Edgar Breau

Posted by Christopher Rudder

you wanted to pursue a musical career and realize that you had what it takes to succeed in the messed up industry.


Edgar Breau: In my early twenties I knew what I wanted to do with my life and dropped everything to live the life of a starving artist, sleeping in a dark, narrow storefront with my band's equipment on a little piece of foam in a place that had no furniture, no bath, no stove but more importantly, I did have my guitar, amp, books and records there and it was in this place that I wrote all the songs that became Simply Saucer's proto punk cult recording Here Come the Cyborgs.


CR: What experience do you value more and in turn get more personal satisfaction from as an artist: The creative process of making a song from the thoughts, inspirations and and feelings to the writing, producing and/or recording of that song OR performing the the finished track at one of your live shows and feeling/ seeing the crowds positive reaction and love for your musical genius.


Edgar Breau: There's nothing that compares to the feeling of connecting with an attentive audience, the added pressure of live performance just heightens the excitement level. Creating the song/music is satisfying and engrossing but it can also be a very arduous, lonely task and recording because it involves repititian at times can get tedious though finishing the project is very satisfying. So let's say, the live performance gives the biggest kick.


CR: Who are the musical legends that influenced you growing up, and/or affected your musical career and who are the unsigned artists you respect and love.


Edgar Breau: The artists who most influenced me are Ray Davies, Syd Barrett, the Velvet Underground, Nick Drake, John Fahey, Lightnin' Hopkins, Captain Beefheart and a host of others. Unsigned artists locally who I respect and love are, locally, Mike Trebilcock and Christine Leakey, both marvelous songwriters. 


CR: Talk about the musical environment that you consciously chose to immerse yourself in that helped foster the development of your fundamental musical skills such as the self-examination of your strengths and individuality, creating improvisational music, and writing/performance techniques; shaping your musical competence and helping you discover your unique voice that your fans are blessed with in your musical creations.


Edgar Breau: I think it all begins by listening to alot of good music. My friends and fellow musicians were all huge record collectors and we had very wide tastes in music listening to cutting edge bands like the Soft Machine, the Can, the Soft Boys, the Only Ones, Faust, the Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Stockhausen as well as blues artists like Lightnin' Hopkins, Bukka White, English folk rock bands like Pentangle and Steeleye Span, garage bands like the Dutch Wally Tax and the Outsiders, American bands like the Seeds, Moby Grape many many others and as a songwriter I soaked up all these influences and when Simply Saucer began, we did a lot of improvising which later on became the basis of the instrumental mayhem inside the more structured parts of the songs I wrote. Later as a solo acoustic player I obsessed over the open tuning instrumental pieces of John Fahey, developed my own style and built my songs around the methods I developed over the years.


CR: For all of our readers who will hear some of your songs, read the interview and become instant fans; tell them where they can learn more about you, your music, any upcoming projects, events or albums. Tell everyone your website addresses?


Edgar Breau: [url=http://www.edgarbreau.com/]www.edgarbreau.com[/url]  [url=http://www.simplysaucer.com/]www.simplysaucer.com[/url]


CR: Cool, on behalf of the Rogue Mag I wanna personally thank you for taking the time out to chit-chat with me. Keep on pushing and we will work together again!!!


Edgar Breau: Thank you, Christopher!