Style of Music: EVERYTHING
I am a singer, violinist, composer/arranger, sideman of many styles, session musician, live performer.
1. What made you want to be a musician for a living?
I had no choice. My parents are a professional violinist and cellist and they started me on violin at 6 years old.
2. It’s common for musicians to be out of work for long periods of time. How can you supplement this time without work? How can you transition out of this period as quickly as possible?
I’m always working somehow. Even though summers are generally slower, I use that time to write music and try to stay calm 🙂
3. As an independent artist, what have you done to successfully create music that competes with major label big budget artists? What would you have done differently? What advice would you give to other independent artists when budgeting funds?
Man, I just keep my head down and try not to look at what’s going on with the industry. I do my private party/corporate gigs to be able to afford to make art. Frankly, I can’t compete and I don’t care. But 10 years ago, I would have done more to push myself as an independent artist and worry less about making $$. Easier said than done. But that window is short and precious.
4. How important is the choice studio/engineer when it comes to recording the music that means the most to you?
Extremely important. It’s pretty much essential.
5. How important is image? How has social media played a role in your image and your career? What advice would you give to other independent artists?
Videos, videos, videos. I make like 5 music videos a year. No-one wants to listen to a song without some sort of visuals anymore.
6. How do you go about making connections? What is the importance of the connections you make? How do you utilize them?
I pass out my cards to this day. I pass out my albums. I go out to shows. I went and played at the Baked Potato on a Monday Jam night the night I moved to LA in 2010. In 2015, a man that I met there said he needs me to contract a 10 piece string orchestra for Annie Lennox’ videos and live performances. I was the concertmaster/soloist for the project, and that MD was the MD for Jeff Lynn of ELO… Domino effect.