Opportunities for independent artists have never been greater. I have full control over my career. My global reach is unprecedented.
Orla Gartland ‘People aren’t stupid; if you try to be anything other than yourself, it just won’t work long term.’
The thing about being a musician is that there’s a unique way to communicate my mood to my band mates through colors & chords, like a special language.
My earlier albums each had a story or theme. A river, a planet, a person, someone who inspired me. Four was total improvisation, a stream of consciousness.
The world has little to do with matters of the heart. It’s nothing but circumstance, and circumstance is a catalyst for choice. We always have a choice.
The Jazz genre encompasses a wide array of music. Our’s is a mixture of weird soul, jazz & funk. We like to introduce ourselves as a gangster funk band.
Ricky Fitts had this attitude we all wanted to emulate. This idea of quitting a job on the spot to go pursue the passion of art was really important to us.
If you have loads of technology, it shows commitment. Electronic music has replaced guitar music in the sense of being accessible.
My structure is simple; well placed instruments with well placed vocals. I use the Kiss Method in song writing – Keep It Simple, Stupid.
Every song I write is the next chapter in my constant battle with my own feelings – as long as I have feelings, I will always have something to write about.
It’s good music out there but the market is flooded. Only the strong survive. All I got to do is grind, stay true to me, and it’s wide open.
Live music is VITAL as an artist. It’s about being able to CONNECT with people & share a moment in time with them. That’s the human experience.
While I want people to enjoy my songs, they’re a part of me. A painter doesn’t paint to gain financial reward. He paints to express his creativity.