“You Can Do Better, Always” With Recording Artist Shane Hendrix
I had the pleasure of interviewing Shane (Sepp) Hendrix. Shane started his professional singing career after competing on The Voice in his native county Belgium. His battle singing Marving Gaye from Charlie Puth went viral and has over 13 Million views and counting, it is until today the most watched battle from The Voice on youtube.
Thank you so much for joining us. What is your “backstory”?
I started to sing at the age of approximately 8. I did musical theater; a leading role as Oliver in the musical Oliver. My professional music career began after I competed on The Voice Belgium where my battle Marvin Gaye went viral on Youtube. Got signed right after The Voice, joined a band called The Fourth Kingdom & now two years later I released my debut single Sorry I Can’t Stay as a solo artist.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?
A fan of mine started to photoshop pictures of me with her on it & it kinda looked like she was my girlfriend, it was funny & scary at the same time :)
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I recorded a single together with Nicky Minaj, that was a great experience, and making music in general is always fun to do, I love making music.
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
I met Trey Songz at his concert & he was a chill guy with good advice. I just met Meg Donnely from the Disney Movie Zombies, and she was great to hang out with. Debbie Rowe (mom of Paris & Prince Jackson) became a close friend, I can tell her anything.
Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?
Michael Jackson inspired me with his music & dance moves, he was a complete entertainer, I was a big fan.
And of course people who have made history , Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama … the major ones.
Can you share 6 “non-intuitive tips” to succeed in the music industry? Can you explain?
Oh wow, that’s not an easy one but I will share what I go by
1.Believe in yourself
2.Believe in your team
4.Never quit or give up
5.Be the best artist you can be
6.Always leave room for improvement.
& 7 :) one more, interact with your fans, without them you are nothing
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Since I am a starting artist I can improve a lot on that, but as soon as I can share my success with people in need I definitely will.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
1. Always listen to what experienced people in the music business have to say
My manager was really hard with me at first and always said you can do better, always. And I go by it.
2.That it is a hard industry
A lot of things to keep in mind
3. Being away a lot from family & friends
I learned that the hard way by living in the US for about a year now
4.Being a artist is not just to sing
5. That You need to be on top of your game each & every day
I have been blessed with the opportunity to interview and be in touch with some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment. 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 just might see this.
I would love to talk about music with The Weeknd , pick his brain :)