“I’m not sure there is only one best way, but the best advice I can give is never stop! Take all the gigs you can do at first and keep people engaged on social media. It’s also important not to do what major artists are doing and focus on grass roots connections and small promotions.”
Check out the interview with Xavier Toscano exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Xavier Toscano: It all began back in 2009. I recorded my first album and started promoting on the internet. I’ve grown so much since that I took that album down and have now been concentrating on promoting my current music.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I’m not sure there is only one best way, but the best advice I can give is never stop! Take all the gigs you can do at first and keep people engaged on social media. It’s also important not to do what major artists are doing and focus on grass roots connections and small promotions.
You don’t need a fortune, you just need to be real (be genuine) and make it all worth people’s time. Remember, no one owes you anything but you owe them a good time (or whatever the case may be with your music). You owe your fans.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be remembered as a guy who made people feel good or at least something significant through my music and performances. That’s what we do in this business, please the hearts of others.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Where do I start? No, but truly, I wouldn’t change a thing. It all makes you bigger, better, faster, stronger.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
The San Francisco Bay Area has a very strong music scene. The coolest thing about it is the variety. There are so many different people from so many places. It’s amazing how much you are exposed to.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Keep on moving. When good things happen count your blessing, take a moment to celebrate, but keep on moving. When bad things happen learn your lessons, grow from it, get tougher, but keep on moving.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
There have been so many. I’ve performed in Disneyland, in London in front of 5 thousand people, in Washington DC in front of the Capitol Building, and more. I think the most amazing thing is all the people I have met along the way and the great connections I have made with many listeners.
What is your inspiration?
Life. It is hard to pinpoint, but I am quite a romantic so themes about love seem to pop up here and there.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes! As long as you’re willing to be flexible and your ability to grow and work well with others you can succeed.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official Website: www.xaviertoscano.com
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