1. Tell us a bit about the type of music you play and about you as a musician?
My music is sort of a mix between Rock/Pop/Soul, generally quite loud and obnoxious, however when I strip it back to just a solo keyboard and vocals set, it is much more chilled out and has a totally different feel to it. As a musician, I am literally into every genre of music, I am inspired by so many different artists old and new and love singing lots of different styles. But I have found my main love is rocking the hell out and just generally letting rip with my band.
2. What made you start with your music and when did you start?
I was born into a fairly musical family so I have been singing/dancing/playing from a ridiculously young age. Up until I was 19 I was adamant I was going to have a career in Musical Theatre, that’s all I did and all I knew. I was in professional shows from the age of 5 so that was my true love. Then that all changed when I decided to try out a Contemporary Music College in London and I started to experience different genres, working with bands and got properly into songwriting.
3. What is the best thing about being a musician?
The adrenalin rush you get when on stage, the feeling of people singing along to something you have created yourself, there’s no better feeling. Also, being able to do something that I have been so passionated about my entire life, I feel very lucky for. There’s so many awesome things about being a musician.
4. What is your biggest challenge to your ultimate dream? (whether that is writing your own songs, making a living from playing in pubs/events, or being signed to a record label)
My ultimate dream is to be successful with my own music. Whether that be being signed to a major label and getting chart hits, or creating such an awesome following myself that I can make a living out of something I love for the rest of my life. We will just have to see:-)
5. What advice would you give to people wanting to follow their own musical dreams?
Don’t give up. It is so easy to but you got to keep pushing through. If you love it that much then you have to make it happen. No one will make it happen for you. Have thick skin, be able to take criticism and move on from it. Not everyone is going to like what you do and you have to learn that that is okay. Also, learn to ignore the people who don’t understand what you do and constantly question what you do etc (believe me, it’s constant). But most of all, live in the moment and enjoy every step of the way, because music is such an incredible gift and you don’t want to waste that! (cheeeeeese :D)
To find out more about Abi and her music click here: http://www.abiofficial.com/