INTERVIEW: Casey Hurt
by Cyrus Rhodes
The whole CD is wonderfully conservative yet full of what I would call positive acoustical energy with music that appeals to so many different senses on so many different levels. It reminds me of Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Counting Crows, and The John Butler Trio. I can also hear a classic folk influence in there as well like Woody Guthrie and Fleetwood Mac. What I really like about Casey Hurt is there is no attempt to deliver what I call over the top-pop. ďHalf as Much As LoveĒ is one CD that takes us back to our Alternative-Folk roots. Whether itís musically, lyrically, inspirationally, emotionally, or spiritually Ė if you feel like music is taking us in the wrong direction rest assured Casey Hurt has righted the ship with ďHalf as Much Love.Ē Casey Hurt will affirm your faith in music again. Hurt represents all that is good in music and this latest string of song delivers an amazing 10 Track catalogue that is full or warmth and melodic variety.
IMD What do you want fans to take from your music?
CH Honesty. I try to write music that reflects an honest emotion or experience that someone might have. I hope that my music can be a book mark for peoples memories. That it can define a moment for them and when they hear my music it will take them back to that first memory.
IMD Who are some of your top musical influences?
CH Wow, I feel like Iím influenced by everything I hear. My main influences would have to be Van Morrison, Damien Rice, Sly and The Family Stone, Ray Lamontagne, Tracy Chapman, Ryan Adams... Just to name a few.
IMD What was the best concert you guys have ever been to?
CH I got to see Mavis Staples at the Hollywood bowl a few years back. It was breathtaking. She kind of reinvigorated my love for singing.
IMD Tell us about your latest release
CH This record was really centered around the idea that love can be beautiful and terrifying at the same time. Love can make you do some strange things and I wanted to do my best to capture the precariousness and sometimes darkness that love causes us to endure. I got to work with some amazing artist on this record. Michael S. Rosen engineered the project for us (won a grammy for his work with Santana) Michael Urbano played the drums (Smash mouth, Sheryl Crow, Third Eye Blind) and Davey Faragher played Bass (Elvis Costello, Cracker, Jack Shit Band) Keith B. Kelly played Sax on it and co-produced it. It was produced by our amazing fearless leader, Eric Schultz who made it all possible.
IMD What are the best and worst things about being an Independent Artist in your area or locale?
CH Hollywood is an amazing and terrible place to be an indie artist. There are tons of opportunities and connections you can make but there are also lots of scam artist out here that make their living off taking advantage of young musicians. You just gotta be smart about who you trust. Also itís pretty challenging to build a fan base here cause everyoneís an artist. It really forces you to go out and tour which is great for any artist. All in all, itís a great place to me an artist. Iíve got a great community of musicians, actors, dancers and writers down here and we all kinda take care of each other.
"I try to write music that reflects an honest emotion or experience that someone
might have. I hope that my music can be a book mark for peoples memories."
- Casey Hurt -
IMD Do you remember the first song you ever wrote?
CH Yeah, the very first song I ever wrote was for my girlfriend when I was 14. I probably couldnít play it again if I tried but there are a few lyrics still floating around in my brain.
IMD Is there a track that stands out on your latest release that stands out as being your personal favorite?
CH I really love the song ďmary maryĒ. I think partly because it was a totally divine moment to record it. Everything just felt right and we got to track it all live. Itís also one of the first Rock/blues songs Iíve ever tracked on a record. Thereís just something about the electric guitar thatís really fueling me right now. Iím hoping to keep exploring that vibe.
IMD Whatís the best thing about performing live?
CH The absolute number 1 best thing about preforming live is catching the muse when youíre on stage. Every artist knows that feeling when all the stars aligned and the audience connected. Itís just pure magic on stage. Itís what keeps me doing it.
IMD Amy touring scheduled to support?
CH No tours right now, Iím just finishing up an acoustic record that will be released sometime this spring/summer and Iíve got another project called the Unfortunates thatís taking up a lot of my time.
IMD Whatís next for you as an artist?
CH Over the past three years Iíve been writing a musical with this amazing group from NY, 3blind mice. (Ian Merrigan, Jon Beavers, Ramiz Monsef). Itís getting produced at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this year. The world premiere is on March 31st and it will run till November 2nd. Itís something like 100+ shows. Itís gonna be an amazing ride.
interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.
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