DISCOVER ARTISTS IN THE 10TH IMAS: Gerry Perlinski
Indie Rock artist Gerry Perlinski has joined The 10th Independent Music Awards. Check out his interview here!
HOMEBASE: New Brunswick, NJ
GENRE: Modern Rock/ Indie/ Rock Pop/ Singer-Songwriter
CATEGORY ENTERED: Love Song
SONG SUBMITTED: “Top Of The World”
ARTISTS FEATURED: Gerry Perlinski (Guitar, Vocals, Chord Organ, Lap Steel), Chris DeRosa (Drums), Jose Ulloa (Percussion), Dan Fabricatore (Bass)
LABEL: Okazia Records/Starving Dog Records
WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING MUSIC?
When I was in 6th grade, they were asking around to see what kids wanted to play in the school band. But when I looked at the brochure for the different instruments you could learn to play, I didn’t connect with any of them. My mom wanted me to play clarinet, but I was like “Are you kidding me?”…ha! I told her I wanted to play guitar so I could rock like Eddie Van Halen! She wasn’t very happy about it, but eventually got me private lessons with an amazing local teacher. He was a jazz guy, but taught me everything about theory, scales and just about being a well-rounded player.
I NOTICED THAT MOST THE TIME YOU ARE A SELF TITLED ACT, DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER NAMES YOU GO BY?
The new album will be released under a band name. We are still in the process of putting that together.
DESCRIBE YOUR LATEST RELEASE?
A burst of pent up energy that’s been ready to be released for years.
WHAT INSTRUMENTAL EFFECTS DO YOU USE?
As a guitarist, I use a pretty basic pedal setup with an all tube distortion pedal, wah-wah pedal, tremolo and delay.
WHAT, IF ANY, UNUSUAL SONG STRUCTURES OR WRITING TECHNIQUES DO YOU USE?
A lot of the time, when I write songs, it’s subconscious. I’ll sit with my acoustic guitar and watch TV, not really focusing on what I’m playing. So since I’m not really paying attention to what I’m doing, I tend to come up with more interesting riffs or chord patterns. As far as lyric writing, I’m sort of a spy. I may sometimes overhear a conversation or pieces of someone’s conversation in public somewhere or I’ll hear an interesting turn of a phrase. Then I’ll think.. hey, that’s a great line for a song, or a song title or album title. I probably owe people a lot of money for using their lines. If they only knew!
DID FANS HELP YOU FUND THIS PROJECT?
This recording was funded solely by yours truly. But it will be released and marketed by Starving Dog Records. They will be funding the pressing, distribution, marketing, publicity and radio promotion. We will be doing pre-sales so we expect to have part of it funded in advance by fans eager to get their copy of the new album as soon as possible.
WHAT IS YOUR CRAZIEST TOUR STORY?
One of the craziest gigs I’ve ever done was with my old acoustic punk band, A Halo Called Fred. To give you an idea of what we were like, our drummer played Tupperware, Frisbees, Fisher Price toys… you name it. And I was playing an acoustic guitar through a distortion pedal. So we were pretty crazy. We got invited to play a sort of giant S&M themed costume ball in Philly in front of about 2000 people. Now, knowing that everyone at this thing was going to be dressed in black leather and chains and stuff, we needed to stand out. Being the wise-asses we were, I came up with the idea of dressing in corporate casual. I’m talking polo shirts, khakis, and penny loafers. So when we walked into this place, WE looked like the freaks. Which is exactly what we wanted. So we went onstage, dressed as complete corporate nerds and absolutely killed it! We had such a great reaction from the audience; I didn’t want to leave the stage. Best gig ever!
THIS SUMMER YOU WENT IN THE STUDIO, CAN YOU GIVE US A DESCRIPTION OF YOUR NEW ALBUM?
Well, we went in to do basic tracks at Seaside Lounge in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It’s a great indie studio with a nice vintage vibe. We worked with Josh Clark (The National, New Pornographers, etc.) to get things rolling. It was recorded on the hottest day of the Summer in July 2010. It was about 104 degrees that day, but luckily we were locked away in the studio on the bottom floor. We recorded 6 tunes, but we’ll be releasing 4 of them on the new E.P. I then worked with producer/mixer, David Pattillo (Black Crowes, KT Tunstall, David Gray) at Flow NY on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. We re-cut vocals and mixed there. David’s an amazing producer and has worked with and knew some of my favorite musicians like Jeff Buckley, Chris Whitley and Joseph Arthur. Needless to say, I was really excited and grateful to get to work with him on this album.
FINISH THIS SENTENCE: THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS… wide open.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I know it sounds cliché.. but love. Love and passion inspire me. Love of others, love of nature, love of life. People that, despite harrowing circumstances, make it through adversity with a smile on their face. People that are passionate and pure in whatever they do. That inspires me.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE 3 INGREDIENTS TO A KILLER SHOW?
A sense of urgency 2. A tight band 3. A positive and responsive audience.
HOW CAN FANS FOLLOW YOU? WHERE IS YOUR MUSIC AVAILABLE?
You can find out more info about me and my band at http://www.GerryPerlinski.com as well as on MySpace , Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. The new album will be available in your local area record stores, plus online at Itunes, Best Buy, Target and more.
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