LaMontagne at Prospect Park, July 12, 2006
|Birth name||Raymond Charles Jack LaMontagne|
June 18, 1973 |
Nashua, New Hampshire
Bourgeois Guitar Country Boy w/Sitka Top
Custom Bourgeois DS-260
Victoria Parlor models
The label doesn't do anything but put your record in the store, that's all they do. And tell you, you don't have a single… and tell you, it's not gonna sell… that's what the label does.
I probably wouldn't be a songwriter if I didn't grow up the way I did. It was difficult and it was at times very scary to grow up in a household so unsettled and at times very violent. But, it also, I guess it earned me a sort of wisdom at a young age that's served me well.
When I think of folk music, I think of topical songs. And I don't write topical songs.
Social situations, for me – it's very natural for me to be an observer. That's where I'm most comfortable. I observe things.
In order to get a note out, I have to dig deep, and I mean that on an emotional level. To physically sing, I have to get somewhere deep before I can do it.
I am very self-critical, but that's a good thing because it keeps me growing as a human being and as a musician.
When I pick up the guitar, it's a melody, and that's what drives the lyrics. It's bits and pieces of truth, but it is storytelling.
You can make bad choices and find yourself in a downward spiral or you can find something that gets you out of it.
It bugs me that people think my songs are personal because it means I have to explain myself all the time.
The thing I love about music is that you can take things that are painful, deep things that hurt you, and you can turn them into something beautiful.
Well… you know, I love motorcycles. They're just beautiful, and there's a certain craftsmanship in older bikes, older Triumphs or BSAs or Norton. I'm just very attracted to it.
It's so easy to get caught up in your own experiences. They can seem so important. But there are billions and billions of other experiences going on.
We all have that inner voice that is wise, even if we don't always follow it. It's that voice I'm trying to listen to.
Writing songs is not something I wanted to share with people for a long time. It was precious to me. I didn't want someone to crush it. I waited until I felt strong enough to take the criticism.
I was really lost for a while in my teens. I was angry. But when I found music – Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell – it was a new discovery. It was a door to this other world where I wanted to be.
I always felt, as a listener at a show, that when there was too much banter between the artist and the audience that it detracted from the show. I more enjoyed shows where the guys came out and they just played.