Today, on Guitaa Artist Centerstage, from Midland, Texas, we have an incredible piano player with us, and his name is “Fuller French”. Fuller French is a singer/songwriter/composer and has recently released his new single “I’ll leave a key by the door”.
So Let’s get to know more about this multi-talented artist, about his favorite genres, his challenges as a musician, and many more.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
I’m a piano player that grew up in west Texas. My style developed over many years but as I write everything on the piano, I like to think of myself residing in the singer-songwriter lane. The songs lend themselves to being produced in a variety of genres including pop, adult-contemporary, rock, country and even EDM.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
I love a wide range of music which includes everything from Frank Sinatra to southern rock to classical. I particularly love romantic music and spent most of my youth and early adulthood devouring everything I could find in the bossa nova style.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
As I was learning songwriting, I of course was immensely inspired by piano artists such as Elton John and Burt Bacharach. I remember playing some of their songs for people and getting responses like, “wow, that’s beautiful. Elton John is great!” That’s all true of course, but I remember thinking, “wait a minute, I played it — what about me?!” That was one of the early inspirations for me to start writing my own music. People may love or hate it, but it’s mine and I can live with whatever emotions my songs elicit.
- Any funny Story of a fuck up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened.
Only like every time! I get nervous and can easily forget where I am in a song or just hit a wrong note or chord. It keeps things exciting.
- If you could collaborate with any musicians dead/alive, who would you collaborate with and why?
I’d love to work with Elton or Burt. Those are definitely two of my all-time favorites. From the past, Rachmaninov and Mozart would be interesting, although I’m not sure what I have that I could offer to them — except a lot of questions.
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
Music for me is not something I can force. Ideas come to me when they come and I need to be available when inspiration strikes. If I don’t take the time to work an idea out on the piano or hum it into my memo on my phone, it’s possible I could lose the tune forever. What a worldwide tragedy that would be.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Playing live in large public venues. While I have no problem performing for friends and family, wherever the moment strikes, I continually make excuses as to why I don’t need to do big public shows but the reality is that performing is probably the most important thing a musician can do. I am sure by the time my next album is released I will be performing often and everywhere.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
I always start out playing songs that I’ve written that are easy for me to play and sing and then work into some that are very difficult (I’ll Leave a key by the Door” is very hard for me to play and sing.) Then I’ll start working on new material. Practicing is the only way to improve upon any skill.
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing?
I only have an upright piano. It’s tight and intimate and suits my needs very well. A friend of mine was an incredible classical pianist and he had 14 pianos in his house. In his living room, there was a massive concert Steinway that I’d sometimes play. After he died I tried to get that piano but it was given to a museum in Arkansas. If I could ever find another one of those I’d probably upgrade!
- Would you like to share a testimonial for Guitaa? If Yes, Why do you love Guitaa?
We love Guitaa and are always interested in reading about the best indie artists in the world.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Do not EVER give up. It’s important to keep writing and to play your music for as many people as possible. Even if nothing ever happens with it at least you are expressing yourself and there is great satisfaction in knowing that you’ve created a thing of beauty. Attitude is very important as well. I am satisfied knowing that I really write only for me. If others like it that’s a bonus, but if I’m really true to myself I have to be the number-one fan. And, if lightning strikes, the music might get heard by the right person and released to the world!
So, this was “Fuller French”. Want to know how you can follow him online? Then, check out the link below: