"Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with the underground, besides maybe associating it with a limited audience. But that’s where a lot of really good artists come out of that I have vastly appreciated and been influenced by like, Noiseheads, Pandoras Bliss, The Wipers."
Cole shares a little info on some of his influences in his music in this interview.
1. Q: - Hey, very happy to welcome you to the Radio Show and Podcast community. Tell us a little bit more about yourself. Introduce yourself to the community.
A: - Hey! Very grateful to be here. My name is Cole Soileau, I’m an independent artist from Sterlington, LA. I’m also currently in cosmetology school, which frankly, is kind of a drag haha.
2. Q: - One thing that I’m always interested in, when I sit down and chat with artists is, what their defining moment was that they knew that they wanted to be in music… What was that moment in time for you?
A: - Um, tbh, when I was like 7-8 years old I discovered the game “Rock Band”, which at the time was totally fire and I would so go back and play “Rockband 2” again if I had the chance LMAO, but furthermore… I really fell in love with the drums and so, by the time I was around 9 years of age I thought it would be a good idea to enroll in some drum lessons… which inevitably led to me discovering certain interests in this industry and certain talents/activities like gigging and thing’s like that. I’ve always had an all-around appreciation for music and just experimenting with my emotions in the process of writing while conveying them to a lovely audience.
3. Q: - Do you mix and master yourself or do you have an engineer or a producer that works with you?
A: - Currently, I’m just working with my favorite producer Jordan Alexander, he and I have a pretty solid musical relationship in that way haha, but I have another friend of mine in Mississippi who makes beats and occasionally I have gone down there myself to compose some stuff, when I’m not using licensed beats/instrumentals. I try to take advantage of these self-making beat opportunities AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE to maintain the maximum amount of originality as possible.
4. Q: - What motivates you? Not just in your music but in your normal life as well.
A: - As strange as this sounds, I would honestly say death inspires me to keep going...because no one wants to die and suffer doing something they hate, but also it’s my followers, future fans, and the people that I actually potentially help with my music that I would be letting down if I didn’t do anything ya know? Not to be arrogant in anyway of course, I guess I kind of feel obligated to want to give people an outlet to their anger, trauma, and daily recurring misery that I often find myself trapped in. I guess I find it fun to turn tf up instead of letting your problems consume you entirely...if I have to put it bluntly.
5. Q; - I am personally on a mission to get good music heard by everyone. What is one thing that bothers you the most about trying to come up in the music world today and, do you prefer being underground or, is the mainstream something you strive for?
A: - Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with the underground besides maybe associating it with a limited audience, but that’s where a lot of really good artists come out of that I have vastly appreciated and been influenced by like Noiseheads, Pandoras Bliss, The Wipers...Dude fucking Kurt came out of the underground haha… but you see these bands, at least some of them start to aim for mainstream success and they actually end up getting it.
For me PERSONALLY, I would always try to hit for the biggest audience possible (the mainstream) to bring light to the underground similar to how Kurt did in the 90’s or maybe even Lil Peep tried to do. If I had to pick one thing that bothers me about this industry and trying to come up in it is definitely how cut-throat it can be and how many people want to put the screws to you once they see you start to shine and they see your potential.
6. Q: - Who, musically, is one of your bigger influences?
A: - Do you have all day? To name a few hahaha… Nirvana, Linkin Park, Cuppkakke, Lil Peep, Mullatto, Billy Eilish (and Finneas of course), Highly Suspect, MGK, Green Day, Lil Uzi Vert, Polo G, Radiohead, Modsun, Avril Lavigne is hella fire...omg don’t get me started on Youngblood
7. Q: - One question that I like to ask artists is, how did Covid affect your music in particular and the music scene in your area?
A: - Tbh without Covid even happening in the first place...I’m not sure if I would have even been able to start my music career as effectively as it has begun so far….but at the same time… I think it really shifted the industry and the way Artists blow up, get through… whatever
Sh*t’s crazy haha.
8. Q: - I, myself, personally think that there’s too much social media out there to keep up with. I understand why it’s necessary but there’s a ton of it out there. What are your feelings on social media and music today?
A: - Honestly, I kind of agree with you in the sense that there’s so much buzz to keep up with and that can make it difficult for artist’s profiles to compete based on popularity...because let’s face it, with the right budget or amount of money...all it takes is somebody with rich parents and good connections to blow up most of the time haha, but the music today is so based on what will sell a catchy jingle or moniker or TikTok sound rather than pure authenticity. I feel like people can’t sad boi shit anymore like they used to unless it has a poppy beat or ring to it. I mean that’s cool or whatever, but it seems kind of basic to me lol.
9. Q: - Do you create music often? When can we expect another release?
A: - As often as I can really, I’m really passionate about my art as always, so I try to get it out there as much as I am currently able to. I would say you could expect the next single to drop in a few weeks, maybe next month, I’m currently working on my debut album “Hide Behind A Smile” so just taking my time really, not trying rush Anything.
10. Q: - I grew up in the 90’s, I listened to everyone from Dr. Dre, to Weezer, to Pink Floyd, Metallica, Cypress Hill and back again. I truly believe that the 90’s were one of the greatest era’s for original music. Which era of music is one of your favorites?
A: - Likewise, handsdown, the 90’s was really the most significant era to me as well. Sad I didn’t get to live through the late 80’s into the 90’s haha I’m a 2000’s kid. I did find appreciation for a lot of artists and genres after the 90’s though!
11. Q- If you could swap yourself into a different artist, who would it be?
A: - I’m not sure if I would, just because that question is so vague to me...I think there’s a reason to why everyone is so unique and trying so hard to be someone else or trying to replace them (bc you think that’s all you have going for you) is not healthy for the artist’s originality...ironically speaking, like Kurt said “trying to be someone else is a waste of the person you are” :) Everyone’s motives and intentions will always separate them...but I believe in liberation of the music as a whole.
12. Q- What tips or advice would you give someone that’s just starting out in the music game?
A: - Ummm, I would just say to definitely STAY STRONG, DO NOT F*CKING QUIT, You have the musical ability for a reason and now all you have to do is learn how to sell that to your audience. Starting out, don’t worry about all the advanced shit so soon, just keep practicing and stay honestly dedicated to your craft and everything will honestly come...you're gonna get creative with your sound you might as well f*ck around with your marketing strategies haha. You have to put in the time and in most cases it’s a grind. Like I said...stay strong and prioritize your success. Baby steps Baby steps Baby steps
13. Q: - I want to thank you for this Q&A, Is there anything you want to say to everyone out there? Shout outs?
A: - I really appreciate you having me, and shout out to Jordan Alexander and Wes Matthews for allowing me tools to my sound, I love you guys, and everybody else involved that has helped me along the way!
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