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I have been classically trained in piano for 13 years, violin for 8 years, and flute for 2 years. I also taught myself ukulele and guitar. I was a part of UC Berkeley’s university choir for a year and took some classical singing lessons alongside for one term. Unfortunately the teacher said they wouldn’t help in pop/R&B singing, but it would be great to take some lessons in the future.
- What inspired you to start doing covers?
I started doing covers in high school actually, around 2006. I would sing for fun on my former YouTube channel @sharonswt, never really thinking that I was any good. To my surprise people were enjoying my videos, so I continued singing and playing instruments. Now I’ve transitioned to my new channel @SharonEstee and have some originals in the works as well.
- What is the music scene like where you live? Is there good support for local artists?
The music scene here isn’t that huge, mainly cause where I live is very suburban. However, I am surrounded by a lot of friends who make music. I think as an artist you naturally tend to gear towards other creative people. In terms of live performing, there are a few good venues that host open mic nights and support musical events/get-togethers. I’ve performed at a few local events, but right now I’ve been using my time mainly online for music.
- What is your opinion of the digitization of music distribution? Do you think online platforms like iTunes, Soundcloud, and ReverbNation are helping or hurting the quality of new music?
I think the digitization of music distribution is definitely helping the quality of new music. It gives independent artists a chance to showcase their creations to people all over the world. Without online platforms, I honestly would have probably ended up as someone who only sang in the shower – knowing how shy I normally am. It’s changed my life.
I always say it’s hard to answer that question because I have many favorites and influences. I literally have about 40 playlists on Spotify for each mood. But to name a few favorites and musical influences: Alicia Keys, Keyshia Cole, Anthony Hamilton, Kelly Rowland, Bee Gees, Inna, The-Dream, Stacy Barthe, Melanie Fiona, and Ciara.
- How did you meet and connect with Rosendale?
We went to high school and college together, but we didn’t really talk much during that time. After gradation we became friends once we started creating music together. “Naughty” was the first song we worked on.
- What type of equipment did you use to record your single? Did you use a home studio or hire a professional producer and studio?
We actually recorded with a condenser microphone at home, and we hired an engineer – Hank Kalleen - to master the vocals along with some additional light mixing. It’s amazing what we’re able to produce nowadays with just home equipment!
Our friend Aquavis Warfield helped shoot our video. We envisioned the video with a KPOP theme because of the style of the song, meaning we needed some dancing to go along with the video. I came up with the choreography with my friend Sam Shih and asked some friends to help take part in the project. Our team had rehearsals every week to prep and visited a bunch of studios to book. We shot at two studios and one club, and eventually Rosendale and I ended up editing the entire music video as well.
- Do you have any near-future plans for performances, gigs, promotion, or tours?
I currently don’t have plans for upcoming gigs as I’m working on releasing my remastered EP and writing new songs for an album.
- Is there anything else you would like my readers to know about you or your up-coming projects?
Be on the lookout for my EP called “Love Me” coming out later this year!
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