Voice, Breath, Songs

EPISODE #30 Inspire and Make a Change with Music

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Bio of the artist

Nigel Parry’s music connects intimately with the ‘folk’; people, their lives and struggles, their causes and stories, ties with the land, links with the past and hopes for the future. Nigel believes that music can support a greater cause and serve a worthy purpose, as well as being “the most fun you can have with your clothes on.”

Described by a radio presenter as; ‘one of the finest traditional folk artists in NZ’, Nigel Parry’s unique mix of contemporary, traditional and early music relies heavily on his vocal arrangements.

Hailing from the UK, he was originally a rock singer and turned to folk music through friends, historical events and real ale.

Nigel also plays ‘alternative percussion’ in several line ups.

Nigel now lives near Wellington and in the last 5years has performed solo, in duos and bands, at events and music venues around New Zealand, festivals and live on radio, and in the UK, France and Canada. The biggest recent performance was in front of 10,000 at the People’s Climate March, from the steps of Parliament, invited to present new song When The Rain Comes

In 2014 Nigel was voted People’s Choice for the Wellington Folk Festival, performing on the main stage. The year before, he released a new studio album; Row Out to your ship of dreams.

What he shares on this episode

It’s brilliant when you can think of using your music to bring attention to important things in this world. I can’t imagine how challenging and satisfying it can be all at once. The movement that we can cause when we do this and channel our art and talent towards promoting causes that change the world. He describes music as “something to do than something to be.”

On this episode Nigel talks about how with only a little vocal training, his passion takes over and has enabled him to position himself to bring about change. He talks about all the different experiences in his life that have inspired him to write songs. The places he’s been and the events that have touched his life.

In this episode of the Creator Mindset Podcast

  • Nigel speaks about his music
  • He talks about his greater purpose of music

Key takeaways

  • Music should be useful, using it for good of others and not just about yourself.
  • Write about a big thing or a little thing that can tell a big story.
  • Important to know why you do music and what your true motivation is?
  • Inspiration is everywhere. There’s a story behind every little thing.
  • Music is a connection with people that supports people, rather than just being an item.

Connecting with the artist

Website: https://www.nigelparrymusic.com/

Blog: https: https://nigelmusic.wordpress.com/about/