“Our biggest challenge is that the four of us all have to work so we don’t get to spend as much time doing what we love as a career and that can make us less productive by slowing us down and affecting us from making progress.”
Check out the interview with Tribe Of Fable exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
T.O.F: Taran Richards (aka) Toltec, started out as a solo artist for 8 years collaborating and networking with people from around the world. He learned that to get noticed in the music industry, you needed to stand out in a way that was organic and completely original. Over time, Toltec learned to produce his own style of music and recordings to become more productive at his goal in the music industry to reach the next step. Toltec then teamed up with Daniel Eastwood (aka) Skint Eastwood who is a writer and they decided to create an album. We then realized we needed a male vocalist that would really make the album stand out more than ever and sounded good with what we had already created. This is where we met Joe (aka) Byron Case who is a male reggae vocalist from Jamaica. At this point, the project was almost complete but we just needed to add an extra element to the album. We needed a female vocalist that sounded good between Toltec & Joe. This is where we met Jessica Carter (aka) Jessiah. We finished the album which was called, Cosmic Tribe of Fable (The Good The Mad & The hungry and so from that moment on we decided to make it a music group – a melting pot of Hip Hop, Reggae, Dubstep, Dance, Drum, Base & Pop all under one group. 1 year on from the album, we have been broadcasted on the BBC and brought in for an interview and are now set to be doing much more gigs this year to boost the fanbase into a bigger tribe for 2018.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The best advice I could give to the young kids out there would be to start learning your craft as fast as possible and try to stand out by being original as you can. Learn how to how to reach out to people the right way and start to collect your super fans ASAP so as you progress through the years you’re always building that fanbase. Start doing gigs so you get to practice on stage in front of people. Then learn how to promote and go digital with your music and how to benefit from royalties and streams. Music as a career can get very expensive, so take advantage of any competitions you can over time you will learn to put money aside for equipment or distribution or even promos that will be well-needed to make progress with your projects. Then, when you feel your music is ready, start to reach out to radio stations, magazines, and management.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Our biggest challenge is that the four of us all have to work so we don’t get to spend as much time doing what we love as a career and that can make us less productive by slowing us down and affecting us from making progress.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
We found the best way to promote & advertise your music was to do gigs, radio plays, magazines, videos. Getting your music on big playlists on YouTube and Spotify etc is a good start.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Lancaster, U.K is quite a small city but apart from the bad weather we have a lot of talents reaching out everywhere, some good local radio stations and lots of places to put a night on, the fans are amazing they support all local acts. It’s Inspirational to see.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
We hope that a year from today we will have made a bigger fanbase so not only can we do what we love as a career, but so we can finally reach out to a major record label with what we have to offer.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Our biggest inspirations would have to be Gorillaz, Black Eyed Peas, Fugees, Kurtis Blow, Akil the Mc, Lana Del Ray, Luciano, Jahtari, Massive Attack, Ian Brown, Wu Tang, Dr Dre, Masta Ace, NASA.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Yeah, I think some of the music is good because it’s changing all the time. Everyone has to work even harder to get noticed and stand out against what we have in the charts. It’s getting harder to find a song you can hear over and over again.
Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, iTunes, Reverbnation, BBC Introducing, Youtube, Play Google or Amazon.