Interview was conducted by Emmanuel Anthony of Treehouse in - TreeHouse-In is a Personal & Business development & coaching company inspiring as many people in the World to take action & "Branch Out & Be Successful.
Rocky is a 19 years old singer/songwriter originally from Milton Keynes. He has just recently taken a a gap year to do music full time in London and has just released his EP called "Six Strings Tuned To The Heart" which is on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. He has a dutch mother and a Ghanian father.
Hi Rocky, thanks for taking part in this interview with me?
Hello Emmanuel! No worries at all, thanks for having me it's a pleasure!
Tell us a bit about your background, hobbies and what you were doing before you started your music/career?
About me, well I'm 19 years old, from the Milton Keynes (renown for it's roundabouts and the fact it stole Wimbledon football club) and I honestly always been doing music in some weird form, from being an ugly sister in Cinderella to singing and small talent shows I've always been around or surrounded by music. But I started my singer/songwriter journey in about year 10 when I picked up a guitar and sat inside for a whole summer and that when I started writing songs and gigging.
Tell us more about what got you started & what inspired you to do it?
Well at the time I wasn't a massive fan of the producers or music in my area, there was nothing unique, just the same old RnB songs or Grime tunes, so my mum told me to teach myself guitar, so I looked in the garage and found a battered old guitar and started playing. I remember that Paolo Nutini-Rewind was the first song I learnt, and I thought "well if he can write something so beautiful, there's no reason why I can't" and so my musical journey began..
How did you get your career path in music going?
To be honest Milton Keynes ins't exactly thriving with a music scene, but I just gigged open mic nights, talent shows, and things to get my big face about. But the most important thing was writing good songs, once you've got good music, it doesn't matter because gigs and recognition will come, so my main focus was writing songs that people could relate to.
And what would you say are the most challenging things you have experienced while doing it?
Erm, playing to an empty crowd, false promises, the lack of money in the bank haha, they're a few things that can knock you and stop the growth, but you just have to focus on God and he makes everything possible and knocks down everything in your way.
What would you say are key tools one needs to keep going in your field of profession?
Passion. Well talent as well. BUT passion is the most important thing, if your music is fuelled by passion, that fire cannot be put out, and therefore you create something that is indestructible and timeless, whereas if you create something to achieve a goal, or try to manufacture something too much it can easily be broken.
How have you coped with adversity, setbacks since taking your path of music serious?
My parents and family and the friends I surround myself with are ridiculously supporting, so whenever I have a blue day they slap me a few times and make me remember that there are way more serious problems in the world other than my music career hitting a few bumps, and once I put things in perspective I snap out of it haha.
What would you say is the major bad decision you have made in your path to date?
I don't really think there is a "bad" decision as such, because every decision I've ever made in my life has brought me to this moment here, and made me the person who I am today. There are experiences, but it's only perspective which decides whether it's bad or good, today I could think it's bad, but give it a few months and it could be the best choice I have ever made!
What shows have you done and what would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
MY greatest achievement to date was one of my singels "No Place For A Gentlemen" getting to Number #4 in the iTunes RnB/Soul chart, beating off Chris Brown and Lemar for a few days, which was AWESOME!! Was jumping around my room like a school child who just got given a McDonalds toy...it was a good day!
What would you say are the importance of PR/HR management within the music industry? And how you've managed yours?
Very important, the music industry is about networking, being pro-active, and managing your time efficiently just as much as it is about the music. I just try and do as much as I can do 24 hours as possible, "there is no time like the present" my mother tell me haha!
How would you say your Educational Background has influenced your career path in life?
The biggest factor is me leaving university actually, I've taken a gap year to do music full time in London and see how it goes, but I studied A Levels and have a very business oriented family and education and thinking in that mentality really does help in music, as at the end of the day you need to make money in order to make it a successful career.
And what do you do in your spare time when you’re not do music or playing your guitar?
Spare time. What is this? And the sad thing is I'm being perfectly honest too....man I need to get out more.
What other projects/shows or events should the World look out for that your working on?
I have infact just released and EP called "Six Strings Tuned To The Heart" which is on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon, so I'm just promoting that at the moment, but I've already mapped out the songs on my next EP which hopefuly should be out by Christmas, it's going ot have a bit more of a folky side to it, and will be with a band rather than acoustic so that should be pretty SWEET!
And finally, what inspiration advice would you give to anyone about how to being Successful in the world of music?
Once I've got there I'll write a book and give you all the advice I have gained! haha. But honestly just be yourself I think, because you yourself and unique, no one has ever been you, and will ever be you, so if your you, you'll stand out for eternity.