Q and A with Andrew CarterNovember 28, 2017
BareBones Ent got the chance to sit down with singer Andrew Carter and chat about his music and influences. We really dig in with him on his sound and how his surroundings provided some help in forming him musically. Take a peak and see what all Andrew had to say when he sat down with BareBones Ent.
BS: How did you develop your sound?
AC: I honestly developed my sound busking on the streets of Nashville for peoples spare change. Broadway is a very loud section of town and to be heard you have to really belt out. Well that sort of stuck with me even in the studio. I have always been told that I have a unique voice. In some cases that voice actually hurt my chances of being heard. But getting back to my Country/Americana roots, I actually found a very comfortable fit for my voice and the things I wanted to say with it. As far as the tones within the instrumentation of my music, I attribute that directly to my band, The Bumbs. They are a group of guys that really know how to use their instruments and amps in any way to get a collective feeling for any given bed of music set for an album.
BS: What type of artists and musicians have influenced you?
AC: I find myself under the influence of many different artist and bands. And how I use the influence really depends on the day, my mood, how well the band slept the night before, haha. But Tom Petty, and oddly enough, Collective Soul really help me get to where I want to be. In the case of Tom Petty, I love his song writing and ways of telling a story and creating emotion in the listener. With Collective Soul, I may get a little stuck sometimes and in that moment I ask myself what I think Ed Roland would do in the studio at this point, and somehow trying to channel his brain, I get past the problem and find a great solution. He really is an amazing writer/producer that I really respect.
BS: What do you feel it is about the South that makes it special?
AC: I have traveled all over and lived in many parts of America. I love this entire country. But something about getting back to the south and how things slow down a bit. That is a feeling that I look forward to whenever coming back home from the road. There is just a certain feeling of easy going living that has always been why I love the south and for sure it is what makes me miss it whenever I am gone.
BS: If you were from say Chicago do you think this sound would have still found a way out of you, or do you feel it is a product of being from the South?
AC: That is a great question that I really have no good answer for. I feel like I would have still found this sound but who knows, coming from Chicago I could have ended up sounding like The Smashing Pumpkins. Which would have been a really funny take on the country sound.
BS: What do you think it is about your music that you feel draws people in?
AC: The truth in the lyrics and the familiar delivery of the songs. There is a sense of nostalgia in these songs that at least reminds me, of a different time and I have to assume it does the same for others.
BS: If you could only play one song for a new listener, what would it be and why?
AC: “Six Thousand Miles”. I love that song. It really sums up every emotion and sound I was trying to achieve on this album.
BS: Do you feel that there already is a fan favorite song from your catalog?
AC: “Six Thousand Miles”, and at the live shows, “Tear This Motha Down” man when we rip that song open the whole place lights up with emotion and dancing.
BS: Where is your favorite place to play live? Why is that?
AC: Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA. The venue is awesome for starters. The staff is very professional and really great at their job. And those Atlanta fans. They are the best. They fill that room and let you know that they are there for you.
BS: What do you have coming up next?
AC: 2018 is going to be huge. Currently booking over 100 shows and getting some radio play across the country. I have three music videos releasing between December 5th and February 2018
BS: What is the best way for fans to reach out to you?
BS: Anything else you would like to add?
AC: Thank you so much for this opportunity. Visit my Facebook page at the address above or come visit my website.