Artist Spotlight ~ June 2009
Bobby Pizazz ~ “BobbyPizazz”
Click HERE to visit Bobby’s homepage.
1. How and when did you begin your musical journey?
At age 5 my dad played lap steel so I never really got to play a regular guitar until my UncleTom sat me on his knee and let me play his Martin, I loved the sound and I was hooked.
2. Who were some of your early musical influences and how have they shaped your songwriting?
My Dad, Uncle Art and Uncle Dick, Kitty Wells for country, Dad loved her voice and music, Nate King Cole for voice & Mel Torme’ for songwriting and big band sounds, Sherm Mitchell for horn arrangement. He was Mel Torme’s horn arranger at one time. He taught me to love what I do, and to be an entertainer. It was Sherm who came up with M.S.T. genre Music Story Teller is what he called me. “Your music covers all genres in one style that is all your own.”
3. What has been the toughest criticism you’ve received either from an industry insider, a peer or a casual listener and how did you overcome it? Any advice for other songwriters regarding criticism?
There has been a lot of criticism, but it was all worth while. Except maybe the guy in SwingCity who came on stage and said I had no business being on stage, I was only 17 so I was not suppose to be in there. But mostly what I heard in criticism was about practice, write and re-write. All of it good in the long run, but none of it helped me find my own style. So I shut off all radio and outside music for four years; would not even play cover songs. I took all of those peoples’ criticisms, and made a way to rise above it. Now people are copying my chords and progressions. I use colors instead of notes or the number system
[Regarding advice] Yes, even if you think the criticism is not needed, unwanted, and unflattering, there still is something to be learned…
Oh! Except for the guy in Cleveland that did not like my song and criticized my use of the words in the title “Keep your Nose Clean” I think he was offended, when I pointed out in a song, that they were putting coke up their nose in the VIP rooms.
4. What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you (not necessarily music related)?
Follow your dreams, don’t let anyone else’s words be stronger than your own. Learn to love, with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, whatever you are doing, writing a song, flipping hamburgers or mowing the lawn. Love the moment now, milk it.
5. When you’re not working, writing or performing, what do you like to do?
Spend time talking to the kids, they’re all over the country. I surf the web research hydrogen burning engines and read profiles & quotes, I get song ideas. I like to walk in the woods, we raise Bee’s and have four hives. Tinkering with all sorts of stuff – cars, computers and inventing things. We should be able to burn water in our cars. They won’t let us.
6. Is there anything else you would like to add or share with us?
Yes, I’m looking for a band, so anyone out there that is interested please get in touch with me. I was thinking of a all women band, but will take a look at anyone. All instruments needed up to 9 to 16 piece Big band.
BONUS QUESTION - THIS OR THAT: Mountains or Ocean??
Mountains, I live in West Nashville on top one of the tallest hills. I love Estes Park Bald Eagle Mountain in Colorado.
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By: RJC on 6/1/09
Enjoyed your interview!, Love your music…good luck with the band!
By: RonMadore on 6/1/09
Hi Bobby..good to meet you! Excellent interview and I wish you all the success in your music/Band! – Ron
By: Lijemtu on 6/1/09
hey Bobby. I’ve enjoyed your music. Good to see you Spotlighted
By: rathole on 6/1/09
Enjoyed your interview–just listened to Somethin Bout Her–great song–ya got lots of talent–hope ya get a band together–glad you were spotlighted—rathole
By: dink222 on 6/2/09
I enjoyed your interview and love your music. Congratulations!
By: lps45s8tracks on 6/2/09
Enjoyed Da Interview.(;U DA MAN;)Enjoy Da Spotlight.~ (;Yrral Mallik;)
By: geediane on 6/2/09
Wonderful interview – and I’ve been really loving your music. Great voice you have!! Happy to see you in the spotlight!
By: uniquedenise on 6/2/09
Your music is a pleasure to listen to and I also enjoyed reading your interview. Keep ‘em coming!
By: jbthegeezer on 6/3/09
Congrats and good luck!
By: Porkbeli on 6/3/09
Like listening to your music and good interview. -Steve
By: JulesBloeth on 6/8/09
Great interview, Bobby, and I’ve so enjoyed listening to your music! : )
By: cherylmoon on 6/17/09
Congratulations on the spotlight…
Very good interview – thanks for sharing.
Estes Park is beautiful… rode through there last summer.. I suppose if I had to live somewhere besides TN… it would have to be Colorado.
By: MichaelAngelo on 6/24/09
Congrats! I love the blues!
By: mlprat on 6/30/09
Good to read your inteview .. Congrats on the spotlight.
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