A fresh 20 year old singer/songwriter with big dreams and an ever-expanding fan base, artist Shane Guerrette's future as a performer looks quite promising. Drawing influences from the blues/rock genres, Shane is reinventing these sounds into a style uniquely his own.
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1.) What made you want to get into the music business in the first place? Did anyone influence you to do music? If so, who? Influences? Role Models?
My main influences for starting music were my sister and brother. For most of my childhood, I was always listening to them playing music. I thought it was only right for me to give it a try some day. Around the time that I was 14, I had a strong desire/need to play guitar. So after months of begging my mother, she got me a guitar and the rest is history.
2.) Unfortunately the music industry is full of talented individuals who just don't get any recognition for their talent and/or work. What do you plan to do to make sure you stand out and get noticed?
I am going to do anything/everything I possibly can. Realistically speaking, having a career in music is a business and since this is the case, one of the most crucial aspects of a successful business is a good product. So I plan on creating the best possible music that I can for the world to hear.
3.) Would you rather be on a major label or would you rather stay independent? Why or why not?
A label as long as they have the same vision as me. If a label (that truly believes in me) happens to take interest, I would love to have a major label backing me. I do think the potential of having a bigger, more sustainable career is greater with a good team behind you.
4.) Do you think that the traditional music industry model as we know it is dead? Why or why not?
I wouldn't necessarily say that it's dead. However it has been/will continue to be ever-changing. With the presence of social media it has become realistic for a musician to get their career started autonomously. Which makes things interesting because if one becomes successfully independent, they will have more pull and say over their career.
5.) How do you think the internet and social media affected the music industry and how musicians are able to market themselves?
Going off of my answer in the previous question, it is (in some regards) easier for a musician to market themselves with social media. Branding yourself as a musician seems to be a great way to stand out among other musicians who haven't done so online.
6.) What is the most difficult thing you've had to endure in life and has that had any effect on your path to becoming a musician?
Though not necessarily difficult, but definitely worrisome, I'd have to say not choosing to head off to college. However, It's intensified the focus on making a career as a musician a reality.
7.) Artists who try to make music for the general public and make more money are usually seen as "sell-outs." Do you see it that way and if so, what do plan to do to make sure you make music that is true to your brand and make a good living at the same time without having to "sell out"?
It would have to depend on what type of music you are making. If you are making pop music, then of course you should aim to make music that is relatable to others. However, on the contrary, if you're not making music that is mainstream, then the main focus shouldn't be on whether the general public is going to like it or not. The focus should be on the quality of the music.
8.) When you do music, what would you like your listeners to get out of your music?
I would like my listeners to experience the same thing I do listening to my favorite artists. I want to leave behind timeless music for listeners of many generations to come.