Learn all about Ed through our ten intriguing questions!
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
It was the passion that I saw for the art form in my family, friends and everybody around me. It's seem to be as if music was the most important thing in peoples lives. All kinds of music from every era and every genre. There seemed to be no musical prejudice and this was the catalyst for my life endeavors..
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I began the journey of trying to make a living from the passion that exists inside of me. One must be borderline clinically insane in order to take on this on as an occupation and expect to reap any financial reward in their lifetime. Years of work and practice of which I will never see the fruit . I'd say that's fucking crazy..!
What has been the high point of your music path?
In the last five years I've been working with Michael Stover at MTS management and it is the only valid thing I have in my life at this moment as far as connecting my art form with the rest of the world. It wasn't until that moment that I really felt I was spreading the music that I was creating. Without Michael's help many people would not be able to share in my creations ..
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Songwriting is always happening and ideas are in continual culmination.. The most important thing is that you act on the feelings when they occur. Drawing your pen pencil, piece of chalk hunk of charcoal or perhaps just ingrained in the memory and then committed as far as an idea is concerned. I need to be comfortable in my surroundings as my uncomfortable behavior has led me to this thought process. And it is sometimes very elation for something simple that is my motivator. Are usually find the magic when I'm outside of the digital blanket of the 21st-century ...
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I see the independent industry becoming the new industry of the mainstay.. The bell curve always dictates that in the undercurrent new ideas through passion and ingenuity become the forerunners of a new generation. There's been a lot of hard work and intense foundations laid in the independent music industry there for these grassroots will run deep and have incredible longevity..
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Tom Waits... probably one of the most ignore Mattick and prolific just scribers of the human condition. More like a Parisian storyteller under a bridge. Discarded bottle of wine and an old cigarette butt hanging out of the side of his head. His descriptions or more like epic Gilgamesh like adventures into the human condition. It oozes reality...
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
The music is engrained in my mind and in my body. Rehearsal is more like finding the subtle path of the right songs that belong together on an album. I have so much trust and faith in the musicians that I play with that playing the music is more like breathing even after a period of time of not performing. It is of course how we all pay attention that creates the grander feeling and sound inside of a musical unit. This is one of the reasons why I never rehearsed the night before a gig. You always anticipate too much therefore you're not listening the same way...
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Let go of my heart from the album "letters from high latitudes" this was my experiment into playing with as many minor seven flat 5 chords as I possibly could. I am fascinated by subtle changes in court variations and how they can lead you outside of normal framework. It was a challenge for me not only to create an interesting song lyrically but to find a special Duke Ellington like esque arrangement that would fit and circumnavigate the entire idea ...
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What's coming up in the future?
I am building a complete replica of World War II Nazi U-boat submarine in my backyard.
Where can fans can access your music?
First off let me say thank you so much for having me today and allowing me to vibrate some sarcasm as well as truth in this lovely interview. I mean this with most sincerity. You can always get a hold of me at www.edroman.net where are you will find my social networking buttons for Facebook Twitter Instagram and my YouTube channel.. please check out the newest record RED OMEN available everywhere online.