Jeff Mamett musican

“It is a kind of humorous story about a guy having a particularly bad day where it seems everyone sends him packing. A favorite saying my mother-in-law had was “here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?”. I started imagining different scenarios a person could find himself in that would trigger someone saying that to them. – Jeff Mamett

May 4 – 6:20 pm et
Episode #320 : A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax :

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2016/05/04/episode-320-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax

Jacqueline Jax logo photoGETTING TO KNOW JEFF MAMETT
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio

Early on…
I was influenced by the singing cowboys, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, Country artists like Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell, and Gospel music that played on the early Sunday morning radio. When I was 8 years old, my parents told me it was time to learn to play an instrument. My first choice, bagpipes, was vetoed as was my second, drums. Guitar was the next choice. It was approved. By the time I developed some callouses and could make some sounds on purpose, I was hooked.


Here’s Your Hat…
It is a kind of humorous story about a guy having a particularly bad day where it seems everyone sends him packing. A favorite saying my mother-in-law had was “here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?” While waiting in an airport for a delayed flight to finally start boarding, that line followed by “Don’t let the door hit you when you go” just began singing in my head. I knew I wanted to do something with that.

When I returned home from the trip, I started imagining different scenarios a person could find himself in that would trigger someone saying that to them. In the last verse though, I had to find some redemption for the poor guy. As for the music, I felt it needed a groove that would illustrate the feeling that the guy’s situation was relentless. At that point the song itself seemed to dictate the arrangement. This is one of the more rock oriented tunes on the album.

When we were going to cut the organ track, there was some miscommunication and a forgotten cell phone. The keyboard player and I ended up waiting for each other in two different places, he started to worry that something happened to me and started checking hospital ER’s, etc. I had no idea where he was so I went to this little country tavern for something to eat. He finally tracked me down there. We ended up getting together much later that night, and recorded the track directly to my computer DAW while sitting on his back porch by candle light. ( Buy the song: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/heres-your-hat/ id990022265?at=&ct=&ign-mpt=uo%3D6 )

I’d have to say these are stories the Good Lord has moved me to tell…
They contain a mix of truth and poetic license coming from my life experiences through the filter of my musical influences. I hope to take the listener someplace and have them feel something. For most of the songs, the lyrics ended up dictating the musical approach. The two cover songs were ones that I have just loved for many years.
I hope to find a niche with folks that enjoy Traditional Country and Americana music. I am looking for opportunities to perform my music for live audiences, and if people enjoy it half as much as I do playing it for them, I’ll be thrilled. The album is currently available through iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, etc. in digital and CD form. I have a website www.jeffmamett.com as well as a Facebook page. I wish I knew more about how to effectively market my music, but I come up short in that department.

I live on a farm in a pretty rural area…
The closest town is about 20 miles away. There’s not much of a local music scene here, but I don’t mind traveling to play. It’s a small price to pay for living here. I love to ride a good horse.

Music business…
It is a business. That’s just a fact of life. It seems to be changing at pretty rapid pace. It’s hard to keep up.

Pros and cons have you experienced…
Among the pros would be the technological advances that enable people to produce high quality musical product at a fraction of the cost it used to.

Among the cons would be the difficulty in getting heard through all the music being put out in the marketplace and connecting with people having similar tastes.

I am constantly working to learn about opportunities…
and doing my best to develop them. I keep at those things that seem to work and step past those that don’t pan out.

Social media…
I like that it is a vehicle that is capable of reaching many people quickly and also for receiving timely feedback.

I am challenged…
in knowing how to get noticed, connect, and use it effectively to build critical mass and drive outcomes (sales and bookings).

Singles vs an album…
I don’t think I know enough about marketing to address this.

I would love to have 5 minutes alone with….
I’d love to have 5 minutes alone with Guy Clark to glean any insight he might share about his approach to writing. He is a master writer who weaves great stories over a broad range of topics, illustrated with vivid images, lyrically and musically, that just pulls you in and gets you invested emotionally .

I try to create things that people will relate to and feel…
There are so many flavors of music and so many different tastes. I just hope to find folks that have a taste for mine. There are people who are very talented at catching the wave on trends. I don’t think I’m one of them. However, since the music I create is for people to enjoy, feedback is important for me to discover the aspects of my material that resonates so I can focus my efforts at making a better connection with the next song.

I am most afraid of…
unintentionally hurting someone.

My personal definition of success is..
being able to create and perform music that I’m passionate about that people will enjoy enough to support my ability to continue doing it.

The most recent success story…
I’m most proud of is creating this album. I had always been a “sideman”, playing bass for other artists, and never thought about writing my own songs, singing, or producing an album. It started on a whim. I recorded myself singing some tunes and discovering it sounded ok and that my voice seemed to have an identifiable quality. Then I tried it out in public and got a favorable response and encouragement. All of a sudden, ideas for songs started flowing and I began recording scratch demos for fun just to see how they might turn out. It all took on a life of it’s own and the project grew organically. I enlisted the help of great players I had known or worked with before to provide tracks on instruments I could not play and ended up with the album. The response from people hearing it, including some professional reviews have been good and gives me a sense of validation and a lot of satisfaction.

My over all goal for my life & career is…
I think it is the same as my definition of success coupled with being able to continue to enjoy my family and lifestyle.

3 Ways that I challenge myself…
I try to do at least one thing every day that will…

1) Identify or create an opportunity for me to promote my music.

2) Improve my musical and vocal ability.

3) help me develop a new song

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