Mindset of the Successful Independent Musician: The Peter Sprague Interview

DA: How to be a successful independent musician, and of course I’m writing for a magazine in which that is defined as singer/songwriter. Though I’m sure you’ve seen singer/songwriters and other kinds of musicians and their career paths have things in common. I read your biography on your website, which I really appreciate by the way. There was a time you were playing in Chuck’s Steakhouse, Elario’s, and you really began to think, hey, I can make a career out of this.

PS: Well, I think that decision to make a career out of it was years before that. It was a little turning place for me when I got out of high school, and I was really loving music and I just see that it was right around then when I decided to not go to college, because I just visited, during the summer, the Berklee School of Music [Boston], and I got a good sense of it, but I also saw that for what I wanted to do, I just needed to go to “The Room,” and The Room, in quotations, is a phrase that I got from Ernie Watts [drummer, songwriter, bass player, guitarist, vocalist] and I loved how he described it because it was the same for me, but he says, Ernie was saying, especially in LA, everyone was always coming up during the break and saying, talking to him about gear, reeds, and who’s doing this and that, and Ernie says, “Hey man, if you want to be a player, you just need to go to the Room, and the Room means you’re just going to go into that place where you practice and just spend time.

And so I got a glimpse of that early on and I thought, “I don’t really want to go into a classroom and study arranging and this and that. I mean, that all sounds interesting to me now, but at that point, before anything else, I needed to play the way I thought that I needed to play, and the only way to get there was to sit in a practice room all day... Sign In to Keep Reading

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