Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and your band and were you can be found at on the web?
I am a solo-artist who creates songs based on emotions exhibited through different situations. You may check me out at http://www.reverbnation.com/garretrein, or http://www.facebook.com/garretreinsolo, http://www.rocker81.bandcamp.com
Who are your musical heroes, influences & why?
I have so many to list and some just all together play great make music or I become very emotional when listening to their songs. This includes Frank Zappa, Jim Morrison, Steven Tyler, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Ozzy Osbourne, Jason Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, Joan Jett, Cheryl Crow, Waylon Jennings, Tom Petty, Aaron Lewis, Brandon Boyd, and so fourth
Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in playing music? Any pitfalls they should avoid?
Play because your heart tells you to. Music is a way of expressing your emotions and it becomes easier that way. Don’t play just to be a rockstar, play because you can escape with a story through instruments and singing.
Do you have a greatest gig story you’d like to share?
Performing at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood was awesome. Playing solo I was extremely nervous but I pulled through and had a blast. Got to see all the pictures of famous rock stars posted on their walls. That was neat!
On the same token as the above question. How about a “worse gig” ever story.
Probably a local gig at the Saloon where the set up was not pleasing and I struggled to hear my voice over the P.A. And my guitar was turned up too loud.
Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of boobs?
Well I certainly dont draw pictures of boobs but I do draw. In high school I aced all my drawing and art classes. I love nature and exotic pets, used to have many growing up. Tattoos, guitars, and cars I’ve always been fascinated with as well!
What do you think about the present music scene or lack of? Care to address that?
Well the music scene itself I think has changed a lot over the years. There are more main stream bands than ever before. Its like a big following year after year. What ever happened to the real rock n roll music where each band got a rise to stardom. Not today, as the internet took that phase over.
The last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s were you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!
Well it would be a good time to say that aside from my first 2 singles, there will definitely be an improvement on the next 4 tracks. I had lots of anxiety while recording the first track not knowing how it all will turn out. Next time I go into the studio it will be easier as I know what to expect. My next 4 songs will be Cosmic Future, Cure Racism, Anxiety, and Keep On Pushin. All together I have about 20 songs that need to be recorded professionally mixed and mastered.