Kelley Stoltz, Audiophile, Studio Wizard, Multi – Instrumentalist and Singer Songwriter, PG Tips drinker and Dude. His music has been likened to many of the greats, Brian Wilson, Leonard Cohen and The Velvet Underground..to name a few…
However, we at The ‘Eye hate to Label or Pigeon Hole and prefer for you, the Listener/Explorer to make your own decisions based on what you hear not on what you’ve been told….
Kelley kindly took the time to answer a few questions for us:
TLE: What/Who are you listening to at the moment?
KS: Nick Nicely, Zoot Sims, Conspiracy of Owls, Total Control, Caravan, the Homosexuals, ABC.
TLE: What’s the most Rock and Roll situation you’ve found yourself in?
KS: Drinking wine with Ian McCulloch at the Fillmore. Having tea with Will Sergeant at his house.
TLE: What’s been your favourite gig so far and why?
KS: We played a great gig with the Raconteurs in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2006. It was at a cool old theatre i’d seen several shows at as a young fella. So it was kind of a homecoming gig for me and we played really well – and my mom was backstage watching and next to her scattered in the shadows were Iggy & the Stooges. Quite surreal.
TLE: How has your music evolved since you started playing?
KS: Using better microphones and getting better sounds.
TLE: What’s your favourite venue/festival to play?
KS: Venue wise I like the Fillmore in San Francisco & The Tote in Melbourne, Australia or any gig anywhere in Spain and of course, Liverpool.
TLE: What are your rehearsals generally like?
KS: Usually we get together the night before a local show or a tour. I like to improvise weird music with the band for a while so that we can get loose and have fun.
TLE: What the ultimate direction for you?
KS: North by Northwest.
TLE: How do you write your songs?
KS: Usually under the influence of PG Tips. I get up and shortly after some breakfast and lounging around, I grab a guitar or play piano and go through some chord changes until something cool comes along, something I can sing a melody to. Then I turn on the mic preamps, wind up the tape or turn on the computer and start recording. The song takes its form during the recording process. Hopefully by night time I’ve got a new song happening. Then I sit back with a glass of wine and listen to it about 20 times and decide if its good or not.
TLE: What’s the hardest aspect of being a solo artist?
KS: Trying to decide what images to put on your t-shirts – a persons name never looks as cool as a bands name.
TLE: What do the next 12 months hold for you?
KS: I have a short tour opening for Jack White coming up and then I want to get back to work on my new LP that’s half finished, for my friend John Dwyers Castleface label.
TLE: What/who first turned you on to Music?
KS: My step-brother Chris. He was 10 years older and when he moved he left behind a real cool little record collection at my parents house. Lots of UK groups and 12″s… Bunnymen, the Stranglers, New Order, Bauhaus type of stuff. Perfect stuff for a teenager to dive into.
TLE: What’s your Ultimate Super Group line up (dead or alive)?
KS: Mick Fleetwood on drums, Paul McCartney on Bass, Pops Staples on guitar, Richard Lloyd on 2nd guitar, Pharaoh Sanders on Sax, David Bowie on piano and me singing!
TLE: Kelley Stoltz in 5 words?
KS: A grooving and melodic dude.
Kelley Stoltz’s new album Double Exposure is out on THIRD MAN RECORDS and available from all the usual outlets