Bello Winter Music Mentors Share Advice For Musos In The Early Stages Of Their Careers

8 July 2019 | 9:05 am | Staff Writer

Returning in 2019, Bello Winter Music’s Mentorship Program pairs up young emerging performers with established artists on the festival line-up for some one-on-one time rehearsing, performing and just talking. This year the mentors helping to encourage the aspiring talent are Hat Fitz & Cara, The Maes, Claire Anne Taylor and Joe Newton. We asked them to share an early piece of career advice that they've continued to follow through to this day.

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Claire Anne Taylor

“I remember a dear friend of mine said to me right before I went on stage once: 'Knock 'em alive!' These days when I play live shows, I often hear his voice in my head right before I step on stage and it reminds me of the job I am going out there to do and the energy and emotion I am trying to bring out in my audience.”

Joe Newton

“Thinking back can be a blur sometimes, though the first piece of advice I remember was when I was 12... And it was ‘Try to finish a whole song.’ That one definitely stuck with me. Though I think the best advice that struck a chord with me was from Jimi Hendrix when I was 15. I remember reading it in a magazine. It's all about patience and persistence. I remember reading: ‘You have to stick with it. Sometimes, you are going to be so frustrated you want to give up the guitar, you'll hate the guitar. But all of this is just a part of learning, because if you stick with it, you're going to be rewarded.’”

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Hat Fitz & Cara

Cara: "Be inspired by others, learn from your mentors and don't forget to sing, perform [and] write from your own heart."

Fitzy: "‘If the note does not feel right don't play it.’ That was from my father...”

The Maes

“This advice came from Luke Plumb, who produced our first record Housewarming. He said to us very early on that you will never be happy in your music career if you compare it to other people’s. You are always going to be surrounded by people who are more proficient, accomplished or successful than you are from your optic and you are only going to be happy with yourself as an artist if you are only comparing your growth to yourself.”