Vincent Sala

“For the 'fan growth' aspect, concerts are still the best option.”

For being a musician you need loads of passion. How was it for you? When and why did you decide to make music on your own?

It came quite naturally, when I was a kid my Dad used to play guitar at home and was singing all the time great french tunes or sometimes in English. When I was around 6 years old I asked him if he could teach me how to play guitar. Because he's a great pedagogue it was fun and I learnt really fast. I remember being really excited at school and couldn't wait the end of the classes.

Which artists are inspiring you and are influencing your music? Or in other words: What kind of music do you listen to when you're not on stage? What was your last concert which was not yours?

The artists who inspired me a lot and still today are The Beatles, The Doors, The Beach boys, Burt Bacharach, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Serge Gainsbourg, Little Richard and Coltrane. My favorite classical composers are Chopin and Rachmaninov.

The last band I saw live was Radiohead a few days ago, for me it is the most prolific band right now. They can keep their level really high after all those years, which is something rare in the history of music.

Passionate musicians working part-time is a commonly followed path. Without a job with a fixed income many musicians can't pay their bills. How about you? Can you make a living from music?

It's always a choice between being happy and having a low budget lifestyle or being quite sad with more money. I chose the first option. During the summer, as a busker in Berlin you can easily pay your bills, but in the winter time it's another story. The last one was quite hard but I could deal with it in the end, for the next one I'm already trying to organise some mini tours around Germany or even in other countries like Switzerland if I can manage the travel costs. Logically, bars and clubs in the country side or small towns are paying the musicians a realistic fee because they are less saturated. Living in Berlin is still very affordable, that's why I chose this place instead of Paris or London. You find even more cultural dynamism here, everything is always on the move so it keep it fresh.

Self-marketing, fan growth, networks, landing bookings etc. - The to-do list is long for a DIY musician, who wants to take his career independently in his own hands. How do you manage everything? Do you have some tips or tricks?

I can't really manage everything, but I just try it all the time. I think it's the hardest step for an Indie musician, because the music is already taking all your mind and the rest is another work, but well, generally you don't have the choice until you have a manager or at least someone who can help you. So for now, I'm doing it alone and my desk is full of these famous "to do lists". I'm considering myself as an artisan who is taking care of each step, even if it can take time, I want to build something I will really like in the end. And for the "fan growth" aspect I can tell you the concerts are still the best option, because you can meet the people for real and if they really enjoyed what they heard they will never forget you!

How did you take notice of gigmit? How and whereby does gigmit help you?

I just found gigmit on the web, I was looking for some help in Berlin when I just arrived last year. I still couldn't have a big deal with gigmit but some small venues booked me.

Which bookings did you get through our platform so far?

The main opportunity I had is to participate to the Wulle Bier Contest, it was a cool experience because we were able to play at 5 very good clubs around the city like Klunkerkranich, Hangar 49, Duncker Club, Auster Club and Kallasch& .

What is your next step? Gigs, tours, studio? What are your plans for the next few months?

After a long period of live performances I'm coming back to some studio time and would like to release the next EP before the end of the year and then touring as much as possible. Also since a few weeks I'm trying to organise a live streaming concert for some friends or new fans who are living really far from here like in Canada, Thailand or Peru.

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