Interview: Pete Schlegel

Could you share the story behind your latest song and what inspired its creation?

While doing a facebook live a fan suggested I needed glasses, and that sparked the song!

How do you approach the process of songwriting, and are there any specific themes or emotions you tend to explore in your music?

No just random thoughts and melodies will come into my head. Sometimes I will have these ideas for years before writing a song.

As an indie musician, how do you navigate the balance between creative freedom and commercial appeal?

I right what I feel and love, my fans accept me and follow me for that.

What do you find most challenging about being an independent artist in today’s music industry?

Only if competing for radio airplay or booking live shows do I find it at a disadvantage.

Can you talk about your experiences collaborating with other artists or musicians? How does it influence your creative process?

I learned a lot from other artist I have played shows with or toured with for sure.

What role does technology and social media play in promoting your music and connecting with your audience?

As an indy – it really is everything.

Are there any particular artists or genres that have had a significant impact on your musical style?

The late Daryle Singletary influenced me a lot, I toured with him for about 4 years straight.

Indie musicians often have a close relationship with their fanbase. How do you engage with your fans and build a dedicated community around your music?

Just social media and live shows. Some have became really good friends.

Could you describe a memorable live performance experience or tour that has had a lasting impact on you and your music?

I was part of the Daryle Singletary memorial show at the Grand Ole Opry. It was very sad and fulfilling at the same time.

In an era of streaming platforms, how do you feel about the changing landscape of music consumption and its impact on independent musicians?

It is the future and I can’t imagine that it isn’t here to stay.