Scott Gray Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Scott Gray Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Whydid you choose the title, ‘Raincoats and Other Short Stories’ for your EP?

Answer:  I
chose this title for my album, for a couple of reasons. First, one of my favorite songs on the album
is the opening tune called „Raincoats“. It’s so fun and bouncy and memorable that I thought this was the best
tune to highlight my overall musical style. But I also wanted to focus on the fact that all of the other songs are
written like little short-stories that I created. Naming the album „Raincoats & Other Short
Stories“ just seemed to fit perfectly.

Lamitschka:  How would you describe yourself musically to someone who has
never seen or heard you?

Answer:   My musical style has been described in many
different ways. I like to say my style
is very pop with a strong jazz influence. But I honestly write all different styles of music if you pay close enough
attention. You’ll definitely hear pop
and for sure jazz. But you will also
hear a little bit of rock-n-roll, blues, singer-songwriter, and maybe even a
slight bit of Country Music, too. I hope
this diversity in styles helps keep things interesting for different types of
music lovers!

Lamitschka:  What have been the highlights for your music in the last year?

Answer:  A
year ago, I released my first album…so of course, that’s a very exciting thing
in itself. But to get the reception that
I’ve received has been amazing. Here in
the U.S., my little, independent release gained almost 90 radio adds and had
about the same amount of adds in Europe, too. My album even hit a respected radio chart here in the United States….all
of that is very exciting stuff! But I
think what has been the biggest highlight, so far, is how I’ve connected with
so many people around the world on Social Media because of this album. Music is a very, very powerful thing and I
love how it can connect all of us.

Lamitschka:  Who are your biggest musical influences?

Answer:  Wow…I
don’t think there’s enough space here to list all of my influences. Artists that come to mind are Sting, Barry
Manilow, almost anything from the 1930’s & 1940’s, Leonard Cohen, Jamie
Cullum, Amy Grant, Adele, Cold Play, Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, Elton John,
Billy Joel…the list really could, indeed, go on and on.

Lamitschka:  Your current single, “Someday” is being played by radioacross the UK and Europe. Why is “Someday” special to you?

Answer:  Someday
is very special in that the message behind the song is the closest story on
this album to my own story. Even though
I wrote it as a „I haven’t found my true love“ love song, the underlying
message is really about how so many of us who have a huge dream can feel like those
dreams are very out of reach.  Having a
dream (a goal) can bring so much excitement and hope to our lives, but they can
also bring discouragement, at times. That’s what this song describes…those times that you feel discouraged in
the process of working towards a goal. It begs the question „will I ever get to where I want to go?“. I hope that this song can help other dreamers
out there feel not so alone knowing that other people experience the same
things, too, from time to time.

Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have
over your music?

Answer:  I’m
so grateful that I have complete creative control. I run my production company like a small,
independent label. This allows me to
write what I want to write, work with whom I want to work with, etc. I really do enjoy the freedom to work this
way.

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

Answer:  Wow…what
a very important and thoughtful question.  Of course, there are many things that I could
discuss such as the fairness of how artists and songwriters get paid, etc. But what I would really like to focus on in
terms of change is how the consumer views music, overall. I firmly believe that our taste for music
that is deemed popular is mainly driven by the big labels. They choose which artists and which styles of
music are worthy of being promoted to the music markets in a very big way. In essence, I feel like the labels feed us
with what is considered good and legitimate music….and we buy into it. But the reality is, is that the consumer has
much, much more power than that. There’s
so much great music out there, so much diversity in styles, than the average
consumer realizes even exisits. Music
consumers have every available tool (thanks to the internet) to discover all different
types of music. Does it take more effort
than just turning on the most popular radio stations in your town to discover
those hidden talents? Of course it
does. But at the same time, consumers
need to understand the true power that they possess in guiding their own
decions based on their own very unique tastes. That’s a very exciting thing to remember!

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as
recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what’s your favorite
activity?

Answer:  I
think my favorite thing is working in the studio. To see a simple piano / vocal tune blossom
into a full production is a very magical thing. I enjoy working with the producers and the musicians and seeing how each
brings their own ideas to the table….to see people cooperatively working together
to making sure that the songs become the very best version that they can be is
just an amazaing process that I love to be a part of!

Lamitschka:  What’s the best complimentsomeone can say about your music?

Answer:  The
favorite thing that I’ve been told that I will never tire of is „Your music
inspires me and it helped change my life.“

Lamitschka:  What’s your favorite(cover) song that you wish you could record?

Answer:  If
I could record any song (and give it any amount of justice), it would be Brandi
Carlile’s „The Joke“. It’s just one of
the most powerful and honest songs I’ve ever heard.

Lamitschka:  What do you want people to know about your music?

Answer:  I
live in Nashville, TN…a town that is synonomous with Country Music. But Nashville is also known as Music City
USA. In the last several years,
especially, I think Nashville’s music scene really has become more diverse to
where it truly encompasses many forms of music. I think what I would really like people to
know the most is that just because I live in Nashville doesn’t automaticlly
make me a Country Music Artist. I’m
proud to live in this town and to be a part of its creative community….even if
I’m doing something totally different from everybody else.

Christian Lamitschka (Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de) for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

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