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Ohio Indie Artist Sandro Inglez on Today’s Indie Music Business

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I feel that the music business is exactly that just another business and just like any other business it must be ever changing and adjusting.” – @sandromusicnow

Listen to the Interview
Episode #289 : A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax : http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2016/01/14/episode-289-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax

 

Jacqueline Jax logo photoGETTING TO KNOW SANDRO INGLEZ
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio

I feel that the music business is exactly that…
just another business and just like any other business it must be ever changing and adjusting. As a musician, my music is the product and I feel it is imperative to keep up with the times and adjust as necessary, but by no means “sell out”. I feel I have to stay true to my influences and roots but also have to be innovative to stay current and relevant.

I have always been involved with music..
as far back as I can remember, I come from a musical family, my dad was an amazing accordion player and Brazilian country music performer, I was always intrigued by the response of bystanders when he performed, but what really inspired me to pursue music as a possible career was when I first moved to the US back in 1986, upon my arrival from Brazil, I landed in JFK airport NY and immediately fell in love with the this country and the intense vibrations of NYC. I actually remember as if it was today, the first song I heard on the radio was “Rumors” by Timex Social Club on a popular NY station. That was my ah-ha moment and the rest is history.

Social media is key these days in my opinion…
I come from a time where we used to hand out flyers and take out full page ads in local music weekly newspapers. Although it was an amazing experience to actually get to meet your fans in person it required great effort. It was also very expensive and time consuming. I have yet to master the art of social media but I feel I do a pretty good job, I feel presentation goes a long way and content interaction keeps things moving.

I recently released my first ever solo album…
and it was pretty much a compilation of moments of my recent years, I wanted it to tell a story. I feel an album should do just that, otherwise I think EP’s or singles are definitely the way to go. We live in a demanding world, the attention span is pretty much non existent, the faster you can get material out, the faster you will see results.

 

Legendary Love Affair…
came from a recent trip to NYC where for a few days I spent some time soul searching and observing my surroundings in Central park, I was looking for inspiration and I believe I achieved just that. The song tells a story about two people that are very much in love and the people around them can actually feel this incredible connection between them and can’t help but to stop and stare and wish they were there, in that moment, in their moment…

I currently live in Columbus Ohio…
there is an amazing music scene here. Lots of small venues where you can see just about anyone from national acts to your friend’s garage band, there’s something for everyone. I also had the privilege to live in Cleveland for a year where the music scene is very much alive and kicking! The used to be “Mistake by the lake” city has made a full flip to now be know as “America’s comeback city” and so is their music, there’s is literally talent everywhere you turn.

 

I would love to have 5 minutes with…
my future self, I believe we can learn a lot from reading or hearing stories of people we idolize, but there’s nothing better than learning from our own mistakes and experiences. Sometimes we can look back just a week, month or year and completely change the course of our future.

I emphasize being current…
not necessarily by completely changing who I am but by staying tuned and focused on my audience. It’s almost automatic, I don’t actually feel anything changing , it’s more of a natural occurrence where things are very centered and balanced. It just feels right.

I personally don’t like the word afraid…
whenever fear is involved the mind operates from a negative perspective, I always try my best to see the positive in situations, there’s always a way, always…

Success to me…
is doing what you love and getting recognized and highly compensated for it.
My most recent success story is about my album “Hooked”. I wanted to record my album but had no idea where to even begin, I wanted a specific sound and quality but had no musicians other than myself. I started by consulting with my producer Michael Seifert, who understood where I was headed and was able to gather the musicians to complete the project. I had the privilege of playing with a bunch of amazing talented musicians such as Sam Getz (Welshly Arms), Jimmy Weaver (Welshly Arms) and Joey Hanna to name a few. The outcome exceeded my expectations by miles!!

Currently my main goal is…
to finish my new 5 song EP which is due by the end of March 2016, I am very stoked about this project as it is completely different from my first album, I took a different approach and reached for some of my earliest influences to bring out a fresh new sound. I’m going to use more of a non traditional approach, I will be focusing more on licensing and publishing.

3 Ways I Push Myself…
1- Keep writing, I think if you’re writer you have to keep writing, I try to write as often as possible. It’s amazing how the more you write the more you want to write.

2- Keep things fresh, no one likes to see old information, people are interested in what’s going on now. I try to focus on keeping all things current.

3-Stay motivated, motivation is key! Just because you’ve gotten 1000 “no’s” doesn’t mean the next answer won’t be a “yes”.

 

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