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Paul Pigat Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Paul Pigat Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:
Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the

first
time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has
never seen

or heard
you?

Answer: I have
a lot of projects all with different personalities. Boxcar Campfire is a
mixture of

Americana
Blues and Ragtime music. Its all based around acoustic finger style guitar

arrangements

Lamitschka:
How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Answer:
Last year was busy, I performed in Canada, USA, China and Germany. plus i
finished the

new CD.
Whew!! I’m tired

Lamitschka:
What is your latest CD and how’s it doing?

Answer:
The latest CD is called The Game. Its to be released in March. I’m hoping it
will do as

well if
not better that the last Boxcar disc

Lamitschka:
How did you choose the title for the CD? Is there a story behind the name?

Answer: The Game is the title track. Its a bit of a sarcastic look at how many people
live their

lives

Lamitschka:
Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs
for

your CD?

Answer: I
write most of the material on all my discs. if i decide to do a cover I always
try and

make it
different than the original. I think thats important anytime you cover someones
material.

Lamitschka:
Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Answer:
the new disc has 10 tunes 3 of which are covers. i’d say they are influenced by

songwriters
like Hoyt Axton and Randy Newman

Lamitschka:
What is the difference between your last CD and your current one

Answer: The latest boxcar disc is more stripped down that the last and distinctly more
bluesy

Lamitschka:
Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about
this

song that
makes people want to hear it?

Answer:
hopefully that its well written

Lamitschka:
What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what’s the
story

behind it?

Answer: I
have many favourites but the cover of Ring of Fire is always an important one.
I wrote

the
arrangement the day Johnny Cash died as I was setting up for a show. I
performed it that night

and
finally got around to recording it for this CD

Lamitschka:
Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your
music?

Answer:
Without people to listen to your music it would be impossible to be a
professional

musician.
Fans are everything when it comes to the business side of this industry. Its
also just

great to
know that people dig what you do

Lamitschka:
Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Answer:
Igor Stravinsky to Robert Johnson I think all music is worth listening to and

inspirational
so long as its well done

Lamitschka:
What do you think about today’s music scene versus its post and where do you
see it

going in
the future?

Answer:
Theres always great music being made. comparing todays scene to another is like

comparing
apples and oranges. things change and evolve

Lamitschka:
What do you think about today’s music industry?

Answer:
I’m not a fan

Lamitschka:
If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would
it

be?

Answer:
Streaming should either pay properly or be banned

Lamitschka:
As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do
you

like best,
what’s your favorite activity?

Answer:
Performing is always my favourite. I think if you choose to be a musician it
should be

high up on
the list

Lamitschka:
Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you
happy

where it
is?

Answer: i
just want to make the music i want.

Lamitschka:
What was your big break that got you into the music business?

Answer:
Becoming the Gretsch Clinician was a good time

Lamitschka:
What inspired you to become an artist?

Answer: I
don’t think one thing inspired me. I don’t think i really had a choice. its
just what i

had to do

Lamitschka:
What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Answer:
townes Van Zandt

Lamitschka:
What drives you?

Answer: I
love playing music.

 

Lamitschka:
What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and

achievements
which you are proud of?

Answer:
I’ve had many. I’ve played with a lot of my idols so i guess those were good.
James

Burton,
Albert Lee etc

 

Lamitschka:
When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Answer: i
make guitars and spend time with my daughter

 

Lamitschka:
What hopes and desires do you have?

Answer: to
continue to make a living making music!

 

Lamitschka:
When you’re on tour, do you have time to play tourist?

Answer:
Not really Regardless of me enjoying music, its still a job and things need to
get done

 

Lamitschka:
Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have
your

own
website and what will fans find there?

Answer:
www.paulpigat.com

 

Lamitschka:
What’s your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

Answer: i
guess anything by Elvis

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