Put Your Records On: CRAIG GREENBERG

Craig Greenberg

At The Great Record Chase we strive to get inside the heads of prominent new artists, and what makes their musical nerves tick. Over the course of several months we have been putting together a project in which a selection of new artists on our radar have put together an editorial. This consists of musical influences that formed, shaped, and brought to life their sound. There has been an impressive amount of new talent that has come our way since starting this website back in the Fall, and we want to take everything to a whole new level.

Today we sit down with singer-songwriter-indie-pop-mastermind, CRAIG GREENBERG, straight out of Brooklyn, New York. His brilliant new video for “That Girl is Wrong for You,” has been making the rounds in the blogosphere, creating quite an impression among listeners  and viewers alike. Dive in and check it out!

Watch Now: Craig Greenberg “That Girl is Wrong for You”

Name three albums or artists that influenced your musical styling you play today and why they are important to you.

Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
Led Zeppelin 2
Dark Side Of the Moon

Sgt Pepper‘s was just a perfect selection of songs from top to bottom, with the melodies and production and arrangements like nothing I’d ever heard. A great introduction to what would become a lifetime obsession with the Beatles.

Led Zeppelin riffs were what made me want to play guitar (which is my first instrument incidentally). I spent hours with that record, learning the riffs, playing along to “Heartbreaker” and “Whole Lotta Love.” Zeppelin 2 was like an atomic bomb going off in my ear!

Dark Side of the Moon just floored me.. and literally – my friends and I in high school would smoke a joint, turn off the lights and lie on the floor and listen to that record and just totally freak out! It was just so heavy and dark, and all absorbing. To this day no album transports me to another dimension like that record. I’m proud that some Floyd comes through listening to my new album. there’s actually three points on my record I can think of (hint: one is on the opening track)

These were actually among my first CDs ever purchased, when I was about 14.

What made them so influential to you?

Beatles – Their use of melody and arrangement.
Zeppelin – It was bad ass guitar riffs and rock attitude.
Pink Floyd – It was their use of darkness and space.

When did you first discover them? How did they help form the music you play today?

I’m proud that some Floyd comes through listening to my new album. There’s actually three points on my record I can think of (hint: one is on the opening track)


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