An Interview w/ Drew Tabor

Drew Tabor is a 19 year old singer-songwriter currently living in LA. Although she has always loved music, it wasn’t until a few years ago when she began posting videos on youtube that she thought about making it into a career. Starting out by uploading covers of her favorite songs, she eventually branched out to share her original music. Her unique charm paired with the amazing connection she has with her viewers has lead to her videos racking up over 18.5 million views total. Aside from youtube, Drew has been working hard to record her original songs. Her new 4 song EP, “Bright Lights & Cheap Shots”, is now out on iTunes. 

Moving forward, Drew plans to record a full-length album as well as play more live shows to connect with more “Drewbies”. Not looking for 15 minutes of fame, Drew is committed to having a long-lasting career and making a name for herself in the music industry.

What made you decide to start posting on Youtube?

I basically started posting youtube videos out of boredom. In high school I didn’t have a lot of friends so I’d spend my 

Friday

 nights singing in my room and making videos. I was also really inspired by other youtube musicians because they made me realize that you don’t need a record label to be a singer. I was really intrigued by the idea of being able to do everything on my own. Somehow, in the past 4 years it’s turned from a random hobby into a complete obsession!

What was your strategy in creating your 

fan-base

 and obtaining your followers?

For a long time, I didn’t really have a strategy. It wasn’t until after about a year of posting videos that it actually occurred to me that there were certain things I could do to get more views. I obviously try to sing newer, more popular songs but I think the most important thing is to be unique. There are so many people singing online that it can be difficult to step out from the crowd. I try to make sure that each video I do offers something fresh and interesting. It’s also SUPER important to build a close relationship with the people who watch your videos so I always interact with and respond to as many people as possible.

How has being a part of the Youtube community affected your music and career thus far?

It has basically given me a music career. If it wasn’t for youtube I don’t think I would have ever discovered my passion for singing. It’s allowed me to grow as an artist and to share what I do with people all around the world. When it comes to my career, almost everything that I’ve done up until this point has been because of youtube. 

What inspires the songs you write?

Writing songs is one of my favorite things ever so I constantly get inspired by all sorts of things. I used to just write about my feelings and my experiences but I got bored of that so I’ve been trying to branch out. I really like writing about other peoples lives/feelings and the things I see. I’ve discovered that I’m pretty tuned in to other peoples emotions so that’s something that definitely inspires my writing. 

Who are you listening to right now?

I know it’s really random but I’ve actually been listening to a lot of Elvis lately. As far as more current music, I’ve really been loving Jessie Ware and The Neighbourhood. The new Daft Punk album is also pretty awesome! My taste in music is all over the place. I really do love a little bit of everything!

What are you currently working?

Right now I’m just kind of deciding what I want to do next. I have tons of songs that have yet to be recorded so I’ll definitely be back in the studio soon. I’d also really love to play more live shows. In the past, my main focus has been on youtube/online stuff but I think it would be fun to perform more.

What’s your next step? Where do you see your music heading?

One of my short-term goals is to record a full album. I’ve done a couple EP’s in the past but I’d really love to have a larger body of work. I also think that I’m going to switch up my musical style a little bit. A lot of my previous work has been has had a lot of production on it so I want to try going for a more stripped down sound. I’m still trying to find myself as an artist and figure out what type of music I want to make but I think I’d like to have some recordings more similar to the acoustic sound on my youtube videos. Other than that, I guess I’ll just have to see where life takes me :P

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