My passion has always been writing music and I have been playing guitar since 1979. I composed and performed in bands from 1985 to 2004 in multiple styles until I left the stage for family and career. In 1991, I earned an Associates in Fine Arts with a major in Theoretical & Harmonic Analysis and a minor in Performance (Classical Guitar). This education refined my raw technique, broadened my musical genre awareness and strengthened my understanding of part writing. In November of 2010, I joined Roadrunner Record’s “SignMeTo” demo submission site where I was an Affiliate Scout with over 3,200 reviews to my credit. My experience reviewing artists at Roadrunner Record’s site opened my eyes to a new level of constructive criticism across a broader spectrum of points from song structure and hook writing to marketing and overall image development.
Music2Deal has been a breath of fresh air. It is the ideal community to showcase my music for feedback as well as a great networking tool for my specific interests. Beyond that, it serves as a fantastic platform to seek a wide variety of artists within many genres and countries. It has become home of my first experience promoting an artist other than myself as well as guide me along the new territory of licensing and other music business aspects.
I am currently promoting the Saltville, Virginia artist GYPSUM as one of my Artist Offers as a friend and fan of the band. I first discovered them back in early 2011 on Roadrunner Record’s “Sign Me To” demo submission site and have watched them make great strides. After some bumps in the road and a long hard reflection on the stylings and direction they want to take, they have taken all they know and funneled it into a tight, punchy, in your face rock/hard rock ensemble. Now led by the soaring vocals of Amber Collins and the best hard rock rhythm section that can be found, Gypsum will take audiences by storm. Gypsum just finished up the recording of their debut EP with Mike Watts, who has worked with such bands as Saliva, Theory of a Deadman, Story of the Year, and many more. The EP is also Co-produced by Steve Haigler, who himself is credited for such bands as Fuel, The Pixies, Local H and holds many certified gold and platinum records. Visit Facebook and “LIKE” Gypsum for support at https://www.facebook.com/gypsumband as well as http://www.reverbnation.com/gypsum.
The other Artist Offer on my profile is BAD ANDROID. BAD ANDROID is a conscious effort to push my creative boundaries as a composer by challenging myself to express my ideas beyond traditional scales, structures and timbres. The songs are manipulations of guitar and occasionally voice or other items. There are no loops used at all. What you hear is what I actually play and then transform at my studio in West Warwick, Rhode Island. I envision this project writing soundscapes for movies or other markets where non-traditional music is required. The inspiration of the songs comes from simple boredom to intense pain of losing a child and everything else in between. All songs are written, performed and produced by Andrew James Liles and the 4 song EP “BAD ANDROID ONE” is available for download at http://badandroid.bandcamp.com.
Andrew`s Music2Deal: http://www.music2deal.com/us/AndrewJamesLiles