Our WorldArts Spotlight Artist for the month of May is Sydney Streb! This pop/alternative newcomer hails from the land of the blues and will take her talents to Saint Louis University in the fall. You will definitely hear more about this very gifted artist in the future, so check out our exclusive Q&A with Sydney below & listen to her newest single ‘FAME’!
How did you get started in music?
My love of music began at a very young age. Family and friends were amazed that I could sing most of the Sound of Music CD, word for word, by age three. My mother conceded to the fact that voice lessons might be productive by kindergarten. By third grade, I was playing popular songs on the piano by ear, and I was quickly signed up for piano lessons. By sixth grade, I found a guitar and my gift of songwriting.
Tell us about the music scene in St. Louis?
St Louis has a great musical heritage, especially revolving around the “Blues”. Last month, the National Blues Museum opened in the downtown area. As for performing locally, I love to pick up opportunities at cafes and Saint Louis University events along with other intimate group settings. Being eighteen and carrying a heavy load in high school have been an obstacle in playing bigger gigs.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
The best advice that I have ever read is outlined by Taylor Swift, “Get yourself a good lawyer, if you are going to be in the music business”. Since this piece of advice was not directly communicated to me by her, I will have to go with “Be your own artist as those who try to copy other artists were never artists to begin with.” I think it brings perspective to what you are trying to accomplish.
If you could go on tour with any artist (past or present) who would it be?
If I could go on tour with any artist, I would choose Elton John without hesitation. It would be an incredible experience with all the great lyrics paired with his showmanship. Katy Perry also has it going on and and is second to none regarding her energy on stage.
What’s your ‘go-to’ karaoke song?
My favorite “go to” karaoke song, are you kidding me? No doubt it would be something from artist, Katy Perry, preferably “California Girls”.
WorldArts is all about giving tools and opportunities to artists. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
My advice to aspiring musicians: Your artistry is a gift to be developed and personalized. To share your gift and expression with others can be contagious, so explore your talents and have fun.
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
It is well known that the music industry is not fond of or very accepting of unsolicited material. I wish it was easier to have your music heard. Instead, one has to develop a brand and a fan base on their own with only a possibility of getting the industry’s attention.
What is the best way you’ve found to market yourself as an artist?
I am early in the process of marketing myself as an artist with graduating from high school this month. I showcased a cleverly written song, “FAME”, with a local sound studio, who then shared it with friends in the business, who shared it with others, and so on. My YouTube video has had over 1,000 hits and someone from California actually did a remix of my song. The response has been very positive, and encourages me to broaden my scope. It is all about exposure and contacts.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
My autobiography would be named “My Four Walls”. I love writing music, but it does take time to get it right. I have spent countless hours working alone in my room working the beat, arranging, rearranging, chorus this and chorus that. The amount of time that can go into a song working mostly solo can be insane, but I wouldn’t change what I do at this stage of the game.
What next on the horizon for you?
Regarding my future, my current plan is attend Saint Louis University to continue focusing on music. I have been accepted into their music program and can’t wait to see when and where the next door opens (hopefully somewhere in California). I long for something more, and hope to fulfill my dream of being a successful songwriter/singer. I will be restless until I accomplish this dream.
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