60 Seconds With... Oscar Galt

Define your genre in five words or less:

Scrappy, catchy blues/rock.


What do you love about making music?

The ability to express thoughts that would be deemed “inappropriate” in standard conversations and the ability to change and alter both your own mood and the mood of others.


What do you hate about the music industry?

The fact that the visual aspect of music has become so prominent. There are too many people listening with their eyes, and not enough listening with their ears.


What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?

My album Guilt Factory is available on Bandcamp or at any of my shows.


When’s the gig and with who?

Every Saturday night in July at The Cornish Arms Hotel.


What inspires or has influenced your music the most?

Probably just people. Listening to what people have to say often gives me good song ideas.


Describe the best gig you have ever played.

Probably my album launch. A lot of people came down and the crowd interaction was fantastic.


Describe the worst gig you have ever played.

I played at a bar once where it was just the sound guy there and that was it. While it was technically the worst, it was still a bit of fun.


What makes a good musician?

I think what makes a good musician is how they feel and deliver the song. You can have the most deep lyrics in the world, but the listeners can definitely tell when you are forcing it.


As a performer, what steps do you take to make sure you and your band-members get to and from shows without being under the influence?

We either make sure there is a designated driver in the group, or take a cab.


OSCAR GALT plays The Cornish Arms Hotel every Saturday night in July as part of the Roadsmarts Initiative.