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Imprints rides a celestial current that operates through, about and among us all, but is detected and magnified by only the most sensitive musicians. The band's debut radio hit ‘Bardo’ conveys the listener through the hinterland state of consciousness between death and rebirth. And the fans are loving it.

Music of the human world is perceived through a relatively narrow range of frequencies. But the larger universe has song in its soul too; it's just harder to experience because its resonance is so grand, requiring the whole body as antenna and instrument. Imprints seems to be one of those rare groups that can marry the audible world to the music of our physical being, and the result is an effortless-seeming canvas of instrumental voices resplendent with quivering nuances of string. Their new song 'Bardo' progresses through all the moods and moments of a life - transcendentally reprised in the interval between its end and rejuvenation. Reporter Alexis Adams recently caught up with group guitarist Greg Buttner to learn more about his background and the music he makes with Imprints.

ALEXIS: When When did you first discover your love of music?
GREG: As early as I can remember. My grandmother had an old piano on her farm in Southern Africa and I was drawn to it as if it had magnetic power. I was told from an early age that I had the 'touch' on the piano, that when I began playing people stopped in their tracks to listen. Years later my grandmother gave me her piano, and I began classical piano lessons at age twelve.

ALEXIS: Your song ‘Bardo’ is receiving a strong listener response on radio. What was your initial reaction when you first heard it played?
GREG: Delighted!

ALEXIS: What was the inspiration behind your debut radio single?
GREG: ‘Bardo’ is a Tibetan word that means ‘transitionary state between death and re-birth.’ I wrote this song watching my godfather dying of cancer. I sat with him playing my guitar until he took his final breath. It was a very sad yet extremely powerful experience as I watched his soul leave his body and enter the ‘Bardo’ state. The music is drawn from that experience.

ALEXIS: Would you say that the mood of your other songs is in the same vein as ‘Bardo’?
GREG: Most of my music is written in a minor key - I love the lamentful and longing sounds of the minor scales.

ALEXIS: How would you characterize yourselves as musicians?
GREG: I would categorize myself more along the lines of an ‘evolving listener.’ When I’m quiet and able to listen I connect to the source of all vibration and that’s when I can write music. If my life gets too hectic, I forget to listen or can’t hear due to the clatter of an overextended existence. So it’s become a practice for me to balance my life, to stay quiet long enough to listen to the uni-verse, the one-song.

ALEXIS: Did you come from a musical background? Are there other musicians in your family?
GREG: My mother is a ballet teacher and my sister is an internationally recognized ballet dancer and teacher - so yes, we always had music and dance in our home.

ALEXIS: What do you find most rewarding about being an artist? What do you find most challenging?
GREG: I have been gifted with the ability to write and play music. This is a talent, a gift from the heavens. I am eternally grateful. The main challenge for musicians, I feel, lies in the dissonance of the music industry. Unless artists have boat-loads of money behind them they will always remain anonymous. There are so many incredibly talented musicians who go unheard or can’t support themselves, and thus fade away due to a broken system. It’s a shame.

ALEXIS: Who are your role models in music?
GREG: Oh boy! Role models in music, huh? That’s a bit of an oxymoron! :) Honestly, I really don’t have any. Anyone that’s not a cry-baby… (lol)

ALEXIS: Describe your best or most memorable performance.
GREG: My best times have been in the studio, just getting creative and loving it!

ALEXIS: Do you have a music video for your hit single? If so, what can you tell us about it?
GREG: I have a professional video of my sister’s ballet company dancing to ‘Bardo’ - Wonderful!

ALEXIS: Thank you for your time, Greg. Wishing you and the group continued success.


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