Tony Manley: 'I’ve always written music that comes from deep inside of what I’m feeling at the time'
We were fortunate enough to interview artist Tony Manley.
1. How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I’ve always written music that comes from deep inside of what I’m feeling at the time. It’s honest. There’s a quote from Beethoven “I have never thought of writing for reputation and honor. What I have in my heart must come out; that is the reason why I compose.” and that really struck a chord with me. Get it? Haha!
2. What is your creative process like?
I like this question a lot because it’s actually reflected on the single from this article “Vodka and Guitar” there was a time that I would escape everything and drink alone in my studio and record music. I’ll have a lot of pain or in rare cases a sense of love or excitement and I’ll start with a drum beat or maybe a guitar riff idea, and I’ll record the song while I’m writing it and the words will come to me pretty quickly, but I’ll spend a lot of time after perfecting them. I take lyrics very seriously. I always like to make sure they’re accurate to the topic that I end up writing about. I’ve often compared my recording and writing music to Arthur Fleck’s laugh in Joker. It’s something that I do and can’t control. It has to happen when I’m feeling a certain way.
3. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I would love to sing the hook on an Eminem track. That would be the dream collaboration. Noel Gallagher is a close second.
4. If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
Blink-182. My music is usually compared to theirs. The show would flow, and I could watch them after while I get drunk and scream their lyrics.
5. What is your favourite song to perform and why?
My own song would be “New York City” I like dropping the F bombs in it and it’s a perfect opener to a show. My favorite cover song to play is “Save Tonight” by Eagle Eye Cherry. I don’t really know why, it’s just really fun and I feel like I’m good at that one.
6. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
“It’s like Star Wars. You’re in the dark. You’re lost in the dark, and you have to find your way back to the light.”
7. What is one message you would give to your fans?
Watch or read Dr. Sleep. It’s fantastic.
8. What’s next for you?
I’m finishing up my next album “Another Night In Hollywood” by December and releasing it extremely early 2021. Getting music videos shot for it and promoting it throughout the year. Hopefully it will strike a chord with some people. Haha!
Listen to Vodka and Guitar here: