“My inspiration comes from just playing and strumming my acoustic guitar.”
Check out the interview with Garry Vicente exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Garry Vicente: I started out in Portugal when I was around 20 years old, played in two bands but the second one called Big Me (inspired by the Foo Fighters song) is where I started writing songs. I was the singer of the band as well, we were close to a record deal with Sony Music around 1999/2001. Since then I’ve been writing songs and just performing in open mics around North America but mostly here in Edmonton, Alberta.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
It’s really hard to do it. I admit it because I don’t have a web page. I guess just the video I have on Vimeo. I’m going to Portugal in a month and I’m going to shoot another video of another one of my songs
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
At this point I would be happy with some exposure through my videos, maybe record an album which I intent to do later this year, and then get some shows; so yes, record an album and play shows.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I think the hardest thing is finding musicians to play with me, a drummer and a bass player. It’s not easy and also the promotional side of it. I’m happy where I am right now playing open mics and writing songs.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
It has a great music scene. There’s a new small venue that opened a year ago called The Needle Vinyl Tavern. It has live music seven days a week, lots of bands stop there on their tours, and that’s where I also play on Tuesday nights when it’s open mic. I like living in Edmonton but obviously it is not the same as Toronto or Vancouver.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Just keep writing and playing live no matter if it’s an open mic or not, just get up on stage.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I think I would have to say it was those years where I led my band Big Me in Portugal. We did some festivals where we opened for big Portuguese rock bands at the time. We even had a couple of TV shows appearances. It was definitely where I had the most fun as a musician.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from just playing and strumming my acoustic guitar. I know it sounds silly, but my Martin has a great sound and always gives me something. As far as lyrically, mostly my relationships, experiences, and sometimes some politically observations; nothing too deep.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I don’t think so, there’s always the fact that you have to be in the right place at the right time and knowing the right people. That can help you get started. I believe there’s lots of talent out there that nobody ever is gonna see succeed, that’s just the way it is
Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: Garry Vicente