We managed to get the chance to sit down and speak to Canadian classic rocker George Swan about his past releases as well as what is yet to come…
Q:What attracted you to the kind of music you play?
A: The power of the music was the main thing for me. I listened to lots of prog rock in the 70’s. I was getting into Uriah Heep, Pink Floyd, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, Deep Purple, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Zombies and The Who etc. I really liked the heavy rock with the synthesizer and distorted organs going on. Then I saw guys like The Who in 1977 and became a big Who fan overnight. I also saw AC/DC around the same time with Bon Scott, and BTO-Bachman Turner Overdrive- among others. I became a real fan of power rock.
Q: What is your local music scene like? How do you think you fit in?
A: My local music scene is very limited these days. It’s too expensive here, everybody has left. The venues are closing down too, so it’s not good. Back in the day though, there were 12 or so live venues in Richmond alone where bands could play. We fit right in.
Q: How do you go about writing your songs? What is the process you go through?
A: For song writing, usually while fooling around with a keyboard of some kind I’ll come up with a chord progression that sounds cool to me… I jam on it for a while with the band, if there is one, and see what I/we come up with. For the most part my vocals are sung over the progression and I just see what I come up with for words while jamming. I record everything and you know basically play something for 45 minutes or so and see how it sounds.
Q: After so many years playing in bands, how have you found the move into being, essentially, a solo artist?
A: Now I win more arguments! *kidding*… No it’s definitely not as much fun, you really enjoy having all that input. Plus there’s a lot more spontaneity in a band where you can just go somewhere musically on a whim and see what comes out.
With the release of all 13 albums, all now available on Soundcloud: