find you’ve gone insane
Blaming the fame
The fame
Can’t we all be winners?

 

Fame fame fame fame fame fame
Fame fame fame fame fame fame
Cannot worry just about myself
I’ll stay focused, but I’ll always give out help
Please build up others
That one day could save you
You’d have to be kind to the entire world.
You know

 

 

Discuss your recording experience with your producer.
My producer is Mason Shirley and I have recorded all five of my current releases with him at Sound Machine Studios, which he runs in South Texas.
Mason is a down-to-earth person that really brings not only top-notch professionalism to any project but he is also super organized and efficient with his work. He makes the entire process whether it is recording a single or a group of projects… He also has worked to establish connections with great instrumental artists that will make adding live instruments to your songs super stress-free. Any time he has recommended someone to help bring to life a song, I have been not only happy with the outcome but actually impressed with the quality we receive. Will Hickl recommended Mason to me from Novum Records who my father met on a layover back to Texas. Sometimes it’s just the right place at the right time. I’m very thankful for every single person who has helped me along the way as I chase my dreams.

 

Discuss what comes first and last while creating a song.
What comes first is a general idea and “heart” of the song. Which is basically me brainstorming and bouncing around ideas. Sometimes I just freeform write or just sing the idea a billion different ways and just shape the concept very randomly until I have a concept I am excited to bring to the songwriting table.
Lastly, if we are talking about the actual creation of a finished song to be released… the mastering step to make sure the song sounds as polished as it possibly can.
If we are just talking about the last step in writing the song then the last step is me fighting the urge not to rewrite or question my choices 24/7.

 

Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist.
There are a few words of advice that I heard in the past that have helped me as a new artist that I would like to share with other new artists.
Never waste your energy and time trying to become what you think the industry wants you to be in order to obtain success, especially when it comes to your sound. To be true to your original, individual self is not only success but also happiness is acquired. Also, always be a part of the community and help build a better industry. Be kind and supportive to other creatives. Not only does it make the world of music a better place, but also it will open up doors…

 

Discuss your worst experience in the music business.
I don’t have a worst single experience that comes to mind since I am relatively new to the Indie music scene. Yet in the past two years, I have experienced how people want to take advantage of artists and underpay us, such as people wanting me to pay to perform or people trying to virtually scam me with fake jobs. I have also received inappropriate treatment where people in the industry try to blur the lines of professionalism. You should never treat artists like they owe you anything personally because you listen to their art.

 

Tell us how you make instrumentation for your song.
My strengths with songwriting are with the lyrics and general vocal sound. Instrumental wise I work with my co-writer Jameson to help mold and find the general groove for the track. Then my producer Mason helps build it from there and then suggests live instruments we should add to the track etc.…

 

Tell us how you feel when you sing and your fans sing along to your song.
I have yet to experience people singing my songs along with me in a live performance setting. But I know it will be a very emotional day for me when that happens. Lots of tears and lots of gratitude…
When people send me videos of them singing my music or making covers of my music I start to cry. So if I ever have the pleasure to have people sing along with me to my songs I’m pretty sure I’ll just sob my eyes out.

 

Tell us the goals you aim to achieve when creating a song.
The general goal I aim for is to make music that expresses an important message or is lyrically very interesting. As a listener, I love when songs have lyrics that are crafted with layers and imagery. It fills me with such happiness to hear lyrics that are just complex and interesting so I try to reflect that in my own writing.

 

Tell us your approach to writing.
My approach to writing changes every single time I write. Just like I am constantly changing as an artist, the way I write evolves as well. One approach that I fall back on when I’m struggling to write is free-form writing. Before I ever constructed words into songs I was someone who wrote poems and stories all the time. There is something so freeing about how poems just open up a part of writing that is limitless for me. So I just allow myself to write whatever my heart desires. I just write line after line allowing the words to form what story they wish to bring to life. I then use my favorite lines and add to them. This is how some of my most lyrically interesting songs have been brought into existence. Sometimes the best approach is just to let the writing tell you what it wants to say instead of trying to control it.

 

Tell us how you plan to develop a unique music style.
In my opinion, you can’t really plan to be original or unique. It’s just something you must give yourself permission to be. We already have all the materials we need to be unique since we are all born as originals. We just have to choose to not allow the pressures of society to bury it. Every day I wake up and strive to love and accept myself.
By trying my best every day to take care of my mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health I feel I have built a foundation that just frees me to be the unique person I was born as. This act of care and respect allows my music to reflect who I am and in turn be “unique”.

 

Tell us how you record your song.
I recorded ‘Fame’ at Sound Machine Studio in South Texas with my producer Mason Shirley. Depending on the song I usually take between 2-3 hours to record vocals. We tend to take a day for the main vocal tracks. For ‘Fame’ we recorded its following release ‘Drown’ on the same studio day. Then we schedule another day for back vocals and any add-on elements or corrections we need to make. There’s also collectively a few hours scheduled for instrumental recording per song as well when we book projects. For ‘Fame’ the two main instrumental highlights were drums and horns that we recorded live for ‘Fame.’

 

Tell us if you are collaborating with other songwriters or you write alone.
Since late 2019 I have had the honor to co-write my music with my friend and fellow indie artist Jameson Tabor. He has been my partner in writing for all five of my releases as well as the other projects that are in the works. His original music is super fun and brilliant and you guys should definitely check out his jams.
I plan on collaborating with a lot more artists in the future and look forward to that day where I can list off a bunch of cool people. Truthfully collaborating with other songwriters and artists is such an exciting concept to me and is one of the reasons I love the path of music.

 

Discuss your experience with fans.
My experience with “fans” has been mostly virtual since my independent music career started in 2020. But it hasn’t made it less special to me in any way. I am lucky to have found not only a lot of amazing friends around the world through my music but also have gained a wonderful community of other indie artists through social media. I feel very blessed to be able to connect with others and be able to share the stories my music tells with an amazing group of people. I have felt especially lucky that they have enjoyed how different every song release has been. I just feel like I have through social media found a very open-minded audience that accepts and supports not only my music but also me as a person. I can’t wait until the day comes that I can interact with my music friends in person:).

 

Elaborate on the song.
Fame – a rebellion against the harmful elements of the music industry. A declaration that we should refuse to race against each other as artists… That we must work together to build a better future for music, not only for the present but also for the voices and talents that will come after us. A song about how we must not allow the harmful tendencies of the industry to tempt us into a path of destruction … that we must stand tall and help rise up those around us. That to earn good we must do good to others.

 

Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.
My real name or “full” name is Victoria Boltwood and I went by that name when I studied voice, musical theater and performed as a jazz band singer. But when I made up my mind to do indie pop music I wanted to choose to use my nickname “Tori” as my first name because it felt more friendly and grounded to me.
The title ‘Fame’ simply came from the fact that was the topic I was elaborating on in this song. I have difficulty choosing titles so I usually like to keep it simple out of the worry that I will make it something complicated and off-topic.

 

 

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