Artist Interview: “Favorite” by Sharod Virtuoso

Q: I am always curious about the artist’s upcoming. Was there a specific person or event that inspired you to be a part of the music industry?

SHAROD: To be honest, I can’t recall any one specific person or event that inspired me to pursue music seriously. It was more so a culmination of different events & encounters that led to that. Mostly just timely affirmations along the way that were there to simply reassure me that I was headed in the right direction.


Q: What was your favorite moment creating “Favorite”? 

SHAROD: My favorite moment of creating and songwriting in general is always the first initial spark; that first genuine stream of consciousness that makes the creative process so much fun and fulfilling. When I’m sitting there just writing and coming up with melodies, swapping pieces in and out to see what fits and what works. That will always be my favorite part of the creative process. Going through the final stages and polishing it towards that final product that you share with the world is definitely fun as well, but there’s something special about that first spark that gets you started

Q: What instruments do you play? What’s an instrument that you would like to learn? 

SHAROD: I play piano, keyboards, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, and bass guitar, with the lead guitar being my main instrument. I just recently bought a ukelele because I’ve been wanting to learn it, just to add to the repertoire really. At some point in life, maybe when I slow down and have a little more time, I’d like to learn how to play harp also. That’s always been a very magical instrument to me.

Q: My favorite part of making music is experimenting with different sounds! What is something you haven’t incorporated into your music but want to?

SHAROD: Well, I guess it would be the ukelele right now. As I’m learning it my desire to start writing songs with it has increased honestly. I’m not there yet cause I’m still learning, but at some point, I definitely have to sit down and start figuring that out. I’d love to write some R&B records on ukelele, simply because I haven’t heard it done yet. So we’ll see.

Q: As an artist, what are some challenges you had to overcome to get to where you are in your musical journey?

SHAROD: As an artist, the biggest challenges for me have been much of the same struggles that most if not all independent artists face; The trials and errors that come with trying to promote your own material before anyone really knows it or believes in it. Getting past that first initial stage of insecurity and self-doubt, just to believe in yourself enough to want to share your art with the world in this way, to have enough confidence in yourself that you think people will eventually like it and gravitate to the records. That’s a huge ordeal in itself. I think another one is how you sustain that; Cause even once you get there you still have to keep it going and allow it to mature over time. The same level of motivation and inspiration that you started with may not be enough to carry you through the journey. So I think that it’s important to keep that in mind and grow it over time.

Q: What are you doing when you are NOT making music? 

SHAROD: Mostly whenever I’m not doing music actively, I’m just enjoying the downtime. I travel and take regular vacations, and I spend time with my family, friends, and loved ones. I play video games, and I watch a lot of basketball. Like A LOT, I’m a bit of a fanatic lol But yeah, I think it’s important to have that balance and time to let your ears recalibrate, prevent burnout, and all of that good stuff.

Interviewed by Alina Tran





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