“I see myself reaching out to a wider fan base, playing some festivals, and pumping out more music. I see myself with much more growth and a larger catalog to share.”
Check out the interview with E. Alvin exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
E. Alvin: I started my love of music in high school. I always loved music, but I really started pushing my vocals in high school. I went to Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts for Creative Writing, but they let me also major in some music classes. That’s where I found my passion, that’s where I found my life.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Work for it. It won’t just come to you. Doubting yourself is okay once in a while, but as long as you are pushing you will get there. Surround yourself with positivity and always be your number one fan. Make music for yourself and the rest will follow. Don’t try to fit the mold. Be your own.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
My constant anxiety. I doubt myself a lot, but I push through. It’s hard to be so confident in a field that everyone is doing.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social media is my best friend to be honest. I started off on Facebook and YouTube. I generally asked around, vibing with like-minded people who were friends of friends. That’s the key in this industry, connection. That and positive energy. What you put into this world is what you get out of it. I strongly believe that.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Moodus, CT, but I went to an arts academy in Hartford. I’ve known some dedicated talent for a while. They’re hard working and hungry. From a state that’s so cold I’m surprised a lot of independent artists show so much love. The industry really sleeps on the talent here. It’s a goldmine.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself reaching out to a wider fan base, playing some festivals, and pumping out more music. I see myself with much more growth and a larger catalog to share.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Florence and the Machine and BANKS. More so BANKS now that I think of it. She’s known to give her phone number out and texted back. I was having one “doubtful-artist-moments” and she gave me advice “Dark places are actually really the most beautiful in hind sight because they create the most necessary art.” She’s a motivator.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I’m not going to say it’s flawless. It’s a new era. New decade, new rules. When I was little I was surrounded by a buffet of sounds and I feel that’s exactly what’s happening with today’s generation. It’s harder to be original nowadays because everything has been done. I still do like it.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: e.alvinmusic.tumblr.com
Facebook: E. Alvin Music
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