An interview with highly talented music sensation- Billy Swayze.
Hi Billy, please introduce yourself to the readers so we can learn a little more about you. I understand you come from quite a talented family. You're related to the late legendary actor Patrick Swayze, your cousin Roderick Falconer/Rod Taylor is also a successful musician and film director and your father was quite a famous sports figure.
I come from a family with quite an entertainment background. My dad is former professional wrestler Beautiful Bruce Swayze.My cousin Roderick Falconer / Rod Taylor was a successful singer-songwriter with seven albums on Geffen Records and currently is a prolific screenwriter and tv and film producer. Intent on keeping up the family tradition, my journey continues.
How and when did you first get into performing?
Hearing Jimi Hendrix was an epiphany for me. At age 14, I got a second hand guitar and one of my musical mentors opened up my horizons, turning me onto an extensive history of musicians I never knew. I caught the bug and my journey of experimentation is never-ending.I was a player in several bands in KY and TN and when he encouraged me to sing, I began focusing on my own vision and formed the Billy Swayze Band in January, 2011.
Who were your influences growing up?
Jimi Hendrix, Velvet Underground, Motown,Stax (Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, David Ruffin, etc.) Brit Pop, Psychedelic, Soul/Pop/Rock/Alt.......I loved it all! I am a sound freak and like blending fresh new sounds.
Have you always wanted to be a musician?
Yes, never wanted anything else from age 14. It's the only job I've ever felt that brought me to my true purpose in life.
What has been one of the biggest highlights of your career so far and why?
Winning the coveted spot in the 2012 Music City Mayhem Showcase in Nashville.
What would be your dream collaboration/project and why?
Tame Impala because I love their sound and I think it would be awesome to collaborate!
I understand the making of your latest record was very interesting. The talented Jeff Robert oversaw production and re-wrote and did demos along with Murv Douglas of Lords of Acid and Powerman 5000 in Los Angeles. Then sent the revisions of your songs for you to learn in Nashville. You then flew to Los Angeles and recorded at the 4th Street Recording Studio with a band of A-list musicians that you had never even met before.
Yes, the making of the latest record was interesting. Jeff Robert was great to collaborate with. He is a cool dude and very interesting. I flew in from Nashville to LA with my guitarist Murf Adams and was in front of a microphone singing within 2 hours. Jeff provided the most amazing A-list players and Murv Douglas of Lords of Acid and Powerman 5000 in LA also helped spearhead the project.
You've just finished mixing your new EP, due out in mid-January. You're working with CSG Music, planing a college tour covering the south thru Major Motion Music, and putting a new band together. Sounds like you have your hands full!
Yes, we've just finished mixing the new EP, due out in mid-January. I'm working with CSG Music, planning a college tour covering the south through Major Motion Music and putting my band together. ReverbNation has currently: I Know A Girl, No Sweeter Place, Good Stuff. In the future: Got A Hold, No Sweeter Place, Bad, I Know A Girl
What advice would you give to other artists wanted to follow your same career path?
Find a sound you like. Continually hone your craft. If you believe in yourself don't let people bash your dreams.
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