Blue Interview: Healthy Obsessions
Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?
Hey guys, I’m Stefan. Also known as Blue. I’m a music producer and live in The Netherlands. I produce song in genres like EDM and Future Bass but I always find a different angle to approach my music so it won’t sound like everything you’ve heard before. My long term goal is to get a bigger audience and develop my production skills to be able to supply the world with music that will surprise you every time you listen to it. It’s a long way to go but after a few years I’m still obsessed. And with the right mindset hope to achieve this!
How would you describe your style and genre?
Generally it would be considered EDM/Future Bass. However I like to listen to every form of music you can think of. From the top 100 to 80’s rock like Queen. From lyrical genius of eminem to orchestra. With everything I hear, I hear certain sounds or ways they make music and I implement this in my own songs to make something that will stand out.
Who are your biggest idols ever? Dead or alive, musician or non-musician.
My biggest idols right now are probably Queen ,Eminem and Hans Zimmer. All quite different to each other. Even though Queen made some of the best music ever it is not why I idolise them. It’s for their concerts and the way Freddie can work a crowd that is truly special and seeing how people react to their music makes me want to make music and see reactions like that one day. Eminem isn’t specifically on here for the music either. It’s his obsession/ addiction. You see how hard he works for it and how clever he is in the rhyming. And can see that the music is completely from himself and how much it means to him. Hans Zimmer is on here for the music. There is just something unique when an Orchestra hits and plays a beautiful piece. I can tell stories and emotions so well without using words which is why I love it and like to use element of this in my own songs.
What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?
Sharing it. With this I mean that have to let other people listen to your songs. You are emotionally attached to the song and might not be honest with yourself. It’s your little baby and you’re so proud of it but you start out being really bad and having honest and real feedback can help you to learn much much faster. However do be sure it is still your music and not just the music your friends like to hear.
How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?
Start small and go from there. Small gigs might not be what you want be behind the scenes there are a lot of the same people as the bigger gigs. You should make connections here and show what you can do and when the time is right to move up you will already know the people that can help you to get there and more importantly they know you and know what you can do.
What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
To me it’s exposure. The only realistic way for smaller musicians is to either pay promoters lot’s of money or be really good and they will beg you for your songs. 😉 Seeing that you are a beginner your music might not be the best of the best so the latter is not really an option. That’s where I’m stuck right now.
How do you promote yourself? Do you have any specific promotion tips for other musicians?
I like to share my music to promoters across youtube and soundcloud. Most of them will give you a fair chance and if they like it they you will get the exposure. This however might be hard as there are thousands of other people looking for the same thing.
We meet again in one year. What has happened?
I hope to improve my sound quality to the point where it sounds 100% professional and sounds like it could be played on a radio. Better quality should also improve exposure so I’m expecting this to improve as well.