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N-town Q/A

June 14, 2013

Q&A: Parker Millsap talks music, inspiration



That was a lot of it for a while, but lately it’s just been stories. My girlfriend is a big fan of these huge story archs. She reads these fantasy novels where there’s 14 books in the series and they’re all a 1,000 pages. And then I like “Of Mice and Men.” I like this itty bitty story and there is a climax but at the end of it it’s just “some people did some things.” To me that’s real. That’s the kind of thing I like.


Q: What is your creative process like?

A: It’s different every time. A lot of times for me it starts with a little idea and I’ll jot down a phrase on a piece of paper. Then I’ll think about if for a while, and when the idea gets big enough that it won’t just fit in my head, I start writing.

I read this book called “On Writing” by Stephen King, it’s Stephen King writing about writing. He said you have to make a job of it because after a certain point it’s not just some magical thing, it’s like a job after a certain point. So lately, when I’m home, I try to write a little bit each day. Sometimes it produces songs that aren’t really worth anything but when a song comes along that is worth something I sit down and work it out.


Q: Where do you see yourself in the future? What’s your goal?

A: My goal is to move out of my parent’s garage. (laughing) That’s really my only goal right now. I just want to be able to keep doing music and move out of my parent’s garage.

We’re releasing a record in hopefully September, and it will be distributed by Thirty Tigers, which are the people that did John Fullbright’s record and the Turnpike Troubadours. We should be done mixing in June and then we’ll start figuring out the rest from there. But it should be out in September, hopefully.

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