Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Seven questions... with Jeff Scott Townsend

During my correspondence with Jeff Scott Townsend... the musician I featured yesterday... I asked him to complete my wee interview. I'm glad he did.


1) Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Jeff Scott Townsend and I do music. I have released an ep and an lp of folk music tinged with trip-hop, and also an ep and lp of modern classical which is currently consuming all of my artistic output.

2) What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am wrapping up another modern classical full length entitled "The Republic of Dreams" which I hope to have out by the end of the year. I am also working on a score for an independent film due out next year.

3) Who inspires you?
- Name an artist who has inspired you.
The films of Guy Maddin have been a major influence on my work. I really try to capture the feel and aesthetics in my music.

- Name place that has inspired you.
The town I grew up in, as cliche as that may sound. A former city of industry that lies on the banks of Lake Michigan. I love the juxtaposition of abandoned factories with nature.

- Name some "thing" that has inspired you.

4) What drives you to do what you do?
When I hear a song that shakes me to my soul, whose beauty is just paralysing and resonates with me completely. I want to make songs that will do that for others.

5) What values do you wish your creativity to express?
I'm really not sure what values I hope to express. Repentance, I guess, and longing, but also hope.

6) What role does community play in what you do?
I'm fortunate enough that two of my best friends are a film maker and an artist. They have both been invaluable, not only in a collaborative sense, but also for support and inspiration.

7) What is next for what you do?
I just want to keep improving as a musician. My main focus right now is to experiment more without sacrificing melodic elements. I'm a sucker for melody.

If you haven't already checked out Townsend's music then please do... I recommend it.


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