Simply Six: Rick Shaffer

1. For many artists, they cite a defining moment for themselves when they knew 
they wanted to be a singer.  For many it was the appearance of Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show, to another generation it was the Beatles’ appearance on Sullivan half a decade later.  Is there such a defining moment for you?

For me it was seeing The Rolling Stones on Shindig in 1965, and Iggy & The Stooges in 1969.

2. When you’re not creating music what are you listening to?  Who are some of your favorites?
I enjoy listening to Jessie Mae Hemphill, Hasil Adkins, The Pretty Things, and Joe Meek.

3. What would you say is your greatest moment so far as an artist, either on record or live?

On record it was the thrill of recording The Reds® first album for A&M Records, and live was opening for Blondie on their Heart Of Glass tour.

4. Do you believe music can change the world, or is just something to listen to?  
How much can music influence current events?
I think music can motivate one person to create something that results in totally changing the world, hopefully in a good way.  Certainly the most current example is the late Steve Jobs. 

5. How has technology affected the music industry?  How has technology affected 
your career as a musician?
Technology has surely changed the industry, especially with digital downloading in terms of sales/royalties.  It directly affects me with total power over my work, and by continually providing new ways of getting my music heard everywhere on the globe.  Technology changes daily though, so the story is yet to be fully told.

6. Now for my Barbara Walters question:  If you were a pair of shoes what type of 
shoes would you be?

The shoes would be a lovely pair I actually own . . . 1960’s red suede Beatle boots.

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