Glass Hamlet loves the songwriting aspect of music. His big challenge has been finding a community of fellow musicians and music industry mentors.
Glass is a native of Moscow, Russia. In the late 90’s he moved to New York where be began an education in design and the arts. He’s applied his education and creativity to the professional worlds of fashion, acting, modeling, photography, poetry, and now songwriting.
The episode begins with Glass discussing how his creative career began, and how he transitioned into music. The conversation continues with his insights and views about…
- His struggles with building a tight-knit community of fellow musicians
- How his songwriting approach and musical style has changed over time
- Sharing the stories/meaning behind his songs at live performances
- His struggles with trying to find great models and mentors in the music industry
- Lessons that he’s learned from building engagement on social media
- The creative process behind the single “Too Much Love”
- How a difficult breakup inspired his upcoming album “Letters of an Anxious Avoidant”
- Using his music as a way to bring value to people
- His experience working with his PR Rep (Renee) and how it’s helped his career
3 Key Points
- You don’t have to do it alone–build community and seek out mentors to help you on your journey as a musician
- Use your music as a way to channel your experiences and bring value to others
- Create a manifesto to better understand yourself and your direction in life
- “When I transitioned completely into music, I knew that I couldn’t do it alone” – Glass
- “When our hearts are suffering the most, we make the best art” – Glass
- “The reason why people connect with art is because it sheds a new perspective or showcases solidarity of the human condition” – Glass
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
- Glass Hamlet’s Website
- @glass_hamlet on Instagram
- @glasshamlet on Facebook
- Renee (PR Rep)
- Music video for “Too Much Love”
- Anna Diorio
- Podcast w/ Crystal & Pete Damore (Ordinary Elephant)
- “Writing Better Lyrics” by Pat Pattison
- Podcast w/ Jana Pochop
- Podcast w/ Bree Noble
- Neil Gaiman (author)
- Amanda Palmer
- Attachment Theory (Wikipedia)
- Tess Posner
- The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs, by Robonzo
- BandZoogle – The all-in-one platform that makes it easy to build a beautiful website for your music
- The Musician’s Profit Path: The 5-Stage Blueprint To Create Massive Growth In Your Fan Base and Sustainable Income For Your Music Career, by Bree Noble
- No Booker, No Bouncer, No Bartender: How I Made $25K On A 2-Month House Concert Tour, by Shannon Curtis
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BONUS CONTENT (Follow-up Q & A with Guest)
Robonzo: What’s your number one way of dealing with the voices of self doubt?
Glass: Self doubt comes in waves and I’ve grown to acknowledge it as a necessary component of what makes my entire pursuit of music worthwhile. It could be said that challenge and friction is what makes a life of meaning worthwhile. With that in mind, if self doubt is exceptionally acute, I create two avatars of myself in my imagination; one that perseveres and one that throws in the towel. I visualize how their lives play out and then choose which one is most suitable to my goals and my values at that time. Sometimes, certain challenges just aren’t worth the squeeze and it’s best to utilize time and resources in better ways. But most often, the doubt that’s associated with my pursuit of music is just me having an off day. And if I really can’t motivate myself, I brute force my way through creative blocks and the struggle usually resolves itself.
Robonzo: What habits or routines have best served you throughout your music journey?
Glass: The best habit that has been serving me throughout my ongoing journey is a consistent focus on the work itself. The tunnel-vision of creation has given me freedom from worrying about how I rank up against other artists, from comments of the occasional hater, and from getting disenchanted about things not progressing faster than they should. Ultimately, it’s a reminder to create for the sake of creating and not using the craft as a means but as an end in and of itself.
Robonzo: What has helped you most in building community around your music and art?
Glass: The thing that has helped me the most in building a community has been proposing projects and collaborations with artists of all different mediums. The music has been an incredible tool in bridging connections with people of all walks of life. For instance, a few months ago I planned a trip with some friends to Vienna. I thought it would be cool to shoot a music video and reached out to a cinematographer who become excited about the concept. Through that process I was able to connect with an entire community of creative individuals in Vienna, one of which I am now working with on separate projects on in France. It’s absolutely nuts, but the opportunities that have come out of a simple, “Hey, you’re cool, I’m cool, let’s make some cool shit together” have been life changing.