Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Yes, My cousin Andre Perry, He was in the music business, working as a record executive. He worked for Arista and Warner Brother Records when I was young, he took me around a lot to the companies, recording studios and concerts. I was about 12-13 years old at the time. Met a lot of musician and I never wanted to leave that scene.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
LOL....I remember my band was playing at my high school, we decided to try a new song. I had to learn the lyrics that night, the curtain went up, I sung one line forgot the rest of the lyrics, walked off stage and left the band finishing a well but interesting instrumental piece, I was so embarrassed that night. They forgave me....
What has been the high point of your music path?
1. I would say hanging out with my cousin meeting and learning from a lot of great musicians only wish I was older, I would have appreciated it more and wish I really knew what I had in front of me.
2. Meeting Gene, having someone in the music business giving you feedback. giving you direction. The music business is a tough business, so having someone who knows what they are talking about it a plus.
3. Finishing this album, I don't know how it's going to do but to Write, Play all the instruments, Sing, Mix, Master and Release it, to do it all by myself in my bedroom studio, WOW! That's a high point for me, I'm proud of myself if no one else is. I would like some help..........
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I'm glad I started playing guitar and piano at a young age, I may start of playing the guitar in the living room, record a take on my iPhone get a melody going with my voice, or I my sing an idea into my phone then go into the studio and put down some piano chords. I really don't have a set creative approach to my songwriting. I might start in the studio with laying down a drum beat and vibe on that until something come to mind, the ideas come quick, I'm always writing.
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?
Passion is a driving force in a lot of indie Artist ( our MUSIC) and we get taken advantage of. We are promised this and we get that. The biggest challenge I see and I think its getting better with social media telling everybody's business, I think it's getting easier to put a solid team together for a successful career.
I would like to see the music industry be a little more generous with the revenue streams, they are making so much money off artist, they could make it a little profitable for artist and not blame bad contracts or poor management for it
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Kennth (babyface) Edmonds, great songwriter and producer. Very passionate vocalist. One of the greatest singer-songwriter in the business.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
This is my first solo project, so my live show preparation has not yet started, I am now gathering up contacts from local musician, we are still dealing with Covid, so it will be 2022 before I do a live performance.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
"She's got it real bad", any song written about someone going though anything negative is challenging for me, Its always easy to write about happy things, It's even more challenging when I like the music so much but then have to sing the sad lyrics to it.
What's coming up in the future?
More songs! More songs! More songs! Like I said before, always writing! I would like to write for other artist also.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Stream on Spotify
Find on Apple Music
Vthatguy has been writing music and playing instruments for as long as he can remember. He started out playing drums in 4th grad, then played sax in 5th and 6th grade, and guitar in 7th grade. VthatGuy graduated from Teaneck Highschool and received a B.A. in Music from William Paterson University.
Over the years, he has played in garage bands, local talent shows, and venues. For as long as he can remember, he has always had his own small home studio for writing and recording his original songs.
For more information, please visit Vthatguy's website.