Today we’d like to introduce you to Skye Emanuel.
Skye, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Since I was a kid, I have always been really into music. I was drawn to the power of rock and roll which has since become an obsession. I was really into guitar-heavy bands like Queen and AC/DC, but it wasn’t until I turned 13 that I started playing the guitar myself. Since then I have been practicing long hours trying to become better and better.
At age 14, I got an amazing guitar teacher, Brandon Paul, who really helped me through the process. I also had access to some amazing music teachers at my school which really helped. When I was 17, I entered the Guitar Player Magazine 2017 Ronnie Montrose Rock The Nation Award. I sent in videos, and fortunately, I won. I got to play the Namm show with some of my heroes and also have an article in the magazine.
This was also around the time I started to gather interest in audio engineering. I am fascinated by sounds in records and how to achieve good quality recordings. I decided also to pursue this passion. After high school, I attended the Blackbird Academy in Nashville, Tennessee for audio engineering. I spent six months there in one of the greatest recording studios learning the craft.
I have now graduated, and I am living back in Los Angeles working at Saint Rogue Records.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Luckily, I am very fortunate to have had a smooth ride. There have been challenges of course but the way I see it they were very minor. The biggest challenge is time. Practicing takes a lot of time. It wasn’t and still isn’t uncommon for me to practice 6 to 7 hours a day. Balancing this while being a student definitely got tricky. There was a lot of lack of sleep, but it was all for something I loved doing.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I work at a record label called Saint Rogue Records. Here I play guitar, co-write songs, and engineer. On the side, I also do session guitar work and have a couple of projects of my own. I have played guitar on various television shows such as The Simpsons and Paw Patrol. I also play in bands around LA, one of my projects, Sean And The Sinners, has a single out which is rotating around the radio on stations such as KROQ.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
To be honest, I’m not sure; I am still trying to get there. Putting in the time to get good at the craft is definitely essential. I may never stop trying to improve. I also just try to be a good person and eliminate any ego. The more people that want to work with you the better.
Rose Emanuel and Justin Cole