We had the good fortune of connecting with Ian Logue and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ian, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve worked in lots of different industries over the years and have had multiple careers. My last career was as a structural inspector, great pay, great hours, relatively easy work, but it didn’t fulfill me and I found myself absolutely mentally drained by the end of the work week. I knew that the only thing that would keep me sane over the long haul would be to take the leap and try to make it work with a career as a musician. I’ve yet to achieve the kind of financial stability from my music that I would need to actually call it my career but I’ve certainly made steps in that direction, and the pursuit is most of the fun anyway!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been playing music since I was 14, I started on the drums, I picked up guitar casually a few years later. It wasn’t until I was 23-24 that music took the central role in my life, and that was mostly because I was unknowingly using my music as therapy for a deep trauma that occurred in my early 20’s. I started to take guitar seriously at that point, dabbled in the keys, and began writing with a passion and ferocity I hadn’t brought to any aspect of my life prior to then. My songwriting has always been my strong suit as a musician, and I love to write using the introspective lens through which I most often view the world. Interpersonal relationships, peoples’ motivations in those relationships, and broken hearts are by far the most represented topics in my catalogue. I think most musicians are familiar with the feeling of not being good enough at their craft, never being happy with where they are at, and always wanting to improve, thinking “When I can learn how to do that thing on the guitar, or write a song that sounds like that, I’ll be satisfied.” I think that is the hardest part about musicianship for me, enjoying where I am while I’m there. That goes for status in the scene as well, coming up in the San Diego music scene I had some incredible opportunities to meet and share bills with local legends, play on iconic stages, and work with amazing musicians. It’s really easy to compare yourself to other artists or bands and say “I wish I had the kind of notoriety they do…”, it’s a lot harder to be happy with where you are and recognize that someone else is looking at you and saying the same thing to themselves.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I moved to LA in February of 2020, so I had approximately one month of learning the city before everything shut down, so I wouldn’t know the first place to take someone. Visitors probably know more about this city than I do.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family has been incredibly supportive of me as I’ve decided to chase my dreams. My dad used to come to all of my bands shows, my mom was always so encouraging about my writing, my sister and her husband were gracious hosts to me the first 4 months that I moved to LA. I also have to give a shoutout to two guys who I have known a long time who are both making their living in the music business, Jacob Montague, and Capo Corleone. Those two have inspired and supported me every step of the way.
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