Today, we sat down with our artist Shay DaLady for an interview. Here is what she had to say:
1. How has your hometown shaped who you are as a musician today?
My hometown Chicago has shaped me into the musician I am today by the environment and the things that go on in our city to make me be different and make music for everyone.
2. If you could single out one artist or band that has influenced you, who would that be and why?
Trina is the artist that influenced me as far as being a musician, because she can make music of any concept and she is also a good role model to me as far as the music industry is concerned.
3. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would buy?
If I was to win the lottery tomorrow, I would open better community centers daycare centers and shelters to provide for the homeless.
4. What is your advice to fellow underground musicians in regards to remaining discipline in your craft?
My advice to underground artists is to remain discipline in your craft. Always remain humble, no matter what feedback they get, and always use it for motivation. Everybody is not going to like every song that a musician makes. Always be you and always try to make your music. Be relatable to something or someone. People will feel not only the music but the artist as well.
5. Do you have any songwriting or recording tips you’d like to share?
My songwriting and recording tips for artist and musicians are to never read while recording the song. Always make sure you know your lyrics without having to read. The delivery will be better. A lot of people can tell when someone is reading and when someone knows the song. Songwriting always be unique with your lyrics the world likes to hear different things. You won’t get much recognition if you sound like everyone else. Be original.
6. How does your family and close friends feel about your music career? Have they always been supportive or have there been issues in the past?
My family and close friends aren’t supportive at all, in no type of way shape form or fashion as far as my music career. They don’t attend any of my performances, never have they shared any of my music, nor do they listen to my craft. The only support I have or ever had from my family and close friends are my father, my lil brothers, my boyfriend, and my grandfather King Timmy. Long live him, by the way.
7. If you could open up for one famous artist or band, who would that be and why?
If I could open up for someone, it would be Trina, because I always wanted to work with her. She has always been my favorite female musician.
8. If you could have a dinner with one musician who is no longer living, who would that be and why?
If I could have dinner with a musician who is no longer here, it would be 2pac, because he was my first favorite male musician I grew up listening to. He had so much knowledge in and outside of the industry.
9. In your time with LiquidSound Records, what is the number one thing you have enjoyed the most? Also, what is your advice to those artists who would be interested in joining the roster in the future?
I like the fact that everything is coming together the way that it has since I’ve been working with LiquidSound Records. My advice to artists that would be interested in working with LiquidSound Records would be to make sure you’re ready to work and you’re prepared for the things they will have in store for you. Also, be patient. Everything takes time.
10. In ten years, where do you see your music career?
In 10 years, I see my music career doing beyond very well.