“If you feel what you’re singing, I believe the listeners will feel it too. In my opinion; that is what makes a great song. Anyone can make a song that is catchy and repetitive but if your song can create an experience and spark a memory then it is great.”
Check out the interview with Thonie Lee exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Thonie Lee: I have always been a music lover. I was singing and writing before I was even a teenager. My entire family is full of musicians and producers. Once I felt I was ready, I just started working with them. I was able to find places to upload my music and put it out there through networking with people through social media and word of mouth.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I promote through Reverbnation, YouTube, Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, and word of mouth. Anywhere the universe allows me to.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
There is a lot of competition and everyone wants to be number one. The greatest challenge for me is finding the right avenue for the right audience that can enjoy my music. Another challenge was making sure I stay true to myself. It’s easy to follow the flow and do what’s hot at the moment.
I overcome this by understanding everyone is not going to like what I do, although I hope they do. As long as I stay true to me and what I love, I will be happy and content. I try to make music that I would listen to. If I finish a song and say, “Hey, I like this” then I know I’m okay.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene is pretty great in my hometown. There are so many types of music. I love the support I receive but although it is a small town, there are so many great artists. I like the fact that there is a place for everyone though.
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 don’t where music will be in the future, but I am excited to see the evolution of each genre. I just hope I can be a part of it
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Don’t be afraid to be yourself. I think you can be happier staying true to yourself. Follow your heart and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone either. You won’t know what could happen until you go for it. Believe in yourself because your belief can take you a long way.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Life. Life inspires me in everything I write.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Some songs just come from the heart before I get any type of track or anything. Some songs aren’t created until after I hear the right beat. There is not a specific formula or routine that I go through, but I can say I always try to write from a real place.
What do you think makes a great song?
Heart. If you feel what you’re singing, I believe the listeners will feel it too. In my opinion; that is what makes a great song. Anyone can make a song that is catchy and repetitive but if your song can create an experience and spark a memory then it is great.
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