Stephen Gressock







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

Music is the blood in my body and the air in my lungs. Its a release from daily life and both a path to success, and happiness.

What is your music dream?

To gain the ability to write a piece that could touch someone and turn their day into something better. To be able to give just one person a better day through the music I write. To teach my child about music and one day get her started as well.

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

Enabling adult life courses in schools to better prepare students for life after High School, and courses to better help them seek out their career path. Oh, and bring band back because everyone deserves to be good at something.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

I would have to say alternative 90's and 80's era metal as a whole because it shaped who I became and I realized its okay to like mlre then one type of genre, contrary to what my friends said. As it stands I no longer associate myself with those that put me down and the music I grew up with helped to realize that.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Jason Richardson is top on my list right now. He's a gifted guitar player with alot of discipline. Metallica for my early years, August Burns Red for their guitar work and timing signatures, Stevie Ray Vaughn for his soul, Savant for his dedication and abilities, and KISS all around because they held the face of Rock and Roll for many years. Theres MANY more for me, this is just what I thought of, and it's probably different if you asked later.

What inspires you to make music?

The way it changes moods and lifts spirits. It's as if it's a drug that everybody can take when they need it and not pay out of pocket or worry about its effects because it can only do good. Unless of course you listen to bands that sacrifice lice specimen on stage, cuz thats another story, bro.

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

Anything that you deal with will go away with time and can ALWAYS get better. We might have to work at it for awhile but in the end it doesnt even matter. Rock bottom is just the start of a new journey with more knowledge than you had before. Music can pull anyone through anything, you just need to succumb to its effects and believe in yourself.

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

Nervous, excited, afraid, anxious, ecstatic, energized, focused, content, yeah. That about sums it up I'm sure. It's an intense rush of emotions.

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

Everybody wants a shot at fame, and theres no shame in that. But I also think you need to be good enough to get there. Some people are decent and think they're great, but the best people think they're decent even though they're amazing. The condescending egotistical attitudes are what ruin music because people wanna be good at the wrong things for the wrong reasons. You cant rush art.

What do you think of Drooble?

I think it's great but a little hard to navigate. Maybe I should take the tour and figure it out a little more, Haha.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

The peaks and valleys of experience on an instrument. When you plateau it can last for months and then suddenly peak or drop at any moment before going back up. That and finding people in your age range that are just as experienced or more and play the same style you do.

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

I go to local shows and support the scene by handing out fliers and getting those that deserve it noticed more. Playing in a band that was on the rise taught me the importance of showing appreciation and networking with other musicians, on top of just having a great deal of mutual respect for other performers because it really is a hard life. I bought a band groceries after a show they did because they had absolutely no food and were on tour. They were shy and just a great group of dudes who more than deserved it.

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

Great personality, great performer, great writer, local scene dweller, charity helper, etc. Someone unique that people can listen to and respect.

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

I would have to know who you HAVE heard of to do that.