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INTERVIEW: Fred Argir

Hi Fred, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been great and trying to survive the winter! Winter is a great time to write music though, so I guess I am thankful for the cold weather.

Can you talk to us more about your song “I Don’t Feel It”?
Yeah “I Don’t Feel It” was an outlet song. Just a statement that there is always transition and frankly when you achieve something there always seems to be a pull to the next great challenge.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Time, disappointment and a longing to do something different in my life. I was going through some change of priorities and this song was my mantra for change.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Yes. I am working with some thoughts for the video and hope to film the video this Spring.

The single comes off your new album Still Alive – what’s the story behind the title?

I’ve been creating music for a long time and this album was a statement that yes after time passes we can always still make our statement. I am still here making music, still here creating and still here playing guitar.

How was the recording and writing process?

This album was written, recorded and mixed in 8 weeks. I typically write the music along with the lyrics and find a vibe somewhere deep that needs to be expressed in the performances. I grew up with parents who were musicians so the process of making music is like breathing. On this record I played all the instruments except drums – I had Derek Abrams (Ministry) play drums for all the tracks. I had the record mastered at Winterland Studio in Minneapolis. All good people that in many ways contribute to my music.

After a long time on the scene – would you call this a call to your roots or an evolution?

This is a tough one. I am usually hot on the last song I heard. Really! I enjoy and admire the art of creating music. There isn’t really a genre that I don’t care for. I also play a lot of solo gigs – the acoustic folk thing. It is about the craft of expression through music, the artistry of capturing the music and hopefully it resonates with an audience.

Does it get easier or much harder to grow as an artist at this stage of your career?

It is a way of life – like brushing teeth and taking a shower. This is what I love to do. I hear music all the time, so the biggest challenge is to get to the studio soon enough to catch it!

What role does NYC play in your music?

NYC was a big transition from anywhere else I have played – that includes Europe. There is amazing talent there and the camaraderie of the musicians is fantastic. Also, the local musicians and music stores are big fans of local music so much needed support! There is also a resurgence of barn concerts upstate – cool vibe!

How your upbringing has influence your writing?

It is everything! I grew up in this world of creativity through music. My mother was a jazz singer and my father still plays acoustic gigs today – you see this doesn’t go away. Passion and the need to express is just another appendage!

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Many of the songs on this record were inspired by NYC. As an example, I was walking early one morning through Time Square and there were more than 20 homeless people preaching something. Man! Heavy! Went back home and wrote “Preachers in the Square”.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, I will be touring this Spring – finalizing details now. More soon on that!

What else is happening next in Fred Argir’s world?

Working on another record that I hope to have out the end of this year. 

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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