NAS 10 Questions with John Clark
This time, we get to know John Clark, a singer-songwriter and producer from Washington Missouri. From the bio on Spotify, he describes the latest album "Sea Oddity" as an "...indie psychedelic folk-rock concept album composed of sadder folk tunes. Technically it is the last 35 minutes of planet earth - the last hour before the aliens invade, BUT the aliens come up from the water and were below the sea all along - our sights set on space were wrong this whole time."
The track "No Wake" from the album is featured in the New Artist Spotlight Family of Playlists.
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1. Tell us a little about where you are from and what you are currently doing.
I am from Washington Missouri. I write, record and produce music with other musicians all over the world while holding down a different day job and raising 3 kids with my wife.
2. What inspired you to start playing and making music?
My biggest influence to want to learn and play music was probably growing up watching my brother Dave's band practice at our house. Started playing the saxophone when I was 9 and then sold it and bought a guitar when I was 14. My music is my life's diary - it is all very meaningful to me and hopefully to my kids when I am gone - I decided to start releasing it to the world so that it can live longer than me and it can be there for my kids.
𝟯. Who are your biggest influences?
Classic rock artists like Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, The Beatles, and Pink Floyd. I also enjoy learning a diverse catalog of different styles. I have been influenced by rock, bluegrass, blues, funk, bossa nova, and jazz to name a few.
4. What are your goals in the music industry?
I want to transition from my current job to music full-time in the next 5 years. I currently have over 300 songs streaming and also do artist consultations and give private lessons - I want to work in the music world without calling it work! So I have made my own path doing what I enjoy to hopefully never call it work but have it pay my bills!
5. Tell us about your creative process when you make new music.
I am a conduit for music, I just let it pass through me and then capture it in a voice memo. I can't force it - it comes when it is ready
6. What is your all-time favorite song?
Think About Your Troubles by Harry Nilsson - Harry was an incredible songwriter and I really love how he did it behind the scenes as a songwriter
7. What is the best advice you have either given or received in terms of music?
I was at a friend's bands concert and they busted into one of MY songs. They didn't warn me and it hit me really hard. It has happened 2-3 times now and I think that is just the coolest honor.
8. Proudest accomplishment?
Becoming a father - then getting to play music with my 9-year-old Cali Moon - she is featured on the album! My entire family inspires me but I didn't start releasing music until my wife was pregnant with Cali Moon in 2013 - in the womb - she gave me the courage I needed to finally follow my dream
"Every time my drummer hit that cymbal, blood splattered across the room."
9. Just for fun! What's been your most embarrassing moment so far?
Well, I jumped off a stage barefoot once and crushed a glass - blood shot out everywhere - I finished the song but then had to be rushed to the hospital. While I finished the song - I sat on an amp and put my foot over the ride cymbal - every time my drummer hit that cymbal blood splattered across the room.
𝟭0. Tell us about your lowest and highest points in music so far.
Every time a band dissolved - those 3-4 experiences were low points for me - it was literally like divorcing a handful of people! The highest points have been collaborating with over 50 artists worldwide and getting my 9-year-old published... she rocks!
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