10 Questions with Will Adlard

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1. How would you characterize your music?

W: Part electric – guitars, drums, noises, part folk – vocals, lyrics, melodies, part blues – the soul… And the rawness. If it were a person it’d be a boy somewhere in the woods singing out his soul to the trees, hoping someone somewhere is listening!

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: Age three, rolling around on the floor with my brother, listening to “Foxey Lady” and pretending to be foxes. I remember thinking that the chords sounded amazing… And later realising those were blues chords that I loved so much.

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

W: For a good song – start with a musical idea and then find/match some lyrics to it and work with it. Different kind of songs, I’ll write some lyrics then try to find a melody/chords for them. The best or truest kinds of songs come all at once in full, lyrics and music – I’ll play into a recorder the whole thing off the top of my head, then, having forgotten everything I just played, listen back to it and learn it. Sometimes I’ll not be able to work out one word or something because it’s mumbled and that will drive me off a cliff.

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

W: I’m currently only on soundcloud.com/willadlard, but soon (so soon!) there’ll be an EP out on bandcamp for free/whatever you feel like paying so keep your eyes open!

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

W: I discovered Nils Frahm yesterday and he’s just brilliant. Mainly piano, some synths and other keyboards in there too. But the whole album “Screws” is amazing, just piano songs. It reminds me of Grieg, whom I love.

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

W: Abundant! My dad was always and is still a full on blues musician so I learned a lot from him. We were even in a band together! My mum also played guitar and sang growing up, so there was always music happening. I only got into singing and songwriting later though… Originally it was just music, all kinds. My favourite piece when I was really young was Beethoven’s romance no. 2 in F Major…

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

W: I think I’m old enough to realize now that that stuff just doesn’t matter… I’d make a distinction between what’s cool and what’s fashionable. Trends come and go… Like “normcore”. But what’s cool is doing what you do in an authentic way. I guess I used to think people who became famous young were cool. Now I think Son House is cool because he worked as a railroad porter for 16 years AFTER he made his early recordings… It’s like being humble, or not being above anything. Real people aren’t above anything!

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

W: I’d have “Steal Away”, the way Dorothy Maynor does it, sung by someone close to me. It would be tearsome… But that’s the way it is.

9. Why music and why do you make it?

W: Why anything? I do it because it’s the only thing I really want to do. I think about the guys who design mobile phones… I can’t even imagine how you would ever even BEGIN to build just one chip in a mobile phone. But to them it’s easy… Or, at least, they understand it. It’s the same with me and music… There are some things I find easy about music which other people don’t. I think it’s those things which mean I just get it, and I want to do it. It’s like Krishna’s telling Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita to fight because it is what he is designed to do, therefore it is his duty to do so. It’s the same with me and music!

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

W: Bozie Sturdivant’s recording of “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down”. One of just a handful of recordings he made for Alan Lomax in the 40’s. Just amazing sound… And the backing singers – the “Silent Grove Baptist Church Congregation” sound like Bill Landford’s “shuffle of angel’s feet”.


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https://soundcloud.com/willadlard


10 Questions with Chris Picciuolo of The Uncle Steves

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1: How would you characterize your music?

C: I would say my music is quite simply a bunch of sounds and melodies patched together during desperate times.

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?

C: My first music experience was when I would play these weird little tunes at on the piano at my Grandparent’s house. I was a sensitive kid, probably 6 years old. I remember my Grandpa sitting in his chair just listening, and when I was done, he told me that I sounded alright but I could use some lessons. For some reason, that always struck a chord with me, and he very well could have meant it in a positive way. But I took it hard. I don’t think I played piano again for a long time. I got my first snare drum, rented from the Catholic School I was attending. I had a couple of lessons in the convent basement, but I did poorly and remember feeling like I wish I could take off the sound pad on top of the snare. I wanted to really hit that thing. The nuns didn’t like that. I think what helped shape my music is that need to do the opposite of what people always told me to do. I never got piano or drum lessons, and I took each instrument up by ear over the years, starting in my mid-teens. I know that sounds stubborn and it probably is. But that stubbornness really is the main driving force behind the music I make.

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

C: It can vary on the day, really. It all depends on if I have the will to record at any given moment. The only time I plan to record is during short spurts of house-sitting for a friend, in his basement. Other than that, I will usually just have to want to make time to set up the microphone on my computer and pull out an acoustic guitar and whatever random percussion I have sitting around.

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

C: I have my music available to purchase on theunclesteves.bandcamp.com

I’ve made a handful of music videos that I directed that are up on Youtube. I think the name is, “TheUncleSteves” on there. So, youtube.com/TheUncleSteves
I’ve tried selling my albums online but after the first album or two, I declined in the amount of people buying. It started to only be acquaintances, close friends, or family who would buy.

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

C: Well, they’re not recent-recent. But I am pretty excited about Dr. Dog and Hacienda. Those are some talented fellows.

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

C: Not very many instruments until I got my first drum set at 15. It was a Royce kit, pretty cheap. But there was always a cassette in the house playing The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, Peter Paul and Mary, etc. A bunch of different artists from that era.

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

C: I think an honest style and image is important. If wearing traffic cones on your head works for you, do it. As long as you carry it well. I consider bands like Little Dragon and Black Moth Super Rainbow to be pretty damn cool, especially when it comes to style and image, from album covers to live performances to press photos. I really connect to their imagery.

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

C: I’ve never really thought about this one. I’m not sure of an exact song, maybe the whole White Album or a collection of old blues tunes from the 1920’s. Maybe some Spice Girls. I want to make it a weird one.

9. Why music and why do you make it?

C: Music is the one thing that has consistently kept me looking forward to life over the years. I make it because I have to. If I’m not making music, I feel like that’s one less collection of sounds I can throw out into the universe and I want to do as much music as possible before I die.

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

C: Possessed by Paul James is up there, although he has had some mild success lately. It helps to be backed by a label, as small as the label might be. Pocket Vinyl is another one that comes to mind, Husband and wife duo. He plays keys and sings while she paints lovely pieces on stage. Check out their record, “Death Anxiety” Great stuff.

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