Interview with VIC HOLDROYD

Interview with VIC HOLDROYD

Gaby: 
Music has many new fans throughout Europe, they may hear about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you make, to someone who has never seen, or heard about you?

Vic: 
I write Country Music songs. I pitch the songs to singers, offering them the opportunity to lease the backing-track of any song. If they cut a song, I then promo the cut to over 150 DJs around the world.

Gaby: 
How has been the last year for you? What are the highlights?

Vic: 
The main highlight was the release of Emile Andersen's album "Walk with me", which included 10 of my songs, plus 2 co-writes. Another highlight was the release of Cody Dell Akridge's album "Waiting on the midnight train" for which I wrote the title-track, and 2 co-writes. Other highlights were releases by Ireland's Michael J Cloke, and new U.K. singer Miki Peters.

Gaby: 
What is the name of your latest CD and how does it sell?

Vic: 
My ONLY CD was called "Country songs for today". I cut it to get my name better known. I released 3 tracks on Hot disc, and one track was #1 for 6 weeks, and is featured on a compilation CD issued by Hot disc.
  
Gaby: 
Do you write the songs by yourself? If not, how do you manage to find the perfect songs for your CD?


Vic: 
I usually write alone, though I do have 4 other writers with whom I have co-written over the last 3 or 4 years. I have had to decline several offers of co-writing due to there not being enough hours in the day! 

Gaby: 
There's a lot of work that come along with a number one hit. What did it take to make it in your case?

Vic: 
There would also be a lot of luck if it happened!
  
Gaby: 
Who inspires you in music and how deep are your musical roots?

Vic: 
My musical roots go back to the 50s. I was born in 1946, and luckily for me, I had Brother 8 years older. So in the 50s when he started working and buying records, I got to hear great music, at a very young age. Buddy Holly, Everley Bros., Bobby Darin, Marvin Rainwater, Elvis, Cliff Richard. All these singers made my ears quite educated.

Gaby: 
What do you think about today's music scene versus the past and where do you see it in the future?

Vic: 
Great talent will always make it happen.


Gaby:  If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Vic: 
I would like the National Media networks like BBC in England, to be more Country Music friendly on their mainstream programmers.

Gaby: 
What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Vic: 
A belief in myself, that I could achieve some decent level of acceptance by others.

Gaby: 
What is the motor that keeps you going?

Vic: 
Lack of money!
  
Gaby: 
What has been your greatest challenge in the music business?

Vic:
Financing demos


Gaby: 
What moments in your career, stay in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?

Vic: 
Nominated at British Country Music Awards 2011 for "album of the year", and "song of the year". The album was just a composite of 10 of my demos, involving myself, John Taylor and Sarah Jory, but it was well received.

Gaby: 
Any thought of retirement ahead?

Vic: 
Still waiting for the lottery win.

Gaby: 
Who is your castigator/ slasher/ hypercritic, you or somebody else?

Vic: 
Myself - I throw more songs in the bin than I get to final demo.

Gaby: 
When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Vic: 
Sleeping

Gaby: 
Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Vic:
Too late now for change.

Gaby: 
What kind of hopes and desires do you have?

Vic: 
To keep on getting singers to cut my songs, and to find a red wine that I can enjoy. At the moment I only drink German white wine - Pies porter Michel berg.

Gaby: 
What has been the biggest disappointment in your life?

Vic: 
Not believing in myself in early adult years, and doing everything to please others, instead of myself.

Gaby: 
Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what would your fans see there?

Vic: 
I have all my songs on Sound click.

Gaby: 
Fans are always hungry for a good road story. Do you have one you can share with us?

Vic: 
At the age of 19, I was singing in a 60s cover-band. We did a gig at a big Country house. We eventually realized that we were the "guests" at what turned out to be a "swinger’s night"!! An interesting night......

Gaby: 
Describe what a perfect day would look like for you.

Vic: 
Sunshine, white wine, bread and cheese, with the one I love.......

Thank you Vic Holdroyd for the time you spent, I wish you all the luck in the world to get a piece of big cake.

Interview by Gaby Agrikola for Country Music news International

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