Peter Chapman No Music No Soul Interview
Melbourne soulful artist Peter Chapman is once again set to capture listeners with his unique blend of modern melodic rock music showcased in the debut single "No Music No Soul" taken from his forthcoming album of the same name.
Peter, known for his humble persona, is definitely not new to the music scene with years of crafting his live performance and an endorsement by Australian guitar manufacturer Cole Clark under his belt. Peter's soulful infusion of musical styles is evident in his high caliber artistry within the Australian music scene.
Some of Peter's most notable recent achievements include being handpicked and presented by the Australian Football League for the 2009 & 2010 AFL Grand Final Parades and sharing the stage with some of the world's best musicians including welsh super singer Bonnie Tyler. In addition, Peter's music was adopted by Oxfam for local fundraising for the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal and his first EP saw two tracks picked up on the nationally syndicated program, Good Morning Australia on Network Ten.
Peter is executive producer on his latest release. 'No Music No Soul' was recorded in Melbourne, co-written with Shaun Gardener who also worked on the album as producer. All tracks were mastered in the US by Grammy Award winner Adam Ayan, Bob Ludwig's protégé at Gateway Mastering in Portland, Maine. The names Adam Ayan and Bob Ludwig speak for themselves, having previously worked with some of the world's elite from Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Rolling Stones, Queen, Beck, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Simple Minds, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam and The Who.
The title track from Peter's 'No Music Soul' album is currently available at all good online stores. It has grabbed the attention of numerous radio stations across Australia, receiving light rotation and spot plays on commercial radio networks regionally. Star FM, Sea FM, Sun FM and Hot FM included. Retail and venue programmers Mood Media and SMA are broadcasting the track throughout hundreds of stores around the country. The NMNS music video has been added by SBA Music and received airplay on Rage, Landed Music TV and more recently, the influential music channel, MAX TV.No Music No Soul Review
: Peter Chapman has created a unique sound by mixing rock instruments with a rhythmic melody and impressive vocals in No Music No Soul. Peter Chapman has a variety of toe-tapping music that will easily appeal to all audiences.www.Facebook.com/peterchapmanmusic
Interview with Peter ChapmanQuestion:
How would you describe No Music No Soul? Peter Chapman
: I guess it's melodic pop rock with a smattering of electronica based, sound scaping (Is that like man scaping?) Question:
Can you talk about making the music video for No Music No Soul? Peter Chapman
: Sure, it was directed and produced by Julia Chin at Laneway productions. It was visually inspired by 'The Social Network', musically inspired by my No Music No Soul song and unashamedly Melbourne in it's row boat on the Yarra, City sky lines and Southbank visuals! It was shot with Banks rowing club on the first weekend of winter in Melbourne this year!Question:
Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration? Peter Chapman
: I am a singer song writer so definitely write my own songs. I also co-write with other musicians on a regular basis.
Lot's of things inspire me in life but I guess I draw on my own life more than anything else when I write songs / try to tell stories!Question:
What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own? Peter Chapman
: I have such a diverse cd collection and I also like to catch up with music that is new so It is really hard to hone in on who and what I listen to! I love great singer songwriters and the epic bands so Cat Stevens, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Beatles, David Bowie and Rolling Stones are a great place to start. Grant Lee Buffalo and Buffalo Tom, Talking Heads, Early INXS, The Black Crows, The Cure, Iron and Wine, Gotye, Kate Bush, Bruce Springstein...... I could go on and on! Question:
What's next? Tour/Album/Single? Peter Chapman
: Focusing on the album at the moment with another two singles planned. One later this year and the third early next year. This will lead into the NMNS album release around middle of 2012. I'm sure there will be some live shows between now and then as well. Just working on securing the right gig opportunities. Question:
Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel? Peter Chapman
: Several! Question:
Do you prefer performing live or recording? Peter Chapman
: I like both sides of the coin. They usually complement each other and usually follow each other around in the process! Question:
What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry? Peter Chapman
: My Dad is a guitarist and played in bands so I grew up around music and regularly fell asleep to bands rehearsing in the lounge room. It seemed to be a natural thing to get involved. I just kept singing and it eventually lead to writing, playing live and eventually recording.Question:
What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success? Peter Chapman
: Self belief and self motivation!Question:
What's a typical day like? Peter Chapman
: Depends on where you are at in the cycle of your current recording. At the moment I am focusing on letting people know about my No Music No Soul set so as an independent, self managed artist, I am currently wearing the management and promotion hat, just at the moment. I'm on line a lot and working with people who are helping me find ways to enlighten the public about Peter Chapman Music. I also play shows and do interviews like this one, which I enjoy! Question:
What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist? Peter Chapman
: The journey... What I mean by that is the enjoyment you get out of holding your line and your nerve, believing in yourself when it is hard to find people in your corner then finally getting some score on the board! It is a really powerful, rewarding and liberating experience.Question:
If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be? Peter Chapman
: That is such a hard question to answer? If I am really pressed to choose someone
I would say Gotye.
Interview by Brooke Hunter