Doug: I'd say the long hiatus was really more due to a lack of much commercial success in the past. Why adhere to some sort of industry-expected time table when we really don't owe anything to anyone. I wanted to be free to take as much time as I needed to come up with something new and fresh. Change it up a bit.
Jenn: How do you define success as an artist, and what are some of your personal goals as you move forward in promoting the new album?
Doug: Ultimate commercial success to me would be the ability to take care of my family on music income alone. I'm not at that point. Can't guarantee I'll ever be there. While I'd like to not have to divide my attention vocationally, my focus for now is really on 'what kind of interesting music can I make'. The aforementioned commercial success can only come if demand increases, and I believe the best way to create that is to basically forget about that and simply put out the best music I can.
"Be your own person - and make it interesting. If you don't like the way the game is normally played, play it a new way."
Doug: The North Texas music scene is rich, diverse, and thriving, and has been as long as I've known about it. It's fun to be a part of because it's competitive, and it is consistently providing new up-and-comers.
Jenn: As a family man, how does family play into your role as a music artist?
Doug: Family has always been a part of me as an artist. My wife and I always wanted a big family, and by the time I started performing my first club shows, we already had our first kid. So I've never been able to be a free-spirit sort of songwriter. But I've managed to claw out enough time to keep things going. I think it probably affects my writing in that I'm coming from a perspective of one with a lot to lose - may be that lends itself towards a sort of paranoia in my writing. As far as how it affects the business side, it's prevented me from ever really hitting the road, which has certainly hobbled me, but I have four beautiful children I've been able to be here for in body, mind, and spirit, and I'll take that trade-off.
Doug: 1. Find a work-life-art balance because very few people can earn a living doing what they love right out of the gate. 2. Take your time - come up with a strategy, be strategic with your booking. 3. Be your own person - and make it interesting. If you don't like the way the game is normally played, play it a new way.
Jenn: What are your favorite upcoming shows/projects for 2015?
Doug: I'm looking forward to a live show that will happen in September that will be a showcase of the Texas band contingent of Velvet Blue Music (my record label which operates out of Huntington Beach, CA). That will be a really fun show - basically a big record label family show. And I'm also looking forward to doing some more recording this year. I'm not waiting another five years on the next release.
Doug Burr with Beau Jennings & The Tigers and Rachel Brashear
The Blue Note Lounge
2408 N. Robinson Avenue
$5 at the door, 10pm show