INTERVIEW: NY-Based Singer Songwriter CRAIG GREENBERG

Pic by Craig Greenberg

Hey Craig, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?  

I’ve been well, and happily so far Corona virus free!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “All The Hate In The World”?

Well it seems a politically charged song comes out of me once every few years.  The one from the last album (“Death On The Liberty Line” 2015) was about liberties being taken away after a tragic event like a terrorist attack. “ All the Hate in the World” came out around the time of the 2016 election..  I was appalled to see hatred being weaponized by a certain politician, who successfully used it in becoming president.., though the song is also about people in our society who are able to tune hate out. Sometimes I wish i could be one of those people. 

Musically I was going for a very early 70s sound a la Elton/Pink Floyd with the washed out lead guitar and lush backing vocals.

Any thoughts on the lyric video for the single?

The lyric video was done by Dani Mari, an artist I’ve known for a long time in nyc.. I gave her the artwork image of the earth and the people screaming below and she ran with it.  I think she captured the essence of the song really well.

How was the recording and writing process?

The song came out of me fairly quickly. As often sometimes happen in my songs, the lyrics started from a personal perspective, but then it morphed into some of my feelings about Trump and I let it evolve from there.  I remember being very wound up at the time about the election and really needing to channel my feelings through a song. 

Musically, I really liked the circular pattern of the chord progression in the verse, and the straight descending major scale progression in the chorus.The recording process was pretty smooth.  Chris, my producer, contributed with the e-bow on guitar in the intro, and the acoustic guitar part in the bridge..   I did the lead guitar parts with David Gilmour in mind.  And I think the glockenspiel added a nice flourish in the choruses. 

What was it like to work with Chris Cubeta and how did that relationship develop?

Chris is very easy to work with.. I met him years ago after he’d done some work with a few other nyc based songwriter friends.  He’s a singer songwriter himself and has a lot of good musical ideas, and is really first rate as far as quality control.

How much did he get to influence the song?

He definitely had an influence w/ the arrangement and orchestration.

What role does NYC play in your music?

Ahh, hmm, well I think like many of the songwriters who hail from here, you come up hearing quite a range of musical styles, and that seeps into your writing.  From my dad, I was exposed to classical music and broadway.  My mom was a big fan of disco and dance music. 

I think you hear a lot of different genres within a “pop-rock” label in my music – Blues, Jazz, progressive rock, Latin, et al.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Well I’ll be releasing at least one more single before putting out the full album, which will be sometime in the spring. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Likely May. I have a few working titles I’m still pairing down.

How deep into the politics would you be exploring on this record?

Actually, “All The Hate in the World” is the only political song on the record.  Maybe the election this year will inspire a sequel to it (lol)

Any plans to hit the road?

I’ll be playing a songwriter festival down the jersey shore next month, and in April I’ll be doing some gigs in New Orleans. 

What else is happening next in Craig Greenberg’s world?

Well I’ve finished a bunch of new songs since this album was finished so I imagine I’ll be going into the studio before the end of the year.  Otherwise possibly some shows in Europe in the summer.

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About RJ Frometa

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