We have interviewed the supremely talented Brian Beecher for our latest interview. Check out his latest release, ‘Lady of the Books’ today!
Hi Brian, thank you for meeting with us today. First off, tell us about yourself?
My name is Brian Beecher. I live in the western suburbs of Chicago and have for the better part of my life.
What is your songwriting process?
I write only lyrics and have written over a thousand of them. All my recording are demos and not actual voice. I have a demo outfit set music to them.
Tell us about your latest release?
‘Lady of the Books’ was inspired by a conversation I had with a retiring librarian at my local library. I didn’t even know that she was retiring until it was her final day. Although the demo recording is a bit different than what I had envisioned when I sent it in for the job, I do feel it is one that would do nicely in the pop, easy listening, folk and country genres. I consider it to be the crown jewel among the lyrics I have created. I have been told that for the most part, my lyrics tend to be powerful, and I do tend to lean toward those that carry a great deal of sentiment.
Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
My musical influences are many and varied. Among my songwriting heroes, I include Kris Kristofferson, Jack Clement, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Lucinda Williams. Non-musical influences include positive activist causes, not necessarily one of a set of particular persons.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today and what advice would you give to musicians starting out?
The biggest obstacles are intense competition but we have all been forced to adjust to the reality that the advent of the Internet has unleashed. For me personally, the biggest obstacle is being able to budget the funds to get more demo recordings produced. Have no special advice for those starting out as everything is based on sheer luck, kinda like spinning the roulette wheel and hoping the little silver ball lands in the right hole.
Finally, What are your hopes for the next 2 years?
Over the next two years, I hope to be able to get a house in order so I can proceed to get more demos made and find a home for them somewhere.
Interviewed by FVReviews March 2019