Today, we sat down with the members of Sweet Crystal to talk their music inspiration, what they would be doing today if they weren’t musicians and much more! Be sure to check out their music and social media below after the interview!
What is your inspiration to write your music? Is it your surroundings?
Being a 24 time Detroit Music Award winning Christian rock band here in the Motor City, of course we get a lot lyric inspiration from the Bible. But we are also here to reach out to a world with songs of hope and inspiration; a musical light at the end of every dark tunnel you might be going through because chances are good – we’ve gone through those very same tunnels ourselves and definitely have found a way out. It’s those experiences in our lives that have come out successfully that gives up the ideas for the songs.
This latest album ‘7th HEAVEN’ continues where our last release ‘Got Your Six’ left off: songs of hope and inspiration featuring our signature guitar sounds, synth melodies, straight ahead drumming with just a few chanting monks thrown in for good measure.
What type of music did you listen to growing up?
We (Sweet Crystal as a band) started out totally influenced by the progressive rock English music scene of the 60’s and 70’s: bands like Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Atomic Rooster, Uriah Heep all left their musical marks on our writing and playing. We also listened to a lot of American bands like Kansas, Journey, Rush and Spock’s Beard to keep our creative juices flowing.
Is there someone you looked up as a hero?
As cliche’ as this might sound – each of us had strong parents in our lives and it was the values, insights and love
from each of our fathers and mothers that would qualify them all as both heroes and saints for putting up with us wannabe rock stars as we grew up.
If you weren’t a musician, would you be doing today?
That would indeed vary with each band member: I – Marq Andrew Speck / lead vocals/keyboards – am big time into acting with four feature film roles and various television appearances and would pursue more screen time opportunities.
Guitarist Bill Blatter is into competitive marksmanship and would probably get his commercial pilot’s license and take to the skies.
Drummer Steve Wieser takes to the golf course to release the extra energy he has and has gotten good enough to start competing in the professional circuit. He would probably be golfing Pro-Am.
Marty Kuchar (bass) works with mentally challenged adults, giving back in a way that the rest of us admire more than he knows.
What advice do you have for our fans out there that want to create music?
Learn the technology that’s available for both producing your music and for promoting your music. It’s easier than ever to find ways to release new songs but in this ocean of sound that expand s daily, it can be frustrating. Find others to work with – networking and collaborations are a key to staying focused… and sane… during the creative process. Don’t “chase” current trends in mainstream music but stay true to your musical vision.