For those who have never heard of Ed Prosek who is he and what is his music about?
I guess I see myself as a studied classical musician who broke away from the often segregated aloofness of the classical music world. I found my voice as a songwriter and as an artist, not by emulating those around me and screaming for attention, but rather by striving to always express myself with the utmost sincerity, while intertwining my classical background into the songs and arrangements I create. I’ve been lucky to have my listeners find me more often than the other way around, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
What has been the most rewarding/ most enjoyable highlight of your career so far?
Starting my own label imprint, SCOLA Records, over the past year has been such an exciting and empowering process. I love working with other artists, and writing music with them in different styles and having my own home for the things I write with others is truly wonderful. Next year is going to see its expansion in a number of different ways but this year, I took the leap and laid the groundwork for something I can grow with, hopefully for the rest of my life.
What have been some major challenges in your music career so far?
The music industry is a really difficult and unfriendly world a lot of the time. If you’ve been around long enough in the music world, it’s more likely that you DON’T know anyone that doesn’t have a horror story or two about awful working relationships they’ve had with various music business people. I’ve certainly had my fair share of ugly run-ins with horrible Napoleonic morons I wish I’d never met in the first place, but that’s par for the course. The upside is that you get to write music and create things for a living, and boy is that a really fantastic upside.
What are you grateful for right now in this moment?
As unsexy as it sounds, I’m so grateful for the stability and routine I’ve managed to afford myself recently. One thing pop music often gets wrong is the necessity for hype, and its propensity towards manic output. Music is like any other craft, people tend to get better at it the longer they do it, as long as their focus is in the right place. None of this is conducive to hype or trendiness, but music is a language and if one wishes to spend all their time speaking a language, it is so important to also wish to understand it as deeply as possible.
Physical copies or streaming sites?
Despite all the unsexy things I’ve said so far, I’m gonna go ahead and say streaming. What a brilliant way to reach audiences on the other side of the world you’d have no chance of reaching without extreme effort. I’ve had over 70 Million streams to date, and there are people simultaneously making and uploading brilliant covers of my music all over the world (I see you by the way) in places I’ve never dreamed of visiting, and that’s all thanks to streaming. There are downsides, sure. But in a music world so oversaturated with crap, streaming democratises everything and in an ideal world, the best ideas get their deserved recognition eventually.
What is your most played song of 2021?
Ain’t misbehavin’ by Fats Waller by a mile, his whole catalogue actually.
A playlist you can’t get enough of?
Not a playlist, (I honestly don’t really have any pre made playlists saved) but Revolutions podcast by Mike Duncan. Incredible stuff.
& Lastly, what can fans expect from Ed Prosek for the rest of the year?
Well, there’s not much year left, but one more song is coming and I think my fans are gonna love it! Thats all I’m going to say for now. Next year is gonna be really big for me and SCOLA records, and a lot of new music and new collaborations are going to hopefully blow your minds!
Listen to Ed’s latest single ‘If I Die’ here: