"What motivates me with writing music is, the things that happen in my life, it fuels the emotions in my songs, and is the content they are based upon." - Is a quote from our interview with this artist as he explains what his motivations are for his music and... everyday life.
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: - Hello thank you for having me, my name is John and my artist name is Stormdrain, I’m a 17 year-old music artist from New York, I’m currently based in Texas, and I make a blend of indie, alternative, and Lo-Fi music.
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: - Man I don’t really know that exact moment, but a while ago I was in a place where I was just getting really overwhelmed with all the pressure of life and stress was piling up, and writing down lyrics, picking up the guitar, and listening to music I already love helped me out a lot, and in those moments I realized how much I actually love music, and it motivated me even further to stick with music.
3. Q: - Do you mix and master yourself or do you have an engineer or a producer that works with you?
A: - Yes I do almost everything myself, I produce and record my own music, I mix it as I go, and then I get it mastered through a platform you may have heard before called Landr.
4. Q: - What motivates you? Not just in your music but in your normal life as well.
A: - As far as music goes, what motivates me with writing music is the things that happen in my life, it fuels the emotions in my songs, and is the content they are based upon. As far as my normal life goes, a big motivator is all my friends and family who truly believe in me. It’s an incredible feeling when my friends say I’m going somewhere, and for them to truly believe in me like that is wild, and I’m not going to let them down.
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: - One thing that bothers me a little bit is that there are so many songs that I feel really aren’t that good, or don’t have anything substantial. I always respect an artist or song, but I just feel with a lot of songs there is nothing special about them, but that also might be why they are so popular because they are so easy to digest. Anyway I would definitely prefer to be mainstream then underground, but I don’t mind either one. Being underground would make my music more special, and the people who listen to me more special, but I would love all the success that comes with being mainstream, but I will definitely strive for the highest I can go.
6. Q: - Who, musically, is one of your bigger influences?
A: - One of my biggest influences is The Beatles. They created so many innovations in the studio, and changed the face of music. They also showed that you don’t need to know everything about music theory to make it. I know a good bit of music theory, but my way of making music is by ear, and just my creative thinking, which is similar to what The Beatles did.
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: - Covid probably affected my music in a good way. As I mentioned earlier I’m an independent artist, so I make music from home, which allowed me to work on music more since I would just be home all the time. At the same time though it made music become more of a chore because I’m just stuck at my house, telling myself to make music, and I think it’s best to have a balance of working hard, even when you don’t feel like it, but still pace yourself and don’t push yourself too far, your mental health should be over the music. As far as the music scene in my area it didn’t affect much, people were still mostly just listening to music as normal, and not many people in my area care too much about shows, and concerts and all that, so it wasn’t a shocker.
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: - I agree with that, even though my method of building an audience is through social media, and I really enjoy making content, and building a following on social media, it is still pretty overwhelming. There are about 60 billion, yes billion, messages sent out every single day across social media, text messages etc… Obviously that’s a lot, and there’s no way we can keep up with everyone we know or love on social media, and that’s just how the world of social media is, so yeah it kinda sucks, but you just gotta try and really stick out as much as possible from everyone else, those are my thoughts on social media.
9. Q: - Do you create music often? When can we expect another release?
A: - Yes, I make music in some capacity everyday. I’m great at coming up with ideas, melodies, and lyrics, so I make a bunch of songs kind of at the same time, and just work to finish them. You can probably expect another release at the latest a month from the time I’m writing this. I'm making good progress on a song I’m working on with my buddy who is co producing the song.
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: - Man there are so many great eras of music, but my favorite eras are basically 60s - 90s, there is still great music happening but almost all my favorite bands and artists are old school. 60s was The Beatles, 70s was Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, 80s was Van Halen, 90s was Nirvana and Weezer, and into the early 2000s you had the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Foo Fighters, So many I didn’t mention but basically I’m into mostly stuff from the 60s to early 2000s.
11. Q- If you could swap yourself into a different artist, who would it be?
A: - If I could swap myself into a different artist it would be Tame Impala, he makes great music that’s creative and innovative, has a sound that I love that could fit me, and I just love his vibes.
12. Q- What tips or advice would you give someone that’s just starting out in the music game?
A: - I could give tips and advice for days, but what I think are the important ones are to constantly learn something everyday to stay ahead of the curve, work hard and don’t give up, be unique and stand out, half of being in the music industry is marketing, and really just do what you can to make your brand, and music as quality as possible.
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: - No problem, I love being able to share my thoughts and insights on things, I want to thank you again for having me, and I would like to shout out my Latest single called ‘It’s Not Really So’, It’s a very chill indie/alternative rock kinda song, it’s out on all streaming platforms, and you can find it through the links, or search it up, my artist name is Stormdrain. Thank you DJ X TECH for the interview, and everyone who read this.
Follow Stormdrain at the links below.
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/stormdrain7/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/STORMDRAIN7
Sound Cloud - https://soundcloud.com/stormdrain7/itsnotreallyso
YouTube - https://youtu.be/cYvi0U5Yyuo
Links to everything - https://linktr.ee/Stormdrain