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ESCAPE ARTIST

“Escape Artist is an intriguing, almost frightening listen that will make you think.”

- Paul POP!, First Coast News

“The video for “Instinct” as well as the tracks on Escape Artist are more creative and truly artistic than any video or song hitting the radio today, making it something worth listening to.”

- Lisa Pikaard

“Escape Artist is a layered, emotionally introspectional affair that sounds as if thirty people constructed it, when in fact it's just one guy and a lot of technology.”

- Paul POP!, First Coast News

“Musically, Escape Artist isn’t something many people have heard before, which is the basis for its appeal and the appeal for Only Now Existing overall.”

- Lisa Pikaard

“These guys should tour with Radiohead or Tool. Their musical styles would mesh perfectly with either of those two groups - even Manson could be listed as a good a pair. It's like pairing wine with food.”

- Michael Johnson, Hot Indie News

“[Escape Artist] moves from soothing to an intense and sometimes angry mood. It's a veritable emotional rollercoaster ride...”

- Siren Kimmie, Score Music Magazine

“...very full in verse and musical content - a difficult task to say the least. It has anger and it has angst. It's absolutely great in my eyes.”

- Michael Johnson, Hot Indie News

“[Only Now Existing] escapes everything conventional and expected when it comes to an album.”

- Lisa Pikaard

“Escape Artist is a predominantly electronically based album that sounds something like the artfulness of Tool mixed with the darker moments of Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode.”

- Paul POP!, First Coast News

“Intensity, artistic, and musically creative is the only way to describe Escape Artist.”

- Lisa Pikaard

“James Garrett, the brain child of this effort, certainly pours everything he has into his work and he delivers a gift of raw emotion.”

- Siren Kimmie, Score Music Magazine

“...tight guitar riffs, cool lyrics and all around good musical quality.”

- Michael Johnson, Hot Indie News

“Only Now Existing has done a good job of creating a dark, haunting environment that despite its bleak nature somehow strives to be positive...call it the best nightmare you've ever heard.”

- Paul POP!, First Coast News

“[Escape Artist] works extremely well and I find myself being drawn to the work more and more.”

- Michael Johnson, Hot Indie News

“O N E proves to be an artist, not only a musician with Escape Artist.”

- Lisa Pikaard

“The songs will continue to dwell in your presence long after you put this album back on the shelf.”

- Paul POP!, First Coast News

“The sound, I can only describe as Enigma meets Linkin Park, not necessarily because ONE sounds like either band, but because of the intense, original musical composition.”

- Lisa Pikaard

“I guess the real beauty about this group is that you could play them at the Rave or take some tracks to the gym on your MP3 or rock it out with your crowd slam dancing. It's a versatile CD with tracks for nearly every fan of Indie tunes. If you like bands like KMFDM, Radiohead or Tool then you will definitely find something to listen to from Only Now Existing.”

- Michael Johnson, Hot Indie News

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VOODOO DOLL

"In a time when there has been a significant line drawn between mindless pop culture and true artistry in the music world, O N E's "Voodoo Doll" shows up as a reminder that good music is still being made."

- Joseph Russo

"O N E incorporates samples, drum tracks and sound effects into songs that flow on driving rhythms, forceful guitars and harmonies."

- Laura Turner, Kweevak.com

"[Voodoo Doll] has to be cataloged as one of those to discover and enjoy from second by second."

- Markus Ganzherrlich, Rock Metal Bands Webzine

"Voodoo Doll is comprised of 11 songs, which dabbles in industrial lite, crunchy fierce geetars ala Deftones, as well as treading dark areas of the mind via Tool with melodic Linkin Park-ish Vocals. The songs are well constructed. This guy has a lot of talent no doubt about it. If you like the aforementioned bands pick it up."

- J. Rumbass, Ear Candy Magazine

"Voodoo Doll is something special; combining meaningful and powerful songwriting with driving beats, intelligent harmonies, and a crisp new sound."

- Micah Issitt, Rainmaker PR

"Cool debut.... Remarkably good"

- Jazzer B.

"The force of James Garrett's songwriting resides in the ineffability of the refrains and in the smooth pain-free fusion of cinemascopic tempo changes."

- Markus Ganzherrlich, Rock Metal Bands Webzine

"Voodoo Doll stays consistent enough to give Only Now Existing a truly unique and recognizable sound that stands out among many of the newer indie rock acts of the day, but is more than eclectic enough to give the album a sense of direction, purpose, and real experimentation."

- Kristen Brown, CD Reviews.com

"Only Now Existing is truly a groundbreaking band."

- Micah Issitt, Rainmaker PR

"Garrett's music is as emotional and inspiring as it is wonderful to hear and his potential seems unlimited. "

- Micah Issitt, Rainmaker PR

"James Garrett, the single member of Only Now Existing, has taken the D.I.Y. technique further than anyone I’ve seen thus far."

- Kristen Brown, CD Reviews.com

"[Voodoo Doll] is a journey through the consciousness of a society and human life. It questions our fears and examines the possibilities of influence. And, like all true art, it causes a sense of question in the artist towards himself, his own weaknesses, and the strength that comes from realization."

- Joseph Russo

"Many are the influences but the band remains one sui generis"

- Markus Ganzherrlich, Rock Metal Bands Webzine

"Tight, mean... inspiring."

- Jon Worley, Aidabet

"...complex and intricate songwriting ...interesting musical experimentation."

- Kristen Brown, CD Reviews.com

"The pounding bass and synthesized attack of Ministry and the melancholy twang of Radiohead pulsate throughout all eleven tracks."

- Joseph Russo

"[James Garrett]wears many hats as singer/songwriter/producer who also played all the instruments/programming on the debut album “Voodoo Doll” which is an amazing feat in itself. "

- J. Rumbass, Ear Candy Magazine

"Every song on Voodoo Doll is unique; mixing edgy electronic beats with guitars, bass, and meaningful, heart-wrenching lyrics."

- Micah Issitt, Rainmaker PR

"[James Garrett] knows how the pieces fit together."

- Jon Worley, Aidabet

"Voodoo Doll features a revolutionary blend of harmonies, electronic ambience, and powerful lyricism."

- Micah Issitt, Rainmaker PR

"[Voodoo Doll] is an album for open-minded individuals who love diverse sources of Modern music with a soul and not only a background while doing something else."

- Markus Ganzherrlich, Rock Metal Bands Webzine

"James Garrett has created something amazing with his sonic creation, Only Now Existing, the album is full of harmonies and heart felt meaning. With the release of Voodoo Doll, James has only just begun to tap into his infinite music potential."

- Adam Tibbot, Revenant Media

"[Voodoo Doll] is an album with meaning, something that is truly lacking in popular music today."

- Joseph Russo

"O N E's CD is unique, versatile and continues to grow on you with each listen. Voodoo Doll is captivating and foreshadows a promising future for James Garrett."

- Laura Turner, Kweevak.com

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ESCAPE ARTIST

"Notable Lyric: "One day I watched a tear dripping down my face. My fear and lonliness put me in this place." - "Instinct"

Factoid: Wow, this is only one dude doing all the work. That's pretty danged nifty!

This is a very interesting composition. There are times when (don't shoot me) the vocals remind me of Brit artists like Pet Shop Boys but having an industrial twist. The disc moves from soothing to an intense and sometimes angry mood. It's a veritable emotional rollercoaster ride that has left me with some sort of idea what it's like to be bi-polar. James Garrett, the brain child of this effort, certainly pours everything he has into his work and he delivers a gift of raw emotion."

-- Siren Kimmie - Score Music Magazine

"Only Now Existing is mostly indie rock with a strong synth pop influence to it which can be found in a vast majority of tracks. I'm not a big synth fan. The third song, "Instinct", was about to leave a funky taste in my mouth but left me enjoying it quite a bit with some very tight guitar riffs, cool lyrics and all around good musical quality.

These guys should tour with Radiohead or Tool. Their musical styles would mesh perfectly with either of those two groups - even Manson could be listed as a good a pair. It's like pairing wine with food. "Puppet" is politically driven and is rocking out to the end zone despite its synth sound in much of it. It has a crushing chorus you can stomp to.

I guess the real beauty about this group is that you could play them at the Rave or take some tracks to the gym on your MP3 or rock it out with your crowd slam dancing. It's a versatile CD with tracks for nearly every fan of Indie tunes. If you like bands like KMFDM, Radiohead or Tool then you will definitely find something to listen to from Only Now Existing.

Listening closely to the lyrics you can begin to understand just how political these guys are. It's masked and disguised under all that electronica synth sound, but it's there - you just need to listen to it and begin to understand the statement their attempting to get across. Especially with their song "Disciple" which takes you back to the Branch Dividians and David Koresh.

Stand out track on this album is, in my opinion, "Inside of You". It's very soulful. Monotone but yet manages to be very full in verse and musical content - a difficult task to say the least. It has anger and it has angst. It's absolutely great in my eyes.

I have to, of course, mention the title track. "Escape Artist" begins slow, almost ballad like with echo vocals laid on. It begins to pump up the music with the vocals remaining the same slow, paced words. Normally it would annoy me but it works extremely well and I find myself being drawn to the work more."

-- Michael Johnson - Hot Indie News

"James Garrett, better known as Only Now Existing, is a one man band seeking truth and seeking. Only Now Existing's second album, Escape Artist is a layered, emotional introspectional affair that sounds as if thirty people constructed it, when in fact it's just one guy and a lot of technology.

Escape Artist is predominantly electronically based album that sounds something like the artfulness of Tool mixed with the darker moments of Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode. It's moody and heady stuff to that sounds haunting and ethereal. Call it the best nightmare you've ever heard, the songs will continue to dwell in your presence long after you put this album back on the shelf.

"Give It All Away," for example swirls in a cloud of fog and lurks in the shadows, while "Conquest," is a dramatic song that uses strings and a repetitive bass line to bore itself into your brain.

Only Now Existing has done a good job of creating a dark, haunting environment that despite its bleak nature somehow strives to be positive. Escape Artist is an intriguing almost frightening listening that will make you think."

-- Paul POP! - First Coast News

"Only Now Existing’s newest album is entitled Escape Artist, and it is appropriate for so many reasons ranging from the tracks sounding like they belong in some action suspense thriller movie soundtrack, to the fact that the artist really escapes everything conventional and expected when it comes to an album. More than that, the album is really and truly artistic.

Escape Artist really reaches a level and maintains it throughout the entire course of the album. The sound is solid and the songs are defined, not like most music by the vocals, but by the usage of the actual instrumental music to help build tension in tracks. Musically, Escape Artist, isn’t something many people have heard before which is the basis for its appeal and the appeal for Only Now Existing overall.

The fourth track on the album really helps prove that music can build tension in a song just as easily as vocals on any given song. The guitar is a driving force in the track in the beginning and the vocals do not need to drive the tune. Midway through the song the vocals really take over making the song undeniably different from most songs written today.

Another track displaying the cool, calming, yet intense vocals of ONE is the fifth on the album. The song seems almost soothing but gets intense nearing the conclusion. The sound, I can only describe as Enigma (calming almost yoga music) meets Linkin Park, not necessarily because ONE sounds like either band, but because of the intense, original musical composition. The content and music is intense as a song begins with a 911 call. Intensity, art, and musically creative is the only way to describe Escape Artist.

To accompany the new album, ONE has recorded a new music video for “Instinct”. The video opens to a beautiful shot of the ocean. The beach seems calming yet disturbed. The effect is caused by the lighting which aides in the artistic appeal of the video. The music is calming yet the lyrics have very heavy content. The chorus brings about a flashing eerie lighting scheme which brings you right to the core of the song. The video for “Instinct” as well as Escape Artist as a whole, and on yet another level, ONE, is an artistic journey more so than an album of songs to blast from a car.

ONE proves to be an artist, not only a musician with Escape Artist. The video for “Instinct” as well as the tracks on Escape Artist are more creative and truly artistic than any video or song hitting the radio today making it something worth listening to."

-- Lisa Pikaard

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VOODOO DOLL

"More and more are trying to combine Electronica and traditional Rock instruments, often with the intent of exploring new territories. The danger and the challenge at the same time are to maintain an easy listening and a catchiness for every track in order to gift each of them with a special personality. In this case the bet has been won by this one-man project self-catapulted onto the scene all of a sudden and are most likely destined to stay in that for a long while.

The claustrophobic beats, cries, voices and rapidly growing noises of the title track make us understand it won't be a pleasant journey with a happy end, even if the light out of the tunnel appears every now and then. And this is confirmed by tracks such as "Blackout", Industrial Rock full of DJ effetcts on the trail of the most abrasive NIN, strengthened by Ministry's riffs and a Clutch/H-Blockxian marked Rock groove in the refrain bringing brightness to this nightly experience.

"Misled" plays alternating Tommy Lee and Muse, adding hypnotical vocals together with other whispered tenebrous ones. Thrills are gonna run up and down your spine like the first time you had your first sexual experience, devirginizing new areas of your brain cortex.

A song like "Reflection" reminds the rainiest Anathema and Pink Floyd, mixing them with electronic beats and lots of wha-wha, but there are also episodes with hardly any Rock elements: "Scapegoat" for example, a romantic, deviated, almost completely Chill-out/Lounge music song with only few sampled guitars making tempo circles in the finale.

A bit a là Radiohead, "KIll You off", later blows up in slow Emocore/Nu Metal paroxystical bursts.

The force of James Garrett's songwriting resides in the ineffability of the refrains and in the smooth pain-free fusion of cinemascopic tempo changes; actually this music is suitable for several movies, but I would see it particularly well in a flick like Darren Aronofsky's "Pi", especially if you take as a reference a song like the magic and mesmerizing "Fire"; take Burzum's guitars (yeah, Count Grishnack!), others mutuated by Godflesh, EBM beatings dear to Wumpscut and similar ones, melodic, looped, effected or menacious vocals with multiple assorted noises and a symphonic part chosen to conclude the composition and you'll not be far from guessing what's expecting you here.

As I said, many are the influences but the band remains one sui generis: hard for a great deal of reviewers is the task of describing the following "My Dream": in my opinion an orgy between Atari Teenage Riot, Clawfinger, Ministry again, New Wave and Alec Empire as for the vocals.

Melancholy and bucolic, "The Ruins of Interest" ranges from Pink Floyd to Linkin' Park with a violin and Pop/AOR vocals astride Howard Jones, Billy Idol and Dakota with low-fi Metal strokes of the guitar. Abso-fucking-lutely immense!

World charts can be achieved thru "Until That Day", but altho I like it, I must admit this song is a bit inferior in comparison with the rest of the material; too simple beats, too short and less artistic than the others, but believe me, I am splitting hairs.

A tremendous impact comes back with the closer, "All That Was", an apparent crossbreed between the atmospheres and the pumping of Deftones and the perversity of Marylin Manson remixed by a Disc Jockey high on acid who put on a platter by Sigue Sigue Sputnik and one by Police on another turntable. Unfortunately there are no lyrics but the downloadable video corresponding to this song is a plain exposé of how easily huge strata of population were, are and always will be easily manipulated after a leader's promises. I don't understand why some people think Mr. Garrett states his views here: you can see Hitler, but you can also see Charles Manson and the nth intolerant iman indoctrinating millions of muslims, so it's just a warning for those few who can still read between the lines spurring not to follow any leader but use that grey matter that was given to us not only for self-survival or fun. Whoever your heads of state, community, church, sect, and so forth are, you're being lied most of the time or something is hidden to meet the agenda.

In conclusion, the album is valid and it has to be cataloged as one of those to discover and enjoy from second by second. The homage to art delivered by the 11 tracks makes our asses feel a tad sorry for promoting this self-financed debut-CD with some delay. The target of this record, admitted and not taken for granted it exists, is quite wide but can be summed up like this: an album for open-minded individuals who love diverse sources of Modern music with a soul and not only a background while doing something else. If he should ever listen to it, David Icke would naturally become an adept to Only Now Existing too. "

-- Markus Ganzherrlich - Rock Metal Bands Webzine

"As far as I can tell, there seems to be a new trend developing in music—the do-it-yourself approach. While performing, writing, and producing all of one’s own music is undoubtedly a huge task to undertake, its advantages definitely outweigh the extensive workload. James Garrett, the single member of Only Now Existing, has taken the D.I.Y. technique further than anyone I’ve seen thus far. Not only has he taken full command of the album and all it entails, but he’s also taken full advantage of the opportunity to exercise absolute creative control. The result is Voodoo Doll, an interesting concoction of mixed and blended genres, styles, and eras.

Garrett draws on a large variety of sounds, incorporating high-energy electronic beats, large, powerful 80s-style guitar riffs, and strange, strategically placed sound bytes. Many songs even have the darker, more mellow feel of 90s grunge-like undertones, like “Misled” and the slightly warmer sounding “Kill You Off.” Sound complicated? It is, but in a very good way.

Voodoo Doll stays consistent enough to give Only Now Existing a truly unique and recognizable sound that stands out among many of the newer indie rock acts of the day, but is more than eclectic enough to give the album a sense of direction, purpose, and real experimentation. While strong, fuzzy guitar work and electronic beats seem to be signature to Garrett’s sound, he doesn’t seem to feel the need to rely on them. “The Ruins of Interest” is mainly acoustic with lighter vocals, and “Scapegoat” throws in a little keyboard. Even the album’s namesake and opening track throws a curveball—comprised of a minute and a half of various media sound bytes thrown together to create a eerie and rather startling introduction. Quite intense.

While Garrett’s lyrics are effected by his complex and intricate songwriting, his message on the album rings clear, and is even inscribed inside the case for those who were distracted by his interesting musical experimentation: “You’re Being Lied To.”

In a nutshell, think Linkin Park on Ritalin, influenced by Soundgarden and Pearl Jam."

-- Kristen Brown - CD Reviews.com

"James Garrett has created something amazing with his sonic creation, Only Now Existing, the album is full of harmonies and heart felt meaning. With the release of Voodoo Doll, James has only just begun to tap into his infinite music potential."

-- Adam Tibbot - Revenant Media

"Only Now Existing, or O N E for short is the invention of James Garrett. James performed, produced and wrote his debut CD Voodoo Doll and released it on his own independent label. Therefore, he is in full creative control of his music. Garrett draws from a colorful pallet of influences including alternative, electronic and rock. Even though Voodoo Doll is diverse there is a prevailing theme to the eleven tracks. Garrett urges listeners to take control of their lives and be "O N E" self. O N E incorporates samples, drum tracks and sound effects into songs that flow on driving rhythms, forceful guitars and harmonies. 'Blackout' is dark and daring with heavy guitars and high voltage vocals. 'Misled' blends atmospheric, techno textures with hard rock tones and some sizzling leads. O N E's CD is unique, versatile and continues to grow on you with each listen. Voodoo Doll is captivating and foreshadows a promising future for James Garrett."

-- Laura Turner - Kweevak

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ONE STANDS ALONE

"In a time when there has been a significant line drawn between mindless pop culture and true artistry in the music world, ONE's "Voodoo Doll" shows up as a reminder that good music is still being made. You just have to know where to look for it.

ONE is an acronym for Only Now Existing. James Garrett is the singer and songwriter behind the experience that blends different genres of music. That being said, "Voodoo Doll" is an album that stands on its own. A good listener will be able to hear the artistic influences. The pounding bass and synthesized attack of Ministry and the melancholy twang of Radiohead pulsate throughout all eleven tracks. While Garrett does not copy them, he merely blends them with his own sensibilities and creates his own hybrid.

This is a dark work that lurks in the shadows of human existence. In "Blackout," we have a human being beaten to the edge of sanity by society. "Now there's nothing that will beat us, nothing left to fear." It's as if Garrett is starting at the bottom and regaining sight of what led him to the place he is in. He sets his targets and jumps into "Misled" which boasts an inspired rhythm and shows the true reality of television/media.

There is a sense of deep sadness in such songs as "Reflection" and "The Ruins of Interest." Garrett also releases an unquenchable anger in the pounding chorus of "Kill You Off" and follows it in two songs where he seems to be questioning his own actions. In "Fire," he sings "I tried to face the day/Hoping that all of my feelings would be washed away/...because I see myself in your face." From there, he leads into the rocker "My Dream," where one line in the chorus growls "A lie growing that started because of me." This seems to be more than a song, but a self-realization.

The whole album spans the cycle of human emotion as Garrett criticizes those who surround him. From where he starts in darkness, he ends up in the waking light of "All That Was." This album is a journey through the consciousness of a society and human life. It questions our fears and examines the possibilities of influence. And, like all true art, it causes a sense of question in the artist towards himself, his own weaknesses, and the strength that comes from realization.

This is an album that should cause people to question what they hear from our corporate media and our Fearless Leaders. It should also make you, the listener, take a look at yourself, someone that pop culture tries to make you forget. "Voodoo Doll" is a good album where anger and sadness are mixed throughout, but there is always a sense of redemption.

This is a stepping-stone to what Garrett has in store. Given the talent, the possibilities are endless. "Voodoo Doll" is easily accessible for all music listeners, but is more of a wake up call for those who are already awake. It is an album with meaning, something that is truly lacking in popular music today."

-- Joseph Russo - FD Review

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OARBE MAGAZINE INTERVIEW

Oarbe: Hello Only Now Existing. It is very exciting to be interviewing a band such as yourself. Your influences are my favs as well, and to hear your influences in your sound, while still hearing something original just rocks!

Let’s get started.

Recording; home studio or demo deal with a pro studio?

O N E: I have my own recording studio that I set up originally to record my own music. That has grown into producing other artists and creating my record label (Vision Records).

Oarbe: You guyz are indie. WHY!??%#@! Have you met A &R’s, have they offered but sh_tty deals so you said f_ck _ff, what is the deal with that, you guyz are amazing. (This is a question by the way)

O N E: About two to three years ago, I was seeking a deal and gained interest from Epic and Atlantic Records. They both had passed at the last stages, which ended up being for the best. After doing research on the music industry and where it was headed, I realized that releasing the album myself was the best way to do it. It allows complete creative control and the opportunity to allow your music to grow and develop with no pressure or limitations. I now will not take a major label deal unless I had complete control, which is unlikely, so I don’t need them.

Oarbe: If it’s studio, what was the budget to record independently?

O N E: My studio, so no cost.

Oarbe: I have been hearing your songs all day, I love every one of them, which is really hard to create—a tight album. Your riffs, melodies, even execution of mixing is suburb, is it all you guys, how much is band , how much is engineer?

O N E: The writing and performance is all me. The production is also all me with the exception of 2 songs which were produced by Dan Harnett (“Blackout”) and Roger Fife (“Misled”). My next album will be 100% me.

Oarbe: Your lyrics sound very thought provoking yet delivered through commercially viable tunes, what’s your message/philosophy?

O N E: I want as many people as possible to hear what I am saying and be able to relate and understand. The “O N E” idea represents the breaking away of the self from all outside influences and impositions. I constantly see people caught up in what they’re “supposed to” think and be. I don’t think anyone should have that much power over you. I encourage individuality and non-conformity. TRUE non-conformity, not “join the club of non-conformists.” You can reach wisdom and content-ness when you channel your true self. Influence is instilled to keep the masses sedated so that the leeches can use you to their advantage. We will not evolve as a human species without individuality.

Oarbe: Are you guyz like dark people in real life? I ask that because I find it fascinating to listen to groups (and my favs are generally dark bands—My Chemical Romance, NIN, Massive Attack, Chevelle, and on and on) but when you see them in interviews they seem like totally normal and not depressed or dark, I mean maybe it’s cause they’re so happy they finally got somewhere, but they’re cranking out dark hits and their hits are so good. So I’m curious how you (or you guyz) are in real life.

O N E: I am always able to channel the pain I’ve experienced through my entire life. To me, the music is the reflection of that part of you which lies deep in your subconscious. My music and meaning is also to reach that place in your self that allows you to use your pain and negativity and transcend out of it. That’s the essence of the “O N E” philosophy --being completely fulfilled with yourself, and never being in need of anything or anyone else to attain your happiness.

Oarbe: Oh my _od, I’m just now reading your press. Holy _hit, are you really just one person band? That is insane dude! You are the next Trent! Wow, I’m really quite taken aback now. Do you know the “Hours” band? Their first album is haunting and insanely good. Truly truly a genius, a rare soul, and Gnecco wrote all the songs himself. You remind me of him. Geesh, what else can I ask you then?

You have 20,000 at least on your Myspace, can I ask, how many records you’ve sold?

O N E: Quite a few.

Oarbe: How is it for an independent these days? You keep hearing that it’s totally worth it if you can create a fan base of your own, cause if you were picked up by a huge record label, artists lose so much control and large percentages of the profit margins. What are you thoughts on that?

O N E: I have no need for a major label’s assistance. With the way the music industry is headed, an independent artist has most of the same opportunities that major labels have. If you understand what it is that makes a record sell and how to promote an artist correctly, you can achieve success on a more long-term basis as well. Record labels are seeking money, and only money. They are not concerned with artist development or trying something new and/or artistic. They are going for whatever will sell right now. So, if they release an artist that opens well to big sales, and then sales for that artist begin to diminish over time, the artist is dropped and the label moves on to who will sell more, and so on. So, the artist is left in the dust while losing the rights to their own music. I could never deal with the fact that someone else would own my music. That’s completely absurd.

Oarbe: Creating everything yourself, does it get lonely, or do you prefer it?

O N E: I prefer it. I always knew that I could not have a “band,”…creatively, anyway. I look at music as art and I think it should be the purest expression of the self. The collaboration idea is great, as well. But, for me, I’m trying to manifest exactly what is in my head and what my philosophy is. Having someone else involved would change that, and it’s not for me.

Oarbe: So do you perform live? If so, do you have a performance band? How does that work for you?

O N E: I put together a band to play the songs live and the goal is to get the exact sound across that is achieved on the record. It works out great because it gives the music a whole new life when it is performed live. I have a band who is 100% behind the music and they understand what it is I’m trying to get across and they do an excellent job.

Oarbe: Going to get a little intimate. What are your struggles in life?

O N E: Struggle begets accomplishment.

Oarbe: What moves you?

O N E: When an art form, such as music or film, can take you to where the artists themselves were. It is the ultimate connection between people. The thing they have created out of their perspective and emotion can take you to the same place and make you feel the same feeling. That is amazing to me and it is what I try to accomplish with my music. When I get feedback from a fan telling me they have connected like that, I feel like I’ve accomplished something. That is also another reason why I do everything myself. I want to achieve that direct connection.

Oarbe: The musik biz is such an emotional roller coaster ride, do you want to share your music and music biz history with us here?

O N E: None of that matters to me. I know that I will be doing this for the rest of my life. The ups and downs are arbitrary to me at this point. Also, knowing I am in complete control of everything and there’s no label to interfere, I can handle things the way I want to. Whereas a label may give up when record sales begin to falter, I will not. I will keep doing it regardless.

Oarbe: You sound as though you write, compose and perform through your heart at all times, what do you feel has been the greatest sacrifice you’ve had to make for your music?

O N E: There has been no sacrifice. Each day I realize more and more that I am doing the right thing and it is rewarding beyond explanation. There are only positives that come out of it.

Oarbe: What have been your most rewarding elements?

O N E: When a fan tells me that my music has affected them in some way.

Oarbe: What are your aspirations from here on?

O N E: My goal is to reach as many people as I possibly can. I want to have an effect on people like so many artists have had an effect on me. Music has made a gigantic difference in my life and I think music is something that touches you deeper than any other art form. It goes directly inside your head and into your subconscious. It can evoke every emotion out of you and touch on things that would otherwise be untouched. It can give you a new perspective while relating to what your perspective already is. I know that throughout my life, music has helped me get through a lot and helped to evolve me as a person. I want to be that for other people as well.

Oarbe: The music biz has changed drastically over the past five years with file sharing, the internet, declining store sales, record labels and A&Rs not knowing what to do about it. What are your thoughts on this? Good? Bad? You’re glad you about these changes? Not?

O N E: There are more up sides than down. The opportunities allotted to an independent artist right now are unbelievable. You no longer (for the most part) have labels shoving the same nonsense music down your throat. And people are responding to that. People are constantly searching for new music that means something and that they can feel. I think the labels deserve the decline they are facing. They’ve created a void in the marketplace for music with substance by chasing their greed and not offering what people want and need. Eventually, the free download sites will diminish and become regulated and people won’t be able to get free music. But the opportunities to open the market up to new music will not.

Oarbe: I just wanted to let you know that “Reflection” and “Ruins of Interest” are my favorite songs of yours. So hypnotic, haunting, and emotive.

What words of advice would you suggest to teens that would love to follow your footpath?

O N E: Do it.

Oarbe: What one thing would you have wished someone would have said to you when you started that could have saved you a lot of…?

O N E: You don’t need a record label.

Oarbe: And anything you would like to say to your huge fan base?

O N E: I just have so much appreciation for anyone who listens. Thank you.

Oarbe: James, Thank you so much, we are honored to have you on Oarbe.

Oarbe Muzik section

“So you Wanna Be a Rockstar—An Insider’s view on the Music Biz.”

JJ

Joanna Jang

C.E.O., OARBE Magazine

-- Joanna Jang - OARBE Magazine

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RAINMAKER INTERVIEW

MI) I listened to some of your music and you certainly seem to be using a mix of styles.

JG) I am influenced by all styles of music. I think it's important to not have any limits. I don't set out to make a "rock" record or whatever other labels are placed on music. I just go with what feels right and getting the emotion across.

MI) Who's who? Names? Instruments? Who does the writing? Who plays what?

JG) Well, actually there is no band. It's just me. I write and perform all of the songs in Only Now Existing (O N E). That is part of the meaning of the name O N E. As far as performing live, I have a live band that plays the material and gets the sound of the recordings across with the live show and they do a really good job.

MI) Please give me some info on your history as a musician. First instrument?

JG) I started playing guitar when I was about 14. I was self taught and started to figure out how to play songs that I liked. I then taught myself other instruments like bass, drums, and piano. I always wanted to be a singer so I began writing my own songs and playing and singing.

MI) How did everything come together? What was your first concert?

JG) I started recording about 4 or 5 years ago and decided to put my first album together this year. I am very happy with how everything came out. There are two songs in which I worked with a producer. The song "Blackout" was produced by Dan Harnett (formerly of the band "Drill"), and "Misled," which was produced by Roger Fife. The rest of the songs, I produced. I began doing shows at "The Elbow Room" in NYC and got a great response. From there it just kind of built up.

MI) Recording history? Past recordings, dates, Present projects? Future projects? Label?

JG) I began my own record label to put my album out under called "Vision Records." I have had interest from major labels such as Epic and Universal, but they passed last minute and I decided not to depend on anyone to acheive what I wanted to achieve, which goes with the philosophy of my music (O N E). I am much happier going this route, because I can have complete creative control of the music and let it be what it will be, without having to deal with what the labels' "standards" are. I am also working on my second full-length CD now, and I'm about half-way through it.

MI) What has been most difficult about getting the band together and what has been best?

JG) Well, there actually hasn't been difficulties since there is no one to depend on. The live musicians I work with are very into performing and are behind me 100%. They are very encouraging and believe in the music.

MI) How does your songwriting process work? What inspires you to write, to play?

JG) It's hard to describe the songwriting process. Sometimes I'll start with a guitar or piano progression, other times a beat or an idea for a vocal melody. It is very important to me to portray the mood of the music with what I am saying in the lyrics and what the song is about. I want the listener to be as close a possible to what I feel through the song itself. I never make a conscious decision to write a song or write lyrics, I just let it all come out naturally. I find that if you think too much about it, you lose that raw emotion that makes a song good, so I just go with the feeling and let it happen. Any intense emotion inspires me to write. Whether it's sadness or anger or frustration, I think the best art comes out of strong emotion, so I just get to a point where I get all of that out on the music, and it acts as a therapy for me because it kind of pulls it out. And I want people to feel the same when they listen to it, so maybe it can help them in the way that it helped me.

MI) What message do you want to give with your music and how do you want to affect people with your music?

JG) That's actually the most important part to me and it is why I do what I do. I want to effect people with my music more than anything else in my life. As far as what the meanings are, there are a lot of them. The main thing I'm trying to get across is individuality and how important it is to be an individual and not be effected by what people want you to be and what they think you should be because it will serve THEM better. People are manipulated by television and the people around them because it serves them better to have you think a certain way. I want them to know that in most cases, they are being lied to, and these people only care about the way THEY want you to be. My meaning is be yourself and don't depend on anyone else to make you happy; be an individual, be O N E. The name Only Now Existing means that I am only truly alive through my music, and once it starts to effect people, I will truly exist.

MI) What do you see people doing while listening to your music (dancing, gyrating, passionately embracing, breeding flightless birds)?

JG) I want them to summon up what is inside them that they've always felt they had to hide and suppress because they thought they "shouldn't" be or feel that way. I want them to look inside themselves and bring out the true them and realize that they don't need the acceptance of anyone else. If they have themselves, that is all they will ever need.

-- Micah L. Issitt - Rainmaker PR







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