I suspect my situation is not a lot different than other artists in when I get an idea for a song, I can’t let go of it. I’ll lay down some basic chord tracks and work with it. I’ll get away from it for a while and then go back with usually a slightly different approach to the piece.
Episode #535: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax
Interview by Jacqueline Jax
host of A.V.A Live Radio
Band Name: Steve Parisien
Song name: Hello Friends
Music Genre:: Country/Folk/Blues
This song is about..
I was inspired in writing this tune because of visits from friends, some long past, over the course of this past summer. Friends are ones most important asset. Without them, there’s nothing.
Link to play:: https://soundcloud.com/steve-parisien/hello-friends
My music is…
All my music is instrumental and is basically jazz based. Although I get in the mood in writing other genres such as country, folk, etc. such as ‘Hello Friends’, there is still the hint of that jazz touch.
How do you think this release represents your current direction..
My current direction as a composer is selling my music to producers, publishers, radio execs. etc. This particular tune is actually well on it’s way and has been picked up by Merf Music Group in Nashville, WOAFM99 Radio Show out of London and as well, various music streaming sites such as Spotify, itunes, Deezer and available on CDBaby. Some of my music is also signed for movie/TV opportunities. This is the direction I’m aiming for and thankfully I must be doing something right in catching the ears of those in the music industry.
Where do you create your music
I suspect my situation is not a lot different than other artists in when I get an idea for a song, I can’t let go of it. I’ll lay down some basic chord tracks and work with it. I’ll get away from it for a while and then go back with usually a slightly different approach to the piece. In many cases if not all, the guitar I choose will dictate how I play that tune to a point where the final recording may not in any way be similar to the initial idea I had for the tune in the first place.
I let my thoughts along with the instrument I choose, guide it’s way through the song which is kinda cool because you never know what you end up with. I also play other instruments and have recently added piano tracks which was used in ‘Hello Friends’. There’s no doubt it adds an extra element to the song.
How do you stay focused and balance creating with life..
I think that’s easy for me and probably other artists. In my situation, music has always been part of me since I was a little kid growing up in my father’s music business. Music has guided me through my thought process in everything I do, one of them being, thinking ‘outside of the box’ so to speak. Nothing is in ‘black and white’ for me which I think has helped me stay focused on what’s around me.
It’s a wondrous world out there, good or bad, but I feel that many people caught in the so called ‘rut’, don’t see that and the world passes them by. Typically some understand that much later in life but for some reason because of music I believe, I’ve enjoyed and treasured simpler things. This is good because life can get expensive. LOL!
What piece of music advice forever changed your way of thinking?
I grew up learning piano through the Royal Conservatory playing scales, doing music theory, etc., all the things I didn’t like but obviously became important later on.
However, my dad taught me ‘music’. A lot of musicians will understand what I’m talking about. The Conservatory gave me the tools, my dad showed me what to do with it. The one thing that sticks out in my head while I was trying to play by ear learning a tune off the radio, was he telling me, “…don’t bother with the melody line, you already know that.
It’s the harmony parts which make the tune”. I have forever concentrated my writing and playing efforts on attention to detail on harmony notes, runs or whatever, no matter how insignificant it may seem. It’s important to me and believe somehow sends that musical message to the listener.
I live in…
I was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. It’s a Federal Government city and as well, a large high tech. R&D business community which somewhat results in a population of transients coming from everywhere around the country and abroad. Because of this, there’s not really a deep rooted music scene although there are venues where artist perform.
One of these is known as the Blues Fest which as I understand is definitely the largest music festival in the country and if not, possibly the largest in the continent. This particular festival attracts artists from both Canada and the U.S.
The surrounding area known as the Ottawa Valley is the opposite in which local musicians from all around perform at the assorted annual festivals playing their traditional music which attract large crowds. Because I tend to lean more towards jazz, Montreal is a great option which is only 1 1/2 hrs. away.
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