“I plan on overcoming this hurdle by focusing on playing festivals where there is a chance to play in front of thousands at one time …”
Check out the interview with Blood of Angels exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Blood of Angels: I started in my first band called Genocide when I was 17 in Columbus, OH. I have been in several bands since, as well as worked as a studio musician.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
We have an awesome publicist in Qabar PR. They have been great in getting us exposure in the metal music press. I also use Facebook advertising, that has helped build our audience. I have also used radio promotion services.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest challenge that we face is the ability to get on the road to promote our release. Opening bands don’t seem to get paid anymore, instead it is required that support acts have a large sum of funds to get on a good tour with little chance of breaking even. I plan on overcoming this hurdle by focusing on playing festivals where there is a chance to play in front of thousands at one time, instead of a few hundred per tour over a long period of time.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in Jacksonville is small, but incredibly supportive. They’re a lot of great rehearsal spaces, local TV video support, and the bands truly support each other. The only thing I don’t like about it is the lack of local blogs and printed press covering it.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Streaming services are going to be the norm in the music industry. The labels are going to have an important role in this industry on the marketing side. Artists have more of a control over their creative work than ever before. Although labels are important, they cannot keep anyone from worldwide distribution.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Save your money. Everything will cost and unless you invest in yourself first, a label will not invest in you.
What inspires you to write your next song?
The current album I am writing is called The Failure of Faith. What is inspiring me to write this album is the constant fighting throughout history of organized religious faith. It is time for someone to call for religious peace. Even if my voice is small, I hope it can inspire a spark.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I usually come up with the music first, and then develop a click track to pass on to my drummer to put together the drum parts. I write the lyrics, then do a rough vocal track with the guitar and click track for our vocalist to follow. The bass is added last.
What do you think makes a great song?
That is hard to define. A catchy riff can make a great song, as well as a strong sounding chorus. To me a great song has musical variance by changing tempo and building to a heavy crescendo.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Number One Music: www.numberonemusic.com/bloodofangels
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