Xavier’s music is influenced by Top 40 radio and video. It can best be described as enthusiastic, energetic, dance-urban pop. He also blends his love of EDM, rap, rock, reggae, and R&B with his dancing ability to create a dynamic stage show. Xavier has performed across the United States and Europe, and continues to entertain locally. Wherever Xavier performs, he is always praised for having a “ton of energy.” Combine that with his strong stage presence, and you have well rounded entertainer who puts on electric and engaging show… Click Here To Learn More About Xavier
1.) What made you want to get into the music business in the first place? Did anyone influence you to do music? If so, who? Influences? Role Models?
I’ve always had this uncontrollable fire to create music and living art (performance). I think my biggest influence is pop, specifically top 40. If it’s really popular, I tend to really like it. I have a ton of role models, but some that really stand out to me are Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Gaga, Michael Jackson, and Usher… I could go on and on.
2.) Unfortunately the music industry is full of talented individuals who just don’t get any recognition for their talent and/or work. What do you plan to do to make sure you stand out and get noticed?
I think it is also about personality. If you have a vibrant personality, and something meaningful to add to the landscape, you should definitely stand out. Anyone can hit notes and play chords, but can they do that in peoples mind’s and heart’s is another challenge.
3.) Would you rather be on a major label or would you rather stay independent? Why or why not?
I really think I would rather be on a major label. I think there are still many things that the majors can do that indies can not. For instance, they have better marketing people and the budget to reach millions of people. That sounds great to me!
4.) Do you think that the traditional music industry model as we know it is dead? Why or why not?
Some aspects of it, yes. But not entirely… I do think that streaming is definitely the future of music. However, no matter how great your songs are, you have to work on your popularity. Look at the “cash me outside” girl, she got a record deal from a small little catch phrase. Let’s hope she can continue her success, cause it take both charisma and talent to stay in the game. So that part has not changed.
5.) How do you think the internet and social media affected the music industry and how musicians are able to market themselves?
The internet has made the world more accessible to artists. It used to be that you had to move to LA to make it, and the new Hollywood is the internet. You can conquer from your bedroom in anywhere, USA.
6.) What is the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in life and has that had any effect on your path to becoming a musician?
There’s been tons! I grew up VERY poor, and had very little. But, that has also made me stronger, and much better at persevering. So, no complaints there.
7.) Artists who try to make music for the general public and make more money are usually seen as “sell-outs.” Do you see it that way and if so, what do you plan to do to make sure you make music that is true to your brand and make a good living at the same time without having to “sell out”?
Listen, I don’t believe in selling out, and if your supporters do, then they really don’t want what is best for you, right?! You have to grow, and part of that is reaching more and more people. That’s the way it works, and those that don’t like it are usually just insecure in their own existence anyway.
8.) When you do music, what would you like your listeners to get out of your music?
I want to see them have a great time, or a cathartic moment, or share a wonderful memory with friends.