Q&A: Brian Wright

Here is a Q&A with Brian Wright. I discovered he’s not only talented, he’s also very funny. Thanks Brian!


Q: When you are writing a song, who is you target audience?

A: “I don’t really have a target audience in mind when I write, other than myself. An idea will pop into my head, and I try to get it out before I lose it. The ones that I usually end up liking most come really fast, like they were already there, and I just found them.”


Q: Who are your favorite musicians to work with?

A: “My favorite musicians to play with are my band ‘The Waco Tragedies’, although I’ve been on tour solo or with pick-up bands for the last few years and have had the opportunity to play with a lot of fantastic musicians. Generally, I like playing with people who put the song first rather than musical chops or grandstanding. Doesn’t have to be hard to play, often it shouldn’t be, it just has to sound like they mean it.”


Q: How do you promote your music and shows?

A: “Mailing lists, a lot of shouting, social networking outlets, and graffiti.”


Q: What is the hardest part of writing, recording songs, and touring?

A: “Writing something I like is pretty easy, writing something I like a week, a month, or a year later is harder. Inspiration and ego can trick you into thinking that everything you do is great, when that’s seldom, if ever, true of anyone. With recording, it can be very easy, or very, very, tedious depending upon what you’re willing to accept as “done”. I’ve recorded with live bands and listened back to the first take and said “well, we’re probably not gonna play that much better, move on.”, but I’ve also spent days and weeks beating a song into submission only to realize its not that great a song anyway, trash it. Touring is a blast, and I used to say I could spend my whole life on the road and be happy. Then i started touring a lot, and realized that at some point you have to sit still for a while to let your thoughts catch up to your body. Also, you’re surrounded by people a lot of the time, and as a writer I think it’s harder to write without privacy. I have to have the time to smoke and pace and say a bunch of weird things that only make sense to me before I let anyone else hear it.”


Q: Do you like to play in large venues or in smaller more personal settings?

A: “I ONLY like to play the arenas. I like to parachute in from a blimp with my face on it.”


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Author: Hailey

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