Jonathan’s advice for aspiring musicians

Jonathan’s advice for aspiring musicians
Posted on 03/17/2017
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For those students who are interested in making a career of music, Jonathan has one overriding piece of advice: “Do it the right way.”

To do that, he says, “Get formal training, but also develop the ability to just play, on your own. You have to be able to play. With formal training, you’re usually playing what someone else felt. You need to be able to play the way you feel – get to that artistic expression, develop your own voice. The formal training will help you with formal jobs, studio jobs.”

He also talks about looking to stories of other bands who didn’t make it, and understand where they went wrong. “Watch shows like ‘Behind the Music,’ Hollywood stories of bands. See where they went wrong and do the opposite. You don’t have to do drugs, have an ego, be inaccessible, have a chip on your shoulder. You don’t have to be that way. I’m living proof.”

He finishes, “Surround yourself with like-minded individuals. Hang out with musicians – those with the same attitudes, goals and dreams as you. That’s important. When I did that, I flourished.”

And finally, always keep Jonathan’s rallying cry at the forefront of your mind: “Why not me?”