Jimmy Philip Pillar
Curmudgeonly musician Jimmy Philip Pillar grew up playing music in garage bands and local bars before the age of the internet. He wrote and co-wrote back in the day but found it didn’t come naturally in the musical climate of the time. After becoming disillusioned with the industry he gave up writing and performing, but he never quit playing. After years away from the scene he’s out promoting his album Don't Give Up On Love when he's not busy telling those damn kids to get off his lawn.
How do you describe your music to people, Jimmy?
Bet I can get you to look out through my eyes and help you believe in something you may already believe in but don't realize. Songs feel comfortable, a bit old school and familiar, like a long lost friend. If one is a fan of the 60s, 70s, 90s and today's Americana then I can guarantee a pleasant listening experience with a few surprises! And every now and then there comes along some music that must be heard.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Grew up in a musical household. There was always a musical instrument within reach, with the exception of a piano. My kindergarten teach, Mrs Zunnerderer played the piano really well and I thought it was the most amazing thing. My older brothers always had music playing. I can clearly remember watching LP records spin for hours on a Sears victrola while looking at the album covers.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Camping with my wife and two boys while we are at an NBL national or regional BMX race while my boys compete for the weekend. Great fun and family time!
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
If this is referring to selling music online, let's skip this question because music on the internet is free. Plus the influx of social networking means absolutely nothing to bands and artists in terms of selling music as people are online for themselves and not anything else.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Thought I'd be a music teacher.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Grew up in the late 70s. Springsteen, the Jersey shore, marijuana, beer, girls. Not sure if it impacted me but that's where it was at man.
What other artists out there do you love?
I adore the Beatles, who doesn't? Honestly, I love music period. I could go on and on, Nat King Cole, Little Richard, The Shirelles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Led Zep. I can take or leave opera, heavy metal and punk. Rap and hip hop is a lousy excuse for music but I digress.
What does your future hold?
I really don't know. Didn't expect to get back into this but the music sort of began to flow one right after the other over the past two years. Written roughly 45 songs, pretty good ones if I do say so myself. The only problem is, it would appear that this has happened to a few million other people at the same time. Sucess can be measured in a few different ways I think. I'd like to sell a few hundred CDs per month and start an acoustic trio and play again.