LATEST NEWS from Gregory M. Hurley!- 14 Jun 2018 -
In this interview, we catch up with Gregory M. Hurley about the recent release of his EP, SEAFOAM
Image: Gregory M. Hurley, indie recording artist, songwriter, slide guitarist, vocalist, producer
First of all, tell us about you. When were you first introduced to music?
I had an older brother and sister so there was music throughout the house but when the Beatles came on the Ed Sullivan’s TV show. That was an eye opener for me. I was 10 years old.
Who has been the greatest influence on your sound?
The Beatles, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Steely Dan, Steve Winwood, Tom Petty, Traveling Wilburys, Ry Cooder, Sonny Landreth and David Friend.
When did you start work on this EP? How was the process?
About a year ago I started getting after it in earnest. I had a few songs that go back a few years and I reworked and remixed them for this album. The process was long and sometimes painful but I wouldn’t change a thing about it.
What’s been the reception from listeners so far?
I’ve had some really great reviews and it seems to be finding its place out there. Very exciting to be able to share something I’ve worked on and get such good feedback.
Can you sum up the album lyrically and musically?
Lyrically in most cases it’s driven by life experiences, I like to keep it as real as possible. I think it has more to offer that way. Musically, I have written over 60 songs so I’m starting to get comfortable with my own sound. Slide guitar being a big part of that.
How do you work on your lyrics? Do lyrics or the music come first?
Great question. Well, I work many different ways but I do tend to start with a music track and work out some chords with a basic melody. This gives me a simple structure of the song. Once I have a completed bed track, maybe only three instruments playing the whole song, then I can start writing lyrics. Though I do have a general concept of the lyrics direction.
How did the EP title come about?
It’s named after the only instrumental and after my Jeff Beck Strat which is on the cover of the Album (see below).
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Well, I don’t know, I haven’t played them out as of yet. I’ll have to get back to you on that one!
What’s next for Gregory M. Hurley?
Another album for sure, not going to rush it, going to let it simmer until it’s just right. I am producing a very close friends new project, so that is keeping me busy for a while.