Discuss your personality.
I am an introverted person with a very positive and optimistic nature. Strong values, hard work, and inclusion are things that are super important to me.
Brief us about you as a musician.
I am primarily a vocalist, but I play the guitar to support myself as I tell stories and sing songs. The clarinet was my very first instrument and I played that and bass clarinet for about 10 years before I witnessed my high school friends killing it on guitar and playing original music. After picking one up and slowly but surely gathering enough courage to sing, it took a lot of time and effort to get to where I am as a singer and guitarist. I am also a percussionist and support other musicians with the cajón as my main instrument on that end.
Go into details on what has changed in your life for choosing music as a career.
After college, where I studied business management, I had a great job working in the advertising world. I stuck around for about 4 years, but during that whole time, I was finding ways to grow musically whether it is performing at open mics, playing gigs, and joining choirs. It came to the point where I realized that I should be doing music since that is where I felt like I was home. I was very fortunate that I loved my day job, my coworkers, and the company I worked for, but I didn’t truly feel at peace until I made the decision to just go for music.
Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.
Being a musician is probably one of the most difficult jobs. The huge benefit is that I’m doing what I love. Plain and simple. Some drawbacks include:
1) Most musicians have to wear lots of hats and hold multiple gigs (teacher, church gig, side person, session musician, etc.) and if you are trying to promote your own music, you’ll have even more to wear if you don’t have the backing of a label/manager (booking, advertising, press outreach, networking, bandleader, brand management, etc.).
2) Income is not as steady as your normal 9-5, as some times during the year will be much busier than others and I know a lot of super talented musicians that struggle to make ends meet.
3) Your efforts can often be undervalued, whether it is a venue that doesn’t want to pay for you to perform as they can find someone who will do it for very little or free, or when you get an “oh… that’s fun” (or other response with the “really?” undertone) when you tell someone new that you are a musician. For me, the good things that come from my life as a musician outweigh all the drawbacks. I touch a lot of lives with my work when I play an amazing show with my band when I hear that a song I wrote has really resonated with someone, or that a student is excited to learn more and grow, all of those kinds of moments really reinforce that I made the right decision. I am lucky to have colleagues, fans, friends, and family that believe in me so I am determined to keep pushing myself as far as I can go.
Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.
It’s always important to remember that we’re all human beings and that we’re all “normal”. I don’t consider myself to be “better” or “worse” than anyone by any means, and I hope that if I do become more well known, that people will just treat me how they would treat any regular person. I love hearing stories about famous actors or musicians that take the time to just hang out with fans. In my experience, when I have met famous musicians and some of my heroes, it made me feel special just to talk with them about everyday stuff.
Elaborate on the storyline of this song.
“Looking for You” is about the hopeful search for love. At the moment, the protagonist is looking everywhere for “the one” and though his/her true love never appears, knowing that love will arrive someday in the future gives them hope and in turn, keeps them on the search. The character also seeks help from a match-maker, who ambiguously describes the person they are looking for. The match-maker in turn asks the main character if they could tag along, which is supposed to serve as a reminder that every one of us is in search of and needs love in our lives and we are never alone in that search. And though the song directly speaks to love in a romantic setting, the fact that we all look for love in terms of friendship, spirituality, and within families should be thought of as well.
Tell us the means of connecting you and purchasing your music online.
On iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, and many other digital stores. You can also follow me on Facebook (@louisapollonmusic), Instagram (@louisapollon), and Twitter (@louapollon).
Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.
I am grateful every day I am able to pursue music as my career, and I have had many amazing opportunities, but I have to say that the process of releasing my debut album was the greatest moment so far. I recorded my original songs with some of my best friends during a 16-hour recording session that could have easily become a stressful situation, but it was one of the most unbelievable days and fulfilling moments. Also, having crowdfunded the entire project was just unreal. It’s amazing having the support of family friends, and fans who really believe in me and my music. Without them, I would have really struggled to get this project off of the ground. Then seeing it all come together whether it was hearing mixes progress over time, hearing the final masters, seeing the album art, as well as other pieces, take form based on the album… I felt like I was kind of having my first child in a way. A lot of love and work went into everything, and I’m super proud of how it came out, as I’m sure everyone on the team would agree.
Tell us the highest amount of money you have ever received from your music career and how it happened.
It was my crowdfunding campaign by far. Recording an album is not cheap at all, so I went on to Kickstarter and put together a crowdfunding campaign to support it. With the help from very generous friends, fans, and family, we were able to make the whole thing happen. I am eternally grateful for their help, generosity, and belief in me as an artist!
Discuss your experience pertaining to live performances, gigs, shows, and tours.
I’ve been very lucky to have lots of different types of experiences and learning opportunities. I joined ranks of different choirs covering genres of traditional church music, gospel, and vocal jazz. It was amazing seeing how each group functioned whether it was in aiding people to connect with and express their spirituality or performing challenging pieces that paid homage to great composers and songwriters. I was also lucky to be on the theatrical stage for a short time while in college as I participated in two operas as well as a musical. I’ve played lots of shows as a bandleader whether it is at nightclubs, festivals, or coffee shops. What is important to me is that I’m focused on connecting with and sharing the feelings of the tunes I play with the audience. My band is also very conversational, and it’s exciting when my bandmates and I play off of each other and give new life to the tunes we play. Overall we try to spread the love and joy of music to our listeners.
Tell us how you interact with your fans.
It’s important to me that everyone feels welcome at my shows and I try to create an atmosphere where people can let go of their differences and feel uplifted through music.
Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time.
Tell us the most important people that have boosted your music career and how you met them.
There are so many people that I could list here including my family members, my friends, teachers, colleagues, and fans that believe in and support me. I don’t think I can say who would be the most important since all of those people have helped out in their own unique way. I’m also super lucky to have mentors who were my teachers at school, my coworkers, and bandmates that have been where I am currently in my career as a musician, and the advice they have is invaluable.
Brief us on what you have in mind before considering music as a career.
Like so many others, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do as a career. My main focus was on the paycheck and having a job to support myself financially. I joined the corporate world and did the daily 9-5 thing, but was constantly getting into music projects on the side. I honestly felt more lost than anything before making music my career.
Discuss your good and bad experience in life.
I’ve been very fortunate that my good experiences outweigh the bad ones, and really, we can’t always have good experiences. We all go through bad experiences, whether it is losing a job, the death of a loved one, a devastating breakup… I’ve had all of those things happen to me, but there are good things we can learn from those types of experiences even though it may be extremely difficult to find them. I’ve been very fortunate with the support system of people that I have around me. One thing I’ve learned is that it is not only super important to be there for people who are having a rough time but to also allow yourself to reach out to people when you are struggling.
Name the artists that have influenced the world.
There are so many that have influenced me! Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Bobby McFerrin, Elis Regina, Tom Jobim, Carmen McRae, Emily Elbert, Raul Midón, Dan Wilson, Cyrille Aimeé, Banda Magda, Snarky Puppy… the list goes on and on.
Tell us about your moment of rejection as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on.
I view the times I’ve been rejected as humbling experiences. Though I may be disappointed temporarily, I don’t let those moments bog me down as there are a lot of goals that I want to accomplish as an artist. I’m always striving to learn more and grow as a musician, and for me, lingering in those moments of negative thoughts and feelings seems like a waste of time. There are many more good things to come and to achieve if I keep on working at it.
Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received about your music.
I don’t really keep track of negative comments on my music. There were a few people who didn’t believe in what I was doing when I decided to work towards being a musician professionally, but the sadness turned to drive to prove them wrong and that drive quickly disappeared in my process of diving in and learning as much about music as I could and developing myself as an artist. Everyone is unique and has their own taste when it comes to different things and it would be unreasonable to expect absolutely everyone to feel the exact same way about anything. So if someone doesn’t really dig my songs/sound/voice, I respect that!
Tell us how to become a famous artist.
Never give up on yourself, put some serious time into your craft, and keep striving for your goals even in the most difficult times.
Tell us how you plan to make an impact on society.
I try to make a positive impact in everything I do, whether it is by using music or just existing as a human being on this planet. But with my music specifically, I aim to contribute music that is truly substantial. I hope people find deep meaning in the songs I write and that they pick up on the positive vibes when I perform either solo with or with my amazing band and that it will bring people together regardless of our differences.
Elaborate on the recording process of this song.
As I mentioned earlier, we actually had a marathon session of 16 straight hours booked at The Record Co. in Boston where we somehow recorded 10 entire songs on the album. It was an amazing day and several friends and exceptional musicians came by throughout the day to help me record it all. The core of the band (drums, bass, guitar, percussion, vocals) recorded live, as we did for the entire album. After having a few takes to choose from we went ahead and moved on to the next songs we had to record. We had the alto sax player play his parts over one of the tracks earlier in the afternoon since he was in the studio to play flute on another one of the songs on the album. Closer to the end of the day after we recorded all of what we needed with the core of the band, the other horn players came in to record their parts. It was an incredibly long day. We were there at 8 a.m and left at 12 a.m, but we were all in great spirits for the entire day. It was nothing short of amazing.