John Murphy

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

It seems to be part of my life.

What is your music dream?

To create a music atmosphere to share the songs with the audience.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

You can change the world.. through prayer..

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Down By the Lazy River (Osmond version) started me into music when I was little.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Currently I enjoy LUSH and Alvvays.

What inspires you to make music?

The creative aspect is bizarre. My songwriting comes from "left field". If I have the time, I can pursue it. If I have responsibilities in the way, the creativity is gone. Some of my songs come from beauty, human behavior, faith, etc.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Depends on the song. Each song has a different message.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Nervous. No matter how small or big, I get nervous. I don't like when I miss a "lick" or "chop" or "note".. most audiences don't know but I know.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

For the most part, the music industry is aweful. Thankfully, we have the internet to access songs that are not being prepackaged and pushed by the labels.. New music is much more accessible. Unfortunately, there is a plethora of music you have to filter through to find a great song. What is missing is the old circuits of clubs/facilities/music houses where a band could play in a series of clubs. Many of these said clubs are gone.

What do you think of Drooble?

good platform for exposure

What frustrates you most as a musician?

The new audiences seem to lack taste, meaning, they will listen over and over again to what is on the radio station they choose. Often it is the packaged stuff coming from the music labels. They think all music is great. No taste. no discernment.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Not really. I do go to open mics from time to time.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

MONEY MONEY MONEY.. then talent (unfortunately).. production of songs should be pretty good. So much talent out there not going anywhere and they don't need an autotuner.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

? How am I to know what you have heard of and not heard of?. I will mention an obscure artist who is a step from making it real big, but not quite there yet.. and may never, Rachel Thomasin.