“Save your money and learn from as many people as you can. There will always be someone better than you so befriend them and have them teach you something.”
Check out the interview with Grasskingdoms exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Grasskingdoms: I got a guitar for my 14th birthday and throughout my high school years it never left my side. I played it every single night after school, I never partied or even really socialized that much, I just locked myself in my room and learned metal riffs until my fingers were sore. Near the end of my high school career I joined a local metal band and that was my first experience ever performing for people and seeing what it’s like on the other side of the stage.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Save your money and learn from as many people as you can. There will always be someone better than you so befriend them and have them teach you something.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Staying inspired and always try to push yourself to something better and original. It’s easy to fall into a slump and feel like you can’t come up with anything, but sometimes you just have to approach things differently and find another way to be inspired.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
A mixture of social media and just physically being in front of people. If someone were to give me a CD at the mall, I guarantee I would listen to it on my drive home. With social media I can send out 1000 CDs to 1000 different people without leaving my couch, but if you can, then everyone else can to.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m honestly still pretty new to Nashville. I have been to a decent amount of shows and played a few myself, but I can’t say anything too certain about Nashville crowds just yet. I’m still learning. I do know that this is one of the fastest growing cities in the country right now and the young population is booming like crazy.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Building and growing, hopefully with a little bit of extra money to eat some shrimp every now and then. I’m so excited for the next year though, it’s gonna be great. I can feel it.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I’ve always been really inspired by one man band type people. People who would write, record, and edit all their own records and play most of, if not all the instruments. Sometimes records feel more intimate if it’s just one person’s vision and not a collective idea. That and psychedelic music, gotta love some old school psychedelia.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I love it. I won’t say that I love every song on the radio. Music is an ever evolving and always changing form of art, just like any other one. The things we can do now with computers is incredible, it completely opens up a whole wave of incredibly talented musicians who are doing things that weren’t possible even 5 or 10 years ago. I absolutely love it.
Where can we contact you and find you online?