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Bubba Startz (Deadwood, SD)

Solo performers Interview

Artist Name Bubba Startz
Age 27
Date 5/23/13
Are you an instrumentalist only? I am a singer/songwriter from Deadwood,SD.
What instrument do you play?
Guitar, bass, harmonica, percussion
Where do you reside?
Deadwood, SD

What inspired you to start singing and Playing?
Family. My dad and uncle also play guitar. My grandmother played the accordion and required everyone to sing carols at Christmas time. I knew that i was supposed to play music by the time I moved to Deadwood in 1996.
How long have you been performing publicly?
I was in choir and concert band starting in grade school. Ive been performing on stage ever since then. 17 years have passed now and I can’t imagine stopping any time soon.
How long did you play before you stated gigging?
Six months after i began playing guitar I took the stage in front of at least a thousand people at Lead, SD 4th of July Jubilee Days Festival. I was 13 at the time and had just finished the eighth grade. I sang one song and played rhythm guitar for my dad’s band The Acoustic Gypsies.
How long have you been playing guitar?
14 years
How did you learn to play guitar?
A 1950′s Mel Bay chord book and playing in my dad’s band. We practiced constantly at home and I never put it down after high school.
Have you taken lessons if so do you take lessons now?
I have never had a lesson. I am beginning lessons this summer with Steve Carrol at Black Hills Guitar.
Where was your first gig?
My first paid gig was at the Mile High Bar in Lead,SD in 2000.
How did you get it?
Playing in my dads band.
How scared were you?
Terrified. All i had to do was sit in the back and play rhythm but I was shaking the entire show.
How do you get gigs?
I do all of my own bookings. I use the internet mostly to find new venues I haven’t played before and keep a good report with all of the clubs i have booked in the past.
Do you use an agent, if so how did you get that rolling?
What do you use for equipment?
I play a Washburn hollow body electric guitar and a Taylor acoustic electric. I use a 2 channel 50 watt Marshall amplifier and Shure SM 58 microphones. It all runs thru my 12 channel sound board and out thru Mackie 4×10 subwoofers and JBL TRX 100 speakers.
Do you use a monitor?
Do you have any tips you can share as far as setting up your equipment for a gig?
Keep it simple. Find what works and understand the sonic qualities of each room you ever play in. Know your gear. Label it. Pack it in and out the same way every time. Eventually it becomes routine and is as natural as breathing.
How long was you longest gig?
We usually play 3 to 4 hours at our gigs. While i was busking Venice Beach,CA as a young man I would play for 8 to 10 hours a day with my case out for tips.
How long was your shortest gig?
3 songs.
How do you choose what songs to learn?
Songs that I love to sing are the ones I choose.
How do you learn new songs, by ear, YouTube, books?
I have been blessed to be able to learn by ear for the last 5 years. Sometimes I will look something up on the internet but if I have a copy of it I would rather listen and learn it.
When you practice do you go through a P. A. or just you and your guitar?
By myself i will just go acoustic. Practicing with the band demands that we use the P.A. to hear everyone and save our vocals.
Who are a few of your favorite artist?
How often do you play out?
5 or six times a month.
Do you have any CD’s out?
We released an album with my band Startz and Endz in 2010. It did well locally and helped us establish ourselves into the local music scene.
Do you have any aspirations to take you music further than your current success?
I have toured the whole country playing music. I am in the process of recording a solo acoustic album and a new Startz & Endz album later this year.
How far will you travel?
Around the world
How far have you traveled to do a gig?
1000 miles one way.
Do you have any advice for a person just getting in to gigging that you would like to share?
Have a show put together. Be fun. Be exciting. Don’t be afraid to relax a bit either. Every show is different and has the potential for being amazing. Remember if you are getting paid you are being paid for a professional service. Act like it.
Anything else that you would like to share?
I will be posting lots of new videos on our YouTube channel http://youtube.com/startznendz
Check us out on Facebook Startz & Endz
Contact information/Press Kit
Bubba Startz
Phone 6059200305

Bubba Startz