Studio Carry On Harry [ Interviews with Artist : ] Hi readers and listeners Prince Johal here of Studio Carry On Harry , our studio team had opportunity to invite Steve Keenan to share with us behind scene journey of his music and band. Like every time we are thankful to Steve Keenan to take out time and share with us things that role out his journey in world of music and at same time it will also give aspiring artists to learn and move in direction in which they are making efforts to excel one day.
Artist Talk with Steve Keenan | New Release Music Interview
Tell us about yourself ?
I’m a multi instrumentalist from Lethbridge Alberta Canada. I’ve played in several bands throughout the years and have been a session musician on several recordings. Currently I’m performing in my band called The Steve Kenan Band. My goal in life is to continue to make music to the best of my ability and to never stop learning from others.
How long you been in performing arts ? Share some details of initial days / learning days / experimenting days to grow to BE WHAT YOU ARE TODAY
I’ve been in the performing arts for 35 years. I started playing the fiddle when I was 5 years old and was taught by my Grandfather. I played my first paid gig at age 11 and had my first band at age 12 called The Mosquito Creek Boys. I wasn’t much into sports, so I spent many hours practicing. I picked up the guitar at age 13 and would practice from the time I got off school until the late evening. I was fortunate enough to experience touring, and have also auditioned for several movies and tv shows as a musician. I enjoy all genres of music as I believe there is something to learn from each.
What was most attractive part for you to be in this industry ?
The most attractive thing for me was being able to entertain. If I could capture just one person in the audience It is fulfilling for me. I believe I was blessed with a gift and I feel its my duty to share it.
Share some experiences ( good or bad ) any that made you grow in life or profession ?
I remember touring for the first time. I learned that it was a lot of hard work and to last out there, one needed to be disciplined. The party life wore off pretty quick and I can see how many musicians can be swayed into a routine by that lifestyle. I was a 22 year old kid back then with no experience on the road, so it was a great learning experience for me. A lot of late nights and early mornings. I wouldn’t have traded the experience for anything.
Who inspired you ? How do you work on creating your own signature style ?
My Grandfather actually inspired me. He was a great fiddle player and played in many bands. He would take me to jam sessions with other musicians and got me stage experience at a young age. I was around 7 when I first played on stage with a band. when I picked up the guitar I was playing a lot of heavier stuff like Black Sabbath and Metallica. As I got older i fell in love with the blues and southern rock. It was then I realized that was what I wanted to focus on playing. I tried to play with as many people as I could as I feel there is always something to learn. Eventually I developed my own style but not with out the credit of many. I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a great public response. I believe a big part of it has been to due with a level of professionalism and integrity but most of all staying humble.
What do you want to convey through your music?
I want to convey a sense of honesty that we all have a gift of some sort and to enjoy life’s journey.
Story behind making of your new track / Album? ( idea of making , some interesting inspirational facts to share)
In My Hands which is the title of the album, is a song I wrote for my daughter. Basically it talks about where I was at one time in my life and how things can change if you really want them to. It’s about accepting hardships and being grateful.
Any interesting trivia about making of song ?
I usually have a tough time writing lyrics. Sometimes though I can write 2 songs in an hour. I guess it all really depends on my mindset when I’m writing. Almost always I have the music first and lyrics come second. There have been times when I have an Idea and I have to record it right away so I don’t forget it. That’s how I’ve written lyrics in the past. I might get a couple lines that I like so I build from there. other times it just flows naturally.
People who you would like to thank ? Hint : Critics / Supporters who brought best in you and today you want them to thank about your growth
Id like to thank all my family and friends as well as the music community in Lethbridge. Id also like to thank all the musicians I’ve had the opportunity to play with over the years. Last but certainly not least I’d like to thank all of my fans.
People who you would like to work with and people you idolize to be like professionally ?
I’d like to work with Chris Stapleton, John Mayer and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. A person I idolize to be like professionally would be Stevie Ray Vaughan (especially in his sober years) you can really hear the difference in his playing.
Where do you see your music 3 years from now ? Hints : Your Dreams / Inputs that you are gonna put in to reach there.
I’d like to put out another record and be able to get on a tour with bigger bands as a supporting act. I will continue to write and work with my radio promoter to help get my music out to the masses.
How would you like to stretch your boundaries of genre in future projects ?
I’d like to experiment with other music I have not yet finished. I’d also like to experiment with other musicians.
Message for Fans and listeners. ( Apart from connecting …. Your Advice / Inspiring Message
Nobody said a music life would be easy. Its a hard industry but if you enjoy what you do. It will most definitely be worth it.