Donna Zed Interview

  1.  Today, we are speaking with Donna Zed. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

Hello to all!

Well … I was born and raised in Switzerland, in the city of Lausanne, a pretty peaceful place. I got into music at a very early age. I don’t really remember how I first expressed my will to learn music but my parents were here to capture this: apparently I used to love dancing a lot everytime I would hear music on TV/radio/wherever. But I basically started classical piano at 8 years old at the Lausanne Conservatory!

2. What sort of work have you put into the recording and creative processes for your music?

It is honestly all a little bit random and freestyle. I’m all about feeling energies and colors and feeling the right ones. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s not good. Recording is just a step toward an end goal and I’m still learning a lot about it. What is important is getting to know what kind of result I would like to get from all this. In general, it’s a lot of work as I’m not working alone. I have to communicate what kind of result I would like from my drummer and bass player. The same goes for my sister who plays the violin. Yet at time I write the violin parts as I know what vibe a song should ring. We then rehearse to tease out the vibe and when happy, we do it live. Once the song matures, like good wine, we then set about recording it.

3. What does your recording set up look like (what do you use to record, what are your favorite tools)?

For my previous EP I was very fortunate to record at Karma Studios Thailand. It is an exotic setting and, my my, they have all the tools you can wish for. It is the coolest of places – go there! For the next EP my approach and vibe is more “home-like” and raw as my voice apparently, a bit as it was done back in the 1960s, and for this reason I’m recording at the small studio of Belmont Rock School with Logic Pro X via a Zoom R16 and lots of cables and vintage mics! This is a whole new world for me, which I am still exploring and learning.

4. Tell us a bit more about your new EP. How is it different from your earlier offerings?

Well, this upcoming EP will be a lot more mature and structured unlike the previous EP where emotions run all over the place. Another noticeable difference with the previous EP will obviously be that it is not only piano and voice! Indeed it will be recorded with my band comprising Victor Despland on drums, Téo Ziga on bass, and my sister Vikki Zamaros on violin. Every new song has another story, another lesson learned behind it whether you can hear it or not: I hope to be able to convey this in way or another.

Lately, I have experimented with new styles, and I think this will come through the new EP. Next classically-related parts, there will be some experimentation with jazz or soul, but then, to each person his own interpretation as far as genre goes!

My music is a lot about a synergy, the end result of improvisation while writing what feels right, not what is supposed to be right.

5. Which artists are the greatest influences for you and your music? Is there a dream lineup of performers that you would like to perform with if given the chance?  

I would say David Bowie and Lady Gaga in terms of expression and “being myself” in general: I just love how they are themselves on and off stage, just expressing the multiple facets of their personality without caring about what others think.  But for my music, I would say Hans Zimmer and some other proggers have nurtured my style because they always manage to pack their music with tons of emotion to give you the shivers.

My dream lineup would be … this is such a difficult question!! If Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Prince and Jimi Hendrix were still here I would LOVE to perform with them. Other than that, I do not really have a dream lineup of performers I would like to share a stage with. Everyone has something special and we all have something to learn from one another, whether musician, artist or not.

6. Which sort of social media website have you had the best successes with? What about these online services are different from the traditional face to face meeting and performances that musicians utilize?

I get most interaction on Instagram! I just love it. Between stories and posts, you can really show what you want and this very quickly.

I’m not really familiar with the live internet performance thingy yet. I’m a bit of a hipster if you can say so. I like my “vintage” stuff, nothing beats human interaction. I thus love live performances and meets and greets after show.

7. What should listeners expect from your music in the future? How can interested NeuFutur readers locate samples of your music? How has the radio/Pandora/Spotify/other online response been for your music?

You can expect many things, more genre exploration, more everything.

You can find my music on every available streaming service such as Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal… Pandora is not yet available over Europe. I will soon put some stuff on Soundcloud as well!

The most response I have got was from Spotify! Some people actually sent me screen shots of their screen with my music on their phone or computer which, I found, was pretty sweet.

8. What does 2018 hold for your music?

New releases! More exploration! And collabs as well! Some are pretty different from what I usually do…

9. Thank you so much for your time. Finally, do you have any additional thoughts about life and the universe for our readers?

Only good vibes and spread love. Life is short and long at the same time so take advantage of every opportunity that is in front of you or create the opportunity for yourself. Everything will make sense one day!

Donna Zed

An Interview with Monique Barry

Today, we are speaking with Monique Barry. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

I grew up in a very musical household.  My Dad is an excellent piano player, mainly a stride player and can play anything by ear.  We grew up with lots of sing-alongs around the piano both at home and at my grand parents house.  I started taking piano lessons when I was 7 years old and started studying voice in my teens.  My folks were willing to support a classical line of instruction so that’s what I took until I could fend for myself.  I now teach music so have all the classical levels in practical piano and theory/history but spend my creative time writing songs and scoring for film working with more contemporary popular forms of music.  Continue reading “An Interview with Monique Barry”

World Void Web’s Alpha Interview

You have just released a new single, Alpha. It’s in Kannada; why did you choose this over other languages?

At the outset, it’s great to be talking to you again and thank you for showing interest in the film “Alpha” and the associated single “Kolegara” (The Killer). Kannada is a classical Indian language spoken widely in the southern state of Karnataka, the state I belong to. Many of your readers would be aware of the multi-lingual, multi-cultural ethos prevalent in India since times immemorial. This language stands as testimony to such rich and seemingly infinite legacy. The film “Alpha”, which is about the alpha state of sleep and certain experiences in that state that shape up the protagonist’s life, is scripted in Kannada, naturally alluding to the language for the song. So, as they say, a film chooses its crew, it also chooses the language I guess. Continue reading “World Void Web’s Alpha Interview”

Tony Valor Interview

Today, we are speaking with Miami-based artist Tony Valor. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

Well I’ve been into music since I was a little kid. I would always observe my father when he was working on his projects as early as 3 Years old. I Tried to observe the most I could before getting into the practice of music. I knew since the beginning that this I what I wanted to be. I come from the USA originally but I’ve lived much of my childhood elsewhere. Lived in China for a few years of my childhood and then went back to America.

What sort of work have you put into the recording and creative processes for your music?

I like to build my songs from scratch. That includes singing, producing, recording, and sometimes even making the choreographies for that singles music video. When it comes to the producing field of the business I’m not really a fan of samples. And yes it does get difficult and requires patience because good ideas don’t come just like that all the time.  but with the endless effort and countless hours of trial and error you can develop  yourself to be the “sample maker” rather than the sample taker sorta speak. Once you’ve honed that skill you can be unstoppable.

What does your recording set up look like (what do you use to record, what are your favorite tools)?

I’ve started with protools and I will always love & use pro tools. It’s actually a pretty nice studio set we spent a lot of time building it. I was 16 at the time. One of my favorite plugins (programs) I use for sounds and quality is nexus!! I love nexus!! Highly recommended if you’re a music maker!!!

Tell us a bit more about your new single, D’ Nah Nah (Shaky Bum, Bum). There’re a few different versions of it, correct?

Yes there are 3 versions. 2 versions (English/Spanish) with an artist from Romania called Zuka. The third version is with a Philippine group called 4th impact.  My intentions for the listener with this single in particular is to have fun!! It’s a really fun song to jam to, dance to, and you can do pretty much anything else with it LOL;)

How does this song introduce you to listeners that may not be familiar with your music?

I like to think it reaches out to various types of audiences. The song is very culturally oriented. It has a lot of hip-hop, regeton, middle eastern, and pop elements. My intentions not only as an artist but as an entrepreneur is to expand my horizons, grow in every aspect and business venture that comes my way. To me it’s the only way to achieve that “global reach”.

Which artists are the greatest influences for you? Is there a dream lineup of performers that you would like to perform with if given the chance?

The true influence is A lot of oldies!!! For instance, Charlie Parker, Eric Clapton, Metallica, the Beatles, Benny Goodman, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, the police Neil young  etc. I’d love to perform with Justin Timberlake, Katy perry, bad bunny, faruko, The Weeknd, daft punk, future, wiz Khalifa, and Rihanna.

Which sort of social media website have you had the best successes with? What about these online services are different from the traditional face to face meeting and performances that musicians utilize?

I love instagram!! That’s where I’m active the most!! The difference is everyone is connected because of the internet. So without question you’ve a better chance at reaching out to many more through technology than doing it in person.

What should listeners expect from your music in the future? How can interested NeuFutur readers locate samples of your music? How has the radio/Pandora/Spotify/other online response been for your music?

I wouldn’t even know what to expect from myself. We evolve everyday. As far as response is concerned I’ve gained enough notoriety and support to get me to this point in my career. A couple million views on my music videos and more engagement in social media than ever before. I’m great full however never satisfied. Everyday we only progress.

How’s Miami different than New York (e.g. culture, music, life)?

Miami has an extreme urban culture with the current generations. Also it’s  a very different mentality down south compared to up north. The music choice is actually similar in both states. Life in newyork is very fast paced. Down here we don’t have subways and a millions taxis .

What does 2018 hold for your music?

A Tony Valor you haven’t seen before. Many new styles and genres that I’ve adapted to and learned to love! Stay tuned!

Thank you so much for your time. Finally, do you have any additional thoughts about life and the universe for our readers? 

When you fail and it stings, remember it’s not about how hard you can hit it. It’s about how hard you can get hit! Grow from your struggle. If there ain’t no struggle there ain’t no progress!! The struggle is the very thing that lets you see the value in your achievements and molds your thicker skin.

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Lyrikha Interview

Today, we are speaking with Lyrikha (Erica Leonard). Can you give us a little background information about yourself?  How did you get into music?

 

I was told I sang before I talked.   My mother was a great inspiration for me. She sang at home and church played the piano.  Her voice was so power I remember how it radiate our home.  I connected with music at a young age. I sang in church, school and then professionally as a career in music.  It was my calling as a child and needed to be expressed and experience. Continue reading “Lyrikha Interview”

Nipun’s NOOP sits down with us

Today, we are speaking with Nipun from NOOP. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

Well I guess my tryst with music started at the age of 6, when i found myself plonking keys on a family friend’s piano. Apparently I was making music, much the the awe of my parents. They saw the spark in me, and put me into piano classes. Over the years, my interest spread as my intrigue with music in general did… I picked up the guitar, bass, drums, mouth organ, flute, xylophone, djembe, and kept the list growing… when I lived in india, I formed a band called public issue, which ended up becoming pretty popular, resulting in a couple of national tours and a lot of awards. I guess that’s what started my professional music career… almost happened joyfully by accident. Music has always been my first love, so everything I’ve done has come purely from a place of joy, which I feel keeps it moving in the right direction Cuz it’s coming from a sacred space.

 

You have just released a single, E-Volve. What all do you do on this track?

With NOOP, I’ve thus far released the single “E-volve”.. there is plenty more to come… I released “E-volve” to see how honest music with no lyrics  would resonate with the world… I think in terms of notes, melodies and chords more than words… so the music kept coming to me…. I decided to experiment with it and it t out to see how people would like it… but it far exceeded expectations!  With over 100,000 views on Facebook and 30,000 views on YouTube within a week of its launch!

For E-volve, after I put the team together, conceptualized, composed, performed guitar, produced, executive produced, mixed, mastered and edited the entire song, and video. Having said that, every element and person that was a part of it was crucial to its success… I’m extremely grateful for the incredibly talented musicians and filmmakers that lent me their skills: Lemuel Clarke on drums, Renny Goh on keys, Gabriel coll on bass, with the help of my incredible co-producer Brittney Grabill, and cinematographer Isiah Taylor.

 

What does your recording set up look like (what do you use to record, what are your favorite tools)?

I wrk primarily from a home studio… so I’ve got a very powerful Mac Pro as my production computer, my midi drum kit to me left, my full range hammer-action keyboard to my right, my guitars and basses on a rack next to the keyboard, a native instruments maschine on my desk, and a behringer mixing board as well… everything runs through my UAD card that is built into my Mac Pro. My main DAW is logic. I find it wonderful as a Composer… very intuitive, easy to use and fluid workflow… I also use a vast library of virtual instruments to do my demos. However once the NOOP track was fully composed, We recorded everything LIVE at blue dream studios, because I really wanted the audio to be live so that it’s as organic as possible!

 

You describe yourself as an instrumental fusion project; which artists are the greatest influences for you and your music?

I really love to listen to a diverse range of music to expand my style. My playlists go from classical eastern and world music, through jazz, hip hop, funk, RnB, Soul, Pop and Progressive Rock.

Some of my main influences to my music would probably be Snarky Puppy, Dirty Loops, Shakti, Emily King, Vulfpeck, Jill Scott, Dixie Dregs, Stevie Wonder, Jordan Rudess, Mateus Asato, Guthrie Govan. As you can see, it’s quite a mixed bag.

 

Which sort of social media website have you had the best successes with? What about these online services are different from the traditional face to face meeting and performances that musicians utilize?

I’ve had the most success so far with Facebook. Primarily, because it’s easier for viewers to continue watching your videos while they continue scrolling… This really helps with today’s incredibly low attention span that people have. While it pops up on facebook, people usually don’t have the patience to watch a video for more than 10 seconds…. So having the video go down into a corner, while they continue to scroll, I think is a fantastic feature that facebook allows for. Youtube is still great, but it’s a lot harder to spread.

Social media services are very different from face to face meetings and performances, in the sense that they reach a wider audience, and an audience who’s schedule may not even be accommodating enough to come out to a show. However… I think the two can co-exist beautifully, because once you’ve got a fan online, they’ll go through the trouble of seeing you live, cuz eventually, there is no experience like a live experience.

 

What should listeners expect from your music in the future?

In a nutshell, my listeners should expect the unexpected. I love to let the music just flow, without trapping myself within genres, and specifics. I like to stay modern with my sounds and production, while keeping an extremely organic, musical flow… But then again, since my influences are so widespread, it really depends on what inspires me next… But the common thread, that you’ll find in all my music… is that it’ll be approachable, easy to listen to, smooth, and it’ll take you on a journey.

 

How has the radio/Pandora/Spotify/other online response been for your music?

Well,.. it’s only been a couple of days since NOOP’S Single was available online due to some technical glitches, but as of now NOOP’s Single is available online on all the various music platforms (itunes, Spotify, Pandora, etc…) . It’s a niche market, but the market exists, and the fans are loyal. Judging by the response we received during the launch, I’m looking forward to seeing how it’s received on these platforms!

How can interested NeuFutur readers locate samples of your music?

The easiest way as of right now is to follow our facebook page www.facebook.com/noopmusicofficial

And our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/noopofficial/

 

What does 2018 hold for your music?

Noop is going to be releasing another 2 singles very soon, after which we will be working on live performances, following which a full-length album will be in the works.

Thank you so much for your time.

My Pleasure

 

 

 

Collins and Streiss Interview

Today, we are speaking with Collins and Streiss. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

From early childhood, we both loved music and wanted to play and sing. For both of us, at the age of eight, Anton started on piano and Mark got his first guitar. Anton was encouraged to take lessons because of his natural musical ability. Mark heard the Beatles “She Loves You” and sung it as a toddler. Continue reading “Collins and Streiss Interview”

DownTown Mystic Talks “On E Street”

Today, we are speaking with Robert from DownTown Mystic. Can you give us a little background information about the band?

DownTown Mystic started about 20 years ago as a side project for myself. I was managing a few artists at the time and working with them in the studio. I had started as a writer/musician/artist and put it all aside when I started my company Sha-La Music, Inc. in 1987. Working with young bands made me miss my creative side, so I decided to record some of my songs with the bands I managed. I would finish a track when I had some down time and put it on a music industry CD sampler that would go to Radio. More often than not, some Tastemaker would hear the track and play it on their show, which was very cool for me. Eventually I got out of artist management and decided to go back to being an artist again full time. You could call it a mid-life crisis I guess. (LOL) I started writing and recording albums again and started to put out cds as DownTown Mystic. My 1st cd “Standing Still” was released in the US in 2010 and was largely ignored but made the EuroAmericana Top 25 Chart. Suddenly I was on the musical map! I got a Licensing Deal in Germany the following year and released “Standing Still” to critical acclaim in Europe and was on my way.
You have just released a new EP, “On E Street”. How does it add to the body of music that DownTown Mystic has created in the past?
First of all, the full title of the EP is “On E Street featuring Max Weinberg & Garry Tallent”.  I don’t know why you music journos seem to omit that in the reviews. (Editor’s Note: Features typically are excluded from album titles) Max and Garry are of course, the rhythm section (drums & bass) for Bruce Springsteen’s world famous E Street Band, who are stars in their own right. The reason I’m featuring Max & Garry in the title of the EP is because the 4 songs they play on are kind of rare for them. They’ve backed Bruce for over 40 years but have only played together on a handful of outside projects, including Ian Hunter after he left Mott The Hoople. I think there’s only been a total of 4 projects including mine, so this is a pretty big deal. There’s no other artist in the world right now (including Mr. Springsteen) who can say they have these 2 E Streeters on their project, which is why it deserves to be promoted as such. 3 of the tracks are on the Rock’n’Roll Romantic album, so they figure prominently with the music I’ve already created. They also add to my mission of bringing Rock’n’Roll into the 21st Century.
How did you become friends with Garry and Max [Weinberg]?
I met Garry via a 45 single that the band I was in had put out. We were playing a club in NYC where Garry’s girlfriend was a waitress. She came up to me after the show and asked if she could have a copy of the 45 for her boyfriend. I gave her the 45 and as an afterthought, asked her who her boyfriend was. She said Garry Tallent and I  choked out ”from the E Street Band”? The next time we played the club she came up to me and said Garry wanted to meet me. The rest is history. Actually, Garry became our defacto bass player for about 8 months and recorded with us on a production deal we had. After the group broke up we stayed in touch and continued to work together.
The funny thing with Max is that I didn’t meet him until Garry brought him down for the first session we did together. I say funny because I went to high school with Max (Columbia HS in Maplewood, NJ) and had friends that knew him. Max is a year older than me and I had friends in his class. When he came to the session I started to rattle off names to him, which he knew. He asked me to give him more names and it was like a high school reunion. Then he looked at me and said “do you remember this girl…” and simultaneously we both said her name! Garry’s watching all this and he can’t believe what he’s hearing. (LOL) She was the hottest girl in the school and we went on about her for like 10 minutes and Garry goes “I’ve got to meet this girl!” (LOL) As I look back, the ironic thing is that we were about to record “Hard Enough” and I probably modeled the girl in the song after this girl in our high school.
How has the popular response been for the songs on this EP?
The EP was just released in the UK and Europe via another Licensing Deal I signed last year with a UK label and so far the response has been very surprising and successful. Over 60 radio stations in the UK and Europe are playing the single “Way To Know” and it’s hit the Top 20 on 2 charts! I think a big part of the response is that the songs live up to the billing. What I mean is that you have 2 well known E Streeters playing on this project and I think listeners and fans expect to hear them playing on the kind of songs that are on the EP. I also think people are surprised by the songs because they’re probably expecting something along the lines of Bruce’s style and 3 of the 4 tracks are more up-tempo and in your face.
How can interested NeuFutur readers locate samples of the On E Street EP?
The EP can be heard on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/yaolhgc3
and also on SoundCloud: https://tinyurl.com/yazwhaa6
We’ve asked you previously about your recording set up. Have you had any new additions to what you use to record? Have you any new favorite tools to use during your recording process?
Not really. I demo my music on a digital 8-Track Tascam recorder to work out ideas and vocals before I go in the studio. I keep it old school as much as possible.  The 8-Track forces me to keep it to only the essentials and refine the ideas I have.
Which sort of social media website have you had the best successes with lately?
I primarily use Twitter, which gets sent to other sites like FaceBook. I’ll eventually use Instagram more when I start using more photos.
We heard that And You Know Why was chosen for television. Can you go into a bit more detail?
I have a very good friend/ business associate in LA named Eddie Caldwell, who needed tracks for the short-lived TV series “The Carrie Diaries” (the pre-quel to “Sex And The City”). The music supervisor for the show, Alexandra Patsavas, is considered to be one of the top music supervisors working in LA. So this was a very big deal for Eddie as well as me. Alexandra P. was looking specifically for tracks that had been recorded in 1984 when the show takes place (talk about authenticity!). Eddie emailed me to see if I had any tracks recorded back then and I just happened to have some—what are the odds?! I sent Eddie like 6 tracks, one of which was “And You Know Why” with a female singer. I wrote the song and recorded the track in 1984 and it never saw the light of day until I recorded it with Max and Garry. Alexandra P. must have liked what Eddie sent her because she picked 3 of my songs for the show and one was the female version of “And You Know Why”, 30 years after the fact. You can’t make that up!
What does 2018 hold for your music; do you have any singles or releases that are on the horizon?
I’m currently working on the follow-up to “Rock’n’Roll Romantic”. It’s called “Lost and Found” which was a project I started in 2011 and abandoned. It’s got a more positive vibe overall and I think we all could use more positive vibes out there right now. It raises the bar musically for me and I’ll probably release some singles as a lead-up to releasing the full album later this year.
Thank you so much for your time.
Thank you James, always a pleasure.

Sitting down with Brendan McMahon

Today, we are speaking with Brendan McMahon. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

 

I’m a country boy born in a town of 900 people about 50 miles north of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. I lived in that area for the first half of my life.

I recall loving music from when I was very young and at the age of around 10 I convinced my parents that we needed a record player… it grew from there. My first album way a compilation of Australian music and from there it went from glam rock, Slade & The Sweet, to harder rock, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Kiss, Van Halen, Queensryche, Warrant etc. These days I listen to all sorts of music.

At 15 years of age I begged my mother to lend me $60 to buy an electric guitar and amp that a mate of mine was selling… not sure I ever paid her back but I hope so. 12 months later I’d upgraded to a new guitar and big loud amp and found 2 mates to start a band with. Our first gig of note was on the front porch of our old house which was in the centre of town and up on a hill. It was a very still night at around 7:00pm and after about 30 minutes of belting out some Beatles songs, the local Police turned up and to book us for noise pollution… must’ve sounded pretty bad…!

What sort of work have you put into the recording and creative processes for your new EP, Universalist?

I recorded my first solo album through 2014 & released it in March 2015… back then I was using the name Satellite Gods for my releases as I had always intended to put a band together rather than be a solo act. As soon as I had started the 1st album, Falling To Earth, I decided that I loved the creative nature of recording music so much that I would follow up my first album immediately with a 2nd full length release… in fact, I started recording the second album before I had released the first. Things grew from there and song ideas kept flowing so once again I started recording my 3rd album before I had finished my second, Marker 7-58. My third full length album is now complete, On This Fine Occasion, but prior to its completion I decided to take 5 tracks from it and release them on an EP called Universalist.

As far as the work I’ve put in to this release, I have to start by saying that I associate the word work with something you have to do rather than something you choose to do… I love every minute of the recording process, from the minute I strum the first chord on my guitar to write the song, to the moment I pick up the pressed CD’s or upload the songs to digital platforms.

What does your recording set up look like (what do you use to record, what are your favorite tools)?

I record at a studio on the outskirts of Melbourne called Soggy Dog Recording. I stumbled on the studio in 2014 through a web search of local recording studios… I really liked the name so I made a call and went and had a look at the studio. A guy called Steve Vertigan owns the studio and it resides if the front half his large house in a suburb called Upway, Steve is a trained multi-instrumentalist and has been working in the music industry all his life… his father was also a sound engineer working on live television and in recording studios . The DAW we use is Cubase, we also use a myriad of amazing software plug-ins that are easily available these days. I’ve recently moved on to using a Fractal AX-8 amp simulator for electric guitar recording as it’s easy and produces very high quality guitar sounds.

Tell us a bit more about the titles to the songs on Universalist.  How do each of these tracks provide listeners with information about yourself that had not been provided in your prior releases?

I enjoy bushwalking and there is a national park behind where I live so I quite often walk up through that park. At the centre of the park there’s a look out with a trail marker erected on it… it stands about 12 to 14 foot tall and has a tag hanging from it which has “Marker 7-58” on it. It’s a very peaceful spot and it has amazing 360 degree view from it. Marker 7-58 was the inspiration for the title of my second album and also for the opening track on the Universalist.

Hotel Hemingway’s inspiration came from the Ambos Mundos Hotel in Havana, Cuba. Earnest Hemingway spent quite a bit of time in Cuba in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, he also wrote 3 of his novels in a room in the hotel. The room has been kept as Hemingway left it in 1961, his bed, fishing rods & typewriter are all still in the room as it’s been set up as a memorial to him. I visited Cuba a couple of years ago and wrote the song about Earnest and the hotel.

Friday’s In December’s inspiration came from Peter Maslen (Maz) who is the drummer on all of my music. We were sitting in the studio between takes and we started reminiscing about the freedom of youth and the importance music played in both of our young lives… there’s even a reference to one of Maz’s bands, Boom Crash Opera, in the lyrics… “hands up in the air” which is a Boom Crash song.

I don’t think there would be too many questions about the inspiration for the song Mother once listened to. I wrote this song in memory of my mother for my 3 sisters and myself… she passed away many years ago at a very young age. I also intended for this song to be one of utmost respect for everyone who has lost their own mother. It’s a very personal song and I remember the night I was writing the lyrics as it’s the only song I’ve written with tears flowing freely down my face.

Beat is a song about the experience of recording my first solo album. I found myself in Soggy Dog Recording studios working with some of the finest musicians in Australia… musicians that I’d grown up listening to and admiring. The experience was somewhat surreal but the musicians were great people and I’m very happy to regard them as friends these days… I’m still recording with many of them.

 

Which artists are the greatest influences for you and your music? Is there a dream lineup of performers that you would like to perform with if given the chance?

In the early days my heroes were guitar legends like Hendrix and Van Halen and then added to this were vocalists such as Jani Lane from Warrant & Geoff Tate from Qeensryche. These days the greatest influence comes from the story tellers and there are lots of good ones, I tend to listen to music that takes me on a journey through the lyrics and the delivery of them. Artists like Harry Manx, Richard Thompson, John Mellencamp… I could go on for quite some time with the list.

As far as a dream line up on stage… the musos I record with would be great as they are all part of the sound of Brendan McMahon… they have all added so much to my music, particularly Peter Maslen (drummer) & Jason Vorherr (bass player & backing vocalist)

Which sort of social media website have you had the best successes with? What about these online services are different from the traditional face to face meeting and performances that musicians utilize?

Social media is probably my Kryptonite as I’m yet to really work out what works best. I play around with SoundCloud, Instagram, Spotify, ReverbNation, Number 1 Music, Spotify and Facebook. The great thing about the social sites is that I have fans of my music in a lot of different countries… I get a lot of people contacting me saying that they enjoy my music which is very satisfying and very humbling. I still prefer the spontaneous nature of live performance and the opportunity it gives me to speak to people face to face.

What should listeners expect from your music in the future? How can interested NeuFutur readers locate samples of your music? How has the radio/Pandora/Spotify/other online response been for your music?

I’d be lying if I said that I’m going to focus on fitting in to a single music genre in the future as I think that’s a bit boring. There’s a strong likelihood of my music spreading in even more directions in the future judging by the stuff I’m writing at the moment… I look at it kind of like going to a good restaurant, the more flavors the better.

As far as Spotify & Pandora, I’m starting to get people find me on them in recent times… I’m hoping that grows over time.

What does 2018 hold for your music?

2018 is going to be very busy as I’ve just gone back in to the studio with 2 albums of new tracks. Half way through 2017 I had already written enough material for my 4th album but the ideas kept flowing so I kept writing. I had a goal back in 2015 after the release of my first album to record 3 albums in 3 years… that soon changed to 5 albums in 5 years… I may need to reassess as the way things are going it may turn out to be 5 albums in 4 years.

Thank you so much for your time. Finally, do you have any additional thoughts about life and the universe for our readers?

I released my first solo album at 52 years of age, by the time I’m 56 I’ll have 5 solo albums out. I now have fans of my music that range in age from 15 to 75 in all parts of the world… don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re too old to achieve your dreams because all they will do is steal them from you.