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Artist Spotlight: Doug Hoyer and Jason Donnelly
This month we’re featuring two artists from our Creator to Creator collection—Doug Hoyer and Jason Donnelly. With fresh stock music and sounds that reflect our creative community, this collection focuses on acoustic-style tracks that are designed to resonate with the next generation of creators.
You can always find an element of expression in Doug Hoyer’s work—he writes his music with a feeling or idea in mind and encapsulates it in every note, and this foresight has led to the evolution of his career.
Hoyer got his start like any other young musician: personal entertainment. But Hoyer was a natural and began to rise above the ranks. At the age of 18 he was cast on the Canadian Broadcast Channel show Rock Camp—an experience that instilled in him a passion for creativity. “I was able to be mentored by several Canadian musicians that I really respect and enjoy, including songwriter Joel Plaskett.” Hoyer notes. From this passion came his own artistic philosophy: “The most important thing that I’ve learned about being a music artist is to be true to yourself. Don’t chase fads or other people’s vibes too much.”
The indie pop/folk singer acknowledges the trends in today’s music, but staying true to his music results in a sound that is pure, fresh, and easy on the ears. Throw in his amazing songwriting ability and an upbeat rhythm, and you’ve got an artist that has a knack for producing great music.
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If there is one thing that Jason Donnelly has learned throughout his career, it’s that music is a journey. He never expects where his music will take him, and he never knows where his songs will end up, but that is where he finds true creative excitement. “I’m usually already excited just to hit that first note,” says Donnelly. “I know it is going to take me on a journey. It’s amazing what one or two notes can lead to.”
Largely self-taught, as a musician Donnelly’s journey began when he was a teenager, bouncing from band to band playing the guitar and drums—but it was his high school choir and music theory classes that opened him up to a new world of creativity.
As a DJ ( Dj Puzzle) and the owner of his own loop company—Peace Love Productions—Donnelly composes music for a variety of entities. He is always focused and rarely uninspired, and these are the characteristics that push Donnelly toward success. His work has been licensed to viral videos, radio ads, and even the MLB. Whether he is writing a darker, more somber piece, or creating an upbeat and happy mood, you can always find Donnelly in his studio doing what he loves.
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