Originally I came from punk and played bass but was never as good at it as I always believed I would be. It came as a complete shock to me when I did eventually pick up the guitar to find it more accommodating to my method of playing. As I've grown older my influences have increased but I will still always see myself as punk. No I no longer look like one and my music certainly doesn't sound like the now over familiar cliche that we have come to recognise as punk. It's just an attitude MAAAAAN....
A means of communicating ideas. The opportunity to communicate with people I wouldn't normally have access to. A shot at dreaming out loud. Ultimately an escape.
To connect with as wide a group of listeners as possible without selling out.
Free health care at point of access for everybody. To be remembered as somebody who followed his own path.
Probably 'Yellow Submarine' - The Beatles. It's not one of their great songs. Quite possibly the worst track on Revolver but it's as catchy as hell when you're a kid growing up in the 60's.
Curtis Mayfield, Love, Only Ones, Yo LaTengo, Velvet Underground, Lee Perry, Kinks, Buzzcocks, James Brown, Johnny Burnette & the Rock 'n' Roll Trio, Gene Vincent, Who, Rolling Stones, Wire, Frank Sinatra, Cramps, Barbara Lynn etc.
Everyday living. I endeavour to compose most days. Sometimes an idea will come to me and I'm able to get it straight down. Sometimes hearing another piece of music will trigger an idea I've had brewing for sometime.
Persevere. If I can do it anyone can.
Briefly terrified then exhilarated.
Any musician can find an audience these days. There are so many different platforms available. However if you want to make a living you're going to have to learn how to network and basically be your own label and management. As for improvements less open mic nights and more paying venues would be a good start.
It's not the easiest site to navigate. It can be a bit glitchy. And the genre charts seem to be a law unto themselves.
Not being able to find others of a similar outlook. Especially a rhythm section.
Attend paying gigs. Buy product if I like the look of it.
Persistence. Don't be afraid to plug your product /art. If you really believe in yourself you will be able to handle the knockbacks.
Beep Seals, Gravenhurst, Jowe Head, Kenny Graham & his Satellites, Nisennenmondai.