Coral Rose gets Up Close & Personal with Audio Blue
Name: AudioBlue (Drew)
Country: Dallas TX USA
Genre of music:
Mostly rock but a little of everything really…I love playing acoustic guitar as much as electric and to D-Tune both just creates more possibilities.
Describe your music to someone who had never heard your music before:
Eclectic, sometimes hard driving, sometimes soft – but usually in the rock & roll genre.
When did you start your musical journey.. can you remember the time you first played a musical instrument or sang into a mic...
Yep I was 6yrs old when I first started playing guitar. First time I sang was at 8, first gig was at 11 in front of 300 people in a church service…I was hooked from there.
Self taught musician . .. tell us about this…:
yes, listening to Jimmy Hendrix and Jimmy page as a young kid, I learnt several solo’s early on so figured I just had a knack for it…but, learning someone else’s solos and guitar style is different than playing lead or rhythm guitar in a band and having to come up with your own chops. If I had to do it again, I think I would have studied techniques and scales much earlier in my career so I’d of had the technical methods to add to emotions and gut feel…raw is great, but when you have technical talent as well, it can be insane.
What type of instruments do you play?:
Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keys, Piano and Sitar. Yes Sitar. I took lessons from a friend of my dad’s when I was 14 years old. Never forgot the raga’s we used to do whenpractice time rolled around. This is what initially got me into D-Tuning the acoustic guitar. Well, that and Jimmy Page…
What do you think is the hardest thing about being a musician?
In today’s world I’d say making it pay. The opportunities are still there to play, whether you’re in a band or an acoustic based musician, but because there are so many folks out there trying to make it, clubs, coffee bars and some festivals expect bands and artists to play for free for the exposure; tough to make it in those conditions. So many folks (including me) have turned to creating albums with the intent to shop specific songs for sync licensing opportunities. Even these are extremely tough to get as everyone else is vying for those precious slots.
It’s lucrative if you can get a couple of them, but the days of taking the band on the road with the intent to make it, unless someone’s supporting you, or you’re a cover band, are drying up. Again to many bands are playing for free just for the exposure…and to many bands are being put together by the industry itself and marketed for a quick turn profit.
Have you had any vocal coaching or music lessons at all?
No, but I came from a family of singers and muso’s, so I guess you have to define coaching/lessons…I’ve had the luxury of being able to tap some real talented individuals in my family. Although it may not have been professional training, the value I’ve taken away growing up in that environment is invaluable. I still call on my sisters and extended family when a project gets stuck in the queue or I need an ear or sounding board to get through a barrier.
Who were your musical heroes whilst growing up...:
I mentioned some earlier, Page, Hendrix, were very influential…but specific people, so were John Anderson (Yes), Robert Smith (The Cure), Matt Johnson (The The), Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) – the list is long…On the band front my influences include - Alice in Chains, The Who, Stone Temple Pilots and more recently…The White Stripes, Muse, Linkin Park and Coldplay,
Which musicians inspire you now?
Jack White and U2 never cease to amaze me with what they come up with. Every album they seem to get better and better. I’m currently listening to the French band Phoenix, alot for some reason, especially the Wolfgang Amadeus album. I’m also listening to Scott Weiland’s solo album – Happy…love his lyrics.
What is going on right now for AB.. are you working on new music, planning a release date, doing any gigs…:
Two things are on my plate right now, I’m completing an album called “Opposites Attract”which will hopefully be finished in a few months. It’s taking a little longer than anticipated as I’m also producing a young guitarist/songwriter with an EP he wants to put out as well as working with my daughter with her recordings and backing her on stage (she’s awesome by the way ). Once the album is complete then AB goes to work to get publishing, airplay and potentially sync licensing. Gigging will take placein support of the release. I’ll also be starting at Berklee college of music late spring on a three year music production certification. Will need this later on in life when formality requires it.
What is your motto on life?
"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make"
Where do you want to be in 10 years time.
In front of an audience or a MAC creating music. It’s just really hard to turn it off .
What has been the highlight of your musical career to date?
From a band standpoint, playing in front of about 5/6000 people at an open-air stadium. It was an incredible experience and one I shall never forget. From a work standpoint, running sound for Adam Ant in a rehearsal studio in London Bridge before he went on the road to support his Vive Le Rock tour. Great experience and learnt so much in the process. As a young kid starting out in the business this was invaluable.
What are your hobbies.. What do you do in your spare time?
I don’t really have any spare time , but if there are moments in time that I cherish, it’s those with my family. Our house is always alive with something going on…
Are you a dog person or a cat person or neither?
Definitely dog – I prefer to run around and have fun as opposed to sitting with a lap cat.
Do you have any claims to fame.. have you met anyone famous?
I’ve mentioned some of them earlier, but here’s a few more – Jon Anderson (Yes), Adam Ant, Colbie Caillat, Pete Yorn, Paul Simonon (The Clash) and John Stamos (while he was playing drums with the Beach Boys)…
If you could go on tour with any band/musician who would it be?
There are so many bands that I would love to tour with, but if I had to pick one it would be U2.
What is your favourite holiday destination?
Hilton Head Island – an Island off of the South Carolina Coast – Paradise when time allows.