In the music industry, an artist will eventually be a part of other aspects in the industry. It’s best to network and get your brand out to the public as well as learn the business of the music. Stan G. knows all about that. The independent artist is perfecting his craft as well as making a platform for himself. He balances being an artist and a radio personality for 105.7 FM.
This man is busy making moves and is checking off his accomplishments as he goes along. I got a chance to interview Stan G. to talk about his music, his radio show, lessons he has lesson while in the music industry and a lot more! Check it out below.
Tell us about yourself and your music.
Stan G: I’m just a dreamer man, been one my whole life. I’ve been doing music since I was a kid 10 or 11 years old. I use to record in my bedroom when my mom went to work (laughs). So it wouldn’t be too loud. It’s therapy you know, art imitating life through expression and sound.
How would you describe your sound?
Stan G: Soul. I think what I create and what we put out is the New Soul Music. My music is depicted by moods and feelings, even if I’m speaking on social issues, personal content or making a song about turning up having a good time, you know. I got a verse on the Good Friday Compilation, where I say “Sometimes I turn up and sometimes I read Marcus Garvey” the yin and the yang. Make music that you feel man and others will feel it too.
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape.
Stan G: “2 Weeks in London” this was like a year and a half in the making. It’s crazy I had some personal setbacks during the recording process. I broke my hand, I cut my face and had to get like 10 stitches and my face was wired tight through recording like 2 songs (laughs). The doctor even told me not to record but I had to finish man. We put our heart and soul in this record man, we were looking for a mellow and soul sound mixed with EDM sounds inspired by London’s EDM/Hip-Hop Dubstep scene and we were able to work with some producers from London. It took us like 6 months to finish the final mastering. Yeah we shed blood, sweat and tears literally for this album.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
Stan G: Just grinding man, promoting “2 Weeks in London” and hosting radio shows with 105.7 FM just working nonstop. We’re actually working on a virtual concert, we want to recreate the AOL Concert Sessions vibe, so we’re aiming to do that by the summer. I also got a show in June in Tucson, AZ with an artist out of Canada and that should be a good look. I got a few collaboration singles we about to drop too.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
Stan G: Just the love and the appreciation of the music I’ve received. You know we did 1 Million Streams on the “This Side of Bliss” album and we’re already at 500,000 plus streams on “2 Weeks in London”. That’s crazy for an indie artist, I’m getting played throughout the states and getting international love from other countries. It’s a dream come true.
How did you get the job as the radio personality for 105.7 FM THE BOX?
Stan G: The director of the station was friends with my brother DJ Blackice and he use to stop by some of our recording sessions in Alabama. So the Director told me one day “hey I’m looking to expand to internet and satellite radio and I want you to host the weekend show, your voice is perfect and you do music”. I was like no, I felt radio was corny they play the same 5-10 songs everyday (laughs). But then after some talking, I decided to do it and he gave me a large control over production and song selection so it was a win. We have been able to create something special over there, two highly syndicated shows reaching over 80,000 people a week.
How do you balance it all? Being an artist and then offering a platform for other artists (radio show).
Stan G: It gets tough sometimes man, but you just have to find the right balance and remember why you’re doing it in the first place. I spend a lot of time doing radio and music so people close to me sacrifice the amount of time they spend with me. That’s the hard part. I got a song called “Wait for Me” on ‘2 Weeks in London’ that speaks about the struggle of finding a balance between dream chasing and the people close to you.
Name something random that people do not know about you.
Stan G: I’m a sock collector (laughs). I know I’m weird at times. But I have over 200 pairs of socks, different colors and designs. I think I want to design socks when I find the time (laughs).
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
Stan G: Just be yourself, don’t make music that you think the radio will play or that sounds like everything else being played. Just make music that you feel whether it’s conscious rap or auto tuned corrected rap (laughs). Just do you, stand out and work on perfecting your sound and craft and invest in yourself. Forget waiting for a label or handout, spend money on your career if you’re serious about music!
What can we expect from you in the future?
Stan G: Work and more work. I got a few songs I’m about to drop for the summer with some artists from my hometown Aberdeen, Mississippi. And we about to push these radio shows to the next level! We also working on some videos and a documentary. Chasing dreams and working.
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