10 Questions with The Weighty Tree (Mark C Todd)

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1. How would you characterize your music?

W: A primarily guitar based mix of different styles which I seem to classify from psychedelic groove, ethereal fuzz outs, bluesy funk, laid back acoustic, indie melancholy and somewhere in between. I love to improvise as much, if not more than produce music as fully crafted tracks. The Weighty Tree is the vehicle for my own personal musical emotional expression. It allows me full control over the process and content of the music that I can’t achieve in the same detail when playing in a band, although that has it’s own magic completely, but this way there are no compromises necessary. I play true to me and maybe someone will enjoy that in a different way, in the same way I enjoy others’ musical adventures!

2. What is one early music experience that made a deep impression on you//made you rethink what music can sound like//has helped shape the music you make today?

W: The first ‘toy’ my parents gave me which I would not leave alone was a radio cassette player. I had it in my playpen as a small child. Apparently I was completely hooked on it and never let anyone take it away without all mayhem! They quickly gave in and let me keep it! I’d never go to sleep unless it was on – a comfort blanket I suppose! I learned sound could be a toy I suppose.

3. What is usually your process when creating//writing a new song?

W: Pretty basic really, just playing around with various chords, progressions riffs I like and then I hit record. Overlay by jamming on top in various ways with different instruments, delete most of it until I have something that captures my attention and then move on to something new. I’ll go back later with fresh ears and either junk it or develop something further. Occasionally, I’ll figure out exactly what I want before I begin and work out full arrangements before I start.

4. Where can we find your music//what have you done to make your music available?

W: I never really pushed my music seriously because I’m not a singer/song writer as such, but when I discovered soundcloud and the fact that people might actually listen to my music and enjoy it I decided what the hell and uploaded some tracks. Then I got some really inspiring feedback which reinvigorated my creative juices, so I thought I’d work on a few more with a view to finishing some of them (the hard part!), which is where I am now…

5. What is a recent musician//band//music that you are excited about?

W: I like all music from jazz, blues, RnR, rockabilly, folk, 60s beat garage psych, soul and funk, 70s prog, krautrock & afrobeat, 80s indie, 90s/00s psych/shoegaze, stoner rock, americana & folk etc etc. and along the way alot of hip hop, drum’n’bass and rap too.

There are so many arresting artists, especially on soundcloud. Those I have collabed with all excite me, but I can’t choose one of them, so I’ll have to say 60s legends The Pretty Things – I saw them recently in Southsea (UK), and they blew me away, albeit with a young outstanding rhythm section!

6. How would you describe the music climate in your home when you were a child?

W: My dad always played jazz of the big band swing and bebop variety, country and western, blues and sixties RnB. My mum was into 60s/70s soul and classical music. I guess that’s why I like most styles of music so much, veering from one to another and why I love jamming. My older sister got me into indie music. I have been addicted to the search for new and old sounds ever since.

7. Is style//image important to you and if so what//who do you consider cool in music?

W: I think image doesn’t have anything to do with music but everything to do with the visual art, and of course it is fun to mix them together. I think truth is coolest, but a good old yarn is also hard to beat. I’ll go with the late, great Bo Diddley.

8. What song do you want playing at your funeral?

W: Bo Diddley – Bad Trip

9. Why music and why do you make it?

W: Cartharsis and fun. There is no why for me, only why not more! Job security kills my time but I guess that’s pretty important, damn it!

10. If I should listen to one undiscovered musician//song today who//what should I check out?

W: Charlotte Gordon soundcloud.com/charlottegordon


Visit Mark at:

https://soundcloud.com/theweightytree

http://theweightytree.bandcamp.com/


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