In this episode I speak with instrumentalist, vocalist, producer and songwriter Glasys on igniting creativity and restarting a music career. We begin by discussing his immigration from Israel to Portland, Oregon and the process of discovering a new local music scene. He also provides insight into the pivotal moments that lead to his touring and recording with Todd Rundgren.
I discovered Glasys while listening to the Music Business Hacks podcast. As I learned his story, I felt a shared experience related to his move from Israel to Portland, and the impact on your music career. In my case the move was from Texas to California, and ultimately to Panama.
In the interview, Glasys talks about how he grew his audiences through posting videos on Reddit, and more. We also listen to People from his latest album, Defective Humanity.
Glasys and I start by discussing his two albums and the different approaches he took creating them. Other topics include:
- How he came to work with Todd Rundgren
- His move from Israel to Portland, Oregon
- Diving into the open mic scene in a new city
- Growing his YouTube channel
- Common traits of successful artists
- Organizing a solo tour
- Experimenting with different instruments
- The technical details of creating your own videos (we discuss specific equipment)
- Collaborating with T-Pain
- Get out of your comfort zone. It’s important to try new things, ways to promote your music, styles, etc.
- Find a balance and avoid burnout.
“I get kind of bored if I stick to my comfort zone. I enjoy challenging myself. You have to challenge yourself just the right amount so it’s not too overwhelming.”
“I think the art suffers if you just keep repeating yourself.”
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