Garsa – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
G: I’m an indie/folktronica solo artist. I’m not trying to fit in any particular genre or category. I just play and experiment with songs and instruments and if I like the sound I use it.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
G: I’m Martin, I’ve been playing music for around 20 years now. I’m primarily a bass player and have played bass in bands for most of my musical life. My last band split in late 2019 so I decided to concentrate on some of my own songs. I have always dabbled with other instruments and though I’m far from being a professional, I can put a song together. I put together a small home studio and decided to put some songs out under the name Garsa which is Catalan for Magpie.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
G: 3 artists that come to mind are Elliott Smith, Simple Kid and Napoleon IIIrd, I suppose because the 3 of them are solo musicians who have written, recorded and produced their own songs and I love their work. I would have to add British Sea Power and The Beta Band. As two of my favourite bands they have had a huge influence on my music.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
G: Nothing too extravagant. I’m not after fame and fortune, although a bit of pocket money would be nice. I’d love to put out an album or two that does well. For people to enjoy listening to my music as much as I’ve enjoyed making it. I’d call that success.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
G: I write my own songs and they’re about all sorts really. Real life, love, hate, bad neighbours, dens, drugs, politics etc. If there is something on my mind when I’m writing I will try and put it into the song.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
G: I promote my music through social media and word of mouth mainly. I have got Puffer Fish Press on the PR and promo case for this release and she is doing a cracking job! As for shows, much of my short Garsa career so far has been in lockdown so that has yet to come.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
G: Most download and streaming sites are great for what they offer to the consumer, access to countless bands and artists music for a monthly fee, they’re convenient and versatile. They just don’t pay the artists anywhere near their worth. Bands are putting their hard work and art out there and getting nothing back for it.
That said, Bandcamp are very good. I always try to point people in Bandcamp’s direction. They do look after the artists and I would urge people who would normally download from the bigger, none paying companies to download from Bandcamp in the future. Help out the artists.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
G: Very tricky question. This moment in time I would probably say Waltz #2 by Elliott Smith. It’s a beautiful song. Absolutely perfect and full of emotion.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
G: People/bands who follow you on Twitter to get a follow back and then unfollow you.
People who promise to come to your show or buy your music but fail to do either.
When I forget to put my beers in the fridge.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
G: Probably playing bass for Celestial North at Kendal Calling last year. It wasn’t the main stage or anything but that was my first time playing at a mainstream, established festival and it was fantastic. Even with the rain!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
G: I’ve just started recording another track, unnamed as of yet but hopefully it will be ready for release before long. I’m just trying to get as many songs recorded as I can and maybe look at releasing an EP somewhere down the line. It’s early days yet though.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
G: I’ve got 2 singles out already. My debut was “Jimmy Sour Highs”. The follow up to that was “The Devil’s Own” and my third single “Ghosts” will be out on the 21st August.
They are available on all digital platforms but I’d really appreciate it if people downloaded it from Bandcamp here – www.garsa.bandcamp.com/releases