RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN ARTIST LEE PIERRE
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I cannot recall a moment of my life without music. Something musical is always coursing through my thoughts, even in the most difficult instances.
Introduce us to yourself, and tell us your musical history?
I am Lee Pierre, I write songs. I play guitar and piano/keyboards, and drum a bit, but not nearly enough to be called a drummer. Did I mention to you that I sing as well?
What was life like for you before music?
That moment never was. If it was, I do not recall it.
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
I could give you g.p.s. coordinates, but ultimately, I like my privacy.
What is the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
An old guitar teacher of mine once asked me, rhetorically, “What do you do when you get a bad review?” In my ignorance, I said I would learn from it. He responded, “No, you throw it away!” He then asked me “And what do you do when you get a good review?” In my further ignorance, I said I would frame it, and hang it on the wall, for motivation. His response: “No, you throw it away!”
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
To enter into a state of being where wishing is no longer required.
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….
I do not, as what I do will please myself and those I confide and trust in; the public is secondary to that. If the material helps others to see things from a more positive perspective, then all the better – ultimately, all art is subject to the views of the viewer/listener. All that an artist can do is create a thing, once it is released into the world, it no longer belongs completely to him or to her.
Do you sign on to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?
If you have anything of interest, I’m happy to listen. As to the long-standing ones, area 51 and whatnot, I simply don’t have time for all that. I’m a very busy person.
What was your worst experience on stage?
Personally, my most difficult moment was being emotionally moved by a song in the middle of singing it. I’m not sure it was the worst experience, but surely a difficult one.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I must refrain from speculation on the topic, as this is one for the fans, not the artist.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?
I released a full-length album, INTENT, last year. The current EP, HUMDRUM RUMINATIONS, is a document of where I am between albums, as another full-length is set for release in early 2024. The songs are dreamy and honest, written chiefly about people and events which are close to me.
What was the recording process like?
The nights were long, the hours grueling, but nobody seemed to mind. Our engineer always remained chipper, though deprecatory. In the end, he acted as a de facto producer. In my estimation, Flavian is a genius.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
I’m not sure I know what you mean by the learning curve, but if there is anything I’ve taken away from recording these latest tunes, it is that I must have implicit trust in myself, in my own voice. Perhaps that was the “curve” – or at least the greatest lesson.
Would you change anything now it is finished?
No, not at this point. I’m quite happy with the EP and am looking forward to live dates this autumn, once the craziness of summer come to a close. I find summer is an excellent time to listen and relate to music, to let new sounds into your heart. Autumn is the best time to cram yourself into a sweaty club and hear it live, to get closer to the physical presence of the artist.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
How much time have you got? There is so much more… So long as music continues to shuffle about, stagnant, with so many so-called “artists” conforming to the codes of the day, content to find some small position in the morass of contemporary music, and afraid to upset the status quo – there will be more to say, more to do – more to express.