He has a large catalog of original songs still yet to record, and works on those in his spare time between his day job and family. He is also working on a movie musical screenplay and soundtrack.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
It's a combination of a little bit of everything, depending on the song. Most are pop/rock. Some are closer to folk, Americana, or easy listening. Some even have hints of country, reggae or jazz.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
This is my birth name. I was born in East Tennessee. My Mom used to see a robin on the back porch in the snow when she was pregnant, and thought about naming me Robin. But instead Mom and Dad named me Terry. I'm glad to have a simple name. I'm often asked, "Isn't it Terrance?"
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
The Beatles, Yes, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Foo Fighters, Adrian Belew, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, the Who, the Kinks, David Bowie, the Divinyls, No Doubt, the Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Queen, Sam Phillips, Garbage, Lynyrd Skynrd, John Hiat, Webb Wilder, David Wilcox, the Oscar Peterson Trio...
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I have a musical comedy for film spec script I'm working on titled NO MATTER WHAT FOREVER. I have music for that to record, and material for at least two other solo albums. I may rewrite the film script as an eBook. I'm not really collaborating with anyone at the moment.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I want to be known as a good songwriter, and write songs people want to play, sing and cover. My plan is to consistently release catchy songs that people like and want in their music library. I'm going to release the screenplay in eBook version if it doesn't sell or option. And hopefully interest in the eBook will generate interest in the music, and possibly result in getting it made into a play or movie musical. Then I can focus on the solo albums and more fiction and other scripts.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
I'm more of a songwriter/home recording guy than a live performer, so I don't really have one.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Tracking to crack the door open from amateur to pro. I've been told nobody will listen to music no matter how good it is if it's not demoed in a recording studio. I was also recently told 99.9% of all demos sent to record companies go into the trash unheard, because nobody will listen to it for legal / liability concerns. Unless it comes from someone in the biz they know. For the average songwriter, expensive recording time simply isn't an option. But it's good there are venues like College Underground Radio that provide an audience for people like me who are just trying to get their music heard.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I usually take a tune that pops into my head and work with that. It's important to record the melody as soon as it comes to you (your cell phone will do). If you don't, you'll get in a grocery store or somewhere playing music and it will be gone forever. I've written a song in as little as 10-15 minutes that way. The other way is to work with chord changes on the guitar or keyboard and dream up something. But the first method begins more songs for me.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
It has introduced me to a lot of people in the industry.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
FOR REAL by David Wilcox. INNER REVOLUTION by Adrian Belew. COMING IN FROM THE COLD by Bob Marley and the Wailers. THREE OF A PERFECT PAIR by King Crimson. CLOSE TO THE EDGE by Yes. IT WON'T BE LONG by the Beatles. JUKE BOX MUSIC by the Kinks. JAMES DEAN by the Eagles, POISON WHISKEY by Lynyrd Skynrd, NIGHTTIME by the Oscar Peterson Trio.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I've been working a day job and making music part time all of my life.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
You're asking the wrong person. Ask Dave Grohl or Taylor Swift. Tell me what they said.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?:
I would not demand artists always keep the same sound that people identify with as their band's "brand." I'm told that's one of the biggest burnout factors in artist relations, and results in inferior or delayed albums at the end of an artist's contract. Also - shorter trips touring, as most relationships cannot survive long stretches of time apart. And an open mind for discovering talent. Most good music will go unheard if music execs don't think outside the box.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Be true to yourself. Make the music that comes to you; and make music you like to hear. If you like your own music, chances are other people that like the kind of music you like will like your stuff as well. But everyone borrows styles from their favorite artists. John Lennon used to say, "All music is rehash."
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
All my music is available for sale or streaming at all the usual places. I sometimes put my new songs on sale and give the old ones away free over holidays on CDbaby. NO MATTER WHAT FOREVER should be coming soon as an eBook.
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