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Blackie Stuart - 10 Questions Music Interview

Blackie Stuart is an inspirational songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. One of his fondest memories was as a child watching his parents dance to the Beatles. Music brought him fun and joy. Soon, some neighborhood kids formed a band and Blackie learned how to play bass. Later, his first job was in a local music store where he was exposed to many instruments. He acquired a drum kit and, after a few lessons, the drums became his primary instrument. Blackie participated in marching bands, rock bands, and percussion groups. During this time, a friend invited him to a church meeting. There he witnessed the joy and passion of the congregation singing with the band and he knew he had found his calling. Most recently, Blackie received a cigar box guitar as a Christmas present and added this unique instrument to his toolbox. Blackie is grateful to his parents, the Beatles and his inspiration - God. Discover Blackie Stuart through 10 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.

Nothing really outstanding happened. Just jamming at home with some chords and I would begin to sing an idea and it just develops from there.

Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?

I was playing bass in a band for an international Christian artist . One particular night the audience were starchy, not getting into it. So he says to the band, " Johnny B Goode", and he went behind a Marshall stack and peeled off a great solo but no one could see him play it, quite amusing and it woke the audience up !

What has been the high point of your music path?

Supporting Julie Anthony { famous Australian singer } .

So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?

Usually starts with an idea about something or someone or a situation. I get 1 or 2 lines and build from there, keeping in mind that a song is not written but re-written, sometimes I use dummy lyrics until I find the right ones.

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?

Biggest challenge ? Time, and having to fund a project from start to finish and then promote your work

If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?

So many!...but the best I've seen live is Paul McCartney, that would be cool.

What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?

Rehearsals are really just me playing the cigar box guitar. At the moment I'm aiming to get 20 or so songs down, then maybe put some feelers out. Been busking a bit too.

Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!

The latest one, The Forerunner. Such an incredible story is John the Baptist's, I really wanted to take the listener back in time and on part of his journey. I hope I've achieved this.

What's coming up in the future?

I have an idea regarding Adam and Eve and the whole garden scene, have a few lines and the chords happening. That and learning some more cigar box guitar type songs.

Tell us where fans can access your music?

Blackie's music can be found on most major digital outlets like Apple Music and Amazon.

Listen on Soundcloud or Spotify.


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