What is music to you? What does it give you?
John Floy: Its an escape, I have been hooked listening and playing music since I was a little kid. It gives me hope when Im down, happiness, sadness, and everything in between.
What is your music dream?
John Floy: Of course when I was younger I wanted to be in a rock band and see the world. Well that didnt happen so I went to college and earned a degree and now work as a software engineer. At this stage on in life I am just happy writing, playing, and recording.
If you could change the world - what would you start with?
John Floy: Take corporate and special interest money out of politics, I think that will solve a lot of issues and let the peoples voices be truly heard by the government. Feel the hungry, house the homeless, heal the sick...I know it sounds cheesy but that is where i'd start.
Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?
John Floy: A Day In The Life by The Beatles, remember hearing that and just loved the melody.
Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?
John Floy: Pink Floyd, David Gilmour has a big influence on my playing style. I like how he can take a few amount of notes and make them sound so melodic. Steavy Ray Vaughan got me playing blues for sure, and I also am a sucker for some 80s era Eric Clapton as well.
What inspires you to make music?
John Floy: My mood to be honest, sometimes I feel creative and just get lucky and record something good. Sometimes I hear a song in my head and try to recreate it, can be tricky for sure.
What is the message you want to send with your music?
John Floy: I want it to take the listener to the same place I am when I am recording it. Sometimes I forget where I am, and that's a great feeling.
How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?
John Floy: Very nervous, I can do it and have done it many times. I usually just have to suck it up and just go out there and play. After the first few songs I usually relax and perform better.
How do you see the musicians reality nowadays? What could be improved?
John Floy: I think with the advent of the internet and independent artist sites such as Soundclick, we are able to listen to even more independent artist now. Not being held back by major recording labels. I have discovered some great new artists this way. My main issue with pop music that is on the radio and everywhere is that it all sounds the same.
John Floy: The recording process, i am by no means a sound engineer. But I sit there in garageband adding tracks and mixing, sometimes I get lucky and get a good mix and sometimes I struggle with it. Spending more time fiddling with that than actually playing and recording.
Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?
John Floy: I play in a local rock band called "Channel 3" here in Oklahoma City. We play about 1 gig a month which is the perfect amount for me. Channel 3 can be found at www.ch3bandokc.com As a fan we play with alot of local artist so we get to know them and support their music as well.
What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?
John Floy: Be honest with yourself and just play
Share some awesome artists that weve never heard of.
John Floy: Too many to note to be honest, I have my playlist already pretty full of some great artist I have heard on Drooble. I like all genres so it's nice to change it up and get the kind of variety available on this platform.
1996-1999 - Devine Earth
2002-2004 - ValveDrifter
2019-Present - Channel 3
Every week in the band I play in "Channel 3". Love it, always fun playing for people.
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