Ever since I found out about Yngwie Malmsteen I have been intrigued by guitarists. TARA LYNCH is the latest in my discovery. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What was it that made you pick up the guitar?
-I have loved music for as long as I can remember and always felt a desire to not only listen to it, but to make music as well. By age 11, I started playing my brother’s guitar and then he gave it to me and I never stopped.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-It’s actually pretty easy, because a guitarist’s true sound comes from their hands. You can have two players perform exactly the same lead on the exact same rig and it will sound dramatically different. As far as effects go, all I tend to use is a bit of delay, reverb & the natural distortion that comes from my amps. Really, it’s mostly in my hands.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It’s very time consuming since I write all my music and play all guitars, of which there are many guitar tracks layered on each song.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-It depends on the kind of music. In the pop world there’s some truth to this. However, in rock or metal, no, I don’t think so. If your music is good, folks will want more and they’ll end up listening to the album, even if they’re streaming it for free. That will lead to more show ticket and merch sales. Albums are definitely still worth making as long as you’re able to tour in support of the album and then the artist earns their living through the show ticket and merch sales.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-It won’t kill music, but definitely shifts the focus in terms of how an artist should expect to earn their income. Touring and merchandising are the main sources of revenue now that album sales have declined more than ever due to today’s technology. And you cannot tour without an album’s worth of music to play!
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Always very positive. People are very happy to hear well written and well played music again. Probably my single, “Antidote“ has gotten the most attention so far.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Probably the most surprising contact I have received is from other pros in the business who send me friend requests or follow my various social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Does playing music make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-I really don’t know life without playing music, so I have no idea what I would’ve missed out on otherwise.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Absolutely. Playing live is the only way to build a bigger following. The internet can only go so far. People want to see you do it all in front of them. They want to hear it.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Evil Enough will be released on Friday the 13th of April and right now we are in rehearsals and planning 2018-2019 tour dates.