Scott Garriott and his guerilla guitar

"I guess I just want people to know that I exist," said Ashland singer/songwriter Scott Garriott, a self proclaimed "wanderer trying to become comfortable with his frustration."




Highly prolific, Garriott, 24, already has two self-produced albums out, with various EPs floating around local venues with more on the way.




That high output and dedication, as well as wildly innovative production techniques, may prove to be what floats Garriott to the top of the rising sea of local singer/song writer talent. As one fan, Marcia Liss proclaimed "(Garriott) touches the hum of the universe."




Having already written some 200 songs, one approach Garriott uses in his recording is to incorporate a unique plethora of musical instruments, some purchased at local thrift and dollar stores, and then mixing and master editing in bizarre but provocative ways that can create a truly disassociative vibe for the listener. In fact driving while listening to one of Garriott's albums is ill-advised.




The other approach Garriott takes is lyrical aptitude. "I like to look at things from different perspectives within the same song, or start with a singular message and then twist its meaning by the end," said Garriott. "I feel proud of a song when I feel like I've creative something people haven't really heard before; something compelling and well crafted lyrically, or profound but, at the same time, that aren't really obvious."




Garriott looks at the creation of music as coming from two philosophies, the technical apertures of music crafting versus the organic nature of simple melodies and conveying basic emotion. "Musicians who are really technically motivated or so inspired, I can respect," said Garriott. "I see it as the same detail or technique that goes into something like glass-blowing"&

166; but I'm not really interested in (producing) either. I think that self-taught musicians, or artists in general, have a better chance of developing in an original way."




Himself a self-taught musician, originally focusing on film-making, Garriott made the leap to music because of the creative freedom and raw elements he found to be more prevalent in his new art.




"In terms of song writing, I like to put grey areas into the music," said Garriott. "Sometimes I'll throw in a phrase or verse I wrote where I don't even know what it means at the time and later I'll discover the relevance."




While his music defiantly carries with it echoes of the best aspects of the 1960s, Garriott, with his Dylan-esque lyricism and semi-psychedelic undertones still finds inspiration in many different genres. "I try to listen to as many genres as I can, just for the exposure," said Garriott. "It's more about the creativity the artist puts into the work than the genre type which people use to define it."




Recently, Garriott has gotten more into the performance side of his craft, starting at open mics, working with SOSA and now beginning to land gigs. Naturally, the more intimate and stripped down element of live performance had an impact.




"You enter a whole different mode than any other time in your life," said Garriott. "The first time I was so nervous I just wanted to get up there and get it over with. It was as if some basic instinct just took over. But now I'm at the point of being more aware on stage."




To find out more about Garriott's upcoming appearances, or to purchase his albums; "Americana Reptilia Peruvian Candle," or "Void of Possibilities" check Garriott out on MySpace Music. As Garriott wrote on his site, "Please feel free to download the songs on my player! I don't mind giving my music away for free, in fact if I was just a slightly better person, I'd prefer it."

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