Published: 29/10/2014 12:00 - Updated: 07/11/2014 13:01

Esperi Q&A: "I can always find something positive."

Written byWhat's On Caithness


Esperi is Scottish multi-instrumentalist Chris James Marr. His music ranges from acoustic storytelling to colourful electronica looping and combining different sounds with his acoustic guitar. He's visiting the Highlands this weekend, playing Hootananny on Saturday 1st November before an afternoon set at the Y-Not Bar & Grill on Sunday 2nd. We nabbed him for a quick chat...

How would you describe your style of music?

Acoustic/Alternative/Singer songwriter/experimental/soundscapes/playful/honest/storytelling.

What can audiences expect from your set?

A bunch of acoustic songs with layers and crescendos and a range of instruments and sounds.

What’s the most memorable gig you’ve played at and been to, and why?

There's been so many and I try to remember them all, from festivals to house shows, concert halls, pubs each time I play I treat it as the most important gig, try to play well and enjoy it. Some especially good ones are when the audience really listen and I meet lots of new people, and I've made lots of friends through music. I can't think of any bad shows, I can always find something positive.

Have you ever had anything strange thrown at you on stage?

No I don't think so, I've played a lot of show but I can't remember anything ever been thrown at me.

What’s the first album you remember buying?

The first single I had was the Supergran theme by Billy Connolly. I don't remember the first album, maybe The Simpsons Sing The Blues? Or something by The Singing Kettle?

Who was your music idol growing up?

I don't think I had one, I think Radiohead when I was a teenager was the first band I really liked and got me exploring music.

When you’re on the road, is there anything you can’t live without?

I miss my wife and son when I travel for shows but I just have to get on with it, I still have a good time on tour and I'm fine with long drives and nights, and spending time on my own. I listen to all my favourite music when I'm driving and that keeps me happy.

What has been your biggest musical success so far?

Just being able to play music for a living, that's all I really want to do, so I'm content to just keep producing music and performing, anything else on top is just a bonus.

And where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

We have a one and a half year old and another baby on the way, so hopefully in five years I can start putting the family band together!

If you weren’t in a band, what would you be doing

I don't know, some other art form maybe.

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