Q&A’s

Q&A: Ernie Halter

Q&A: Ernie Halter

I had a couple of questions for one of my favorite musicians, Ernie Halter. Here is what he had to say.   Q: What spiked your interest in music? A: “My older brothers were constantly exposing me to music at a young age. Before pre-school, my favorite records were The Who, Billy Joel, The Beatles, and Brit-Pop group Squeeze.”   Q: When you are writing a song, who is your target audience? A: “Technically, my audience tends to lean toward women 18-35. But its a bit of the chicken / egg thing. The songs I’ve written in the past, attract...

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Q&A: Brian Chartrand

Q&A: Brian Chartrand

(A Q&A with Brian from The Sweet Remains and Ten Dollar Outfit). Brian was kind enough to answer a few questions I had for him.   Q: If you had to choose a quote to describe what motivates you day to day, what would it be? A: “What motivates me… I once asked a friend in the music biz how he “made it.” And after a couple seconds he said, “Look. There are many ways to build a ladder. So go out and build your ladder.” I wrote that line on the wall in my apartment and it reminds me everyday that there is no one way to do anything. You...

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Q&A: Todd Carey

Q&A: Todd Carey

Short and sweet! Todd Carey plays the lightning round!   Q: Who/what do you enjoy listening to? A: “I love The Beatles!”   Q: Who do you look up to in the music world? A: “Dave Mathews Band”   Q: How would you describe yourself as an artist? A: “ROCK guitar player. THEN singer/songwriter/pop.”   Q: What projects are you working on that you are excited about? A: “My new single “Begin” coming this fall.”   Thanks again,...

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Q&A: Isaac Johnson

Q&A: Isaac Johnson

I had the chance to ask Isaac Johnson a few questions. I really liked his answers. Here is his response!   Q: If you had to choose a quote to describe what motivates you day to day, what would it be? A: “The quote that’s motivated me most in recent months is a fairly well known one from Henry David Thoreau which is “Go Confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you’ve imagined” I find that in the world of indie musician’s there are so many things can can seem impossible. This quote motivates me to remember to not be...

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Q&A: Matt the Electrician

Q&A: Matt the Electrician

I got the chance to ask Matt the Electrician a few questions and I just had to share his response!   Q: What is your favorite song to cover? A: “I like playing “big black hole”by Sean Hayes a lot, and “red right ankle” by The Decemberists…they’re both really fun songs for me to sing, although I’m not entirely sure why, other than I like the songs themselves….but I like playing all sorts of cover songs.”   Q: Is there a certain demographic you support or try to please? A: “I guess my demographic is people that will listen to me! But...

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Q&A: Derek Luttrell

Q&A: Derek Luttrell

I asked Derek Luttrell a few questions about his music and inspiration and here is what he had to say…   Q: What musician do you admire the most? A: “My favorite musician of all time is Townes Van Zandt. In my opinion, he is the greatest songwriter that ever lived, and I strongly believe that.”   Q: How would you describe your music? A: “I describe my music as folk/alt. country. I write a lot of folk type stuff, but most of it has that country swing to it.”   Q: Where do you draw inspiration from? A: “I draw inspiration...

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Q&A: JT Spangler

Q&A: JT Spangler

Thanks to JT Spangler’s amazingly fast responding, here are his answers to a few questions I got to ask him!   Q: Where do you get your inspiration from? A: “From life. The great thing about training yourself as a writer is that inspiration is EVERYWHERE.”   Q: What are your favorite songs to cover? A: “Hmm, depends on my mood and the setting. I’ve always liked covering Bill Withers — Who Is He. And if it’s an intimate show, acoustic, I really like to play Mayer’s Come Back To Bed. But I did years of cover gigs, so there’s a lot to...

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Q&A: Martin Storrow (Jakob Martin)

Q&A: Martin Storrow (Jakob Martin)

I had the chance to see Martin Storrow (Jakob Martin) live a few times. I was extremely impressed even though I was already a fan. I was able to ask him a few questions about his music. Here is his response… Q: Which instrument do you prefer? Why? A: “I’m constantly curious – I think that’s why I get hooked on new instruments/new sounds all the time. As far as favorites, a lot of it depends on mood. I can play the same song on the guitar and piano with and get a completely different feel and vibe. I spend a lot of my childhood playing guitar,...

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Q&A: Ryan Green

Q&A: Ryan Green

Here’s a Q&A with Ryan Green of Ryanhood. Ryanhood is a great band straight out of Tucson, AZ that consists of two guys with (what used to be acoustic) guitars. They took a year off of touring to write and record and they’re back at it with 20+ new songs on the way.   Q: What is your favorite part of the writing and recording process? A: “My favorite part of the writing process is the first time I get a song to a point where I can play it from top to bottom (instead of in bits and fragments of ideas), and it officially becomes...

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Q&A: Cameron Hood

Q&A: Cameron Hood

Here’s a Q&A with Cameron Hood from Ryanhood. I’m loving the insightful answers.   Q: What is your favorite part of the writing and recording process? A: “Writing songs is easily my favorite aspect of playing music, because I like the intersection of Art and Craft. To me, Art is the initial inspiration: the melody, the interesting lyric, or the new rhythmic turn of phrase that seems to drop in on the wind. And then Craft is the process of using all the songwriter-tools I have to weave that original idea into a full song. And I LOVE...

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Q&A: Jess Penner

Q&A: Jess Penner

Jess Penner Q&A! She’s had some really incredible placements as she talks about below. Hope you all enjoy it! Q: What do you think makes a great song? “Honestly. I think any time someone shares what’s truly in their heart, it is incredibly endearing. It’s weird, but the songs I’ve written that spill out the most personal or specific details of a situation end up being the very same songs that people tell me they relate to the most… it’s kinda spooky. We’re all far more alike then we realize I think.”   Q:...

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Q&A: The Well Pennies

Q&A: The Well Pennies

Huge thanks to The Well Pennies for the Q&A! Good stuff… Q: What piqued your interest in music? A: “Nothing spiked our interest; music spiked us. We were both born with the bug. From very early ages we were obsessed with music to a weird degree and nothing about that has changed. It’s the reason we get up in the morning.”   Q: Who do you look up to in the music world? A: “We definitely look up to a lot of producers; we’ll buy albums just because they’ve produced them. T-Bone Burnett, Ethan...

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Q&A: Russell Howard

Q&A: Russell Howard

Here’s a new Q&A with Russell Howard! Q: What do you think makes a great song? A: “In a good song, the lyrics, the phonetics, and the melody work together seamlessly. In other words: what you say, how you say it, and how it sounds become one inseparable element. That’s the craft, working towards and knowing when you’ve achieved that union. What makes a great song is a little more mystical and personal and I think has a lot to do with the listener.” Q: Who do you admire in the music business? A: “Pretty...

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Q&A: Eric Schackne

Q&A: Eric Schackne

Here’s a new Q&A from Eric Schackne! Check it out! Q: When were you first interested in music? What piqued your interest? A: “Well when I started playing piano at age five I can only assume it was my Dad’s forcing me to do so. But I just loved playing, and quickly grew to create my own pieces the first chance I got. And just going to shows and seeing how much fun everyone on stage was having was enough to get me itching to perform in front of people.” Q: What is your favorite song to cover? Why? A: “I...

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Q&A: Sunday Lane

Q&A: Sunday Lane

New Sunday Lane Q&A! Check it out! Q: Who do you look up to in the music world? A: “Bon Iver. I think he’s a genius. His melodies and lyrics are just incredible. I’m so sick of pop music and how formulaic it’s starting to feel. Bon Iver reminds me why I love music. ”   Q: How would you describe your music? A: “That’s question is always a bit tricky; it’s a bit like trying to describe how you look Genre wise, I’d say that I’m piano pop that has a bit of a folky twist. My...

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Q&A: The Como Brothers

Q&A: The Como Brothers

Here’s a Q&A with a few members of ‘The Como Brothers’! To hear more about them, visit: http://www.comobrothersband.com/ Q: Who are some of you influences? Matt: In general we are inspired a lot by the blues. Anytime blues music comes on our ears perk up and we just love it. BB King, Stevie Ray, Clapton, etc. We also just love great songwriting: Lennon and McCartney, John Mayer, Dave Grohl. Although we love all of these guys we don’t want to have their sound, we really are trying to make an original Como Brothers...

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