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Exclusive interview with Timal Garnier

Timal Garnier is a singer-songwriter-rapper. Timal Garnier has been playing the boards of the Capital region and Quebec for a while now. Multi-instrumentalist, his main instrument is the guitar but also bass, drums and keys. 

We had an opportunity to interview Timal Garnier, and here is what he had to say.

 

  1. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

 

Timal Garnier- “I didn’t choose this career path”, music has always been part of my life. I was introduced to music at a young age, my father was a music lover and liked to play guitar and bongos. I was always around artistry like poetry and dance. All those experiences made me realise that I was an artist and needed to express myself in an art form. Being from Haitian background I was surrounded by compa music, salsa and bachata. Pop music like Michael Jackson was present on tv and radio and was a huge influence too. I started playing guitar at 8-year-old, and right away I was composing songs. I had many bands in my teens and evolved in the punk rock scene. This is where I craft my instruments. Learning with Grunge and rap music. After high school, I went to Montreal to study sound design assisted by computers. There, I learned many facets of the industry. But me, I just do music for the love of the art. I’m passionate and I’m trying to transmit a message to denounce and claim some problems of the society.

 

  1. Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

 

Timal Garnier- I cherish every moment of the journey; I have a lot of good memories and more to come. But there is one thing that was very interesting to me. 2 years ago, I performed on the main stage in a Big summer festival in Québec. Alongside big names in the industry. The view from the stage was breathtaking. I had the crowd in the front, the river by my side and the sunset in the background. I’ll keep this picture in my mind forever. I invited five local artists to share the stage with me. Giving them time on my set so they can be seen as well. The backstage experience was awesome, meeting and networking with all the people. That was a great experience and I’m grateful for it.

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  1. Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Timal Garnier- A lot of funny things happened when I started. From dropping my guitar, forgetting the lyrics to not knowing what to do on stage. Or just trusting the wrong people, ending up with funny situations. All mistakes make you learn something. I learned to not take yourself too seriously but at the same time to be prepared, on your guard and to have a backup for every situation. 

 

  1. What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Timal Garnier- I’m working on my “Turquoise” 6th album with my producer Quest at Dreamland studios. It will be featuring a lot of artists as usual. At the same time, I’m very excited about an EP I’m doing with an artist called Adrixn. This one will have a different flavor.

 

  1. Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Timal Garnier- I once was approached by a Poland artist named “Angela” to do a collaboration. We did two songs together and a video. All that being in our respective countries. What was the most interesting for me is that the project was trilingual, Poland, English and French.

  1. Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

  • Timal Garnier- Keep your circle small and don’t fall into drama that people want to drag you in. keep your energy on your craft. Focus on the work and people that love you for who you are and not for what you can bring them. Be humble and grateful to people. Don’t take anything for granted and keep working even when you gain.

 

  1. You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure? 
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Timal Garnier- Protect your peace of mind at any cost. Meditating is a good way to keep you balanced. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Its never too late. You can start anything any time. But just know that you have to give in order to have something back. You have to give time, money, sweat and tears. Just know that before so you won’t be disappointed or surprised. You have to embrace failures and switch them in lessons that you can use in the future.

  1. Can you share with our readers any self care routines, practices or treatments that you do to help your body, mind or heart to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.

Timal Garnier- I have done push-ups every morning since I was a teenager. The number of push-ups is determined by my age that year. Also, I train 5 days a week. I got a bodyweight routine that doesn’t take more than 30 min. I don’t eat a lot of meat and cut off all the dairy in my diet. I try to spend more energy that I take in.

 

  1. What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Timal Garnier- People will try to bring you down. Because they only can see their limitations in you. In the mindset of “if I can’t do it, you can’t do it”. You have to prove people wrong.

Don’t expect from people, so you won’t be disappointed.

Don’t wait for people, don’t let them slow you down.

Don’t trust people, don’t try to please everyone.

 

  1. Can you please give us your favorite  “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Timal Garnier- “If you believe in yourself, anything is possible”

 

  1. None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
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Timal Garnier- Since I started my “TURQUOISE” project, things started to be going to another level. I’m so grateful and thankful to work with the super producer Quest from Dreamlandstudios. We are actually working on our 6th project together and multiple side projects. I have another person that I want to thank is John John. videographer/rapper, he’s part of my team/ formula that brought me to where I am today. He was my videographer before my Turquoise project and he is the branding behind my videos.  I always kept the same team.

 

  1. You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement  that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

Timal Garnier- I would start a movement of love and tolerance. I know it sounds utopic but I’m really a believer in the power of love. I would like to elevate the minds so people can realize the right way it takes to live in harmony with no fear or evil ways.

 

  1. We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

Timal Garnier- I Would love to meet Michael Jordan the goat. I was a die hard fan when he was playing till today. I don’t even own one pair of Jordan’s. I was a fan of the game and the discipline that brought him success.  He has always been a big inspiration for the consistency and the work ethic. I would like to know more of his tips that no one knows.

 

14 How can our readers follow you online?

Timal Garnier- You can follow me at Timal Garnier on Instagram, Spotify, Youtube, Facebook and Tiktok. You guys can also reach me on twitter at TimalOfficial. My albums are available on every streaming platform.

 

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Exclusive Interview With Dante Williamson

Today we had an exclusive chance to interview Dante Williamson.

Who is Dante Williamson? Sounds unfamiliar? How does he intend to make an impact with music? Read more to find out about the rare and talented musician.

QUESTIONS: 

What would you do differently if you were starting in your industry now?

I would strategize better and seek more insight from artists I know currently in the industry. Learning from other’s stories and miscalculations might’ve helped me from falling into the same traps.

What 3 things does anyone starting in your industry need to know?

–   Do what makes you happy and sounds good!

–   Build your fanbase.

–  Think big picture and keep the main thing, the main thing.

Which people or books have had the most influence on your growth and why?

My friends WHOISJORDAN, Beau Collins, Canon and my dad have influenced me tremendously. They keep it real and never beat around the bush. They’re all very knowledgeable in their own respect, providing an array of perspectives and insightful alternatives.

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What has been your biggest success story and why do you think it was a success?

My biggest success story is my highest streamed song, “Wanna Be With U”. I had no expectations for the song’s success and didn’t think it would do the numbers it’s done. I am very proud of that record!


What would you say is the #1 key to success in your music career?

Don’t go the easy route and be yourself! Real fans and friends can hear the authenticity in your art when you’re honest.

Talk about the biggest failure you’ve had. What did you learn from it?

The biggest failure I’ve ever had is not taking more risks early on because I cared too much on people’s opinions. I was a little too reserved, listening to what others said I should do. I learned to stop putting value into other people’s opinions of me and the moves I make because it’s not their career— it’s mine.

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What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

God, my wife Erin, and my family. They speak truth to me when I need it most and remind me to push through.

What made you pursue being an artist full-time?

My love for creativity and competition. I love making new sounds and experimenting when I’m in the studio. It’s almost like a high. Music is such a beautiful language, and I enjoy venturing through its endless maze.

Would you sign to a label?

If it was the right deal and situation, possibly. It must make sense! Some artists I know have taken that route and are still paying the consequences. The industry can be skeptical. Keep your eyes open!

What projects are you working on for the rest of 2022?

I’m working on my EP “sadhappy!” plan on releasing it early 2023. It will be feature heavy with lots of different sounding tunes and melodies.

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How can our readers follow you online?

My website— dantewilliamson.com

Instagram— danteswelly

Twitter— danteswelly

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Exclusive Interview With Rising Sensation Jarred Brown

Jarred Brown

Hello Jarred Brown, Thanks for Coming To Honk Magazine To Talk About Your Music Career.

Let’s start off by introducing yourself, you know the basics like name, age, where you’re from. As much or little as you’re comfortable sharing.

I’m Jarred Brown AKA Horizon Wake an RnB/Pop artist currently based out of London, Ontario. I found my introduction into music as a child in Toronto, Canada where I taught myself to play guitar and started singing for my rock band when nobody else wanted to do it. 

Talk me through your creative process.

My creative process is in large part a collaborative effort with my long time friend and producer Jesgee Beats. Typically I’ll start off with an idea that’s usually inspired by some kind of life event, a memory, or sometimes even a dream. 

I’ll take that and it usually comes along with a melody and basic lyrics that most of the time end up becoming the foundation for the hook section. Lately I’ve been recording vocals, guitar, bass, or a combination of the three and sending/taking them over to Jesgee where we work together to transform it into what you hear in my releases. The pandemic played a big role in shaping our current process and actually strengthened our ability to work together. We began working online during quarantine and at some points I was even recording demos from my car before I was able to get my home studio up and running. We still continue to start most of our work through discord.

How do you solve productivity/scheduling problems and reduce overwhelming situations?

Productivity and scheduling typically isn’t a huge issue for me at this stage but I do find that when situations begin to get a little overwhelming or there is a lack of productivity being direct is a huge help. This industry is collaborative by nature. I’m responsible for the music while someone else takes care of videos or mixing, or whatever else needs to be done to take the music where it needs to go. I learned over time that being direct, keeping open communication, and taking charge of the scheduling or whatever other issue is the key. Set deadlines and communicate them firmly.

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What’s the best advice you ever received concerning music?

I’ve received a lot of good advice over the years and I think the best advice given to me regarding music creation is to not get comfortable and don’t let genre box you in. I find that a lot of new artists will approach writing/producing new music in a way that is almost like a cookie cutter style where they take something that someone else in the genre has done well and replicate it over and over. 

Sometimes artists feel like they can’t write a certain lyric or use a certain instrument or melody because it doesn’t sound RnB or Hip Hop. This kind of thinking crushes creativity. Artists should keep experimenting and evolving. Otherwise how do we grow and improve?

What is still your biggest challenge?

For me I’d say my biggest challenge is knowing when a song is complete. I can sometimes be a bit of a perfectionist or judge myself a bit too harshly before releasing a project. It’s really easy to overthink or keep making tweaks to your songs past the point where you should. Knowing when to take time away really helps and getting a second opinion from people you trust to give honest feedback goes a long way.

What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?

Don’t rely on the wrong people. If I could go back to the day I started I’d push myself to record everything as often as possible and to make connections with people that are just as passionate as I am. Starting out I formed a lot of relationships with people who just weren’t in music for the long-term. So many people have so much potential but lose the drive to keep pushing. I don’t think I can ever stop making music. For some of us it is a part of who we are. Find those people and push forward together or learn how to do as much as you can for yourself so you aren’t slowed down by others.

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If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

There are so many amazing artists that I would love to perform with or open up for. To be honest I’m a huge fan of Post Malone. I’m incorporating more guitar in my music and performances. I think we could rock out together.  

What are you focusing your time on now?

Right now I’m focussing my time on developing my new sound and releasing an EP. I’ve had a shift where I’m blending my RnB sound with more pop and rock elements to better suit my musical background. I plan on having the EP for release in November and it’ll be much more pop influenced than what I’ve released previously.

I’ve got a new song about a bad relationship called “Young Girl Games” featuring Coobie and Golden G dropping on September 30th.

How do you currently feel about the state of Hip-hop in general?

I think hip-hop is in a really cool spot. Over the past few years it’s really grown and become integrated deeply into the mainstream. Most modern pop music has more than a few hip-hop elements where there never would have been before. 

Growing up I remember my mom throwing out my Eminem CDs and not understanding rap music as art. Now she listens to a lot of the same things that I do. I think now more than ever we have the ability to experiment with our production in the hip-hop space. We’re blurring the lines between genres. I think its awesome.

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What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

When things get tough in the industry there are 2 things that usually keep me going. I love when other artists or fans reach out on social media to let me know how much they vibe with my work. It helps to keep me pushing on and often times can even shift my mood to increase in productivity. I also really enjoy having conversations with them and hearing the music they make or connecting with them in general. 

So I really encourage my fans to feel comfortable sending DMs on instagram or TikTok so we can connect. I can’t always respond to everyone right away but I try to do as much as I can. Secondly, I take a break from whatever is stressing me out for a while. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the responsibilities and forget why you make music in the first place. I won’t ever stop creating because it’s an outlet for me. When the stresses become too much I take a step back and just create for the love of creating. It’s important to take breaks and give yourself some breathing room to keep it fun.

How can our readers follow you online?

Follow me on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube @HorizonWake. My music is available on all major platforms so head over to wherever you get your music from and search Horizon Wake.

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