Don't Imitate Mass Media, Says Galician musician & Voice Actor,Narci of The Narci Rodriguez dA trio!
Updated: May 11
Hi, can you tell me a little bit about your background? Where are you from, and how did you get started in music? Hi, I'm from Galiza (Northwest of Spain). I grew up in a music environment and started studying music very young.
What is your vocal range? Wow! What a second question! In my albums, you can find ranges from D2 to C5.
If music wasn't a thing, what else would you be doing? Many things, I guess. Maybe something around martial arts or fight sports (I love them!) or, wow, who knows, (laughs).
When did your professional career begin, and how did it happen? In Lisbon (Portugal), I took the bull by the horns and started to play as a pro.
Do you own your independent label, or are you signed to an independent label? The first one.
What are the challenges of being on an independent label? It would help if you dealt with the stuff around your music (producing, composing, booking, management, office) by yourself. Too much indeed.
In your opinion, what does it take to "make it" in this business? Honestly, I don't know, but I'd like to know something about it!
In your opinion, what's the best and worst part of being an independent artist? The best thing is that you can do everything you want. The worst is that it's not a job for many of us because you don't have enough income to consider that a job! Sad but true.
Have you ever released a song that you thought would be a significant success but didn't do as well as you expected? Tell me about an experience you had like that. With all my track. But what is success? I mean, how is it measured? More gigs? More money from Spotify (really?) or the numbers from social networks?
Do you have a daytime job, or is music your full-time job? Full-time job
How important is it that your friends and family support your music by purchasing and downloading your single? How crucial is their support for the success of your career? It's impossible to hold a career with friends and family. It's sad, I mean, it's your closed circle of people in your life. They deserve your music for free.
How do you feel about the concept of likes and dislikes on an artist's social media music-related post? Is that an accurate assessment of the artist's talent, worth, or ability? It's a circus. It's about creating content for a private company. With an algorithm ruling who is the chosen one and who is not, that’s “bull” honestly.
What have people who have heard your music say about your vocal style that sets you apart from other vocalists? My style.
What would you say if you could speak to your fans from your heart and tell them one important thing you want them to know about being an independent artist? To listen to independent music. Open your mind, don't imitate mass media tendencies (monkey style), and be a rebel.
What advice would you give to new artists entering the changing industry? Don't believe the lies about the truth in music. Don't try to be liked at any price.
Have you ever been in any voice talent competitions? If yes, which one(s), how was that experience, and what was the outcome? No, vocal talent competitions are a plague for singers. It's a circus.
To this day, what accomplishment are you the proudest of? If I could travel in time and meet my 15-year-old self, he would be proud of what I (we) became.
Have you ever appeared on national TV or in a film? Sure. On national TV.
Have you been able to perform internationally, either opening for another artist or touring with your show? Yes. I performed in many countries, including Germany, Brazil, and Portugal.
What would it be if you could speak to DJs from your heart and tell them one crucial thing you want them to know about being an independent artist? How important are setting moral boundaries to you in this industry, and do you have any that you would like to share? Musicians and artists, in general, must defend the problems of their generation and portray a specific term of time.
In this life, what do you value most? All around me.
If you were offered a significant deal today but were asked to sell your soul and compromise your boundaries, would you do it to advance to the next level in your career? If I have to thrive and my life (my life, my people) is in danger, for sure, but I'll never do it for my ego or my music. If survival is assured, being unswerving is a commitment.
How would you describe your music to those who have never heard it before? Music from the heart.
Do you write and produce your music? Yes.
What does it feel like to be an Independent Artist? Share your heart with our readers.
It'd be good for you to understand that "as above, so below" is not working here anymore. What's your dream? It is being able to dream my whole life. How do you prepare yourself mentally for public opinion (either positive or negative) when you're preparing for a new song release? I don't think about it. I have no expectations.
Have you ever felt so discouraged in this business, for whatever reason, that you just wanted to throw in the towel? Yes, recently.
How many singles/albums do you have out presently, and what is your favorite album/song to date? I've been sharing an EP every year since 2019.
Tell me about your latest album/ song, and what was your inspiration behind it? Is it out now, and where can people buy it? APOLLO III AD INFINITUM is a space journey but an inner trip simultaneously. It's available on www.narcirodriguez.com.
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Spotify – Travels - song and lyrics by Narci Rodríguez, dA Trío
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