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article imageInterview with Andy Putman: Long Island musician Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 22, 2013 in Entertainment
Babylon - Walt Disney once said: “All our dreams come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” A local musician that best exemplifies this quotation is Andy Putman.
On April 19, Digital Journal sat down with the Long Island-based musician at the Babylon Carriage House in Babylon, New York. “I started playing at the Babylon Carriage House a long time ago. This has always been one of my absolute favorite venues. Once people get warmed up, they really get into it here,” he said.
Growing up in upstate New York, Andy was inspired by such artists as James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Neil Young and Mumford and Sons. “I love musicians that can get their feelings across,” he said. “I am from a small town called Clinton and all there was to do there was to roll a keg in the woods and my brother and I would start a fire in the woods and we would sit around it and we would just rock out with our guitars. We used to bring our buddies along and we had a good time there.”
In addition to his solo work, Andy is also the lead singer of the band, The Still Life, and he had the privilege to open for the rock band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. “That went really well. I have only been with The Still Life for three or four months but opening for Red Jumpsuit Apparatus was a really cool experience,” he acknowledged.
Andy also complimented Long Island singer Jackie Alise, with whom he has been fortunate to duet with on multiple occasions. “Jackie is doing really well. She just released an album and I love collaborating with her,” he said.
He noted that he would love to someday collaborate with such songstresses as Sara Bareilles and Brandi Carlile. “I think Sara Bareilles is great and she is one of my favorite female artists. Brandi Carlile is also incredible since you can feel everything that she does,” he remarked. “I would love to meet Ellie Goulding someday too.”
Particularly impressive about Andy is that he went to graduate school for exercise sciences with a concentration in sports performance and injury prevention. “I ran track when I was in college, so working out is something that I am really into and it is important to me. I perform a lot so I stay in shape that way,” he said.
For aspiring musicians, Andy noted that it is important for one to keep honing their craft. “Do not be afraid of anything and just follow your dreams in the best way that you can,” Andy concluded.
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