INTERVIEW: Ian Bouras
How would you classify your music?
Very hard question! I have done several different releases, but Absence, I would classify as Ambient, but it’s live looping on guitar. The easiest way to explain it, is usually for people to see it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv_-a_rVAN0
That’s why I enjoy live looping so much, there is a visual component, along with the music, it can be interesting to watch creation on the spot 🙂
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
My influences are pretty varied, so I will pick one artist from a different genre, that I love. Steel Pulse, Bill Frisell, Paco de Lucia, SRV, and Explosions in the Sky, but that’s a short list, and there are many others. I also find, I am very influenced by nature, if I take a walk in the woods, I often try to recreate the sounds, or feelings, nature gives.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
I have a neurological condition, called Ataxia, that affects your coordination:( I began experimenting with looping for I could figure a way to still create, and it’s led to exciting directions, and growth for me:) What I want people to take from my music, is a feeling of being able to do whatever you love, despite having anything holding you back, and it might lead to exciting new things!
How’s the music scene in your locale?
I shuffle between upstate NY, and Manhattan. It is bustling in Manhattan, but there is so many great musicians to “compete” with, I never feel I have the time to explore a new direction, because I can’t spend the time practicing what everyone else does. However, upstate has really given me an opportunity to explore, and experiment, with looping, so you have time to truly be original as there aren’t as many players to “compete” with.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
Bad Brains is probably the best I’ve ever seen. They opened up for Living Colour, and blew my mind, I have been a huge fan ever since! What I enjoy most about playing is writing a new piece that excites me more than anything, but there are so many things I love about playing, but that’s one of my favorite reasons.
Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
I think Thoughts of You might be my favorite piece on Absence, probably because it was thoughts of someone I like a lot, so it will always make me think of them:) I do love them all though, because I do something different in each one, use my slide, Ebow, different pedals, etc… I get to do something different with each one, so it helps keep it fresh, for me, to play them repeatedly.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
Definitely! I am constantly evolving. I enjoy trying new things a lot, so I’m always discovering something new, and now, with a neurological issue, I’m in “uncharted” territory, so I am always experimenting with new ideas, out of necessity, and that makes me constantly evolve 🙂
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?
It would be too hard to just pick one! There are so many, in different genres, and for different reasons, and I feel there isn’t one that possesses every reason!
What’s next for you?
I hope to keep playing live, I am starting a new CD, and a DVD,, I’m also continuing work on my record label, SDMP Records, so aside from my music, I will be releasing an EP, by Kevin Keating, and there are several other musicians I hope to release this year. I also want to work on my improvisation project, but with all my plans, something often falls by the wayside, but I have things planned according to importance, so even if I fall short, I still get some important things done:)
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” — Norman Vincent Peale