“I plan to overcome not getting noticed by making undeniable music and putting it in front of as many people as I possibly can until I stop breathing.”
Check out the interview with Adam Grey exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Adam Grey: I’d say it was in the late 90’s when I realized that this was my calling. Influenced by the true DJ era, where a party wasn’t a party without turn tables and a few crates of records, I tried my hand in spinning. It wasn’t long after that I sold my tables for a drum machine. I went on to learn the art of engineering and mixing studio sessions, but it was later in my career when I realized I had the whole package.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I don’t try to re-invent the wheel when it comes to promotion. There’s a formula out there that works and that’s what I’m doing. Having a solid team seeking out all outlets for promo, we don’t let an opportunity go by without telling someone, everyone what it is we’re doing.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Getting noticed by far is the greatest challenge. We all know there is so much talent in the human race in every aspect of entertainment. For me it’s been slow, but steady. I plan to overcome not getting noticed by making undeniable music and putting it in front of as many people as I possibly can until I stop breathing.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m originally from a small city in Iowa. Again, lots of talented people but no platform therefore little to no music scene. Chicago’s where I’ve gotten most of my reputation and fans from. I love the diversity and the overall influence Chicago has on the music industry. What I don’t like is how people work against each other.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Music changes every day, but yet we are influenced by those who have come before us. There’s nothing like some oldies or those classic hits that we all know and love, but somehow it keeps getting better. The music that’s so new to us will be looked at 20-30 years from now as the “classics.” Artists can contribute by staying relevant and true to their craft.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Be yourself and right after that believe in yourself! If music is in you and you feel that you were put on this earth to do so, don’t fake it and do what everyone else is doing. Be original, be you!
What inspires you to write your next song?
Honestly, I get inspired from the track. It may come as a shock for most people, but I let the instrumental influence what I write about. I also write based of life experiences so when those two meet at the same time I’m on a wave.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I usually find a melody first. Once I’m convinced that I’ve got the right one I pick a concept based off the vibe of the track and fill in the blanks. Nine out of ten times I engineer myself and I mix as I go. Unless I have the entire song written, then I’ll wait and mix at the end of the session.
What do you think makes a great song?
Originality, a clean recording, great production, good content, relevant meaning, catchy melody and hook along with the right delivery. Mixing is just as important as everything else and if you don’t master your material once it’s done and ready to distribute, you’re doing everyone including yourself a dis-service.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.adamgrey.net