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Brian Bazemore – Interview

Brian Bazemore – Interview

The 80’s, Dave Matthews, and Barber Shop Quartets

Alternative-rock, Americana, and country singer-songwriter Brian Bazemore is interviewed about his early musical journey, his love of Dave Matthews, his appreciation for Open Mic nights, and much more.

What first got you into music?

It started at a young age. My parents had great taste in music and a nice collection of albums, 8-tracks and tapes lying around, not to mention it was the late 80’s and the radio was bumping hits. My Dad sang bass in the church choir. He along with other parents would bring their kids and they would give us parts to sing. If I wasn’t singing, I would sneak back to the sound booth and ‘help’ the sound guy.

From 6th-9th grade I played percussion in the school band. In the summer of ’97 I picked up the guitar after seeing some guy’s play at a local event. I came home and dug out my dad’s old, neck warped, rusty string acoustic. My 8th grade year I picked up the bass and performed with the middle school jazz band and at my churches early service. I also formed a 7-piece Christian praise and worship band around this time, lol. (That didn’t last long.)

In High school I made Drum line and marched Tenors my freshmen year. I dropped out of Band my sophomore year and in my Senior year I sang in the School Choir and was selected to be in a Barber shop quartet. We made 1st in our region and were slated to go to state but couldn’t at the last minute.

Who are some of your influences?

My first influences were just some old guys sitting around playing guitar and being kind enough to show me the basics. “This is how you play this, and this is how you play that.” Kind of thing. Bob Dylan was a huge well of inspiration in my college days with his lyrical genus and unique voice it inspired me to write. I love Jazz especially John Coltrane then there’s Eric Clapton, The Doors and Ani DiFranco, Tim Reynolds Jim Croce and of course, Dave Matthews in the late 90’s he really made me question ‘how’ you could play the guitar. Hearing and watching him play Satellite and Crash into Me those chord progressions and style blew me away. His music continues to influence me. Recently, nature and the weather have been a focal point of inspiration.

Brian Bazemore playing guitar

What draws you to your preferred genre?

I still don’t know what my genre is really, I’ve never been put into one. I would guess I’m Acoustic Rock? I just play what I like.

What’s the most memorable performance you ever had?

There were several with Lovely Locks that were pretty badass at the Jinx. Oh St. Pats 201…something? The restaurant Sage was still open, we played there all afternoon. THAT WAS WILD!

Senior year I sang in the School Choir and was selected to be in a Barber shop quartet.

How did you get started in the Savannah music scene?

Open mics!! It was through Open Mic’s that I met people and fellow musicians from around the world. It was at an Open Mic I was given my first gig. And I watched bands get formed and collaborations made at Open Mics. I remember Tantra’s Open Mic & Live Wires were some of the first places I played at Downtown.

Name a Savannah artist you’d love to collaborate with, and why?

There’s so many incredibly talented artist in Savannah. It would be fun to work with Ben Keiser he’s a beast on guitar. Also, I would love to put a jam band together.

What are some of your favorite local Savannah places to play?

The Warehouse is always a wild time you never know who’s going to stumble in, Myrtle & Rose Rooftop bar has been kicking it lately, I’ve only played there once but Shuk was a great spot. Honestly, I miss Molly’s that was one of my favorite places to play on Congress, and of course the Jinx. I can’t wait for it to reopen!

But Savannah has caught up and exceeded, with so much expansion it has opened the door for more opportunities for everyone of all genres to get out a play!

Talk a bit about the differences in Savannah’s music scene vs. the Bluffton / Hilton-Head scene?

Well, I don’t know if there are too many differences. The travel has gotten worse. A few years ago, yea, there were more opportunities for gigging musicians in the Bluffton / HHI area and better pay. But Savannah has caught up and exceeded, with so much expansion it has opened the door for more opportunities for everyone of all genres to get out a play! It’s Amazing!!

What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

Probably a bartender, music teacher, or botanist.

Brian Bazemore playing guitar in front of a Chamacos poster

What’s next for you?

Well, I’m in the process of putting an album together and I’ve got a busy schedule heading into fall!

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