“We describe our sound as steampunk. We take classic Victorian music and songs structures from the early 1900’s and modernize it with rock, funk, and r&b.”
Check out the interview with Master T.C. & The Visitors exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Master T.C. & The Visitors: I’m an award-winning songwriter and solo artist who has been performing nationally for the past few years primarily in Vegas, Los Angeles, and all around Ohio. After winning Northcoast Idol in Cleveland and the U.S.A. World Showcase at The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Vegas, I headed out to Los Angeles where I created my all-star line-up of charismatic musicians called The Visitors.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Besides our social media pages, we’ve been named the homegrown artist of the year and have been circulating radio stations with our single “Take Me To Heaven” from our EP also titled Take Me To Heaven. We also cater to live audiences by playing two different show styles; full band electric and also acoustic, depending on the vibe of the venue/club.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
One of the greatest challenges we face is placing ourselves in a specific category of music. Each member of The Visitors has a wide range in musical taste. We describe our sound as steampunk. We take classic Victorian music and songs structures from the early 1900’s and modernize it with rock, funk, and r&b.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music industry in Ohio’s quite small, but there’s a lot to offer talent wise especially in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and our hometown Sandusky. Country music’s probably the most popular and the metal scene’s also desired by a large population. For the most part bands and artists are very supportive of each other despite their differences.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
We all wish we could go back to the old days when records were sold, when people bought albums, and when talent wasn’t engineered. Streaming’s definitely the future and that’s why a big part of Master T.C. & The Visitors’ act is that we take you back to early 20th century vaudeville for we feature a mixture of cabaret, comedy, song, and dance.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
There’s no right way to do anything to achieve success in the music industry, there’s only what feels right for you. If it feels good and it makes you happy then you have achieved musical success because that’s the entire point of music; to make you feel happy and alive.
What inspires you to write your next song?
We want to encourage others and bring a positive vibe back to this world. If you haven’t noticed the world’s getting pretty chaotic and we wish to spread a message of love and hope to the next generation. This inspires us to write lyrics filled with messages that could potentially help someone through a difficult time in their life. We love to move people with our art.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Sometimes it comes so easily. Sometimes it’s difficult to write a song. Usually our lead and rhythm guitar players, Sailor Jerry and Boom-Boom, write the music and the lyrics our written by our male and female vocalists Master T.C. and Madam Deserae Monique.
What do you think makes a great song?
The melody of the song’s the key. No matter what. If the melody is on, the song cannot fail. The chord structure of the song really completes the package. But what really makes a song great is the message it speaks to the listener.
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