“I love my city. I’m a proud Torontonian. Toronto, Canada is a great city for the artsy and creative minded.”
Check out the interview with Denis Commie exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Denis Commie: I started off studying piano and theory at the age of 6. Eventually got bored of all the classical music and began writing and composing original material. One time I was consumed by music and I was playing on this old grand piano at a banquet hall. I had no idea I had an audience standing there and then they all applauded and said that I should explore that further. So I’m still pushing it till this day, full of passion and determination. Life without music is a mistake.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Do live shows, get out in front of people, definitely have your social media outlets in order. Invite people to your rehearsals and try to wow everyone that’s present. Word of mouth spreads fast. Have a decent website, make artist business cards to hand out to anyone you meet. Try to feature and collab with other artists.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
A great and a popular recording artist and a songwriter as well as a producer.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Some unfortunate dealings and interactions with shady characters who are out there scamming hungry artists. And when you’re a soon to be father of three, every dollar counts. Everything else is a bliss. Music has always been my escape from reality, an escape to a world that belongs just to me and it is always a happy place.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I love my city. I’m a proud Torontonian. Toronto, Canada is a great city for the artsy and creative minded. Tons of opportunities and lots of talent anywhere you go. An awesome mayor that supports the artists and the musical scene. Great rehearsal spaces anywhere in the city. Just a great place to be.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Just keep banging that drum, make sure you’re being self-critical and honest with yourself when it comes to the music you make. Test it out in front of strangers to see their natural reaction. Don’t ask your friends because they will always tell you what you want to hear and not the truth. Take all the necessary steps to enhance your skills.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I found myself in music and now couldn’t be happier with my place in this world.
What is your inspiration?
The thought of once I’m up there I’ll have all the necessary tools and means to help as many people as possible.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Of course. It comes down to how bad you want it because if you really truly want something there are no limits to what you can achieve.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.deniscommie.com
Facebook: Denis Commie