Buzzelle has a family dedicated to music and he gains mass amounts of inspiration and support from them, including his wife and his two daughters. They have helped him by giving him the motivation and drive that is needed to pursue his dream of being a well-respected musician throughout the world. Buzzelle cares about funding educational initiatives that are geared toward the arts and music programming in public schools. He has also been involved with volunteering programs such as Boston Cares, where he has taken the lead of becoming a project manager who has gathered materials to repair homes for families in need. Buzzelle is passionate about raising money for community based non-profit organizations that build and develop affordable housing. Peter Buzzelle is a musician with a genuine heart and years of experience, a man with a dream of not only helping himself but as well as his family, fans and people alike. “To Telescope” reflects his personality and is available online in stores such as CD Baby, iTunes and 15 others.
How do you describe your music to people, Peter?
Impassioned indie rock in the classic style of Morrissey and Elliott Smith, I am also a huge fan of Band Of Horses. I think Ben has an amazing voice and it's inspiring that he rose from behind the drum set in Carissa’s Wierd to the success he is having with BOH. Ironically, I used to work with Mat Brooke and Jen Ghetto. I still have the Carissa’s Wierd cassette tape Mat gave me back in '98.....We worked together at 'Burrito Heaven' in Olympia. I think Mat and Jen had just moved into town and were living out of their van.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
My first instrument is the drum set; I started taking lessons when I was an early teenager. The local youth group in the town I lived in at the time, Coos Bay, Oregon was offering free drum lessons and I decided to give it a try. I think my teacher at the time, Tom Beckstrom questioned my commitment at first. But, once I traded my boom box for a set of drums I was on my way...it was a nice boom box. I was involved in no music program in high school. But practiced the drums relentlessly every day after school. Upon graduation, I attended a local community college and took my first music class. Learning music theory as a drummer was definitely a challenge. I then attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California the following year. In 1996 I attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. I studied music composition and audio engineering and graduated in '98. It was during my time Olympia that I really found myself as a musician. I was the drummer in a band called Frequency dB. Being in the Northwest during this period was incredibly inspiring for me. Frequency dB played hundreds of shows with many bands including: Screaming Trees, Goodness, Hovercraft, The Poises, Sweet 75, Sky Cries Mary, Sage and many more. I was composing music on the piano, guitar and computer with vintage analog synthesizers in college during the day and performing and rehearsing with my band in the evenings.
The time I spent in the Northwest music scene in the nineties was the seed for my desire to get serious about my own writing and music.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I have two little girls who are the joy of my life. Children live in a different universe than adults. I like to go to their dimension when ever possible. It takes me away from the stresses of the day. My wife and I are taking them to Disney World this winter.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Well, as an independent artist, it is time. I need more of it, I am doing basically everything myself and within this, I still need to write the music that I want people to hear. I have recently been spending an inordinate amount of time trying to get the word out about my record. But, it is my total passion in life and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to share what I love to do. So, I am by no means complaining.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A race car driver. My step father was a funny car drag racer. I spent many weekends at the New England Speedway in New Hampshire. I remember getting Shirley Muldowney's autograph and sitting in her pink dragster. I used to spend hours drawing and designing my future race cars.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
As I stated before, my time in the Northwest was incredibly influential in how I viewed making music. When I was at the Musicians Institute it was all about technique and being the most proficient you can possibly be on your instrument. I was studying with Joe Porcaro (Jeff Porcaro's father), Steve Houghton, Rod Morgenstein...these guys are incredibly talented drummers and it was very intimidating. When I got to Olympia it was a very different vibe. Nirvana had just broke, K Records and Calvin Johnson were highly influential on the whole way music was being approached. It was and still is a different attitude.... just pick up an instrument and let it out. I remember when I first heard bands like Karp and Sleater Kinney, I was like huh? I had never witnessed anything so raw.
I have now been living in Boston since 2000. The music scene in Boston is so fragmented. There is a lot of music in this town and a lot of talented people. Berkley hangs over the scene heavily in my humble opinion as does the New York scene. My favorite Boston band was Helicopter, Helicopter. I am also a big fan of Ad Frank. I live in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. There is a lot of pride here and the New England work ethic has impacted my commitment to continually work and strive to grow as a musician.
What other artists out there do you love?
Death Cab for Cutie write brilliant pop songs, Cath... is a great song. Grizzly Bear blow my mind. They just sound like art school students that have perfected their approach. While You Wait for the Others is haunting in such a beautiful way.
Depeche Mode is the greatest band on planet earth as far as I am concerned. I love everything they have done and continue to do. I want to be their drummer. As a wanna be guitar player, I think Stevie Ray Vaughan is god of all things related to tone and pure expression.
What does your future hold?
I am just going to continue doing what I am doing with my music. I am constantly writing. My next record is completely written and I have begun tracking in my home studio. I plan to start a campaign on kickstarter.com at the beginning of the new year to begin getting it financed. Also, I have recently been getting out and performing solo around the Boston area which I enjoy immensely. I have been working with a full band and would love to do a tour in support of my next record. I am looking forward to making that happen.