“You’re always tempted to add something to the mix, but more isn’t always better. Don’t overdo it, usually two or three elements are really helping the song to stand out. Your job is to find them and magnify them.”
Check out the interview with Thomas Tissot exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Thomas Tissot: Everything started with a rhyme. Then a thousand more. At the beginning it was all about writing the best verses, the most addictive hook. It took months before I got noticed in my hometown, a little city on the west coast of France with 25,000 inhabitants. But quickly I got invited on mixtapes and started to work with other artists which led me to my first shows.
That’s where everything started. I went from writing songs to producing them. Mine at first and then I started to work with other artists from France and the USA mainly. Now I’m about to start my own record label, Hurricane Records. Life is great!
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I believe a lot in collaboration as a good way to promote yourself as an artist. Getting yourself in front of the fan base of another artist is a great challenge and it helps you grow your own audience. It’s a good way to broaden your horizon and learn from other artists. It’s one of the best things you can do to level up.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Getting the attention of the media. Definitely getting blogs, websites, and magazines to talk about you when you’re an artist is quite difficult. The market is saturated, there’s tons of new artists and songs trying to get heard. To me the best way to overcome that is to try to build a direct relationship with the writers. Try to find their direct contact and invite them to discuss music.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
When I started in my little town by the sea the music scene wasn’t that big. It was quite easy to get noticed. Going to the university was a game changer. More musicians, more competition. Finding gigs became way more difficult, but I met other artists and I started a band called Forever Young. That’s when I started producing and haven’t stopped.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I believe in the direct to fan model. Every indie artists should be able to reach each and every one of their fans even if it’s just to say “Hi! How are you doing?” There’s a way for indie artists to make a living out of their music if they manage to build an authentic relationship with their audience.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Perseverance. I think it’s all about putting out new songs on a regular basis. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard. Even more if you’re trying to put out nice bodies of work like real albums. Digital distribution has given birth to a new age of Eps and the constant flow of singles. The problem is that if you don’t put out new music regularly, it’s hard to stay relevant.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Everything from movies to an unusual scene of my daily life. I get a lot of inspiration from visuals like photos in magazines. Documentaries on YouTube are a great source of inspiration too.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I always start with the music because it takes me somewhere. To me music equals images and feelings. All I have to do next is find the right words to pass on the feelings that the music inspired. I try not to overthink the process, I think that true creativity lies in spontaneity.
What do you think makes a great song?
Definitely balance. You’re always tempted to add something to the mix, but more isn’t always better. Don’t overdo it, usually two or three elements are really helping the song to stand out. Your job is to find them and magnify them.
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