“You are a limitless ball of potential.”
Check out the interview with Thomas Rees Tait exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Thomas Rees Tait: It all began when I was a child. My father, being a talented acoustic performer would always practice at home. I grew up astonished, amazed and delighted by the tones he would play. My curiosity peaked in 2002 when he bought me an electric guitar for my 9th birthday. It was then and there that I knew if I had the tools I needed and I put in the work no one could stop me from becoming a success.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The management of all social media and online music platforms is of vital importance in order to market yourself properly in this day and age. Logo stickers are great too, as simple as it sounds in comparison to social networking, people love stickers and they are super cheap and easy to print. You can stick them on almost anything and a car with your sticker on it becomes a traveling promotional add.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
An influential musical figure, a messenger of truth and love and soul. I will become timeless and genre-less. I will become a game changer. As long as I have the God given time and guidance left to do so, I will make history. I am an eclectic and I have lots of backgrounds so I plan on doing it all just like Prince did.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing for me has been thriving and spreading within the industry. Getting to a state of survival and being able to pay the bills with music is hard enough as it is, but what’s really hard in my opinion is getting past that survival stage to the point where you are thriving and gaining exposure and spreading as an artist with stable work.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Saskatoon is a lively and colorful place with a love for art deeply rooted in music. They call us Tune-Town for a reason. It’s a quality musical hot spot. There are plenty of music venues around and there are a lot of extremely talented artists that are working their way up within them. Stylistically people in Saskatoon are quite eclectic, so I hear all kinds of genres at venues. Everyone is unique. It’s great living here.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
You are a limitless ball of potential. Absolutely anything within your biological grasp is attainable if you are willing to work hard enough to achieve it. You don’t need to be the next big thing. You can be the new big thing. Don’t compare yourself to others in a negative light for you have nothing to do with each other. Work your own style, be unique, follow your own path, and hold on to what is really important – your own belief in yourself.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Each day I wake up alive and breathing is the best thing that has ever happened in my career because the most important thing to me is finishing what I’ve started and if I die tomorrow I can’t do that.
What is your inspiration?
God is my inspiration. He gave me everything that I have. I want to help the world so deeply and I just want to make a difference doing what I love. My beautiful family inspires me to do well for I desire a safe and healthy future for them. The state that society is in inspires me to write what I do because I care about where this is all headed and the truth of it all isn’t being acknowledged.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
That entirely depends on your definition of success, but yes I do believe anybody can be successful with music. If a person can work passionately at making a living doing what they love instead of enduring a job they hate, well that’s success to me. Personally I’m going for more, but there are always opportunities to work towards doing what makes you happy for a living. Being passionate, doing what you love, and being happy is the real success.