“Work on it, even when you don’t want to. Work on it until your brain doesn’t feel right doing something else. From this moment forward you only have less time to make it happen; so dive into it. A wise man once said success comes knocking on your door when you’re too busy to answer it.”
Check out the interview with Channel Dark exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Channel Dark: It was never really a question. For as long as I can remember making music is what drove me. I started by playing piano at 6 and moved to other instruments as I aged. I’ve played in a couple of bands and never really stopped.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I’m honestly not a huge fan of big glamorous promotion tactics. The sound speaks for itself. I can hope you can connect with it but if it’s not for you, it’s not for you.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The internet makes the ocean a lot bigger. That’s a really wonderful and tough thing all in one. It’s amazing to be able to reach across the globe to listen to so many great artists out there. But because of that an artist can feel pretty small, lost, or forgotten in it.
What is there to overcome? Just keep making music for the love of it.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
It’s broad. For a hometown that gets pegged for grunge, there’s a really good variety of music here. Another bonus is that wherever you are, you are likely a stone’s throw from a fellow musician that you can catch a show with or hang out and jam with.
That can be a difficulty. The music, or maybe the musician’s scene, does feel like it has a little element of “Seattle freeze” in the sense that everyone is keen to do the music thing but constantly aloof. I’m sure I’m as guilty as the next local.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
As far as the next big wave of sound? Who’s today? Imagine a style of music you can’t even imagine. That will be the next sound.
As far as the scene, I think it will persist along as it has but there will be more of an independent musician element to it. It was great to see Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis do what they did without a label. I hope to see more of that.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Never stop, not even for a minute. Accept the reality that in order to achieve your dreams you may have to sacrifice some things. Work on it, even when you don’t want to. Work on it until your brain doesn’t feel right doing something else. From this moment forward you only have less time to make it happen; so dive into it. A wise man once said success comes knocking on your door when you’re too busy to answer it.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Whatever keeps me from sleeping at night. I can’t sleep and generally after lying in bed for hours on end trembling over big huge questions about mortality and my past, that’s when I write music.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
It depends on the song. It typically it starts with a vocal line, a lyric, some poetry, and a riff. Every song has a different process though. Some get rewritten and rewritten until they fit the concept. Some just click after one pass of every instrument.
What do you think makes a great song?
Its ability to tap into communication and emotion to make some feel like they can relate to it or escape into it.
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