Steven Banasick

Steven Banasick aka: Gray - Another Color of Gray

Life has a way of catching up with you. And, it would seem that God and Time have a sense of humor. Sometimes, I look in the mirror and have to take a second glimpse of who it is looking back at me. Even after 30 years of smoke filled bars and crowed halls...I still find myself having to pick up a pen and write before falling on to a good slumber. I love telling my stories in song...

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

It's the freedom to share a little piece of me to whoever wants to listen. I can relate to issues that many see but are sometimes feared to say aloud. I let others know that they aren't alone and I can whatever I want to be. Music gives me relief from any state of mind I'm currently in, or helps apply an avenue to see that there are others out there that have the same emotions as I do... It makes me laugh. It makes me think. It makes me hope and if I;m lucky, it will give me all of the above.

What is your music dream?

I have little in the way of a vision of grandeur. I have hopes that maybe someone out there will understand that songs are the stories of life ....and maybe one of the ones that I've written just might be good enough, strong enough to lift another person to a place better than where they see them self as being.... A real dream would be to hear one of my idols sing one of my songs.... Adam Duritz, John Hiatt, Sixto Rodrigeuz, Neil Young

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

Understand that race, color, creed, religion and one's sexual preference are things that can't be changed... Even though we all want to change the world, maybe we as people should consider the opposite and adapt to the world... With that being said... I guess that I should start in my own back yard...

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

There are so many... Monumental too.. From early Cat Stevens and Jim Croce, to Simon & Garfunkel and even as early as the Temptations, but as a child I can still hear my mother singing those childhood songs... And that's a good memory that everyone should have..

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

I am a person of many flavors and I grew up on CSN&Y (Deja Vu).. Neil Young, Bob Dylan. The writings of John Hiatt made my style of writing stronger and gave me a better vision to telling my story, But, Adam Duritz and Counting Crows ..... There's something the say when I hear and watch Adam and these guys... Although they don't know me, they have a way the make me feel like family.. Growing up I loved the new direct that DEVO offered all of us, the CARS and Queen twisted songs and sounds from a songs into an anthems,,,, Seether is a venue that just about anyone can find themselves tapping a toe too...

What inspires you to make music?

Those that ask me how, what, when and where I came into a song.. Not to mention the feeling that comes over me when I see or watch someone connect to what I have written... Laughter and smiles. Even a few tears, but they're good tears..

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

You are NOT alone...! There is someone out there that understands your pain, your needs and your wants. There is always a hope.

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

I used to feel afraid. I feared that being rejected was like the weight of the world on my shoulders, but I learned that those listening, are there to hear your stories. They want to draw an opinion based upon how you made them feel.... Delivering that message is special and if and when they connect to it... You just don't want to stop.

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

They are all like Rats in a Cage... Each one trying to claw their way out of the box, but many fail in realizing that to start your journey you have to understand the other rats in the cage first... When you see others follow a particular Alpha, you can be assured that others see something within him. Small venues that focus on the music... Venus that allow the small town hero to be heard... Many of these people have a great story to tell and want to share it, but are confined to obscurity because music has become so money oriented.. Think about the Original Woodstock... Low budget but look who got to be heard..

What do you think of Drooble?

Drooble has taken on a new face. The ideas are superior to many platforms, but in this short while the site is being pushed into becoming a corporate setting... And that is a shame... If Drooble fails to adapt or revert back to its basic independent musician driven idea... It will soon find more doors that will close than open. The very idea of being a leader means taking better steps to aid those that are supporting it.... I hope that I am wrong, as I love this site, the people I've met and the stories that they tell... Time will tell..

What frustrates you most as a musician?

The limited avenues to be heard and the penitence you seemingly have to pay to get a foot in the door...

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

I rarely get to go out to the local scene as the venues here are very limited...

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

Time, Patience and Attitude. These are the three Rocks of the foundation and don't forget money... Everyone wants a piece of the pie. And everyone pays at some time or the other...

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

Chris Weeks @ grandspaceadventure Productions.... Rich Carlson... Rick Steed... Hell just listen... You don't need me to tell you who's good