Sean Roberto - 10 Questions Music Interview
Sean Roberto is an unsigned solo artist, currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sean is not professionally trained as a musician, did not go to music school, and does not come from a musical family - although he is told that his grandfather conducted an orchestra many years ago.
Sean grew up listening primarily to alt-rock bands, most of them British - Oasis, Nirvana, The White Stripes, The Killers, and the Arctic Monkeys are some of his favorite bands. He has an unhealthy obsession with The Beatles and David Bowie, as well as a love of electronic groups such as Crystal Castles and Depeche Mode. Sean began writing songs in his mid-twenties (he is 25 now). Although he grew up loving music more than anything else, Sean tried a variety of careers - including filmmaking, videography, being a YouTuber, pro wrestling writing, and placing losing sports bets before realizing that music was actually the safest career of all of these. Using YouTube and Wikipedia to learn music theory, Sean wrote the Smile in the Dark EP. Inspired by The White Stripes, Sean dedicated each song to one of his favorite musicians. Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I took my parents to a Paul McCartney concert for my mom's birthday in June of last year. I had been tossing around the idea of finally trying to record music for some time, but with no musical background, I never felt comfortable enough to get started. There was something about that night - maybe it was singing along to all my favorite Beatles songs, I don't know... I felt so inspired after that concert that I remember running home and downloading a free trial of Pro Tools. It was off to the races after that.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I'm brand new in this game - so for me, the craziest thing had to be playing my first recorded songs for family - it was so incredibly nerve-wracking. Something about trying to create something leaves you very vulnerable, and it honestly felt like I was spilling out my darkest secrets or reading my diary to the people around me. I had to leave the room.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high point for me is just finally taking action on my desire to be a musician. It sounds lame, but it's always been the thing I love the most, and I've kept putting it off for so long... I'm finally taking action on my dream, and even if nothing comes out of it, I'll always have that.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I mess around on an instrument - normally keyboard or acoustic guitar. I'll find something I like - a short riff, some chords, and I'll just build on that. I find writing melodies to weirdly be the easiest part for me, and I'll just keep adding layers. As a solo artist, I don't have a band around me, so I can only play one part at a time, and it takes a decent while to create something that sounds complete.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest challenge facing indie artists today is all the noise - most of us are fighting each other for one of a few spots, and we have to work hard for it - while many of the most successful artists in the world can lounge around and have others do their work for them. Maybe it's also the blessing of indie artists, it forces us to push harder and create something great.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Jack White - he's my biggest artistic inspiration and for me, he is the most relatable songwriter in the world. I would love to get in a room with him and see what we would come up with.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
My rehearsals are essentially me running through my songs and talking to an empty room as if it's a crowd. If someone watched me, they would think I was clinically insane.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
"One Last Try" was difficult to write, because I didn't want to spoil it. I really loved the melodies on that song, and once I had those, it became all about trying not to cover them up. I ran through so many different ideas for the guitar part, and various arrangements. Ultimately, I think I allowed it to shine - but I went through so many days of uncertainty.
What's coming up in the future?
I would like to play some shows, and hopefully start recording an album. To do that, I'd like to get signed - I know it's not necessary for an indie artist, but it would be great to have a budget and a professional studio for a change - instead of my own bathroom.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
My official website
My YouTube (where music is free!)
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