Singer-Songwriter Karl Sky is a prolific songwriter who has a vast catalog of songs. In 2000 Karl met and collaborated with Nashville legend Scotty Turner. Turner was a lead guitarist with Tommy Sands and the Raiders, a session guitarist in LA, and executive producer of Liberty and Imperial records. The mentoriship formed guided Karl's career. Today, Karl is signed to Captain Kidd Music/BMI for his country song "Warm Kentucky Wind" and his first collection of music titled Guess It's Time. Karl's sound is influenced by artists such as James Taylor, Jim Croce, and Elton John.
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'm not sure if I can pinpoint one singular event or artist that I can recall that motivated me to write music. I believe it was a culmination of listening to a lot of music as a child, playing records, listening to the radio, whatever...that sparked some kind of desire to create sounds. I listened to what I heard and I thought to myself, I believe I can do that.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? Well nothing really crazy I think, since I'm really just a writer first and foremost. I don't really perform yet, as an artist. But probably just having a genuine working relationship with a bonafide industry professional who considers my work to be genuinely good. That in itself was what I considered crazy. Because all my life I felt like a nobody from nowhere and here was this publisher (Scotty Turner) who believed in me.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Getting an albums' worth of songs recorded. It's just a time consuming process and a lot of work. Just to complete the task is satisfying.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
My approach has always been, let the music come to you on it's own. Dont force it. If I hear a melody floating around, I hum it into my phone and see if it turns into something. I rarely write lyrics first, although recently I decided to give it a try and it does lend to some creative avenues. Sometimes it's a chorus or verse melody that appears out of nowhere and I usually try to stabilize the entire song musically without words before I attempt lyrics. Then I decide, how does this music make me feel? Should it be a happy or sad lyric? And so on....so I try to fit the lyrics to the mood of the music.
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 really hate labeling of styles. I remember growing up in the seventies and you could tune into an AM station and hear country, rock, easy listening or even an instrumental song. Music was music. I believe we need to have more radio stations adopt an open arms attitude in regards to the genres they play. Quit having a complete 100% country station or a 100% hip hop station. We need more stations with more variety I think it actually divides us, putting us into separate camps.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Hmmm. Tough one. I love so many different artists for so many reasons. If you are going to make me pick just one, I would have to say...Paul McCartney. I mean I completely admire his career, humor and talent. I think it would be a blast to be with him on stage.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
When I prepare to perform anything I am a nitpick and perfectionist. I know I will never be perfect, but i usually never end practice until I feel that I've gotten all the kinks out. I guess you could say I'm never 100% satisfied.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I had to write a song for my wife's sisters wedding many many years ago. I never really wrote anything for a specific event so I really struggled with finishing it. It turned out rather well. It was entitled, "To Be As One" and was signed to a publisher several years ago. Come to think of it I should re-record it and out it out on my next album or just as a single, because I believe it is a very moving song.
What's coming up in the future?
More recordings and more songs. I have dozens of songs that have never been recorded and/or finished and I want to share them with the world. I just can't exist without creating music.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Right now the number one spot to download my music is on my website. As soon as the album is finalized it will be available on most major digital sites like CD BABY, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.