“The success of the industry and its artists will sink or swim by the ways we move musically, socially, and politically. It’s up to artists of our generation to find our own voices and sounds and then figure out how we can use the influence that we have as musicians and artists to touch the world.”
Check out the interview with The Seal Breakers exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
The Seal Breakers: We’ve all been developing our musical gifts for a long time individually. Paula was a background singer before joining the group. Shea Butta and TaGee Fontaine were both cutting their chops in the studio. After the success of our single “Brooklyn” in 2013 we decided it was time to join forces and bring our musical talents to the biggest platform possible and that is the music industry.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
When we composed our song “Brooklyn” we moved in faith with no label backing or anything. We started hitting the deejays with it and eventually the song found its way to WBLS and other NYC stations that gave it major love and we were off to the races.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
When people hear our music sometimes they are surprised that as new artists we are adventurous enough to combine so many different musical genres on one project. We called our EP Life As We Know It because we feel this music represents who are as people and as artists. No one feels the same way all the time and our musical tastes often reflect our moods.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
It lacks a lot of the dynamic range that r&b, hip hop, and soul brought to the music industry. The music industry has taken a financial downturn. There’s always some level of signing artists that were seen as a road to guaranteed success. That ideology has become so pervasive now that it often equates to only signing artists with the same sound and style.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Right now the industry is in a huge transition period. The success of the industry and its artists will sink or swim by the ways we move musically, socially, and politically. It’s up to artists of our generation to find our own voices and sounds and then figure out how we can use the influence that we have as musicians and artists to touch the world.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The greatest advice we can lend are actually found in the lyrics of our song “Brooklyn” which is basically about the never give up spirit of the people in our hoods. “Keep on rising, Keep on climbing, never stop and you can win.”
What inspires you to write your next song?
We listen to many different styles of music so our influences are as wide as our musical tastes and what we see, hear, and feel shapes the music we create. We all grew up with the influence of gospel music. In hip hop you had the legends like Notorious BIG and Jay. Then we love artists like Beyonce and Bruno Mars.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
We usually begin with creating the music and most times the vibe of the beat will dictate what the song will be about. Sometimes we begin with trying to communicate a specific idea and the topic of the song tells us what kind of music and instrumentation will help communicate a specific idea.
What do you think makes a great song?
Great music. Great lyrics. Interesting subject matter. Creativity when tackling a subject or type of song that’s been done hundreds of times in every way imaginable, but you still manage to come up with a fresh perspective on it.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.thesealbreakers.com
Email (Craig Williams): firstname.lastname@example.org