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Q&A w/ Bruce Mathiske

Welcome members and guests to the Cool Try RSL! Tonight’s special guest joining us at the buffet is none other than Bruce Mathiske, Guitar Virtuoso. Having just released his 24th album ‘Six String Anthology’ Bruce has decided to join us as we dig into dishes like Writers Block, Inspiration, Social Media and The Simpsons. And for dessert Bruce has brought with him his latest video for ‘Santiago’ which can be enjoyed below. Head to mathiske.com to purchase the new album and check out Bruce’s upcoming tour dates.

Have you been involved in any previous projects before this one?

Yes, this album, “Six String Anthology” , is album number 24


All artists go through periods where they seem to lack creativity, when you’re experiencing one of these phases, what do you do to get yourself out of it?

I compose all the time. Just messing around and puddling. I record all of my ideas and out of 10 pieces I may get one or two good one’s.

Then, also I have a bank of remaining ideas if I need a spark.


How do you think social media has affected the Australian music scene?

I’ve had some time away and coming back it’s all different. I like it, it’s a great way for every person letting others know if an artist has something to offer. Not just being told by major record companies


Aside from other artists and music, what inspires you?

Travelling to Cultures that are completely different to ours. Morocco, Vietnam, Sth America-the sights, smells, sounds are all exciting.


Are there any band photographers that you’re into and would love to be shot by?

Tony Mott, has shot everyone and I’ve worked with him a couple of times and just loved it. He is a link to the whole history of rock.


What is the first song you ever wrote and did it make it onto a release?

My first “tune” made it onto my first release on cassette and record. I played it to  a mate who said it’s too complicated and I said “Life’s Like That” so that became the title


Favourite Simpsons episode? Discuss.

When Paul and Linda McCartney were trying to save the world and Lisa was impressed. Later when Lisa was explaining to Homer, he said “ah rock stars, is there anything they don’t know”


Where are people able to hear your songs?

iTunes,  youtube and www.mathiske.com


Beatles or Rolling Stones and why?

Stones because they have always just “been The Stones”


Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Muse, for their musical ideas, Mumford and Sons for their Raw energy and Cold Chisel because they are  the greatest band in the world