QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q---Hey, Joe. How do you base your system that you made on twitch? The 3.7, 3.8, etc.
A---Anytime I do something newsworthy like learn something new or accomplish something new. For example if I succeed in making a song that becomes a big hit or learn how to use something I never know how to use
Q--- When and why did you start playing?
A--- I officially started playing music almost three years ago
Q--- Which instruments do you play?
A--- I play on three different instruments a APC 40, 49 key station and last but not least a launchpad
Q--- What was the first tune(s) you learned?
A--- Currently I have not learned any tunes
Q--- Is your family musical?
A--- My birth mom was a singer in church and currently my brother plays the guitar and piano
Q--- Describe your family member's musical interests and abilities.
Q--- Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
A--- I cant really pin point my most admirable musician. But what I can say is that I admire any musician that is super creative and kind
Q--- Which famous musicians have you learned from?
Q--- Who was your first teacher? Other teachers?
Q--- Describe your first instrument. Other instruments.
A--- My first instrument was a electric midi 48 key-station piano
Q--- What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
Q--- Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
Q--- Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD's?
Q--- Have you been in competitions? Fleadh's? Any prizes?
A--- No competitions yet. maybe I will someday
Q--- Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
A--- I live stream on a website called twitch.com. usually stream for about an hour depending if I'm learning something or not
Q--- Do you play for dances? Step-dancers? Describe the
Q--- How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
A--- i usually just make it a funny joke and laugh about it for a few moments and then move on
Q--- Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
A--- of course I do but I understand that once I do more shows I will become less nervous before and after
Q--- What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
A--- Before you do anything live unless your okay with it, you should practice practice practice as much as you can.
Q--- Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?
Q--- How often and for how long do you practice?
A--- I usually practice five times a week on average for about an hour and a half
Q--- What do you practice - exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?
A--- I mostly create new tunes but currently i am liking the idea of learning how to master tracks through daily exercises
Q--- Do you teach music?
A--- I could totally officially teach music but I'm still learning stuff I don't know first
Q--- How do you balance your music with other obligations - mate, children, job?
A--- This one is kinda easy. usually anytime time that I have free time is when is i usually practice. which sometime means around nine PM or six AM
Q--- What is the potential income for this career?
Q--- What is a typical day/week like for you
Q--- What do you like most/least?
Q--- What skills/personal attributes are most important to being successful
Q--- How did you achieve this career
Q--- What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career
Q--- What education/training is required/recommended? What are good majors? What schools are best to attend
Q--- What are typical mistakes people make when trying to pursue this career?
Q--- If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose this career? Would you do anything differently?
Q--- What is the importance of the connections you make? How can you utilize them
Q--- It’s common for musicians to be out of work for long periods of time. How can you supplement this time without work? How can you transition out of this period as quickly as possible
Q--- How do you get started when transitioning to a professional status
Q--- How do you get people to take you seriously as a musician
Q--- How to respond to the “back up plan” questions
Q--- How important is image?
Q--- What is your advice on touring
Q--- How to make connections
Q--- Do men and women generally get the same opportunities and equal pay
Q--- How to book shows/ promote guests
Q--- How to avoid scams/being ripped off
Q--- Is there growth in this field? How do things generally look for new musicians entering the field