Get to Know Brad Rau!
Hello Brad! Thank you for speaking with me today!
Tell us about your latest release!
My latest video concept album is called "In a very Unusual Manner." It is a recording of dark evil sounding music.
What was the creative process for it?
I had recording engineer Rich King record and mix the sound. John Matsko recorded the video, and Colleen Samuels created the set design. The project did not turn out the way I was hoping, but the idea was to have the best video audio and stage design to match the mood of the pieces I choose to perform. It took over a year of planning. I hope to get a better recording next year that will better match my vision.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
As a classical guitarist I love Andres Segovia and John William in addition to my teachers and Mentors Eliot Fisk, Grammy award winning Jason Vieaux, and Glenn Lyons. Outside of classical guitar I am influenced by Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, J. S. Bach, Tigran Hamasyan, the Disco Biscuits, Phish among other bands.
Who would be a dream collaboration for you?
I have always thought it would be cool to Jam with John Mayer or Eric Clapton. I have dreamed of performing with Herbie Hancock. But most of my musical goals involve me as a solo classical guitarist.
Do you have a piece of advice you carry with you that you like to pass on to other musicians?
You have to stick with it. I have seen so many good musicians give up after a while, whereas I kept pushing forward. After a while you will be the only one left. Sticking with a goal is more important to a career than talent, hard work, potential or anything else I can think of.
They say there is a lot of competition in music. I don't find that to be true. Very few people actually have the desire to have a music career. Fewer still will actually put in the time and effort and seek the training it takes to make a career.
Don't compromise your vision. I have seen too many musicians try to figure out what they think people will like and do that, but they end up going nowhere. No high level artist is interested in standing for anything except their own vision. You have to be yourself and have the conviction to know that is what people really want to hear.
Everybody I have ever met has at one point suggested I play music that is more popular, and by more popular they mean the music they specifically like. This will pull you into a thousand directions and leave with no progress. Do what you love, and people will recognize that passion way more than trying to pandor to the audience. The audience will like what I tell them to like. They will laugh when I tell them to laugh and cry when I tell them to cry. There is no other way to perform. If you are not in control who will be.
Any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for?
As much as I love classical guitar music and concerts, I have to admit by today's standards they are very boring. This is why I want to create classical guitar concerts with stage designs, background and put other arts into the mix to create a show that will be full on entertaining, in addition to my virtuosic playing.
I am also working on a book that explains my method of memorizing up to 10 pages of the most difficult classical music in a day. It explains my method of removing all the areas of music that slow you down so that you can learn and create music with ease.
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