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In this series, we are catching up with musicians from all over the world to talk about their passion: music

Alexander Stewart is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist from Toronto, Canada. He gained a large fanbase with his covers of today’s most popular songs, from artists like Ed Sheeran, 21 Pilots, and Taylor Swift. Currently, Alexander is on tour all over North America and Europe. We are catching up with him to talk about his music, experiences, and life as a musician.

 

Give me a little insight of what a typical day in your life looks like

Well, I’m still in high school but the way my schedule works, I only have to be in class in the mornings, which means I get to spend every afternoon working on my music, playing, singing, or recording a cover. Sometimes I hang out with friends, (but mostly on the weekends) and I love keeping up with my social media and seeing what my awesome followers are up to.

Being a musician isn’t always easy, what problems do you face on a daily basis?

I would say the biggest issue for me is time management. There is so much to do in a day, like covers, practicing piano, keeping up with my socials, schoolwork of course, writing music, recording in my dad’s studio, working out, and of course seeing my friends every once in a while. I find it difficult to find time to do it all.

What music did you listen to growing up?

I would listen to whatever my sister was listening to, and she has a fantastic, wide-ranging taste in music! So I was hearing a real variety of stuff, much of it very “vibey.” Plus my dad loves jazz, so that was always playing during dinner.

Did you always plan on being a musician?

I think I was singing before I could talk! I’ve always had a feeling this is what I wanted to do, but I started really taking it seriously a few years ago.

 When and how exactly did you decide to make a YouTube channel?

I actually always wanted a YouTube channel so I set one up in 2010, but it seemed too scary to actually post covers and originals. And then one day almost two years ago my friend was really pushing me to do it, and I just decided, what the heck! Why not?? I posted my first few videos and was nervous about what people would think. I actually considered taking them down. But slowly and surely, people started subscribing. And now it’s growing so quickly and opening up a lot of avenues for me.

Do you have some tips for musicians reading this who want to create their own YouTube channel?

I get asked this all the time by people who watch my videos, and I always say, just go for it! Be yourself and post as much as you can. It is such an amazing feeling to have your songs, either covers or originals, be heard by others.

How would you describe the music that you make?

Mostly pop. I love ballads, although a ton of my covers are really upbeat, catchy songs.

Are you working on new material for your next album? How far along is it?

I am working on new music. I hope my EP will be out within the next year, and I’m so excited to have people hear it!

Are there themes or topics you want to write about on your next album?

I feel very strongly that people should be accepted for who they are, so that will be a central part of what I write about.

Take me through your song writing process

I love to write with other artists, and in those cases, the process is always different. But if I’m by myself, there’s no set process. In “Could Have Been”, for example, I started with chords and that led to the melody and then the words. But with “Make It Through”, the words came to me first. The one thing that’s pretty constant is I write from personal experience, about things I feel strongly about. The other thing that has to happen is edit, edit, edit until I can be proud of the final product.

How do you know when a song is ready?

Somehow, you just know. I’m very picky and I keep making changes and editing. But at a certain point, it just feels ready.

What is the most important song you wrote emotionally? What’s the story behind it?

I wrote “Make It Through” last year. It is about someone I care about very much. The message was to keep the faith.. that no matter how down they felt, or how hopeless things seemed, they could make it through.

Where do you want to be in five years, what are things that you’re still hoping to achieve?

Hopefully, I’ll have a few albums out at that time, and be touring the world!! That’s the

ultimate dream!

If you had the choice to do a collaboration with any musician, who would it be and why?

I would love to collab with Shawn Mendes.

Do you have tips for musicians that they can use when practicing their instrument/vocals

I’d say get into a routine that you’re comfortable with and keep at it, even if it’s hard. I used to hate practicing piano, but you get out what you put in. Now I know that the more you play, the easier it gets, and the more fun.

What do you think about the fleeber initiative? A platform for musicians, stores, producers, and fans.

I think this is so fantastic, and I’m so flattered that you’re interviewing me. The more information and insights that people have into what others do and how they approach things, the easier it is to follow your own path. It’s so important to soak up as much as you can from others, and this is a fantastic way of bringing us all together.

How do you prepare yourself for a performance (what’s your routine when you are just about to hit the stage?)

I get really nervous before I go on stage, and there is nothing I can do to stop it. I probably bite my fingers more than I should! But I love to perform so I just wait for that amazing moment when I walk on stage and the nerves just disappear.

Are you going on tour? Where can people see you playing live?

PressPlay has asked me to join their tour as a special guest. So I’ll be appearing May 20th in Toronto, my hometown! I am so excited for the opportunity to perform, and to meet fans.

You can grab your tickets at PressPlay.co

 

Get in contact with Alexander Stewart!

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOnuUddDN2ssa2q__2OW6qg
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_alexanderstewart
Twitter: https://twitter.com/_alexanderstew

 

 

 

January 2017: First To Eleven

In this series, we are catching up with musicians from all over the world to talk about their passion: music!

First To Eleven: (from left to right) Audra Miller, Matthew Yost, Bo Root, Chad Tucker, and Charlie Root

First To Eleven is a rock band from Erie, United States. The band consists of Bo Root (guitar), Matthew Yost (guitar), Chad Tucker (bass), Charlie Root (drums), and Audra Miller (vocals). The band has won several competitions such as the Tri-C Rock Off in both 2015 and 2016. Besides making covers (you should really check out their cover of I Don’t Wanna Live Forever) the band has also released original music. Currently, they are putting the finishing touches on a brand new EP (you can find their previous EP, Out Of Time right here).

 

Give me a little insight of what a typical day in your life looks like

We’re all still in high school so it usually starts with that garbage. Once that’s over with we all get online and answer any questions or comments we get on our social media. We listen to music, watch videos, then go to practice.

Being a musician isn’t always easy, what problems do you face on a daily basis?

Sometimes we sit down and say to ourselves “let’s write something” or “let’s get started on this song” and then in the process we just hit a wall. Overcoming those little speed bumps is really the extent of any problems we encounter on a regular basis. And YouTube trolls, but those usually put us in a better mood because they are usually hilarious.

What music did you listen to growing up?

Kidz Bop, The Wiggles, Yo Gabba Gabba

Did you always plan on being a musician?

I think most of us at least wanted to. Chad’s mom made him join our band when he was 10. Pretty sure he cried at the first practice.

When and how exactly did you decide to make a YouTube channel?

We actually made our first cover 5 years ago when we were 11-12 for Katy Perrys E.T. It got 30,000 views which was a lot back then. Then our parents told us we were too young to be playing a “suggestive” song like that. So we kinda curbed the YouTube idea for a few years till we came back to it in July of 2016.

Do you have some tips for musicians reading this who want to create their own YouTube channel?

Use Autotune. Just Kidding. Make sure you do research and pay attention to trending songs and videos. Support the Nightcore community and don’t film in 60fps.

How would you describe the music that you make?

Pop with a rock twist. We love the catchiness and simplicity of pop but we love the energy of a rock show so we try to bridge those two elements together.

Are you working on new material for your next album? How far along is it?

The new EP is all recorded and is getting its final edits. We’re putting together ideas for art, design, and videos right now.

 

 

 

Are there themes or topics where you want to write about on your next album?

So far we’ve only started on one song for our 2018 E.P. but it’s dealing with people that feel disconnected with life and having a difficult time finding traction to right themselves. It’s kind of an “I know what you’re going through” kind of song.

Take me through your songwriting process

We start by listening to our favorite music and that usually inspires us to write. A lot of times the inspiration ends up being so far removed from the end product that it’s hardly recognizable. It’s like a game of “telephone”. Once we have a solid verse/chorus feel we kind of get a visual image in our head based on the music. Then, the lyrics come from that. Does that make sense??

How do you know when a song is ready?

Once it’s done. We don’t try to hide our “sucky” songs, we think it’s important to share the entire process of being in a band with everyone. The good and the bad.

What is the most important song you wrote emotionally? What’s the story behind it?

It’s weird trying to think of one of our songs as being the most emotional. I guess at the time we wrote them they all were emotionally significant but now after playing them so many times, they are all in the “over it” category. Putting something in a song has got to be the quickest way to put something behind you.

Where do you want to be in five years, what are things that you’re still hoping to achieve?

5 years is a long time away! Touring is at the top of our list. We really want to be able to get out there and actually meet all of the people that have been supporting us and helping us grow this band to what it is now.

If you had the choice to do a collaboration with any musician, who would it be and why?

There are so many bands and musicians we look up to and are inspired by. Pvris, Bring Me The Horizon, Say Anything, are a few but it seems so insane for any one of them to know who we are let alone wanting to work with us.

Do you have tips for musicians that they can use when practicing their instrument/vocals?

Make sure you have a good foundation when you start playing. Get the basics solid and try to avoid developing any bad habits. Get a teacher that understands what your goals are and also understands that every student is unique. It sucks when the person that’s there to guide you is pulling you in a direction you’re not interested in going.

What do you think about the Fleeber initiative?

Audra Miller

It’s great! We’d love to see an industry standard social media for the music industry.

How do you prepare yourself for a performance (what’s your routine when you are just about to hit the stage)?

Audra always has room temp water and Charlie eats a blue snow cone.

Are you going on tour? Where can people see you playing live?

No plans to tour right now. We’re playing a lot of shows locally but the best place to catch us is to follow our social media!!

 

Get in contact with First To Eleven!

Website: http://www.firsttoeleven.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/firsttoeleven
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firsttoeleven

December 2016: Vito Astone

In this series, we are catching up with musicians from all over the world to talk about their passion: music!

 

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Vito Astone is a 40-year-old guitarist and bassist from Taranto, Italy. He is a musician with over ten years of experience playing all kinds of instruments (besides guitar and bass, he plays keyboard and bouzouki). As if his life isn’t busy enough, Vito also arranges, produces, and composes songs for both artists and songwriters. This month, fleeber got the chance to speak with him and we asked him about his musicianship and plans for the future.

 

Give me a little insight of what a typical day in your life looks like

Usually, I work in my studio for many hours a day, recording and producing arrangements for different artists. In the evenings I try to relax because I’m quite tired after a long day in the studio. In fact, it often seems to me that there are not enough hours in a day for everything I want to do.

What music did you listen to growing up?

I have listened to a little bit of everything, I used to listen to Italian pop, rock and international pop, bossa nova, and Latin. But now I really like modern country and music in the style of Dirty Loops, a great band by the way, you should really check them out!

Did you always plan on being a musician?

No, I started playing music relatively late in my life, slowly the interest in music and production won me. Before becoming a musician I worked in a factory.

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I started my YouTube channel in 2007. In the early years I was not very interested in YouTube, but later, with the rise of technology, I understood its full potential. That’s when I started doing covers and created content for other musicians such as backing tracks for guitar and bass.

Do you have some tips for musicians reading this who want to create their own YouTube channel?

Try to visualize things drifting from imagination and creativity, what else do you need!?

How would you describe the music that you make?

I have written a few things, but they are still in the drawer.

Are you working on new material for your next album? How far along is it?

For years, I had the plan to make and release an album, but I can never finish it. Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish and release it somewhere in the future.

When do you know when a song is ready?

When you feel that you don’t have to add anything more. It’s really hard to explain actually, you just have to ‘’feel’’ it.

Being a musician isn’t always easy, which problems do you face on a daily basis?

Being a musician is very challenging, you always have to improve, learn about new technologies and use them, and don’t forget the bureaucracy involved.

What is your favourite artist/band and why?

Right now it’s Dirty Loops, they have an amazing technique, music taste…

 

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There’s no particular venue where I want to perform, playing in the USA however, is something I really want to do.

You have a popular YouTube channel right now, what are the things you’re still hoping to achieve?

Well, there are a few actually, I like to find my ‘’own’’, special, way of making music, collaborate with many artists and reach 100,000 subscribers.

If you had the choice to do a collaboration with any musician, who would it be and why?

There’s no artist in particular but I love to work with some great international pop artists.

How much do you practice?

Always!

Do you have tips for musicians that they can use when practicing their instrument/vocals

Practice as much as you can and listen to music. Listening to music can really get your creative process going. When you hear a lot of different kinds of music, your head starts to fill with ideas of things that you can incorporate in one of your own songs.

How do you prepare yourself for a performance (what’s your routine when you are just about to hit the stage?)?

There’s not that much to it, I just try to relax and concentrate on what I’m going to perform.

Are you going on tour? Where can people see you playing live?

I have been on tour with an Italian artist for three years but now I’m only doing work in the studio. But if  there were to be some new opportunity to play live I would not mind leaving the studio for a while to go on tour.

 

Get in contact with Vito!

Website: https://www.astonevito.it
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/VitoAstone
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vito-Astone/134867149901564
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107536502442147192119
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astonevito/

 

November 2016: Rosendale

In this series, we are catching up with musicians from all over the world to talk about their passion: music!

Rosendale (Brian Wang) is a 26-year-old singer-songwriter from San Francisco, United States. He’s best known for his covers on YouTube, especially his annual a cappella recaps of the hottest songs, featuring various musicians. Currently, Rosendale is working on a 5 song EP which will be released early 2017. We are catching up with him to talk about his music, experiences, and life as a musician.

 

Give me a little insight of what a typical day in your life looks like

In the morning, I usually start working on songwriting, music production for an upcoming cover on my YouTube channel, or general self-learning (vocal technique training and watching production tutorials). In the afternoon, when my voice is more awake, I will either record vocals, film YouTube videos, work on collaborations, or work on any other projects that come along. The evenings are mostly focused on updating my social media and responding to emails and requests.

Being an independent musician gives you the freedom to do whatever you want, but this involves a lot of planning, business skills, and marketing. How are you keeping your focus on the music when there’s all this other work you have to do?

I think it’s tough, but I guess it’s just part of the whole independent musician experience. It is being able to learn a lot of things on your own. The more you do them, the more you get better at them. Besides being a musician, I’m also a business brand myself. I guess these things are just part of the process. I usually try to balance between responding to emails, Skyping with somebody, and making a new track for an EP or cover. I think a lot of the times it comes hand in hand with each other. So Skyping with you, for example, I would consider it to be part of a whole process and not just a bit on its own.

A record label would take care of the business part of your career but you’re likely to lose a part of your freedom. Would you consider joining a label when you got an offer?

I would definitely consider it, but I would have to look at the terms of the contract carefully to see if it’s beneficial for both parties. I’ve heard a lot of stories about people joining a record label, and they end up being trapped in a contract and they can’t release any new music. They’re basically at a standstill. It’s also important for me that they take care of both the business stuff and also the promotion. They should be able to reach a wider audience than if I were to promote my music on my own. 

What music did you listen to growing up?

When I was a kid, I listened just to pop. Later, my friends introduced me to hip hop. Then I moved to China and I lived in Shanghai for two years. Over there, I met a group of Korean friends and they started introducing me to Korean music. When I came back to the United States, I started listening to more alternative and more acoustic music. And now, of course, electronic dance music. That’s probably the music I listen to the most because that’s the music I create as well.

Do you think it’s important for a musician to be interested in different styles and to be able to play in different styles? 

The more you know about different genres, the more easily you can feel inspired. You can create something that’s more complex than if you were to listen solely to pop or  hip hop. I like how jazz music works; it has very interesting chords and chord progressions. You can bring that over into an EDM song and create something that’s more complex. For example, if you listen to one of Zedd’s songs, you’ll notice that he uses a lot of interesting chord progressions. He changes songs in ways that are very different than what you hear normally. So I think the more you know, the better.

Did you always plan on being a musician?

I always had the thought in the back of my mind that I’d like to pursue music for a living. I started singing when I was a kid and my passion for performing started then. For a while, my parents weren’t very supportive of me becoming a full-time musician. They would rather that I found a different full-time job and worked on music just as a hobby. However, when they saw that I was truly committed to making music and YouTube videos, they slowly came around to the idea.

What is your advice for the musician whose parents aren’t very supportive of the idea of them becoming a full-time musician?

That’s a good question; I feel like I was a little bit more lucky in that sense. I know a lot of people who depend on their parents more than I do, and are still living with them. In that kind of situation, it becomes more crucial that you can convince your parents. I don’t live with my parents anymore, so I kind of get to live my own life. But to people who are still living with their parents, I would say: show them how devoted you are to making things happen instead of wishing for things to happen. If you can only sing, but don’t know how to do anything else, you can start taking piano lessons so that you can play piano and sing. Save money to buy recording equipment or camera equipment so that you can post videos to YouTube. The most important thing is that you take a conscious effort to show them that you’re really passionate about it. I was posting videos to YouTube all the time and, I would just never leave the house; I always stayed home to work on music. They eventually started to notice how passionate I was.

When and how exactly did you decide to make a YouTube channel?

I started making YouTube videos when I was in college, around 2012. I was following a few other musicians on YouTube and thought, “Hey, maybe I could try making some videos too!” So I started off making a few acoustic covers here and there. Later, I started integrating a cappella medleys into my channel.

Do you have some tips for musicians reading this who want to create their own YouTube channel?

I think one of the hardest parts of starting a channel is overcoming the feeling of being overwhelmed by all of the technical skills you need to learn. This includes recording, producing, filming, and editing videos. I think a lot of musicians and singers have huge talent, but might still be waiting to be “discovered” or hoping for a producer to come along and help them make music. My main piece of advice for a new Youtuber is to find a way to fbpromomotivate yourself to learn how to do these things on your own. You will slowly get better and better with practice, and sooner or later you won’t need to rely on others to make music because you can easily do it yourself. For any new musicians, I highly recommend purchasing Logic Pro X and reading/watching some tutorials on how to use it.

How would you describe the music that you make?

For original songwriting, I would describe it as a combination of catchy pop melodies with the intricacies of EDM production. For the cover videos on my YouTube channel, I love making more orchestral and acoustic renditions. In either case, my goal is to evoke some sort of emotional reaction with my music, whether it be happiness, sadness, excitement, or nostalgia.

What is the most important song you wrote emotionally? What’s the story behind it?

One of my favorite songs that I wrote is “Close To You“, a song I worked on in collaboration with two very talented producers, LoaX and Aventry. The lyrics were inspired by the feeling of knowing that you might be in a doomed relationship, but you choose to continue being with that person.

Are you working on new material for your next album? How far along is it?

Yes! I’m currently working on a 5 song EP that is about halfway done. The concept of the EP is to showcase 5 different subgenres of EDM music, featuring my own songwriting and vocals. It’s been very exciting working with a few different producers on every track, and I can’t wait to film videos for them.

How did you come in contact with those producers? Did they reach out to you or do you reach out to them?

Back in 2014, there were a couple of EDM producers that started reaching out to me because they saw my YouTube channel. Sometimes, I stalk producers on Facebook and listen to their music. If I see somebody who I think would be a great project partner, I’ll send them a message. So it’s both ways.

You said that you work with a lot of different producers on your new EP, do you let them produce everything or do you produce some songs by yourself?

For EDM tracks, I usually don’t produce them myself because EDM production isn’t my strong suit. For the EP I am working on right now, I have Skype sessions with the producers to listen to the track together. I’ll ask them to make changes, such as making the kick sound brighter or increasing the volume of a certain synth. I give them feedback in that sense, but I’m not the one doing the actual production work on those tracks.

Are there themes or topics where you want to write about on your next album?

Yes! The EP is centered on themes of love/hate relationships, addiction, sexuality, and comparing and contrasting different societal views, all in terms of my own perspective and experience. I’m hoping that my listeners will be able to relate with some of these concepts.

Take me through your songwriting process

I usually start by listening to an instrumental track with no vocals. I’ll think of a small melodic line that will match the style of the track. The lyrics are usually inspired by whatever I’m feeling at the time, or what I think matches the theme of the track. I like to write about themes from my own experiences, as well as from stories that other people have told me.

Did you follow any kind of training on how to write a song or did you sort it all out by yourself?

I am mostly self-taught. I wish I had taken some songwriting courses when I was still studying at my university. When I was a kid, I was really good at rhyming, but not good at writing lyrics that made any sense or had any deeper meaning to them. I think I got better by doing it over and over again but I would say it’s going to be a work in progress for the rest of my life. I think that you can always get better at songwriting and you never become an expert.

Did you ever suffer from writer’s block?

Yeah, a lot of the time I’ll come up with a good chorus or a good verse, but then I don’t know how to finish. Then the song gets stuck in limbo.

When do you know when a song is ready?

This is a good question! I wonder if a song is ever ready, because I think you can always make tweaks and adjustments to improve it. I remember songs that I have written years ago that I thought were quite good at the time, but listening to them now, I feel like they could be completely revamped.

Bbwwhiteeing a musician isn’t always easy, which problems do you face on a daily basis?

 

For me, the main challenges are making money through music and expanding the reach of my music and videos. As many know, it’s quite difficult to earn a living through music. I make money through several different methods which include YouTube ad revenue, sponsored YouTube videos, writing and recording songs for other people, and other projects that may or may not be related to music at all. I actually worked as a tax accountant for 3 years before transitioning into a full-time musician. During this time, I was able to save up some savings as a buffer for the months where I make less money. I’m also always trying to find new ways to get my videos to new audiences to build my following by experimenting with Facebook ads, Google ads, and other forms of self-promotion.

What is your favorite artist/band and why?

I have too many to just choose one! I’ve always been very inspired by electronica artist Imogen Heap, who does a lot of her own songwriting and production. I really appreciate her lyrics, which are complex and have a deeper meaning.

What’s the best concert you have ever seen?

I watched a Jennifer Lopez concert a few years back, and I was impressed by the vocal quality of her live performance as well as her agility and dance technique on stage. She’s released several great pop and dance hits over the years and it’s inspiring to see her maintain her success throughout her career.

What’s the most special experience you ever had with a fan?

I drove through a McDonalds to get a late night snack, and the person working the register recognized me through my videos. We had a fun little chat, even though I was in my pajamas.

What is your biggest achievement in life musically?

Right now, I’m the proudest of the a cappella medley videos on my channel. Two of them have garnered over one million views. It takes a lot of planning to film a video that combines 20 of the year’s best songs in 4 minutes. I’m always so glad when everything comes together at the end. I’ll definitely continue to be making these videos on my channel for many more years to come.

What is something you still want to do musically?

I’d love to work on a music video that implements several elements of hip-hop and contemporary dance. At the moment I’m still taking classes to improve my dancing technique, so making a video like this happen would be very rewarding!

Is there a venue where you still want to perform?

No special venues at the moment!

You have a popular YouTube channel right now, what are the things you’re still hoping to achieve?

Currently, my channel is mostly focused on covers and medleys. I’m planning to release more originals next year to build a stronger personal brand as a musician. Also, I’d love to work on more collaborations with other musicians and YouTubers.

Where do you want to be in five years?

I’d love to be a performing artist and tour around the world to share my music. I’ll likely still be making YouTube videos, so I hope to keep learning new film techniques to create videos with better production quality in that time.

If you had the choice to do a collaboration with any musician, who would it be and why?

I’d love to do a collaboration Sam Tsui or Kurt Hugo Schneider. I’ve followed them for years on YouTube and it would be an amazing experience to combine my own talents with theirs.

How much do you practice?

A few times a week, and more so before performances. For YouTube, most videos are recorded in advance and then filmed afterward. So sometimes you don’t have to practice to the extent that you would for a live performance. However, I still think it’s important to practice so you’ll be ready for any live performance opportunities.

I can imagine people watching you and thinking, I want what he’s doing right now, I want to be a musician. But many people think they’ll never be able to play an instrument because they think that they have no talent. What’s your view on this, do you need to have talent?

I think it’s definitely something you can learn by practicing. The most important things that you need to have are passion and motivation. Otherwise, you’ll get easily discouraged. Anybody can learn how to sing, or how to dance, or how to perform; you just need to practice.

Even with singing? I can imagine learning how to play an instrument, after all the instrument is the thing that makes the sound. Aren’t vocals a little bit harder in that way because it’s going to be your vocal chords that are going to make the sound, or is it the same?

I think this relates to the question of whether or not you are born with a good voice or if you can learn how to achieve a good voice. I don’t really know the answer to that question. It may be easier for some people to pick up good vocal techniques and to sing in a manner that’s similar to pop artists just because of the way their vocal chords are built. I think that you could also improve a lot if you go and get a voice teacher. It may take you longer to get you where you want to be but there’s always the potential for you to get there.

Do you think that a teacher in real life is better than learning from YouTube? Or do you think that YouTube can be as good as a real teacher?

I think it depends on your learning style. I like going through YouTube videos and searching for how to do something. Some people like the experience of working with a teacher who will give them direct feedback in person. When you’re watching a YouTube video, for example, you’re copying what they’re doing and there’s nobody to give you feedback. Right now, I am doing a lot of self-learning. I like to listen to audio books from successful vocal teachers. They talk you through as though they were teaching you in person.

Do you have tips for musicians that they can use when practicing their instrument/vocals?

Yes! I would recommend listening to other musicians and vocal/instrument instructors to start. When I first started singing, I learned by mimicking the sound and techniques of other artists. Slowly, I started developing my own style to my singing. I’d also recommend taking the time to implement best practices in your rehearsal; for example, good breath support and avoiding vocal strain when singing.

How do you prepare yourself for a performance (what’s your routine when you are just about to hit the stage)?

I usually just take a few deep breaths and think about the songs that I will be performing for a few minutes before a show. No special routines!

Are you going on tour? Where can people see you playing live?

Currently, I don’t have any tour plans, but I am working on an EP that will be released early next year. I’ll be scheduling performances as part of the promotion of the release. You can stay updated by following me on my social media!

 

Get in contact with Rosendale!

Fleeber: https://fleeber.com/musician/rosendale/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/RosendaleSings
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RosendaleSings
Twitter: http://twitter.com/rosendalesings
Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/rosendale
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/rosendalesings

Um pequeno conto sobre o músico, o mercado e a tecnologia…

Era uma vez um músico… Eu não disse se ele é profissional ou amador… Não disse se ele vive de música ou não… E não disse se ele tem uma banda ou toca sozinho no quarto dele…

Nada disso importa para nossa história de hoje, pois assim como qualquer pessoa que joga futebol precisa de bola e chuteira (independentemente de seu nível), todo músico tem necessidades básicas.

Podemos tentar expressar algumas dessas necessidades através de perguntas:

  • Que escolas de música tem no seu bairro?
  • Quantos estúdios de ensaio tem por perto de você?
  • Onde você encontra um professor de gaita que curta Blues?
  • Qual é a melhor maneira de aprender a tocar um instrumento?
  • Como você encontra um integrante para sua banda que more perto e tenha influências semelhantes ao restante da banda?

Ou a mais simples e provavelmente com a resposta menos conhecida: Qual caminho você deve seguir para viver de música?

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Por incrível que pareça, em uma era que o mundo se tornou absolutamente tecnológico e conectado, estas perguntas não podem ser facilmente respondidas. Mas como isso é possível? Simples, toda essa informação está totalmente fragmentada / desorganizada em MUITOS lugares.

Ou seja, então o músico só precisa fazer um esforço e correr atrás que ele consegue achar essas informações correto? Não exatamente… e basicamente por dois motivos:

1. O ser humano é preguiçoso por natureza. Se a informação não é fornecida já “mastigada“, uma porcentagem muito pequena da população vai atrás dela.

2. Parece que reclamar é o mais novo passatempo preferido de todo mundo. É muito mais fácil sair dizendo que ser músico é difícil e pronto, do que efetivamente se organizar e entender o porquê de certas dificuldades e como contorná-las.

Em tempos de “mimimi“, poucas pessoas têm atitude e visão de perceber que existe muita coisa nova, boa e dedicada para ajudar o mercado musical como um todo.

Infelizmente não só os músicos estão com esse comportamento, mas também outros participantes do mercado musical. É comum escutar de lojistas, donos de estúdios, entre outros, que as vendas estão caindo, que a economia está ruim, que está difícil divulgar os serviços e atingir os músicos, etc.

No fleeber (https://fleeber.com) por exemplo, observamos constantemente músicos insatisfeitos que ninguém entra em contato com eles, estúdios dizendo que músicos não marcam ensaios, bandas dizendo que falta informação sobre carreira e bares para tocar, ou lojas reclamando que estão vendendo menos.

O grande problema é que as pessoas esperam que a tecnologia resolva tudo para elas, e não que elas sejam uma ferramenta para elas resolverem suas necessidades. Falta pró atividade e vontade da comunidade como um todo se ajudar e ser mais participativa.

Por isso que a cada dia tentamos organizar ainda mais as informações do mercado musical em um único lugar. Seja conteúdo sobre música, localização de serviços e produtos (professores, escolas, estúdios, lojas, etc), agenda de estúdios, e principalmente músicos, seus estilos, instrumentos, influências e localização. Tudo de forma a facilitar o acesso às informações, oferecer soluções mais próximas de quem está precisando, e acelerar a interação dos participantes do mercado musical.

A tecnologia nada mais é do que o meio para que atinjamos nossos objetivos, mas sempre seremos dependentes de nossa vontade de ir atrás deles. Afinal, o que queremos com a tecnologia é facilitar as coisas, e não que ela nos substitua, correto?

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E você, concorda?

October 2016: Adam Christopher

In this series, we are catching up with musicians from all over the world to talk about their passion: music!

 

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Adam Christopher is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter, guitarist, drummer, and pianist from Indiana, United states. His youtube channel consists mostly of acoustic songs of popular pop tunes. But, creative as he is, he also released an album full of original songs. Besides singing on his own channel, Adam sings in his band called Brothers Grimm. And they are about to release an album! We are catching up with him to talk about his music, experiences, and life as a musician.

 

Give me a little insight of what a typical day in your life looks like.

I like to stay pretty lenient as far as scheduling. I hate monotonous work schedules, so I kind of surprise myself every day. I have every task I need to get done for the week written down on a markerboard next to my bed. When I wake up, I try to pick 2-3 things to complete that day.

Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in a day?

All the time. Usually, it’s on days when I’m recording or filming. There are always unexpected obstacles, and I have found myself recording videos until well past 4am because of it.

How do you find time for your friends and family?

I’ve learned to make time for them. It’s pretty easy for me now, though certain weeks can be more challenging than others. Time goes by very quickly, and you never know how long you have left to spend with the most important people in your life, whoever they may be.

What music did you listen to growing up?

Alternative pop/ hardcore. My favorite bands were All Time Low, Mayday Parade, Nevershoutnever, Sleeping With Sirens, Memphis May Fire, The Maine, and tons more like that.

Did you always plan on being a musician?

No, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be until my freshman year of college. Halfway through the year I just realized that I was wasting all of my time and my hard earned money on a career that I was dreading. I realized that I would rather die poor, young, and happy than old, rich, and miserable. Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that, but I’m prepared for it if it does.

When and how exactly did you decide to make a YouTube channel?

I initially made it in high school. I had a lot of fun learning how to use Garageband and it was just a hobby back then. I did a lot of collaborations with my friends because I was just learning how to sing as well.

Do you have some tips for musicians reading this who want to create their own YouTube channel?

Set goals for yourself. If your goal is to have fun, then just have fun with your channel. If your goal is a career in music, then take it seriously. Post consistent, high-quality content week after week. Collaborate with people who can make you better and learn from them.

How would you describe the music that you make?

My original music is my emotional outlet. Whatever stresses I’m experiencing in my life are made better through my music. I try to steer these emotional feelings through an intellectual outlet, to help my listeners think about their surroundings rather than just absorb them.

1957725_880097348691231_2305649835749826137_oWhat is the most important song you wrote emotionally? What’s the story behind it?

The song is called Home Of The Vain by my band Brothers Grimm. The song is about a realization I had concerning those in authoritative positions, particularly in government. I wrote it during my freshman year of college in about 30 minutes, which is the fastest I have ever written a song.

Are you working on new material for your next album? How far along is it?

It is completely finished actually, I am just waiting on the final mixes to arrive from our producers.

Are there themes or topics where you want to write about on your next album?

Anything and everything that is controversial. I grew tired of things being “off limits”. It causes kids who are developing to shut off their brains and steal the opinions of the people who are restricting them.

Take me through your songwriting process 

It’s different every time really. I like to sit down with one or two other people (usually my band mates), and just start writing whatever comes to our minds.  Sometimes we will write on our couch, other times we will go to a park or scenic place. Often it will develop into something beautiful and amazing. Sometimes it will take an hour, sometimes a day, sometimes months, sometimes years.

When do you know when a song is ready?

Sometimes I just know. Other times, I have to force myself to stop critiquing or I will drive myself mad. I’m a perfectionist and If I didn’t force myself to be done, I would keep changing the song for years and never release it.

Being a musician isn’t always easy, which problems do you face on a daily basis?

We live in a world where most people (for good reason) value education and job security. Being surrounded by these people can be very emotionally taxing, especially when they are my family and closest friends. It is difficult, but I have to force myself to constantly relocate common ground between me and them.

What is your favorite artist/band and why?

Kellin Quinn from Sleeping With Sirens. I absolutely love the look in his eyes when he performs. He loves what he does and has worked so hard to be where he is. He is one of my biggest role models along with Matty Mullins from Memphis May Fire.

What’s the best concert you have ever seen?

Mayday Parade / Sleeping With Sirens at warped tour. I can’t remember what year it was, but it must have been around 5-6 years ago. You could really feel the love for the music.

What’s the most special experience you ever had with a fan?

I had some fans travel from Michigan to Indianapolis to see my band play at a small venue. They knew all the lyrics to our songs, which gave me the biggest smile when I was performing on stage. It’s great to see people that are willing to support their favorite bands like that, even when we are small and pretty unsuccessful.

What is your biggest achievement in life musically?

Opening a concert for The Word Alive. It was an amazing experience with such a great crowd. We also received amazing support from the band, who let us know that they loved our performance specifically and gave us encouragement. Great group of guys.

What is something you still want to do musically?

A hundred things. The next thing on my horizon specifically is incorporating rap music into my band’s EDM / hardcore /  acoustic genre.

Is there a venue where you still want to perform?

Everyone in the world. Mainly, I want to tour overseas. I didn’t get to travel much when I was growing up and haven’t been out of the country. I would love to absorb different cultures of the world while meeting people who have been affected by my music.

You have a popular YouTube channel right now, 893780_1677472792491107_1263490135172068854_owhat are the things you’re still hoping to achieve?

I try not to think too far ahead.  Right now, I’m just thinking toward my next subscriber goal: 50k.

Where do you want to be in five years?

Touring, living in a bus. I want it to be my life.

If you had the choice to do a collaboration with any musician, who would it be and why?

Devin from I See Stars. I love the tone of his voice and the writing style for all of their clean vocals. He also has a pretty similar singing style to mine, but his voice is a little higher.

Do you have tips for musicians that they can use when practicing their instrument/vocals?

Utilize your passion to help you practice. I was never able to just sit down and practice a scale or a series of notes. Figure out what songs inspire you as a person and an artist and learn those to perfection. Practice is boring. Passion is energizing.

How do you prepare yourself for a performance (what’s your routine when you are just about to hit the stage)?

I like to have a little whiskey and jump around a lot. I have to get hyped for a Brothers Grimm show.

Are you going on tour? Where can people see you playing live?

Hopefully, we will be touring soon enough, but for right now we play at the Emerson and the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.

 

Get in contact with Adam!

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/mradamchristopher
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mradamchristopher
Twitter: @adamchristofer
Instagram: @mradamchristopher

Links to Brothers Grimm
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/brosgrimband
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/xbrothersgrimm
Instagram: @brosgrimmband