Andrei Ionescu, Singer/Songwriter
Andrei has been absorbed by music from a very young age, later studying dance and finally acting. He's now back working with his original calling - music, and is playing in a London based multi-national pop rock band The Alpacas, in the photo above, in the middle, wearing brown jacket.
What inspires you to be a musician?
I am a musician because that's what I do best. I find inspiration in my quest to understand people's stories, including my own.
What is the best part about being a musician in London?
The chance to be part of a multicultural community. My band members are from different parts of the world.
What is your favourite London venue for gigs?
The Water Rats has a great sound system, that's why it comes to mind. But I also like The Finsbury because people shut up and listen.
What is the biggest challenge you have as a musician today?
Managing my band and having a clear vision about my involvement in music.
Do you think the industry is changing for the better?
Yes, in many aspects. The rise of micro-labels and start-ups like The Rattle Space gives me hope that you can make it independently.
What are the three tools you could not live without?
My guitar, laptop and microphone.
How do you find opportunities to gig?
Nowadays I get most of my opportunities to play from gig promoters that I've worked with before.
What are your fondest musical memories?
I was quite surprised when, as a child going to the kindergarten the first time, I realized that not all children can sing and love it like I did. I thought that everyone in the world was as musical as me.
How do you reach your fans?
Through Instagram and Facebook mostly. Also direct messaging works for me.
What is it that compels you to publish music?
I think my music has the potential to make people happy, or cause them to think and that they might relate in many ways.
What are your thoughts on streaming services?
I think it's the main way music will be consumed in the future. I'm all for it and for making it more lucrative for musicians.
What is something you wish you had known sooner?
That reaching out to people for collaboration or help is easier that it seems and it's the best thing you can do.
Are you actively looking for record labels? Do you think it could be a good option?
I'm not looking for a labels at the moment. It could be good for me, but it's all down to individuals in the label and how much they are willing to help.
How do you balance your music with other passions - partner, children, job?
I make music a part of my jobs, relationship, friendships. Everything I do involves music.
We hope you enjoyed reading Andrei's story and experiences as much as we did. Here's The Alpacas' website where you can explore their music and learn more about them: http://thealpacas.co.uk/