Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Catching Up With Nick Schrire The Interview Conclusion

Continuing my interview with Nicky Schrire:
From Part Two: http://www.criticaljazz.com/2012/05/catching-up-with-nicky-schrire-freedom.html

Modern jazz has precious few unique talents with the vast majority releasing the same tired covers of standards with the end result being tired, boring and utterly predictable. What makes you unique?

N.S. - "Oh gosh. I don’t know a) if I’m the person to answer that question and b) whether I know the answer! It ties into what I said earlier about a lifelong “quest” to find out what one’s voice or concept is. It’s lifelong because we’re constantly changing. So what makes us special in one context, could change the following year or with the next album/project.

I’d like to think that the fact I’m so hands-on in arranging the music I sing (not all singers are interested in this aspect, or they don’t have the tools to arrange and re imagine songs) means that my personality is automatically injected into the music. And I don’t think that can be duplicated. So that’s definitely something that makes me…well, me.

Unique? I’m not sure there’s such a thing. It reminds me of that saying, “You’re unique, just like everyone else.” I think it’s more important to find an authentic representation of oneself in whatever one does-music, writing, cooking. But “unique” implies nobody else possesses that quality. We don’t live in a bubble/vacuum and we’re so affected and inspired by others that we can’t possibly possess traits that no one else has."

 Finally - tell us your musical inspirations including the last disc you purchased and where you hope to be in your career five years down the road in this most uncertain of economies.

N.S. - "I’m hugely inspired by people whose careers display longevity. People like Randy Newman, Thomas Newman, Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo Ma, Shawn Colvin and so many more. I’m also inspired by those around me who display integrity and generosity-Peter Eldridge, Kate McGarry, Rhiannon Watson, Theo Bleckmann and Sibongile Khumalo are but a few.

The last album I purchased was “Timelessness” by Bheki Mseleku. He’s one of my favourite South African musicians and composers. If anyone wants an introduction into SA jazz, I highly recommend starting with Bheki. Amazing, amazing music.

I tend to think in year-long projections so five years down the road seems absolutely ages away! But, in an ideal world, I’d like to be writing, arranging and singing music with musicians whose talent astounds me, and I’d love to be sharing this music with audiences."


I want to thank the lovely and talented Nicky Schrire and the folks at Steinlight Media for all their help in making this interview possible.