With the release of his new single ‘Breaking Down’ Hamish Anderson has been keeping himself busy, touring his home country Australia with the great Gary Clark Jr, before returning to America for a series of shows and finishing off 2019 with a European tour.
Hamish has been stirring up quite a bit of excitement over the years since the release of his debut album ‘Trouble,’ being named one of Total Guitars ‘Top 10 Best New Guitarists’ in 2018, as well as one of Yahoo! Music’s ‘Top 10 Best New Artists of 2016.’ A force to be reckoned with for sure, Hamish will continue to deliver his blues/rock tunes, drawing inspiration from the three Kings (Albert, BB and Freddie), as well as other massive artists such as Jeff Buckley and Tom Petty as he prepares to release his second album ‘Out of My Head’ in May, 2019!
This week on our latest ‘Savvy Seven’ feature, Hamish Anderson offers a piece of his wisdom and experience!
What inspired you to pursue music as a career?
I started playing guitar when I was 12 years old, I heard The Beatles and that’s what made me want to play guitar and write songs…My love for music just grew and grew from there so I knew whatever I ended up doing as a career would involve music.
Besides making music, what have you done to get to where you are?
A lot of touring, the past 4 years in particular I’ve been over in the states doing a heap of touring from bars to festivals (almost every kind of place you could play). I think the live show is a really big part of people discovering and getting turned on to my music. Also nowadays it’s not just enough to make music but you have to be creating other content like videos and stuff on social media etc to try and engage people.
How do you approach developing timelines for your career?
I think it’s always good to have something you’re working towards. It’s good to break it down and make goals for each year that you want to achieve. I think it’s important to remember that building especially as a indie musician can take a really long time and it’s more about bit by bit then an instant overnight success kind of thing. I think you have to approach it with a balance of setting goals but also being realistic as to where you are currently in your career.
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What is the most significant challenge you have conquered in your career?
There’s a lot of challenges with being a musician and I don’t know if it’s the most significant challenge but I think that social media has been both good and bad for the music industry. It’s great because you can get your music out there without a label etc and have direct contact with your fans but also it can be really hard to cut through because there is so much music and information your competing with that it can feel hard to be heard sometimes.
What will musicians discover from touring and how should they prepare for it?
Probably how hard and how much work it can be. It’s a lot of energy getting a group of people from venue to venue each night. It’s really important to be working and travelling with people that want to be doing it and you get along with, there’s nothing worse than being stuck in a van for 8 hours with people who don’t want to be there or you don’t get along with…touring is basically a lot of travel that is all about the couple of hours you get to get on that stage..it’s not for the faint of heart.
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How should people educate themselves on current industry issues?
I try to make it simple for myself as it seems like the music industry changes nearly every day and thankfully my team helps keep on top of those changes. These days with social media you can keep updated on the industry side a lot more.
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How have you integrated modern technology into your content process?
Again I think there are pros and cons on both sides of technology when it comes to music but it’s definitely a necessity to be on things like facebook, instagram etc and be trying to engage your audience nowadays. I think I personally like instagram the most and feel like that’s one of the best ways to share my content and get a response from people who follow me and my music. It’s important but it should never be more important than the actual music you are writing and producing.
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Click below for Hamish’s single ‘Breaking Down’