“Biggest pitfall, don’t get comfortable. Always strive for something new to prevent stagnation.”
Check out the interview with Leo Wilde exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Leo Wilde: I was actually 19 and signed up for Musicians Institute in 2007 for their audio engineering program. I have been doing music since I was 10, but took it seriously at 19.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Folks love the shirts and always love being in videos. I actually want to get tons of people in a music video simply because word of mouth is stronger and folks can’t help but watch a video they’ve been in repeatedly. Especially if it’s getting views.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Breaking out of that box. Often times folks put you in a box that limits your creativity. The only way to get around this is to be independent. It’s pretty much the rules of the house, don’t like it, leave type of thing. Sadly, it is what it is.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Given that I am in Los Angeles, the music scene is pretty lit. You can find any and all genres within this county. I love the people here and wouldn’t have it any other way. Los Angeles is my city, my life, and my blood. The only thing that makes any place terrible is douche bags. Since they are everywhere, I can’t say it’s the problem.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Independent artist are creating a movement never before seen. The internet has been the best thing going for the future of music. Artists are already a part of it every day, sticking it to the man. Hell, mainstream has even been forced to fund and be a part of the movement due to how strong it really is. Just look at Soundcloud.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
There isn’t anything I can tell anyone about achieving success. It’s been pretty much trial and error the last couple of years. The only thing I can say is be consistent. The only way someone starts to fall off or become whack is if they get lazy. Biggest pitfall, don’t get comfortable. Always strive for something new to prevent stagnation.
What inspires you to write your next song?
This can come from anywhere. To the douche bag at the corner store to the pretty lady in the shopping center. Life is filled with all types of things to write about. As long as I feel, I will write.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Oh, fun stuff. I go from talking, freestyle singing, to making a beat. Not necessarily in that order, but I love to sing so melodies tend to be the driving force in my music. I produce all my own tracks, so I’ll play some keys and sing more often to get started. It’s a fun process and really becomes a journey every time.
What do you think makes a great song?
Performance. In the end, if you give a great performance that is what makes people come back for more. The experience. If people don’t have a good experience, they tend to not want to do it again. You have to perform great and always have something that makes it you. Your stamp is important.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.leowildemusic.com
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