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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I would say I am an all-genre band. My sound can be described as unique, non-conforming, personal, and meaningful. I have "I Hope You Hear This" out which is more of a pop, melodic song, and when the EP comes out (one day) there is going to be a pop, Hip-hop, country and you get the idea, songs.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Honestly, Me was a name I randomly came up with one day after realizing that most of my sentences actually started with, "Honestly, I just-". I also found that the name Honestly, Me fit very well with my lyrics and in general the vibe of my songs.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
My musical influences range from Halsey and Alessa Cara to Broadside, Sleeping With Sirens and actually, many local artists from New Jersey and California. A small band from New Jersey- The Ones You Forgot- have really inspired me within the past year especially.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I'm working on creating an EP with some friends and hopefully that will be released next year. I would love to collaborate with Heart Like War actually, though I also know they are really busy. I would love to collaborate with them or Drive, Kid from New Jersey.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal in the industry is to go big one day and play a sold out show on a decent stage. Right now though, my plan of action is to simply get my name out there and have people slowly start to listen to me. This means (when coronavirus ends) playing lots of shows, getting more merchandise out there, and lots of social media promotions.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
My favorite track to perform would be "Past To Present" because it's one of those sad songs that you can have everyone in the crowd putting their lights up to and waving which is such a magical moment to me. Especially when you get that camera shot of all the lights.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
So far, the biggest challenge has been to get others to listen and consistently play my song. In general getting my name out there.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Typically how it goes is I write some lyrics, try to match it with a chord on the guitar i have, and maybe use Logic to help find more instruments. Then I send it over to a friend who writes what I don't know and describe what I need from them. Then, lots of revisions to get that perfect sound and recording!
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social media has actually been super helpful as an artist lately! I've found that it's been easier to get a few people to take notice from adding friends on Facebook to following others/sending a Direct Message on Twitter and Instagram with a link. It's been a helpful influence on others and I actually found my favorite band on Instagram!
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
I would say a lot of them are local bands, and there's also bigger bands such as Broadside, Sleeping with Sirens, Mayday Parade, State Champs, and Wage War. I love "Rose By The Ocean" by In Her Own Words, "Here Forever" from The Ones You Forgot, "Audrey" by Drive By Cinema, "Summer Come Back" by Painted Young, and of course "If You Can't Hang" or "Agree To Disagree" by Sleeping With Sirens, "Jersey" by Mayday Parade, "Prison" by Wage War, or "All I want" from A Day To Remember. As you can see, my music is mostly in the pop-punk, pop-rock scene with hints of post-hardcore or even a couple bit of hardcore.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
That's a good question! I would say that I've worked in the food industry for a bit before pursuing music, though since I was little, I was always making some form of music. Whether that was creating sets of lyrics to express my emotions to my family, learning keyboards and guitar, or there was a period of time when I tried to learn Garageband and Logic. That didn't go over well, haha.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
My advice for others that want to succeed would be to not give up. In fact, the times when you feel like giving up and where you feel everything is going wrong, is actually the most important time that you can succeed. If you can overcome that, you can overcome anything. There's most likely going to be a point in your music career where you can't get any gigs, or maybe your bandmates kick you out. Maybe you're finding that no label will sign you currently. That's all okay! That's actually going to be the time in your career where you have the chance to prove yourself to yourself and to the world. That's the time in which you don't give up and you release something that blows them away and changes their mind. Or you go DIY and you prove to them why you should be signed.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
If I was a top music executive, something I would change is giving more small and local bands a chance. Being that I've seen a lot of huge labels only sign well-known artists, I would try to give more of the local scenes a chance in my company. Specifically in areas in which the scene is not huge. Places like Arizona, California, New Mexico, Washington, and Maryland that you have to sometimes search to find the scene.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I feel that originality is key to success. No one wants to hear that complete copy cover of a song that you didn't write. Bands like Our Last Night are an exception in a sense, because though they do copy another artist's songs, they change it into their own version and where it doesn't sound like the same exact song. I've also found that some of my best work comes from writing from the heart. Being completely original and being confident enough in it. That's also is what is going to make people listen, stay and you known.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Honestly, Me has some HUGe things coming around in 2021 and I really hope you're willing to stay though it :)