“It’s important to create consistent images and ideas so people know what they are getting when they pull up the music. Call me old school, but more than anything I still think the most effective way to promote is through lives shows and person to person contact.”
Check out the interview with Pato Margetic exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Pato Margetic: I started singing and playing guitar on busy street corners in Metro Detroit/Windsor, Canada and Santa Monica, CA. After gaining experience performing and earning a bachelor’s degree in communications, I became a full time musician traveling the U.S. and hustling my first few recorded albums. I have had numerous production deals and remained a successful independent artist by marketing and promoting my music brand from my hometown Detroit Michigan.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice to young kids trying to follow their dreams would be to stay resilient and invest your full heart into whatever you choose.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest thing is probably advertising as an independent artist. For me it’s always been a struggle because I am consumed with creating the music and there is a whole world of knowledge in the marketing world that I am still learning today. The balance between creative and business has always been the biggest challenge for me, but if everything in a business is in moderation I think that is the key to success.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I think social media is one of the best ways to promote these days. Obviously everyone is using the internet and creating profiles on a variety of sites. It’s important to create consistent images and ideas so people know what they are getting when they pull up the music. Call me old school, but more than anything I still think the most effective way to promote is through lives shows and person to person contact.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city of Detroit is filled with great artists and music. I use Motown in my name because of its rich history and the location of where I’m from. The artists from Detroit are usually extra creative and outside the box with a little bit of an edge. The fans here are extremely loyal, hospitable, and caring when it comes to music.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself touring and enjoying exotic places and people while performing my music. Whether it be Europe or my native South America, I plan to continue growing the reach of my music and having many more memories to soak up and write about.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations are my mom and dad. They are rock stars themselves as my dad was a profession soccer player around the world and my mom was always extremely creative. They have both supported me and loved me unconditionally to the point where I want to make them so proud. On a music level, my greatest influences in today’s music are artists like Bruno Mars, Justin Timblerlake, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, and Usher.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I think the music today is better than ever, sound and production wise. Although I think lyrics had more meaning and priority in the past, there are pro and cons. I think that the quality of analog compared to the compressed mp3 has definitely changed the feel and sound of music as well. I strive to make the best songs and take recording very seriously.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
My website is the hub of all my social media sites and YouTube videos. Definitely make sure to check out “Good Girls Bad Things” right on the homepage and enjoy my past albums and videos as well.