A few apartments away from mine there is an old man who sings and practices singing everyday for approximately 2-3 hours. He makes me remember why there are so many artists out in the musicsphere that never make it. He makes me look at artists who released their last creation about 6 months or more ago, and he reminds me of why the industry is in disarray, and how we are stuck here with so many delusional artists who feel entitled to a shot at the big show without an inkling of what it truly takes to get there.
Whenever I meet an aspiring singer, I always ask them how long they have been singing and if they have any formal training, but the most important question for me to ask them is: how many hours a day to you practice signing? Until this day I have not been surprised by anyone’s answer because it’s mostly an uncomfortable gulp and the same four-lettered word—none. Being in the music industry and seeing so many hopefuls come and go, it naturally has made me lean towards the truer talents that exist out there rather than the dreamers. Don’t get me wrong, I am still one of the biggest dreamers of them all, but I have learned that without hard work it is extremely rare to make it in any field. This is why this morning I gravitated towards the young and talented Tali Kouch (pronounced koosh).
Tali Kouch is a Toronto based singer, producer, writer and overall true artist. Within her vocals and the placement of her tones at the perfect distances from the microphone, one can instantly tell that she has been singing for quite some time. She describes her own production on “The Moon Is My Witness” as: “a funky blend of saxophone, drums, and other sounds”, where I would describe it as a jazzy blend of smooth R&B with angelically soulful vocals that spurt sonic honey into one’s ears.
This morning I gravitated towards the unassuming artist with the subtle masterpiece hidden under her arm whom humbly works hard at something she loves rather than the narcissistically entitled dabblers and hobbyists of music, pretending that they work hard when their last song was months, if not years ago. I’m kind of sick of people that release music under their own personal agendas rather than the art, love, and honest passion for it.
Break a leg, Tali.