I didn’t know about Peter Doran until a friend from Germany, who’s a huge music supporter, named Dieter shared his contact info. It’s really a shame that I didn’t know about Peter sooner because he’s a talented singer and writer and I’ve really enjoyed his songs. But this whole interaction got me thinking… There’s no music without people like Dieter sharing songs and new releases by artists he likes every day, pledging on fan funding drives, going to shows and buying music. So, once in a while I’m going to mix in some interviews with uber music supporters like Dieter and good “musician friendly” venue owners like Pascale from Opening Bell Coffee and Marko from Hotel Cafe. We can talk all we want about songwriting, but without support from people like this it’s all pointless. Sean Hannity’s not doing anything to help musicians. (there’s your current events reference). Oh and for tying things together, Peter “virtually” knows Salim Nourallah my first interview here. So, here’s Peter Doran….
Independent Irish Singer Songwriter with 3 albums released to date, and multiple tours of Ireland/Europe.
OSW: What is your songwriting/composing process?
Peter Doran: The process can and will vary wildly from song to song. It will always start with a scrap of something. That something could be a melody, a chord progression, a lyric or an outline of a story… Sometimes you get lucky and it comes together very quickly. Other times it’s a longer drawn out of process of experiment and waiting. I have been trying more and more these days to put aside a block of time each day for creative work, as opposed to just waiting for inspiration to strike. Someone once said “inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work” … I like that. Regardless of the process you have to put in the time.
OSW: What are you most proud of?
Peter Doran: Probably the last record “Overhead the Stars”. As a project it was so much fun and extremely rewarding. I got to work with some amazing musicians in a wonderful studio, I think it’s a good bunch of songs too, so listening back I’m just proud we managed to pull it off.
OSW: You partially funded your last album by a fan-funding campaign. How do you feel about the fan-funding movement that has developed the past 5 years?
Peter Doran: It’s not something I’ve been following very closely to be honest. There are definitely a lot more people doing it now, it hasreally exploded in the last five years. It is an amazing platform to have, if you have the people to go along with you and make it work.
OSW: I’ve played on several albums without even meeting the person. We discuss the parts, they send a track and we file share parts until they have what they want. Now that you basically have access to any musician in the world, have you thought about having some virtual parts added to your album?
Peter Doran: I worked with an Online Session-Drummer based in Colorado for a few tracks on my “Sleepless Street” album. That was a fun experience and the guy did an amazing job. With technology now the world has opened up in amazing ways, but I still do prefer to record with guys in the same room. I love the good old-fashioned human interaction 🙂
OSW: What is your favorite songwriting lyric?
Peter Doran: Impossible to say, but there’s a good chance Bob Dylan wrote it…
OSW: What advice would you give to young songwriters/composers?
Peter Doran: Write as much as possible, keep going, document every scrap of an idea. Record it on your phone, write it on paper. Don’t be afraid to rewrite. Listen to many types of music.
OSW: If you could sit down and talk about songwriting with anyone, who would it be and why?
Peter Doran: I think Leonard Cohen. It would just be amazing to spend an afternoon with the guy. He is an absolute grand-master of a songwriter and human being.
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