Eclipse Recording Studio’s very own Shayla Nelson sat down with us and answered some questions about her love of music.
Shayla Nelson is an aspiring artist in Northeast Florida who is well known in the downtown scene of St. Augustine. Her skills as a musician are highlighted at every gig she plays, and she continues to blow people away every time she steps up to the microphone. She has been dedicated to music since she was young as she has been playing the piano for 9 years and singing ever since she was little. Recently being taught how to play Ukulele and Guitar, she is constantly trying to improve her skills as a musician and we were lucky enough to sit down and ask her some questions.
As a musician, who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration as a musician would have to be a good friend of mine, Zan Llaneza. I’ve never met anyone with such an ambition for life and music as Zan. He inspires me to be a better person and a stronger performer.
When did you begin writing music?
I began writing music when I was 12 years old.
How old were you when you recorded your first song?
I recorded my first song only a few months ago, which was in July. At the time I was 17.
From your experience playing around St. Augustine, where is your favorite place to perform and why?
My favorite place to perform in St. Augustine is Flavor’s Eatery because it’s such a relaxing atmosphere for me, I feel so comfortable and at home. The employees are very friendly towards me and I just love playing there.
What do you enjoy most about being a musician? What do you dislike most?
One thing I dislike the most about being a musician is when I don’t get the turnout I expected. Some performances are rough, but the bad nights just make the other ones so much better. One thing I enjoy most about being a musician is seeing how people react to my music. I’ll play a song that I happen to like, and they just become so into the music. Just seeing those people react and hearing them sing along is just so rewarding, because it makes me feel like I’m doing something right.
What is your goal for this year? What is your long-term dream?
My goal for this year is to gain even more exposure. I will be starting college in 2020 and my aim is to balance my music with my job, studies, and social life. I also want to record more of my original songs and expand my gigs/taste in music. My long-term dream is that I graduate college with a degree in marketing so that I’m able to brand myself as a musician. I want to be independent in my career as well as in a band. I believe I can go somewhere with my talent, and I want that dream to continue throughout my life.
What advice would you have for someone who is trying to follow in your footsteps?
For someone trying to follow in my footsteps, I would advise that they should create a press kit to show managers when wanting to perform in a venue. This step has opened so many doors for me, and I really feel that it’s a very crucial part of getting yourself out there and spreading the word.
We are very proud of the growth we have seen in Shayla over the years and we thank her for answering our questions. If you want to check out any of her new music or see where she will be playing soon, check out her Facebook here. Or, check out her new single “Bring Down the House” on Youtube here.