Listen to the new song from Blackmoon – Overture 1782
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I’m from a small town (Edinburg) in South Texas. I really struggled as a musician and still am struggling, for that matter. Being that I wasn’t lucky enough to take lessons or be taught, I took it upon myself to learn everything that I know; books and the internet really helped out a whole lot.
Growing up in an unstable environment and poverty stricken family, it was tough to catch up in the music world. I never thought I’d be where I am at today. I had this fire within though, to want to play music and make music. I just never stopped playing guitar, it’s been a part of me since I can remember. I’m just lucky today to still be playing and just having fun with what I do best, even though I may be a small time artist.
What do you have coming up? What are some of the new projects we can expect to see?
For the future, I have plenty of ideas and new songs just waiting to be recorded. You can definitely expect more classical/metal tunes from Blackmoon. Unfortunately, I am unsigned so I don’t have any official albums out; however, I do have enough music to put out three albums (heh heh); stay posted on my sites though! As long as I have something to record on, I will keep making new music!
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
I recorded this song about a couple months ago. It’s very classically influenced; of course, based off my solo project BlackMoon. It’s one of the most passionate recordings I’ve done yet. It’s supposed to be a metal overture for the modern era. If your into neo-classical music or metal in general, you’ve got to take a listen!
How does your music separate yourself from other artists and bands out there?
All music is different in one way or another. What separates me from all the others out there? That’s a really tough question to answer. Every sound is different, it’s the pure emotional content that distinguishes a musician from all the others. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very sure all musicians are very expressive in that manner. I just feel that the sacrifice and dedication I put to my music will show you that I’m not your typical shredder. I know what I think sounds good, so I just go for it.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
It has to be finding a gig. It’s so difficult to get people to take a risk on a solo artist, but it’s their loss since I was never really given a chance. Also, just trying to get my music out to the world. Fortunately, I have the internet to thank for being able to network and share my music with others.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
Had to be when I accidentally broke my guitar. Probably not the biggest deal in the world, but it wasn’t to cool for me. I can’t go without guitar even for a day, so it was a really big deal. I was able to save up for a new guitar though. Luckily since then I’ve been recording new tunes and now back in business (heh heh).
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
In my opinion, I think artists need to be careful of just not wanting to play anymore. Life can be demanding, but if you lose sight of what your doing it can lead you off track with your music.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
I would definitely suggest to anyone out there who is taking their next step in the music world is to never give up. Loss of motivation and loss of hope are your worst enemies. If you believe in your passion, just let it happen. Hopefully someday my belief will become a reality.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Obviously the internet is one my best ways to expand my audience. Also, the local music scene. Maybe play small time shows and whatnot; however, people can be very picky. There’s always that one type of music style that everyone digs. I say that because it’s just so difficult to get a gig most of the time. I’ve played at bars and some random venues, but it’s never as reliable as the internet. I would never conform just to fit in the group. Just isn’t my style.