Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I played in whatever band I could get into.
I learned from the musicians around me.
I learned other people's songs and said I want to write a song as good as that.
My songs started getting attention on the local scene and radio.
With every band move I tried to improve what I was doing and keep moving forward.
I eventually started Valentine Black.
After 2 years of hard work I self financed my debut album and released it independently.
The album got good reviews and opened a lot of doors.
Keep following my journey

Career

Musician and songwriter

I write songs.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Music
Writing
Being Creative

Day to Day

For me songwriting is quite an internal process and something which I do best while I'm busy doing other things. If you were to shadow me for a good day's work you'd probably see me cleaning the kitchen or something and humming a melody. I'll record it on my phone. Then I'd work on the lyrics by sitting down and focusing, that's the work part. Then I'll demo the song and finally I'll go somewhere with my portable studio and play every part about a hundred times till it's right and press record.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

To write you have to read. The more you read the more topics you may want to write about, the more beautiful words and phrases you will discover to inspire you and your lyrics. You should also listen to a lot of music, all types and find stuff that moves you and inspires you. Never stop listening to new music! And if you want to be a good a musician, it's pretty simple just play. A lot. I love reading, writing, listening to music and playing music. Do something you love.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"'It's too tough an industry.' 'Are you still doing music?'- Usually from musicians who stopped being musicians. 'Why do you keep going without major success?'"

Interviewed By

Anonymous Student