Brad Peterson is an indie-pop singer-songwriter from a wooded area near Lake Michigan north of Chicago, where he built a little back-yard garden shed – effectively a music-making laboratory where he writes and records his songs. “I created the hideout I’d always dreamed of, as a kid – in this case: an acoustically-conducive workspace. It took months to build, working most every day with many dozens of trips to the lumber yard. On the walls and in cases are dozens of instruments of all sorts: strings, woodwinds, brass, keys, percussion; I also have an electronics lab for modifying circuits. I get an idea before my first sip of coffee, and by the time I go to bed, there’s a brand new song.”
Brad has shared stages with Jeff Buckley and Radiohead and has released numerous albums as a solo artist and with his band peatmoss, but stopped making music after a spinal injury left him partially paralyzed and unable to record or perform for several years. “It became a struggle to brush my teeth and get dressed, so playing guitar wasn’t really on my list of priorities at that point. I withdrew into isolation, and it was an arduous journey back – but things are better now than ever. I think the songs have evolved with the pain – so I suppose, in a way, it was a gift. With the help of skilled doctors, long months of rehabilitation, and painful hard work, I’m back to physical – and musical – health with new and better songs. Building my garden-shed studio was also cathartic and served as my therapy’.
[More on the garden-shed coming soon]
These days, Brad is completely self-produced – from writing, to playing all the instruments, engineering and mastering: “I didn’t deliberately set out to do everything myself – it was just the natural result of eliminating the sometimes tiresome logistics involved in having other musicians learn and play my ideas. That streamlined process allows me to do it all with a less cumbersome – literal DIY approach.”
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