Hearing The Remus Tucker Band first time gave our team a whole new level of loving life again and the need to go to their concerts. That vividness and that rock throat is a rare treat these days. They’ve been on the road for long and while the stop we all had to make in our life they started to put together a brand new, even more rock album. For this occassion we took the time to talk about life, music – and some real deep thoughts came out. Worthy to read on!
And while you are at it, listen to “Come One” by The Remus Tucker Band, it’s a good one, full of life:
Music Authentic: Welcome to Music Authentic! Let’s begin with our site-traditional question: How did you sleep last night?
Remus Tucker: Like a baby. My head hits thepillow and I’m suddenly in dream land.
Music Authentic: So good for you! And what did you last cook?
Remus Tucker: Steak, potatoes, and asparagus. Now I’m hungry just thinking about it.
Music Authentic: We had more than a year of shut down, now in more and more places life starts to feel vivid again. How did you manage to keep your sanity during this time?
Remus Tucker: I don’t know that I ever had any sanity, but basically writing music and reading a lot. I am an avid ready anyway, so this gave an opportunity to devour as many books as I could. And also, since we were all on lockdown, I enjoyed spending a lot of time with my family.
Music Authentic: That worths everything for sure. You had the massive “South of New Orleans”, real blues,country and rock – truly American style and a really definite soundscape. Will your new, upcoming songs you’ve been writing continue this signature sound or shall we expect something different?
Remus Tucker: The sound will be along the same lines, but a bit harder and somewhat edgier. I like the harder sound of “Lonely Mile” and “Come On”, so I am writing along those lines.
Music Authentic: My favourites from you are “Lonely Miles” and “Jesus Left Chicago”. From all your old and new songs, which one is the most special for you and which is the one your audience likes the most?
Remus Tucker: “Lonely Mile” is by far my favorite. It details what it is often like on the road and some of my own experiences. I consider it being way closer to my heart. “Lonely Mile” and “Come On” both seem to resonate with our audience; a great deal with “Come On” being ahead by just a bit. Both songs carry you along for quite a wild ride.
Music Authentic: How do you write the songs? Traveling through the country with your guitar and trying chords in the rural sunset?
Remus Tucker: I usually have a tune or lyric that pops into my head and I just follow it to where it leads. A great deal of my writing comes from my life experiences, so that slashes onto the page and then I get with my guys to formalize it.
Music Authentic: The Remus Tucker Band offers an escape from everyday hardships, you literally rock us out, yet you are still singing about the very same things happening to all of us. Do you think this honest music will be able to prevail amidst the AIs and algorithms writing songs now and boosting singles corporates can gain more from?
Remus Tucker: Honesty has gone by the wayside a lot over the last several years and I think people are ready to hear songs about what they are going through. We are all in this together and when I sing and play, I am sharing my life with everyone. It creates that connection and lets everyone know that we are all the same. Though we may have some differences, we are all human and share the highs and lows, the laughter and the pain of just plain living in such uncertain times.
Music Authentic: Some say music should only be about entertainment and artist better keep their opinions since they are just “jesters”, others look at this as a
platform to communicate and more or less taking the lead in this era instead of the failing establishments. Where are you standing in this?
Remus Tucker: Musicians are entertainers for sure. That is what people come to our shows for. To be entertained. But, occasionally, people also want to know they aren’t alone and take solace in a song that touches their heart and experiences. I do not believe in being political. There are enough politicians in the world. Instead, I believe in sharing and connecting. I don’t care who you are. If we can share a moment becausea lyric or chord touched you and made you feel not so alone, then I have done my job. I have done what makes this whole thing worthwhile.
Music Authentic: The USA has been through a lot lately and it seems sinking in an endless whirl. If you had the chance to speak up in front of the Congress, which social issues would you underline requiring immediate and efficient change?
Remus Tucker: I think the idiocy of political gerrymandering would be one of the first things. Being political about peoples lives is bullshit, frankly. We elect people to represent us, but instead they line their pockets while there are children starving and family’s being tossed out into the streets because they can’t pay their rent from the three or more jobs they are working. Let’s eliminate poverty and then start pulling everyone together to help their fellow man. Enough of the juggling truth with lies.
Music Authentic: Let’s have some fun: what would it take to have you performing on Mars for the first human colony?
Remus Tucker: A stocked refrigerator with some good home brew Mars beer, and free food. Oh, and a decent stage. I hate playing on a tiny platform. It doesn’t allow me to fully explode in my performance.
Music Authentic: I hear you with the tiny stages… what are they good for at all? Anyhow, what is the superpower you’ve always wanted to obtain?
Remus Tucker: Who says I haven’t obtained superpowers? I’m talking to you, aren’t I? :-D.
Music Authentic: Turning back to a bit more serious part: what are the largest challenges any aspiring artist faces these days?
Remus Tucker: Covid has really put a large stopper on performing, but it also has challenged us all to look at music, recording, and performing in a whole different way. I have a cover single that I recorded with some incredible musicians coming out soon. We recorded in our home personal studios individually and then mixed it down. That is something that would have probably never happened in the past. This allows everyone to connect no matter where you are in the world and create great music. For any aspiring musician out there, the largest challenge is getting listeners. Streaming is one of the best ways to pulling an audience, but you need to work at it. Keeping yourself in the mix is a 24 hour process, but don’t ever give up.
Music Authentic: Is there a life-experience based knowledge you would have been happy if someone would have told you when you started out?
Remus Tucker: Yeah. How hard the music industry was. And how much I would love it. This is my passion and life and I can’t think of doing anything else. I just lucked out having a decent voice and an ability to write songs. If someone would have told me that it’d be a struggle to be a musician, I may have approached things a little differently. But, here I am and I’m loving it. I get to do interviews with great people like you and I get to party with great people on the road. I don’t know of anything I’d rather be involved in. Although that trip to Mars sounds pretty fun.
Music Authentic: Well, I’ve heard Elon likes rock, so… 😉 Finally, what is your inspirational message to your readers, sympathizers, fans?
Remus Tucker: We are ALL in this world together. Let’s drop the anger, hate, racism, suspicion and general craziness. Let’s, instead, embrace all of our differences and love each other, because this life is too short to carry all that weight around with ya.
Music Authentic: Thank you for taking the time, looking forward to hearing the new songs!
Remus Tucker: Thank you so much for your interest in my music. It is people like you and shows like this that really make it all worthwhile. Keep watching for releases coming very soon.
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