“Then I get in the front of the mic and will freestyle everything, never ever do I sit and write down lyrics. I feel I have much for emotion in my voice by being in the moment!”
Check out the interview with Mike Wayne exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Mike Wayne: My 7th grade music teacher Mr. Rosario was the first to act on my talent by asking me to join his select music choir and being the little punk that I was I kind of laughed at it, but it ended up changing my life. From then on I stuck with being in select choirs trying out every year and actually liking it.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Promoting myself as an artist’s a personal ordeal. I like to try and get as much face to face contact with fans as possible. Of course I use social media to get my music out, but nothing is like a personal connection from a fan to a musician. I’m big on doing live concerts, signings, and live web podcast.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Today in the music business there’s a lot of cutthroat deals occurring. Labels are signing artists just to shelf so that there’s less and less competition in front of their main priority artists. I try and stay aware of my surrounding and just waiting on the right contract.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my area of Haverhill, MA is definitely a tight community in which we all help each other out. Massachusetts has definitely been raising up out the crowd in music and movies.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future in music’s going more and more into the artist hands. By this I mean you don’t need a huge team to put out an album like in the past. The artist finally has a better chance putting out more personal tunes for the world to connect with.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The advice I give other musicians is simple. Enjoy what you do. If you’re not happy with what you’re doing you’re just stuck in another boring job that you can’t wait to leave and go home to complain about it; no one likes a complainer.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Inspiration mainly comes from personal experiences whether it be from watching others or my very own. Other times I’m not sure it’s just a spare in the moment act.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
When making a song I begin with producing my own beat. I’ll just sit down and whatever comes to mind in the first 10 minuet will usually stick for the melody and format. Then I get in the front of the mic and will freestyle everything, never ever do I sit and write down lyrics. I feel I have much for emotion in my voice by being in the moment!
What do you think makes a great song?
Nothing makes a great song like emotion and feeling a part of what the storyteller’s saying.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.mikewaynemusic.com