Review Fix chats with singer/songwriter Peter Senior who discusses his influences, creative process, admiration for Billy Joel and his new single, â€œA Cool Ride Heating Up.â€
Review Fix: How did you get involved in music?
Peter Senior: Originally, I was dragged down to piano lessons when I was about 4 or 5. Mum says I was always singing in the backyard before that, and that I taught our Greek neighbor â€˜Waltzing Matilda.â€™ At the age of 9 or 10, I was strong enough to put up enough resistance not to go to piano lessons. I kept playing though.
Review Fix: Who inspires you?
Senior: Anyone that has a go! That is for good. Musically It changes all the time, too many names to list here! My biggest influences as a little kid were Slim Dusty and Lionel Long. As an older kid, Billy Joel. He made piano playing a cool thing. When I started playing in a Restaurant as a teenager, I was learning new songs all the time. I was influenced by all those songwriters! Iâ€™m still inspired by different artists today. I donâ€™t think that would ever stop.
Review Fix: How has your sound changed over the years?
Senior: Itâ€™s changed with whatever Iâ€™ve been into at the time. Iâ€™ve always attempted to sing like the great singers Iâ€™ve heard all my life, so my sound is my take on that. I find it much easier to sing while I play so thatâ€™s helped a lot with my recording style. I feel Iâ€™m slowly improving. My ideal post production would be to make the song sound as though it was recorded in this decade while keeping the live musicianship.
Review Fix: What have been some important lessons learned?
Senior: Not to stop and keep going with what you love. Opinions donâ€™t count, but what you believe is everything. Make notes or record good ideas immediately before they slip away!
Review Fix: How do you want people to respond to your music?
Senior: It depends on the song but at least to feel the idea of the song. When Iâ€™m writing and recording, itâ€™s always about something that inspires me in some way. Iâ€™m always trying to write something that I would like to hear, so Iâ€™m not thinking of how other people would digest it. Itâ€™s always nice though when other people like it.
Review Fix: Who is a musician you love but people wouldn’t expect based on your sound?
Senior: So many maybe Gotye or Ke$ha. This week Iâ€™m loving Amy Sharkâ€™s music!
Review Fix: Where do you want to be in five years?
Senior: Hopefully writing or recording more music after a great tour!
Review Fix: What’s your musical bucket list?
Senior: It would be great to eventually record a live album in a great room with a great audience. Sydney Opera House would be very cool!
Review Fix: How do you want â€œA Cool Ride Heating Upâ€ to be remembered?
Senior: For others, hopefully not to take it too seriously! For me, just capturing the obsessive love of a car buff in the song is enough.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Senior: Promoting our second Single from the On The Edge Album and finalize post-production on Morning Sky.
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