{Behind The Music} Second Affair on When I’m With You

second affair

“It’s basically about being friend zoned by someone! You get in the moment of enjoying the other persons company and falling for them, but they have no idea that you’re feeling that way about them. The signs keep getting put out there about how you really feel, they are still unaware how you feel towards them.” – @secondaffairau

Live Interview May 11 – 6:20pm et
Episode #322 : A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax : http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2016/05/11/episode-322-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax

Jacqueline Jax logo photoGETTING TO KNOW SIMON VERMEULEN SECOND AFFAIR
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio

I have always wanted to be a musician…
for as long as I can remember, however, I always wanted to be a drummer. I got my first drum kit when I was 13 years old and fell in love with music even more! I played drums in various bands until I was 20 and always sung backing vocals. I was forever being told after shows that I had a better voice than our lead singer and was always being urged to give up drums and sing. I eventually listened and gave up drumming to focus solely on singing in my early 20’s and have never looked back. I can’t imagine being anything but a singer now!

When I’m With You…
It’s basically about being friend zoned by someone! You get in the moment of enjoying the other persons company and falling for them, but they have no idea that you’re feeling that way about them. The signs keep getting put out there about how you really feel, they are still unaware how you feel towards them.

When the producer first heard the song, he wasn’t sold on the pre-chorus and some of the lyrics throughout the song. We felt that the song delivered the message we wanted it to so we had a few re-write sessions to try and re-phrase some of the lines to say the same message but in a more direct way, as directed by the producer.

Recording the film clip to the song resulted in 2 straight days of laughing during the filming process. The film clip producer had the idea of recreating intro scenes of old 90’s TV shows with a “tongue in cheek” approach. We had the best time dressing up, acting like total fools and purposely overacting each scene. We were over the moon with the final product!
Our “big band” sound incorporates the usual guitars, bass and drums combined with keys, strings and the odd horn section, not to mention soaring harmonies and plenty of hook lines to sing along to. Songs range from upbeat pop/rock songs through to catchy yet powerful ballads. The songs are based around various stages in a relationship that someone in the band had experienced at a particular time. Most people will be able to draw relevance from the situations in the songs also. We will be marketing our music predominantly via social media to work towards international recognition as well as touring locally and playing support shows with national and international touring acts.

Purchase the song: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/au/album/on-our-way-ep/id1072252010?mt=1&app=music


Brisbane, Queensland, Australia…

We are based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The music scene here is slowly but surely being traded for DJ’s and dance clubs. There are only a handful of live music venues left which makes it quite a challenge to get out there and organize shows.

I am heavily into fitness with a focus on power lifting. I have a Diploma of Fitness and certificates in Strength and Power lifting. When I’m not singing you will find me in the gym training either myself or others.

Music business…
The music business in today’s age is a lot different than it was say, 25 years ago. It becomes difficult for independent bands to gain exposure given that record companies only gamble on bands once they gain a strong following on their own. The reason why they can’t risk it on an unknown band is that music piracy has become so bad that profits for bands and labels becomes harder and harder to generate the more people download music illegally. This leaves live concerts and merchandise the only real way to make a decent amount of profit for both the band and the label. That being said, there are a lot of record labels that still take the risk, and give bands the exposure and promotion they need, but doing it all ourselves at this point is something that we take pride in and makes it all worthwhile.

Social Media…
has enabled bands to connect with their audience and industry professionals in ways that have never been possible before. You can be launched on an international platform immediately rather than have to slowly grow from only local recognition. Many artists may not have gotten their start without social media.

Singles vs an album…
Music today seems to be more about the next biggest song rather than the next biggest band. It makes more sense these days to really nail each song so that they can stand on their own. The days of writing album “fillers” is slowly disappearing since we can now go on iTunes or Google Play and only purchase the songs we want from that artist. This is really pushing artists to only record the cream of the crop every time which is a great step forward for the industry.

I would love to have 5 minutes alone with…
Dave Grohl! He has made everyone aware that bands that involve real instruments aren’t a fading genre. I have nothing but respect for him, keeping so many generations interested in real music and what it means to be a musician. There is nothing that can fault the way how he wants his music to sound, but still appeals to everyone around him, regardless of age or influences because he is such a great guy!

There is a definite emphasis on being the trendy…
band or the ‘in’ thing, which I think isn’t the most beneficial thing for the music that we make. We are doing what we love, giving our audience the sound that we have crafted from many years of being musicians, and I think that is what sets us apart from all the other bands, being individual in our own right.

I am most afraid of…
Flying. Which is hard considering that touring involves a lot of flying! But the way around this dilemma is consuming enough Jack Daniels to make it through the flight.

My personal definition of success is..
giving everything I’ve got, artistically and physically to the music that we all create, and that in its own is success for me. There is nothing that compares to hearing a screaming crowd singing the lyrics I wrote back to me while we are performing. When our debut single was played on multiple radio stations, that was the turning point for me. I knew that what we were doing was working, and the audience loved it. Hard work and perseverance got us to the point of being played on radio, but our fans got us even further by supporting us in ways that make us proud to be a band!

My over all goal for my life & career is…
To be the next biggest band in the world. INXS and AC/DC have lead the way on Australian bands in the past, and we feel that our music is relatable on many levels to today’s audience to achieve some, if not the same respect and success that they both shared.

3 Ways that I challenge myself and how each one moves me forward towards my goal.
1) Vocal exercises daily, to help keep my range and vocal strength
2) What can I do to better the band on a daily basis
3) Promoting ourselves on social media and all other outlets to gain exposure

Downloads:
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/Second_Affair?id=Aciwlpwypl7ybxbgjfhriq7qdnm&hl=en

Connect with the band:
Site: http://www.secondaffair.com.au

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/secondaffair

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/secondaffairau

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/secondaffairau
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/secondaffairau

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