“Music is quintessentially the medicine of sound for the ears and mind.”
Check out the interview with Voltar Tacbian exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Voltar Tacbian: Since I was a kid I used to listen to artists on the radio who were popular at that time when I was in the Philippines. In 1998 I began writing lyrics and coming up with song ideas that I thought were good and even share some of them with my classmates. As I began writing songs and musical melodies, I began to record them. I accumulated a lot of songs and decided to compile and produce an album. I released my first album at 2014.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I have used services like CD Baby to promote my music and distribute it to radio steaming stations. You can just about find them anywhere. Another way I promote my music and me as an artist are through people like you guys who happened to stumble on my music and to do the interview.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge, and this goes for everybody else, is that music is now very competitive. Big businesses produced songs that are not that great; not enough lyrical content, sounds alike, and all kinds of derivatives. I know that there are so many songs out there that sound similar, but it is better to make your own songs that makes you unique.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
In Atlanta, Georgia now. I have no concerns about what I like or don’t like about the music that is going on in my town because there’s freedom to listen to any music. Music is our therapy that relieves us of worry and stress when we take a break or when we go home or when we go out to have a good time. Music is quintessentially the medicine of sound for the ears and mind.
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 fear that the future of music is not doing so well at the moment. The lyrics produced today are not great because they lack lyrical content. Words and sentences are being repeated. Rap lyrics are not meaningful anymore. I hope more artists in the future come to the top for their own and not by popularity or by the publishing and advertising power.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
To be honest, everybody wants to succeed in this business. My advice to them is do not rush your music. Do not rush writing your lyrics. Make sure that your musical composition is what you like. When you write a lyric or a song, take your time to write it. Come up with your own song and originality that comes into your mind.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My inspiration comes from life, other people’s stories of their life, and people that influenced my life. Most songs are basically songs about life or experiences of life. I try to write songs that ought to inspire and give advice and good moral content.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
That depends. If I had a musical tune in my head then I build lyrics around it. but if I had lyrics that I come up with then I try to build musical tunes around that lyrics.
What do you think makes a great song?
Great songs come from originality and lyrical content. You will began to appreciate an artist when you hear a great song because you might think they have put a lot of effort or critical thinking into the words they are rapping or singing.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
You can find me on the internet by Google via Voltar Tacbian or my original name Volther Tacbianan.
Official website: www.voltartacbian.com