“The best thing that has happened to me is actually meeting my creative team of people who advise me and guide me in the right direction, but who are now also great friends.”
Check out the interview with Angie exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Angie: It all began with my parents who were both singers and in the theatre. We started a family cabaret act when I was eight years old with my two sisters and two brothers; we were known as The Porter Family, Hayes’ answer to the Osmonds. I went to the Corona Academy Stage School for four years and in that time I was fortunate enough to work with Lindsey De Paul, Trevor Horn, and made a single with Pete Townsend of the Who called “Peppermint Lump.”
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
There are so many ways to promote yourself, social media playing a large part today. Live performances are just as important and the best way build up a fan base. Press coverage is very useful even if it’s local news and think about a strategic plan. There is no point in releasing a record unless you are willing to invest in the promotion and marketing.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Ultimately I want to be considered a credible artist and songwriter and to be able to touch people in some way through my music. I have always stayed true to myself and constantly push my own boundaries being creative in areas way out of my comfort zone.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing is getting your music heard, breaking through when you are up against large corporations with pots of money. Being an independent artist you have to fund your music career yourself. There are grants available for artists like me through the PRS Foundation, but there are also a lot other artists who apply so you can’t rely on that.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I live in London, the cutting edge in music. There is an eclectic mix of genres and a serious underground EDM culture. There is a great live music scene where many of the independent artists showcase their material. It is a land of opportunity, but you have to be willing to put in the effort.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
The advice I would give would be if you really want it you have to fight for it, take the rejection, keep pushing forward, make contact with the right people, and have a good support network around you. There is no such thing a solo artist, it is the people around you who help you get to where you want to be.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that has happened to me is actually meeting my creative team of people who advise me and guide me in the right direction, but who are now also great friends. They are the most important thing that has happened in my career as without them I would still be wondering where I was going. Other than that I would say making my TV debut.
What is your inspiration?
My friends, the world around me, reading, and my own experiences are what I draw my inspiration from.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
It depends how you measure success, but yes I think if you are determined enough (and have the talent and the material) and really want to make it happen you will, but it is not an easy road and many give up the fight.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.angiesongs.com