Artist: Brett Hoppough
I am a solo acoustic artist living near Buffalo, NY. I write and perform all of my songs (guitar/vocals). I am working with a local recording studio to record my first EP.
I spent years in the hobbyist phase of creating music. I never thought anything I created was good enough to compare to all the songs you hear on the radio. I was wrong. Music is not about making the most complicated electronic piece of work you can. It’s about writing great songs and performing them with a lot of emotion. Let your audience know you believe in your music and they will too.
What Music activities are you involved in? Recording artist, songwriter, composer, producer, engineer?
I am a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. I dabbled in learning to record my own songs but finally decided that I’d rather focus on creating music. It’s more expensive this way but I like the idea of a trained professional recording my works of art. That way I know my listeners will get the best possible impression of my music.
What aspect of what you do musically, do you find the most fun?
I find writing lyrics to be the most fun I have when working on songs. I always start with the lyrics. I write them out and decide how I will sing each part (verses, chorus, etc.). Then I record a very rough take of just the vocals so I have a road map for my song. It also makes sure I don’t forget any great lyrical phrasing I may have come up with. I do all this before I even pick up my guitar.
How would you describe your music?
I try to create raw, natural music with as little studio manipulation as possible. I want fans/listeners to see a true representation of my song and who I am as an artist. In doing this I’m able to go back to the root of why music is beautiful. It’s about expression and connection with others.
How long have you been playing music?
I started my musical journey about 11 years ago. My high school had just added a guitar class and I signed up for it. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. It allowed me to socialized with other aspiring guitarists and just have fun. I guess I’ve had the music bug ever since. I’ve continued training myself over the years and I’m very happy with the level I’m at right now.
What would you tell young musicians that may help inspire them to develop their talent?
Don’t sell yourself short. You’re probably a lot better than you think you are. Make a habit of recording yourself as much as possible. Then listen to your recordings and pinpoint the things you need to work on. You don’t need any expensive equipment. I use a $30 USB microphone and a free program called Audacity. If you can use an iPod, you have the skills it takes to record scratch tracks of yourself.
My final thoughts to inspire young musicians:
If music is what you love, then make music and share it. The world needs as many wonderful, creative musicians as possible.
Also, stop comparing yourself to songs on the radio. It’s impossible to tell how many takes it took for that artist to get a song just right. You also don’t know what sort of “studio magic” or expensive equipment went into any given recording. Judge your music by using your own ears and the ears of any honest person that will listen to you.
Thank you on behalf of Listening Edge Records for taking time to share with us your thoughts on music, and helping inspire musicians of all ages.Trevor Baron President Listening Edge Records