Tell us your name and a little about yourself.
My name is Ian Guerin. I am an RnB/Pop recording artist, songwriter, and producer who has been making music since the age of 9. I stepped into the scene professionally in 2010 with the release of my debut single ‘Bubblegum’ and my debut album ‘Madsexy,’ dropped August 29, 2012, in honor of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, who is my biggest influence.
In 2014, I crossed over from Top 40 Pop to R&B/Pop because I felt the genre fit my lyrics, my sound, and my physical & personal style better, though I don’t think the music in my newest release [Irreplaceable, out March 22nd, 2019] is bounded by a genre.
Since 2014, I’ve won 9 BEAT 100 Awards in the United Kingdom and Akademia Award for Best R&B Soul Song for my single ‘Cry’ in the United States. I’ve also topped the BEAT 100 U.K. World Chart three times with my singles, ‘Pop This Jam,’ ‘Free Time,’ and ‘Roll the Dice;’ two of which are singles from my New Album “Irreplaceable.”
Side note: If I hadn’t been in music, I would’ve loved to be an FBI agent.
What exactly does your company do?
I’m currently focusing all my efforts on promoting my new album “Irreplaceable” because it’s more than just love songs put together in a body of work. To me, it’s the journey of becoming the man put into song, and I want the message behind these songs to get across so that people going through the things I had to go through know that there’s a better tomorrow.
What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?
The biggest challenges I have faced were overcoming the anxiety and fear that my OCD caused so that I could really be able to see the growth I have experienced. Then I had the budget issue, which I solved getting a content creation side-job, and then, once the album was created, exposure was the hardest obstacle. The internet has given everyone the chance to expose their art so it’s harder to jump off the page or even to shine a light on my project. But I never gave up. I wrote about 100 emails a week to outlets that took unsolicited material. I spent hours looking for opportunities and never disregarded any. I decided to release singles so that the album wouldn’t age during my search. I released them on March 22 after two years of back and forth. I figured I had enough established contacts to make something out of it, and it was through a Canadian radio personality and friend whom I sent my music to my current PR team. I came for an album review and stayed for the incredible journey that I’m now on.
What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
I get this question a lot, however, I think of different answers every time. I would’ve liked to have been given any piece of advice that encouraged me to move forward in my career instead of advice that focused on trying to get me to change paths. I’ve previously said that the advice I would’ve liked was, “don’t listen to people who don’t believe you can make it or who think you need a plan B.” But I would’ve also liked someone to just encourage me and say, “You’ve got what it takes, you can do this, you just need to work harder, this is only a bad day.” The thing is, once I decided I was going to do this for life, I stopped listening to disbelievers and surrounded myself with people in the business who gave me great advice without pressuring me to do things I didn’t want to do. I was lucky to get that from Grammy winners and people who made it because it helped me a lot. But the one thing they never said was that “I had to consider not making it.” I think that’s another advice I would’ve liked to have been given, “Never, if for a moment, consider you’re not going to make it.” I think considering negative chances opens the door for them to happen. Another is, “Start now! Time is not of the essence, but don’t sit on your laurels, the sooner you start, the faster you’ll get there.”
Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?
Alongside Michael Jackson, Prince, Mariah Carey, Tony Bennett, Janet Jackson, Charlie Wilson, Diana Krall, Madonna, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Cher, Gloria Trevi & the Spice Girls, among plenty others, are some of the artists that have helped shape my musical persona. I can’t imagine what type of music I’d be doing if my grandmother hadn’t introduced me to Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain” at 7 years old and if I hadn’t been fascinated by the life story of Quincy Jones, Tommy Mottola, Ray Charles, and Mr. Bennett. Personally, my biggest living inspirations are my mom and my sister. They both came from a place of disbelief. My mother from a time where her father refused paying for her college because it was useless. She paid it herself and then became one of the first female executives in Latin America. My sister, stuck to her path and was unemployed for many years. She got a lot of heat from family, friends, and former colleagues for being a potential “nobody,” and she’s now in a better place than most of them.
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?
Most definitely my sister. There are countless people who’ve believed in me and helped me. My Aunt Mitzi Bennet, who discovered me at the of 9. My mom, who allowed me to drop college and then invested in my career, and supported me financially and emotionally every time I needed. My dad, who developed my website and some of my lyric videos. My first producer, Jacobo Martínez. My singing coach, Patrizcia Chiri. My current producer, Azhmir Vangort. Most recently, the amazing Dr. Jimmy Star. My current advisor, Aldo Jovan. My former advisor, Mr. Brent Fischer, BJ Lobermann III. Yet my sister has soldiered with me through recording sessions, music videos, and management. She went with my city to city and managed me even though she was equally broke and had no time or knowledge. She paid for my videos when she earned some money and connected me with her manager and talent when she had connections. In general, she’s soldiered through with me without doubting my talent and my chances, ever. She’s never once thought I wouldn’t make it.
What do you see as your greatest success in life?
Being able to live off of doing what I love. When you live off of what you love, you don’t work a day in your life. My biggest success to date is also “Irreplaceable,” my new album. I love its sound, it’s lyrics, it’s a message, and being able to share it with the world. It’s my biggest success because it’s taken me years of work to be able to get it there, and I never quit. I’m grateful that I never even thought of doing it once. It’s given me validation, drive, and purpose. I couldn’t ask for anything else.
How can people follow your journey? Please list your social media URLs
Spotify Artist Profile: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5NQNDXk2lTPFgUGiplKUo4?si=uzAGl4SMRxuoj6X9YDV3qA
iTunes/ Apple Album: https://music.apple.com › album › ir… Irreplaceable by Ian Guerin on Apple Music
New Album IRREPLACEABLE Streaming Services (Includes: Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube Music, Tidal, Google Play, Deezer, Amazon, iTunes & More) https://songwhip.com/album/ian-guerin/irreplaceable
YOUTUBE VEVO CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/user/IanGuerinVEVO/videos
Irreplaceable Album Announcement: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RYL0gv0svtw
Band Camp: https://ianguerin.bandcamp.com/