Scott Verville Interview
Hello again Rarasfam.com fans, I promised fans an interview with Scott Verville, a multi-talented musician who is winning fans all over the State.
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This guy plays some awesome dance grooves mixed with all of today’s genres of music. I grabbed some time in his busy schedule to ask some questions on Easter weekend.
Happyjack – Hello Scott, great to see you and we are excited to have you today for the interview. Fans have been asking me to help them know you better. Let’s get right into the interview, what was your first big break as a professional artist?
Scott – Well I’m still waiting for the “BIG” break, but I’d say getting “Skinny Girls” published a couple of years ago definitely opened some doors for me professionally speaking. After the publishing deal my song Skinny Girls got placed on 2 compilation CD’s. The Best Artists 2010, VOL 3 and Kate Margret and Friends, VOL 3.
Happyjack – When did you start playing ?
Scott – Guitar in 5th grade and trumpet in 6th grade. Started seriously singing in 8th grade.
Happyjack – Was it your idea to write original music ?
Scott – Of course!! I’ve always written my own stuff. Even way back in my high school garage band. It’s a form of expression I can’t live without.
Happyjack – Is it easy for you to write the songs ?
Scott – Sometimes yes and sometimes no. It all depends on the inspiration. I don’t like to force a song to it’s completion. I still have tons of unfinished ideas just waiting to be completed. However, there’s been lots of songs that just come out of me and I’ll have them done in a day.
Happyjack – What’s your current instrument gear ?
Scott – I have a lot of guitars, amps, effects pedals, trumpets, etc.. However, the main gear I use today is my US Masters guitars along with my Boss pedals and Rivera Amp. I also play my Callet Soloist as my main trumpet.
Happyjack – Highlight of your career so far?
Scott – I’d say after releasing my debut CD VERVILLE while stationed at Pearl Harbor Hawaii, I was interviewed on air and had 3 of my songs played by the rock station Star 101.9.
Happyjack – Who inspired you to begin making music?
Scott – Well neither of my parents were very musical, but my dad was a huge jazz lover and had all these great albums of Dizzie Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington playing around the house all the time. Not to mention all the jazz crooners like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, etc…. So when I wanted to take guitar lessons and play trumpet in the school band, they were very supportive.
Happyjack – What’s next for “Scott Verville” in 2015?
Scott – I’ll be retiring from active duty in August after a 20 year career as a military musician. As I enter civilian life, I really can’t see myself doing anything else other than music. It’s what I love and what I do best. So I will continue working as a musician playing solo shows, performing with the band Take Cover and trying to get my music out there to the masses.
I’ll also be releasing 2 new CD’s this year. First will be a CD I co-wrote with my friend and Take Cover guitarist Mark Parisi and the 2nd CD will be a new VERVILLE CD I’ve been working on for a while now. Here’s a little sampler of each.
Happyjack – Describe what this CD is all about – and the future goals – of your music
Scott – VERVILLE CD – Enjoy dancing when you’re happy? Appreciate an uplifting song when you’re sad? Like to hear face melting guitar licks when you need to get pumped up? For all of your crazy mood-swings, Verville’s self-titled CD is the doctor, the pharmacist, and all of the medicine that you’ll need to balance you out. Listed under Sweet-Funky-Jazz-a-Rock, you’ll find this has the perfect cure for what ails you.
Red-n-Verv CD – The Red-n-Verv CD is rock-n-roll duo music in the true sense of the word Duo. Packed with true duet style harmonies throughout, easy to sing melodies, intense grooves and fun uplifting subject matter, this CD will be the one you take for there long road trips in your life.
Happyjack – What’s your favorite track on the new “Scott Verville” CD ?
Scott – “I’m Coming Home” (A Sailor’s Song). This song is close to my heart for many reasons, but I wrote this as a tribute to every man and woman who has ever had to leave their loved ones behind while they served their country,
Happyjack – Did you get to enjoy yourself in the studio ? Highlights?
Scott – I always do!! Creating and recording your own music can be an exhilarating (and sometimes frustrating) process. The best part of recording is when one idea sparks several more and you end up with an incredible finished product you are proud of.
Happyjack – How much input did you personally put into the recording itself?
Scott – Everything. I play all the instruments, vocals, etc… I do all the recording myself and then usually send out the tracks to be mixed and mastered.
Happyjack – Today’s songwriters lack inspiration say many critics, where then does a songwriter go to get that inspiration?
Scott – From deep within themselves. We are all products of this world in one way or another, so dig deep and tell me your personal take on a subject or feeling. Put it to a good melody and you may have a great song.
Happyjack – Your most treasured instrument?
Scott – My 1965 Gibson Byrdland. Also, my US Masters Guitars. They are truly incredible hand crafted instruments.
Happyjack – Your favorite music artists?
Scott – Wow! Way too many to list, and I have such an eclectic palate, but here goes. Van Halen, Ted Nugent, Scott Henderson, Jimmie Herring, Mike Stern, Pat Martino, Guthrie Govan, Tower Of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, Dizzie Gillespie, Blue Mitchell, John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Beethoven, Edvard Grieg, Frank Sinatra, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fishbone, Papa Grows Funk, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, DumpstaPhunk, we could be here all day!
Happyjack – The last song you listened to was?
Scott – Just got done listening to Jimmie Herring Band, “Matt’s Funk.”
Happyjack – The best fans are the ones who?
Scott – the ones that hang around after the show to get a beer with you.
Happyjack – Why should major acts and festivals consider you to open their shows?
Scott – Performance experience and I like to think I really engage with the audience.
Happyjack – Did you want to be the front man in the beginning?
Scott – Yes. The rush is much better!
Happyjack – What does a new artist need to break out in the current Rock biz ?
Scott – Lots of determination and I would say a little bit of luck.
Happyjack – How important is it for a new up and coming artist to have articles in print and on the web?
Scott – Very important! It’s all about discovery, and what better way to get your name out there than getting it in print or online.
Happyjack – Future Goals?
Scott – I want to keep writing and putting out my own music and playing for live audiences everywhere.
Happyjack – What jobs do you currently work in between gigs and festivals ?
Scott – I am lucky enough to be working as a full time musician in the US Navy for the next few months. After that, we’ll see, but I’d like to be able to earn enough by just playing music after that. Stay Tuned!! 🙂
Happyjack – The new released hit single ” Sex Me” is getting a lot of requests, what is the story behind the song?
Grab the song on iTunes here: Sex Me – Single – Scott Verville
Scott – A little ditty about unrequited love. Actually, it’s just a fun, funky dance tune with a great hook chorus you can sing along to.
Happyjack – Any final words for your fans?
Scott – I just want to give a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout the years and to everyone who has supported me in my original music.
Thank you for the interview. We want to thank you for a great debut CD and fans can’t wait to see you live soon! We also want to thank Scott Verville’s Manager, Tracy Cain, she is the best! Grab the New CD and check out Scott on tour – currently at fine Florida Festivals and Special Events!
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