INTERVIEW: Phillip Broussard

1. ​ ​How​ ​would​ ​you​ ​classify​ ​your​ ​music?

I​ ​would​ ​probably​ ​classify​ ​myself​ ​as​ ​folksy​ ​blues.I​ ​consider​ ​myself​ ​primarily​ ​a​ ​blues​ ​guitarist.​ ​However,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​quite​ ​a​ ​few pop​ ​influences​ ​in​ ​my​ ​music​ ​as​ ​well.

2. Who​ ​are​ ​some​ ​of​ ​your​ ​top​ ​5​ ​musical​ ​influences?

Anyone​ ​that​ ​knows​ ​me​ ​knows​ ​that​ ​I​ ​am​ ​an​ ​avid​ ​John​ ​Mayer​ ​fan.​ ​He​ ​would​ ​absolutely​ ​be​ ​the​ ​number​ ​one​ ​influence.​ ​After​ ​that,​ ​I really​ ​have​ ​enjoyed​ ​Jimi​ ​Hendrix,​ ​Jason​ ​Mraz,​ ​Pink​ ​Floyd​ ​and​ ​Stevie​ ​Ray​ ​Vaughn.​ ​It’s​ ​an​ ​eclectic​ ​mix​ ​but​ ​In​ ​different​ ​times​ ​of my​ ​life,​ ​it​ ​requires​ ​a​ ​different​ ​music​ ​genre.

3. What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​want​ ​fans​ ​to​ ​take​ ​from​ ​your​ ​music?

I​ ​really​ ​want​ ​people​ ​to​ ​interpret​ ​it​ ​how​ ​they​ ​want.​ ​I​ ​want​ ​it​ ​to​ ​help​ ​get​ ​them​ ​through​ ​some​ ​point​ ​in​ ​their​ ​life​ ​that​ ​is​ ​difficult.​ ​For me,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​certain​ ​songs​ ​that​ ​take​ ​me​ ​to​ ​a​ ​certain​ ​point​ ​in​ ​my​ ​life.​ ​It​ ​triggers​ ​a​ ​memory.​ ​That’s​ ​what​ ​I​ ​want​ ​someone​ ​else​ ​to experience​ ​with​ ​my​ ​music.

4. How’s​ ​the​ ​music​ ​scene​ ​in​ ​your​ ​locale?

The​ ​music​ ​scene​ ​in​ ​Seattle​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great​ ​one.​ ​There​ ​are​ ​quite​ ​a​ ​few​ ​venues​ ​that​ ​people​ ​like​ ​to​ ​frequent​ ​that​ ​are​ ​fun​ ​to​ ​play​ ​in.

5. What​ ​is​ ​the​ ​best​ ​concert​ ​you​ ​have​ ​been​ ​to?​ ​What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​like​ ​most​ ​about​ ​playing​ ​live?

Hands​ ​down,​ ​John​ ​Mayer​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Gorge.​ ​I​ ​had​ ​a​ ​front​ ​row​ ​seat​ ​and​ ​I​ ​had​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​do​ ​a​ ​meet​ ​and​ ​greet​ ​with​ ​him​ ​before the​ ​show.

For​ ​me,​ ​playing​ ​live​ ​gives​ ​me​ ​access​ ​to​ ​energy​ ​I​ ​didn’t​ ​have​ ​before​ ​I​ ​went​ ​up​ ​on​ ​stage.​ ​It’s​ ​like​ ​the​ ​people​ ​listening​ ​are​ ​giving the​ ​energy​ ​out​ ​and​ ​I​ ​am​ ​absorbing​ ​it.​ ​I​ ​always​ ​leave​ ​a​ ​live​ ​performance​ ​with​ ​more​ ​energy​ ​than​ ​when​ ​I​ ​started.

6. Is​ ​there​ ​a​ ​song​ ​on​ ​your​ ​latest​ ​CD​ ​release​ ​here​ ​that​ ​stands​ ​out​ ​as​ ​your​ ​personal​ ​favorite,​ ​and​ ​why?

My​ ​song​ ​“Best​ ​Friend”​ ​stands​ ​out​ ​as​ ​having​ ​the​ ​most​ ​meaning​ ​for​ ​me.​ ​From​ ​my​ ​perspective,​ ​it​ ​exhibits​ ​all​ ​the​ ​sadness​ ​and frustration​ ​over​ ​losing​ ​my​ ​father​ ​when​ ​I​ ​was​ ​18.​ ​Drowning​ ​comes​ ​in​ ​a​ ​close​ ​second​ ​because​ ​I​ ​think​ ​that​ ​is​ ​how​ ​life​ ​feels​ ​from time​ ​to​ ​time…​ ​Like​ ​we’re​ ​drowning​ ​and​ ​we​ ​need​ ​something​ ​or​ ​someone​ ​to​ ​pull​ ​us​ ​out.

7. How​ ​have​ ​you​ ​evolved​ ​as​ ​an​ ​artist​ ​over​ ​the​ ​last​ ​year?

I​ ​think​ ​I​ ​have​ ​bettered​ ​myself​ ​as​ ​a​ ​guitar​ ​player​ ​and​ ​songwriter.​ ​I​ ​find​ ​songwriting​ ​more​ ​fluid​ ​now​ ​than​ ​I​ ​did​ ​a​ ​year​ ​ago.

8. If​ ​you​ ​could​ ​meet,​ ​play​ ​a​ ​gig,​ ​co-write​ ​a​ ​song,​ ​have​ ​dinner,​ ​have​ ​a​ ​drink​ ​with​ ​any​ ​band​ ​or​ ​artist​ ​(dead​ ​or​ ​alive)​ ​who would​ ​it​ ​be?

I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​Eric​ ​Clapton,​ ​Play​ ​a​ ​gig​ ​with​ ​Jason​ ​Mraz,​ ​Co-write​ ​a​ ​song​ ​with​ ​David​ ​Gilmour​ ​and​ ​have​ ​a​ ​drink​ ​with​ ​Jimi Hendrix.

9. What’s​ ​next​ ​for​ ​you?

I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​start​ ​headlining​ ​some​ ​gigs​ ​in​ ​Seattle.​ ​Need​ ​to​ ​build​ ​up​ ​my​ ​fan​ ​base​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​so​ ​I​ ​can​ ​draw​ ​bigger​ ​and​ ​bigger crowds.​ ​Within​ ​the​ ​next​ ​year,​ ​I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​open​ ​for​ ​some​ ​bigger​ ​acts,​ ​either​ ​locally​ ​or​ ​on​ ​tour.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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