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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I wouldn't say I write for a specific genre. I write and compose music as it comes to mind. Sometimes it is a nice surprise to realize the little tune that has been swimming around my head ends up reminiscent of the old style blues, or I accidentally create a catchy dance tune.
I would describe my music as being a reflection of what ever my mood is at the time of it's creation. If I'm feeling a little angsty, I'll compose something slower and more sorrowful. If I'm feeling entertained or in an exceptionally good mood I'll write a comedic song with a memorable yet simple beat. If I'm feeling annoyed or angry, I won't write anything at all and simply glare at the world around me until it gets out of my system. That's what music is to me, a way to broadcast myself and appeal to the emotions of those around me.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
It was actually a friend of mine who suggested my name. Her grandmothers name was Beaty Jones. In life she was a brilliantly vibrant woman. Mischievous, passionate and funny, a woman who embraced life with both hands and had an amazing wit. Everyone knew her as Mama B. My friend told me I had the same outlook on life as Beaty did, so suggested I use her nickname, Thus MamaB the musician was born. I thought it was a very unique stage name and a lovely way to respect Beaty's memory.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
All on playlist
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I am currently working on a song called Angel By My Side. It is a story about a conversation I had with an elderly gentleman who told me about his life, and the people he had loved and lost over the years. The theme of the song is the emotional journey that the man experiences as he remembers all of those who he has outlived yet knows he will see them all again one day.
The purpose of the song is to raise age awareness and to give the message that sometimes all people really need to do is sit down and talk.
As for any collaborations, right now I am not working on any anything but I will be open to the idea in the near future.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I will know that I have truly reached my goal when I hear someone humming or singing my songs in public. I would say that is my ultimate ambition. To hear a complete stranger enjoying something that I have created, and for my name to be known and recognized.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
There have not really been any challenges with my music, I am enjoying what I do and I love to see reactions, comments and positive feedback from everyone involved through my social media pages.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I like to write the lyrics to my music before I even think of the tune to go with it. This allows me to modify the story being told as I wish. That is the wonderful thing about music, you can create a variety of differently themed songs with the same set of lyrics by simply changing the tempo and flow of the sound that you place with it.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
It has given me the opportunity to share my music, to network and to meet new and current artists. I have heard some incredible music by people who are on a similar journey to myself and others who are well known. It has given people in the music industry opportunity to hear my music and a way to contact me.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Beverley Knight, Queen, Bon Jovi, Disturbed, Pink, Ed Sheeran, Adele, Mike And The Mechanics, Sam Smith, Mica Paris, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Tom Jones, Bob Marley, Emili Sande, Blanco Brown, Hozier
I am also a huge fan of Instrumental and soundtrack specialists such as, Brand X music, Immediate Music, X Ray Dog, Two steps from hell, Steve Jablonski, and of course the infamous Hans Zimmer and Clint Mansell.
I also follow and support many YouTubers such as Tommee Profitt, TheSnakeCharmer, Johnathon Young and Boyinaband.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I have had several jobs ranging from retail, care, consultancy, police summarizer and even my own business. I have taken several college courses and gained a lot of life and social experience and met some wonderful people along the way.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Create music for yourself, and enjoy it.
Every single person on our planet is unique. The same goes for every style of music. Just because your style doesn't seem to be what is popular at the moment, that doesn’t mean it will never be. As a semi-novice musician myself I can admit to becoming down when I would upload something to one of my social media websites only to find no one liked it, or I barely had any views. So I would change it so it sounded similar to the music that 'was' getting a lot of attention. When that still didn’t work I would become depressed and wonder if my style of music was really worth sharing. What is the point of even trying? I would ask myself. The point, I eventually realized, was to keep doing it because I liked it.
Every time I hit a certain note, or wrote down a particularly ingenious lyric, I would be so entertained with myself. So proud of what I'd managed to do. Everyday I would wake up and realize that as far as talent went, I was better than I was the day before. But I would have a long way to go until I reached the level of the person I would be tomorrow.
Don't try to create a song that copies or mimics the music that is in the charts, particularly if that style of music doesn’t suit you in any way. Write for yourself and yourself alone. Keep doing that and one day someone with a sharp ear and an eye for talent will come forward and tell you they really like who you are too, and everything you can and will create.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would create more opportunities such as music education for under privileged youths and adults from lower income classes to be able to showcase their talents. I would make grants more accessible in order for a person to achieve this.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality is what makes us unique.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
As I was growing up I did not really have much interest in the music industry other than liking certain songs but it was never a dominant part of my life. That all changed a few years ago when I suddenly had a heart attack and almost lost my life. Thankfully I am still here and to my surprise I woke to find myself with a new passion for and ability to write and compose music. A blessing some might say.so here I am as MamaB ready to share my music with you and the world