For this series of bloggy interviews, I’ve shared questions with young artists and musicians living in New York. This time: guitarist and singer-songwriter Eddy Marshall. I’ve met him through Berklee College of music and I’m excited that he wanted to be part of this little Q&A – couch session. In addition to the questions, we met up and played a few songs in my place in Brooklyn together. Next time I’ll make him sing too 🙂
Q&A with Eddy Marshall
* WHERE ARE YOU FROM, WHAT DO YOU MISS ABOUT HOME?
I’m from Falls Church Virginia. I miss my friend circle, my mom’s Steinway piano, and Super Chicken.
* FAVORITE PLACE IN THE CITY
The Williamsburg bridge late at night. I love walking home from gigs in Brooklyn and being able to see the whole skyline in front of me.
* FAVORITE NEW MUSIC
Lula Wiles has a new album coming out on January 25th that I’ve already listened to on NPR too many times. Scruffy Pearls just put out a new single that slaps and I THINK they have an album coming soon that I’m extremely excited for. I’ve also been listening to the GORILLAZ a lot and BOY is still a favorite.
* FAVORITE OLD MUSIC
As much as I think wailing guitar solos are meh, sometimes I still love shamelessly listening to classic rock at high volume. Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, etc. And I constantly listen to the Beach Boys and the Beatles so I can figure out fun ways to put absurd chords under singable melodies.
* WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE NON-MUSIC THING TO DO
I love reading and cooking.
* WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON MUSICALLY
I’m always writing new music and trying to build my cover repertoire. So basically, I’m writing the songs I want to play and learning the songs other people want me to play.
* WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST FANBOY MOMENT?
There is a band called Walk Off The Earth and they give away a free signed and drawn on a ukelele at every show. At Boston Calling in 2014, I was decked out in my WOTE gear and they came out into the crowd and gave me a uke! Still, have it on my shelf.
* CRAZIEST GIG EXPERIENCE
When I first booked a tour in 2015, I said yes to a three-hour gig and we probably had about an hour and a half of material. We just took so many endless instrumental solos and played so many different breakdowns and weird covers. We would take a song like “Take It Easy,” by the Eagles and make it 20 minutes long with sections of obnoxious swing and I don’t think the southern Virginia crowd of three was really feeling it.
* WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?
I hope I’m doing exactly what I’m doing now but at a much higher level. Playing gigs almost every night of the week with amazing musicians, cooking, baking, reading, and everything else, AND I will have a nine-year-old dog.