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Interview with Josline Fisher
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I think there is a perfect balance for both that co-exist in harmony!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I would recommend my dear friend Kaylyn Aznavorian to my clients if they want to learn more about the business, as well as learn techniques on how to further their careers.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: When i'm working with others or for my own albums, I like to bring a sense of intelligence into my work. Lyrics that make the listener think, as well as phrasing simplistic things in a poetic way to pack a punch. When I'm writing lyrics or vocal melodies, The most important goal for me is encapsulating the emotion and story the best way possible so it resonates with the listener.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill would have to be songwriting. From a very early age, I began writing my thoughts and emotions down in poetry. Then when i was 10, I finally taught myself how to play piano by ear. When i put those poetic thoughts to music, It was almost like a spiritual cleansing. I like to think outside the box when writing, Make people think and not share all the cards, While also keeping it brief enough to still portray the story.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically specialize in more alternative genres such as Indie, Rock, Alternative-Pop, as well as Electronica.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: My advice would be to study up on your homework! If you really want to mold your craft, Be observant of your idols and what techniques they did to make a song. I learned basic production skills all on Youtube 2 years ago. Also, be prepared that you are going to have to spend money to make money. Music is still a business, So invest in industry standard DAW's, And put a little money into your plugins! Artists want their music to sound top notch, So make sure you're not using stock sounds!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Marina & The Diamonds. Over the years, I've really observed her lyrical content, as well as her thought process in interviews. Her & I have a very similar fascination with the human condition. She touches on a lot of social issues, as well as mental heath issues in her music from a psychological standpoint.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my style for my music at least as Psychedelic-Pop. My music has a lot of layers in it that puts you in almost a dream-state when listening. I grew up to an 80's collection, As well as industrial acts such as Depeche Mode, New Order, Etc, Which i think has a lot to do with it haha.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My ultimate goal is to be a signed musician as well as a published songwriter for other artists. I've been doing this now for 5 years, and still to this day I learn something new.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Piano, Computer, Cords, Headphones, Phone.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I typically like to get inside of their head, -Ask them what their current state of mind is -What they want to get across in the song -What inspired them to create the song or idea.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: When working with others, I like to make sure that they are somewhat polished in their work ethic, and have somewhat of an artistic identity put together that makes them unique. I also prefer to work with artists who have some knowledge in the music business itself (copy-write laws, Marketing strategy, & plan).
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception in the overall music business, is that anyone can do the job. It takes a great work ethic, Certain mindset, as well as drive to do what we do. When you are as hands on with your career as I am, That difficulty doubles. But if you're passionate and good at what you do, It will seem like a breeze for you.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I would have to say that through the power of music, I'm allowed to heal others. Sometimes when it comes to writing, All the emotions which lead you to create are still fresh, which can make it hard to filter them out into song in an effective way. I am very interested in the psychology of us as human beings, and love hearing others concepts, thoughts, and perspective on life.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: When working with my clients I always want to go above and beyond. I make sure they are content with the co-write process with my "Free 3 Revision" Policy. I also like to make sure my clients know their rights, Such as making sure they register their music with the BMI, as well as teaching them marketing strategies. But most importantly, Building a connection with any artist i work with for years to come.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on my debut album which is due in the summer of 2018.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I would have to say the proudest moment of my career thus far was a collaboration i did on my album on "Teenage Tragedy". I brought in my long time friend Craig Danielson (Former lead-vocalist of "Stories of Solitude) to help make this alternative masterpiece for my EP. I had the entire song written in 10 minutes, and 50% produced within hours.