Interview: Tod Hughes
Sounding very similar to “Dire Straits”, storyteller, songwriter Tod Hughes has very recently released his new album, “Time Slow Down”.
Hailing from Canada, Tod sings about human emotion. Although his stories are deep, his music is toe- tapping, high energy and fun. Louder Than War shared some very inspirational questions and answers with Tod about his music.
Louder Than War: I find your music very refreshing, kind of like a modern Bob Dylan, who are your musical influences?
Thank you very much indeed. That is high praise. I have never tried to sound like anyone in particular, but have been very much influenced on the writing side by the great storytellers of our time. Poets like Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, storytellers like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson and Neil Young. I sometimes like music that rocks and other times music that is chill.
What inspires your story telling, your lyrics?
I believe music comes from the soul, and specifically I call my sound “real music from the heart”. My songs all have a personal connection to my life, be it myself, or someone close to me. It is something I have lived. I am not very good at just making stuff up if it didn’t touch me!
Do you plan a tour in the US at any time in support of the album?
Not at this time. We did a mini tour in Canada in the spring and will do another in the fall. But if we get support for the album in the US, you bet we will be there!
“Worth Waiting For” reminds me of something Jason Mraz would sing, what was the motivation in writing that particular song?
That’s a question with a bit of a funny answer. I have a close loving family, wife and kids, but for various reasons, they were all out of town one Father’s Day. Well, I sat down and started plunking my guitar wondering if anyone was going to call (maybe feeling like a sad sack). As a song started coming out of it, I thought what the heck even if they don’t call, my wife (who was only out of town for a few days), she is totally worth waiting for! I am sure they did call though.
How long have you been in the music industry?
I have been writing songs for many years, but only since 2014 have I been recording the songs professionally and performing them in public live. I don’t consider myself an insider to the music scene or industry, but truly take an indie approach to producing the music and I am always encouraged as we get a great reception every time we play.
What do you enjoy most about performing live?
I love to engage the audience with the groove of a song and to make sure they have fun and that we have fun playing for them. The band and the audience should feed off of each other. People go out to be entertained, to have a good time. I respect and appreciate every person who takes the time and spends the money to see us play live, so I want to make sure that we make it a great experience for them.
What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you while performing live?
We were playing at a local pizza pub a few years back with one of the benefits being free beer and pizza, both of which I love. They have a tiny stage and the small room is always packed which makes for a great sort of basement rec room feel to a show there. It is so tight that you can’t always see the others on stage so you have to listen for them. Well when the time came for a slow groove Dire Straits type lead from our lead guitar player, I don’t hear anything. When I look back to see what the problem is, sure enough the guitar player is there all right, standing with his guitar strapped on and a huge pepperoni pizza in his hands! When I ask him what the heck is going on, he only states the obvious…I was hungry.
Any new projects on the horizon ?
Well yes, I am busy writing a bunch of new songs and am planning to record a new EP In the near future that will have a completely different feel to it. Maybe a more contemplative and acoustic sound.
Any last words?
It would be great if folks want to connect and follow us on www.facebook.com/todhughesproject and please keep listening to real music and thank you for supporting indie artists.
Where can your fans-to-be find your music?
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All words by Eileen Shapiro. More of Eileen’s writing can be found in her author’s archive.