In this episode, I chat with local singer/songwriter, Emily Curtis, on the scarcity mindset that occurs amongst the music community. The idea is that musicians are afraid to promote and help other musicians for fear that there isn’t enough room for both acts. Besides discussing our music scene, we dive into the background of her latest single, “Ghost Stories” and how finding a mentor can make all the difference navigating the music industry. Listen to the full conversation below.
If you don’t know her name, you will soon. Haley Mae Campbell is a Charleston-raised singer and songwriter that has been bustin’ her booty booking gigs at CMT Fest in Nashville, racking up 1 million streams on her recent Spotify single, and receiving a headlining spot at Charleston’s own Coastal Carolina Fair.
As a musician, she is in constant rotation promoting her music via Instagram, pitching music to Spotify-sponsored playlists (thanks to Spotify for Artists), and networking with fellow musicians and music-industry execs. Campbell spoke about networking in the music industry, including her experience at Charleston Music Confab, our city’s only program of its kind, where she met John Marks, Spotify Country Programming, and Leslie Fram, CMT’s Senior Vice President of Music Strategy. Shout out to Dave Stewart, Charleston Music Confab creator. 🙂
Take a listen to our conversation as we bond over our love for the Old 97’s and share some of her favorite places to visit in Nashville. The best part she gives us some background on her latest single, “Ghost Stories”, which is out today.
Born and raised in Charleston, Ryan Lill has been writing and creating music almost all his life. He’s performed with Meghan Trainor, had a single featured on a MTV Artist Spot, and releases his newest single today, “Give a Damn”. Lill and I covered topics ranging from authentic songwriting, how he’s found musical success in Charleston, and which celebrity gave him $10.00. #awkward If you’re a fan of pop music that packs a punch, make sure to give Ryan’s music a spin. You will not be disappointed. 😉
“When life gives you lemons, make grape juice. Then sit back and watch the world wonder how you did it.” – Christian Farelove
This mantra perfectly encapsulates my next guest on this conversation series. Christian Farelove is an artist, entertainer, chef, activist, motivational speaker (or should be) all perfectly packaged into a hard-working, passionate human. Within his many pursuits, music is always there influencing his many creative outlets. Whether it’s his favorite song inspiring his next dish or favorite singer preparing him for his next drag show, music will always be included in his art.
On this episode of Disco Chats (hear the previous episode with Brooke Ryan here), we dive into Farelove’s passion for melodies and rhythms and the influence it has on his cooking and his alter-ego, Melody Lucas. He exercises extreme precision with his song choices, dance moves, and outfits; because of his thoughtful selections, it makes him stand out above his counterparts. During my research of Farelove, I came across this eight-minute video of his 2018 Charleston Pride performance to a Janet Jackson’s song medley and it provides an example of the kind of performer he is…a fucking great one.
Listen to our conversation below and learn more about the music that guides this soul on and off the stage. You can see Farelove live tomorrow, May 15, for the Black Girl Magic Showcase at El Jefe. If you’re not able to make the show, follow Christian or Melody on Instagram.
In an effort to get back to the roots of Disco Teepee, I’m starting a series where I can connect with people about music. I will investigate how music plays a role in their life and get inside people’s heads and hearts about their relationship with music.
My first guest, Brooke Ryan, is 1/3 of the morning show, Two Girls and A Guy on Mix 95.9. As a radio personality, her livelihood is dependent upon music. She’s been working in this industry for over 20 years and I turned the mic around on her to get down and dirty about radio and why she will forever be faithful to music that creates a sense of nostalgia. Listen to our chat below and let me know what you think. What’s your relationship with music? We’ve all got a story to tell so let’s share it together.