Here's my iinterview with singer/singwriter Matt Steady
Ooh there's so much wonderful stuff out there! I love blues - Clapton, BB King, Robert Cray, SRV, Gary Moore. Folk - Show of Hands, Seth Lakeman, Levellers. Country/Americana - Gretchen Peters, Aaron Lewis, Jeffrey Foucault, Seger, Cash, White Buffalo. Rock - Cream, Marillion, Pink Floyd, Nine Black Alps, Sunpilots, Vai. Tracy Chapman, Nina Simone. Celtic - Iona, Dave Brons. Hehe I'm sure I've missed out a million artists. Everyone I listen to teaches me something and adds a little to what I play (or don’t play!).
Well I’ve recently released a live acoustic album called ‘Closer', recorded in my living room with 30 close friends and family. It was a fabulous, intimate experience. In stark contrast I’m working on some ‘epic guitar instrumental tracks’ which are hugely fun and inspiring.
You’ll make mistakes. That’s ok - everyone does. The trick is to smile and share the mistake with the audience. Make it fun and part of the experience rather than being embarrassed. If you’re chilled about it, they’ll love it. If you appear tense and worried, they will be too.
I don’t try and set myself apart. I play what I want, even though it changes hugely from album to album. I sing what I play, use whatever instruments I want. I have concept albums on topics I’m interested in. I don’t target a specific audience and make music to fit. Basically I figure if I do that, the music will be real and authentic, which is really important to me, and I think it comes across in the music.
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