Author: thekieraplan

Make a Change (prod. by Andrew Meoray)

The new single is here!

“Make a Change” was produced by our old friend Andrew Meoray – who you might remember as one of the guests on our last LP, Right NowAndrew has been making a name for himself as both an artist and as a producer in the Philadelphia music scene and beyond it.  We were really excited to collaborate with him on this track.

The credits for “Make a Change”:

Shawn Mocey – vocals, rhythm guitar, keys
Andrew Meoray – lead guitar, keys, programming
Emcee Abdul – vocals
Joe Adams – vocals

(You can hear Ab and Joe join me on the choruses)

Mixed by Andrew Meoray and Shawn Mocey.  Mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering.  Published by Kiera Plan Music, BMI.  Brought to you by Awesome Records.

We have another very special new track coming your way this August!  Follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay up on all the latest news.

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Prove That (beat by !llmind)


What’s up, everybody?!

Something new for you to rock to. “Prove That” was our submission for the 5/25/16 “Oh, You Rap” contest from !llmind and the Roseville Music Group. Beat by !llmind, vocals by Shawn Mocey, vocal production, engineering, and mix by Trevor Leonard.

We have a brand new single coming your way July 1st, produced by Andrew Meoray!  Stay tuned for that!

Wishing you all the best!

Shawn

Man, You Know That’s Right

Have you heard the new single?  “Man, You Know That’s Right” features Abdul and Kharee – you heard these two make a cameo on “Not for Sale.”  I hope you enjoy hearing these guys do their thing with a full 16 each.  You’ll hear me (Shawn Mocey) on verse 1, Abdul on verse 2, and Kharee on verse 3.

Watch “Man, You Know That’s Right” on YouTube:

Get “Man, You Know That’s Right” on iTunes or Amazon.

We’ve got more new music coming at you all summer!  We’ll have a new track going up June 1sr, another new track July 1st, and ANOTHER new track August 1st.

So psyched to share it all with you.

Shawn

Not for Sale / The New Movement

“Not for Sale” is available on iTunes:
https://itunes.com/thekieraplan

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Not-Sale-Kiera…

Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/music/a…

and elsewhere

We will donate all money from downloads in 2016 to Mercy Hospice (http://www.mercyhospicephilly.org/) and St. John’s Hospice (http://saintjohnshospice.org/) in Philadelphia. Visit their websites to find out how you can be even more help.

For more on The Kiera Plan: https://thekieraplan.wordpress.com/

“Not for Sale” Credits
Shawn Mocey – vocals, guitar, bass, keys
John Collier – drums
Abdul – vocals
Kharee – vocals

Recorded, produced, and mixed by Trevor Leonard

Mastered by Kim Rosen for Knack Mastering (http://www.knackmastering.com/)

Published by Kiera Plan Music, BMI

Music Monday: “The End of the Dream”

Get “The End of the Dream” on iTunes or Amazon.

This song, like a lot of songs I write, started with the bassline.  I wrote this line back in 2000, for what would have been a uptempo high-energy rock song if my band at the time had put it out.  It never came all the way together in the studio though, so years later, when drummer John Collier and I were working on music for the first Kiera Plan album, it was still something I was playing around with.

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Shawn at CBGBs in NYC, in June of 2000

A cool thing happened, as it often does when you’re collaborating: John heard something very different in the line, and started laying down a different kind of beat than I was expecting:  it was chill, and paired with the bassline the song suddenly seemed to have a vibe I didn’t even plan on.

So “The End of the Dream” became a really unique song on that first album; it became one big experiment with a lot of little experiments in it.  I had never really grabbed that vibe before, so it led to trying a lot of things for the first time – the dueling synthesizers you’ll hear being one of my favorites.

These experimental songs have really held up for me in a way that not everything does.  I’m always excited to hear “The End of the Dream” when it comes on shuffle, and I still love what a unique track it is in the Kiera Plan catalog.

In a few weeks, we’ll be taking this bold experimentation to a whole new level when we start releasing the first 3 singles from what will ultimately be the 3rd Kiera Plan LP.   In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the vibe of “The End of the Dream.”

Shawn

Music Monday: “We’re Gone”

1045 Shawn GR 600Sometimes all you get is a fragment – a small glimpse of what your great new song could be.  Maybe you get a melody or two; maybe a couple lines you think you could do something with.   If you have a little luck going, you get both.

I’ve learned to try to capture these little bursts of inspiration when they happen, because you might not remember that riff the next time you pick up the guitar.  And even when you jot down some lyrics, you can’t always get back the vocal melody that made you think you had something in the first place.

That’s how it started with “We’re Gone”: I only had a few short seconds of song at first, but it felt good.  I knew right away that I wanted to flush out these ideas and have it on our sophomore album, Right Now.

By August of 2011, I was close to having the full fledged song, but back in January of 2011, this demo fragment was all I had to go on:

Rough around the edges, but there’s something cool about it, right?

Flash forward to February 2012, and I’m in the studio with drummer Dan Pavlovich and producer Vincent Ratti recording “We’re Gone” for real, as part of the Right Now sessions.   With additional help from guitarist Kevin Brown, and guest vocalists Alison Cloud and Shawn Gamble, we had our song.  I hope you enjoy the finished “We’re Gone”!

Shawn

Get “We’re Gone” on iTunes or Amazon.