A big thank you to Nick Sizemore, for taking the time to fill out our interview. Thanks also to Nick and many others who have spent time serving their country. Nick has grown up swimming in country music gold. If you didn’t notice, he actually plays his guitar upside down. When I asked him the story behind his way of playing, he told me that his Father taught him to play, but being left-handed, he flipped the guitar over and has played that way ever since. Doesn’t get more outlaw than Nick, who’s mantra is #tilltheybleed, referring to a time when he was playing guitar, cut his fingers on the strings, and painted the front of his guitar with blood. It’s pretty bad ass. Check out his pictures, and videos on Instagram @nsizemusic. He’s got a great voice, and we are excited for the new album he is currently working on “Nick Sizemore and the Outlaw Sound”.
1. What’s your name(s)? How old Are you? Married? Kids? Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
Nick Sizemore, of central Illinois
2. When/how were you introduced to music?
Growing up my family listened to a lot of old music. Records from the 50’s and 60’s were played constantly. I remember riding in my dad’s old truck and him rewinding tapes so I could hear solos over again.
3. What were you doing before pursuing your music as a career?
I spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corps as a rifleman, and deployed to Afghanistan, played a lot In the barracks, and it just kind of grew from there.
4. What made you decide to pursue your music career?
Life is too short to do anything other than exactly what you want. It’s a lot easier to struggle and love what you’re doing, than to struggle and hate your job
On Your Music:
1. Who are some of your biggest influences, or your musical heroes?
Waylon Jennings for sure, George Jones, Hank Williams Sr., Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, Ray price, Buck Owens, I could go on forever.
2. Do you write your own music? Collaborate with others? Do you have a preference between the two?
I do both, usually collaborate for some shows, but I really enjoy writing my own music. Willie Nelson once said “If you can’t write it in ten minutes, it doesn’t need to come out”. I’ve been pretty religious about not spending more than l ten minutes on one song. I think it forces you to grow.
3. What kinds of things do you write about? What inspires you?
I write about all types of things, but they’re usually darker, substance abuse, rejection,murder, things that happen to people they don’t much want on the radio.
4. How would you describe your style of music?
It takes a lot of shapes, maybe Outlaw Country or Americana
5. Do you have people that play with you? Do you have a band?
I do alot of solo shows, but for bigger venues, I have a go to team filled with some extremely talented musicians.
6. Do you produce your own music, or do you have a studio that works with you?
We’re currently in the process of recording my first album for “Nick Sizemore and the Outlaw Sound”, but I’ve got two good friends with producing experience helping me along the way,
7. How can people listen to or purchase your music, and how could they learn about shows coming up, and other news concerning your music?
You can follow me @nsizemusic on Instagram, Nick Sizemore and the Outlaw Sound on Facebook.
8. Any closing remarks that you would like to share with your supporters/listeners?
Keep supporting good music, there’s alot coming out, you just have to dig a little.