“That I was able to experience performing (singing/playing bass guitar) for several sold out shows at House of Blues, Jägermeister Music Tour, and other venues throughout my music career. It has also been very thrilling to write songs included in films or TV shows …”
Check out the interview with Whiskey Child exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Whiskey Child: I started performing music at age 15 years old in Mississippi. A classmate suggested I learn bass because so many other kids were taking electric guitar and drum lessons. I have played many different genres and venues throughout my music career and even had the pleasure of opening for major artists like Journey, Foreigner, and Paul Rodgers(Queen/Bad Company).
I gained a 3 year sponsorship with Pabst Blue Ribbon and Jägermeister and even performed on the Jägermeister music tour opening for Slightly Stoopid and Pepper in Atlanta, Georgia where I’ve currently resided for the past 13 years. I am now focusing on writing songs for music and TV. I’ve written the theme songs in a few films which have been airing on NBC’s Chiller TV, Netflix, Hulu, Syfy, and beyond. I really love it when a song works out for a film soundtrack. That has been a blast and I continue to strive for more song placements.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Never slow down and always look ahead for more opportunities for yourself. Look out for number one and don’t step in number two.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I would like to continue writing songs for myself and for movies, TV shows, and other platforms. I have toured, played House of Blues, and other large venues in my live music career. I feel it’s time to focus on reaching more people with the songs through TV or movies.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about the music biz is competition and you can’t always be performing night after night unless you are the Rolling Stones or Bon Jovi, bands that last the test of time. There are just so many incredible talents in the world and it’s very tough to sustain a constant performing career.
I have had a very long live performing career though in the past. In order for me to gain a sponsorship with liquor and beer companies in the past, my bands would have to perform at least 10 shows per month in order to keep the sponsorships. Plus, we would have to constantly be advertising the products in all our advertisements and work very hard to promote their brand as well as my band’s brand and music.
Music placements are also challenging for any musician because everyone would like to hear their music on a TV show, film, or radio. That is the dream really, besides performing to sold-out crowds constantly. Each musician in the world is very lucky to book any live show and showcase opportunities as they progress their instrument or band.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m in Atlanta, Georgia and we have a great music scene here from rock, hip hop, jazz, country, and heavy metal, even blue grass. The scene is very diverse with lots of talented players. The film industry is huge here as well.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Keep writing, performing, working on your stage presence, and overall presentation of your live act. Create biz cards and make yourself appear bigger than you currently are. Look for sponsorships with your local beer or liquor companies. Work hard and focus on playing many shows in your own area.
Once you are bringing out the crowds every time you perform, folks will take notice, then you can expand your territory to perform in other states. It all depends on what the artist is trying to achieve, but everyone can have success and create their own style of music.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
That I was able to experience performing (singing/playing bass guitar) for several sold out shows at House of Blues, Jägermeister Music Tour, and other venues throughout my music career. It has also been very thrilling to write songs included in films or TV shows that have aired and continue to air. Also the fact I can still hear after performing so many live shows in my life (laughs).
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is hearing new music. I search iTunes, Bandcamp, and films for new music all the time. If I hear a song in a film I’m watching, I always wait for the credits to roll and then I research the bands or songwriters. Often I’ll go buy their cool tune.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I truly do. Everyone can craft a unique song from their heart and then upload the song for the world to hear. It’s just amazing the opportunities available to all musicians. The key is never give up on yourself or your talent, keep striving to write that cool tune that’s stuck in your head. It may take two years to complete one song or it may take 1 day, it’s the effort you must put in.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official Website: www.WhiskeyChild.com
CD Baby: @WhiskeyChild