RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN ARTIST ONISM E
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
It was the only thing in my life that provided a sense of community and belonging. I was an outcast most of my life and music gave me purpose.
Tell us about your musical history.
Well, I am self-taught. I took a few lessons, but my attention span is that of a gnat so, I would learn something and then use it to write 30 songs. Ha. I am not that bad anymore and I have spent more time learning and understanding what works musically. Words have always come easy, so the work really comes from making them make sense musically.
What was life like for you before music?
Boring. Ha. I am the typical musician in that if I am not listening to music, I am making it. I listen to any and everything and draw inspiration from the journeys of other artists.
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
It wasn’t a song so much as a performance. I always loved music, but I didn’t ask for my first guitar until I saw Melissa Etheridge live. I was 12, I think. I had no idea at the time of the stories she was singing about but the energy I understood. The passion, the rock’n’roll…That made sense to me.
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
I don’t know. I’m just a musician who plays rock music. Whatever that means. Ha.
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
I got a chance to work with Joey Stuckey for this release. He reminds me to be resilient. He’s always believed in me and for that I am grateful. The musician’s life is tough…You need good people to keep going.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I am 5” tall, I love Brussel sprouts, and I once fell off a stage while playing at a festival.
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
If I could wish for one thing to help advance my music career, it would be the ability to instantly connect with my ideal fans, collaborators, and industry partners anywhere in the world.
As a developing artist, it can be challenging to find and reach potential fans who would truly appreciate my specific style and sound. I wish I could instantly identify and reach those kindred spirits globally who would gain value from my creations.
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….
No. Not in the slightest. If they don’t know that I come from a place of compassion, understanding, and love…. Then they don’t know me and that’s okay.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not, why not?
No. Maybe…Is believing there may be something like a bigfoot alive a conspiracy theory? Ha.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
Hmmm. I have never touched a drug of any kind in my life. That always seems to shock people. Ha.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I am rooted in the classics but have developed my own distinct style. I often hear, ‘You sound like ____, but not like them at all.’ I take it as a compliment.
I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.
It is somewhat of a departure from what we have done. It’s still rock but I pushed the boundaries and tried to show a different side. ☺
What was the recording process like?
Organized chaos. Ha. Sometimes words hit me and sometimes I will sit behind the drum kit because I can hear a beat in my head. It’s different every time.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
That I couldn’t do it all anymore. I wanted to open up the sound so I reached out to friends to help me bring the new one to life.