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Indie Focus Published: March 7, 2011

Bray Tarver – Can’t Let You Go

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Exclusive Interview

Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I’m from Charlotte, NC. It’s been a long journey to this point in my career. I started singing when I was 15 years old with a gospel group called Soothin’ Touch we were together for 5 years. Things happened between Management and members of the group no solution to our problems could be reached and we split. I was a part of a few other groups as well, that also didn’t last. But I remained focused and kept pursuing my dream and stayed on my grind releasing 5 Independent solo projects in 2 years!

What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see?
On September 24, 2010, I released my 6th solo project called Mr. Tarver ~ The Arrival. It has a little something for everybody! There are love songs, baby making ballads, club bangers, pop, neo-soul and a dash of hip-hop. I tried to cover it all. It’s not your average cd, it has 17 tracks and a skit. I’m currently working on the follow album it will have more ballads which is my specialty and pretty much what I’m known for!

Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
The hardest thing so far is getting heard, mainstream radio airplay is TOUGH! But once you finally get some local and Internet play that begins to create a buzz, don’t stop working keep the music pumping. You’re only as good as your last hit!

What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
There is another artist from California that has a copyright on my first name Bray. Although he and I are total opposites I had to pull all of my material that I had available off the market! I’m taking digital sales, physical cd’s, streaming sales EVERYTHING!! That was a huge setback, especially financially. But little did I know it was a blessing in disguise it meant I had to START OVER and Mr. Tarver was born! It gave me time to really discover what I was made of as a man and artist. My new cd Mr. Tarver ~ The Arrival is doing very well!!! The comments and requests that I get for this album have been overwhelming, especially overseas!

What are some things artists need to be careful of?
It’s probably been said a hundred times “SHADY MANAGERS AND SO CALLED DEALS” If it sounds to good to be true it probably is. DON’T SIGN A CONTRACT WITH ANYBODY UNTIL YOU HAVE YOUR LAWYER LOOK OVER IT AND READ EVERYTHING. Just because they say this is a standard contract, trust and believe you will be giving everything you own to someone else. Before you go to a booked gig make sure you have all fees worked out before you set up. Otherwise you may not get paid!!

What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
GO INDEPENDENT! Learn how to write, produce, mix and record yourself. Take classes if you need to, you will thank yourself later. Never let someone else control your music career. If you can get free radio play take it, even if it’s a start up station. You have to start somewhere, start local and branch out from there. Check sites like craigslist I have collaborated with many artists through the many social networks that I belong to. You will see plenty of junk but you have to weed through it. If you are asked to perform somewhere ask if you can set up a table and sell your music, especially if you are not being paid. You need to make money to cover your expenses and it’s always a great way to promote yourself!

What are the best ways to sell your products as an artist?
THE INTERNET! IT’S THE COMPUTER AGE!! Selling out of the trunk of your car is always good, I will never turn down a sale.lol…. But making your music available world wide on the net is PRICELESS!! It also leaves a trail, I was told by someone in the industry at a showcase I did that if your name cannot be googled then you are a not doing ENOUGH!! I find new stuff about my myself and my music everyday on the INTERNET!!

What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
I love to perform! Singing live is what I live for, I do showcases, open Mic night and anywhere I can set up a booth and become a salesperson. It’s very helpful when you are trying to book shows and people know that you are not just a “STUDIO SINGER” for people to hear that you sound just like your cd or better is good for promotions!!

Any last comments or statements?
Have a good support system. Having someone to come home to that supports what you do after a hard day, week or month of performing is essential. The music industry is TOUGH and it is not designed for the weak or faint of heart. Develop a thick skin, not everybody is going to like your music! You have to LOVE YOUR MUSIC AND LOVE WHAT YOU DO. IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN YOUR SOUND HOW CAN ANYBODY ELSE?! When someone tells you no, don’t take it personal. Make a new song that they can’t say no to. Be forever changing and always evolve and revive your sound. Keep it fresh but keep it you!!


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2 Comments so far

  1. Sharaina on April 11, 2011 5:25 pm

    Bravo, Standing Ovation, Front Row Seat Here…Number one fan….

  2. Liz on May 11, 2012 7:55 pm

    You are blessed with a gift!! I’m glad you are sharing it with the world!! You deserve all that life has to offer!! Bravo !! Two Thumbs Up!! If I had a record label you would be the star, I hope to hear more from you in the future!!!

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