APG was born in 1981 in Lahti, Finland. He attended elementary school in Budapest, Hungary where he received his early musical education. Later, he traveled throughout Europe developing his musicianship. Currently back in Finland, APG is a professional singer-songwriter and guitarist. He speaks three languages, two of them are native. He has a beautiful 3 year old daughter who inspires him.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
As a teenager I lived nine years in Hungary, studying at Kodály Music Grammar school. My career as a songwriter/performer started, I regularly played the local band as a guitarist and singer. My first own songs I wrote there, we many times performed them live. As a student I had possibility to play in the school’s jazz band too. Besides my own songs we naturally played some cover versions of famous English/American artists. My musical education…? I learned a lot from my father; he is a Hungarian born, well known guitar player-singer, a professional teacher of classical guitar. Having spent my childhood in the right environment I really learned to love music, the guitar and theory lessons I got for years gave me a strong musical background – including the secrets of live performance. Those years gave deep impressions of different genres, from classical music to jazz and pop.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Well, we had a lot of funny moments – mostly with my accompanying band, many of them happened when travelling to gigs. Anyway I think the best way to have fun is to focus on the work. It’s a profession, a hard one. If you do it, then do it well. The audience is not interested in the things that happened behind the stage, the experience you give them is more important.
What has been the high point of your music path?
My high point – until now – I achieved by releasing my first own CD after months of studio work. I am proud of the lots of download and streaming from the Internet (Spotify etc.). It seems the listeners like my music that presents a melodic line of rock.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
The songs were born different ways. Perhaps there was a nice drum groove I wanted to use as a base for a track, or a short melody I played on the keyboard. But I am a guitarist; so I push the red button and begin to improvise, humming melodies while strumming my acoustic guitar. I mostly write the lyrics afterwards – it’s a challenge every time.
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?
By my opinion the marketing and promoting of music is the hardest thing. There are a lot of talented indie musicians out there and it looks difficult to get really noticed, though nowadays we can use the benefits of the social media. The next step is to have a music video of mine for YouTube in the near future.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I should like to share the stage with Paul McCartney or Sting!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We generally practice with my band once a week. The set-list is mostly different each time – because the places we play are different. Considering the local Finnish requirements sometimes there is a need to play very different genres too.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
The greatest challenge was to write and arrange my song called “Crusader”. Its´ mid and ending parts with strings session was quite difficult to compose and record. Albeit I am never satisfied with the result there is a point when one has to finish it. it’s like a mirror – I always liked big orchestral sounds.
What's coming up in the future?
The material for my next album is under work. Having a lot of new musical experiences I hope it will be successful!
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Guys, you can listen to my music on Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and Google Play. The first CD can be ordered from RecordShopX.com or straight from me. Also available on Amazon.uk as an mp3 download.