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Jul
08

Betty Dylan MySpace

We received a interview from our myspace page from John at “Voices To Hear.” It’s so nice to hear from real music-lovers instead of people trying to sell you crap. Anyway, I thought it was pretty cool, so here it is:

“I run a small music site called VOICES TO HEAR. The main purpose of this site is to introduce readers to artists that they might not be familiar with. Along with Spotlighting as many artists as possible there is a sections entitled “Simply Six” where I ask artists six questions. I would be love to have you contribute.”

Here’s how we answered:

Vickie Lynn (for Betty Dylan)

1. For many artists, they cite a defining moment for themselves when they
knew they wanted to be a singer. For many it was the appearance of Elvis on
the Ed Sullivan show, to another generation it was the Beatles’ appearance
on Sullivan half a decade later. Is there such a defining moment for you?

I have been singing my guts out as loud as I possibly could ever since I heard Marie Osmond sing “Paper Roses” and Helen Reddy sing “Delta Dawn”! I thought I sounded JUST like them!

2. When you’re not creating music what are you listening to? Who are some of
your favorites?

Always in my stereo: Beatles, Elton John, Counting Crows, Wilco, Old 97s, Randy Weeks, Ryan Adams, Matthew Sweet, Bob Schneider, Paul McCartney & Wings and Amy Winehouse. I like smart writing and amazing voices…but am mostly attracted to undeniable melodies….hence the Paul McCartney.

3. What would you say is your greatest moment so far as an artist, either on
record or live?

Hands down…playing at Farm Aid in 2004 with Rick Schell on drums and Mike Webb on bass and being able to get on stage for the finale with every artist in attendance. I was on stage with WILLIE!!!!! I can officially die now.

4. Do you believe music can change the world or is just something to listen
to? How much can music influence current events?

Phhht! Music has, does and will forever have the ability to change the world. Music and art is what raises people’s awareness. There is no other mechanism that comes close in it’s ability to do so. People’s awareness grows and the changes that follow sometimes are slow, but it happens nevertheless.

5. How has technology affected the music industry? How has technology
affected your career as a musician?

Technology has transformed the music industry completely and it’s not over yet. It’s made live events harder in that people don’t go out as much these days, yet it’s made distribution and even production so much easier. No record company can save you anymore…we’re all on our own. This is harder for artists cuz we aren’t all marketing and internet professionals but now we have to be. On the other hand, it has put all of the responsibility for our music and our careers right onto our own shoulders and I’m all for personal responsibility and self-empowerment. It’s just a lot more work in some ways because we can’t just sit back and do music anymore…not that we ever could really. The times of being “discovered” and “signed” by the “Savior” record company are over. Making that mental transition is tough.

6. Now for my Barbara Walters question: If you were a pair of shoes what
type of shoes would you be?

Platforms! They’re easier to walk in than spikes, make your legs look longer, are stylish, go good with dresses AND jeans (and even just a bikini!)…and you get a better view up there!

DrDan (for Betty Dylan)

1. For many artists, they cite a defining moment for themselves when they knew they wanted to be a singer. For many it was the appearance of Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show, to another generation it was the Beatles’ appearance on Sullivan half a decade later. Is there such a defining moment for you?

I wrote my first song when I was 5. That was the defining moment, but in an unconscious way. I sang that song a lot to myself. It was always so obvious that I was a writer. I never forced it or imitated someone I saw on TV, I just did it. Playing guitar was like an itch I had to scratch, and it still is. I feel so good when I am playing it’s like being close to god.

2. When you’re not creating music what are you listening to? Who are some of your favorites?

I always end up listening to Dylan, the Stones, The Beatles and I love female singers and songwriters like Lucinda, classic Ronstadt, Joni, and Lisa Loeb. Secretly I listen to hard rock and pop country, but please don’t tell anyone about the country.

3. What would you say is your greatest moment so far as an artist, either on record or live?

I had a chance to record in Bloomington with the legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff, who’s best known for his work with Mellencamp, but he also played with the Stones, Fogerty, etc. I was playing guitar on the first track, and I was very focused on locking-in with Kenny. Anyway, I heard a lot of flaws as were playing. After we finished the take, we retired to the control room to listen. Kenny “shushed” the room and said, “let me listen to the guitar.” And then he looks at me, and I was scared already thinking we can get someone else to fix my parts later. Anyway, Kenny looks at me and says, “Man, listen to how the guitar and the drums are locked! It’s like when I play with Keith or John!” That was an experience that no amount of money or fame would ever top (but I am taking offers so please prove me wrong about that).

4. Do you believe music can change the world or is just something to listen to? How much can music influence current events?

“You say you want a revolution, well you know, we all want to change the world.”

5. How has technology affected the music industry? How has technology affected your career as a musician?

Technology has created growing pains, but the key word is growing not pain. I can now do everything I hate: I can use strings, horns and I can engineer myself. Seriously I am having fun because everything is affordable and compact. I can compose in a coffee shop. That way I can be in the same spot Jim Morrision was in when he wrote LA Woman.

6. Now for my Barbara Walters question: If you were a pair of shoes what type of shoes would you be?

I have to go barefoot, Barbara, so I can feel the sand in between my toes.

Thanks, John!

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