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Episode Info: Al Marconi is a Spanish guitarist and composer who has been a professional musician since 1997. During that time has managed to notch up over 30,000 sales of his independently marketed self-produced recordings, Equilibrium (1997), Monument (1999), Esperanto (2001), Terra Nova (2007), Insomnia (2011), and his latest album, Alchemy (2015). Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/almarconi In this episode, Al discusses: -His early musical inspirations growing up. -How he initially was interested in heavy rock and heavy metal. -The contributing factors in his transition from heavy rock. -Patrick Woodroffe’s advice to pursue what you’re most passionate about, not what you can do best. -The instantaneous feedback that you get from playing music and how that differs from drawing or painting. -Being inspired by classical music, but also realizing that he didn’t want to simply replicate what other people had created – he wanted to create himself. -Being open to taking inspiration from many different sources and fusing it into your own style. -How Alchemy was the first album that he made that contains music that he wants to listen back to. -Creating what you want versus creating for money. -How ideas are often not ready until the time is right. -How musicians can make a living in a digital world. -The challenge and the joy of busking in the street and why he still does it to this day. -The differences between writing and performing. Al's Final Push will inspire you to pursue the thing that you are passionate about – as long as you have a penny more than you need, then you will be okay.   Quotes: “Music, like many of the arts, is a calling.  It’s something that chooses you.  It’s something inside of you and you just have to do it.  You don’t think it through like a career.” “I was interested in creating and the guitar was purely the medium that I choose to use to create.” “The more things you try in life, the more fingers you put into a pie, the more chances you have of pulling out a plum.” “I remember one morning, two of my biggest hits came about in half an hour.” “I’m a very slow worker because I like to get an idea and I like to live with tRead more »

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