“You almost have to dabble in every form of marketing and all ways of selling your music. The more way’s people can listen to you and find you the better.”
Check out the interview with Wise Youngblood exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Wise Youngblood: Lead guitarist and singer, Andrew and Kyle, were at a party one evening heavily drinking out on the deck having a smoke and Andrew said, “Hey, you’re that singer dude. I play music as well but you’re into country.” Kyle responded with, “No, actually I love rock n’ roll” and they played a gig the following weekend. At that point they knew they had to make a rock band.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
With social media and music blogs you can get your tunes out all over the world with the click of a button. This has helped us reach new fans across Canada and the United States, but we still rock the classic ways as well. From sending a copy of new music to all the college radio stations in Canada to just showing up at shows to shake hands with other bands.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The challenges are honestly as bad as with any job. When you are a band and trying to make a living from your music, it’s pretty much the same as being self-employed. It’s tough but if you have good tunes, work hard, and promote to the right crowd you’ll get your music out there. You just have to be patient and keep plugging away.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Locally, music is great. We have great support from the triple f’s: friends, family, and most importantly fans. We have been blessed to play shows with countless local bands who share the same passion for music we do, which makes it all the more awesome. Country wide, music is fantastic.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Where music is going? Who knows? There are so many genres of music out there it’s hard to tell. We are definitely in a digital age of music with Spotify and Itunes, not to mention Apple Music. You almost have to dabble in every form of marketing and all ways of selling your music. The more way’s people can listen to you and find you the better.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Work hard, keep writing and preforming, and be ready to make sacrifices. This industry is a hell of a lot of fun but never forget to look after yourself too. Nothing is worse than burning yourself out after your first year.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Honestly, everything. We try and make our songs have imagery and emotion to them so the feel of our tunes are inspired by our own personal stories and experiences. We also try and keep in touch with our roots. We grew up on the west coast where there was a strong grunge rock feel in the 90’s.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
We work together when writing our songs. Sometimes out guitarist Andrew comes in with a rift and we work off that. Other time’s Kyle and Dave come up with some lyrics and a general feel to work off of. We all listen to and play the same styles of music so when writing we try and give freedom to each member of the band.
What do you think makes a great song?
What makes a great song, good question. Knowing what is too much and what is too little has always been important to us when writing. You can have the most technical song on the planet and honestly it can be great, or it can suck. You can also have a nice catchy simple song that people can lose interest in. You have to find your happy medium.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.wiseyoungblood.com