"A great talent in the making" - Franz Richter, Concerto Magazin
"Fury on the strings" - Oliver Schreiner, Kleine Zeitung
"Spontaneous and unique rather than following the lead of everyone else... - BBluesr
Guitarist Ulrich Ellison Interview:
Scott > Hi Ulrich, How are you doing these days?
Ulrich > Hey Scott, we just got off the road from our first 2014 US tour run. Thanks for having me on here.
Scott > What’s the genesis for the NEW "SYNERGY!" Album?
Ulrich > It's a collaborative effort. If you wanna do anything great, it needs to be greater than you. That literally is "Synergy". It takes a whole Tribe to support a DIY band to record, tour and promote a new release. With the help of our fans, we were able to raise $15,000 on Kickstarter. Our slogan was: "Let's make Synergy Happen!" The new album is more gutsy and bluesy, while focusing on the songs. I feel I've never written better songs before. They are less complex than my older material but at the same time distill all the elements that have been influencing me from the very start.
Scott > How do you come up with your songs?
Ulrich > They usually come to me under the shower or while I'm driving, sometimes at night. I record snippets of ideas and have become more efficient over the years to collect and revisit them. I might then wake up at night and start hearing things. Once a song crystallizes, I take it to my home studio and start carving it out. I also record, mix and produce most of my music.
Scott > Are you a schooled guitar player or a self-taught guitar player?
Ulrich > I'm self-taught but with an academical background. Growing up in Austria I studied classical piano at the state conservatory from age 9-18, before studying theory and music production at the University of Music Vienna. Being a music student just gave me the time and opportunity to play with bands, hone my skills and center my life around playing music. It's kinda like having a foot in each camp.
Scott > Did You develop your style by concept or by messing around on the neck playing what sounded cool to you?
Ulrich > I'd say my style developed the most when I was trying the least. It kinda comes through the back door, you keep getting tools under your belt and then forget about them. That's when things start to flow and become organic.
Scott > I was wondering if you ever hear music in your dreams and turn them into songs?
Ulrich > Yes, sometimes. I still haven't figured out how to wake up in time........
Scott > How often when you start an idea for song, does it actually get finished?
Ulrich > 80% or more
Scott > What are your personal highlights on the new album?
Ulrich > I really like the style blend of "Sleepless" and "Around The Moon". Guitar-wise, "Memories of You" is definitely a gem. "Falling" is super catchy, whereas "Driftin" is a killer jam track.
Scott > Who have been your main influences on your career to date?
Ulrich > Anybody that touches me. Early on that was Miles Davis, Django Reinhardt, Mike Oldfield, etc....
Scott > What are you listening to these days?
Ulrich > I've started to listen to more music in my genre, Eric Johnson, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, John Mayer, etc....
Scott > Do you endorse and Instruments or Gear?
Ulrich > I play Suhr Guitars, Grammatico Amps , GHS strings and Austin Speaker Works Cabinets and Speakers.
Scott > Do You have a dream car?
Ulrich > I love Volvo and Volkswagen, must be my Austrian descent.
Scott > I also don't want to forget this... Tell us about any other things you may be in involved in or any special interest besides music that is close to your heart?
Ulrich > I found some well-needed balance by doing boxing workouts. I'm involved in different music community platforms. It's important to voice one's opinion and stand united.
Scott > Lastly, please give our readers one last parting shot across the bow... What is Ulrich Ellison going to be doing in 5 years?
Ulrich > I hope to be touring all over the world and keep feeding a dedicated fan base with compelling exciting music
Scott > I would like to thank you for your time and candor with our loyal readers and keep on fighting the good fight to bring us some awesome music.
Ulrich > Thanks so much Scott!