interview_with_graham_sclater

<p><h1 style="padding-left: 0px; background: none transparent scroll repeat 0% 0%">InterView With Graham Sclater</h1><table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td width="50%" align="left"><strong><font size="1"><span class="small-txt-4"><font color="#4caaff">POSTED BY: </font></span><span class="small-txt-1">ediamond</span></font></strong> </td><td width="50%" align="right"><strong><font size="1"><span class="small-txt-3"><font color="#cc3300">POSTED ON: </font></span><span class="small-txt-1">06/30/07 13:04:16</span></font></strong> </td></tr><tr><td class="medium-txt-review" colspan="2" width="100%" style="padding-right: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-bottom: 8px; padding-top: 2px"><p align="left"><font face="Times New Roman" size="2"><strong><a href="http://null/members/120/blog_240.php" target="_blank"><font color="#cc6600">Graham Sclater</font></a> </strong></font></p><p align="left"><strong><font face="Calibri" size="3" color="#ffcc00"><img style="width: 89px; height: 133px" src="http://musicrush.com/webmag/gsi_files/image001.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="89" height="133" align="left" />What was it that first influenced you to music?</font></strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><font size="3" color="#808080">&quot;It was the early 60&#39;s Rock and Roll - Chuck Berry etc but then the Beatles and The Rolling Stones.<span>&nbsp; </span>I also remember hearing Del Shannon&#39;s Runaway and Chris Montez - Let&rsquo;s dance. I think that was what took me towards playing the organ.&quot;</font></span></p><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><font size="3">&nbsp;<strong><font color="#ffcc00">Did you have a favorite Artist when you started?</font></strong> </font></span><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><p align="left"><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><font size="3"><span>&nbsp;</span><font color="#808080">&quot;Yes, the Beatles. Their sound was so raw and had a very different sound the any record before them.<span>&nbsp; </span>I think it was because they had played so much together in Hamburg, they became a very tight unit live and recording.&quot;&nbsp;</font></font></span></p></span><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><font size="3"><font color="#ffcc00"><strong>Who are some of the greats you have met and played with over the years?</strong> <img src="http://musicrush.com/webmag/gsi_files/image003.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="125" height="87" align="right" /></font></font></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><font size="3"><font color="#808080">&ldquo;I jammed in Sweden with Jimi Hendrix in 1967 and he was the best guitarist I have ever played with or seen. Strangely, he was reluctant to sing and it was only later that I heard that he didn&#39;t rate himself as a singer and hated it. I toured Europe for six weeks with Fats Domino in 1979; the biggest gig was in Munich to 10,000 people. I also worked with James Taylor at Apple, the Beatles shop and offices in the centre of London, a very crazy time. Elton John in Germany and many others. I also worked as a session<span>&nbsp; </span>musician around the studios in London playing on many records but at the time I had no interest into who it was, just to get my part right, first time if possible.&quot;</font><br /><br /><strong><font color="#ffcc00">Any one of them standout for you more so than the others?&nbsp;</font></strong></font></font><font face="Calibri" size="3"><font color="#ffcc00"><strong>Was it a positive or negative Influence?</strong></font>&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri" size="3">&nbsp;<font color="#808080">&quot;Jimi Hendrix was the highlight and listening to the Sergeant Pepper album all the way through in Sweden before it was officially released. There were no low points regarding music and musicians but sometimes I became disillusioned with the business and the <br />way we were treated as musicians.&quot;</font>&nbsp;</font><font size="3">&nbsp;<strong><font face="Calibri">&nbsp;</font></strong><strong><font face="Calibri">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img style="width: 96px; height: 96px" src="http://musicrush.com/webmag/gsi_files/image006.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="96" height="96" align="left" /></font></strong></font></p><p><font size="3"><strong><font face="Calibri" color="#ffcc00">Of all the changes over the years that have occurred with music, do you have a favorite period? 60&#39;s, 70&#39;s, 80&#39;s, etc?</font></strong> </font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><font size="3"><font color="#808080"><span>&nbsp;</span>&quot;It has to be the 60&#39;s because at that time everything was new and changed so fast, fashion, music, films, radio and even television.&quot;</font></font></font></p><p><font face="Calibri" size="3"><span style="color: black"><img style="width: 96px; height: 82px" src="http://musicrush.com/webmag/gsi_files/image009.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="96" height="82" align="left" /></span></font></p><font size="3"><font face="Calibri"><span style="color: black"><strong><font color="#ffcc00">Who is your favorite Artist of all time?</font></strong> </span></font></font><font face="Calibri"><span style="color: black"><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><font size="3"><span>&nbsp;</span><font color="#808080">&quot;It&#39;s a toss up between Jimi Hendrix or the Beatles but I do like certain one off songs by other artists but I don&#39;t have a favorite band or singer. <br /></font></font></span></p></span><font size="3"><font color="#bbbbbb">&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="color: black"><img style="width: 124px; height: 89px" src="http://musicrush.com/webmag/gsi_files/image007.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="124" height="89" align="right" /></span></font></font><span style="color: black"><font size="3"> </font></span><span style="color: black"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><strong><font color="#ffcc00">Can you tell us a little about your book?</font></strong> </font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><span>&nbsp;</span><font color="#808080">&quot;Ticket to Ride&quot; is and was inspired by the 60&#39;s and my exploits in Hamburg, Germany during that time.<span>&nbsp; </span>I have wanted to write a novel for some time and at first it was destined to become a television series but when that fell through I started on the book.<span>&nbsp; </span>And of course now it&#39;s finished I have got used to writing and am working on several projects at the same time, screenplays, television films and another<span>&nbsp; </span>two books.&quot;<br /></font><br /><strong><font color="#ffcc00">What brought you to writing it?</font></strong> </font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><span>&nbsp;</span><font color="#808080">&quot;Well I think I said it above but the few<span>&nbsp; </span>books I have read about the 60&#39;sd were not based on personal experiences, purely third hand and of course they missed so many of the facts and the feel of what it was really like back then and what the Beatles went through a few years earlier.&quot;</font></span>&nbsp;<span style="color: black"><img style="width: 193px; height: 207px" src="http://musicrush.com/webmag/gsi_files/image011.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="193" height="207" align="left" /></span></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><font color="#ffcc00"><font size="3"><strong>Have you ever thought of getting out of music?</strong><span>&nbsp; </span></font></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><span>&nbsp;</span><font color="#808080">&quot;Yes, of course but as I have a music publishing company and I produce records it is hard to change or get completely away. I would love to write full time and unusually whenever I write a script I include a CD of possible music for the project. I don&#39;t know of anyone else that does that. So you see the link is always there and the songs we publish sometimes give me ideas for certain scenes. Things I would not have thought of if I didn&#39;t have music. &quot;</font></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><font color="#ffcc00"><font size="3"><strong>Where you ever discouraged to the point of just quitting, but yet you didn&#39;t&#39;, what kept you in?</strong> </font></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><font size="3"><span>&nbsp;</span><font color="#808080">&quot;In March 2004 I was diagnosed with renal cancer and stopped everything but as I got better I had time to think about the book and completed it.&nbsp; I sent it to numerous publishers, I even read chapters and sent the CD&#39;s to publishers without success. As a result I became so frustrated and in March 2006 I made a decision to stop writing but two weeks later I received an e-mail from Flame Books offering me the contract to publish Ticket to Ride.&quot;</font></font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><span style="color: black"><img style="width: 123px; height: 158px" src="http://musicrush.com/webmag/gsi_files/image019.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="123" height="158" align="left" /></span></span></font></p><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong><font size="3"><font color="#ffcc00">If you were able to do it all over again what <span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><span style="color: black"><img style="width: 137px; height: 225px" src="http://musicrush.com/webmag/gsi_files/image013.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="137" height="225" align="right" /></span></span>would you change or not change?</font><span>&nbsp; </span></font></strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><font color="#808080"><span>&nbsp;</span>&quot;Not much, I think I would have taken more photographs and made lots of notes. Apart from that I would not change anything. I feel incredibly lucky to have lived through the 60&#39;s and still be here.&quot;<br /></font><br /><strong><font color="#ffcc00">What music do you like now?</font></strong> </font></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><font size="3"><span>&nbsp;</span><font color="#808080">&quot;I like so much, Coldplay, Muse &amp; Joss Stone who come from my home town and once again individual songs by many and varied artists. I play different music depending on what I&#39;m writing; if it&#39;s moody I may play Andrea Bocelli or classical music. When I was getting close to completing Ticket to Ride I played a lot of the early Beatles songs.&quot;<br /></font><br /></font></span></p></span><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><span style="color: black"><font size="3"><img style="width: 123px; height: 150px" src="http://musicrush.com/webmag/gsi_files/image015.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="123" height="150" align="left" /></font></span></span></p></span><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><strong><font color="#ffcc00">What approach would you suggest to new Artist? Any advice?</font></strong> </font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><font size="3"><span>&nbsp;</span><font color="#808080">&quot;Today is very different. It is easy to record music onto a PC using sequencers and even beats and backing tracks so in all honesty you don&#39;t need to be so creative. If you play in a band I feel that live gigs are the key to perfecting your own sound before going into a studio. Too many bands have never played live, they record their music and the sound emanates from the studio engineer and studio so many bands never create something original on their own.&quot;</font></font></span></p><font size="3"><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><img style="width: 104px; height: 133px" src="http://musicrush.com/webmag/gsi_files/image017.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="104" height="133" align="right" /></span><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"> </span></font><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><strong><font color="#ffcc00">What is the most significant change you see today in the industry from when you started?</font></strong> </font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><font color="#808080">&ldquo;I think the previous question answers it. Anyone can make music on their own with a PC and get it on to web download sites. It&#39;s great, but I think there is no quality control and most sites are cluttered and it is difficult for the good music to be found and heard.&quot;</font><br /><br /><strong><font color="#ffcc00">How do our readers buy your novel?</font></strong></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><font color="#808080">&quot;It&#39;s available from my publisher Flame Books -</font> </font><a href="http://www.flamebooks.com/"><font size="3" color="#cc6600">http://www.flamebooks.com/</font></a><font size="3">. <font color="#808080">They will post to anywhere in the world.&quot;<br /></font><br /><strong><font color="#ffcc00">Do you have a last word?</font> </strong></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><font size="3"><span>&nbsp;</span><font color="#808080">&quot;Yes. If anyone interested in music wants to read what it was really like in the 60&#39;s then they should read my book. It will certainly give a greater insight into those times. MAKE THE JOURNEY.&quot;</font></font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><font size="2" color="#808080">Interviewer: Eddie M. Diamond</font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; tab-stops: 135.75pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'"><font size="2" color="#808080">Thanks Graham!</font></span></p></span></span></font></td></tr></tbody></table></p>
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