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Interview With Geoff Byrd
A few words for you all. He is going to be huge.
His song are good which has captured a lot of fans and
1.how did you get into music?
I was a choir boy…loved harmonies and sang from 4th grade
all the way through college in a choir of some sort. From
there I started writing songs and I have always loved great
pop music. There is a place for everything and I understand
why people love punk or jazz…I just have a thing for
above all, a great melody, harmonies and clean, clear
2.what were your major influnces?
Prince, Elvis Costello, Elton John, Billy Joel, The Bee
Gees, ELO, Paul McCartney, Crowded House, Al Green, Mahalia
Jackson, Aaron Neville Smokey Robinson, U2 and Sheryl
3.if you could have a three band/singer songwriter bill
who would they be? Elton John Elvis Costello Geoff
4. what music do you class yourselve as?
Pop baby, unapologetically!
5. where do you think you will be in 10 years?
Hopefully on perpetual tour and in the studio, seeing the
world with my best friends.
6. what has been your best gig you have played so
The Whiskey and the Roxy on Sunset and opening for Michael
Penn at Dante’s in Portland. We just landed a gig playing
with John Waite and the Gin Blossoms in December at the
House of Blues in Vegas. This will be the 7 year I believe
and every year they have between 1,200 and 1,500 in
attendance for this charity fund raiser! We will also be
playing the International Pop Overthrow festival in San
Fran in August, I really look forward to that.
7. how has the internet helped you as artist?
Oh my God, it’s our savior frankly. We went to #1 at
garageband.com and I have had calls from Usher’s producer
who has sold 15 million records and got the gig at the
House of Blues from that as well. When we played the
Whiskey in L.A. over 100 people showed up to see our band
alone. That was only the second time we played L.A. and
many of them were there because they found us through
CDBaby.com or garageband.com! It’s amazing. I have sold
hundreds of CDs to perfect strangers through CDBaby and
it’s so cool to see where they are from. Some from
Switzerland, some from all corners of the U.S. and the U.K.
South America, etc. I love it.
8. what has the response been like since the release of
Overwhelming. I have people emailing me every day from all
over the world letting me know that the songs touch them
and have emotional impact. That is what it’s all about
after all. I don’t care about fame…I just want a career
in making people cry. Smile.
9. who would most like to record a song with?
Oh man…there are so many I would love to record with. But
because I love his music and his personality so much, I
would have to say Sir Elton John!
10. do you think the mp3 format is good for music or
I think it’s good for promotion. I think artists have to be
selective in terms of how many and which songs they allow
free access to but ultimately for the indie artist it’s a
great stepping stone! I dig the new sites that allow
digital downloads for a small fee, I think that’s the best
of both worlds. But exposure is the friend of all indie
musicians so once in a while, free can be a price that
leads to bigger and better things.
thanks for your time any last words
I believe that trying to be cool is the most uncool thing
you can do. From my observation, people are either switched
on or they are switched off. They protect so much that they
become uninteresting…or they risk it all simply to be
themselves and not care about what people think. I love
people that are characters. I love people that believe
strongly in something. I love great melodic classic songs
with people that can really sing. I don’t know if I am old
fashioned, out of touch or just have good taste…but I do
know that I am myself and damn the torpedos man. (Laughing
at myself) G
You rock Chris, thank you!