Stuart Zaltz interview July-07-2000.
There has been quiet around the MTM act Any Day Now for a while.
But main man Stuart Zaltz has been rather busy in this gap of time. Read on and get a grip on the past, present and future.
In the interview Mr. Zaltz is talking on missing support from MTM but is rather optimistic regarding the future.
Lets hope that we can expect lot of work in the future from a musician who has made good AOR music for a while and has brought us a good act like Wall Of Silence - nice guy!
Q: Whats the story behind Any Day Now and what have you done before?
A: Any Day Now is a project that I founded with a friend of mine, Al Langlade. I had been approached by MTM Music to put together a project. I knew Al and had heard his voice on many occasions and realized that this would be the perfect fit. I already had enough material for the disc so Al's job became an interpretor as well as a singer.
As for before, I had a band called The Works in Canada which subsequently changed it's name to Wall of Silence. We did two discs for A&M/Polygram and developed a strong relationship with Irving/Almo, the publishing arm.
As well, I have recorded a solo disc of instrumental stuff called "Cast Off" that I have been getting some really good reaction to. We're in the process of building a webpage and I'll forward it to you when it's up and running. Before that I was spending alot of time in LA and New York writing with people like Cy Curnin of The Fixx (he co-wrote "Were You Ever There?") and Kevin Savigar who's written too many hits to recall...OK maybe one...Rod Stewart's "Forever Young".
It is a great experience writing with people who have had the hits.
Q: You released an MTM debut-album a couple of years ago - what was the reactions on that one ?
A: Unfortunately, MTM wasn't in AOR/rock mode when the disc came out. Their core of fans were demanding a heavier style of music so the disc really took a back seat to other heavier releases. That's the rock'n'roll business.
Luckily, we've signed on with Tricycle Entertainment in Japan for a release in November, 2000. They really seem interested in the music on the disc so I'm looking forward to good things in Japan
Q: How have you matured as a musician from your debut till your recently work as a producer?
A: As a musician, I hope that I'm maturing every day.
I'm in the studio all the time, so I'm constantly playing at one thing or another. For example, I'm not a guitar player but I pick it up enough that I can write with it. My first instrument is the piano and I play every day so I wouldn't necessarily say that I'm better but probably wiser with age.
When I 'm producing a disc, whether it's Any Day Now or another artist, I would say that I learn at least 10 to 20 new things on every project that I do. The good thing about that is that it adds up. What I learned on "Millennium" I used on Peter Gray's "Life's Great Adventure". By the way, "Life's Great Adventure" is a disc that I just finished producing for a singer/songwriter from the UK
Q:What can we expect from you in the future- tournews, new releases, etc?
A: For the last year or so, I've been really busy writing music for television and internet purposes. I'm still writing songs for a new Any Day Now disc and another solo record but as of yet there are no plans to record. We're now gearing up for the release in Japan and possibly a tour there if its feasible.
Q:How would you discribe your new work? In Denmark where I live it is very difficult to get hand on releases in the AOR and Melodic Rock genre - I havent seen anything with your name printed on it except Any Day Now!
A: Any Day Now differs from my older stuff with "The Works" because there are alot more keyboards and layered stuff. The songs may also be a little less than formula when it comes to production and lyrics. Not to say that it's anything spectacular, but that even though it's a pop song, I try to look at things a little differently. As far as my name, you may have seen it on the prevoiusly mentioned A&M/ Polygram stuff or perhaps on a Steelhouse Lane disc (I co-wrote "Addicted", on the Metallic Blue disc). Avex actually re-released both A&M/Polygram discs last summer so if you travel, you might have seen my name there. And the odd chance that you were here in Canada, I wrote the theme song for a show called ""Blindsided".
Q:How would you describe the music scene in the genre of AOR and Melodic Rock today? As you can see it's difficult to get it here but on-line you can get anything - is this the future?
A: The future is on-line. We just have to figure out a way to be compensated for it. People are downloading mass quantities of free music and the composer is suffering. It really sucks to think that every time you put out some product, 99% of the people that are going to own it aren't going to pay for it. It used to be that cassettes were the target, but at least they wore out.
I think the internet is great for educating people on what they choose to like or dislike. I think people should be able to download high quality samples of my music to determine whether they like it or not. I think if those people like what they hear, then they should purchase my discs.
So, that's all from Stuart, for now. But hopefully the future will bring more enjoyable moment with this AOR grey eminence!