So i can't remember when i stumbled across Jeff's youtube videos, perhaps a couple months ago, but they just amazed me from the start. He is quite the talented guy for only having played guitar for 2 years. He just recently did a collaboration with a lovely girl i know, Kiersten Holine, who also happens to be a youtube phenomenon. I met miss Kiersten about year ago in Seattle through our school, SPU. Here is the fantastic cover they did of Vashti Bunyan's "Train Song." (it's also covered by Fiest and Ben Gibbard. I like Jeff and Kiersten's video way way way more. what do you think?)
Jeff was nice enough to let me do a little interview of him recently. Read about how his musical career has blossomed in the past 2 years. only 2 years, and he already at where he is at now! Gosh, this kid is really going somewhere.
1. How old were you when you started playing guitar?
I think I was 18, maybe 19.
2. What other instruments can you play?
I wouldn't call myself an expert at any of the following, but along with guitar, I try to play mandolin, banjo, piano, the singing saw, ukulele, and basically whatever else I can get my hands on.
3. What inspired you to make music with your little sister?
I started playing music with my little sister because singalongs are one of my favorite things... that and the rest of my siblings wouldn't sing songs with me, so I had to convince my 5 year old sister to learn Sufjan songs. ha.
4. What is your favorite song to sing/play?
I'm not sure if I could name a specific song I like playing the most, but I love playing little waltz numbers on the piano. Out of any type of song I could play all day, that would be the type that I would be least likely to get sick of. Plus if you get some people to clap along and sing with it it's even better.
5. When did you start writing your own music?
I've written some form of music since I can remember, but when I actually started writing music that I would even consider worth showing to my friends or family I was probably 18.
6. Who are you inspired by?
My biggest musical inspirations are Nick Drake, The Beatles, Michael Andrews, and Sufjan Stevens. My biggest inspiration for lyrics and all that jazz is just human nature.
7. What are you listening to right now?
Right now I'm listening to Kaki King. She's another person who really inspires me with all her crazy guitar tunings and downright beautiful songwriting.
8. Do you have an album?
I don't have an album completed yet, but I'll be recording a split cd sometime within the next few months in some cabin with a good friend and fellow musician named Jt Royster.
9. What do you like to do other than making music?
Other than music, I love making all sorts of things on the pottery wheel, going camping, maybe a good game of scrabble. The occasional cuddle is always nice too.
10. Where can people find your music?
My myspace: www.myspace.com/jeffpiankimusic - if you look at the blogs on the side there are some with links to a bunch of free downloadable songs. Also I post videos at www.youtube.com/pianki.
11. Is there anything else you would like people to know about you?
hmm... I don't think I'm all that interesting, I just like keeping things simple. Life is a whole lot easier when you don't spend so much time worrying about things you have no control over.