American/Soul singer/songwriter, Noah Guthrie found fame covering chart-topping hits as well as through his pivotal role as Roderick Meeks on the hit TV show, Glee. He received national attention with his blues-filled version of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” which, to date, has received over 25 million views. It’s clear to see, however, that his skills are better put to use creating original music. Who better to tell us about Bucket List? Here is what he said:
- What do you think the biggest barriers to being a musician are?
“I think one of the biggest barriers is one that has been there for a long time and that is the disbelief that being a musician is a valid occupation. Whether that disbelief comes from your parents, your friends, or even yourself it can be the first barrier that prevents someone with a passion for music from pursuing it as a profession. I come from a very small town in South Carolina where the arts are definitely not the main focus but, I am fortunate to have parents that have always believed in me and the ability to make my passion my job. I also had teachers in the arts who pushed me to believe in myself. That isn’t always the case and I realize how blessed I am to have had that support base and it is something I would like to see more of from parents of artistic kids and from communities that are considering cutting their art programs. As sappy as it sounds, it all starts with the belief that it can happen.”
- Has it become easier or harder to start a band in recent times do you think?
“While it is never easy, I think it has become easier to start a band. I say this not just because of the internet but also because of social media. The internet obviously makes it easier to connect with musicians from all over but social media makes it easier to connect with your audience. I’m kind of an old soul and believe in the more grassroots, pound the pavement style of developing a band so I have my days when social media bugs me but, I realize that I would not be where I am today without the tremendous help of platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. The simple fact that you can share your craft with millions of people from all over the world in a matter of seconds is unbelievable. So I think this has been a huge help to bands that are just getting started and I myself am extremely grateful for the help from social media.”
- Have you ever hit any walls in your career? What were they and how did you overcome them?
“I personally haven’t hit a major wall yet but I guess the only thing I can think of is that when you get your start on YouTube it can sometimes be hard to get people to see you as anything but a YouTuber. While I do have much love and thankfulness for YouTube as I mentioned earlier, original songwriting has always been my passion and it can be hard to get people to pay as much attention to the original music. I think backing off from posting as many covers as I used to had definitely helped make this particular issue easier to deal with.”
- Best moment you look back on and why?
“One of my favorite moments was actually recently when I was able to be a part of a “writers in the round” night at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN. It was a full circle moment for me because when I was 14, I went to watch the same kind of show at the same venue and it inspired me to continue writing and following my dreams of being a songwriter. A few weeks ago I was able to sit in the circle and play my songs along side some of my favorite songwriters and it was a magical night for me.”
- Three pieces of advice for anybody looking to do what you do?
1. Practice: It sounds obvious but really spend time getting comfortable with your self and with your craft before you share it with everyone else. That being said, don’t get inside your head too much because often the best practice is just getting out there and playing.
2. Take advantage of social media: I am by no means the best example of this but getting in a regular habit of posting content on your socials always helps. And don’t try to be like someone else’s social media page. Just find your own style and pattern and just be you.
3. Be patient: This business takes time. Almost every overnight success story has really come out of 8 or 9 years of hard work to get to that point. Keep in mind that success does not mean the same thing to everyone so figure out what success means to you. You’ll get rejected a lot but if you stay true to yourself and your music then the right path will present it’s self to you.
What’s next on your Bucket List?
I would really like to go backpacking in Iceland!
Thanks for the Bucket List knowledge Noah, FLUX NEWS salutes you, if you’d like to see more of Noah’s work head over to his website: www.noahguthrie.com and if you’d like to be kept up to date with everything Bucket List related then make sure your sign up to our Newsletter