Most people typically gravitate to something that makes them feel comfortable. Or something that makes them feel like, you know, yourself. Some people find these avenues through writing, working out, dancing, and, in Shane’s case, music. Recently,The Millennialwas able to publishan article of Shane’s about the pop singer-song writer, Emily Warren(which is currently sitting at over 500 likes, 500+ shares and over 2k views on his music blog titledDeal Music Blog).
I met Shane through a mutual friend and when I heard about how he had recently started his own music blog, doing focus pieces on under-the-radar artist, I had to learn more about the motivations behind creating it.
I opened up the interview with the obvious question; the reason behind the inception of the blog and for music specifically. “I’ve actually been involved in classical music my entire life. As a kid, I used to sing in a children’s group that performed at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, the National Cathedral, and some other really cool venues.” He continued to voice how once he entered high school he started to become heavily focused on the clarinet. So focused that he was granted the opportunity to sit as first clarinetist in his high school band, among several other amazing ensembles as well.
He said that he loved all of these experiences, but “there always seemed to be a disconnect” for him between the classical music he was performing and the types of music that he truly loved. “I think the fact that my pump-up playlists for auditions were filled with Blink 182 and shameless Lady Gaga tunes (the Fame is a dope album, y’all) probably could have helped me figure this out earlier.”
He then knew that pop music was his passion and wanted to start writing and analyzing it for his own self enjoyment. “I had a professor who is a preeminent jazz musician, scholar, and pianist who seemed to be open to all types of music. We had a class assignment that required us to write a term paper on a musical piece of work (a symphony, an album, an opera, etc.). I realized a lot of my classmates were picking strictly classical music, but I knew I wanted to write about pop. By the time we had to pick our topics, Lorde’s debut album, Pure Heroine had been out for about a week, but I already loved it and knew I wanted to write about how Lorde was revolutionizing the sound of pop music (side note: you may have noticed that the speed of pop tunes has been slowing down for the past few years—I totally attribute that to Lorde’s “Royals” and this album back in September of 2013).”
Long story short, he wrote the paper over the semester, ended up getting an “A” on it and was able to present it to the entire class. Like myself, Shane likes to predict which artist have the potential to generate widespread appeal. “The first artist that clicked—Halsey—actually had something like 5,000 Facebook likes at the time, but I just knew her unique voice, lush production, and interesting backstory would make for pop stardom. I believed in her so much and wanted to do whatever I could to get her name out there, so I told every single person I knew that they needed to listen to her music.”
He realized that after she blew up (currently in 2016) that he could aid to artist’s come-ups by publishing his thoughts on a blog. And it was for that reason that he knew he wanted to start it. His goal for the blog is to “capture these artists in an authentic way that inspires others to support them, and represents who they truly are.”
I asked him who are some of the other target artist on his radar that he would like to feature onDeal Music Blog.Wait till you hear this. “I actually wrote an article back in May about the eight artists that you should know in 2016, and I’ve been lucky enough to interview two of them: Emily Warren and one artist whose feature is forthcoming. I believe in all of these artists full-heartedly and am really hoping that I’ll get a chance to feature each one of them!”
This is cool because he made those interviews and features happen. I stated this earlier ona short article of mine, but voicing things into the atmosphere is a scarier realization than most think. But to bring the interview to a conclusion, Shane wanted to end the interview with this note: “For anyone out there who wants to start a blog or do something cool—go do it!” I firmly agree.
Shane can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out his blog too, if you haven’t already: http://dealmusicblog.com/
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