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INSPIRATION IS EVERYWHERE

Music Industry Expert Roxanne Akhter Discusses the Rewards of Her Chosen Path


Roxanne Akhter is a songwriter, composer, and producer who has been working in international studios for over nine years.


“I have about 10 songs that have been in film festivals around the world. I have won awards for my music and have had the pleasure of working with all kinds of talented musicians and singers,” she says.


How did you discover your passion for music?

I was raised around music all my life. I love all forms of music. I was an artistic roller skater in my youth. I began dancing in nightclubs and did some ballroom dancing as I got older. Freestyle is fun.


Who influenced you the most to become a musician?

Yanni. Once I learned I had a gift, I wanted to design international concerts.

Madonna . She did it on her own with very little money or support.

Mariah Carey who writes all her own music.

Dianne Warren writes movie soundtrack music.

Dolly Parton we share same rags to riches story.


What is music, in your view?

To me, music is therapy and connection.


After you decided to devote yourself to music, what happened? What were your first steps?

I first took some voice lessons. That led to writing 10 songs a day, arranging singers to sing in recitals, going to professional recording studios. and recording and mastering songs.



Is being a musician difficult?

Yes. Music is hard. Unless you have a label, you are doing 101 things for yourself, money is going out of your pocket, and you are producing until you figure out how to land a buck in concert venues. Also from movies, commercials and ads.


What is the most difficult part about devoting yourself to music?

Finding income from another job until you make it. If you're producing, you're producing everything. Taking criticism from family and friends they want best for you . They worry about success and finances.


What is the greatest satisfaction that comes from being a musician?

Hearing what you created. Watching musicians and singers grow when you give them projects. It’s like a family. Very rewarding. Hearing nice feed back on songs from listeners.


Where do you find inspiration?

Life. Everywhere. Ideas, beats, rhythms, stories, feelings, emotions, styles.


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What are your favorite music genres?

Adult contemporary, pop, R&B, African and Latin, gospel, jazz, blues, and everything rock. Country, Rock , everything.


In what projects are you currently involved?

My own 22-song production for concert venues, 2nd Fashion show in March , first art show in spring , book release and signing with future podcast , Biography of my life took over year writing.


What are you most grateful for in your profession?

Freedom and ownership of my music. Freedom to work on multiple projects, such as fashion shows or visual art gallery releases of paintings and photo work. The release of a bio, a book I spent a year on. In the future, producing movies. Music encompasses everything.


What's your dream, your ultimate goal? Do you feel like you're on the path to this goal, or do you feel as if you already achieved that dream?

I wish to soon have a book released to go along with my music. I am very spiritual. I have a story to tell. I want to help inspire many. I have universal message.



Being a musician attracts incredible experiences. Is there a story that you remember fondly and wish to share?

Producer and songwriter Maurice Starr was on the phone one evening. He was telling me about his experiences with New Kids on the Block and New Edition. That was cool.

Have many more stories. At another time.


What is your message for our Heart Of Hollywood audience?

Get ready for an amazing project coming with soundscapes like you haven’t really experienced yet. Something very cool is coming. And story that will rock Hollywood.


LISTEN TO ROXANNE’S MUSIC

YouTube: Roxanne’s Music Box Channel

FB: Roxanne Akhter

E-Mail: roxannesmusicbox@gmail.com


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