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Carter Brady - 10 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.


I would say my guitar teacher at the time, Mark Sidgwick, is the one who motivated and inspired me to start writing, but the rest just kind of came naturally. Looking up to so many great bands and musicians over the years, I had always wanted to write songs, even in the early years of playing, but only by high school had I really felt that my playing and creativity matched the drive to start trying to do it.


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


I would say it’s getting Mark White, the bass player from Spin Doctors, to play on a remixed version of Chasing Vampires. This pandemic and being at home for a good bit definitely had inspired me to reach out to some musicians I admire, like William Goldsmith, who played drums in Foo Fighters and Sunny Day Real Estate. I sent him a rough demo of my song Chasing Vampires via Instagram DMs, and he got back to me and said he really liked it. That within itself was pretty crazy to me, since I had looked up to Foo for such a long time and had listened and seen him in tons of YouTube videos for each of his bands he’s been in and consider him a rock legend. To hear him say that and have him still supporting my music stuff on Instagram really means a lot. Mark had actually followed me back in November, and that was pretty insane. Was just at a friend's house and there it was on my phone notification. Couldn’t believe it at first, because like William I have always admired Spin Doctors and saw them live at a private show when I was younger. That guitar solo in Two Princes is one of my favorite solos to play ever, so to be on a song with him and for him to agree to do it and collaborate equally meant the world to me.


What has been the high point of your music path?


Thanks to the awesome team at Publicity Nation, I was able to get a feature article in Under the Radar Magazine for the premiere of my music video for Chasing Vampires, which I am still in shock about. Up until about last year I had never really gotten much publicity or media attention, so to have that be the first big press opportunity was huge.

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


Although I think I tend to start it with a guitar riff, my music process definitely changes from time to time. Sometimes a melody will pop into my head and I will go record a voice memo of me singing it on my phone, and then leave it be for a while. I sometimes pair riffs and chord progressions together when I figure out that they could sound good together, and other times I come up with something after listening to a song I really like. But very rarely do I come up with the lyrics, song title or concept first.


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 think that it’s hard for artists to make that jump from perceived mediocrity to approval and acclaimed status, since there are so many great musicians and artists out there that it unfortunately gets very saturated. It doesn’t help that the only true way to make money as an artist, besides a huge record deal, sponsorships, paid partnerships with TikTok, and YouTube channel monetization, is to go on tour and perform at as many concert halls and arenas as you can. As great as streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music are for gaining exposure and getting discovered, artists make practically nothing from their recorded music releases anymore. If there was a way to keep listeners happy while also catering to the artists’ desire to receive the compensation they deserve then I think the industry would be much better off. Of course it’s easier said than done...


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


I would have to say Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters, since Dave is one of my biggest idols and rock artists I look up to. He’s also an amazing showman and entertainer, and knows exactly how to take control of a venue and crowd.


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


Since my solo stuff is pretty much all recorded and composed by me, I haven’t had the chance yet to get together with a band, teach them the songs, and practice with them. I intend to do that when I get to Nashville later this summer. I did, however, get a chance to perform my recent single Chasing Vampires with my band from college, Duck Pond, last month for our rescheduled graduation weekend, and that was fun since it was a fairly low pressure gig and we played monty songs we had done in the past. It was a bit of a frenzy, however, trying to show my band how to play the song, since we waited until the end of the rehearsal to go over it. We ended up getting it done though which I was really happy about.


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


I had a bit of trouble coming up with the melody and lyrics for A Snowball’s Chance in Hell, which has a really cool guitar riff paired with it. It was one of those songs where you think you’ve got everything figured out and ideas are flowing, but then you hit a roadblock on one of the most important parts of the song. It took me a good week and a half to nail down the melody, since I didn’t want to continue without being fully happy with it, and I wanted to save myself the extra work of having to go back and forth and adjust the lyrics to fit a new melody. It ended up panning out, which I’m glad about.

What's coming up in the future?


I had a bit of trouble coming up with the melody and lyrics for A Snowball’s Chance in Hell, which has a really cool guitar riff paired with it. It was one of those songs where you think you’ve got everything figured out and ideas are flowing, but then you hit a roadblock on one of the most important parts of the song. It took me a good week and a half to nail down the melody, since I didn’t want to continue without being fully happy with it, and I wanted to save myself the extra work of having to go back and forth and adjust the lyrics to fit a new melody. It ended up panning out, which I’m glad about.


Tell us where fans can access your music?


People can listen to my music via a number of streaming platforms, but the two that most people use are Spotify and Apple Music, which I’ve provided links to below:


Spotify Page


Apple Music Page

About Carter Brady


Carter Brady is a NY-based musician and singer-songwriter whose love of performing is relentless. There is just something about his musicianship & ability to take any kind of music & naturally be able to do something unique with it.


Having been fortunate enough to have recorded with & performed in over 10 different bands & ensembles over the past decade, he has managed to find success in the indie music world. His new indie rock single "Chasing Vampires" released December 18th has the potential to be a big hit and is the foreshadowing of an upcoming indie rock album he will be releasing this summer. One of Carter's high school alt-rock groups released a self-titled EP, The Waves EP, in Spring 2016, which received great feedback, including numerous “Top New Music” accolades from the blogosphere. He has since formed, recorded, & performed live in various bands in college like rock group Duck Pond & acoustic rock project The Two Guys Neighborhood. He has been widely known for his versatility in a wide variety of instruments & styles, ranging from all forms of rock, blues, jazz, & recently LoFi with his new side project North Village.


Carter has received positive feedback from artists like William Goldsmith of Foo Fighters & Sunny Day Real Estate, Joey Pecoraro & Quinn Sullivan, & has worked with some of the best musicians & artists in music, ranging from a long list of names such as Mark White of Spin Doctors, Antonio Ciacca, Steve Watson, Peter Press, Mark Saunders, Mark Sidgwick, Richie Scarlet, & many others.


Make sure to visit Carter's website for latest news and merch!

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