On this episode, I chat with a professional musician from my hometown of Edmonton.
English Level: B1 🇨🇦🇨🇦
- Introduction (0:21)
- When did you realize you wanted to make music? (1:26)
- When did you decide to go fully into music? (3:13)
- What are some ways musicians can make money? (4:53)
- Did you have mentors along the way? (7:39)
- What are the challenges of being a musician in Canada? (8:55)
- Do you mentor younger artists? (11:51)
- Why do you make music? (13:58)
- Do you ever feel like quitting? (16:26)
- How do you market an album to the masses? (17:51)
- What was your favorite place to perform? (20:21)
- What is your writing process like? (24:34)
- What does the future look like for you? (25:43)
- Where can we listen to your music? (28:35)
- Intention (noun): something that you want and plan to do
- Gig (noun): a live performance by a musician or group playing popular or jazz music.
- Grant (noun): a sum of money given by a government or other organization for a particular purpose.
- Peer (noun): a person of the same age, status, or ability as another specified person.
- Self-confidence (noun): a feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgement.
- GPA: Your grade point average (GPA) is the average result of all your grades and is calculated on a 4-point grading scale in Canada.
- Aptitude (noun): a natural ability to do something.
- Fatigue (noun): extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.
- Surreal (adj.): strange; not seeming real; like a dream:
- Self-loathing (noun): hatred of oneself.
Phrases to Remember:
- To gravitate towards: to move or tend to move to or toward someone or something. to be attracted to or toward something or someone.
- Take a toll on someone: to have a serious, bad effect on someone or something
- Revenue stream: a source of revenue of a company or organization.
- To get a cut: to get a percentage of the sale of a product/service
- Pros and cons: arguments for and against
- The right footing: Make a good beginning, establish good relations
- To excel at: be exceptionally good at or proficient in an activity or subject.
- Lose track of time: to be unaware that so much time has passed
- To catch off guard: take (or be taken) by surprise
Mistake to Avoid:
(incorrect use of determiner) fewer people NOT less people
- When did Josh start to think he could do music as more than a hobby?
- Since when has Josh worked 100% as a musician?
- What percentage of Josh’s income comes from producing music for others?
- (True or False) Josh has had some of his songs played on NetFlix shows?
- What is one advantage of being a musician in Edmonton?
- What percentage of Josh’s time is spent producing other people’s music at this time?
- Why was playing at the Bedford so special to Josh?
Question to consider:
If you were a musician, what type of music would you perform?
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