“My home city is Montréal, Canada … This city is known for hosting one of the biggest jazz festivals and we draw a lot of people here with an array of tastes in music that makes the Montreal sound that much richer and creative.”
Check out the interview with Wayne Tennant exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Wayne Tennant: This all started for me in Jamaica growing up around my grandmother that played an upright Steinway piano. During my teenage years I became a real fan of the now legendary Kenneth Babyface Edmonds. His influences like Prince and Stevie Wonder were also my influences and so I studied his songwriting style as well as his vocal stylings because I was trying to find my own voice and his sound helped me a lot.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest piece of advice I would say would be to find your own voice. There are a sea of people out there that sound generic and sound like a lot of other artists. That can be something that can prevent you from being remembered much less noticed.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
One of the hardest challenges these days is being one step ahead. Technology’s changing so fast and that goes hand in hand with the music business. Secondly it can be difficult learning the art of being relevant without compromising yourself. Lastly, learning to familiarize yourself with all aspects of the business is daunting sometimes.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
For me the best way right now to promote one’s music is to use social media to the fullest. Also performing live as much as you can helps bring the music to life especially if you know how to perform very well. It makes the connection all that more powerful and in the end fans like that.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My home city is Montréal, Canada. The artists here are very eclectic. There’s a tapestry of different sounds that makes this city tick. This city is known for hosting one of the biggest jazz festivals and we draw a lot of people here with an array of tastes in music that makes the Montreal sound that much richer and creative.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself next year performing a lot more overseas and that makes me happy because I feel I have an international sound.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
People like Kenneth Babyface Edmonds, Stevie, Wonder, and Prince left an undeniable stamp for me. Today I’m inspired by underground artists like Van Hunt, James Blake, and even some female artists like Emily King and Kimbra to name a few. The list goes on but those are a few.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel that there’s definitely a movement of artists out there that are paying homage to great artists of the past yet putting a modern spin on their sound. At the same time though music on the radio is disconcerting right now for me because the big labels have a monopoly on it and it makes it hard for the independent artist to be heard.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.waynetennant.com