Mr Wizard, a long-time bass player/vocalist in a Chili Peppers-style original band, has released a 5-in-1 new EP. Mr Wizard had no intention of entering the music industry except for his love of instruments such as the piano, guitar, and bass.
He believes that the music industry is large enough to accommodate every act, so ariste does not need to compete for spots.
when asked what he thinks about the Ep, this is what he had to say
I had to become a better song writer with stronger emphasis on melody and I believe this project is doing jusT that!
I hope that you enjoy it!
PS Favourites so far have been “Wait and See” & “Make it Alone”
He had more to say in an interview between Him and Mister Styx of musicarenagh
Is there a story behind your stage
Hello! My stage name is Mr.Wizard— and like a lot of band names there’s not a great story behind it…. it’s actually from a line in the Matrix- and I like to get my sci-fi references in when I can!
Where do you find inspiration?
Finding inspiration for song writing has always been a bit of a mixed bag for me… I’m always noodling on guitar or bass and save lots of little licks and riffs but the inspiration to turn those into songs comes and goes I think. For me personally I usually need to settle on a fictitious back story and pull on that for inspiration.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Music has always been a big part of my life. When I was a kid my mom thought it was important that all of her kids at least try to learn an instrument, so we all started on the piano.
By the time I was 10 or 11 we had the option to quit the piano if we wanted to play something else so I started playing violin, did that for a few years and then in high school I wanted to start a band so I switched to bass and then went from there.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Neither of my parents is particularly musical or artistic which is part of why I think they wanted us to start trying instruments young. Both of my sisters do still have some artistic chops though.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I never really aspired to be a part of the music industry. I just always enjoyed playing so much that I loved the idea of that being my full time job— even though that never really came to fruition.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
Like I mentioned I started playing piano and violin pretty young but I really feel like when I started playing bass was when I started taking it seriously. A guy named Tom Bozek taught me how to play, he’s an amazing guitar player and teacher so over the years a lot of our lessons just turned into jam sessions and that was probably more helpful to me than any other lesson….
As far as singing and song writing; I started playing in bands when I was 15 or 16 and we wanted to write our own music. It was terrible. But amazing practice— when you perform an original song to a crowd and it ends in complete silence— that’s a great motivator to get better… that goes for singing and songwriting. So I just practiced for years, writing more and more songs and ending up here.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
The first real concert I ever went to was Tom Petty— amazing show!
Describe your creative process.
My creative process is to really make sure I’m enjoying it. I never want writing a song or tracking the parts to be work. So I just kind of let songs develop at their own pace and reveal themselves over time… I think that’s been the biggest improvement to my songwriting over the years— not forcing things.
What musician do you admire most and why?
As a student of music there are many artists I admire so this is really a tough question so I’m going to cheat and name two and why:
Rivers Cuomo in my opinion consistently writes the best melodies, over tons of songs and decades he seems to never miss!
And really the other one would have to be Flea. Coming up as a bass player no one could ever make a musician feel more comfortable breaking out of their box than that guy. He’s a true legend.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your
Oh yeah, my style definitely evolved. I think all musicians’ style does over time.
Why did you choose this as the title of the project?
I chose the album title “I Know I Don’t Know” because I’ve always been a fan of naming albums after obscure lyrics in one of the songs. I really liked that line too… I studied philosophy in college and that line is very reflective of that.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
At this point I don’t think of other musicians as competitors… there are so many talented people in the world doing so many amazing things that I hope we keep evolving to being more supportive or each other.
What are your interests outside of music?
Outside of music I’m an avid disc golfer— I’ve been playing since I was a teenager. If you’ve never tried it you should!… I’m also a big family guy now. I have a beautiful wife and daughter and a son on the way so I enjoy my time with them more than anything.
What are your interests outside of music
Well unfortunately as much as I enjoy music it isn’t my career. I’ve been in the car business for almost a decade so that pays the bills!
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
I think that would be musicians hating on other musicians… it’s tough out there. We should be pulling together and supporting each other how we can.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
Hmm I don’t know what I would change. I do think that a lot of really good talent doesn’t get recognized now because you have to be so internet savvy. Where as before you could just get ‘found’ and signed because music wasn’t so easily accessible, so people actually had to go to shows… We could use some more of that I suppose.
What are your plans for the coming months?
So I’ve already started working on the next EP so that’s really my big plan over the next few months as well as the arrival of my son in November!
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
No collaborations are currently in the works… I am working on some music with my other band Dosed that should hopefully see the light of day at some point though.
What message would you like to give to your fans?What message would you like to give to your fans?
My message would just be to be supportive of local artists. The arts are what separate us from every other animal— they unite us as a species. So do your part and at least give some encouragement!