Exclusive Interview With 'The Baby Grand'
The Baby Grand is an indie pop artist from Washington, DC. He has released two records so far, 'With The Wind', and 'Renaissance'. He also, just recently, released a single, 'Once Again', featuring Morgan Dorr and John Keefe. Every single record and song that he has released inspires his listeners in their originality, they each carry a signature, both of beauty and simplicity. Visit The Baby Grand's Facebook, SoundCloud and Twitter page for more news on his music and tours.
1) First off, I have to start by saying that I really enjoy listening to
your music, but, I have to ask, how did you choose your musical alias, ‘the
baby grand’? (PS: I like the name)
2) When did you decide that you wanted to pursue music as a career and, when you started out, how were you able to navigate through the music world?
Miguel- I started out as most musicians do, just doing it for fun, seeing if I could even write a song. I remember my first show where I played one song in a church basement at a benefit concert for a friend I had just lost to diabetes. It was in that moment that I knew the power music had over people and the power it had over me. I couldn’t really sing and had never really played the guitar before but that didn’t stop me. I’m 100% self-taught at both and it took many years to get decent at both, and I’m still learning. I would say I learned to navigate through the music world by being very observant. I had friends in bands that eventually went on to be very successful and others that didn’t. I watched closely what worked and what didn’t. Also even though I was a 15-year-old kid who couldn’t get taken seriously when I started out, I was never hesitant to ask every band I saw for advice. I try to pay that forward by helping out newer bands when I can.
3) What, according to you, are the pros and cons of pursuing your musical career?
Miguel- Lets start with the Pros. This career has given me the opportunity to express myself unlike any other career could. I get to write the music I want, I get to say the words I feel need to be said without anyone telling me otherwise. It also has opened the door to traveling and meeting all kinds of cool people. Now the Cons? It is a hard business to break into. Starting out, even if you’re starting at 25, people are not going to take you seriously. It is a career where you really have to pay your dues and prove yourself. Prove you can handle the pressure. Like most other businesses, you have to prove you’re willing to press on no matter what the challenge, and not give up.
4) You are a fairly new artist and yet, you have released an EP "With the Wind" and an album "Renaissance". How was the production process of both your EP and your album, and were they well received by your fans?
Miguel- The production on both the EP and Album were very similar since I worked with the same producer on both. I wrote the songs, came up with all the parts then went into the studio and, my producer and I sort of tore the songs apart and put them back together until I was satisfied with the final product. Both records were well received by my fans. Some are still a little bummed I don’t play many of the songs off the EP anymore.
5) Do you plan to release another EP or album in the nearer future or do you just want to focus on your touring for now?
Miguel- I recently released a single that I did with John and Morgan of Boys Like Girls and right now my focus is not necessarily on getting an EP or an Album but putting out more singles. I will be working with new producers, writers etc., and just getting as much new material as possible. I once said that my 2013/2014-business plan for my music was going to be kind of like twitter. A constant flow of content. Whether it is pictures, new music, shows, touring, etc. I want, over the next year, for things to be constant and consistent.
6) What advice do you have for artists out there who are trying to pursue their musical career, or people who want to follow their dreams in general?
Miguel- If you have a dream of who or what you want to do. Just do it. Don’t slow down. Don’t wait around for life to show you the way or make things easier. You have something you want to do? Go for it. Any entrepreneur will tell you it is all about taking risks, and a risk is not about not fearing failure, but the opposite. Knowing there is something to lose. The fear of failure should be what drives you not to quit. And that’s another thing. Don’t quit. No matter how hard things get or what challenges are thrown your way. If you take risks and stick by what you want to try to do, never quitting, there is no reason why your dreams can’t come true.