In this fourth episode of the IndieViews we are going to chat with a great Jazz Singer Songwriter and composer from Ventura, California. A complete Artist, she start dancing at 4, at 9 discover the Violin and at 14 start acting. She start singing in college a 15 years old and never stops.
During his carreer has been awarded with international prizes, a Global Music awards, Clouzine International Music Awards and more.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
- Just Jazz – 1996
- Jazz at the Ranch – 2001
- Is It Magic? – 2008
- Voices of the Homeless (a music documentary) – 2012
- My Little Heart, Ruthie – 2017
If we cast your mind back to when you were a kid and a teenager: what are your earliest musical memories?
Which was the first album you ever bought?
I don’t remember! Haha
Which is the best concert that you have been to?
What does music mean to you?
Are you still in love with your profession as musician? How do you keep your enthusiasm always live?
When did you decide to be a full time musician?
How do you manage your music life with your “common” life? What is your typical day like?
Tell us more about your latest works (album, live tour, new projects).
My latest work is a combination children’s book and CD. The music I wrote is a composition in 11 movements featuring harp and trumpet with a jazz rhythm section. The album is narrated so you can listen to it while you read the book and look at the illustrations. It is a little healing story about an isolated heart that must learn to find freedom. I have been presenting it to schools and in live performances. I am also submitting it for Grammy consideration this year.
I know you are really into the healing qualities of the music, do you like to say something about?
I believe that music has an enormous power to heal. This is very clear to me now. It touches us on very deep levels that we aren’t even aware of sometimes. To be given the gift of making music becomes a responibility, I think, to try and make the world a better place.
“Jannotta has masterfully composed a musical suite . . . What a glimmering gift for your child to experience, and one I am certain will touch the sentiment in you at the same time.” Jeff Becker – Jazz Sensibilities
Are you self-taught or have you studied music? You think is important studying music to be a Pro?
Did you keep on studying?
Speaking of culture, which is the last book that you read?
While you are on the road did you find the time to improve your technical skills on your instrument? Do you think is it important?
Can you describe the process you go through when you are writing a song? What inspires you to write?
Album/Ep/Singles any favorite way to release your music? and why?
How do you plan an album production and his release?
When you release an album how much is important for you the tracklist? And the time between the tracks?
Do you produce your records by yourself or do you prefer to have some extra ears or a producer to guide you?
Did you record your music in a rented professional studio, home studio or in any other way?
How did you choose the musicians for your album?
Did you mix and master your album/tracks in different ways for digital and physical releases?
“Jannotta’s suite is filled with poignant, heartfelt movements . . . Lately with the climate of hatred growing in our society, this was a breath of fresh air that reached beyond the lines trending news and delved into the subject of being human.” Bea Willis – 5FingerReview.com
Are your records only digital or also physically distributed?
What types of promotion and marketing have you found to work best for an independent artist?
There are some music industry analysts who argue that the CD is dying. What percentage of your sales are physical CDs and what percentage of your sales are in other forms (e.g. online)? Do you see that changing significantly in the future?
How do you normally promote your latest releases? Do you use only social networks or also other ways?
Do you use Facebook/twitter/instagram sponsored post for promotion? You think could be they helpful?
Have you a mailing list? I personally use MailChimp.You think is a “must have” as most people in music business said?
Do you think that, with all the digital alternatives, radio airplay still has an effect on the success of a release? And how does an independent artist get radio airplay?
What do you think about streaming services like Spotify and Pandora?
Did you work with booking agencies or you manage your own gigs?
How do you promote a gig in a new town/country/region?
Organizing a tour could be really expensive especially if you travel with a band far away from your country, how do you manage everything to earn and don’t loose money?
Did you sell your physical CDs, Merchandising and other?
Somebody says that House Concert are the future of live music as many club are closing. What do you think about it? Have you organized any?
Do you have any suggestions for somebody who would host an house concert?
Every time you play your music you are giving a big part of you to your crowd, do you feel tension before a concert? If yes how do you manage it?
Which is the difference between a big audience or a small one?
Each of us has some expectations before a show, which are yours? What would you love to “have back” during a concert or what you already receive?
Have you a daily business routine? Checking/writing E-mail, phone calls, create new connections?
Which percentage of your time is dedicated to: “Creating Music”, “Promotion”, “Organizing gigs/tour”, “Studying”, “Reading”, “Listening Music”
Do you think that the Artist status is compatible with the entrepreneurship? Do you think that an Indie artist needs to be also an Entrepreneur?
As an artist, which are the biggest differences between being represented by a major label or being representing by yourself?
Which PRO (Performing Rights Organization) are you affiliate with and why did you choose that?
Did you use any other service to collect your royalties?
As a full time musician I immediately realized that I can’t only work as musician and I should extend my expertise in different fields. So, I became a Sound Engineer, composer, producer too. Did you also develop different fields? Which one? What do you like and do not like about each one?
What’s your relationship with the social networks?
Do you have any suggestions for a young musician that is thinking to start with his carrer?
DISCOVER MORE ABOUT TONI:
- Website : https://www.tonijannotta.com/ :: https://www.tonijannotta.com/ruthie
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