Spotlight features interviews with musicians and industry professionals who contribute to our success.
This week we proudly feature longtime Gigs4U performer, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Judd Wasserman. Wasserman released a 14-song LP “For You” earlier this year and we caught up to talk about that, the early days of working for Gigs4U, and much more.
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What brought you to music? When did you realize it was your passion?
I’ve been doing music my whole life. I came out of the womb singing. “Tomorrow” from “Annie” was my first song. I was 18 months old. I realized it was my passion in middle school. I was obsessed with heavy metal.
Who would you say have been some of your biggest musical influences?
Metallica, Elliott Smith, East Coast hip hop artists like Tribe Called Quest, Joni Mitchell, Funkadelic, Vivaldi. It’s a very wide range.
You perform as a solo artist and with The Loose Cannons. What would you say the biggest challenge is performing solo versus with a band?
The biggest challenge performing solo was figuring out how to do it over a very, very, very long period of time. Getting the material you want, writing songs, good, bad, over many years. Then it’s figuring out how to perform them. What covers work? Can I use anything else to help? I started using a foot tambourine and I had no idea it would, but it changed my life. The biggest challenge playing with a band is letting go of what you want for the greater good of the group.
How long have you worked with Gigs4U? How did that come about?
I’ve been with Gigs4u since day one. I was the one to be the guinea pig at Seatac and try out spots before there were PA systems. I’ve done so many Gigs4U gigs I can hardly believe it. I was lucky to get in on the ground floor. I was looking for opportunities as musicians do, hustling and trying things that sounded interesting. I heard about it on Facebook before it was even really a thing. I’m not surprised, but I’m a little amazed at what it has turned into.
How has working for Gigs4U impacted your lifestyle? Are you able to pay more bills with music?
Gigs4u changed my life, financially, and personally. It’s helped immensely to make a living as a musician. The biggest impact has been on the people. I’ve been able to hone my craft and give all I can to so many people. It has been humbling, and the response has been overwhelming. I’ve received many opportunities that have piggy-backed off of my exposure from Gigs4U.
You released “For You“, a 14 song LP earlier this year. It’s a transformative record. What was influencing you as you wrote it? What is the message you want people to take away from the album?
Thank you. Nature was influencing me as I began to write the songs for the album. The idea that if we don’t change our collective carbon footprint, our children will experience a very different world than the one we enjoy. We can see impacts now. The rest of the songs stemmed from a difficult time in a relationship, so the album is really kind of about two themes that I tried to weave together. The title track is about my amazing daughter and some things she’s been through in her young life.
Anything else you want to talk about?
Thanks to everyone who makes the Gigs4U machine run. It’s become a family of sorts and to see the impact it has had on musicians and music lovers in this city has been immensely satisfying.