I have often found that maturity is among the greatest of virtues, for it is the juvenile who often sit and wonder why they are disliked.
I told this to a friend in late 2016. He later told me it changed his outlook on life quite a bit. Beforehand, he had been involved in some… less than savory activities, trying his hardest to hold onto his own childishness, as though it would somehow protect him from the real world. He told me that he thought about what I said, and thought enough to realize that he wanted to change.
I try my hardest to live by that. However, this has not been the only obstacle I’ve been faced with in my short life.
For a one-man band like myself, it could easily be perceived that collaboration is not of interest to me. When you produce and record your own material, the singularity of that can become very comfortable and sometimes it’s easy to forget that working with collaborators can give you new perspectives and angles on your own music. While I’ve only worked with a handful over the years, each has made their fitsindelible mark on my music, and for this I am forever grateful. Here I will give a short overview of each of my four primary collaborators and their contributions.
When somebody says, “I’m a songwriter” or “I compose music,” what most ordinary people think is that they are Mozart-incarnate and all of a sudden want to be their best friend. Either that or they become insanely jealous of them, and they never hear from those folks again. In my case, neither of these occurrences have actually happened but has nevertheless been a stressful journey. Here I will tell you, from my humblest beginnings, how I grew to be the songwriter I am today and the process I have undergone to get there.
In his youth, Jazz guitarist John Scofield spent a lot of time in New York’s famous music venue Filmore East, where Rock-, Jazz- and Country musicians played on the same stage. No wonder, while finding his home in Jazz music, he loved to cross musical borders during all his career. One of his latest albums, Country for Old Men, is just one of his many fusions.
Recently I read an article on Glorious Noise about the Regrettes. I love that kind of music, but it also always transfers me back to the late 80s, early 90s and the hights of Brit-Pop. One of my favorites of that time was Elastica, with their fresh, alternative understanding of pop music.
Ennio Marchetto loves to dress up. Most noteworthy, his dresses are made of paper and carton, therefore the additive “The Living Paper Cartoon.” And by exaggerating typical features such as hairstyle (Tina Turner), tooth position (Freddie Mercury) or iconic dresses (Lady Gaga’s flesh) and through the playback music, Ennio’s figures are recognized worldwide although he completely renounces language.
Our former artists of the week, Hot Flash Heat Wave from San Francisco, released their new single Glo Ride in early March. They also spent almost the full month of March on tour co-heading with No Vacation.