Brady Novotny - 10 Questions Music Interview
Brady Novotny started playing the guitar at the age of 10. Determined and tenacious, Brad recalls his first teacher telling him to basically put his dreams aside, but all it took to push his passion forward was one listen to guitar player Randy Rhoads. Brady fell in love with classical and melodic guitar playing. He practiced restlessly learning everything from classical pieces, melodic and virtuosic solos from 80's guitar heroes, to jazz fusion. He eventually went on to study at the renowned Berklee College of Music. By age 19, he was asked to teach summer guitar workshop at Duquesne University. Brad is now a diverse player who incorporates many styles: classical and flamenco, jazz and rock. His experience ranges from the Pittsburgh rock scene to national tours. He has worked as a Pittsburgh session guitarist, Worship leader, and guitarist at several mega churches. He has also taught guitar at clinics and universities. His 2019 release with MTS Management Group/MTS Records is “Passions Collide” featuring the lead single, “Redemption’s Cry.” The song, featuring a hauntingly beautiful vocal from Brady’s wife, Jennifer, charted on the Airplay Today national radio charts. The 2nd single, the title track, reached Top 5 on the iTunes sales charts, while staying on the airplay charts for several months. Brady’s latest single and video is “Ancient Romance.” Released in December 2019, the video was filmed on location in St. Augustine, Florida. It premiered on The Christian Beat.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I guess I have to credit my mom. When she passed away, I realized that she never heard much of anything I have written, mainly because I never recorded it. I made it a point that I was not going to let time pass me by, and realized I needed to finally write my debut album. 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 flying into a gig and there was a blizzard. We landed late, but were able to get to the show on time. As we pulled up to the venue, we immediately went through the backstage door. As I was walking up the steps, they handed me my guitar, I walked out on stage and the drum clicked off the first song. It is a fun story to tell, but a little to close for comfort for me. What has been the high point of your music path?
The highlight of my career was when I got to open up for one of my guitar heroes, Paul Gilbert. It was such an honor to warm the stage for a world-renowned guitarist.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I usually just sit down with my guitar and start playing. I keep my phone close so if an idea catches my ear I start recording. Then I take any ideas and start tracking them. After I have the basic outline, I can then start playing it with the band.
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?
The think the biggest challenge is for listeners to weed through so much music. On one hand, the artist can release a song, and it can be heard all around the world, but on the other hand, every artist has the same opportunity. This creates an overabundance of music to listen too.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I would love to share the stage with Steve Vai. He has been one of my guitar heroes since I started playing guitar. It would just mean a lot to me to come full circle if possible.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearsals are pretty standard. I make the set list and email it to the band, and we rehearse the full show 2-3 times the week of the gig.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I feel the first song of the album was the hardest. It is sort of the springboard for the rest of the record. One of the hardest things as a writer is the blank page, or for the musician, it is the silence. It can be difficult to try to convey the sound in your head. That song for me was the title track Passions Collide.
What's coming up in the future?
I am still playing the Passions Collide album live. I have a new show with some other amazing guitar players called “The Guitar Freaks”. I am also writing new music for the second album.
Tell us where fans can access your music. Provide 1 or 2 links here:
Visit Brad Novotny's website.
Listen on Spotify.
Watch on Youtube.