RSOM at Face The Music Summit Day 1: 23/11/2017

Day one of Face The Music presented eager and aspiring talents in all facets of the music industry to join as a community and to hear from many different representatives in the music scene.

In Face The Music’s TENTH year, the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral was the hub of the two day conference as well as for Melbourne Music Week.

As a member of the Melbourne music community both as a musician and a female in the music business world, there were three important key themes that stood out throughout the day.

1. USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO YOUR ADVANTAGE – FIND THE BALANCE BETWEEN A SALES POST AND AN ORGANIC POST. This was a major discussion in the first workshop titled “Meet Your Future Boss: Our Picks for Tomorrow’s Fearless Leaders.” Speakers featured Gloria Brancatisano, Music Editor of Beat Magazine, Alex Gleeson, Entertainment Manager of The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood, Hip/Hop Rap artist, Mallrat, Georgia Cooke, Promotions Lead at Remote Control Records, and Charlotte Ried, Executive Assistant at Michael Parisi Management. “The key is not to always post about stuff that people can do for you,” explained Mallrat as she believes social media should be used to not only promote yourself but to share your personality and to engage in conversation.

One of the biggest mistakes in the music industry is that artists use social media just to advertise where they are playing so that they can get people to come to their shows, but as social media now plays a huge part in our everyday lives, artists should become more honest on socials and show their personality to their fans.

“Putting yourself out there and taking yourself out of your comfort zone is important,” said Alex Gleeson. He explained to the crowd that when applying to play at venues, it is like applying for a job. The applications that stand out are ones who show enthousiasm, initiative and dedication and doesn’t look like a copy and paste job.

The same applies when going for a job or internship. Don’t wait for Facebook to show you a job opening, call or email the company and express your interest as that shows that you are taking initiative for your learning regardless of your experience in the industry. For those who are under 18 and are wanting experience before stepping out into the real world, apply to volunteer at festivals and events so that you can meet people and build relationships from then.

2. USE SOCIAL MEDIA DATA TO HELP IMPROVE YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE Times have changed and social media is no longer something we should fear, but embrace. In the workshop titled, Building Blocks: How to Grow, Understand and Meet the Needs of your Audience, the panel highlighted that Melbourne has a massive audience out there who want to see live music on a regular basis.

The panel consisted of Yvette Myhill, Swan Hill Performing Arts, Harley Evans, Moshtix, Sally MatherCorner Hotel and Stacey Piggott, Secret Service.

Last year, Live Performance Australia survey results showed that 5.6 million people went to see a gig in 2016.

The panel encouraged artists to be proactive when putting on an event such as asking the venues for ticketing data after a show or doing their own publicity if they cannot afford a publicist.

If you know who your audience is, you can target your marketing to that specific group, whether it be female, 18 – 35 from the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne and use Facebook’s advertising functions to help you improve your reach. Or, why not use it for a completely different group to help spread the word and GROW your audience?

There are short tutorials on Facebook that you can watch under Facebook Blueprint that can help you utilise this great social media platform to spread the word as an artist.

3. THERE IS STILL NOT ENOUGH REPRESENTATION IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY OF FEMALES, AGE AND COLOUR.

There are a lot of females who are working in this music industry that are so good at their jobs and don’t get recognised. Georgia Cooke was one who stood out as the 22 year old Promotions Lead at Remote Control Records confesses that she left out her age on her resume as she had a fear that employers would immediately dismiss her application. “Diversity and representation is important,” said Cooke as the panel highlighted that we are still in a highly dominated male industry.

“Being young and a female is an issue that people should realise and push away,” said Mallrat as she discussed the idea of having more female sound engineers in the music industry. “Every female artist always records with a male sound engineer. It would be nice to have somebody that is like you.”

What should be commended is the equality of male and female speakers in each workshop today and how each workshop that I attended commended that. As a female, it is definitely refreshing and comforting hearing from successful females in the industry and gives hope to those who are struggling to find a job.

4. MENTAL HEALTH AND SUPPORT NETWORKS ARE KEY WHEN WORKING IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. Working in the music industry is not a 9 to 5 job for most people, therefore it is important to take care of your mental health. If you are an artist, you could be on the road with little sleep driving for 2 hours at a time to a gig, or you could be an artist manager checking up on a client on the phone at 3am who is currently overseas on a US tour.

This theme again appeared in another workshop titled, The Manager’s Special with guest speakers Leigh Treweek, Owner of The Music Magazine, Charlotte Abromsfrom Hear Hear Group (Gretta Ray, Haarlo, Angie McMahon), Ellen Kirk from Lookout Kid (Courtney Barnett, Fraser A. Gorman, Jen Cloher) and Jim McKinnon from Team Trick (Dead Letter Circus, Mallrat)

This gave both musicians and music business individuals an insight into the life of these  managers as they work closely with household artists.

A manager is someone who is ultimately responsible for the direction of an artists’ career.  It is very important for an artist to have a relationship with their manager in order for the manager to bring out the best of the artist where possible.

“If you’re not taking care of your artist, then it becomes creatively stifling for them,” said. Charlotte Abroms.

Also, it is important for an artist to not just have a vision musically, but also as a person and know how they want to be represented so that their manager can lead them in the right direction.

All in all, the workshops gave music lovers an insight into the reality of our industry and really honed in a sense of belonging and community. It was a place where musicians could gain more knowledge and learn the necessary skills for them to implement into their career, no matter what side of the music industry they decided to take.

RSOM would like to thank Face The Music for having us this year and we hope to be involved next year!

Stay tuned for our review of Day 2 of Face The Music.

Written by Jena Marino

KINGS

Melbourne’s KINGS take on the West Coast with their new single

Melbourne’s underground electro-pop music scene is already champing at the bit, looking to get a taste of the latest release single from local music group KINGS, titled, (U) West Coast.

The band features producer and vocalist Hayden Jefferey, guitarist Sam Buirski, bass and keyboardist Caleb Williams, and drums and audio sampler Tim Cox.

Coming off of the back of their previous release, Whispers, which has garnered over 110,000 plays across YouTube, Soundcloud and radio and continues to grow, (u) West Coast is a vibrant new track looking to arc back to fond memories of the band’s past, and the nostalgia of sunshine and summertime. The single is sure to be a hit across the board from intimate gatherings up onto to summer festivals with its laid back, optimistic attitude.

The song has already garnered attention from multiple Australian music and media circles including Triple J’s Unearthed.

What will likely impress listeners the most with this latest track is the quality of its production and mastering, as the song throws you head first into a deep pulsing rhythm, punctuated by glassy highs and sharp percussion.

As the song progresses, the sharp, repetitive phrase of the hi-hat contrasting against the smooth melodic lines of the keyboards creates an almost “double layered” effect, keeping the ears focussed on two elements at once in a sort of trance like state.

The effect doesn’t stop here, as the lead verse casts out the multiple competing elements and leaves us with a relaxing mix of ambient guitar and clean vocals layered on top of thick, reverberating bass accents and airy synths.

It would come as a surprise if anyone can go through this song without thinking of summer, sunshine, beaches and the vast expanse of the ocean. For an even greater challenge, try not to think about those things while watching the official lyric video on YouTube, with its complementing backdrops of some of the nicest coastal scenery on offer bombarding your senses and compelling you to kick back and revel in the satisfaction of the simple things.

On top of all this, what may come as a surprise to those new to the bands work is the fact that the entirety of KINGS’ music is produced, recorded and mastered from the one location, in vocalist Hayden Jefferey’s home studio in the heart of Melbourne. As a testament to their work, the production value of their music stands up strongly against even professionally mastered pieces.

I sat down with the bands producer and vocalist Hayden Jeffery and discussed KING’s unique approach to music production in an ever growing and diversifying indie landscape.

K: “I take it that you have known each other for some time before KINGS was formed, how did you come to pursue music together?”

H: “We all knew each other (before). Tim Cox [drums, audio sampling] and I knew each other and have been playing music since we were about 15 through high school, and we knew the other members from other schools. So eventually when we all got out and went to uni, our paths found their way toward each other and we ended up starting KINGS together.”

K: “Is there a particular genre or style of music which you take inspiration from? What do you hope to achieve as a band?”

H: “Where we take inspiration from is not entirely different from what we’re doing, but of course we’re not trying to replicate what we’re inspired by. We basically take our inspiration from various types of electronic music, we’re quite into a lot of melodic stuff like R&B from over in the U.S. What we’re trying to achieve musically is a sort of smooth, electronic style with a rock influence.”

K: “Has music always been a pursuit for you? When did you turn onto music?”

H: “I think music was something I was interested in since I was about 12 years old, and I knew that music was going to be my full time pursuit from the moment I started High School. I just wanted to make music all the time, and I had those visions of a young High School kid where music would be enough to make a living through. We’re centring everything we’re doing on making a career in music.”

K: “Do you feel that the constant diversification of the independent music scene is beneficial or is it cornering your audiences?”

H: “It’s very interesting to see the different trends that come through. It’s a big thing to be (making music) completely solo, and have no backing band on stage at all. Something that KINGS really try to do is treat our approach to music traditionally with the four of us as a band. We still call it rock music and we still perform with our instruments on stage and give people a live experience. That’s what we’re really all about.”

K: “Let’s talk about your home studio production, what are the benefits of recording in your own space?”

H: “It’s where we rehearse as well as where we record. It’s a space that we don’t have to pay for, with no time pressures. We’re not wasting anyone’s time or creating pressure or stress it’s about having (people) in the room and being able to get things done by ourselves, and we can just pick up from where we left off. We record everything ourselves and I product it as best as I can. We then bounce the sample off of a mixing engineer that I really trust, we talk over the phone and we get things the way we want them.”

K: “Has your home studio approach garnered attention from any prominent people? How so?”

H: “West Coast did actually just gather some attention from a videographer called Jarrad Seng, who called us up and has used the song in the upcoming Oktoberfest festival’s promotion. That was a big step which we weren’t expecting and are very excited about. So all the hours critiquing and getting West Coast exactly how we wanted it to be really did pay off. It’s kind of something everyone picks up along the way through self-teaching and sharing different things you discover with your mates.”

K: “Where are you planning to go with this next single? Is this going to become part of a greater project?”

H: “We are working towards a track list for an EP, and now it’s just working out which tracks will stick with us and which previous tracks will be on the EP. But that doesn’t mean that we’ll be leaving the other tracks behind us, we’ll be pushing them as well and continuing to perform them live. We’re still unsure if the EP will be entirely new songs or if we’ll stick with some of the songs we’ve already released and push them further.”

K: “How did you settle on the overall style and layout of the music video?”

H: “With the song being titled “West Coast” the verses are completely based around summer and coastal scenes. Something that has been a massive part of my life is going down to the beach every weekend possible and getting into the waves, having a surf. My girlfriend and I would go and explore the coast and cliffs, and so it’s a big part of my life. We thought it would fit really well to have images of that (kind of) scenery. I called up a friend who is quite decent at editing video, and we gathered a massive library of footage from our friends which we put together. We basically filmed it in one night and stuck the lyrics over the top.”

KINGS

(u) West Coast is available for purchase on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1124506888?ls=1&app=itunes)

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SINGLE REVIEW: Views Up [Prod. Rookie Pro] by NYUON

NYUON or N.Y, a Melbourne based rapper, self-produced musician and songwriter has just premiered his new single, Views Up, a song which explores everything from N.Y’s early days discovering and exploring music, to the modern day life of a rap musician and the modern music scene.

The piece begins with a seemingly random assortment of instruments, beats and sounds, almost akin to some form of pre performance sound check. It keeps the listener guessing for the first twenty seconds or so, trying to figure out the song. What is the main hook? How is the beat structured? When is N.Y going to come in?

The only answer to all of these questions is given mere seconds before the song lurches into full speed, as four indicative hi-hat splashes set the tempo.

This is an excellent way to introduce a listener to a piece of music for the first time, as this piqued curiosity leads to a genuine and almost rewarding sense of surprise as all of the elements, shown first in relative isolation, come together and drag you head first into the song in a truly immersive and indeed almost aural bombardment of strong driving grooves and airy leading phrases.

Aside from the more urban roots reflected in the main beat and bass lines, Views Up takes on a more modern “lounge/urban” feel with the accompaniment of gliding piano melodies and ambient synthesizer tones filling out the sound and giving a more driven, reverberating feel to the listener’s ears, like sitting back and letting the soothing bass vibrate your ear drums in a comforting way.

As for lyrical content, N.Y’s lyrics are first used as a device to describe the change in attitudes of people he was once surrounded with growing up, then reflecting on his current life and aspirations.

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Particularly, N.Y uses the old paradigm wherein people seem to want nothing to do with you, but all of a sudden leap onto your success as though it’s something they can lay claim to being a part of, which he describes as

“One time for the girls that didn’t choose us, in High School we were losers, nowadays all they say is that they knew us”

In a prior interview with The Real Songwriters of Melbourne, N.Y describes this inner reflection and storytelling as a means to create an interesting narrative but still keep the desired story relevant and perhaps provide insight for those who listen to his music.“With me, I just get in my zone and get lost in my brain,” he describes.

As the song progresses, N.Y turns to his current life in the music scene, reflecting on what little he had coming up and pursuing music to now where he has achieved broader recognition and “can have nice things”

This song immediately cemented itself to me as a great motivator for people who might feel discouraged when it comes to having or indeed pursuing any form of aspirational goal, although in fairness this can also equally be seen as a song for relaxation, encouraging the listener to feel content in their life and its direction.

With a single this well written produced, it’s if anything a surprise that this up and coming Melbourne artist isn’t more well-known. But only time will tell how well his work will be received.

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Rating: 4.5/5
A triumphantly feel-good piece of street music, well worth a look.

Written by Kieran Balmeceda

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A Preview of BYMYSELF

Delve into the mind of the 21 year old hip hop artist as BYMYSELF takes you on a 40 minute journey with intimate, chill and cinematic beats.

This will be the latest from NYUON as the Melbourne Music Bank 2014 runner-up is reaching new heights after recently performing at the MCG and other special events, scoring many radio plugs and interviews as well as a successful single launch for fan-favourite track, Your City.

We have the pleasure of revealing the cover of this upcoming project.

BYMYSELF

With a new music video on the way, BYMYSELF will be released online October 23.
You can also grab a free playlist to download now off Bandcamp.

You can check out our interview with NY here on RSOM.
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CHARLES CORBY

There is only one word that describes this songwriter: mysterious.

Upon meeting this artist at a Lygon St café, mystery hovered in the air as I had limited knowledge and a million questions. Yet throughout the conversation, some mysteries were solved, but others remain untold and it’s all part of his master plan.

Meet Charles Corby. A dedicated, driven and unique artist who spends his nights writing and producing music, whilst passing the days meandering through cafes high on caffeine and planning his next steps.

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His last name is no stranger to the public eye as he is in the same family as Melbourne singer/songwriter Matt Corby, winner of the ARIA Award two years in a row for ‘Song of the Year’ (‘Brother’ 2012 and ‘Resolution’ 2013).

When speaking about Matt, he states that he would never refer to him as a means for gaining exposure.
“I’m proud of him, but I wouldn’t use him for publicity.”

Charles is a classically trained vocalist and holds high praise for the grand piano. Heavily influenced by the bands Evanescence and 30 Seconds to Mars, he highlights the prominent features of vulnerability and destructed innocence in his writing. Therefore, to give his music a definitive genre is unclear, yet I would describe it as ‘classically infused rock.’

There are no conventions in songwriting for Charles as he enters with a blank mind and focuses on the intricate melodies of the piano rather than chord progressions. “When I’m singing, I don’t think about the notes, I’m thinking about the content.” For him, music is therapeutic.

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His mysterious character as a person is shown through his music as there are no links to any videos or audio online. But why, you ask? This is all part of his giant plan on the road to stardom. He calls it, “the backwards way.” He says that he is taking a different route than most artists. “I don’t really care [how] everyone else is doing it, I do what is most innate to me.”

With an original repertoire of around 100 songs, it’s amazing how he will not reveal any music to anyone, (us included). Yet Charles mentions that he wants his music to be 100% before releasing it. “If they have to hear something, it has to be exactly what I want them to hear.”

So, what is Charles up to right now?

What we’ve been told is that he is currently planning a single to be released later in the year. This includes a quick getaway to The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona to shoot some promo photos with high profile photographer Andrew Guillaume who shoots for events such as Melbourne Fashion Week. He is also interested in collaborating with other artists on future projects.

I don’t know about you, but after meeting him, I am left wanting more.

We thank Charles for featuring on RSOM and we wish you all the best for your future endeavours. We are all sitting at our desks waiting for the announcement of your single’s release.

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COCOA NOIRE

Cocoa Noire, comprised of Jackson and Francoise, say that their music is influenced by their love of electronic, disco and early house beats.

With previous performances including Strawberry Fields Festival, Melbourne Music Week as well as this year’s St Kilda Festival, they love making the audience’s musical experience “unique and incomparable.”

As songwriters, it is the everyday things around them that they draw inspiration from, whether it be people, music, food and travel, but most of all, it is the different story that each individual is living that drives their music.

Cocoa Noire formed only a few years ago, when they were both musically involved with other projects. With Jackson being a DJ and Francoise performing in various groups, it wasn’t until they performed spontaneously at a party that they then decided to create music together.

They describe their music as a sound that goes against the “specific genre of disco and early house music,” mostly because they love to experiment with different sounds in order to properly express their ideas.

Cocoa Noire like to create an “organic relationship” with their audience, meaning that they prefer to connect with people through music rather than through online interaction. Making people dance and enjoy the moment is the main focus to each and every one of their performances.

“We love that kind of interaction and much prefer it to any online interaction.”

As many bands and artists, Cocoa Noire don’t have a set procedure when it comes to writing and creating new songs but normally collaborate their individual ideas. With Jackson focusing on the rhythmic aspect using his DJ/producing experience, Francoise takes the lead in the melodic avenue. “Feeling good is the priority,” they say as they ensure that they love every bit of their songs before they finish writing.

Currently the duo are still working on new material and making the most of the songwriting process and are yet to release an EP.

“We are working towards sound that we are completely happy with and we don’t really care on how long it takes. We want to feel good and we want to take our time in achieving this”.

 They perform regularly on weekends so to get more details on their whereabouts visit them on Instagram.

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Written by Kyra Tsitsinaris

Q&A WITH CHARM OF FINCHES

Charm of Finches is made up of sisters Mabel (16) and Ivy (13).
Mabel tells Jena all about their journey together so far.

J: So, firstly, can you please introduce yourself?
M:
“Well, my name is Mabel and I’m 16. I’m a singer/songwriter living in Northcote, Melbourne. I play guitar mainly, and sometime ukelele in our live shows. I also play cello, but only on recordings. My sister Ivy is 13, and she sings amazing harmonies and co-writes songs with me. She also plays violin and banjo.”

J: What was it like singing with each other in the house as sisters growing up? Have you always performed together?
M: “We’ve grown up in a musical household. Our mum is a musician and we’ve also listened to a lot of music, especially folky stuff, and old time music with lots of harmonies. Our mum has led choirs while we’ve been growing up, so harmonies has been a hot topic of conversation throughout our lives. My sister and I used to make up songs about our guinea pigs and try and think up crazy harmonies singing in the bathtub! Also, we have gone to Steiner school which means singing in the classroom everyday!”

J: When did you start songwriting? How did it come about?
M: “I wrote a song when I was about 8 years old about birds and wanting to fly and I performed it to my toys! In Grade 6 my teacher encouraged us to write a song for our end of year CD that reflected on our journey through primary school. My song was called In Another Life. I can’t even remember what it was about! I quickly became addicted to writing songs after that.”

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J: When did you decide to become Charm of Finches and head out into the Melbourne live scene?
M: “Ivy and I started busking with our friend Bel when we were about 8 and 11 as ‘The Highway Sisters’ doing bluegrass and gospel three-part harmony stuff. We were inspired by the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack. We occasionally were asked to perform. Then in 2014, I decided to record my original songs and make a CD for my Year 8 major project. That’s when Ivy and I became a sister duo Charm of Finches.”

J: Where have you performed around Melbourne?
M: “Most of our shows have been at festivals, actually. We have performed at lots of local venues: our locals in Northcote, Open Studio and The Wesley Ann, Gasometer in Collingwood, The Corner and The Flying Saucer Club, both with Clare Bowditch and The Spotted Mallard, which is such a lovely room.

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J: What it is like performing to big crowds at such a young age? Do you feel nervous?
M: No, we don’t get nervous. We were a bit starstruck and nervous before opening for Kasey Chambers at The Murwuillumbah Country Roots Festival last October. We had just met her and knew she was at the side of the stage watching. We don’t really get nervous though.”

J: Do you write the songs together or does one write both music and lyrics? How do you write your music?
M: “I usually have written both lyrics and music, while Ivy has composed harmonies which I feel is an intrinsic part of our sound, and therefore an important part of the songwriting. Recently, Ivy has started writing songs and bringing them to me partially formed. So there a lot more co-writing both of lyrics and music now.”

J: Can you tell us about one of your originals and how you came about writing it?
M: “I like to write songs about what it’s like being a teenager and draw inspiration from what I observe in the people I go to school with as well as myself. The song, Lost Girl, has a very melancholic feel. It’s about someone’s insecurity in themselves and how they try to prove themselves and find their identity. The song is written from the perspective of a boy in a relationship with a girl. In the end he makes the realisation that she has flaws like anyone else. In terms of composition, there are only three chords in the songs.

It’s very simple, bit it serves the song well. More chords don’t necessarily make a song better. When I decided to put it on the new album, I still wasn’t sure whether it was finished, because it’s so simple with only three verses and a middle bit which is like a chorus, but only happens once. After a while I realised there was nothing more to add to it and felt complete. It’s a perfect last song for the album, as it sounds like an ‘after thought’. We just finished shooting the video up in country NSW in sand dunes.”

J: Have you released any EP’s or are currently making one?
M: “We released our debut EP in 2014. It has 6 original songs on it, and is fairly representative of the live sound. We are currently recording our second album with an amazing producer, Nick Huggins. It’s looking like ten songs, with piano, lush strings (Ivy and I playing violin and cello) and even a touch of banjo along with our signature harmonies and guitar sound.”

Check out their current video clip for original, Home.

J: Have you got anything coming up that you would like to promote? 
M: “Yes! Well, firstly we have a Pozible campaign running right now to help us complete our album project. We had a bit of fun making the Pozible video, with cameos from our little brother and mum. This is our second Pozible campaign. We thought the first one was such a great move. We were discovered by many people and it helped us pay for CD pressing. We also have already set the date for our Album Launch. It’s on Saturday 6th August at the Wonderland Spiegeltent at Docklands. It’s such a beautiful space inside, underneath that surreal massive wheel!

J: What is the one piece of advice you have to a young songwriter like yourselves who wants to start performing and get their name out there?
M: “Firstly: be yourself. Develop your own sound and don’t try to copy other people you think are popular. Be dedicated to your art and keep making it regardless of what others say. Find out what is special about what you do. Practice a lot! To get gigs, try and play as much as you can to develop your live show and allow your songs to develop. We found busking helped us develop a strong performance and going our and seeing local music you love.

Being part of songwriting events, like ‘Songwriters in the Round’ is also a great way to connect with other songwriters and getting known. I know this was supposed to be one piece of advice…woops. But entering competitions is worthwhile. You just never know! We enter songwriters competitions a lot. To our utter surprise, our song Paper and Ink ended up winning the Darebin Songwriters Award last year.”

“Our music is what interests people , so seeing us perform live is ultimately the best insight into ourselves as artists.”

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