Scott Harding








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

Music is my career and my path, my inspiration and my artistic voice. Sometimes, it's a job; other times, it's pure pleasure!

What is your music dream?

To be able to write and record songs, full-time, with no other income stream.

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

Convincing people that their neighbors are more important than their tribe.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Ugh! Too many to even consider a "most" memorable. I'm a slave to late-'70s radio pop, but from "formative" years I'd say that Helen Reddy's version of "Delta Dawn" and "Detroit Rock City" by KISS rise to the top of any such list.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

How many characters can I use? KISS, the Bee Gees, Cheap Trick, Devo, Twisted Sister, Cheryl Wheeler, Sweet and Slade and PC69 and Rush and…well, you get the idea.

What inspires you to make music?

I'm a professional musician; I can't afford to wait for inspiration.

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

A sense of self-empowerment, that it's possible to rise above the temptations of "victimhood" and stake your own claim in the world. That peace and love and positivity all outweigh fighting and hatred and negative self-sabotage.

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

Like it's what I was born to do.

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

I have no idea what this means. My own PERSONAL reality is that I write and record music with my lifelong partner, and try to get that music to the ears of as many people as possible.

What do you think of Drooble?

Pretty decent platform for self-promotion and discovery of new music.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Dealing with the minutiae of the business aspect: filing copyrights, claiming performances at ASCAP, finalizing music for reproduction and distribution…can't we all have assistants?!?

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

I support good new music that I discover, local or otherwise. I buy it. I spread the word to other people. I review it across multiple platforms.

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

Self-determination and imagination. The scope of those two things are the only limitations I know of.

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

1) Aviator Shades, from Vancouver, BC 2) Black Belt Theatre, from Milwaukee, WI 3) The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, from Lansing, MI 4) Jayde Vox, formerly of Shanghai