INTERVIEW: Erik Lamberth
By Cyrus Rhodes
start to finish "Three Guitars" from EriK Lamberth is a barnburner
of a release It has everything you would expect from a classic R&B,
"2 Amazing Genres"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
IMD What inspired the CD title of your latest release?
EL I used three different guitars to record the albums, hence the title.
IMD How does this release differ from your others? I recorded the CD in a much better studio, and am very pleased with the results. I also branched out and played keyboards and sax.
EL Itís obvious you are an accomplished Jazz and Blues guitarist. Who are your top guitar musical influences?
IMD Everyone I've ever heard, although I know everyone says that. I would have to say Hendrix, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Glen Miller, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Rhoades, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Sting, the Beatles & Stones, the Who, there are too many to mention. I am really getting into a couple of European artists, Steffan Schackinger and Gregor Hilden. They are just amazing!
EL What was the best concert youíve ever been to?
IMD Kevin and the Real Time Band. I saw them when I was a student at Berklee. I just sat there with my jaw on the floor, and had seen a very well regarded superstar just the week before. I realized that not always the best musicians get to be heard.
"Although I pour over the technicalities of the music and recording process, for the listener, it really comes down to being a pleasant listening experience."
- Erik Lamberth -
IMD Howís the music business in your neck of the woods? Whatís the best and worst things about being an Independent Artist in your area?
EL It's difficult here as it is everywhere, I guess. Getting the word out and building a following have been the most challenging. The best part is having total control over the music and really being able to write and perform just for the music's sake, and not have commercial pressures being a factor.
IMD Tell us a bit about the guitars used on the Project?
EL I used three guitars; most of the Blues numbers were done with the black Gibson Les Paul. It's the best Les Paul I've ever played and it really does lead me in new directions. Most of the jazz pieces were recorded with the red Peerless Gigmaster. It's their take on the Gibson ES-135, and is my favorite of that style of guitar. At least as good as the Gibson model. The remaining songs were done on a modern gray American Fender Stratocaster. It is my favorite type of Strat - basic, no "frills" and the easiest guitar to play that I've ever held. They are the guitars on the album cover.
IMD What do you like most about performing live?
EL Being able to interact with the crowd and play my songs. I'm always try to record my music in just a few (or even one) "take" and not to do something in the studio that I can't pull off live. I think there is a certain integrity in doing that.
IMD Any touring schedules to support?
EL Yes, I have a benefit show for the Susan G. Komenn Foundation on June 10 in Perkasie, PA. As a practicing physician, I am always attracted to shows that benefit our local hospital or other medically related charities.
IMD Whatís the one thing you want fans to take from your music?
EL I want it to just sound good and make people happy. Although I pour over the technicalities of the music and recording process, for the listener, it really comes down to being a pleasant listening experience. To that end, I try to record music that I would want to listen to.
IMD Whatís next for Erik Lamberth?
EL Every time I release something, I find myself going through a big growth phase as an artist. Rigth now, I'm working on expanding my Jazz and Blues vocabulary and styles, so I can progress as a songwriter and performer. I don't think there are limits for any performer, so we must always strive to learn and explore in an effort to bring even better and better music to our listeners.
interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.
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