RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW CANADIAN ARTIST TERRY K 3TL
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
Ok so brew in hand, here we go.
What made you decide to become a soloist?
I played in a lot of cover bands and frankly got a little tired and bored with trying to sound like so many different vocalists. So I decided to do my own material in my voice and see where it would get me. So far so good.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
My name is Terry and I have been involved with music for a very long time. Played in a classical orchestra as a young man and then went on to various bands, covers and originals all while working a day job. Life took its course but music and songwriting was never too far removed and well, now here we are. (PS way more details on my website TerryK3TL.com)
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Not sick of any question really. I feel that an interview is an opportunity for open dialogue and I am grateful to anyone interested enough to grant me their time for an interview. I try to answer every question thoughtfully and with respect.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Yes. Cats are aliens sent here to win us over with cuteness and then kill us in our sleep.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Guitars, some studio mics, assorted must have accessories
What useless party trick do you have?
I can sleep sitting up with my eyes open while people think I’m actually really focused on what they are saying.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Fell off the dais during a performance of Rocky Mountain way and landed on my back on a table full of beer. Didn’t miss my due and the audience thought it was part of the show. Yes, tequila was involved.
What was the worst experience on stage?
On a first time tour in New Mexico I got a sunburn so bad I could barely wear anything and would cover myself in aloe to get by. At the end of every set I had to rush to my room and have a cold shower and start the process over. Lasted 3 days.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
That I am still passionate and care about my songs and stories and how important it is for me to share them with anyone who cares to listen.
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
Personal, introspective and subject to interpretation
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I try to be open and honest with both who I am and what my songs say about me. I don’t believe in ambiguity so I may not be everyone’s cup of tea but that’s ok.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
At this moment I’m not really pissed off about anything. Life is good. I guess I’m just disappointed in the state of our world. I thought we’d be doing much better at this point in time.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
There are two that I get a little emotional about when I play them, “To A Friend – a Celebration of Life” and “Let’s See Where It Goes”. Both songs are very personal and I enjoy sharing them with friends who know a little or a lot about me and what the songs are about.
I hear you have a new single out. Can you tell us about it?
“Let’s See Where It Goes” is the new single just released on the 29th of March. It’s a very special song that describes how I arrived at my current situation.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
Ok, well it started with the title “Let’s See Where It Goes” that just kept repeating itself in my head. It became the Chorus and the verses fell into place when I realized who and what the song was about.
What was the recording process like?
Fun. I worked on the song with Peter Nelson, a brilliant producer/artist who just seems to hear what I hear and understands what my song needs.He puts everything into what he’s doing and to use his own words he enjoys “animating” my songs and bringing them to life.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
That’s an excellent question. The thing that I learned was understanding that the story and how you tell it is what’s important as a songwriter.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
I hope to finish my second album “Tell Me A Story” and to continue working on my project Songs For Old Men.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Sure, thanks for being interested in what I do, happy if you like the songs. Be happy if you can, peace, love and understanding will help you get where you want to go.