PASSPORT: RanDair Porter (Ransom and the Subset)

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What was the biggest fun during the making of the ALBUM?

Getting on an airplane once a month and flying to Boston to work with Brian King (Parks and OranJuly), and Duckie Carlisle (Grammy winning engineer) .

The three of us really had common goal of making a great new pop album.  Something fun and catchy but not cliché.

If we want to know you, which song do we have to listen to? And why?

As a songwriter I look for ideas and stories that people in some way can relate too. Things I’ve observed in life, sometimes ironic, sometimes humorous, sometimes sad – while each of those components exist in my own life I really don’t try to write about me (at least not on this album). If I write about someone/something else I can make up whatever I want to make the song interesting.

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?

The volume of really good music, (and really bad music) has increased so much, yet the investment and risk profile business is willing to make in artist has gotten so low its practically impossible for unrealized talent find its way to some type of commercial success.    However, making a record is much easier and cheaper these days, there are far more channels to get your music out there. Depending upon how much you work at it , there are many ways to get your music heard. It’s crazy my album is popular in places like Chile, Brazil and Japan. It’s quite satisfying to know people like your music all over the world.  That could not have happened a few years ago. While the audience has gotten larger, the money really hasn’t for musicians.  However, that isn’t just a problem for indie artist. It’s a problem for the whole industry.

Who is the best musician in the world nobody has heard of yet? And why will this change very soon?

Brian King, my producer, and of the band Parks.  Parks new album will be great.  He’s a creative and meticulous musician and producer.

She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixed tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?

So… its songs for “she” , so I’ll select random shuffle on my “smooth” playlist and see what 5 songs come up.

* Could you Lie –Alison Krause

* More than This – Roxy Music

* The things we do for love – 10cc

* Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan

* Virginia – The Nines

What’s up for the next couple of months?

I’ve been writing and collecting song ideas.  Toward the beginning of next year I’ll go into a focused writing mode and start making the sort list of songs I want on the new album.

In addition, there are a few of my songs that other artist will be recording. We also have the album on the desk of several producers for consideration for movie and TV.

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