How I got in the music industry
Some people ask me this now and then; how I got in the music industry; what my first steps were, etc. Now that it’s been quite a while; I look it in retrospect and I can remember a lot of moments since when I first decided to give it a try; nothing serious, of course; and what’s going on in the music industry now.
So, how did all of this get started?
The first time I started to play around with a guitar was when I was just 5 years old. My parents bought me a small Spanish guitar for Christmas and I was so excited to make music that I started practicing every day. The only problem is I was too little to actually learn something<./strong> But it definitely awaked my interest on music.
This interest made me start learning again four years later; when I was just nine years old, almost ten. I asked my parents for a proper acoustic guitar for my birthday; the Spanish one was kept on the garage for a long time and it was moldy. They didn’t really mind buying useful stuff like a guitar instead of games consoles; like my friends were asking for their birthday; at the moment I thought I’d regret that later!
When I got the new guitar
I then started attending lessons at a music industry school; as well as singing lessons and music industry theory. It was tough first; (as it is for everyone, I suppose?) I learnt the chords, how to change from one to another fluently, what a capo was for, etc. But it was a bit rough first because your fingertips need to get used to the strings; which can be quite sharp indeed. After a while I could play the new songs that came out on the radio after searching the chords and I was really proud of it.
On these lessons I met some nice people over time who rapidly became good friends with me. There was a drummer, another guitarist and a pianist. It might really sound idyllic in a way, “a group of musicians that become friends, all of different instruments” nice script for a bad Disney teenager’s film. It’s not my fault it was my teenager’s story though.
Learning about the music industry over time
However, I lost interest on the guitar when I was 14 and had been playing for over 4 years. My mates did carry on with their music industry studies though, and it was a really bad time for quitting because we were at that time just planning to start a band. Nothing serious really. But we were excited about it and me leaving the lessons wasn’t really helpful for us. But we managed to join and schedule the week in a way that we could meet twice a week.
We started playing other people’s songs, most of the time old bands such as Nirvana and RHCP. On those songs; in which there was no piano; our pianist played the bass with a keyboard. We must admit that he is actually really good. However, we were always lacking of something and that was the voice. We were improving over time, of course. But we still felt we needed at least one singer in the band, and sometimes there was only one guitar role in the group.
It was then when we realize my singing potential skills. We did a few tests and I didn’t like singing too much. But I must admit that I was slightly bored of the guitar already and the other guy was much better than me, he managed to catch up quickly and learn the songs, so I kept on trying to improve on singing, always advised by my colleagues.
Then we settled with this structure
We thought we could actually start making our own songs. By that time, we’d been together for quite a long time and had tried in the past messing around with making up lyrics when we were just bored. Now, the good point about this is that we could start going to bars and places to play some nights and earn some money; not too much taking into consideration that it was to be split between 4 of us! And this is where we are now. We might not be the best ones. But we definitely have some nice plans for the future.
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