Nicholas Gray (Acoustic/Rock)
Posted Aug 16, 2007.
How do you like being Sponsored by Code Blue?
I love it. I think Code Blue is a great outlet for bands. A lot of bands (when they are just starting out) don't have a lot of contacts or resources. Code Blue makes this easy already having a well established list of recourses for you. Merch, CD Duplication, Promotion, Studio Time -- its all there for me. Code Blue is great.
We have a lot of readers from all over the world, could you tell us a little about the music scene in North Carolina?
The music scene in Charlotte is a very wild and bumpy ride. It ranges from the hardcore scene with moshpits to laid back acoustic shows in churches. The good thing about it is that there is always something for everyone. No matter what your choice of music is -- you can definately find it and rock out.
What are some of your upcoming shows?
I'm brand new to the music scene so for my shows i'm performing at "Private House Shows." These shows are just local house shows that I have setup through friends/bands. Im using this as my stepping stone for experience before I start off playing at venues. It is real unique because it offers a deep connection with the audience. I love it.. but don't get me wrong I can't wait to play at the venues as well.
What inspires most of your lyrics?
The ups and downs of Love. I think love is a subject a lot of people can connect with. I like to write lyrics that other people can relate to.
What do you think about UFOs?
Haha - I'm not really sure what to think.
What religion are you guys and does it effect your music?
Christian. It doesn't really effect my music, but guides it.
What do you think of vegetarians?
If people want to become vegetarians, that is completely fine with me. I don't have a problem with them but, I'm a steak man.. So (Haha) I probably won't have many fans that are vegetarians.
What do you do for work right now, other than playing music?
I'm actually a Pharmacy Tech at a Hospital. For some reason a lot of people find that hard to believe. It's a pretty interesting job.
What were some of your favorite bands growing up?
This list could go on and on.... Taking Back Sunday. Brand New. Fall Out Boy. Evergreen Terrace. The Academy Is. The Used. Acoustic Songs. Cover Songs. Local Bands. Even a hardcore show or two.
What bands have infulanced your music the most?
Currently my lyrics tend to follow a "Love/Heartbreak" theme and to be honest its not because I'm some hopeless romantic (haha). The reason is because growing up I would listen to these bands like (the ones above) Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, etc and they were all writing about this boy/girl relationship and heartbreaks and passion... that is just what i'm grown up listening to and that is what I became performing. I think this is a positive thing though because everyone can relate to those types of songs. It is important to have that connection with fans and give them something they are familar with.
Anything you would like to say to your fans reading this interview?
Thanks for the support it means a lot. Honestly.
Any plans for a tour?
Remember.. I'm new to the music scene. I havn't really worked myself up to touring yet. Soon Though. Currently, I'm still learning how the business works and picking up a few tricks along the way.
Any plans to tour to CA?
If I could afford it.. I would love to. I've never been so I think it'll be an amazing experience.
What is the title of your latest CD?
Where can we check it out at?
You can check it out and even buy the CD (and ringtones) at www.musicfreedom.com/nicholasgray
Over the years of playing music, have your lurned any promoting secrets that have worked the best for you?
Code Blue Media has really helped me out as far as promoting goes. The music business is a very busy one and a lot of times I don't have the freedom to promote my music as hard as I want to. Code Blue Media has really help me out because they focus on "ongoing promotions" and always try to make sure your music is being heard by someone.
What do you think of Big Smile Magazine?
I think it is great. It is really helping out the music scene and giving bands and artist, such as myself, the opportunity to shine and share their thoughts.