“Work on your craft whatever that is, maybe it’s practicing on your instrument or singing, maybe writing a song, do something every day no matter how small it is, it all counts in the end and sometimes the small things turn out to be a lot more important them what you think the bigger things are.”

Check out the interview with John Heinrich exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
J.H: It started for me in Lexington, Kentucky around 1965, I got my first guitar and while at a neighbors house that had a Hi-Fi and I was listening to an album I had just bought called Beatles 65, that was a pivotal point, I knew my direction then!

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use every social media platform I can and post what I do and include contact info. I do not discuss politics or religion as I am the master of whatever page I have created and I stay with my music agenda. I look at everyone as possible customers and make sure that when I’ve met someone I have given them my business card.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
One of the greatest challenges for me are the nay-sayers! It seems that the higher the level you get the more BS you get. I tend to ignore these people and stay on my mark, that might be hard sometimes but if you can stick to it, it does work in the long run probably 99% of the time.

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 Lexington, KY was a decent one, not great but decent and I made a lot of friends there. Problem was you can only go so far. That is why I moved to Nashville, Tennessee where a main part of the music industry was embedded. I already know quite a few people here that were high up in the industry. It has been a good move and certainly the right decision!

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 music industry is moving so fast right now and it’s very unpredictable. There again this business more then others is about relationships and if you are introverted you’d better be unbelievably talented. You need to make the right contacts and stay away from people that are not focused, you might have to talk with someone who’s an idiot to get from point A to point B but you have to do it. Drugs and drinking are another problem area to stay away from. A first I think you just have to “jump in” and find your way and weed out the bad to be a part of something that is good.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Work on your craft whatever that is, maybe it’s practicing on your instrument or singing, maybe writing a song, do something every day no matter how small it is, it all counts in the end and sometimes the small things turn out to be a lot more important them what you think the bigger things are. Again stay away from bad vices, stay away from negativity. Look for the successful people, you don’t have to go overboard just be your self and be friendly and outgoing.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Everyday life, nature, you just need to open your self up and listen to and watch people or even animal. Emotions are some of the best things that generate an idea. I get what I call a religious feeling when I’ve written a song or an idea I feel good about, it’s just a feeling and nothing more.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Get away from distraction and be with a writer you can see what you can bring to the table as well as what they can. I’ve been with all kinds of writers good and not good (in my opinion), it’s not easy to find those people that you can birth a song with but when you do you’ll know it! You’ll also know when it tanks!!

What do you think makes a great song?
Words that are well written and make sense, sometimes a great singer can also make a great song by the way he/she interprets the song. Melody for me is another important factor, there again if the melody is awesome the words might not have to be so great. Sometimes there are songs that are written in what I call “Color” which would be interesting sentences that don’t necessarily pertain to each other, like Dadaism or another definition would be artistic anarchy, HA! Does that make sense? Of course not! It’s not supposed to!

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Feel free to go to personal website www.johnheinrich.com, there you will find out a lot about me and there are many links all over the site to visit. Looking forward to making and meeting new friends! There is a contact page where you can email me directly.

Here are some of my websites:
www.facebook.com/johnsteelsax
www.facebook.com/heinrichmaneuverband
www.facebook.com/heinrichmaneuverproductions
www.reverbnation.com/heinrichmaneuver
www.cdbaby.com/cd/johnheinrich2 – Chaunlateea
www.cdbaby.com/cd/johnheinrich3 – 3 FACES
www.youtube.com/johnsaxsteel
www.instagram/johnsteelsax
www.songwriterdemo.com