I started playing music at the age of 3, and was taken with it from that early time. Music is something I grew up with, listening to, humming, enjoying, playing. My family play music, my father teaches the steel drums, and my mother used to play them in her earlier days. My grandmother still sings in choirs to this day. For myself, I play keyboards, piano, percussion and drums.
Notoriety without the need for drugs and arrogance, to have something of mine used in a well-known rap/HipHop/Dance track if they'll sample me, to make something really great for TV/Film/Radio, to be used on an exciting TV advert.
I had my music used by Barclays Bank which I'm pretty sure most people have heard of, but not for anything particularly famous. That was pretty cool honestly. It certainly wasn't life-changing but it was recognition that I was happy to receive.
I've got to start work on the next set of 'Shorts' for my library (www.andrelouis.com/shorts/) before too long, but I hit my self-assigned milestone of 150, so I just needed to take a quick break before getting from 151 to 200. It's probably also time to consider what I'll do for my next full-length album, and I know that a 10-track EP is in the works with a band I've done some composition for over the last say, year and a half, so I'm definitely looking forward to being able to promote that.
Oh, Chick Corea any day. If he wouldn't laugh me off the stage for being so mediocre and nowhere near his league, I'd die happy.
Good Jazz musicians ranging from Herbie Hancock to Chick Corea, R&B and Soul ranging from Jill Scott to Angie Stone, all kinds of others from Coldplay to Tingsek.
Success is what you make it. If success is being splattered all over tabloids because you started a flame-war on social media, good luck to you. My success is in being able to provide hopefully high-quality music to the masses at a reasonable price, and with the love and enjoyment I get out of it. If you can enjoy and love what I do too, then that's a win/win.
Starting to create music is so so easy these days. It's nothing like it was in the 90's, let's just start there because it's the time when I started to come into my own. Home computing at the time was difficult, expensive, and software was limited, not to mention the sounds we had to work with. After the invention of software instruments, and how they've progressed over time, you can now pick up even a refurbished Mac for not too much, and begin writing in minutes using Garageband. It's never been as easy to get into composition and song-writing as it is now in 2016. If you ever feel like you can't do it, or don't know where to start, google and youtube are your friends. Don't let a small budget limit you, because even the smart-phone in your hand can be the beginning to your music success.