“To know I am fully supported by a team of people that believe in me and my music is absolutely incredible and humbling.”
Check out the interview with Mina Alali exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Mina Alali: My family and I have a joke that I started my singing career at three years old because we have a video of me singing karaoke to some kid’s songs with a cheesy, bright background in a studio in San Francisco. I guess I’ve always wanted to sing, but I truly started around seven years old when I began music theatre which continued for about five years.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I think a lot of undiscovered and beginning artists today underestimate the power of social media. This is really our main source of connection nowadays. It’s so important to be consistent and persistent (and patient) if you’re trying to make a name for yourself. That means doing something every day if possible, to keep people interested.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I am studying and majoring in music business/management at Berklee College of Music and I say to people, “I’ve always loved music and arguing.” Tto combine the two by being an attorney in the music industry seems like the dream job for me. I am attending a music school as a voice principal, I’ve always wanted to and loved to sing, record, and produce.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I think the hardest thing about being in the music business is being drowned out by all the other amazing, incredible talent. You really have to make yourself stand out and be unique to make it. I find myself asking myself, “What are my special qualities and characteristics that set me apart from other artists?”
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Being at Berklee College of music, there is nothing less than inspiring and incredible talent all around you. Boston itself has a great music scene and I love the city for being so diverse and musical. I love being around different people because it allows the most room for growth as a musician and as a person.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
If you are an up-and-coming artist, I encourage you to write original songs and put them out there. There is nothing but benefits to reap from this. I went so long without writing original songs because I felt scared of rejection and I thought I didn’t know how to, or where to begin.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I would say signing to a record label is the best and most exciting thing that has happened in my career thus far. To know I am fully supported by a team of people that believe in me and my music is absolutely incredible and humbling. In addition, being signed means lots of opportunities and doors have opened up.
What is your inspiration?
Women are my inspiration. I grew up listening to my mom’s favorite artists like Carole King, India Arie, Melissa Ethridge, and Eva Cassidy. Their work inspires me because those roots are ingrained in my mind. I am lucky to have grown up listening to such high quality, strong, and independent women artists. Now the goal is to try and become one.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I believe that anyone with a unique style, sound, and personal qualities can be successful in today’s world of music. If you bring new and exciting ideas and concepts to the table, people will respond. On top of being unique, it’s the drive and motivation that will get you there. Be patient and persistent.
Where can we find you on social media?
I am on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, as well as the music sites like iTunes and Spotify, as either Mina Alali or Mina Alali Music.