Up Close with Heath Forbes
on April 13, 2005)
Home: New Orleans, Monroe, Shreveport, La. I cant stay in one place
PC: When did you begin your music career?
HF: Started picking around at age 11
PC: Who are your main musical influences?
HF: In no order; The Doors, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Cinderella, Better than Ezra, Cross Canadian Ragweed
PC: Where can someone get a copy of your CD?
HF: I'm currently working on some new material in the studio, but you can download some of my old stuff off my website for free! New stuff should be out this summer.
PC: If you had to pick a couple of songs you have written or recorded that you are most proud of, what would they be and why?
HF: Well, if i play a song in front of people,
I'm proud of it. Ive written a lot of songs that no one will ever hear.
They just didn't have it. Im not the type of songwriter that can just sit and make up a fictional song or story. Everything that people will
hear from me comes from some experience in my life. I can tell you the reason for everything ive written. There are some songwriters that can
spit songs out like a machine. I can't. I have to have something come over me. I might write 3 songs in a month or I might not write 1 song
in 6 months. Something has just got to click it on. Ive tried making up songs, and they sounded made-up. I hate when you can tell a song is
so fake sounding that you can predict the next lyric. But, back to the question. 2 of my more recent songs kinda stand out for me. "New
Orleans" is just about the way i live my life when im in that town, and
PC: Do you have a preference when it comes to playing, whether it's acoustic or electric?
HF: I Make my bread and butter with my acoustic, but there's nothing like standing up and having my les Paul hang down almost to my knees. Did that come out right??
PC: If you could open for or perform with anyone who would that be and why?
HF: Lets assume they have to be living. And this is one of those just fun daydreaming type situations. Id have the line-up like this: Heath Forbes, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Better Than Ezra, Then close it with Cinderella (again, yes the 80's band). Id go first so I could just hang out afterward and watch these guys. Wed have Alt. Country hit them with the first 2 shots, then some southern alternative rock, then close it out with some 80's blues rock. If I ever get super stardom, I will make this happen. Its all in fun.
PC: If not for music, what would you be doing as an career?
HF: Id be a football coach
PC: Where is your favorite place to play?
HF: Anywhere with fun girls and cold pops. I like the House of Blues.
PC: What CD would be found in your CD player right now?
HF: Mix CD consisting of Whiskeytown, Cross Canadian, The Shins, John Denver, Ingram Hill, and BTE.
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Ask Heath what his favorite kind of music is and he probably won’t be able to answer you. Ask him what genre to put is own music in and he probably still won’t be able to answer you. That’s because there is no right or wrong answer. He likes literally everything. As far as his own music goes, some call it alternative, some call it country, and some just like it. Heath says, “As long as people get into what I play, you can classify it however you want to.”
For More Information on Heath Forbes visit his web site at www.heathforbes.com
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