Interview with Stingosaurus (@iamstingosaurus)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Ever since I was a young teenager, I always had a passion for singing. Even though I talked about becoming a singer sometimes but never really considered it, I would often get made fun of by people saying that my voice sounded too young and too high pitched. That always made me look down on myself, leaving me to feel insecure. What encouraged me to start singing and publish my first track on YouTube was my first love, who filled up my entire heart. This was a cover of “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, published quite a few years back in early 2018. The track is no longer publicly available to listen to due to my insecurities at the time. However, I didn’t let that, nor the hurtful comments bother me from following my dreams.
In the late 2010s, my best friend gave me the nickname “Stingosaurus” as it resembled my username “Stingray” that I used for social media online. The name he chose was really meaningful to me as this friend was a big part of an overall joyful time of my life. I decided to make this my artist name so that I can often remember this nostalgic period of my life.
I stuck with my goal of being an artist, which surprised some of my friends as they told me that I have more motivation than the average person not to give up. I found a trusted distributor and started uploading music to Spotify, Apple Music, and other major streaming services. I also started to improve my singing skills by taking lessons, but mainly by figuring it out on my own, increasing my confidence. I started digging deeper into mixing and mastering, which some like to call “the icing on the cake.” Along the way, I even met an excellent friend who is also a singer, and we ended up writing lyrics and making a collab together. The name she chose for the single was “Iceice” which you can stream online.
Time has passed a bit, and since I’ve been getting thousands of streams overall throughout Spotify, YouTube, and other platforms, I’ve started to dedicate more of my life to being a music artist. I recently bought new upgrades and expensive studio equipment for my home studio, along with much better-quality plugins for mixing and mastering my tracks. Doing this has been a great leap for me, and it honestly feels so good even just to prove to myself that I was able to travel this far, but my journey has just begun.
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
An interesting situation that happened to me was the attention that I have received from listeners of my music. After purchasing a microphone by a great manufacturing company, Lauten Audio, I uploaded an unboxing video and a cover on one of my YouTube channels as I was eager to try out and the review the microphone. Within 10 minutes, the official YouTube channel of Lauten Audio commented on the video saying that my cover is really impressive, along with offering me some personal advice of what settings I could set the microphone at to fit even better with my voice.
Other situations include top rated studios randomly reaching out and providing advice. One based in New York City even recommended my music and compared one of my singles, “Nervous” to having similar vibes as the style of “Charlie Puth”, as well as comparing my music to other current and popular up-to-date songs , such as songs featured on TikTok. I also had instances of fans sending messages on social media and email, simply just to say that they enjoy my music. These situations built extra confidence alone.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
Whether you are an artist, music producer, lyricist, or anywhere in the music industry, it’s always important not to let any negative feedback from anyone affect you. Beginners, intermediates, and experts are all people with equal amounts of feelings. In fact, the more noticed that you get, the more you’re open to criticism. When you’re involved with the music industry, you’re working with music likely to be released to the public. That means critics are always around the corner and ready. My father tells me that there will always be an equal amount of critics and followers to everything that people can create. You can’t please everyone, so don’t waste your energy feeling let down by those who don’t enjoy what you have to offer. Trust me; it will be worth all of the positive attention and love that your fans give you in the long run.
It is also vital that you take your time and not rush any progress in the studio. Everyone is different and unique in skill and creativity, so you can’t compare yourself to anyone else. Whether mixing, mastering, writing lyrics, or even just taking notes, take the time to think about what you want the outcome to be. Don’t enter the studio with a busy mind, and this includes thoughts of doubt as well. If you’re not feeling up to hitting the studio today, whether due to exhaustion, feeling emotional, or anything that you feel would knock you back a step from completing your final project, then take some time to chill. Spend some time with friends and family until you’re ready to return. Working on something that involves creativity with a weakened mindset can rub off on your final mix, causing you to feel even more confused and strained.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
Throughout my journey as an artist, I had many people support me along the way. My parents are good examples. They’re always supporting me and giving unbiased feedback and advice. Without them, I’m not sure where I would be today. Out of everybody I know, they are my number one fans, always eagerly waiting for my next release along with their full support. When it comes down to getting an honest opinion with no doubt, my girlfriend is always ready to give a true rating to my music. Sometimes, before I walk into my home studio, she’ll have me sing in front of her and listen to provide feedback and correct my singing style; such as pitch, tempo, and tone of my voice until it sounds good and easy to listen to.
I believe that every upcoming artist has a least one celebrity that they look up to which keeps them going. For me, this would be Charlie Puth. I’ve always looked up to him and he’s honestly just an overall motivating and wholesome person. He’s not afraid to show his emotions, he interacts with many of his fans, he has great talent, and in my opinion doesn’t try to act serious or overly professional all the time. Charlie is someone who has kept me going, and someone that just doesn’t just inspire me, but many other people as well.
Being a music artist with Tourette’s Syndrome who grew up receiving criticism on my voice, I hope that I can inspire everyone, regardless of gender and age to follow your heart and desires, even if you don’t think you’re capable of it. If you just let out your fears and unclog the blockages, you could be living the life that you want to live.
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
” Here’s a quote that has always stuck on me:
“”A friend who stands with you in pressure is more valuable than a hundred ones who stand with you in pleasure.”
-Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton.
A great portion of my life has always been about finding and losing friends. Some stay and some go. Some declared themselves as “friends” but wanted nothing to do with me or even message me. Some gave me excellent, “mind-blowing” feedback on my music even though I knew that those particular tracks weren’t my best work. These situations made them stand out between my true and ‘fake’ friends. In my life, realizing that I had friends who didn’t even support me in the end when it seemed like they cared is certainly a let down. True friends aren’t afraid to share their honest view and support with you, for any situation. Some advice I cannot stress enough right now is the importance of hanging around people who are good for your mental health. You don’t have to know who they are right away, you’ll feel the vibes they give off the more you’re around them.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can find me on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube by searching up Stingosaurus .Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
I am Stingosaurus, also known as Christian Iannone (born in 2002) and I live with Tourette’s Syndrome. I make music in my home studio. I write, sing, and produce my own music. I am currently attending college online and have been schooled at home since third grade.