After Tony played an AMAZING show at the Rhythm Room, I asked him a few questions and here is his response.
Q: How do you deal with the “ups-and-downs” of being a musician?
A: “I trust that there will be more ‘ups’ to come and try my best to learn something from the ‘downs.’ Everything good and bad can be educational but for some reason the so-called bad ones seem to resonate a little longer.”
Q: Do you come from a musical family?
A: “Yes. My mom was the 10th of 12 kids that all played and sang at some point. My mom sings like Karen Carpenter meets Gloria Estefon and my dad strums a bit and sings like Vince Gill. We do a pretty mean “Helplessly Hoping” by CSN.”
Q: Do you prefer to write your own songs, or do you find co-writing more satisfying?
A: “I tend to write alone more. Co-writing requires a certain blend of confidence and humility, two qualities I rarely possess in equal measures, much less at the same time.”
Q: What is the average tour day like?
A: “Driving, more driving, gas stations and truck stops, subway sandwiches, even more driving, loading gear in and out of the van, dealing with club owners, promoters, getting on-line where and whenever you can, connecting with fans, getting on Priceline.com to make hotel reservations, driving some more, checking in to hotels, getting as much sleep as you can before waking up and doing it all over again. Oh yeah, and you play some songs in there somewhere.”
Q: One feature of your CD’s that stands out is the amazing sound production quality. Of course every musician wants his material to sound its best, but is this something you specifically search for when recording, or have you been fortunate to always work with great studio technicians?
A: “It’s something that’s taken me several years to fully appreciate but yes, there’s a degree of quality that goes into making records that help them stand up next to the great ones. However, there’s as much that goes into the emotional connection with whomever you decide to work with as there is in their technical capacity for sonic placement. There’s always been a bit of magic for me in making records. I’d say that’s easily my favorite part about it.”
Q: Of all of the songs you have written, which one means the most to you and why?
A: “’Always’ (from Rendezvous With The Angels) is about my daughter and the overwhelming joy of unconditional Love that I think every parent feels when they fall in Love with their child. I wrote it when my wife was still expecting. I had plenty of time to think about what was ahead of me and this song seemed to capture those thoughts of anticipation.”
Thanks Tony, great show!