BRYAN MCPHERSON

a1856715480_16CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your music, what would it be and why?

BM: Folk. Music of the people.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

BM: Life.

CH.89: What made you want to start playing music?

BM: I’m a musician. The same thing that made me want to start breathing.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process was like when starting work on your forthcoming album Wedgwood, which is due out June 10th?

BM: I knew the record was about the fire. The fire inside us and the fire of earth. Creating and destroying and rebuilding and cleansing and revolution. My creative thought process was: I have a bunch of songs that I’ve written that share this common thread and tell a story of my life along the way. I wanted to capture that in the best way possible. The universe obliged and illuminated the path and through hard work and dedication and through help from some amazing friends and supporters, the record got made.

CH.89: What would you want people / the listener to take from your music?

CH.89: I would hope people feel good after listening to my music. Maybe they think something they never thought of. Maybe something was said or felt that was on their mind or in their heart that they were unable to communicate. Maybe they feel hope or validated or happy.

0004972881_10CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

BM: My lifestyle is weird! I am very transient these days. I tend to go on long tours for 2 months average. During the tour I meet friends along the way and have adventures. I have lonely nights and scary situations sometimes too. It’s very challenging but also gratifying. Then when tour is over, I try to resume a somewhat normal life and prepare for the next one, while working on any new songs I have written and all of the business ends of things. When I’m not on tour I live a pretty mellow healthy lifestyle. I like movies, books, long walks on the beach, yoga and pho.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

BM: I think both. With some things, like a full length record, I have a frame or a vision of what I want or am going for. Then if inspiration comes along the way then I work with it. With a song, it’s all impulse. I cannot stop to think. Thinking writes bad songs. I write from my heart and sort it out later.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist?

BM: Nothing is free.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

BM: Nope.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

BM: The hardest thing is also the greatest thing. Not knowing what will happen next. I have very little job security, but anytime I have had a “day job,” I have not wanted to have it, so I try to remember that and trust that things always end up working out one way or another.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

BM: Getting to perform and connect with people and to help them in their lives.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artists that inspire you in any way?

BM: Anyone stepping out on the edge and “going for it.”

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

BM: It’s a headache. Part of me longs for the days when no one had a computer and there was a material industry. Another part of me finds technology useful, but some days I would rather be playing my guitar and singing songs than editing my website or writing emails. I think technology helps artists and artists need it because technology destroyed the traditional music industry. It’s a pickle.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

BM: I don’t know. I have nothing to compare myself to. I have not been anyone else…yet.

CH.89: You’re on tour a lot. Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

BM: I love traveling. Right now my favorite city is Berlin, Germany.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

BM: Stephen King or John Steinbeck. If I had to pick a book it might be The Grapes of Wrath.

CH.89: What are your future goals or plans for your music?

BM: I just want to keep on keeping on. Writing songs and making records. I have a lot of new songs and my next record is beginning to take shape in my head. I want to continue touring and connecting with people around the world!

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

BM: Speaking for those who can not speak.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your music?

BM: Nope 🙂

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