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Director Mikhail Romanovskiy unveils backstage secrets of TMA winning Music Video “Ashageta”

Mikhail, you won TMA’s Best Music Video back in March 2020 (seems so long ago already), congrats!)

First, I would like to say that Varya and I are very thankful to the TMA festival as it was an honor to get “Best Music Video” award.

To this day, “Ashageta” got more than 15 international awards at different types of film festivals.

The video shows artist Varya Demidova performing “Ashageta”. Did you work with her before? How did you get attached to the project?

It was our first project, but I am sure not the last one. I have been looking for long time for a performer whose songs could be filled with a creative spark, a performer who I connect with and can create things that are “outside of the box”. 

Varya is a very popular performer who has collaborated with world known group B-2, who’s songs are considered to be sort of classic in Russian Rock culture. I contacted Varya and we discussed the possibilities of making a music video for her new song. It was definitely a great opportunity to make something beautiful and creative.   

What is your background and what led you to the MusicVideo community?

My general background includes Commercials, Film and TV. These experiences have taught me the technology of production, to be open-minded and very detail oriented. Of course, I have done some music videos before “Ashageta”. The biggest plus of music videos as a form of art is that this type of project allows you to have more creative freedom. I love when an artist has a mind-blowing vision, it enables creative discussions and endless possibilities. As a result, you are getting a good amount of ideas to choose the best one from. 

You are from Russia, so is the artist. The music video takes advantage of astounding natural locations. Where did you film, and how many sets did you use?

“Ashageta” was mostly shot in Turkey, mainly. We went across that wonderful country to find these incredible places. Because of the dream sequence in the video, we wanted to have not only visual diversity like beaches, deserts, valleys, mountains, old towns, but also to show unusual characters like dervishes and fire performers. The stunts were done in Moscow with a big crew. Models who I have worked with before know that I love to do unique heart pumping shots, of course I offered Varya to do some incredible water and air stunts, and she was excited to do something like that. We found a huge pool to shoot the underwater part and had an incredible team of stunt professionals to make Varya fly up above the bed. At the end of the day we had around 15 different locations.    

These incredible sets are paired with Visual Effects that push the envelope and create an eerie atmosphere, underlining the journey of the main character. Can you sum-up the concept of the video?

The main idea of the video is she is going through a journey within herself while going through the dream. The girl who is looking for answers. She is traveling door to door, outside of time and space and through the worlds, where anything is possible, even several moons in the sky in the middle of a clear, bright day. She is struggling, trying to overcome her inner demon, who is attempting to distract her from self-journey, however as soon as she is able to find inner peace and harmony, as if it was a magical medallion, she transforms and redefines herself at the same time figuring out all the answers she was searching for. At the end she wakes, somehow still maintaining connection with her transformed inner self.

Back to the underwater scene: it must have required a very special setup. Can you walk us through the key specifics to make it happen?

Sure, any stunts require a team of professionals and a controlled environment. We needed to find a big pool with a glass wall or sort of a window. That is why we decided to shoot that part in Moscow. We found an incredible place, made a setup of black plastic inside the pool and sort of podium for jumps. Of course, we had a CPR certified person on stand-by, in case we had to provide CPR and/or first aid. We did some modifications to the singer’s dress, so each part of it could move more fluently and gracefully in water. The head of the Stunts department and Varya had to thoroughly go over and rehearse all the proper techniques and was on stand-by to make sure that each jump was safe. It was not easy for Varya, as she had to not only properly brace herself but also be able to flow it into graceful moves under water, immediately after the jump. It wasn’t always coming out pretty and graceful, as it was planned, however, Varya was super strong and wanted nothing short of perfection, as she kept on trying to do a take after take, in order to reach the desirable outcome.  As a result, we got a lot of incredible footage.

What is your next project, and where can we follow your work?

Right now, I work in NYC for RTVI TV channel as a chief production director. We have more than 11 million viewers around the world, people in 50 countries can watch our new shows. We already launched several incredible highly rated projects. For example, “Amazons of XXI century” is a series of documentaries about women who immigrated to the U.S. and found themselves on different paths of success. The leading idea behind the show is to empower women by demonstrating strong characters, revealing all the struggles these women faced, and their achievements when they left everything to come to America. The host of the show is Alina Polianskikh. We are preparing a new season of programming, which includes documentaries, entertainment and educational shows. 

But of course, I am always opened to new projects with singers and other artists. As I mentioned before, music videos give me a creative freedom and flexibility for storytelling, which adds value to my craft.  That is why I am always in search of and trying to get to know as many artistic people as possible.

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TMA winner conny conrad – Interview

Conny, you won Best Folk / Acoustic song this April at the TMA’s with “Send me a little light”. What is the story behind this song?

First of all I like to say a great “thank you” from the heart to you! I‘m very excited that I won your award! The song is the center of my new songproject of hope. You know, too many suffer of the Covid-19 crisis, so the melody plus the lyrics will send emotional support. Obviously this helps!

Following the announcement of your win at the TMA’s, it appears the song rose over 15K streams on Spotify, and landed on the German top 10? That is just awesome!

The official release of “Send me a little light” was in the end of April. It’s been amazing to see the media feedback in Germany and worldwide. At the moment I‘m invited to some TV-shows where I play unplugged. This money will also go to my social projects plus to musicians in need. And of course I do a lot of interviews online and on the phone. 

So I‘m extremely busy but so happy to see that my work has a value for the people! 

So the song helps raising money for charity?

Those with a good financials can buy the song on my artist page on Spotify. All the money goes to my song project for children rights “Rock for your children” which supports children in need since 10 years.

You have 45 years of music experience. How would you describe the role music plays into your life?

I am born and I will die as a musician. The guitar is a part of my body.

I play guitar since I was 4. I‘m 61 and very thankful for living this life. In 1978 I released my first single with my school band. Until today I had some major deals but all in all I was independent. Since 2001 I have my own label: CoCo records international. Being authentic was always rule no. 1 for me. 

Your achievements over the years are very quantifiable…

It adds up to 125 released CDs, 250 digital releases, 1.300 songs, dozens of awards, more than 2,5 million sold copies and billions of radio listeners.

It is an extraordinary result for an independent “one-man-band”, isn‘t it? as a result I won an historical 10 awards of the “German Rock and Pop Award 2019”! And now the TMA’s! Fantastic! 

You have plans to make a music video to support the song. Where are you at in the process, any visual ideas already?

I share the vocals with my good friend Gerd Kannemann who‘s a part of my music since 1994! Because of the Covic-19 restrictions we both did some video recordings with our mobiles 🙂 These clips will go to a professional video-producer who will combine it with positive sequences. Then it will be released on all usual portals like Youtube.

The song also is available for free download on your website, as a response to give music a chance during the Covid-19 situation. How does the current pandemic affect you, as an artist?

God thanks 99,9 % of my work happens in my studio. As a composer and producer I don’t really need to travel around.

You also work as a producer for hire.

I also spend time on supporting newcomer singers worldwide. I compose songs for their voice. They record their vocals anywhere (at home, other studios or in my studio). Then I plug the vocals with the music. The final product (single or album) can be released by my label. I charge a low fee for the production and I give 50% of the income back to the artist. This model is very fair and established for more than 30 years. 

What are your projects, actions, ideas to adjust to the new state of the world, and keep creative?

Beside my studio projects I‘m really looking forward to get into the professional film industry in the USA as a composer. I‘d like to come over to meet important and reliable people, look for an agent.

What are your upcoming projects?

My next projects are the musical “Atlantis”, and, my new solo album, and I’ll keep crafting new songs for established and new artists.

Any links you want to share about all that?

My music is available worldwide on all download and streaming platforms.

Get Send me a little light here.
 My current and my future projects are always available on my website (www.connyconrad.net) and on my Facebook page.

Many thanks again for your support!

Gabby barrett breaks number one: the dream goes on!

Gabby Barrett’s Debut Single, “I Hope,” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard Country Airplay Chart

For just the fourth time in 14 years, a solo female artist’s debut single has reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

Gabby Barrett’s debut single, “I Hope,” hit No. 1 on both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart this week.

Gabby is now the fourth solo female artist in 14 years to score a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with her debut single, following Carly Pearce’s “Every Little Thing” (Nov. 2017), Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It” (June 2015) and Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel” (Jan. 2006).

“I can’t believe this is happening . . . this is amazing,” said Gabby. “Thank you to country radio for being so welcoming and supportive. And to my husband, family, fans, label, team and everyone who has supported me along the way—this would not have been possible without you. God is good, all the time.”

Penned by Gabby, Zachary Kale and Jon Nite, “I Hope” was produced by Kale and Ross Copperman.

Source: nashcountrydaily.com

TMA’s artists – press coverage

From seasoned artists to indie talents, Press Coverage is one of the keys to get more exposure.

We push our winning and selected artists the best we can, and we also share their achievements.

You can find on Facebook and FilmFreeway the screenshots we amassed just for the past few months.


We work we several companies and freelancers who can adapt their actions and strategies to your means and objectives.

Want to know more? Just shoot us an email, we’ll be happy to help.

March 2020 winners & NEWS

The TMA’s is an online competition. Our activities remain the same, despite everything happening in the world right now.

Our mission is to support artists and creators, and our competition will continue to do so.

We are going to be pushing new video features, we are going to keep promoting our winners, we are going to keep listening to all your songs and review all the submissions we receive.

Our March 2020 winners are listed here on our website.

New videos were added to our Facebook library April 1st. We will add more to keep sharing the best songs and music video we received in 2020.

Our April call for songs is already accepting entries right now.

Our new “Interview” category has its very first winner with artist Varya Demidova. The interview will be conduced in the days to come and published asap.

Wanna be the next one? Submit to the “Song + Interview” or the “Music Video + Interview” category on FilmFreeway.

Keep it up!

The TMA’s team

UPDATE: the TMA’s are still accepting submissions


Our competition is an online, monthly event.

Our work is not directly affected by the current situation.

More than ever, we are holding to our mission to listen to, care about and share upcoming, groundbreaking music, artists, bands.
We will keep our monthly calls rolling, and we will have winners every months like usual.

Our job is to support artists, and we’re doing so, we’re not stopping.
Cheers to all of you hanging there during this tough times.

Selena Gomez’s ‘Rare’ – Best SongS Ranked

It’s been nearly five years since Selena Gomez released what was then the best album of career, Revival. While chatter about an official follow-up has been floating around the ether since 2016, that LP is finally here. 

Rare (Jan. 10), released on Interscope, is what Gomez considers only her second album proper — she has released three albums with her band as Selena Gomez and the Scene and one solo album while signed to Disney label Hollywood Records, and serves as her new career high-water mark. Teaming up with a number of pop’s most sought-after hitmakers, including long-time collaborators and pals Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, Ian Kirkpatrick, Mattman and Robin, MNEK, and Finneas, the albums is a distillation of who Gomez is, not only as an artist but as a person. Expertly curated, each song showcases what a dynamic pop star Gomez can be. Likewise, it’s a record that could only come form her, these songs crafted to fit her distinctive, whispery and emotive voice.

13. “Sweeter Place”

While every song on Rare is good, the album’s final track is the one that feels incongruous with the album’s sonic palette. Lyrically it fits the record’s themes, but the scuzzy synths and harsh tilt on the drums puts it at odds with the brighter, staccato production found elsewhere. It also feels like there are probably too many words in line “There must be a sweeter place/ We can sugarcoat the taste,” while Kid Cudi’s verse doesn’t necessarily add much.

12. “People You Know”

Watery synths and echoing guitars give this song a nice texture, and the nursery rhyme-like rhythm of the chorus is stellar work, but unfortunately, it’s one of the only places on Rare that strays into genericism. Lyrically, though, the simplicity of the line “We used to be close, but people can go/ From people you know to people you don’t” makes it all the more cutting, only highlighting how easily the people you surrounded yourself with can leave you devastated.

11. “Crowded Room”

This might be Rare’s most sultry moment, but it’s also the album’s most meandering. Perhaps it’s because the production doesn’t pop as much as it could, but something about it doesn’t quite tick the boxes. While a song like Revival smash “Good For You” oozed sex, the eroticism here feels forced. 6lack’s verse, however, is great, and as the beat picks up it lifts the song’s final few moments.  

10. “Kinda Crazy”

There are a few dubious lyrics in “Kinda Crazy,” but there are also some incredible ones, too. “You started getting funny with no jokes/ I started seein’ through you like a ghost” is pure excellence, while the second verse concisely surmises the experience of being gaslit. There’s also the bonus of a trumpet solo, which more pop songs should adopt in 2020. Still, with all that it doesn’t feel like the song ever totally takes off; maybe the trumpet should have been used more liberally for greater effect. 

9. “Ring”

While some might accuse “Ring” from drawing too heavily from “Havana” and “Señorita,” neither of those Camilla Cabello songs have the left-field originality that “Ring” has. In fact, it’s probably closer in form to Santana’s “Smooth” (that final chorus!) than either of those tracks. In some inventive vocal production, Gomez’s voice is tapered and slipped high in the mix, and her delivery has little peaks and pushes, certain words emphasized for no apparent reason other than it sounds good. The production is also theatrical and uncluttered, and you can easily imagine it building up from nothing as dancers slink around the stage. It’s subtle and eccentric and rather brilliant.

8. “Dance Again”

“Happiness ain’t something that you sit back and you wait for,” Gomez sings on the opening line to “Dance Again,” a song that feels like the grown up and weathered sibling to 2013’s “Slow Down.” Replacing the EDM-pop stylings of that banger are slightly ominous tinkles on a piano and slap bass. It’s not as weightless, but given the journey Gomez has been on that shouldn’t be surprising. The lyric “Feels so good to dance again” doesn’t feel hedonistic, but something akin to resilience — you believe her as she sings “All the trauma’s in remission… feels so good.”

7. “Look at Her Now”

There’s a lightness to this track, which was released as a promo single last year and hit number 27 on the Hot 100. Indeed, as a companion piece to “Lose You to Love Me,” it’s striking, taking the raw sadness of that song and packaging it up as pain that ultimately empowers. The scattered and chopped up vocals against the almost two-step beats give everything a propulsive element, while the synths are cloud-like and breezy. The song’s middle eight, a busy cascade of beats, bass and vocals, is perfection.

6. “Fun”

If you’re looking for the weird, art school energy that exuded from “Bad Liar,” you’ll find it on “Fun,” a song that takes the battles that Gomez has been through and manages to approaches them with wry wink. Here she discusses her mental health, the medication she takes and even her diagnoses, sharing it all with knowing wink that only comes when you’re living with mental health issues. There’s more humor in the way she recognizes that like attracts like, too, acknowledging that those who share that experience often fall for each other. This is mirrored in the production, fizzy with delicious hand claps and punchy basslines, all drawn together by Gomez’s breathy vocals.  

5. “Let Me Get Me”

Has there ever been a song that captures the internal battle against your inner critic so energetically? Wibbly guitars and a drunk bassline give this song a frantic energy, as Gomez fights against her inner demons. “Me and the spiral are done/ Burn this camouflage I’ve been wearing for months/ Tryna let a little happy in for once,” she sings, before she tussles with herself on the chorus: “Don’t get me down, I won’t let me get me down.” By the song’s finale, things have become feral, Gomez eliciting a howl before crashing into the last chorus.

4. “Vulnerable”

There’s so much here that suits Gomez: The hints of Italo disco in this song’s the chugging rhythm, the full drum-circle moment before the final act, the slight hints of tropical house, albeit delivered with a ghostly edge. Vocally, it’s soft and subtle, Gomez’s muted timbre vocoded and gliding just above the production, barely safe from being swallowed up. Fans of fun pronunciation will enjoy how she sings the word “vulnerable,” sounding out every syllable, while the staccato delivery elsewhere is quintessential SelGo. It’s the sort of song only she could deliver and one that finds a perfect home on Rare.  

3. “Cut You Off”

The most sophisticated and lyrically astute moment on the album, “Cut You Off” is more than just a song about letting go of a toxic partner; it feels symbolic of the growth that Gomez has undergone since 2015’s Revival. It’s mature and timeless, the descending chord progression and guitar solo blusey and the melody lightly playing with soul. Of course, Gomez’s voice isn’t necessarily that way inclined, but those elements have been warped to fit her whispery and evocative tone, giving the overall effect something closer to Norah Jones’s Danger Mouse-produced album Little Broken Hearts. For whatever follows Rare, it should use “Cut You Off” as a launch pad.

2. “Lose You to Love Me”

In the career of Selena Gomez, this song will likely go down as one of her most defining moments. Vulnerable, painful, honest and raw, it encapsulates everything modern pop culture now worships: relatability. But this isn’t relatability as a commodity, packaged for Instagram stories and #sponcon. Here it’s delivered not with humor but with something more real; there are no pretenses or walls of protection, Gomez’s voice bare until the song’s climactic choral finale. This isn’t anodyne self-help pop. Rather, Gomez, war-torn and tear-stained, is stumbling away from the wreckage, honoring the pain that goes hand-in-hand with healing. It’s majestic.

1. “Rare”

Is it obvious to choose the title track as an album’s best song? Maybe, but in the case of Rare, it’s also true. While the demo for this song has been floating around for over a year, Gomez’s version is, well, peak Selena Gomez.

Everything about this song is perfect. From the lyrical oddities to the sheer joy of the melody and production, all popping beats and silky harmonies, it’s weird and accessible, a bewildering and brilliantly constructed piece of pop. With lyrical kiss offs to a former lover who doesn’t recognize your unique qualities, it avoids bland self-empowerment with specificity. A future together isn’t idyllic, but grounded in reality with images of burning toast and sexless bedrooms. Unlike her song, Gomez isn’t flawless — but she admits her foibles. It’s the details that makes her special. The production mirrors this, from the odd wobble on the bass to the drum fills at the end of the chorus. Even the vocal ad libs feel strategically placed, not for emphasis or dramatic effect, but to build layers of whimsy.

Sure, “Lose You To Love Me” might come to define Selena Gomez publicly, but “Rare” — cutesy, funny and oddly dark — is Gomez’s artistry in its purest form. It might be her greatest musical achievement yet. 

Source: Billboard

TMA’s August 2019 ARTIST REVELATION Carly Pearce’s new single “Call Me”

Call Me” is the second track on Pearce’s new record, and country fans will see some familiar names in the song’s writing credits: Little Big Town‘s Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook contributed their talents to the writing process. Pearce has said that for this project, she intentionally sought out the talents of her Nashville community, and a number of A-listers wrote or co-wrote one of the album’s tracks.

Listen here.

Source: The Boot.