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Interview with Coy Castleberry

By Artistopia - 12/7/2010
Artistopia:
Q. At what age did you realize you wanted to become a music artist and why?

Coy:
I was about 11 years old I guess. Why? Johnny Cash.

Artistopia:
Q. Most music artists have that special someone or thing that influenced their decision to do music. Did anyone or something in your life play a major role in influencing you to go into the music business?

Coy:
My father took myself, my brothers and sister to see Johnny Cash. I knew right at that moment that music was my destiny. I was so inspired by Johnnyís performance and the energy projected by the crowd I was hooked.

Artistopia:
Q. In terms of the music, which major artist(s) influenced your style and why?

Coy:
Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Alabama, Dwight Yoakam, Eagles and Bob Dylan.
Lets see Willie is the king of songwriters to me, Johnny because he inspired me so much to become a recording artist, I love Randyís vocal delivery style and ability, Dwight man does anybody have a better kicking bass in their music then him? I donít think so, the Eagles for the kicking layered guitars no one did this better than the Eagles, Bob Dylan for the fact he could take a phrase like Shu Shu Shu and make a hit out of it now thatís talent.

Artistopia:
Q. With so many independent artists trying to make it, what makes you stand out from the competition?

Coy:
Honest sincere songs and natural vocals no auto-tune software used here. No dubbing vocals by an effect unit or pitch correcting My vocals sound the same live as they do recorded. Every song comes from the heart.

Artistopia:
Q. Music industry professionals are quick to say that being an artist means to gracefully fit a marketable niche in the industry. If you were offered an opportunity that asked you to be something you are not, would you do it to get your foot in the door?

Coy:
Of course I would I donít know it all, I would change in any manner I had to if the advice was sound and as long as I could be true to myself and my music.

Artistopia:
Q. Making music is one thing, selling it is another. What types of strategies do you use in promoting your artistic work and getting it heard by the proper professionals?

Coy:
Well Iím still a little green on this subject. However Iím using Twitter, My Space, Facebook, Artistopia and the web in any legal manner I can.

Artistopia:
Q. In regards to wheeling and dealing, how important do you feel business knowledge is to making it in an industry filled with much heartache?

Coy:
Oh man, you had better have some knowledge of business or your doomed to fail. If you donít have the knowledge find someone you can trust to help or your going to waste a lot of money and time learning the hard way. This is a business and make no mistake about it, its all about profit and the return of yours or their investment. I have always said do your research and learn before you jump, if you do then you can love what you do, otherwise your music business or adventure will not be much fun.

Artistopia:
Q. Let's fast forward to 5 years from now. What advice would you offer to struggling independent artists?

Coy:
Research and learn from the independent artist who have paved the way for you. I am learning every day donít give up remember quitters never win and winners never quit!

Artistopia:
Q. Most successful artists are involved in charitable organizations that stand for a cause that hits close to home. In that regard, once you reach success, what charitable cause(s) would you like to be involved in and why?

Coy:
This is the easiest question to answer because I already do it. Saint Judeís Children's Hospital, Research for the cure of AIDS, All Childrenís Hospital, The American Cancer Society and last but not least MDA Jerryís Kids ( Muscular Dystrophy Association ). Why its our responsibility as a civilized society to help others in need. The Cure for Cancer and AIDS is this Generations world war. Cancer and AIDS must be defeated you know I believe we can accomplish this, we just need to fund the research. The kids need I say anymore!

Well, we thank you for taking the time to interview with us and certainly wish you the best in your music career endeavors. There you have it ladies and gentlemen, an inside look into the mind of an independent artist struggling to bring their hard work to fruition in an industry where perseverance and thick skin means survival. No one said it would be easy.

Coy: Thank You the pleasure was all mine!
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