Smooth, natural sounds accompanied by harmonized vocals will have you in a trance. Had a nice little Q & A With Jangling Sparrows
Hey, very happy to welcome you to the Radio Show and Podcast community. Tell us a little bit more about yourself. Introduce yourself to the community.
Thanks man, My name is Paul Edelman. I front Jangling Sparrows out of Asheville, NC. It’s roots rock/Americana. Songwriter driven stuff. People can check us out at http://www.janglingsparrows.com. And of course we’re on all the platforms.
One thing that I’m always interested in, when I sit down and chat with artists is, what their defining moment was that they knew that they wanted to be in music… What was that moment in time for you?
Prolly two. The first when I was, like, six and hanging out in the living room with family. At one point everyone got up to do something else and I was alone on the couch and Bob Dylan’s “It’s Alright Ma” was playing. It was a weird song to listen to by myself at that age. I remember feeling like I understood that there was a world out there that I didn’t understand and that was fascinating. I wanted to know how to do that.
The second was coming up in Philly. I’m not sure there was an exact moment but I do have a memory of being aware that I was completely ensconced in the scene, surrounded by talented, like minded people and feeling completely at home
Do you mix and master yourself or do you have an engineer or a producer that works with you?
I work with different folks. For the last record and the upcoming one I’ve been working at Marshall Sound Studio with Amos McGregor. And I always take the final mixes to get mastered. Even if you’re DIY, I think mastering is an important step. If you’re DIY you should get some mastering software at least and learn some basics to bring out tones.
What motivates you? Not just in your music but in your normal life as well.
Turning corners. Improving at something is always a dicey proposition. and you can plateau for long periods of time. But sticking with a thing long enough where you can feel yourself turning that corner with it is rewarding. I try to use music to relate that idea to others, to motivate them or create a sense of understanding of the blockades we hit.
I am personally on a mission to get good music heard by everyone. What is one thing that bothers you the most about trying to come up in the music world today and, do you prefer being underground or, is the mainstream something you strive for?
Making a good living at it has always been my aim, which, to me, is a realistic one. I guess the most frustrating part is the streaming paradigm. While the democratization of music certainly has its plus side, There is an overarching mindset now where people don’t seek out new music because they don’t have to. And that has begun to turn into the mindset that music’s only or primary value is in it’s easy access.
Who, musically, is one of your bigger influences?
Jay Farrar. Just simple, personal songwriting. Unique in a way that inspired me to find my own voice. That marriage of accessible and personal that only comes from caring about your craft.
One question that I like to ask artists is, how did Covid affect your music in particular and the music scene in your area?
Oh, it shut down here in Asheville. For me I started working on the upcoming record with Amos. We took our time. For safety but also because we had the time. I did a record’s worth of demos and trashed almost half of them once we started tracking. I was writing half the record while recording the other half.
I, myself, personally think that there’s too much social media out there to keep up with. I understand why it’s necessary but there’s a ton of it out there. What are your feelings on social media and music today?
Same. I mean, it is what it is. I suck at it and not sure I’ll ever not suck at it. For me I just picked a few that work and ignored the rest. I don’t need to keep up with twenty different sights no matter how many emails I get telling me I’m falling behind or whatever. For example Sonicbids. I just quit it. I’m like why do I need this, I can book myself. If a place uses them exclusively I guess I’ll live with that. I really haven’t suffered for it. The bigger thing is that there are a sea of artists who came up with it and are better at marketing than the thing they’re marketing. Just all hype.
Do you create music often? When can we expect another release?
Yes I do. I even go back and rework old songs a lot. The new album is expected to be ready, I’d say, end of August at this point. It will be called Telecoaster. It’s gonna have a sort of 70s retro vibe to it.
I grew up in the 90’s, I listened to everyone from Dr. Dre, to Weezer, to Pink Floyd, Metallica, Cypress Hill and back again. I truly believe that the 90’s were one of the greatest era’s for original music. Which era of music is one of your favorites?
That’s definitely up there. I would actually go from, like, mid 80s to mid 90s.Especially looking at college radio bands of the time. Either that or 65 to 75. I’d prolly go with that over 90s only because it seems like more good stuff rose to the cream comparatively. A lot of experimentation that was just normal for pop at the time. The 90s, it seems like, had a bunch of incredible bands and then just like an ocean of coattail garbage that also got big. there were prolly more one hit wonders in the 90s than any other era.
If you could swap yourself into a different artist, who would it be?
Hmm, any era of said artist? Neil Young circa 1970 prolly. Or Springsteen in 75. It doesn’t seem like it now but his stuff was really unique at the time. It was all acid rock or soft pop or disco and here he comes with 50s innocence blended with dylanesque storytelling and epic arrangements. And he came up the way we were always told you came up. Played local, got popular because people actually went to see new, unknown music, then got signed. To be sitting where he was at then must’ve been an incredible feeling.
What tips or advice would you give someone that’s just starting out in the music game?
Immerse yourself. Go out to shows. Surround yourself with it. You have to live it if you want it to be your life, F*ck anyone that disapproves or tries to tell you it’s unrealistic. That’s poison. Don’t have a back up plan. Dive in and don’t look back. There are too many casual dabblers and itch scratchers just doing it because they can. We need passionate, dedicated lifers whose talent comes from within them and from a true sense of growth by observing their peers.and themselves.
I want to thank you for this Q&A, Is there anything you want to say to everyone out there? Shout outs?
Shout out to my band for putting in the time and effort to help get back out and play shows. Shout out to Amos at Marshall Sound Studios for helping make this next record a monster.
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