We had the good fortune of connecting with KeySlayer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi KeySlayer, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
It goes along with being a self employed musician. The entire business is patterned for self employment.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
With a formal classical piano education, I felt a need musically to evolve. Liberace was an influence because he featured the Piano exclusively combining classical and pop music with personality. Then, I heard this new artist, Elton John. His piano based records had entire orchestras with pop/rock arrangements. Early on, my arrangements were quite daring for the lounges. They contained more flourishes, arpeggios and dynamics than the stereotypical piano player. “Hey, you can’t play it that way!”, “You shouldn’t play like Liberace.” etc…Quite a few of my co-musicians were not receptive as well. Change was happening, it was called KeySlayer. However, with the musical controversary, I continued to play for a living and full time. Ambitious, I pursued every opportunity to play piano in public. I could play the piano onsite or bring my own digital piano. Sometimes, causing work because of the portability. Steady gigs, banquets, parties, weddings, radio, tv, print, contests, bands, orchestras, symphony, song contests, radio stunts playing on a street corner, got shut down by Police for causing too much of a crowd on a downtown San Diego street corner etc…It was never easy. Challenges: Made up reasons to visit Agent(s) offices. Bringing publicity materials and standing at their desks, I would read contracts while they were reviewing the materials. Since the contracts were upside down, quickly looking for the pricing helped determine my price for a job when asked. Challenges: Get it in writing and get a deposit for the job. World: KeySlayer – Slayin’ Those 88s!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Classical Piano Teachers after my Mother: Lilian Simpson and Charles Slagley for intermediate studies. For advanced studies, well known Ilana Mysior and Sherman Storr. Sherman Storr for his added composition skills and professional performance career aka “Scorpio.”
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Liberace’s Mirrored Piano By Moments of Your Life Photography – Elton John’s RED PIANO By FOX6 TV San Diego