Mree is the angelic voiced multi- instrumentalist gracing YouTube with her presence, gaining almost 100,000 subscribers.
She tells us what challenges she faces in the music industry and why YouTube is working for her.
Being a YouTube Singing Star
What was it that drew you into the world of YouTube?
As an introvert, I was excited to be able to share my true self with the world in a comfortable way.
You’ve made a decision to focus on sharing your music on YouTube – why did you do that?
It’s one of the more interactive ways to share content, being able to read and respond to comments right on my videos.
What are some tips you would want to give singers who are posting for the first time about how the YouTube process works?
It was (and is) essential for me to engage in the YouTube community when I first started. I commented on videos I liked and to people who were also starting out in order to give and receive support.
Your videos look great – what equipment do you use? And what tips would you have for people who don’t have that equipment?
Thanks! I film on a Canon T2i and edit in Sony Vegas. If you don’t have access to this kind of equipment, not to worry – just use what you have! Cellphone video quality is getting better and better, and use any video editing software to get the job done (iMovie, Movie Maker, etc.)
Being a Female Singer-Guitarist-Looper
What challenges do you face as a singer who plays guitar?
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love it. It makes me feel empowered to be able control a song and suspend an audience using a single instrument, written words, and a voice. But if I had to be picky, there are a couple things that irk me from time to time…
I think, as a young female playing guitar and singing/writing songs in this industry, there is a general expectation that we are/should be doe-eyed, easily impressed and somewhat cutesy… That we don’t really know what we’re doing, or what gear to use, and that we need advice and help in our career.
That’s not at all to say that we’re big headed, and don’t appreciate advice, assistance, or collaboration in the right context. But when it’s a reoccurring theme, it can be a bit annoying when someone tries to “teach you a lesson or two” when you might be farther along in your career than they are.
It just makes me want to work harder to show other girls that we don’t have to be boxed in by that. Let’s get more female artists, producers and engineers in this industry!
What’s the biggest lesson you have learned about the music industry?
To take things with a grain of salt. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten excited about a feature, placement, a deal, etc. only to have it fall through. For me, the important part is to keep pressing on. If I stay true to myself and my art, more opportunities are bound to come up, maybe even better than the ones that didn’t quite fit at the time.
How do you deal with knock backs?
If I’m feeling a little bummed about a performance, a negative comment, or a song not coming out the way I want it to, it can be really easy to spiral in a heavy cloud of pessimism. I remind myself that everyone I’ve ever looked up to has had their share of low moments. They may seem like perfect artists, but that’s because they don’t emphasize what goes on behind the curtain. You don’t usually see their struggle or the garbage can of mediocre ideas, but knock backs are experienced by everyone.
Nothing kills a creative dream like fear of failure, so sometimes I give myself permission to be a beginner, and the freedom to look silly.
This one time, on stage…
I was looping a section for my song, Lift Me Up, when someone’s scooter fell on a drum kit and made a huge BOOM on the kick drum! Unfortunately, it made its way into my mic and into the loop BUT… it was magically, perfectly in time!
Mree is an experimental folk artist who records and produces her own music and films her videos with stunning visual result. She is a multi-instrumentalist whose voice is described as “angelic” with lyrics portraying a depth beyond her twenty-one years of age.