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Exclusive Interview with Michael Egleton

Question:Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?

Answer: I am a fresh new sound with an old flare, innovative techniques and style, best describes me and my music. Many have said I sounds like, Donny Hathaway, Johnny Taylor, Michael Henderson, Billy Paul and DJ Rodger. His music is simple, yet mature. Nothing too complicated. A straight to the point sound that’s refreshing in today’s music.
Some of my musical influences are, Donnie Hathaway, Michael Henderson, Bobby Blue Bland, Teddy Pentergrass, Lenny Williams, The Dells, DJ Rodger, Billy Paul, Stevie Wonder, Charlie Wilson, Barry White, George Duke, The Clark Sisters, Johhny Gill to name a few.

Life stories that has greatly influenced Michael’s musical journey has been Mr Steve Harvey, and Mr Charlie Wilson. Their journey to success has made an intense impression of Michael and his journey for success.

Originally from Barberton, Ohio, I now resides in Akron, Ohio and makes my music home in Atlanta, GA, commuting to and from as time permits during the year. The Akron, Ohio area is well known for producing many industry giants from Rock to Pop, Soul and R&B. I have released 3 independent projects, Baby Baby Baby and A Look Into My Heart, That’s Alright the Rewind and one project with the Tate Music Group Label, That’s Alright-I. I have currently begun work on another independent release, “In The Q”. Songs from That’s Alright the Rewind and A Look Into My Heart, are being played on radio stations across the country, in Europe and other countries around the globe. I have had numerous articles and press releases written about my music and this latest release, A Look Into My Heart. The music from, That’s Alright the Rewind and the award winning, A Look Into My Heart are a main stay in the top of the music charts for the Akron, Cleveland, and Ohio also regional areas in the Blues, Soul and Jazz genres and on many online music sites. Michael Egleton has received a few music awards also such as an 2014 Akademia Music Award, 2014 Ohio Music Award for A Look Into My Heart, 2014 Top 25 Most Listened to songs with The Simon Darke Radio Show, It’s All Soul To Me, in Europe, one IMA Music Awards nomination, 2014, and in 2016 as an IMA entrant and other mentions. All of my life experiences and lessons shapes me as a musician and are reflected in my music.

I am is presently signed with the award winning and BET nominated Blue-Artists Branding and Marketing Group. His long play EPK, produced by the award winning movie director, Pierre Walters, has garnered much attention recently. The A Look Into My Heart independent project has been written about all over the world in online news sources and has even been featured in a CNN News i-report, CBS, ABC, NBC, BBC, and the Newswire. That’s Alright the Rewind, is now enjoying the same attention with the new Independent project, “In The Q” in the works and highly anticipated.

Project Producers, Mr Samuel Haygood, N-DA-Groove Production, Atlanta, GA and Mr Wes McCraw, Creekseide Audio, Norton, Ohio, has worked with such stars as Toni Braxton, TLC, The Goodie Mob, Alexander Oniel, Silk, Charelle, The S.O.S. Band and many, many more and has also done work in feature film, TV commercials and is a fixture in the Nashville music scene. I’m quickly becoming noticed for my music abilities and hope to be among those recognized music greats one day.

Question: How would you describe your style and genre?

Answer: One would describe my sound as fresh, a new sound with an old flare, innovative techniques and style, yet staying simple and close to his music roots best describes Michael Egleton music. Many have said I sounds like, Donny Hathaway, Johnny Taylor, Michael Henderson, Billy Paul and DJ Rodger. Others music reviewers and writers have said it’s a sound that’s hard to class in any music genre. It’s a cross between Soul, Jazz, Gospel and Blues with hints of R&B. My music is simple, yet mature. Nothing too complicated. A straight to the point sound that’s refreshing in today’s music.

Question: Who are your biggest idols ever? Dead or alive, musician or non-musician?

Answer: My musical influences are, Donnie Hathaway, Michael Henderson, Bobby Blue Bland, Teddy Pentergrass, Lenny Williams, The Dells, DJ Rodger, Billy Paul, Stevie Wonder, Charlie Wilson, Barry White, George Duke, The Clark Sisters, Johhny Gill to name a few. Then there are the life stories of individuals like Mr Steve Harvey, Mr Charlie Wilson, Donny Hathaway and the super energetic, Bruno Mars. The struggles of making it in the entertainment world, holding on to a dream even when it seem unattainable and following through. The tenacious spirit of these individual gives him inspiration when it’s needed. Holding on to the dream one may have saw in their mind and knew in their soul it was for them. Then there are other life stories like Sly Stone, Janis Joplen which teaches about the pressures and distractions that are always around to kill a dream. The there is Pastor T.D. Jakes and his life story of starting his now great world wide church, talk show and more. All of these individuals said they had reached a point where could have given up. Bruno Mars got down to his last hamburger and was going to go back home to the island, Steve Harvey was living in his car, Charlie Wilson was homeless then a something happen to change their life in the nick of time to make them them know they were following the path for life that they were supposed to and their struggles were not in vein.

Question: 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?

Answer: Oh WOW! Which Mistake do you want to hear about! lol I’ve had my money taken before. Their are ALOT of scammers out there. Sharks, out to take advantage of a hungry artist just getting into mix. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I live by that rule. I went through God knows how many band members. If I had only been patient and let it come to me, I would have more time under mt belt with a dedicated crew. You have to surround yourself with people who have bought into your dream. Dedicated to love of music first and understand that you don’t start out on top so there isn’t much money. Be up front with the people you choose to work with and try to include your crew in on things. My favorite thing to say to my people is, “we’re all in this together. When I eat you eat.If you don’t eat, I don’t eat.” People need to know they are making a meaningful contribution to what your doing. I think my biggest mistake was having unrealistic expectations at first. In people, in the process, in the time restraints, in some of the music, in my abilities and allowing people in to help. One must grow a thick skin in this business. You’ll hear NO way more than you’ll hear yes. It’s not an indictment of you and your music, it’s just it wasn’t the right fit for that individual situation. You can’t give up if this is really what you want to do as a living, not a hobby. Learn the business! Learn the parts of the business that doesn’t involve music. The worst thing that can happen is to have people sitting around you, talking about you and what your offering and you don’t have the slightest idea of whats being said or the deal that has been made. Read! Learn! When you talk to other industry professionals they can tell if you know your craft by your responses. Being an independent artist requires much on both ends, the business and the music. Grow! Surround yourself with people who you can learn from and are will to take time with you to show you what you need for the musical journey. That’s what has gotten me this far and I’m yet learning, listening and reading. Because of this I can see my growth as an artist, musician and song writer. You will see your growth also. I measure my growth by each project that I do.

Question: How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?

Answer: I get gigs by keeping my ear to the ground. I haven’t reach the pinnacle of people calling me to come to them as of yet. lol I put my name out there. I attend other events when possible, talk to the venue owners, advertise when I can, talk to people on the street with CD’s in hand introducing myself, sending my one sheet to internet opportunities, join the online music sources and sites many of them have free memberships. Choose the sites that can get you the most saturation as an artist. One thing I found and been able to be a part of in my career, is to join a site that’s new and getting off the ground. The competition for play time and more is really great. There are music sites that I joined early in their inception and am reaping the benefits now. I blog in my area and outside of my area, take advantage of magazine opportunities such as this, talk to other bands and artists, attend festivals when I can. There is so much one can do to secure playing gigs in their own area. This is what outside opportunities look at when they are considering you. If you can’t draw a crowd at home, who’s to say you’ll draw a crowd at their place of business! Pictures and videos are also important. Yes, It’s work that takes up alot of music creation time but remember, your independent. I myself have been on the computer 24 hrs straight getting my craft at one time. In time this will all land gigs and open other doors. Last thing I would say is, BE READY!

Question: What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

Answer:I would say my biggest challenge right now would be finances. Everything costs money. If you plan to achieve your dreams your going to have to spend money but spend it carefully. Make every dollar count. Crowd funding is great but it’s not always successful for many. So you got to have a plan two, three and four! I have been able to overcome this barrier, sometimes. Usually by doing some other work to raise funds, gigging and whatever else I can do, legally, to raise funds. Selling CD’s and support items to my music such as hats, shirts and other little grab items at concerts. This can also create a big crook in scheduling also like production of new projects, traveling to festivals outside of my city but you just have to persevere.

Question: How do you promote yourself? Do you have any specific promotion tips for other musicians?

Answer: As I mentioned before, I take advantage of interview opportunities, Tweet, Tweet, Tweet, post, post post! I try to take advantage of my social sites. If I’m able to afford it, I advertise in up and coming magazines because the cost is lower. When I post, I try to post from one of the online sites where my music is and ask the listener to share it. I try to come up with catchy things like, my “Share The Luv Club”, where I ask the listener if like what you hear, share it. I try to keep new music coming out. One thing I do is try to always keep some type of photo or video out on the web and post them to all my music sites. I try to bring the listeners and potential fan in by keeping them up to date on whats going on. To let them know, you may not see me, but I’m busy and working. I use flyers with appearances and posters and try to get other people talking about me and my music. I have a business education with two degrees in Business Administration and Marketing and one thing we were taught in college is that word of mouth is the quickest way to advertise and the rule of 7. Everyone will come in contact with at least 7 people in a day that they can talk to and theses 7 will come in contact with 7 people and on and on. It’s a sad dog that don’t wag it’s own tail! Don’t be afraid to push yourself. I had a problem with this being a shy person but i soon got over that!

Question: We meet again in one year. What has happened?

Answer: Hopefully what will have happened is I would have finished and be enjoying the success of my new independent project, “In The Q”, completed a tour or two, shot a video for a couple of the songs on “In The Q’ and began work on something new like checking out my acting skills. Most of reaching the people with my message in song. Singing the story of my life journey in song. Many thanks to you Traxx24, your readers, fans and listeners of my music. Thank you much for the support. As I always the reason I make music, It’s Music for the Body. Music from the Soul. Music of the Heart.

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