Success in Music with Vanessa Silberman!
Hi Vanessa! It is great to speak with you today! Thank you for having me! What have you been working on lately? A lot of fun different music projects - My drummer / music partner Ryan Carnes and I are working on new music (some up coming singles and an EP). Ive been also working with some amazing female artists on some really cool on going productions (varying styles from pop to hip hop, punk, rock, indie pop and songwriter) as well different work for various companies (MGMT, Publishing companies. There are also numerous releases by different artists and bands (Carissa Johnson, The Damed, and numerous others) coming out on my label A Diamond Heart Production this year that I'm excited about. Who are some of your biggest musical influences? I find so much inspiration and influences everywhere. Dave Grohl, Linda Perry, Gwen Stephani, Riot Grrl, Deepak Chopra, Oprah, Marc Jacobs, Kurt Cobain. I get inspired by so many people, different genres. fashion, different decades, tv/film, Podcast, Im super inspired by love as well as law of attraction and mediation.spiritual motivators like Love Your Life Podcast, Aaron Doughty. Do you have a favorite past decade of music? I love so many decades, theres something special from every decade but I would probably have to say the 90's though because its what inspired me to get into music. Do you remember the first time you realized you wanted to pursue music as a career? Yes, I was 12 or 13 when I really decided. We had some family friends who knew the lead guitarist from Eric Burdon and The Animals, Antion Vikram Singh Meredith (VIc Briggs). He gave me a guitar lesson. I remember he told be me music is a really hard career path and to make it as a musician. I think he asked something like “are you sure you want to do this” and I said yes very strongly, I don't care how hard it is, its what I want to do. I had no idea what I was getting myself into LOL but I was really serious when I answered about it and knew I made a choice then. You wear a lot of different hats in the music world- singer, songwriter, producer! Which of those do you find to be the most rewarding? I love them all - being an artist is so fulfilling and being able to effectively inspire people in a positive way with a message is important to me. I love playing live too but on the other hand I love recording other artists and helping artists put out records and growing. I think I need the balance of both. It keeps my perspective sharp and helps me understand how to do a better job for both. I love supporting other artists too and being in the position to help dreams come to fruition or ideas actualized - or to actually be able to be in the position to do something & impact peoples lives in multiple ways. What has been one of your favorite or most surreal moments of your career so far? There’s been so many… I feel constantly blessed. It was extremely surreal when my very first assistant engineer recording session was Joan Jett and Dave Grohl. There has been moments on tour too when I was just doing so much I never even had time to digest things and then all of a sudden I was like oh making a living touring as an artist and I’m here in this random beautiful city and place. Or there has been times when just unearthly magical things have happened that just really caused me to believe in myself and so many circumstances as well as people. Vans warped tour was so amazing, my 12 year old self would have been freaking out... Some things have been so unexpected and beautiful. It’s also been pretty surreal when I get messages from people saying that I helped them. Im so grateful for this life and to be able to do what I do. Who are some of the artists currently inspiring you? So many - Im constantly listening to music production and writing ideas, everyone from M83, to The Kid Lario & Sia. Musically my drummer Ryan has been inspiring me a lot. I think he helps me finish my thoughts, turns me on to so many inspiring songs and we toss creative ideas back and forth - Its just been such a magic creative process working with him. We both love Awol and Nirvana. Also lot of independent up coming artists - I am really inspired my Lucy Opazo's voice, she's a new artist I've been recording. She turned me on to RY X, which I love too. Also loving Shark Muffin, Desert Sharks, Heather from The Damed, Geogia Waters, Maayan, Noelle Sporer, Blooming Fire. Carissa Johnson, another artist and very good friend. I've produced her and release a few records and singles by her on my label. Theres also a writer artist, Elisia Guerena, whom I’m just in awe of constantly.
What do you do when you have writer's block or a creative block? Any go-to ways to shake yourself out of it? I dont know if I get writers block necessarily, it is more of just something not flowing, working or coming out out how I want it to for short period but what I do is just try something completely different. Try writing on a different instrument, find inspiration outside of music and really just try & switch it up. It helps a lot.
Do you have a piece of advice that you would give someone just starting out in the music world? Follow your heart. It's about the journey and all it stems from the music, so my advice is remember that - That is where everything must start. You promote and tour to support your product (music), you advertise to support your music, you connect with people because of your music (which has lyrics, a message & a visual). Make sure that the music comes from the heart, gets the most care and has a message - then worry about the other stuff... What do you hope to see in the music world as the industry continues to evolve? More artists feeling and getting empowered. I hope to hear artists make really authentic heart felt creative music thats well written with inspiring messages - I hope that up coming artists start learning it starts with them and looking at themselves as multi branded companies in a sense…taking a different mindset -like really making their music an experience and understanding they don't have to wait for anyone to do this. I hope to continue to see way more females out there and way more people being fearless and unafraid to try new things. We are writing history as we speak. Any upcoming projects you want us to know about? There will be a music video for my latest single 'Love Will Always Find a Way' soon and also people can expect to see/hear another single or 2 before the end of the year. Please tell everyone where they can keep up with you and your music! Vanessasilbermanofficial.com IG: @vanessasilbermanofficial Thank you for your time!
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