The Indiego team had the pleasure of interviewing singer/songwriter and musician, Byron Love, recently. A true musician at heart, Byron provided us with some insight into his music and career. Read what he says below:
Indiego: Can you remember at what age you started playing music? Did you first learn to sing, or to play an instrument?
Byron: I picked up my 1st Guitar at the age of 10. I kinda did both learning to sing while learning guitar.
Indiego: What instrument/s do you play?
Byron: I play guitar, fiddle around on the keyboard, and can play "Mary had a little lamb" on the harmonica. Guitar is my main instrument tho.
Indiego: Are you self-taught or did you study music formally?
Byron: I was taught the basics of music theory by my Dad (who was a bandmaster and played anything except guitar). I quit guitar lessons after about 3 of them, and taught myself the rest.
Indiego: Which famous musician/s do you admire the most? Why?
Byron: Steve Fataar because he is Mr. Music, my good friend, my mentor and my inspiration. I've loved Jim Morrison all my life due to his originality and poetic lyrics, and his vision. I really like Eddie Vedder as well, just because he's Eddie Vedder man. Jack Mantis just amazes me in everything he does.
Indiego: What is your favourite album or cd of all time?
Byron: That's a hard one, I love so much and so many types, of music, making a "best" or "favourite" choice is really hard.
Indiego: What genre would you say your music falls into?
Byron: Swamp Rock and Atmospheric Acoustic.
Indiego: Do you write your own lyrics?
Byron: Yes, I write all my own lyrics.
Indiego: Have you officially released any songs/albums? Any plans for the future? Maybe a video?
Byron: I released my first album in September 2013, called "The Byron Love Consortium – Free Rebel". One of the songs from it, "Trouble Leave Me Be" is currently receiving regular airplay on LM Radio. I have made a start on my new album, so am hoping to get that out sometime soon.
Indiego: Do you perform often in public? (Concerts, clubs, restaurants, events, radio, TV?)
Byron: I perform at festivals, pubs/restaurants and shows. I also do charity performances for the SPCA and help with arranging these music festivals for them.
Indiego: When playing live, do you play mainly original music, or do you also play covers?
Byron: I like to mix it up between covers and originals, to keep the interest going.
Indiego: What sort of reaction do you get from crowds when you play originals?
Byron: Well, I haven't had anyone come up and tell me I'm playing a load of rubbish yet, so I'd say kinda favourable response.
Indiego: How often and for how long do you practice?
Byron: I practice at least 4 times a week, for anywhere between 2 -4 hours per session.
Indiego: Are you a full time or part time musician/artist? If part-time, what is your profession?
Byron: I'm a full time, professional Musician, it's not what I do, it's what I am.
Indiego: How do you balance your music/performances with other obligations –spouse/partner (if not single), children (if any), job, etc.?
Byron: My children are both grown up now and have their own business's going on, so no problem there. Luckily, my Wife, Bee, loves LIVE Music as much as I do, so she supports me in whatever I'm doing (Musically, that is.. ha ha)
Indiego: Where are you currently based?
Byron: I am currently based in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal.
Indiego: What's the music scene like in Pietermaritzburg?
Byron: It's kinda tough, as there are way more part time muso's around here than there are venues. But we try and make it happen as much as we can.
Indiego: Are you planning on moving elsewhere to pursue your career?
Byron: I am planning to get back to the North Coast of Natal (Umdloti, Ballito, Sheffield Beach), but still have some things to accomplish in PMB, so I don't see it being within the next 3 years.
Indiego: What are your plans for the next few months?
Byron: I'm working on my new album and some festivals, so it's all going to be about the music, still.
Indiego: And last, but not least: what do you want to say to your fans or potential fans out there?
Byron: Thank you for all the support, love, caring and just listening to the music. And, Keep Live Music Live and Alive.
Listen to Byron Love's music on Reverbnation here: www.reverbnation.com/byronlove
Or you can listen to his music on Soundcloud here: www.soundcloud.com/byron-love-1
Listen to "Trouble Leave Me Be" by Byron Love
The Indiego Team would like to wish Byron Love all the best in his music career and we really look forward to listening to his new album in the future.