What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Funnily enough, the “best” advice I was giving was to stop thinking of becoming a musician because it would be impossible to make it and I would never be good enough. It forced me to be simultaneously practical and passionate about my approach to music and to be humble in admitting how I fare against artists that do well within the industry. However, some even better advice is not to compare yourself to anyone else, because the only path you will ever take is your own. Everything always looks so much faster and immediate when you watch from the outside, but real talent takes hours and hours and hours of hard work and failure, so I don’t expect anything but slow, incremental improvement and growth. You also have to learn to do the same things you aspire to do in a few years today, albeit on a smaller scale and act like you are already the person you want to become. Once I put that into practice I realised how great that piece of advice was. Borrow some abundance from your future.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I think this is such a loaded question it is difficult to answer…I think I would change the messaging. A lot of music that sells today tends to perpetuate negative or low-vibration messages, eg. violence, competition, excess capitalism etc. Some of the music still sounds good, but it gets quite tiring hearing the artists saying these things again and again. I think originality is key. The industry holds responsibility for forcing artists into those boxes and it only seems like they take a chance on unconventional artists once they attract unexpected attention, but have no issue backing a less interesting artist with charisma, problematic lyrics, and a questionable fan base. I understand that in business what sells will get the most attention, but even artists that are already selling should be allowed a certain degree of experimentation, especially when there are really cool artists out there that they can collaborate with. Some artists have tried and received some initial backlash, but eventually gained respect for what they did. Ultimately there is a lot of importance on what is released into global consciousness, especially bearing children in mind and the growing spiritual and mental health crisis.