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Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
ive been songwriting and singing quietly since the age of 11,i grew up in the glouster area. looking back the lyrics seemed kinda cheesey and its good to practice and practice untill you master what you do. at the age of 18 i picked up a guitar and self taught myself chords, and fused this with my lyrics to create music. i used to pay alot of money, going to recording studios to get my original songs on CD. i used to send demos off and actually heard back from one record label offering me a D.I.Y album deal. the catch was it cost £5000 and at the time i was unemployed with no experience in work nor any good qualifications. i went into college to boost up some of my GCSE grades and spotted an email one day looking for the glos college x factor. even though it was for the next campus across town, i had to apply and so the next week i attended. i sang and even though i didnt win i did get through to the only live show they had on an evening where, after my preformance the girl bands would say how great i was and id was kinda bashful and returned the compliments. i decided to go into college to do a music diploma and i met a strange group of musicians who wanted to imatate famous artists instead of being themselves. i later went on to do a music degree at university where other musicians would ridicule me for putting music and vlogs online. i have always had the passion for music and i believe my unique sound has potential and still not come off as generic in todays mainstreme realeses. whilst at uni i was hunted down by a sky tv agent who wanted me to sing for a dating show called sing date, i managed to get a partnership with simon cowells the You generation with my youtube channel "TheDarkhounds" and i even did a bit of paid modeling which was easy money, i also was an extra in itvs dark angel and and extra for the movie limehouse golem ( see youtube vids telling of my experience) after uni i found it hard getting work as having a degree makes you unemployable. the job centres (benefits office) told me to remove the degree from my c.v if i hope to get a job, in doing so i managed to get a job in a local cafe. in my spare time i have created an album and released it on itunes spotify deezer tidal and the play store. ive learnt alot from making my album and have already started working on the second, however this time i will not hold back and make it 10x better the the first.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
i believe the days of playing in pubs for simon cowell or any other a&r man to spot you has long been dead. the key is to never give up and network as much as possible, also with any jobs you need conections, and i think i may have one soon
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
when doing live preformances i do constant practice so its almost like being on auto pilot.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
recently what with having a main job to live, i dont tour and i wouldnt play in pubs for drunks, i want bigger fish to fry
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
i do plan on buy more upgrades for my own recordings and software,
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
social networking (not fb) works better for me as i can actually chat to people from around the globe
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
i guess dommin, the guy and his band have a unique take on rock that reminds me of a darker 1950s
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
yep definitly working on a better newer album, the last one was partly made cause of a uni module and so i had to be careful what i added and what content i used, but for the next album coming possibly summer 1018, i want to push myself more and perfect my music. its hard networking when no ones heard of you, i hope my current album will help gain some fans so when the second album is released they can enjoy it instantly.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
id be doing music, music is the reason i carry on living, without it theres no point to my life
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
a new album is currently in the works, but fans can subscribe to my youtube and vids are posted randomly once per month as youtube is more of a hobby than a platform to show music vids. its way to easy for people to use sites like youtube to mp3 and steal music nowadays, more and more people who like the lates pop track will download it for free on their phones and unsigned artists like me are finding it hard to make money.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
i guess no one has shown me any support, the moment you tell someone youve released and album and are a serious musician they look at you like youre mad. most of my own family and friends have no idea of my youtube partnership through my singing, no idea of my vlogs and no idea of my self made published album "The Man Who Bleeds"