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Blesok no. 45November-December, 2005
Sound Reviews

Interview with Matt O'Ree

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Vasja Ivanovski

Matt O'Ree

– Something about your musical beginnings, what got  you into music?
    It was a few influences, my older brother, my dad, friends at school. Ever since I was real little, I can remember hearing the sounds coming from my brothers record player and just being in awe. I knew then that music was something I wanted to pursue. I guess I was around 9 years old. I didn't start really playing until I was 13.
    
    – Your early influences were…

    Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, ZZ Top, SRV, Eric Clapton, Howlin Wolf, Freddie King, Albert King, BB King…
    
    – Who would you regard as your biggest influence so far?

    After all these years, it still has to be Jimi. He has just forever changed the guitar and the way it needs to be played, until the end of time.
    
    – Is there anyone you would like to work with?

    I would love to have the chance to work with Warren Haynes on a project. I just love his style of playing and writing. He has to be the hardest working musician that I've ever met.
    
    – What unfulfilled ambition do you have?

    I would really like to tour more. I'm so anxious to come to Europe and meet some of the fans that have bought my music over the years. It just makes me so happy that my music is all over the world.
    
    – What was the first record you bought?

    I remember the first one I ever got was from my older brother which was “Are You Experienced?” from Jimi Hendrix. That record changed the course of my life.
    
    – What was the last record you bought?

    Gov't Mule's latest release, Deja Voodoo, great record!
    
    – Five desert island albums of your choice would be…

    Tough one, ok:
    1. Blind Faith
    2. Hendrix – Band of Gypsies
    3. Rory Gallagher – Irish Tour '74
    4. ZZ Top – Deguello
    5. SRV – Live at the Elmocambo

Matt O'Ree

– Beside your own material, which covers you usually do on stage?
    It ranges from different styles. I love to play these songs my own way: Can't Find my way home(blind faith), Them Changes(Hendrix), Bridge of sighs(Trower), I Put a Spell on You(CCR), Not Fade away(Stones).
    
    – What do you think about contemporary blues scene?

    Its getting better all the time, new places to play and fans to meet. The internet is a huge help for the independent artist like myself. It still comes down to doing a great show and getting the word out.






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