What is the best thing about making music?

Creating something from nothing


What is the hardest thing about making music?
Getting all of the parts to gel nicely, making it unique to you. So it meets a certain standard until I am happy with it.

How important are public performance royalties to you and in keeping the NZ music world ticking?
Very Important as the music business is not good for venue payments, due to drink driving etc.

From strumming / humming / creating the first notes of a song through to a completed mastered recording, on average how long does it take you to write and record a song?
Have done it in 4 hours complete song but mostly a day.

All costs considered, on average how much does it cost you to write and record a song?
Nothing !I do it all myself, Writing, playing etc etc.

Over and above money you make from music (public performance royalties, live performance, licensing and CD / digital sales), do you have to supplement the cost of writing and recording music with money you make from other sources?
No

Why do you do what you do – why do you make music?
It is a marriage, born to be alone and make music.

What is the most helpful songwriting tip you’ve learnt?
Especially in “Modern Country” always find a line with a hook!

What are three artists / bands you are excited about at the moment?
Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam and Brad Paisley.

What are you working on at the moment / tell us about your latest release / project?
Doing playing gigs locally at the moment, Last year I sat down wrote and recorded 40+ songs.

Where can we access your music / links?
www.burtontrentcountrymusic.nz 


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