In an age of digital downloads, musicians are having to work harder then ever. Gone are the days of a band being just a rock band or just a country band. The lines between genres have become blurred at best with many artists choosing to reinvent themselves with each new release.
Halifax musician Ian Gosbee is a shining example of the above. His first solo project, Music, was released in the summer of 2011, and had flavours of folk rock and country. Gosbee’s most recent release, Invisible, offers an even more diverse musical pallet, running the gamut from rock to reggae with many stops in between.
Ian recently chatted with The MusicNerd Chronicles with respect to his prolific nature and his past musical lives.
You must be one of the more prolific artists in terms of how much material you are releasing. Do you just have books and books of songs waiting to be recorded?
Gosbee: Well I do have little black book but mostly I schedule studio time at least once a week so it forces me to write a song. Sometimes I have writers block and can’t come up with anything but when the block is lifted, I can write five or six songs in one sitting. So if I can’t write before I go into the studio, I’ll use one of those songs I have in my book. Sometimes in the studio, I will write songs off the cuff too.
How do you believe the musical experiences you had leading up to this point in your career helped shape you as an artist?
Gosbee: The wide variety of genres I have worked with over the years has opened me up to so many possibilities. With experience in everything from classical to heavy metal there really isn’t anything I am not comfortable doing. As a result I am not limited as an artist, nor am I going to shy away from any challenge that comes along the way.
Do you feel it is important to blur the lines between musical genres as opposed to being known strictly as a country artist or a pop artist, etc?
Gosbee: I think fusing multiple genres together can produce a whole new musical style. It also allows the audience to be exposed to a style of music they aren’t familiar with. I find it brings new life to the creative process rather than limiting yourself to one specific genre.
You have quite a history of live shows already under your belt. How important is performing for others in a live environment in an age where competition for an audience has almost never been fiercer?
Gosbee: Performing for an audience is a different kind of experience, you feed off the energy of the crowd and that’s what really makes the how thing worthwhile. Because booking live shows is so competitive these days, you really have to give it your all, whether you are playing for a
crowd of thousands or just one.