We had the good fortune of connecting with Phillip Banks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Phillip, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
A lot of outsiders might not realize that there are various different ways to create revenue in the music industry. Publishing, sync licensing, advances from record labels, etc. are just a few ways to make money as an artist/songwriter. You don’t necessarilly have to be a superstar to make a career from music. Writing for a publisher, writing music for tv/movies/ads, writing for other artists and labels, etc. can also be a solid source for making a career as a music entrepreneur.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Creating art is my way of expressing myself. I like to think what makes me standout from others is that I draw my influences from many different sources. I try not to limit myself when it comes to musical inspiration. I’m really excited to finish my next music project to share with others. I’ve always been committed to music since a very young age. I grew up playing in bands starting at the age of 14. I got a degree in audio production and moved to California in 2014. Ever since I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing musicians and others working in the industry. Of course throughout my journey I’ve faced rejection or disappointment but I haven’t let that stop me, just life lessons learned — that’s a part of being human. I’ve learned to take my failures and use them as a tool to grow. I eventually want to let the world know that my purpose in life is to make others happy with my art and music.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m located in the Santa Clarita valley, so I’m just about 30 miles north of Los Angeles. There are some great trails out here I would take them to on the first day like Towsley canyon. On the second day I might take them out shopping at some of the fantastic thrift store’s throughout town. Maybe hit up a swap meet. The third day I would take them to Agua Dulce to spend a day on the beautiful vineyards feasting and drinking wine. The next day head on over to see the Vasquez rocks to take photos and hike up the trails to see the wonderful sites. Maybe enjoy dinner at Don Cuco Mexican restaurant. On the fifth day we could go visit some of the museums in LA, like the Getty. The sixth day would be a beach day — I’m thinking Hermosa beach. On the last day we would head into the city for some live music and drinks. One of my favorite venues of all time is the Baked Potato in Universal City — famous for its Jazz and Blues. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout my parents for always being supportive on my musical journey. They have done their best at being a driving force of inspiration for me when it comes to my career path. Thanks mom and dad!
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