Gregg Sgar- 10 Questions Music Interview
Gregg Sgar’s artistic persona is a pure synergy of modern electronic music and rocknroll roots. Arising from New Jersey, and looking to play an essential role in the evolution of music for generations to come, Gregg’s musical output is a product of experimentation. By fearlessly pushing boundaries, Gregg’s sound blends rock, lo-fi, chill, R&B, and hip hop showcasing modern influences from Matt Healy, Paul Meany, Billie Eilish, Leon Bridges and classic vocalists such as Chris Cornell, David Bowie, Trent Reznor, and Prince. With vulnerable and relatable performance charisma, and award-winning songwriting and production ability, Gregg Sgar makes a statement.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
The one who first made me realize that there might be something unique going on here is Carlos Alomar. (David Bowie, Alicia Keys, Iggy Pop...). I met him years ago and to have an incredible relationship with him as a friend and mentor which means everything to me.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Off the top of my head, one of the craziest things that happened to me was when I was in a prior metal/rock band. We had a very big show at Webster Hall in NY and backstage there was someone complaining about how only the headliner gets the nice room blah blah blah. The headliner mistook that person as someone in my band and took his feelings to all of the major metal blogs saying how ungrateful we are. The headlines were pretty brutal and I woke up to a copious amount of texts from people asking me what we did. It went pretty viral in the metal genre and we learned pretty quickly who our friends were and who we thought our friends were. Pretty funny. All press is good press right?
What has been the high point of your music path?
Having actual fans that have been affected positively by music over the years in the various projects I have been involved with. A young fan who has cerebral palsy and his family flew out from Oklahoma to New York, where I am from, to meet me because it was one of his dreams. Those are the high moments. Nothing compares to that.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
The best songs I write always seem to come from a true and meaningful experience. Thankfully, I have a home studio where I can write, produce, and record tracks myself and I have grown to be able to have a speedy workflow that allows me to get whatever that is on my mind out fast. Sometimes I will start with piano chords, sometimes guitar chords, sometimes lyrics/melody/story first. As long as what I am writing about speaks to me, there aren't any real rules.
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?
Getting people who haven't been recommended to you, to listen to you for more than 5 seconds. The average listener wants their music spoonfed to them. The majority does not want to go out and find new music on their own. That aggravates me.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
In the modern-day, I would love to share the stage with The 1975. They encompass everything about how a rock/pop band should be in my opinion. How they maintain the mystique while being commercially successful is incredible.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearsals are very intense. There is a fair amount of light production and instrument stations that have to be locked in and planned out. Though most moments are planned out on stage, there are many moments for jamming off-grid performing.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
From my previous project, MGSP, we wrote a song called "Signs" that did pretty well and writing it was worth the pain. The song was being written during a huge tropical storm, and my house felt like it was going to explode. On top of that, a close family member was dealing with horrible depression and having to attend that situation inspired the lyrics. Being in the head-space to write ego-less is already a tough task, but when you do that on top of writing in someone else's shoes who is struggling with continuing to live is an even greater challenge.
What's coming up in the future?
A lot more experiential music will be coming out. I'm big into lo-fi currently, so I have a bunch of instrumental lo-fi ditties that I want to release. On the contrary, I have a few explosive sounding dark, power-pop type songs. The live performance will be ready in the near future.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
You can find everything you need on my website.
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