interview with Ed Ross

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Have any of you played in other bands? I had a band but just in my younger years. My drummer has played in many bands.
How is it that you started playing music? I started to play guitar about 15  years old, by watching my older sister play.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
I'm Ed Ross. I am 49 years old. On my CD, I played eletric/acustic guitars, bass and keyboard
Alexandre Becker is my drummer.
Mariana Varella is backing vocals.
Where are you from? Brazil
What year did the band form? It's not really a band. Its a solo project on which I've played everything but drums.
What's your style of genre? Rock and roll. 
What inspires you? In general,  day to day situations and sometimes the experiences of the past
How often and where do you reherse? I reherse in my homestudio. When I have free time.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Yes.  I'm a doctor (otolaryngologist or ENT) and music is the other passion in my life aside from family.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? No, I'm not. Music is a hobby that I really enjoy.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? I'm not looking for a label beacuse I'm not a professional musician.
What made you decide to make this music? Just passion.   I have a lot of songs written  and I always wanted registers them. So, I decided to record 10 of them on a CD.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Just me
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? It depends.  Sometimes I first have the inspiration of music  and others times of lyrics. There isn't a rule
Do you compose in a certain inviroment?
No.   I've already composed full songs in 20 minutes while I was driving to my office. I always have my mobile near me to record my ideas, both music and phrases to lyrics.
Other times, I just play some chord and that tune brings me a inspiration for a song      
Have you done any covers live? No, because I don't play professionally.
What language do you sing in? English
Do you have a regular place you play live often? No, but I desire to find  a place for that.
What was your first gig like? I've never had a any gigs up until now.   
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? I'd like to start playing in some small pubs locally.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? I started this year and I have for sale just my CD  on digital platforms (Spotify, Itunes, ...)
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? I can't imagine something different than this. Curently I think the artists need to work much more and adapt themselves to this new situation.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Well, many artists have broken around the world  but others found  another way to survive . The same internet that broke record companies, created other companies to sell music
What do you think of my work? I think is very important to get to understand independent artists' of the world and to show other people how it works.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? I don't have any expectations but am happy for the opportunity to speak about my music.
Do you have any role models or idols? I like a lot of rock musicians such as Jimmy page and Jimmy hendrix. And of course Eddie van Halen. 
Why do you think that they exist? They exist cause they do something very nice which we like. Can be a good song, or good lyric, or have a cool technic to play some instrument. In other words, they make something which we identify with ourselves.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? It depends. When I listen to some song and I like it, probably that information, interpreted as positive in my mind, will generate some kind of unconscious influence on me, and this will have some effect when I to compose. This happens to me regardless of the musical genre, but because of what my mind considers cool
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Never give up on your dreams. If you believe in it you'll reach it.
Do you have any new material? Just my first CD  which I made it a few months ago
How can people reach you? At facebook (EdRoss4Rock),  Instagram (EdRoss4Rock) and Youtube
What are your plans for the future? I really want to show my music to other people playing in a pub or somewhere else.
Do you have something to add? I think no
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