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Interview with VIC HOLDROYD

Interview
with VIC HOLDROYD
Gaby:
Music
has many new fans throughout Europe, they may hear about you for the
first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you make,
to someone who has never seen, or heard about you?
Vic:
I
write Country Music songs. I pitch the songs to singers, offering
them the opportunity to lease the backing-track of any song. If they
cut a song, I then promo the cut to over 150 DJs around the world.
Gaby:
How
has been the last year for you? What are the highlights?
Vic:
The
main highlight was the release of Emile Andersen’s album “Walk
with me”, which included 10 of my songs, plus 2 co-writes.
Another highlight was the release of Cody Dell Akridge’s album
“Waiting on the midnight train” for which I wrote the
title-track, and 2 co-writes. Other highlights were releases by
Ireland’s Michael J Cloke, and new U.K. singer Miki Peters.
Gaby:
What
is the name of your latest CD and how does it sell?
Vic:
My
ONLY CD was called “Country songs for today”. I cut it to
get my name better known. I released 3 tracks on Hot disc, and one
track was #1 for 6 weeks, and is featured on a compilation CD issued
by Hot disc.
Gaby:
Do
you write the songs by yourself? If not, how do you manage to find
the perfect songs for your CD?
Vic:
I
usually write alone, though I do have 4 other writers with whom I
have co-written over the last 3 or 4 years. I have had to decline
several offers of co-writing due to there not being enough hours in
the day! 
Gaby:
There’s
a lot of work that come along with a number one hit. What did it take
to make it in your case?
Vic:
There
would also be a lot of luck if it happened!
Gaby:
Who
inspires you in music and how deep are your musical roots?
Vic:
My
musical roots go back to the 50s. I was born in 1946, and luckily for
me, I had Brother 8 years older. So in the 50s when he started
working and buying records, I got to hear great music, at a very
young age. Buddy Holly, Everley Bros., Bobby Darin, Marvin Rainwater,
Elvis, Cliff Richard. All these singers made my ears quite educated.
Gaby:
What
do you think about today’s music scene versus the past and where do
you see it in the future?
Vic:
Great
talent will always make it happen.
Gaby:
If you had the chance to change something about the music industry,
what would it be?
Vic:
I
would like the National Media networks like BBC in England, to be
more Country Music friendly on their mainstream programmers.
Gaby:
What
inspired you to become a songwriter?
Vic:
A
belief in myself, that I could achieve some decent level of
acceptance by others.
Gaby:
What
is the motor that keeps you going?
Vic:
Lack
of money!
Gaby:
What
has been your greatest challenge in the music business?
Vic:
Financing
demos
Gaby:
What
moments in your career, stay in your memory as highlights and
achievements which you are proud of?
Vic:
Nominated
at British Country Music Awards 2011 for “album of the year”,
and “song of the year”. The album was just a composite of
10 of my demos, involving myself, John Taylor and Sarah Jory, but it
was well received.
Gaby:
Any
thought of retirement ahead?
Vic:
Still
waiting for the lottery win.
Gaby:
Who
is your castigator/ slasher/ hypercritic, you or somebody else?
Vic:
Myself
– I throw more songs in the bin than I get to final demo.
Gaby:
When
you get time off, how do you like to relax?
Vic:
Sleeping
Gaby:
Is
there anything in your life that you would change if you could?
Vic:
Too
late now for change.
Gaby:
What
kind of hopes and desires do you have?
Vic:
To
keep on getting singers to cut my songs, and to find a red wine that
I can enjoy. At the moment I only drink German white wine – Pies
porter Michel berg.
Gaby:
What
has been the biggest disappointment in your life?
Vic:
Not
believing in myself in early adult years, and doing everything to
please others, instead of myself.
Gaby: 
Many
music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you
have your own website and what would your fans see there?
Vic:
I
have all my songs on Sound click.
Gaby:
Fans
are always hungry for a good road story. Do you have one you can
share with us?
Vic:
At
the age of 19, I was singing in a 60s cover-band. We did a gig at a
big Country house. We eventually realized that we were the “guests”
at what turned out to be a “swinger’s night”!! An
interesting night……
Gaby:
Describe
what a perfect day would look like for you.
Vic:
Sunshine,
white wine, bread and cheese, with the one I love…….
Thank
you Vic Holdroyd for the time you spent, I wish you all the luck in
the world to get a piece of big cake.
Interview
by Gaby Agrikola for Country Music news International

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