KitSound x The Americans
----------- By KitSound Audio on 24/04/2019
KitSound x The Americans
The latest on the #MusicBringsUsTogether line-up are The Americans, the Los Angeles band taking Americana into their own hands. We caught up with front man, Patrick Ferris, on his musical influences, the bands’ most embarrassing stage mishap and who he listens to when he needs to find motivation.
Do you play any instruments? If so, when and why did you start playing?
Yes, I play the guitar, fiddle, banjo, and harmonica. I started playing music when I was fifteen or sixteen. My dad plays, and had an acoustic guitar in the house when I was growing up, so I asked him to teach me.
Who are your favourite musicians?
They have to be Blind Willie McTell, Leadbelly, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.
Were your musical tastes influenced by anyone?
A lot of my musical taste comes from pre-war (1920s-30s) blues and country music.
If you had to listen to just one song for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Cross the Green Mountain by Bob Dylan
What’s the best music festival you’ve performed at?
Take Root in the Netherlands - ‘the festival for past, present and upcoming American music’
What songs do you listen to when you need motivation?
Tom Waits has the most mesmerizing, seemingly-impossible production of anybody. Sometimes we’ll listen to his songs and try to understand how they may have came to be.
What’s been your most embarrassing on stage mishap?
Once, at a festival for charity in Los Angeles, the guy running the soundboard got into an argument with the head of the event just as we were about to go on. Our name was announced, and we took to the stage just as the disgruntled engineer ripped every cable from the board and stormed off. We were left standing on stage with an expectant audience and no amplification.
What advice would you give to beginners in the industry?
Learn Ableton Live – ‘software for music creation and performance’
When do you know that you are 100% happy to stop working on a song and release it?
That never happens.
What one song do you wish you wrote?
Harry's Circumcision by Lou Reed.
Which country would you love to tour in?
I would love to tour in Japan.
Where do you go to find inspiration?
For a while I was writing songs in an hourly hooker motel in a bad part of LA. I don't know if it inspired me, but it certainly provided a sense of urgency.
What is your song of shame? (or in other words, the song you secretly love but hate people knowing)
I'll never tell.
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