We recently launched a new series here on Indie Minded called “Six Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay intact. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.
We hope you enjoy this series, and if you know anyone that might be interested in being part of it, please have them reach out to us for more information.
Next in the hot seat is Austin-based indie blues singer-songwriter Jackie Venson. We have not covered her yet on the site, but that will definitely change after this! If you are new to her, too, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
My band is a 3 piece, we are small but we are mighty. We play Soul, R$B, Rock, and Pop and we are from Austin, TX. I got started because my mom signed me up for piano lessons and told me I had to try it for 6 months.
As an artist, how do you define success?
Happiness and sustainability, but more importantly happiness.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Trying to overcome the idea that someone is holding the keys. We have the tools these days to do a great deal of great work on our own without some larger company. It’s truly incredible, take advantage of it. However it does not mean that one will not hit a block every now and then, one must have the drive and passion to overcome it and keep going.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
[Note: this is not “Fight,” but here is another one of Venson’s tracks:
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
Anyone from Stevie Wonder, to Buddy Guy, to Lauryn Hill and Kendrick Lamar. I’m all over the place and the list goes on.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
I like to watch other forms of art. My favorite is film.