MusicDish e-Journal - January 21, 2020
MusicDish Advertising Network
» HOME » INSIDER SCOOP » CAREER TIPS » MUSIC SPOTLIGHT » MUSICDISH*CHINA
» INDUSTRY INTERVIEWS » NEWS BEAT » DIGITAL SKOOL » OPEN REVIEW » MUSICDISH EDELWEISS
Search MusicDish e-Journal (Advanced)
Subscribe To MusicDish e-Journal
About | Contact | Advertise | RSS | Submit Article | Submit News | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution
Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network

Scott Finch Interview
By MuzikMan
(more articles from this author)
2001-07-31
Comment | Email | Print | RSS

[MuzikMan] First let me say how I admire your technical expertise on the six-string, you are just phenomenal. Also your creative powers seem to reaching an apex right now. Do you agree?

Scott Finch If you asked a year ago I would have said I peaked out in '92 but recent events including the tour in Italy have brought me back to an "apex " as you said.

[MuzikMan] The new album "The Velvet Groove" is another step in the development of Scott Finch the artist and the group itself "Gypsy." What do you attribute this fascination with Jimi Hendrix? You really have taken parts of his music and style to another level. What are your thoughts on the differences between last years release "Haze Of Mother Nature" and the new release?

Scott Finch I hurt my hand in a machine when I was 15 years old and had to put my musician thing on hold for a few months. During that time I did a lot of thinking about what was good and bad about my playing technique. When I finally started playing again I made sure that I permanently dropped all my bad habits and played with a much more rhythmic style that automatically forced notes to be in time. This style made copying Jimmy Page and Riche Blackmore very difficult. But when I listened to Hendrix I realized that he had the same idea, and it was very easy to learn his stuff (at first). This really impressed my friends, so I became the local Hendrix whiz kid. After that, I got hooked on the infinite detail and variation in his playing (the hard part).

As for the differences in the first 2 releases, I really don't try to control the creative process much, so I guess to me the new release is just newer.

[MuzikMan] Can you give inquiring minds (like mine) some background on Scott Finch? How did it all start for you?

Scott Finch I started taking piano lessons at 3 1/2 years old. My uncle, Bill Kretlow (who played briefly for Woody Herman in New York) showed me some stuff on guitar, but I really didn't get going full tilt until I heard The Beatles. Since then I have been playing gigs and recording almost non-stop.

[MuzikMan] Besides Hendrix, whom would you consider to be major influences in your music? Who were some of the key people that helped you stay focused in your life to reach your goals?

Scott Finch My mother was my biggest musical influence. She played the piano every evening for hours. My earliest memories are of my mothers piano playing. Sometimes she will hear one of my new songs and point out that I might have stolen the idea from her. Jackson St. Blues sounds a lot like one of my moms originals. All of my family and friends have supported and encouraged me over the years.

[MuzikMan] You just returned from a successful tour of Europe, what was it like? How were you received in the different locations? What were the differences, if any?

Scott Finch It was very different from the US. In Italy, the first pressing of Haze of Mother Nature had sold out in just a few weeks, so we went in with the people familiar with the music. It was very exciting. Here in the US I'm just another struggling local artist.

[MuzikMan] As a creative individual what direction do you see yourself moving in over the next few years?

Scott Finch I going to try to improve my songwriting with the help of many talented people here in Milwaukee. I want the songs to stand up on their own as opposed to being just an excuse to play a guitar solo.

[MuzikMan] If you were stuck on a dessert island what five albums would you want to have with you?

Scott Finch Electric Ladyland, the first Led Zeppelin, and Animals by Pink Floyd, Miles Davis- Bitches Brew, and The Beatles-Abbey Road.

[MuzikMan] What kind of equipment have you used over the years? If you had your way, what would be your dream guitar?

Scott Finch I have blown up a lot of Marshalls and big Fender amps. I have better luck with small Fenders, Ampegs and my trusty Vox AC30 that has been on tour with me for 30 years. I use a Boss compressor, an old Morly wa in the studio and a Vox wa live. I bought my dream guitar in 1970, a '62 Strat. My dream would be that all clubs would have clean enough ac power that I could put the original pickups back in.

[MuzikMan] Do you feel that your opportunities as a creative individual have increased because of the strides in technology and the Internet? If so, what aspects have you taken advantage of to grow as an artist?

Scott Finch I use the Internet for communication. I'm afraid other than my website at www.bluehand.com I'm not all that much into it. I think that when most people have very fast access it will make a huge difference.

[MuzikMan] What venues are you going to be playing at in the United States this year? Are you playing with any other like artist at any of the dates?

Scott Finch We just opened for the Doobie Brothers at Milwaukee Summerfest. It was great. I love playing big gigs. I'm always surprised at how 'un-nervous' I am in front of huge crowds, but I might be kind of nervous and whatever at a small private party. There are some Harley-Festival gigs coming up, this is the home of Harley Davidson!

[MuzikMan] What are your plans for the next recording studio visit? Should we expect more of the same or will you have some surprises for us?

Scott Finch I'm starting a brand new project with the Blues-o-delics, Peter Alt on bass and vocals and Dave Braun on drums. I want to be able to perform it live so we will be keeping it simple. I want to feature the songwriting, Peter Alt's voice and the 3-piece power trio performance. Fewer overdubs. That's the plan, but it will probably take on a life of its own and be out of control in the end.

[MuzikMan] Is there anything in particular that you would like to say to your faithful supporters as we close this conversation?

Scott Finch Thanks for keeping me going year after year and don't be afraid to contact me at finch@axisnet.net ....I'd love to hear from you.


Home » Music Spotlight » Scott Finch Interview
Permalink:http://www.musicdish.com/mag/?id=4226
Email |Print |Comment |RSS

back | top


MusicDish Advertising Network

Music Spotlight

» Hollywood Heavyweights Launch New Christian Music Label

» Round Hill Music And Zync Sign Madge To Joint Venture

» YG PLUS and Gracenote to Bring K-POP to Fans around the World

» Lithuanian Band Grabs Bronze at the Silk Road Indie Music Festival 2017

» HBC Fall Festival Celebrates 12 years of HBC Fest

Music Spotlight Directory



» [2018-09-16] Live Nation Electronic Asia Inks Deal With Budweiser For Creamfields Festivals; Together, Creamfields And Budweiser Will Focus On Building Entirely New Content For Dedicated Electronic Music Fans Throughout Asia

» [2018-08-23] Andy Ma Appointed Warner Music China CEO; Andy Ma Has Also Been Appointed EVP, Commercial And Business Development For Greater China

» [2018-08-23] IndieOn Connects Music To The Blockchain; IndieOn Is Confident Of Creating A "music Miner" Who Listens More And Grow Their Token Value

» [2018-06-23] The 2018 MIDEM Silk Road International Music Alliance Signing; International Music Industries Signing Of A Mutual Resource Sharing Agreement With Shanghai Conservatory Of Music & The China Records Group

» [2018-06-06] Screen Music Connect To Explore The Music Of Film, Television And Interactive Media; Created By James Hannigan, Award-winning Composer And Game Music Connect Co-founder, Screen Music Connect Builds On The Success Of The Sold-out Game Music Conferences

» [2018-06-05] Fred Casimir To Develop BMG's Global Recordings Business; As Well As Building BMG's European Infrastructure, Casimir Was Instrumental In Developing BMG's Recordings Business

» [2018-06-03] 13 Music Label Sold To MTN; DSN Music Spins Off Record Label To Albuquerque Music Entrepreneur's New Group

» [2018-06-02] CISAC 2018 Annual Report; A Comprehensive Overview Of The Confederation's Work To Serve 4 Million Creators And 239 Authors Societies Across The World

» [2018-06-02] MusicDish Announces A Love Electric 2018 China Tour; The Tour Will Crisscross Through China With 12 Shows In 8 Cities, Including Guangzhou, Dongguan, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Kunming, Jiaxin, Wuhan And Beijing

» [2018-06-02] Darcus Beese Named President Of Island Records; Renowned U.K. Music Executive To Join Universal Music Group's U.S. Label Leadership

» [2018-05-17] Avant-Garde Label Maybe Noise Launches In Beijing; The Official Launch Will Be On May 26 At Magnet Theater With A Performance Supporting Its First Vinyl Release: Png Z

» [2018-05-04] Award-Winning Lithuanian Rock Band Colours Of Bubbles "She Is The Darkness" 2018 China Tour; The Tour Will Kickoff In Shanghai Where The Band Will Represent Lithuania During The Country's Signing To The Silk Road Music Alliance
MusicDish Advertising Network

follow MusicDish on
Follow MusicDish on Twitter

Mi2N Music PR


Micayla De Ette, Star Of The Upcoming Film Hold On, Releases Her New Single And Music Video "Write A Song", Featuring Flavor Flav

AWOLNATION Brings Fans "The Best" / Announces Tour With Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

Pianist Luo Tingyuan Actively Advocates Cultural Exchanges On Classical And New Music - A Review For 'Young Professionals On Stage' Recital Series

Deadline Looms For Musicians - The 16th Annual Acoustic Music Awards

C Z A R I N A Releases Samurai Music Film "BLAZE: Dances Of The Yokai"

Stephanie Ryann Releases Her Official Music Video For "Whiskey Regret"

New Jersey Rock Band Scores Endorsement And Big Shows



Websites: Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network
Services: Submit Article | Submit News | Submit Video | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution

Copyright © 1997-2018 MusicDish LLC., all rights reserved.
About MusicDish e-Journal | Contact Us | Advertise | RSS | Internships