As a session pro, writer, and touring musician since 1979, there's little that guitarist Britt Warren hasn't encountered in the transient world of the professional music scene. Starting his professional music career as a
studio musician, working primarily in the southeastern United States, he quickly found himself in situations that demanded he study and master multiple genres and styles. Britt was also an in-house composer for national TV and radio campaigns for such clients as, Whirlpool Appliances, Wrangler Jeans (Telly Award), Bassett Furniture, Lane Action, HGTV, and the list goes on and on. In these campaigns the demand for diversity was tremendous and he rose to the occasion, composing everything from classical based orchestral compositions to hip-hop. This also helped to develop his ability on multiple instruments, resulting in his playing most of the instruments on his recordings. Due to years of composing for visual based media, Britt's compositions, even as a performance artist, especially lend themselves to film and TV scenes.
Britt Warren was featured in Guitar Player Magazine not once but twice. He currently produces and plays guitar for the rock band "The Nut Drivers" as well as continuing to compose for TV and film in the U.S and U.K.
He took time from his busy schedule to talk with College Underground Radio:
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I'm a multi genre artist. For most of my professional life I was composing for national ad campaigns and you literally were composing in a different genre almost every day and you had to know the genre well.... So, being a multi genre artist is the only way I know to commemorate that. Although I will say, I've always had an edgy side and I find myself enjoying and writing a lot of prog rock these days.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
It's just what was on my birth certificate. Yeah, oh yeah...there's a story but I can't tell it here. Maybe I should write a book.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Motown would have been my earliest influence due to my childhood nanny (Virginia Bines) turning me onto Motown.... it flipped a switch and it was on. From then on it was everybody from Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. Steppin Wolf, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Led Zepplin, Kansas, The Dixie Dreggs, Hans Zimmer, Joe Satriani, Earth Wind and Fire,..... really everything even down to TV show themes.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I'm currently working on a new guitar instrumental CD that will be primarily progressive but will have some nice variation away as well.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Well given the fact that I've played professionally now for 38 years and literally made my living with music it's not fortune and fame as much as it about the music itself. I want to keep high quality, organically executed music in front of the masses for as long as I have the physical health to do it. That's what artists do.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Well I really enjoy playing anything live but if I had to choose one it would be "Spikes". It just never fails to wow the audience.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
At times having to depend on musicians with bad work ethics or ego problems.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
oh man, usually I have to be stirred first spiritually or emotionally and then it's a matter of having to find the proper musical rendering to get my observation or whatever I'm feeling out.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Well, I've been an artist now long enough to remember the industry before social media and I will definitely say social media has changed the face of every aspect of the artistic process.... from having access to more inspiring material, to marketing your final art. It is a necessary agent.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
My Descent by The Nut Drivers, Blackberry Smoke, Joss Stone.... could be anything - old Zepplin, Liquid Tension Experiment... and on and on....
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Carpenter / Chemical handler / Body Guard (trained in martial arts) / Insurance Sales
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Be honest with yourself. If you need to grow your skills to play on the level you desire to play on be honest with yourself and seek out those that can help you reach it. Leave the ego behind, you might just end up with something to be proud of later.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
The monopoly on airplay by major labels would be first on my list (I'm thinking about starting a "free the program director" campaign....lol). If I were and A&R rep, your live show would be the thing that would impress me or not.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
If you don't have it and give careful attention to it, don't call yourself an artist. You can be a "performer" without it but not an artist.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I would like to thank College Underground Radio for this forum. As for me, I paint pictures and construct journeys with music; it's my main focus to convey specific a given thought or feeling on deep, swirling backdrops. I've studied theology for over 3 decades so, I guess I'm a bit of a theologian. (surprise, surprise!)
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