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Artist Highlight – Victor Perry

This week, TNSA highlights Singer-Songwriter, Victor Perry. Victor recently moved to New York City and is working on new music to share with the world. His debut EP, "4 A.M. Nostalgia", was released in 2016. Read below to learn more about Victor and his continued journey in the music industry!

Victor Perry

Victor Perry | Singer | Songwriter | Producer | @perksofbeingvictor

  1. Are you currently working a day job? If yes, can you say where? Yes! I’m currently working at Leadership Prep Brownsville Middle Academy in Brownsville, Brooklyn. I’m an Assistant Teacher. The school is a part of the Uncommon Schools Charter. I actually just moved to NYC 2 months ago and I can say this has so far been one incredible experience!
  1. What is your favorite way to feed your spirit (i.e. stay inspired) during slower periods in your artistic life? Being that I’m still very new to the city, I haven’t had time yet to begin working on my artistic goals and visions, so during this time, I’ve begun to discover other artists that are either in a similar place or a few steps ahead and I’ve begun to digest what they have to offer artistically. There’s so much talent. It’s beautiful.
  1. Do you think the term “starving artist” is still valid today? Why or Why not? Yes, of course it is. I think it will always be a term that can be applied to just about anyone in any walk of life they choose to take. For me, the term means “hard-work” or “actively seeking” to find work. As artists, we are always starving. Whether it’s starving to write a great song, book a performance or find your niche audience, we’re steadily starving towards something.

Victor Perry

  1. Who are your 3 biggest artistic inspirations and WHY? Great question! I’m constantly finding new things to be inspired by. At this point in my career, I’d say Whitney Houston, Mikky Ekko and Coldplay. Those three artists are most definitely helping me continue to “define” what it is that I feel when I’m either writing a song or performing it.
  1. Do you believe that struggle (of any kind) is a necessary part of every artist’s journey? Why or why not? I do. My best music (from a personal viewpoint) has come from a place of confusion – a place of struggle, and in turn has continued to help capture what it is that I set out to do with my music. As an artist, the most beautiful thing that we all share is a journey. Each journey is different, with different obstacles and different successes; while still being broken down to one singular aspect: a journey. I need struggle. Nothing worth fighting for should ever come too easy.
  1. Have you ever quit a “real job” for an artistic gig? Thankfully, I haven’t had to.

Victor Perry

  1. What is your favorite project you’ve worked on, so far? 4 A.M. Nostalgia, my debut EP, is my favorite project by default because it was my first time creating something in its entirety. From the writing/production of the songs, to the album artwork and styling of the project, and [down] to the marketing/campaigning – it all was orchestrated by [me]; what I felt was necessary at the time.
  1. What are you currently working on? After releasing my debut EP, I began to reach out to producers from all around the world and ended up meeting this one guy from the UK who is absolutely incredible. He has a beautiful way of landscaping his music with organic and authentic live instruments while keeping it very soulful and soothing. We’ve worked on about 6 songs and will be releasing a project together as a band later this year. I can’t wait to share it. It’s definitely an evolution from my debut.

Victor Perry

  1. What was the very first step you took to become a professional artist? How would you advise those working to become professional and/or full-time in your same artistic field? The true and only first step I think any artist should take when wanting to become a professional artist (as it relates to me, a vocalist/singer-songwriter) is to have a product. If that’s just a single or a collection of songs like an EP, it’s very important to have a product. I can’t tell you how successful I’ve been and how many doors have opened for me because I had a product to share. Many producers are looking for writers, singers, and even [additional] producers, but they need to hear what you have to offer. While it is powerful to be able to tell someone, “I’m a great vocalist”; that won’t necessarily get you to the next step [of being] in the studio if you don’t have product. We live in a world where having something tangible is a standard protocol. I can recall during 2014-2015, I’d reach out and email producers about wanting work and I’d fall short and receive little to no response because I lacked a product. As soon as I had a product in 2016, I emailed some of the same producers (and more) and received so many responses and to this day, I’m now having to decline work because I have so many opportunities presented to me. That’s when I [finally] felt like a professional artist.
  1. If you could change one thing about the way the world treats and/or perceives artists, what would it be? I would want the world to give everyone a fair chance. So many times, we get settled in our ways and settled in what we’ve come to appreciate and often times, ignore what others can bring. I do understand familiarity will always play its role in deciding if you like an artist, but to simply write someone off because they sound [too much] like someone else or can’t possibly co-exist with this other artist because this artist is considered “great, iconic or legendary” is problematic. The world is BIG enough for everyone to find their place and to find their way.
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