Musician Nick Evans Mowery
(June, 2004) - Nick Evans Mowery, owner of Tangent Boy Studio, released his debut CD 30 Yrs Gone on April 20th, 2004. The project showcases the many facets of Mowery's music background and studio expertise. From songwriter, singer, and multi-talented musician to recording engineer and music producer -- 30 Yrs Gone introduces an artist that has studied and learned from those that came before him.
- Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]
mogswebsite.com: Where were you born?
Nick Evans Mowery: Washington, DC
mogswebsite.com: What prompted your move to Las Vegas?
Nick Evans Mowery: After attending a year at The Berklee College of Music and three years at The Ohio State University, I moved to Vegas to explore a career opportunity in Law enforcement.
mogswebsite.com: Are you now balancing two careers or are you devoting more time to your music?
Nick Evans Mowery: My career in law enforcement has enabled me to spend the majority of my time pursuing my goals in music. In fact, I originally moved to Vegas and applied for the job because of the days off - (3 to 4 days weekly). Since 1998 I have been balancing the two careers, although since the release of 30 Yrs Gone, I am definitely focused on the music. "Don't quit your day job!" - is not necessarily a criticism. It's good advice …
mogswebsite.com: Give me some background on the events that led to Tangent Boy Studio.
Nick Evans Mowery: Over the years, I had the opportunity to perform in several bands ranging in many different styles of music. Although the band members and I were set on making the relationship a democracy, when it came to the songwriting, the songs I wrote were the ones that usually made it to the surface. This gave me the idea that I should continue writing and develop my craft. I decided to begin collecting recording equipment in order to archive my songs.
mogswebsite.com: What do you consider the single most important piece of equipment in a recording studio?
Nick Evans Mowery: Technically -- a decent Mic and a decent Pre-amp. Any sound that is worth recording must be reproduced.
mogswebsite.com: For a young band on a shoestring budget wishing to record their debut CD -- what are the advantages of utilizing Tangent Boy [Studio] over making a home recording?
Nick Evans Mowery: It is important to have a producer and engineer that understand the overall sound that the band wants to achieve. It is always a good idea to have someone outside the band that can direct the recording process and make essential adjustments. This is usually not the case when making a home recording. Musicians and/or Bands tend to cut corners and overproduce their own material in anticipation of the final product. At Tangent Boy Studio, each artist is dealt with one on one to ensure that the overall goals are the same. My intentions are to have a recording atmosphere that is beneficial to the artist and that will promote further creativity instead of haste.
mogswebsite.com: If Tangent Boy [Studio] wasn't an option for this struggling young band -- what advice could you offer them?
Nick Evans Mowery: My advice would be to discover patience and begin building their own studio. This will enable them to learn their way around a studio and develop their songwriting abilities as well. There are many different avenues into the music business, why not familiarize yourself with all of them? After a while, bring in a producer that believes in your music and go from there.
mogswebsite.com: Your 2004 debut release 30 Years Gone pulls from several influences -- which track, in your opinion, best exemplifies the music of Nick Evans Mowery?
Nick Evans Mowery: Track #3 "Never Let Her Go," Track #7 "Surrounded," Track #11 "30 Yrs Gone" -- would definitely exemplify my music style. They evolve around the acoustic groove and then lead into a strong chorus. I also get to throw out some guitar riffs (my main instrument).
mogswebsite.com: Which track best reveals Nick Evans Mowery as a person?
Nick Evans Mowery: Track # 2 "Feel The Innocent" -- would probably best reveal who I am as a musician. This track begins with a country "chicken-pickin'" guitar riff -- slides in with a Tower of Power type bass groove -- and circles around with a Steely Dan attitude. It leans more towards the Jazz side -- but it's what I really enjoy playing. The lyrics in this song -- and "I can Pretend" and "cool" also show more of my personality.
mogswebsite.com: The music of the seventies and eighties made an impression on you -- Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, add a touch of early eighties Doobie Brothers -- expound on the specific attributes that intrigued you regarding their music.
Nick Evans Mowery: Over the past decade or so, music has evolved into a computerized entity. I understand the creativity of manipulating sounds, but my heart has always been with the creation of such sounds. In other words, if you want Larry Graham's bass riff in your song, pick up a bass and learn how to play it! The before mentioned icons studied their instruments and learned how to communicate with them. Further note -- Steely Dan (Becker & Fagan) wrote the book when it comes to recording.
mogswebsite.com: Within the realm of Becker and Fagan's imaginary book -- theoretically, what is their best chapter and why?
Nick Evans Mowery: I would have to say that the Album Aja was probably Steely Dan's masterpiece. Although Two Against Nature comes in at close second. They incorporated many different musicians to establish each track's unique style. I admire their ability to know what a song is supposed to sound and/or feel like before they enter the studio. Their attention to detail and their devotion to the recording process (instead of touring) definitely shaped a definitive sound. Overall, I feel it was the mix of pop, jazz and jazz-fusion that made Aja such a landmark album.
mogswebsite.com: On a whole do you feel the Internet has been good or bad for the music industry?
Nick Evans Mowery: Obviously, the creation of free downloading sites has taken a serious bite out of music sales. Thankfully, there have been significant advancements that have helped limit this process and generate the appropriate compensation for the artist. The industry has also begun including things such as DVD's in the CD package to entice consumers to purchase the actual CD instead of downloading. Overall, I think the Internet is a great way to promote and reach different target areas.
mogswebsite.com: Same question in terms of it's effect on strictly independent artists?
Nick Evans Mowery: Without a doubt, the Internet has become an essential part of the promotional process. My debut release has been on sale for less than two months, and I have received numerous international sales -- thanks to the Internet.
mogswebsite.com: What are your interests away from the studio?
Nick Evans Mowery: I am a die-hard Pittsburgh Steeler fan!!!
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