Check out my interview with New Jersey Stage’s Gary Wien! Last week, the creator and chief contributing writer of the online arts magazine asked me a handful of thoughtful, compelling questions. I am very grateful to have gotten the chance to open up about my experience as a songwriter behind the piano, my inspirations and influences, and the reasons behind my debut benefit tour. Here is an excerpt from the interview:
"Tell me about trying to be a professional musician from the Jersey Shore as a pianist? We don't see that too often. How did you first get into the piano? Does the instrument sort of separate you from the rest in a way?
It's definitely an uncommon thing at the Shore, or anywhere really, which is a shame. Probably because it’s a pain in the ass to schlep around! I love the way the sound of a piano can anchor an entire song, and I personally like to construct my songs around its character. There’s also so many ways to play the instrument, which has added a lot of diversity to my setlist and makes my creative process more unpredictable. I started playing the piano at age 5, way before I started singing. I only began using my voice when it was from behind the keys, and I think this has influenced my vocal tendencies for the better. I think they complement each other in a unique way.
Who are some of your favorite artists and who inspires you as a musician?
I owe a lot of the music I grew up loving to my parents. It started with playing, and eventually singing, Billy Joel, Elton John, and Springsteen, of course. But I have some pretty surprising early influences." ...
Read the full NJ Stage interview here: