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ARTIST INTERVIEW: TUSKHEAD


Interview


What first got you into music?



I remember my dad always listening to Pink Floyd in the car when we went on road trips. That’s where my interest in guitar playing came from. But funny story, my interest in country music actually started because of a videogame. I remember my older brother playing Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, where you can choose your radio station in those cars when driving around. He always put on K Rose (the country playlist), so that really got me into country music and even now when we go on family vacations and stuff like that we put on the K Rose playlist to listen back to all those country classics. I even got a K Rose tattoo, ha!



Can you write what was your best performance in your career? How do you remember it?



I don’t know about my ‘best’ performance, one of the most fun concert I did was when my friend Ronald Woudenberg (bassist, pianist) and I were busking on Kingsday (a holiday in the Netherlands) and we were asked to perform on the big stage. That was so much fun! Besides that one of my fav performances were at those big food truck festivals here in the Netherlands, like festival TREK.



What memorable responses have you had to your work?



I always consider myself more a songwriter than a singer (though I’m currently finally in acceptance that I am both ha!) People telling me that they came to festivals just to see me and my music has been an eye-opener to me. But also just hearing they love my warm low voice. I even got a couple of responses that I have a ‘sexy’ voice, well that’s something else, ha! Besides that hearing that my songs resonate with people so much that they literally made them cry because they were so touched is always a special thing to hear.



Do you consider yourself a music - nerd?



Oh yeah definitely! Though I’m not that much of a nerd when it comes to pop music. But you know 80’s and 90’s rock and everything (non pop) country.



Have you ever taught or mentored another musician?



I gave a couple of musicians some lessons when they wanted to start out playing guitar. Besides that I’m a (ghost) writer for a couple of musicians and I co-write a lot of stuff.



What’s your favorite artist from the 90's?



Tough one! When it comes to country music it’s probably Toby Keith, that guy is a legend!



Can you tell us a cringe memory of yours?



Not really one that I can think of ha!



What strengths do you have that you believe make you a great musician?



The ability to easily get my feelings and thoughts on paper. Makes it easy to write loads of songs. Besides that probably just really feeling the music, you know, the ability to get that feeling across to your audience when playing on stage.



Do you sing in the shower? If yes, what songs?



Oh yeah! Anything that’s stuck in my head because of a catchy melody! Lately one of my favourites is ‘All The Way’ by Shane Smith & The Saints. That song is just so damn beautiful!



Review

"Breaking the Man" uses a rustic instrumentation that gives us desert strings that remind me of the bottomless pit our brains are in when our mental health is at risk. The melodic synergy between the different guitar strings captivates me immensely and there is clearly a progression that increases this anguish that culminates in the epic chorus - "The pills they should fix me, but i'm losing the fight for myself!!!"






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