Scott Shipley Interview Part 1 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: Good question. I just kinda let it come out the way it wants to. I grew up playing Bluegrass and Gospel, then I got into Classic Country and Blues and of course Rock-n-Roll, so my music is somewhere’s there in the middle of all that.
Lamitschka: What is your latest CD and how’s it doing?
Answer: We’re almost finished with my debut album, an EP/CD of all originals due out May 2019. I’m really excited about this project, we’ve been working on it for nearly 20 years now. It’s kinda like a time capsule and a spaceship all at the same time. Some very special guests on here too, I’m honored and humbled.
Lamitschka: How did you choose the title for the CD? Is there a story behind the name?
Answer: Yessir, we decided to call it, “Tales From The Dark Side.” It’s a throwback to the great story songs you used to hear years ago. Life ain’t always pretty!
Lamitschka: Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?
Answer: I do other folks’ songs in my live shows of course, everyone from Johnny Cash to Edgar Allan Poe. But in the studio I only do my songs, stories of real life as I’ve experienced it.
Lamitschka: Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).
Answer: There’s a little bit of everything on here, from one with a 31 piece orchestra that we recorded live to some with just me and a guitar. Everything from Classic Country to Rock-n-Roll.
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: My latest single is a song called, “Save Me From Me.” It’s about a man facing his demons. Grabbin em by the horns and fighting them till he wins. It’s a song about redemption, and I hope every person who hears it finds hope.
Lamitschka: What will your next single be?
Answer: The next single is gonna be the orchestra piece, “The Requiem.” Then the third single is an absolute bone Country song called “Flowers.”
Lamitschka: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?
Answer: First and foremost, I try to always be true to the song. Make it believable and relatable. If the listener don’t feel something, I haven’t done my job.