From Toronto Canada comes the impressive Blues meets Rock Meets Soul style of Grant Lyle. We recently had the chance to talk with Grant about his music and inspirations.
Ryan: Many albums have a theme that runs through them. Does your newest album “Nu” have a certain agenda?
Grant: This album is really a continuation of where I left off with my previous work, “So There”. I was searching for songs and themes that are fairly universal. There is no one specific subject or style that I felt could not be touched upon.
Ryan: Your skill with the guitar is truly impressive. How long have you been playing, and what brand do you prefer?
Grant: I have been playing the guitar since I was 8-years old and had been asking for one at least a year previous to that. My parents generously gave me a guitar and encouraged me to practice. I started on an acoustic guitar and later switched to electric. I have been a fan of Fender guitars and amplifiers for many years and these continue to be my main choice. Now, however, I am experimenting with Victoria amplifiers; they sound like really well built Fenders.
Ryan: Where do you gather your musical inspiration from?
Grant: Wherever I can! I am always on the lookout for new and exciting sounds. Through social media, I have been introduced to a wealth of talent. All that being said, I continue to draw most of my influence from the classic Blues records.
Ryan: What does your song writing process look like?
Grant: Like many writers, I will start with whatever initial idea comes to mind and I will then endeavour to see if there is potential to expand it into something greater. I can also say I generally don’t know where ideas come from; I do know the process works best when I don’t interfere with it too much; a good song will generally write itself.
Ryan: Do you have a personal favorite song on the album?
Grant: I like different songs for different reasons. For instance, I enjoyed creating the ambiance of “So Glad You’re Here” by experimenting with guitar textures. Another example is being able to work with my cousin, Dave Koz, for the first time. We collaborated on “Evening Song” and it was both easy and enjoyable.
Ryan: How long did it take to record your album?
Grant: Longer than anticipated due to other on-going projects both in and out of the studio. All in all, almost two years was devoted entirely to the album.
Ryan: Do you have any advice for new musicians looking to record their own album or EP?
Grant: Get as good a grasp as you can on your instrument or voice and sound that you wish to create. New technology allows for a lot of freedom however it is important to have a grasp on that technology and to use it for complimenting your vision rather than dominating it. Be honest to yourself and your craft. Don’t feel the need to overcorrect everything.
Ryan: Do you have any plans to release a music video?
Grant: We are filming some live shows with the new group and I am hoping to have some of that material available soon.
Ryan: At this point in your music career, what are some of your most memorable highlights?
Grant: Writing what I feel to be a good song, performing a good set and working with talented musicians have been and will always be the highlights of my musical adventures.
Ryan: Lastly, and thank you for your time. Do you have any news that you would like to share with your fans?
Grant: I am excited about the new band. I am having the most fun I have had performing in a long time. It is a new project and we hope to have something to show you very soon.