I was born and so far lived all my life in Cornwall. I was the son of a farmer and spent my first 20 years working the land, but as my dad and I could rarely see eye to eye I went into the big wide world and thereafter had a very wide ranging career which gave me a lot of life experience.
When I was born I had to stay in hospital for some time as I had sties on my eyes and it turned out that I had reduced vision, but I just couldn’t accept this and got on with life as best I could.
As the years went by and my eyesight deteriorated, I was eventually registered as blind although still maintaining some peripheral vision, but put this together with an accident I had on a building site which injured my back my working days seemed to be numbered.
I have always been interested in music and about three years ago I started to learn to play the guitar (all be it quite late in life) nevertheless I started to have lessons and progressed onto singing country music. In December 2011, I started to write my own songs, the first inspiration was given to me by my Great Grand Daughter (Charley) when my wife and I looked after her one day each week so that her mum could go to work, I called it “You Make My Day Complete” and from there I just carried on writing song after song.
This brings me to my CD “One Step At A Time” which I have recorded to test the water as they say and I would like to explain a little about each songs.
Christmas 2011 I asked my wife if there was anything in particular she might like for her Christmas present, but as always she said no, as I am not able to get into a car and just go to the shops as most people would I decided to write her a song and to tell her just how I feel about her I called it “Head Over Heels”.
I also wanted to write and record a love song as I have always been a big fan of ballads, the one I came up with I called “My Blue Horizon” and although I was probably thinking of my wife at the time it could be played to anyone.
My next song “Looks Can Be Deceptive” is about having limited vision and what it is like for people such as myself, not that I am looking for sympathy far be it I just wanted to tell my story.
At this point I thought it was time to have a change and to write something different as up to now my songs have all been what I class as ballads, so I came up with “Friday Night” and I think you will agree it is a bit different from the others.
I have written quite a lot more and I will be recording them in due course and I will be adding them to my website.
People ask me how I came up with the name Extippie, well this was actually quite simple, I wanted a name that would be easy to find when entered into internet search engines, so I played around with different combinations until I found one that returned no results, when I did I registered it, hence Extippie was born.
I hope you will find some time to visit my site and please feel free to leave your comments in the guest book.
I am going to sign off now as I don’t want to run the risk of getting carried away at the keyboard.
What Music activities are you involved in? Recording artist, songwriter, composer, producer, engineer?
Songwriting, vocals and recording
What aspect of what you do musically, do you find the most fun?
I enjoy all aspects of what I do
How would you describe your music?
How much of what goes into your music is life experience?
Most of my songs are about my own life experiences
What are you trying to say through your music?
I am just trying to pass on my experiences so that others may benefit
How involved are you in making music, writing, performing, recording, mixing, etc?
I always get fully involved in everything I do
What do you find the most enjoyable about playing music?
I find that playing music takes me into my own little world
If nobody listened to your music, would it still be part of your life?
The music I produce is mainly for my own pleasure but if it should go on to be successful then that will be a bonus
As a musician do you ever think you’ll quit learning your art?
No matter how much you know about any profession you never stop learning
Do you think music is an important life pursuit?
What advice would you give to young musicians starting out?
Music is a great path to be taking as is can give so much satisfaction and is a good way of releasing tensions
What organizations do you feel are important in supporting musicians?
Yes I do, in this day and age social sites play a big part in a lot of peoples lives
Do you write your own music?
Everything I produce is all my own work
What is your favourite time day or night, to work on music?
I find I write most of my songs at night
Do you ever have trouble finding time to work on your music?
Basically if you really want to do something you will find the time
Do you ever get burnt out working on music?
Sometimes I will work on a song all day and all night, yes I get tired but the end product makes it all worth it
How do you deal with writers block when writing music?
If I get stuck part way through a song I just leave it and maybe go onto another, then go back to the first
Do you ever use mobile technology to help you record your ideas?
I use an iPad to write my lyrics on
My final thoughts to inspire young musicians:
If you want something bad enough you will make it work
Thank you on behalf of Listening Edge Records for taking time to share with us your thoughts on music, and helping inspire musicians of all ages.Trevor Baron President Listening Edge Records