Article Written by Justin A. Gamache
Each Interview I participate in is like a piece of me gets upgraded and each of those times I fall in love with the person I am interviewing. It is good vibes I get from a job I do enjoy. I’m definitely on Coconut Island as we speak!
Here’s the interview as follows:
- What inspired you to write music?
I’ve been writing music since I was 12. My first song, “Fool Don’t Be”, is still available online. Inspiration comes from many places – things I hear, people I meet, stuff I see or imagine, being in nature, etc. My most recent song “Coconut Island” is inspired by my travels and personal experiences in some cool tropical places.
Fool Don’t Be
- What do you most enjoy about being a musician?
Performing on stage for an audience eager to hear my music. I’ve been blessed to play on some pretty big stages for up to 40,000 people. That’s a rush. Most recently I played a couple of private gigs at Gov Ball, the big New York City music festival.
- What was the biggest problem you’ve had to overcome so far?
As an Indie artist, the biggest challenge is being heard. Unlike big labels, I don’t have much influence on or direct access to the play listers of the big streaming services (like Spotify) and radio. I really rely on fans to get the word out about my music.
- If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
We are in a transition from a world where 3 record companies decided which artists are played to a world where fans can increasingly choose who they listen to. In general, this is a huge improvement. It is also a huge challenge for everyone in music. Would be great for Indie artists to have more real help in navigating this new world. A lot of people are ready to take money from musicians, but only a few can really support them in advancing their careers.
- What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why?
Creating and performing are the best parts. Actually, running the business of music can be less exciting for most artists, but you have to understand the money flows, legal issues, etc. Otherwise it is hard to continue to do what you love.
- Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
The experience can be great in different venues, even if the feel is a bit different. I’ve performed in relatively small venues and medium-sized clubs like B.B. King’s or Hard Rock. The contact to people is closer which is really cool. When I played large shows in places like the House of Blues or festivals like SunFest the audience was bigger, but the energy was also incredible.
- How do you interact and respond to your fans?
People reach out to me in many ways. When I play live, I make a point of saying hi to fans that want to connect. I also get a lot of messages on social media, which I always appreciate. People are almost always very kind and supportive. It really is motivating.
- What is an average day to you?
Usually it starts with meditation and yoga. Then I work on getting better at music. For a singer, their voice needs to constantly be trained to keep it healthy. I typically also play keys daily. Finally, I also share new things with fans on social media and try to connect with them. When I am not working on music, I try to stay healthy – eating right and keeping active. It’s also good to get out in the world a bit to get new ideas. I love a great concert, dancing to techno, getting out into nature, reading good books or traveling to new places.
- What are your favorite songs you have written so far? (can I find these songs to share on YouTube?)
Not sure an artist can pick favorites. They all are in some way. My most popular tunes recently are “Enter the Dreamland”, “Lights Out” and “Jungle Potion”. I also just put out “Coconut Island” which people seem to really like, especially as they get in summer mode. You can find them all on my YouTube.
New Song “COCONUT ISLAND”
- What advice would have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
The first thing is to decide whether you are really willing to do what it takes to be an artist. It is one of the hardest professions. You need to learn your craft as perfectly as you can, but then also learn about the business of music. There are a few million musicians out there but only some thousands that can make a living from their art. Getting there is a tough journey that you have to be ready for. It’s so worth it though when it all comes together and you can share your creations with fans.
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