Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Canada’s Ed Corrado. Together we discussed their songwriting, their influences, New Artist Spotlight, their newest single “Two Souls”, and so much more!
1. Hello! Mustard is thankful to have you join them. How are you?
I’m great and thank you for having me, Mr. Mustard.
2. You’ve been songwriting for decades. Which song first captivated you? Does this song still inspire you today?
I believe your talking about someone else’s song, one off the top of my head is Fools Overture by Supertramp. Love all the changes and layers and Roger Hodgson’ voice is so haunting. But it doesn’t have to be a complex song. I also get very inspired by simple songs like The Clash’s cover version of I Fought the Law. It’s perfect.
3. What is your songwriting process?
It’s a pretty long-drawn-out process. That’s why it takes me so long to come out with new songs. It usually starts with a guitar and a riff or chord progression. Lyrics usually come later but I am always writing down lyrics somewhere. Sometimes it’s a matter of matching them up.
A lot of my process happens in the mixing stage. That’s where I listen to the song ad nauseum which allows me to work on the structure. To me that’s the part that’s the most fun and the most frustrating.
4. Your voice has been described like a prized rack of whiskey. If you could perform a jingle for any whiskey company, what would it be?
That would have to be Crown Royal. That’s my favourite. Well, that’s a pretty good plug I think they should supply us with a case or two. It’s only fair.
5. Who (or what) influences you?
So many things influence me. If we are talking music The Beatles is number 1 on that list but I think Art, Movies, TV Influence me a lot. I’ll go to the theatre to see a move and if it’s good it will inspire me to create a lyric or music.
It’s a amazing creative circle. I watch something creative, and I want to create.
6. Could you tell us more about what it is like being a member of the New Artist Spotlight? How does one join New Artist Spotlight?
The New Artist Spotlight, where do I start. It’s like having a record company behind you. A record company that doesn’t take any money, that promotes you, inspires you and has your back. Did I mention it’s free. I must thank Ed Eagle for starting NAS, he’s a great guy. There are so many amazing and incredibly talented people on NAS. I love NAS.
You can join NAS (New Artist Spotlight) from the website at NewArtistSpotlight.org. For Independent Artists, it really is the only way to find a community of artists that really want you to succeed. Try it for a month you will see what I mean.
7. In 2020 you released “Just Give Me a Call.” What was the inspiration behind this song? Where would you bring your friends if they gave you a call?
Just Give Me a Call was based on Joe Buck from Midnight Cowboy. It’s about a country boy that comes to the big city to become a Gigolo. He thinks he’s going to make a lot of money and that all the women will want him.
It doesn’t quite work out the way he thought, life hardly ever does. That song is what I figured his sales pitch would be like. It’s not very 2022 appropriate but oh well.
I think I would probably take a friend to a bar to watch an Indie band. Live music, great food, and copious amounts of alcohol. What could go wrong?
8. The next year you released “Time.” Can Time truly walk across a human’s face? Could you share more about this single?
I think Time does walk across your face metaphorically speaking. It’s a slow walk hopefully over a long lifetime. As it walks it leaves behind baggage, wrinkles, crows’ feet, etc. Making you look weathered and worn. I think that’s a great thing. The harder the life the deeper the wear. I hope I deserve all my wear and tear.
The song is about growing old and accepting it. Leaving children that will do the dance hopefully better than you do. Kids really do comfort you when you’re old and grey.
9. Mustard digs the cover art for your latest single “Two Souls.” Do the colors red and blue play a significant role?
They are representative of two souls. Two very different souls, Ying Yang, Male and female. The red represents one soul the blue the other. People are very different and it’s difficult after the initial infatuation wears off to get passed the differences in each others’ personalities especially if they are conflicting personalities.
It’s a sad song but the music juxtaposes energetic and bouncy music with a sad lyric. So, like the colours of the song cover the music and lyrics are at odds as well.
10. What was the inspiration behind your newest single “Two Souls?
Sometimes I think of stories for a song lyric, that’s where Two Souls came from. “She walks the street outside her place.” It kind of wrote itself after that one line.
It’s a really sad song, lyric wise. It focuses on a girl and a guy that meet fall in love at the beginning of the relationship then the feeling disappears. They don’t appear to even try to save it. I think she regrets it but is too proud to do anything about it.
11. What’s next for Ed Corrado?
I’m working on mixing and producing a track for a friend, Piero Minelli. He played bass and backing vocals on my songs. I’m also working on a song with an old bandmate called Pat Riel. I’m remixing an older song of mine; I won’t say which one, but I didn’t like how I mixed it, so I am redoing it. I’m also playing in a few different bands as well. I have 3-4 new songs on the go, so I’ve been busy.
12. Where can readers listen to your music?
You can hear my music on all streaming services. The website is EdCorrado.com. I am rejigging it so it will change shortly. Here is a link to get to all my socials.