We caught up with Collateral Music to talk about his music. At Indiy we champion musicians.

Let’s get to it…

What do you enjoy most about being an independent musician?

I enjoy being able to work around my own schedule

And make the music that I want to make

I love the experience of being able to meet new people and the challenge of getting to play gigs!

If we were to peek over your shoulder, what does your studio look like? What gear do you typically use?

I managed to turn my basement into my recording studio

In the studio, I have an Alesis V49 midi keyboard, Alesis drums, a Dean Zelinsky guitar, my Fender Stratocaster, my Fender acoustic, my rogue acoustic, my isolation booth, my Akai P-180 condenser mic, my Fender amp…

And a Behringer Uphoria Um2!

I use Soundtrap to record and mix, Landr to master, and Distrokid to upload

Do you enjoy recording and production, or do you like performing live and promotion?

If I had to pick…

I would choose performing and promoting live!

I love the environment that it creates, and the feeling of being on stage with dozens of eyes on you is absolutely surreal…

But if you mess up on stage, it can ruin the entire vibe so quickly!

Meanwhile when you record, you can always re-record

I think both are important, because if people really enjoy the music that I play, I want them to have something nice that they can take home and listen to

How would you want people to describe your latest project in a tweet?

“Wow, this album is incredibly special. Definitely a keeper! Way to go @CollateralMusic!”

Do you plan your music releases, or do you just finish a song and release it?

Oh absolutely! You have to plan…

Planning is part of what makes a release special!

If you want to grow your fanbase, I think that getting the fans that you have already hyped up and excited for a new release is part of what’s gonna make that release so special

There is nothing compared to the feeling of anticipation when you’ve been waiting for an artist to release new music

It’s like you count down the days until the project is released…

And when it’s released it feels like the coolest thing in the whole world

What can we expect from you within the next 6 months? Any releases planned? Future gigs?

Get ready for a brand new album!

It’s in the works right now, and I think people are really gonna enjoy this!

I have a few places I’ve worked with, where I know I can get good gigs at…

Nothing is set in stone, but when it is I’ll be sure to post it on my website

Stay tuned everyone!

Are you planning any videos for your music? Are there any videos we need to know about!?

Yes!

I’ve been working close with a director…

And hopefully, I’ll have some upcoming lyric videos in the next few months…

All I can say for now is stay tuned!

Are there any collaborations, past or future, that you are excited about?

There are a few songs that have some of my friends featured but nothing huge

I like to work alone so that I have total creative control

What inspires your creative process?

Life!

That’s such a simple answer because there’s so much that goes on in my life that is just the fuel for my music…

Love, heartbreak, depression, anxieties, dark thoughts, relationships lost, friends gained…

It’s not always about me and my life, but I’d like to think that every good story has a little bit of truth

What are your top three favorite albums of all time & why?

Parachutes by Coldplay

O by Damien Rice

And Welcome Interstate Managers by Fountains of Wayne

These albums all have a way of making pop music sound so much more alternative…

Not to mention I love music from the early 2000s! So these albums hit the home run no doubt!

Who makes up your existing creative team?
i.e. photographers, video directors, social media managers, paid media specialists, stylists, hair, and makeup…Name someone who you think deserves a special shout-out?

Well, I’m usually a one-man show!

But my dad helps me out all the time

It’s nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of and have someone who’s always free to help me out

Not to mention, my dad’s a cool dude, so whenever we work together we usually have some fun doing it

There’s never been a video shoot or a performance that he couldn’t make me smile at, or find some way to help me!

And finally, where can we find you on social media?

My website is https://www.collateralmusicofficial.com which has all the links, but here’s easy access…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kiki.gazit.75

Instagram: @collateralmusicofficial

YouTube Channel: Collateral Music

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Andrea

Andrea graduated from Roehampton University and The BRIT School, whose globally recognized alumni include Adele, Katy B, Ella Eyre, FKA Twigs, Jessie J, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua, Kate Nash and the Rizzle Kicks. She takes her love of the arts and entertainment industry to provide useful information to upcoming musicians, helping them navigate the industry and avoid making costly mistakes. She actively mentors our current contributors. Andrea has qualifications in Content Marketing and also manages our collaborative playlists for independent artists

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