Tell us how you develop your sound and style to make it different from other musicians.
I think taking inspiration from other musicians is very important when it comes to creating, but I believe a lot of my process comes from being uncertain on how to replicate a particular sound I may have heard. Not that I’m trying to “copy”, but actually trying to figure out how certain sounds are made makes me think on my feet and forces me to try many different and sometimes obscure ideas. These ideas hardly ever end up sounding like they did in my head, but along the way, I’ll have discovered my own sounds that will inspire more ideas, this cycle often repeats until the song is done.
Tell us your opinion on the way new artists are coming up and the frequent release of songs.
Streaming has become a great way for people to hear what they want when they want, but for artists, this seems like it’s become a way for them to keep track of how and where their audience is listening. I think this is great because it’s blurring the line between the audience and the artist and this is making musicians churn out more content, and be almost as active in their release of new material as they are on social media. As a huge fan of many artists doing this myself, I find it keeps me engaged and it’s always nice having something new to listen to.
Tell us your experience as a musician.
I’ve been producing, writing, and performing in bands for many years up until this point, where I decided to take a shot at writing some solo material and figure out what Joe Turone sounds like when locked in a room bouncing off of his own ideas.
Tell us your opinion on streaming and digital download of songs.
Again, I think this can only be a positive thing if it’s giving people infinite access to your music. It’s a win–win situation, where the audience can listen to music wherever and whenever they want and the artist is having their music embedded into someone’s everyday life.
Tell us how you see yourself in the coming time as a musician.
I plan to slowly release my album, which I’ve spent the past year and a half working on, and eventually to play all different types of interpretations of these songs around the UK.
Tell us five current artists that are your favorite presently.
Bleachers are one of my favorite bands out at the moment; I also love and closely follow the works of Francis and the Lights, Bon Iver, and Sigrid.
Tell us your best song up to date.
The Less I Say The Better
Tell us your dream and hope for the future.
I hope to be playing my music around the world and having an audience eagerly waiting to hear new music and come and see me play live, just like I am with many of the artists I am a huge fan of. I’d also love to eventually write and produce music with lots of different artists, ones I’d maybe even never put my style and sound together with.
Tell us what you think has changed in the music industry.
Digital streaming is the main culprit I’d say, and the way that this now contributes towards a charting position in the UK charts. The real beauty of this thought is that it’s bridging the gap between the US and the UK music scene – nowadays I’m seeing a lot of British and American artists collaborating and this is something that years ago felt like a hard thing to achieve.
Tell us your opinion on TV and radio stations playing the same songs from established artists mostly and giving little chances to independent artists.
I feel there are TV and radio platforms out there designed to try and showcase the work of independent artists more, but I suppose the dominance in established artists is somewhat making the gap that independent artists are forced to try and climb through a lot smaller and a lot harder to do.
Tell us the challenges you think independent artists are facing and how they can be tackled.
It’s both a gift and a curse that independent artists are now almost competing for cheek to cheek with established musicians, on the one hand, we have the opportunity to be exposed to the audience of the artists we know and love, on the other hand, we’re getting lost amongst the quantity of content that is coming out of these massive acts. I think that if established artists are dominating TV and radio, then indie acts should at least be able to have the internet/streaming platforms to themselves in an ideal world. Or at least a little breathing space.
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Tell us what you think about using social media to promote music online.
I think it’s a great way for artists to engage with their audience, and keep them up to date with everything they’re up to.
Tell us how you start as a musician.
My dad was a musician who would constantly introduce me to new music as a child, and I grew up wanting to do a similar thing. I eventually started writing songs and gradually learned to get the ideas out of my head by learning different instruments.
Tell us what still motivates you to go on with your music career.
I consider myself fairly new to this still, despite being involved in making music for close to 10 years now. But seeing my idols who are 20 to 30 years into their careers and still going at it, with music that arguably gets better and better is something that constantly keeps me inspired. Plus – I’m always trying to make the next song better than the last, and I feel that so far I’ve managed to do this and will continue to do so for as long as I can.
Tell us about you as a person.
I like to think I’m passionate and driven, and always striving to make music that truly expresses me as a person. I’m confident and take pride in my work, and will always seek new ways to get inspiration to strengthen my music.
Elaborate on the story behind the song.
“The Less I Say The Better” is a song that is what it says on the tin. I overthink a lot of situations, especially social ones, and always leave a conversation wondering whether I’ve said the right thing – this song expresses how I sometimes feel in these situations.
Tell us the process involved in making this song.
I wish other songs were as a breeze to make as this one was. It all started with that drum loop you hear that goes throughout the verse, I programmed this in and built most of the song around the pads and synths. I then took the song into the studio and tracked guitars and wrote and recorded the whole song from start to finish in one session. I had the title floating around for a while but didn’t know what to do with it until that studio session when I mumbled the chorus whilst writing it and then “The Less I Say The Better” came to life.
List the people that deserved to be given credits for the making of the song.
I wrote and produced the song, and my co-producer Dan Formoso and I mixed the song together.
Tell us how you get funds to run your music career.
I work a day job as a Sound and Lighting technician.
Tell us the genre of your music and the reason you decided to go for this genre.
Alt-Pop. I label it this way because I listen to so much music, and a lot of the time this music is from two different genres. I am heavily inspired by the likes of Wilco, Bon Iver, and fun.
The music I make is my own way of taking everything that I am inspired by and housing it under a single umbrella.
Tell us if you prefer to write your own songs or you prefer to write with professional songwriters.
I currently write all of my own songs, but would certainly be open to writing with professional songwriters. I’d love to write a song with Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro or Jeff Tweedy from Wilco.
Tell us if you prefer to produce your songs or you prefer to work with reputable producers.
I’ve only ever really produced songs for myself, sometimes with the help of my friends – but I’d love to work with other producers. Jack Antonoff or Emile Haynie would be my first targets.