Larry Weiss Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Larry Weiss Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Answer:  Inspiring and direct..heart to heart..

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Answer:  Working on a musical..

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Answer:  CUTS & SCRATCHES..my record company is very excited about it..

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Answer:  The title was given to me by friend of mine named Dawn..my first album back in ’74
was called BLACK & BLUE SUITE..this title is just an extension of that..

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Answer:  I usually write alone, and co-write occasionally..

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Answer:  No matter what you may hear from other artists, we are always influenced whether we
are aware of it or not..

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

Answer:  A different set of musicians..and have lived more life..

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Answer:  It’s an inspirational piece that makes you get up and cheer!!!!

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Answer:  Have not decided that right now..one day at a time..

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Answer:  Ones with the most expression and depth..

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Answer: That’s a hard one to answer as it would depend on my mood..sometimes I am surprised at what I’ve said..

Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your music?

Answer:  As much as possible..

Lamitschka:  There's a lot of work that goes into a number one hit. What did it take to make it in your case?

Answer:  I’ve had a few number one hits..but I’d say that ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ had the most impact initially..it was a very personal song..

Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Answer:  A funny one regarding ‘RC’..was flying to L.A. from NY..sitting next to a serious man dressed in very drab clothes..thought he worked for the gov’t..ugly sport jacket, tie shirt..boots, all topped off by motorcycle glasses..not a word passed between us for over an hour..we finally began to talk..sure enough he was a test pilot for the Navy..when he learned about ‘RC’ from m, his whole demeanor changed into a short laugh..it seems his sister had a permanent chemical imbalance and liked to go off of her meds..one of her most colorful events doing this, was running through a cornfield in Iowa, flinging off her clothes, while singing my song!!!

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Answer:  I consider song writing a gift from above..

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?

Answer:  I may sound smug..but I don’t listen to a lot of today’s music..it does feel temporary and impatient..I wonder if it will have any lasting ability..

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music industry?

Answer: The songwriter is screwed..ever since downloading the industry has not recovered able to
Establish a new game plan..

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

Answer:  An overhaul of the royalty system..

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Answer:  Losing my nervousness and having fun on stage..also..lost in the focus of writing a song..

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?

Answer:  Turning ‘RC’ into a musical..

Lamitschka:  What was your big break that got you into the music business?

Answer:  Having Nat Cole record one of my songs within a year and a half of writing..

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

Answer:  To control the music and put it out the way I felt it..

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Answer:  The opportunity to be paid over and over again fir something I did once..

Lamitschka:  What drives you?

Answer:  God..

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

Answer:  Long walks..pretty country..

Lamitschka:  Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?

Answer:  Russia..
 
Lamitschka:  When you're on tour, do you have time to play tourist?

Answer:  As much as possible
 
Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Answer:  Larryweiss.com
 
Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de ) for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show








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