When I first began playing guitar, my goal was to be able to play my favorite songs. Within two years, I had developed an effective method for learning any song I wanted, no matter how technical or difficult. At this stage I began to concentrate on song writing and the creative side of music.
A record deal is the holy grail for any up-and-coming band. The truth is, the industry has changed so much in the last five years; very few bands are actually ready or suitable for a record deal. I have come up with three questions bands need to answer to see if they're ready to start approaching record labels.
Yesterday was a special day for the United States, and for me personally. I just voted for the first time in the presidential election. As I was voting, I thought about each candidate's campaign and couldn't help but think about the similarities between running for office and releasing music as an independent artist. Whether you're running for office or releasing your own music, it all comes down to self-promotion.
My name is Will Wallner. I'm a guitar player from England and now live in Los Angeles. My journey in music began with my education. I have a degree in music production from the University of Portsmouth and have also studied at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Over the coming weeks, I'm going to share my experiences as a student and how I think going to school has helped my music career.