Photo credit: Luis Barrera
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview Xavier Toscano.
How long have you been singing?
Since 2008… It’s been a while!
What first got you interested in becoming a singer?
I’ve always been attracted to the idea of becoming a singer. It called to me.
What/who inspires your music?
Life! In all its beauty and all of its raw events.
Do you see being a singer as a career, or as a hobby?
Definitely a career. I work much too hard to call this a hobby! Come see one of my shows sometime and you’ll see. ;)
What are you trying to do with your music? Do you want to help your community? Are you trying to get rich? What is your goal for your music?
I would love to inspire others to follow their dreams. To go out in the world and make a difference with their unique talents and voice. That’s the goal. I live by my life’s motto, “Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight”. These are lyrics from Michael Jackson’s song “Gone Too Soon”.
How does it feel when you perform live?
Like I am truly living. High AF!
Do you have any kind of management, publishing or distribution team behind you? If so what are their responsibilities?
I have people who help me, I am so lucky to work with intelligent caring people. But at the end of the day, I am very involved in every aspect. Guess you can say that we all pitch in from beginning to end.
What are some accomplishments that you have achieved, and are most proud of?
Every part of it. But my most memorable moments have been from times I have been on stage. When I performed in Disneyland was so amazing, and then performing in London in front of 5,000 people (that was so amazing to me).
Have you ever made any contact with major artists or other high positioned people in the music industry and do you keep in contact with them?
Not yet… But when I do, it will be a rock’n good time!
What one tip would you give to other aspiring independent artists?
Learn, take action, grow, repeat! And not necessarily in that order. Just kick ass!
What do you see is in the future for the music industry? How do you think it will evolve/change?
It is very hard to say… What I know that will never change is the live experience. You can’t replace a live show, and I am sure that people will always continue to crave and attend that sort of experience.
Do you feel like the internet is helping you as an independent artist?
YES! When someone is curious about you or they hear about you from someone else they readily search for you online. This is why I am giving away my album for free so that everyone can share it. It’s good music, even if I do say so myself.
How do you think social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have affected the music industry?
In my opinion they have made marketing easier. I think that clever people have really taken advantage of it, and it is all helping artists continue to rise and to move forward.
Are there any music start-ups that you think we should keep an eye on?
Yes! My record label - CBM Records, LLC
Where can we hear your music online?
At my website: http://www.xaviertoscano.com
What projects are you working on at the moment?
I just released a lyric video, and another music video is on the way. I’ve also been very busy recording a new EP through my label CBM. I’m getting out there.
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years time?
With several Grammies, a few world tours, and a sea of happy people!
Do you have any shoutouts you want to give?
YES! To my team and the label CBM. But especially to my Toscano Troopers! I LOVE YOU!
Thanks again Xavier Toscano for doing this interview.
Thank you! MUCH LOVE!