Interview with our ReverbNation Winner, Florida’s MERESHA!

1.Who are you as an artist? What is your story?

I’m a (musical) artist that composes, plays and produces my own music.

I started in music at 12 when I wrote my first song “Fool Don’t Be”, which is still out.

I’ve been working since then to improve my art and get it out to the world.

2.Who are some of your favorite artists and music influences?

Unique artists like James Blake or Björk intrigue me.  I have faves in different genres from Led Zeppelin & Queen to modern European electronic acts like Aphex Twin, ishome, Ben Klock, … and weird artists from Japan and Europe..

3.What is makes your music worth it? To the world? To your fans?

My sounds hopefully add some fun and energy into the days of my fans.  I most appreciate playing for them live.  I’m preparing a new one-person show now.

The music creates itself, and comes from a place of stillness.  Listeners can find themselves in a whole new world throught it.  If i force it is not truthful to me and others

4. What is the future of music and the industry?

Right now playing live and streaming are the big things.    Getting your music on TV, movies or commercials can also help get it out.  Vinyl is coming back because people want to be able to touch something coming from their favorite artists.  In general, people listen to music as much as ever.  The ways they do that, though, keep changing.

5. What surprises you the most about the music industry?

How easy and how hard it is.  It’s relatively easy once you know how to make good music to get it out.  It’s hard, though, because there are probably 40 million songs out there now on Spotify, etc.  The challenge is to get the music to be heard by people who might most like it.

6. What’s your Poison?

Being outside.  I love running, blading, paddle boarding, etc. and couldn’t get by if I didn’t keep moving.

7. How is your Art “your religion”?

It certainly takes more time than most people spend on religion.  I’m working every day to be a better perfomer.  I’m also every day in touch with fans and supporters of my music.  It’s all absorbing really.

8. What are you truly creating with your music that changes the world, changes society?

Individual songs can be anthems for a generation or for movements.  They can also mark important personal moments for people.  Not sure that I have “changed society” yet with my music, but you never know when a tune might stick.

9. What is the message of your music?

Music is something to enjoy.  I’m not preaching or trying to force people to do something different.  Ideally, though, my music becomes the soundtrack for people’s lives.

10. Have you been “lucky” or “gifted” in the music industry so far? Tell us more:

I feel blessed all the time.  I’ve been on some charts like Billboard and played for 40,000, but the true blessings are when fans reach out and share their love for some of my music.

I’ve also been surrounded by amazing musicians that inspire me and teach me new  things about music. The way they work gives me another perspective on the industry

11. What do you really think it takes to make it in the music industry? Tell us 3 keys.

3 of the keys are building your skills, continuing despite failures, and working on it every day.

Like you say, music is an industry.  You can’t make it unless your skills help you create art that others want to listen to.  From music theory to learning how to protect your voice from damage, there is a lot to learn.

The second thing is to keep pushing.  As an Indie musician, I’m constantly pitching my music for different opportunites.  Media coverage like this, concerts, playlists, etc.  Much of the time things don’t work out.  You can’t let that get to you, and just have to get going.

Finally, given it is an industry, you unsurprisingly have to work at it basically every day.  That can include working on your craft, but can also mean things like keeping in touch with fans on social media.

12. What is your main inspirational philosophy in life? Favorite quote?

There are no limits except the ones you set in your mind

13. What do you regret the most in your music and would have done differently?

It’s too early to have regrets.  I’m still pursuing opportunities that come up and hope to be able to live from my music over time.

14. Where do you see your career going in five years? 10 years? Next year?

Would love to tour the world, and collaborate with some of the artists I most admire.   The main thing is building an audience for my music that I can deepen my relationships with.

15. Legacy: At the end of the day, how do you want your fans to remember you and your music?

It is about helping create moments for them.  If fans feel something special that they remember while listening to my music or when coming to see me perform live, I’ve done my job.

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