An eclectic, multi-instrumentalist artist based in Franklin, TN. He developed a rather unique blend of sound by combining the honest, introspective vibes of folk music with the experimental edge of progressive rock.
Dick Aven is not the kind of guy who likes to play by the rules. His music is all about defying convention and breaking the walls between various styles and ideas. Although his music is deeply connected to the earnest honesty of folk, Dick’s sound has a fascinating progressive streak that brings something truly unique to the table His recent release is a full-length album titled “One Of These Days We'll Go Get Us One”. The record is a journey through unique rhythmic ideas, textural landscapes and memorable melodies that transcend genre definitions and stylistic borders. A talented arranger, writer and vocalist, Dick appears on the album prominently, wearing different hats and showcasing his vast repertoire of musical skills and his highly eclectic taste.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
My music uses varying styles meshed together into what would need to be labeled Alternative. I've been developing the sound for a few years now. There are hints of rock, reggae, folk, blues and jazz with horns, ukuleles, synths, vocals and percussion with a strong rhythmic content.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My dad started calling me "Dick" a child. He was kind of an A-hole.What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?:I grew up listening to rock, jazz, classical, folk, old school country. My favorites were Kate
Bush, Stevie Wonder and The Beatles. But I also listened to lots of Mile Davis, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Monk, and Mingus to name a few jazz artists. I studied music in college while on scholarship for saxophone and oboe.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
For the last three plus years I've toured as a saxophonist with outlaw country artist Jamey Johnson. That keeps me busy enough that I work on my own music when I'm home. I also do studio work playing a variety of instruments. Lately, during the off-time of the current pandemic, I have been releasing singles as I complete them. I play all of the instruments on my latest five singles and most of the instruments on my albums that I've released. The latest full album is called "One Of These Days We'll Go get us One" 2019.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I plan to keep making music until I stop breathing. I would love to find an audience for my eclectic style of music.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
I love playing my new songs the best. Right now my favorite to play live is "No Clue" or "Too Far Gone".
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Perseverance is the name of the game for a music lifer like myself. So far I've made it by the skin of my teeth. The future is uncertain but I'll always rock my tunes.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
My song writing usually starts with a compelling musical discovery. The ones that I am successful at writing lyrics for are the cream that rises to the top. Lately I start with a baritone ukulele or piano.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social media is great for releasing material to a small audience but it's limited. We are at a point of over saturation that makes it a challenge to rise above the chatter.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Current artist I love are; Aldous Harding, Little Dragon, DIIV, Sierra Ferrell, Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, KALEO, White Denim, Crumb...
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Before I started making music I wanted to be a veterinarian.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
My advise for up coming artists is practice, write and live a well rounded life to inform your content.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would focus on less disposable music and more on artists with something different to offer.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality is owning your influences by being aware of the essential building blocks of your art instead of just making aesthetic assumptions.
There are many ways to transcend a style and make it original. But there are no shortcuts. I am very happy to find music that is original and creative without sacrificing accessibility.