As someone who has had a life-long relationship with music, and only being exposed to the ‘big names’ for most of my childhood – seeking out and listening to indie artists has been a big part of how I have expanded my musical library and truly broadened my love for all genres of music.
Remix is about supporting musicians with social media education + social media management services, but we also think that it is important to actually highlight them and share their stories through our platforms.
This week’s Indie Music Feature Friday artist is Britt Barker of Catch the Rise.
Britt Barker, known professionally as Catch the Rise, found his first musical instrument when he was 10 years old, a bass guitar. Since that day, one constant thing in his life has been making music, whether with a group or on his own. Throughout his 20s, he was a member of the surf-reggae/rock group, The Executives, playing bass as they toured with acts such as The Wailers and recorded up and down the East coast. Over the course of the past 2 years, Britt has been polishing his production chops so that he can release music on his own, under the moniker of Catch the Rise, and recently put out his first single, “20/20”, with an EP to follow later this summer.
I interviewed Britt about his journey as a musician, and we also got some awesome insights into what he thinks makes social media such an effective tool to share his music with the world.
A Little Bit About Being a Musician
1: How long have you been a musician?
It depends on the definition of “musician”- my parents always had musical instruments around the house and some of my first memories are of banging on those in different places to make different sounds. But my first organized musical efforts began in 5th grade, in a band called Asphalt Garden. So, safe to say almost my whole life.
2: What made you decide to pursue a career in music?
I always had the dream of being a music producer. I loved playing in bands and all that but I really have always had this deep desire to be a producer. But having a desire and putting in the work to make things happen are two different things. Getting off of drugs and booze in 2015, I began to build confidence in myself and my capabilities… I kind of just arrived at this place a couple years ago where it felt right in my soul to just go for it, full throttle.
3: What do you love most about being a musician?
I think that being able to effect change in my (and hopefully others) emotions with the music I’m making. To be able to use music to create imagery in my head of whatever my creative mind wants to generate based on what it hears. I’ve always said that when you have music, you can never be bored or lonely.
4: What is the hardest thing you have had to overcome in your career? Something you did not foresee when you decided to pursue music?
I think getting over the “imposter syndrome” just enough to believe that I was at a level where I could at least live with the music I was making and releasing. Also, how much time and effort it would take to get to where I want to go.
5: What is one thing about being in the music industry that people would be surprised to learn?
That there are a lot of people who are very selfless and giving, who are willing to help a “newcomer” along in their journey.
And Now Onto The Social Media Questions!
6: Do you have a favorite social media platform? Why?
Instagram and Youtube, without a doubt- amazing creative content without having to read everyone’s thoughts on every little thing.
7: What made you decide to start using social media as a way to promote your music?
Lots of reasons. For starters, it’s just the world that we live in, for better or worse. Digital marketing is crucial. But more than that, my music has a cinematic element to it and I think it pairs well with visual content. So, a platform like Instagram is a great tool to do just that and hopefully grab some attention.
8: How has social media impacted your music career? Would you say that it’s an effective marketing tool?
Well, thus far it has been by far my biggest source of fan engagement. With the pandemic, there has been little to no opportunity to “hit the streets” or play shows for promotion. 99% of it has come through digital/social media marketing. So yes, it’s an effective marketing tool.
9: What advice would you give to other musicians who want to use social media as a way to grow their audience?
Well, just the thought of getting all of my social media platforms streamlined and running gave me really bad anxiety. And when I tried to do it myself, it was too much. So I looked for outside help, which is where I found Remix. My advice would be that if you were like me and the social media element is overwhelming, maybe consider getting outside help. It was such a good investment. I was able to be much more productive in making music, which is the thing I love most. So it was worth it.
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