Bruce Carroll







What is music to you? What does it give you?

It's hard to put into words. Music is like language. Just as there are many different languages, there are many different genres of music. Different dialects of a language are like different subgenres. When I don't appreciate a particular genre of music, it usually means I am not fluent in that language. With more exposure, I begin to grasp the language and appreciate it more.

What is your music dream?

To bring peace and understanding to the individual, the community, and ultimately, the world.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Myself. Change always starts with the self. My song "Sensory Benediction" was written by me to me as a reminder to always, always, always seek the best in others.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

The earliest song I remember hearing as a child was a recording on a record (remember records?) of Stardust. It made a lasting impression on me.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

I absolutely adore Adele Blanchin!

What inspires you to make music?

Discovering an instrument I didn't know about, or hearing an unusual sound. Lots of things inspire me, actually.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Two of my favorite songs are Babymetal's "The One" and Jacob Naverud's "Sisi Ni Moja." We are one. If you hear no other message in my music, please hear that one.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Euphoric. Playing takes me out of myself anyway, and sharing that with an audience is all the more inspiring.

What do you think of Drooble?

Very supportive. I connected with a collaborator on Drooble.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

My lack of musical knowledge. I'm a terrible sight reader, and I don't understand a lot about how music is constructed. It makes it difficult when playing with other musicians.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Of course I do. I go to a lot of open mic nights, whether I perform or not. I also seek out live shows by local musicians I know. Having friends can really increase your audience!

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Marketing. You've got to be business savvy and tech savvy to get heard by a large audience today. Of course, the real music is being performed someplace you've never even heard of, to an audience of maybe 20.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Adele Blanchin, Zalem, Lisa Gerrard, Michael Stearns, Rebecca Ivkovich, Jill Benson, Sean Cunningham, Jeff Peterson, Eric Erickson, Lewis Burns....