Ralph Essex

I would do it all again...

Owner at https://bigmagicmusic.org






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

I used to hate music. It seemed like some foolish language. I was brought up listening to the rock bands of the 1970's, Deep Purple, Rainbow and Yes etc. My father used to play the electric guitar in covers bands, performing at social clubs etc. I was used to seeing him play live. I always wanted to play the guitar and my father bought me my first electric guitar when I was three years old. A half-size electric guitar with a practise amp. He didn't have much time for teaching me how to play it though, he worked a full-time job as a car spray painter and performed his gigs later in the evening as well. When I was about twelve or thirteen, I became fascinated with the early hip hop and electro records from the states. RUN DMC, Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, Public Enemy etc. When I lost my mother to cancer at the age of seventeen, I was moved to a council apartment in Portsmouth which is my hometown. I was halfway through studying A-Level English Literature at the College which was attached to the High School I attended and also an A-Level part-time at a different College (Highbury, to study Communications) which was situated north of the City. I got into smoking cannabis resin and listening to 1960's psychedelic artists like Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and The Beatles, Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead. The Orb and The Prodigy were firm favourites as well as the mix-tapes from various DJ's playing house music records of the early nineties. After I graduated College, my girlfriend found a course which was being advertised in the local newspaper for a Music Technology BTEC College course. I applied for the course and was accepted and also managed to get funding by the Social Services who paid my rent during term-time so I could move to the Isle of Wight where the course was being offered. I got on the course because I said that I wanted to become a singer and use modern day recording methods. I also played a bit of keyboard at the time (I was trying to teach myself how to play the piano) and also could strum a few chords on the guitar. http://bigmagicmusic.org That link is to my newly formed record company.

What is your music dream?

Getting gigs with my yet to be rehearsed rock band.

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

I would try to make Africa and such places have a sustainable water and food supply. It's shocking to me that there is still a third world in modern (postmodern?) times. Also, I would enforce the idea that people should have manners and not judge anybody by race or creed.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Refer to the above question at the top.

What inspires you to make music?

It comes as an urge or outlet that surges within me as a kind of passion.

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

Believe in your gut instinct. If you feel paranoid about somebody or something, it's usually for a good reason.

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

It's a challenge of memory and courage but something more primordial than that. It's about shared experience of artists and audience during a performance that does it for me. Mostly it's about proving myself and the work that's been done in producing the show that matters.

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

The internet has been like a revolution of music, good and bad. Nowadays you can get whatever music you want. There are about a thousand artists alike for each record industry band and it doesn't take much searching to get a style or musician who are no different in capability from millionaire artists working for 'the record company!'

What do you think of Drooble?

I've been with Drooble as a networking site for a few days now. I have had a lot of fun uploading my music and videos and hope that it continues to be a free site. I joined in an effort to get feedback from others for what it is that I produce.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

The trappings of being a solo musician (even though the band I am in could do with a drummer or bass player!) ...Superstition.

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

Nowadays, I like my own company. I don't go out much, I would rather be working on making my music or networking on the internet.

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

That begs a music technology answer... Does having money make you a better player? Is it all just a big con and are we being watched on a kind of subconscious television station? Do we need the record company in a modern (postmodern) age and do we really know who is who or what is what in a music obsessed culture?

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

Gunshot. Angel Farringdon. London Posse. Catgotwasted.