Interview – Sydney Stegall of Stegall

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TGH:
You play guitar in Stegall right? Can you tell me a little about your Guitar influences?

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Sydney Stegall:
as it turns out, my greatest influence was probably Clara! Becoming proficient on guitar is something I have always desired. But it wasn’t until I watched my own sister progress at such a fast rate that I realized there was nothing keeping me from doing the same! And I’ve been hitting it hard since. As far as artists that have influenced me, I draw a lot of inspiration from Jimi Hendrix and John Mayer.

TGH:
I just threw up
John Mayer? come on!

Sydney Stegall:
it took me awhile to get on board too. but his views on not just guitar, but overall work ethic are pretty great

TGH :
Sorry, let me try that again. John Mayer, how interesting! And I do love it when he does Clapton’s Crossroads. Have you seen those shows? great great guitar players.

Sydney Stegall:
I have! very inspiring stuff.

TGH:
Any bands your listening to right now that have you trying new things?

Sydney Stegall:
I think all three of us would agree that the band Mutemath is pulling us in a direction we would like to explore. And I am personally really into the Canadian rock band Big Sugar at the moment.

TGH:
I will definitely check them out, Clara mentioned Mutemath. She also put me onto Trixie Whitely so I trust her . . . you however is to be seen.

Sydney Stegall:
I have all the confidence that you will enjoy them!

TGH:
So tell me a little bit about the gear you use.

Sydney Stegall:
Absolutely. I recently acquired a Gibson Les Paul, studio model. (which I am grateful for every day). As far as gear goes though, I am pretty new to the game. I have a few new distortion and overdrive pedals that I am experimenting with. And I’m in the process of finding an amp. You might be interested to know that I have only been seriously playing for less than a year.

TGH:
alright, Big Sugar is great.
Oh come on!
A year?

Sydney Stegall:
that’s correct!
it’s been an exciting process. I try to take in as much knowledge of the instrument as I can.

TGH:
Have you tried out any other guitars?

Sydney Stegall:
right now, I am finding the sweet balance between music and school. but there is always that hidden hour or two in your day that you can squeeze in some practice. And I have a musical background so that has helped me out a lot. I’ve played on Clara’s tele a bit. also a great guitar (mine’s better, don’t tell her i said that).

TGH:
Hahaha great! have you listened to much 90’s alt?

Sydney Stegall:
oh absolutely. blink182 was my first CD. foo fighters, radiohead, sublime, the list is endless really. those come to mind first.

TGH:
great taste! Ever listen to Jeff Buckley?

Sydney Stegall:
I am without a doubt a fan of jeff Buckley,
his version of hallelujah is my favourite yet

TGH:
Jeff Buckley had to have been the most talented Singer/guitar player ever maybe?
Grace is a great album, and I learned to play Hallelujah and my skill improved tenfold. has there been an artist or song that has taken your playing to another level?

Sydney Stegall:
that’s easy. the song Wholehearted by extreme.

TGH:
Not heard of it, will check it out!

Sydney Stegall:
for the level of playing I started out at, it was a good challenge for me
a close family friend of ours has been playing an amazing cover of it for years. so when I began playing, I knew right away I had to learn it.

TGH:
Great! Are you excited about the tour of eastern Canada this summer?
I love it that you guys have this great 90’s sensibility. I know this Wholehearted song!

Sydney Stegall
oh, I am beyond excited. I love being on the road, and the experience I am getting out of it will be invaluable. and of course, all the foreseeable shenanigans along the way
it’s a great tune.

TGH:
Lots of drugs and booze.
Is pot legal in Canada?

Sydney Stegall:
hah, to be honest, no. I’d say we are more the cookies and poutine type. of course, we always find time for fun. and no, Canada is not quite that progressive yet!
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TGH:
I just had an argument with Liza over poutine. Gross dude, gross.

Sydney Stegall:
don’t knock it til you try it
we are serious about our poutine.

TGH:
. . . why have I never heard of “poutine” if its sooooo great?

Sydney Stegall:
it’s a closely held secret

TGH:
What roll do you play in the songwriting process?

Sydney Stegall:
I contribute with lyrics. but as for the latest EP, the songs were written by Liza and Clara. I’ve been nothing but impressed.

TGH:
Do you work on any of your own songs?

Sydney Stegall:
I haven’t taken the plunge into song writing yet. It’s a challenge I see myself attacking some day with enthusiasm. For now, I am focusing my energy on mastering a relatively new instrument.

TGH:
That’s a good plan. Are all of you perfectionist? I mean that in a nice way, you all seem to have great vision with your music.

Sydney Stegall:
Liza and I are for sure. I think that’s what drives a lot of our motivation. I think to some degree Clara takes after us as well. But in general, I would say that we feed off each other’s energy; perfecting one thing while always looking forward to the next step
Danced in Black
Album Artwork by Sydney Stegall

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