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Interview with Steve Gardiner


@2003 Steve Gardiner *don't use*

For those not familiar with your music introduce yourself.
Well, I'm a recording artist from Ottawa, and I play a sort of Alternative Pop Rock, I guess....well it's more straight ahead rock. I always find it so hard to describe my own music.

What made you want to become a musician?
When I was young, my Dad played in a band and worked for record companies so I've always been surrounded by music. I had an.....interesting...... childhood, and I discovered that music was a great way to vent my frustrations and get things off of my chest. It kind of allowed me to take some negatives in my life and turn them into something positive and creative. As time went on, music just became an important part of my life....as a producer, engineer, performer, songwriter etc. It's what I get the most satisfaction from.


How did you get started in the music business?
No interesting story here, just put a band together in high school and it just developed from there. The first step was learning some covers, writing some songs and then getting them out there, playing as many shows as possible and getting connected in the industry.


Are you involved in any other aspect of the music industry?
For example, do you produce any other musician's music?

Ya, I've produced 4 or 5 albums in the last few years by other artists. I owned a recording studio with a friend of mine and we did bunch of work for other bands. Now I just concentrate on songwriting. I like to hook up with other artists and help them develop their song writing skills. I'm working on some new stuff with a musician from Ottawa right now. I'm thinking about starting my own label to develop other artists, but that's way out in the future.


Bob and Clint Moffatt played on your latest album. How did that come about? Why them?
Bob and Clint had just finished the Hidell album with producer Russell Broom when I came into the scene. Russell was the chosen producer for my new album and I met the guys a few times before we actually asked them to do the recording. I remember Bob listening to my demo on his walkman and I think he really had a dig for what I was doing. Clint was into it too...and the rest is history. Bob and Clint did a great job on the album and I can't wait to release it.

What were they like to work with?
Bob and Clint are really cool guys...no stress. They are so talented that all the bed tracks were down in like a couple of days. On my second trip to Calgary, we went out to shoot some pool and had a great time. The work in the studio was smooth and I think they had a good time recording my songs. I'm really proud having them featured on my album.

How did you come up with the title of your newest album?
We haven't actually confirmed the title yet. I think we're going to call it SONIC LEVELING, but that can change. I'm playing with a few more titles right now. We'll see how that goes. I'm weaving around this question because I really don't have a good answer, I should have been a politician LOL.

What is your next single going to be?
I have no idea......we are quite a while away from making that choice right now. The album itself hasn't been officially released yet....still looking for the right record label.

Describe yourself in 5 words.

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Questions.......LOL

What is your favorite flavor of jello?
Don't really eat Jello. I like PEZ though (PEZ doesn't have eyes)!

When your not singing what do you like to do for fun?
I own a company called Canadian Spotlight....check it out www.canadianspotlight.com. (PLUG) My girlfriend and I have been spending a lot of time at concerts lately......everything is about music in one way or another for me!

What advice can you give young unknown musicians?
Be extremely careful about who you get involved with in the music business. Look for legitimate people to work with who have proven records and established reputations. Stay true to yourself and your music and don't compromise yourself for anything or anyone. Surround yourself with good, healthy, hard working, caring people and you will be successful!

Who are your music influences?
I like Stone Temple Pilots, The Beatles, Our Lady Peace, David Usher......right now I really dig a lot of different thing. Rock mostly.

If you weren't singing what would you want to do for a living?
Is there really anything else?

Any message to your fans?
Hang tight....the new album is coming...just gotta sort out some details and away we go, thanks for the support so far and we'll see you all soon I hope.

What a great guy. Thanks Steve for both the photo and the interview. Best of luck to you!