Every artist’s path is different, and for those with an incredible career like Doug Kistner, music becomes a tool to express and reinvent himself. Whether he is sharing the stage with other excellent musicians or working on his solo material, Kistner always focuses on what is truly important: the music and the emotions it transmits to the listeners. Today, at Planet Singer, we have the great pleasure of discovering more about this talented artist with an exclusive interview!
Hi Doug, it is a pleasure having you with us today! You are such a talented musician; I really enjoyed your latest releases! Let’s start from the beginning. How did you discover your love for music?
Thank you so much. I can’t really remember, actually. I just know that I spent a lot of time near the record player. And I wanted to play all the instruments!
How do you write your songs? Can you reveal your creative process?
For me, It always starts with something I play on the keyboard. Sometimes a melody phrase is there too, but usually, the words that I’m singing are meaningless. Finding the lyric idea that gels with the music is probably the hardest part. You have to simply record it somehow so you don’t forget it. The question is, is there anything good there when you listen days later?
Your single “Since We Left Our Dreams” is truly inspired. Can you tell us more about this song?
It’s pretty much about isolation from the shutdown. I really tried to Not make it a covid song tho. I could have titled it ‘Seems like Yesterday,’ but I think this is cooler. The bridge and outro sections are almost progressive rock. I really wanted to do something a little bit complicated and heavy there.
You collaborated with legends such as Trans Siberian Orchestra, John Waite, Blood Sweat and Tears, to name a few. How did these collaborations enrich your artistic view?
Well, I think they helped me more professionally and as an overall experience, really. I mean, I didn’t work on arrangements or write songs with any of them.
What do you think of the contemporary music scene? Any new artist you like particularly?
Not really, I like old music. I know my music sounds old and I don’t care.
If you could collaborate with one of the artists who inspired you the most, who would you like to share the stage with?
Simple, I’d love to play with Chicago.
Your single “Only Road I Know” is a track that talks a lot about you, but it also resonates deeply with the listeners, who can easily make it theirs. Can you tell us more about this song?
Sure, It is kinda personal. The first line is, ‘Lookin back at the path of my life ‘so that’s what I started to talk about when writing the lyrics. For me, the only road I know is keep playing gigs, keep practicing and writing , but hopefully people will hear it and think about their road.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m recording my version of the Doors, “Crystal Ship.” So far, it sounds really cool. There are lots of percussion instruments on it and a nice-sounding synth solo too. There are some pretty chords in the song, and I accentuated them.
Doug, it was such a pleasure chatting with you today! We wish you all the best with your music, and we can’t wait for your next release! Is there something you would like to say to our readers?
Thanks for having me. Aah, don’t bother going to college for music?!
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