I'm a middle-aged veteran of the rock, progressive rock , jazz and classical scene of Detroit, MI. I currently perform as a guitarist in the Progressive Super Metal band "Imminent Sonic Destruction," and have written extensively as a solo artist and composer - which is my current focus.
Music is what connects my innermost thoughts and feelings to the outside world. It has connected me with many great people over many years, and still serves to resonate in those places often kept hidden. Music is every emotion, every experience and every story.
To have my music connect with as many people as possible. Whether it be an actual "song," or perhaps a score I have composed for a film, etc.; I write for myself, sure, but want my music to find its way to the hearts of others.
I would change the way others see the world and come to a better insight about the evils of greed and even, I hate to say, organized religion. My feeling is that both of these things have contributed to the vast majority of wars. So there, not just a "world without war," but a guide to how to approach it! :)
Rush's "YYZ." My dad and I had a cassette of "Exit...Stage Left" and we were on the long drive North with my sister. It was 1981-2 or so. We rewound that drum solo a hundred times. My dad was a guitarist, but loved the drumming. For me, the best part, the most memorable part, is the sound of the audience as the rest of that band comes in after the drum solo. My dad liking Rush gave their music a sort of credibility, and I eventually picked up the guitar in earnest shortly thereafter. I have since been searching for and working toward having that reaction, and hearing that enthusiasm explode from such an audience, to my music.
Rush, Marillion, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Micheal Hedges, Dave Matthews Band, Duncan Sheik, Sting, The Police, U2, Nick Drake, XTC, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Yes, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, ELP, King Crimson, Duran Duran, Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Who, The Indigo Girls, King's X, Dream Theater
Sadness, happiness and anything in between. I can't say that I have ever composed with no emotional setting being present. I also write words/lyrics seperately; and find that the words eventually will inspire the music themselves.
I'm not sure if I have a real "message"... I'm not a "political" songwriter and I don't tend to focus on any particular theme or character. But I AM writing, and always trying to be constantly writing. So if there's a message in that; I suppose it is to inspire others simply to do the same (whether it be music, or being creative with writing, or painting, or gardening, or building, or whatever).
Very nervous at first, but then euphoric beyond belief. The larger the audience, the better. Just knowing people are listening to you and paying attention, makes the hundreds of hours of preparation and practice worth it. My all time best gig was as a solo acoustic opening act for a national artist. There were hundreds of people present and you could hear a pin drop between my songs.
I'm grateful that I don't have to rely on music for all of my income. That being said, I wish I could. The reality for musicians is harsh, uninviting and unforgiving. You now compete with millions world-wide for attention from the listening public, and if you want to get paid for it you have to fight tooth and nail, for every dollar.
Very much digging it so far. This interview is a nice touch and has been fun to do!
Not having the time I want to focus on my craft. The thing is, I CAN block out time, even full days. But if the inspiration or drive isn't there, I may end up doing chores instead. It's not having the time, anytime, those creative forces emerge, that is frustrating. For me.
I believe I do, mostly through buying others' music and merchandise.
You should be easy to work with - professional and pleasant. Period. You can write like Paul McCartney but if you're impossible to deal with, or a jerk, or just a downer; then good luck getting others excited enough to hear you out musically and want to tell others to do the same.
Marillion. If you've never heard of them, you'll be blown away by the fact that they have a world-wide fan base that continues to support them after several decades. Their music is described by their front man as "Something like Radiohead and Pink Floyd combined that is also in touch with its feminine side." Start with the Brave album. You're welcome.