|Featured, Indie Focus Published: July 24, 2012 |
Johnny Blaze – Last Night ft. Chief Grey & Mac Smiff
Check out the new song from Johnny Blaze – Last Night ft. Chief Grey & Mac Smiff
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I am originally from the Bay area but currently reside in the NW Portland Oregon area. I got out to the NW because my father was going to late college classes through ITT tech and his final year happened to be in Portland. He also landed a job out here so we settled in, and ever since I have been here developing my self and the community.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
The song I’m about to start promoting is called “Take me away,” it’s a feel good deep emotional track. Essentially if your having a horrible day/week/year this track is supposed to take you to paradise even if your still trapped in hell. This song will be recorded Aug 2 and released for free on my web sites.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
I had a chance to go to Sony headquarters in New York to meet Kurt Lightburn, he is top A&R there that found JCole. The review to my music was great and we had a good meeting, but a huge record company like that is looking for instant hits and an artist that has already built their fan base around the sounds they are trying to push. I thought we where ready to take it to the next level, but Kurt brought the reality of how much more work we have ahead of us and how to be more ready next time. The challenge was we didn’t get a deal or got invited back, so realizing I needed more promo and focus on one style was a heart wrencher.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
Going threw a divorce with my wife is the biggest set back in my life, I’m still working on the bounce back but it consist of getting back on the work outs, get fresh clothing and gear, and stacking and saving money. This is a set back to focus on pushing music and creating new music, but I shall overcome it.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Watch what shows you put your self on, what promoters you work with. Also what you say on the streets or when networking, if you say you’re gonna connect with someone own up to it and show your respect to other artists and to friends.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Stay focused and be original, do not wait for others to help you make moves – go make the moves or die trying!
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Handing out CDs for free while I bar tended or Facebook postings that link you to the music.
Where can people visit you?