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Will Dolittle (Kalamazoo, MI)

Solo performers Interview

Artist Name:  Will Dolittle
Age:  34
Date:  2/13/2013
Are you an instrumentalist only?  No
What instrument do you play?  Guitar/Bass/Drums

1. What inspired you to start singing and Playing?
I have been an appreciator of music since I was about 5 years old.  So, mostly my family inspired me, but my oldest brother Richard is the first one to put an instrument in my hand.  I was 14 years old.
2. How long have you been performing publicly?
I have been performing publically since 2000.
3. How long did you play before you stated gigging?
I had been playing for 8 years.
4. How long have you been playing guitar?
20 years.
5. How did you learn to play guitar?
learned from a combination of watching/listening to other players, listening to music and trying to emulate it, and reading books about music theory.
6. Have you taken lessons if so do you take lessons now?
No.
7. Where was you first gig?
The first gig I ever played was with my first band called Budokinesis.  We played at Burdick’s in downtown Kalamazoo.
8. How did you get it?
I think we got the gig because one of our band members knew someone through Burdick’s.
9. How scared were you?
Thoroughly.
10. How do you get gigs?
Talking to venues, word of mouth from other musicians, and of course shameless promotion on the internet.  Oh, and open microphone performances can help.
11. Do you use an agent, if so how did you get that rolling?
N/A
12. What do you use for equipment?
Right now I have a Citation 6 string acoustic guitar.
13. Do you use a monitor?
Sometimes
14. Do you have any tips you can share as far as setting up your equipment for a gig?
Tips would be show up early, establish a good rapport with any sound engineers, and try to have your stuff organized so it is just doing and undoing a particular procedure.
15. How long was you longest gig?
2 hours.
16. How long was your shortest gig?
30 minutes.
17. How do you choose what songs to learn?
It depends.  Sometimes I choose songs because it seems like a challenge to me.  Other times it is stylistically something different than I’m used to so I want to learn more.  Other times, I may learn a song in order to play it with someone else or for someone else.
18. How do you learn new songs, by ear, YouTube, books?
All of the above.
19. Who are a few of your favorite artists?
Some of my favorite artists include Frank Zappa, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, George Clinton, Joni Mitchell, and Tom Waites
20. How often do you play out?
As much as I can.
21. Do you have any CD’s out?
No.  Not any solo CD’s as of yet.  I am working on it though!
22. Do you have any aspirations to take you music further than your current success?
I do have aspirations to take my music to a place that is more economically viable for me.
23. How far will you travel?
As far as it takes.
24. How far have you traveled to do a gig?
The farthest away I have travelled for a gig is from Kalamazoo to Traverse City.
25. Can you recall you best show?
My best show was recently at Louie’s.  I opened up for a band and had a great response to my music from the crowd.
26. How about your worst show?
I played this place in Indiana and the crowd did not even clap one time.  They didn’t even give any indication that they didn’t like me (like booing or throwing things) but they did not give one shred of positive feedback.  It was pretty brutal.
27. Do you have any advice for a person just getting in to gigging that you would like to share?
My advice would be to do it at your own pace.  Develop your craft and share it with the world in a way that is constructive and positive for you.
28. When you practice do you go through a P. A. or just you and your guitar?
Me and my guitar.
29. Anything else that you would like to share?
Music is something that speaks to me (and I guess always has) more so than any other form of expression.  I love all of the varying styles of music and my favorite thing is that no matter how long you play, if you leave yourself open to it, you still have things to learn.  Keep making beautiful music, and I will as well!
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