When you imagine a 70s alt-rock band, what comes to mind? Sold out gigs, screaming fans, and decadence, maybe? Those were the dreams of our guest today, Aleksandr “Sasha” Zilkov, when he was growing up in Russia. He quit university and decided to grab life by the horns. But, things didn’t quite turn out how he expected.
This week we explore the exciting life of a musician and successful YouTuber. Sasha has played in wedding bands, arranged music for pop stars and has grown to over 100,000 subscribers on YouTube. We’ll visit the music scene in Moscow and talk about how he built his unconventional life from the ground up.
In this episode:
- Sasha talks about his early life in Moscow
- Why Sasha dropped out of university and went his own way
- When Sasha learned to say no and become more proactive
- Sasha talks about the early years trying to make it as a musician out of school
- He tells the story of rejecting the same wedding band he ended up joining a year later
- How working in that wedding band for 2 years gave Sasha a new appreciation of music and much more skill
- Sasha shares the band’s practice routine
- How Sasha got into arranging music for pop stars
- Sasha talks about his biggest secret to success
- We talk about what it means to have talent
- Sasha talks about starting his YouTube channel
- The superpower that drew people and opportunities to Sasha to help him progress in his music career
- What went through Sasha’s head when he hit 100,000 subscribers
- What’s on the horizon for Sasha
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