Greg Summerlin is a successful recording artist, touring musician and songwriter based in Birmingham, Alabama. To date, Greg has licensed music in over 40 different song placements in both the TV and movies sectors. Readers will be able to hear several of Greg’s songs as music appearing on Anthony Bourdain’s new show, “The Layover,” adding to his successful history with NBC, ABC, and numerous cable networks. Greg currently tours and records with his band, “La Resistance.” Their new album, Philosophy, is available for download (initially for free) on the internet through the band’s own website.
DS: How did you hear about Dailysingle? What are you expecting from being on the front page?
Greg Summerlin: Your Entertainment Correspondent, D.K. Harris was kind enough to contact me. Maybe some of your readers will get interested in my band, or perhaps be interested in some of the other things I'm working on.
DS: What are the most memorable years of your life and what happened to make them so memorable?
Greg Summerlin: In my adult life I would say that some of my favorite years were in the late 90's when I was playing in one of my first serious bands. Even though we usually played in really grungy bars all over the southeast, we still had a great time, and I learned a lot about playing in a band. I had also started one of my companies during that time that ended up doing really well. My high school years were really fun also. I played basketball in high school and we had a great team.
I'm a jacket freak.
DS: How would you best describe yourself?
Greg Summerlin: I'm a fairly laid back Southerner, but at the same time really ambitious. I'm fanatical about music, especially my love for the Beatles and all things British. I would probably write music even if no one else ever heard my songs. In fact, that was the case for many years. I'm also a Christian and feel fortunate to have an incredibly diverse group of friends that cover every demographic that could be imagined.
DS: What are the must-haves in your daily wardrobe?
Greg Summerlin: I'm a jacket freak. I have so many jackets in my closet that I will never get around to wearing, especially since I spend most of my time in the South where it is only jacket weather three or four months a year. Got to have some cool boots in the wardrobe also.
Greg Summerlin w/ La Resistance, photo by Hunter Barrow
DS: Who do people tell you you look like?
Greg Summerlin: I've had a number of people tell me I look like Paul McCartney. I'm sure he would be offended by the comparison. I think I look more like John Lennon pre Ono.
DS: How did you end-up being a musician, recording artist?
Greg Summerlin: I really had no choice, meaning I never made a conscious decision to be a musician. I've never even really thought about it much, but I've loved music for as long as I can remember. It's just a part of who I am. My parents are both musicians, so that probably had a lot to do with it. But, I learned how to read music by playing in the band in junior high, and then I taught myself how to play the bass and guitar. I remember sitting around for hours learning guitar and bass parts from Led Zeppelin records. At one time I could play all the bass and guitar parts to a ton of records, like Led Zeppelin 2 and 4, Sgt. Peppers, Revolver and Jimi Hendrix's Greatest Hits.
“We did a residency at an NYC club last fall & we hope to play in the area this summer. What is your favorite NYC music club?”
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DS: Can you tell us more about your job?
Greg Summerlin: I never know what to say when people ask me that question. I would say that one of my jobs is being a songwriter and musician, and the other is being an entrepreneur. Part of being a songwriter and musician these days is developing the business side of your music career. I've been fortunate to have over 40 song placements in TV and movies, so I'm working on that constantly. My last solo album had songs on NBC, ABC and numerous cable shows, so eventually we are going to start licensing more songs off the La Resistance album. We just licensed several songs to Anthony Bourdain's new show "The Layover".
Greg Summerlin w/ La Resistance, photo by Hunter Barrow
DS: Let's talk more about you and your tastes. Any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time? Any thing you like and recommend?
Greg Summerlin: I played basketball in high school and some in college, so I used to play a lot of hoops until old injuries slowed me down. Now, I really love to snowboard. I try to board a couple of times a year if I can. A few years ago I went on a month long snowboard trip out west with a buddy that was one of more incredible trips I've ever taken. We traveled all over the west US and Canada snowboarding every mountain we could get to.
DS: What is a typical week for Greg Summerlin?
Greg Summerlin: Lately a typical week would be working some new songs for my band, La Resistance. We released our first album last year and we're trying to figure out where the next record is going to go musically speaking. So, I'm working through some new material.
DS: Some quick questions: What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Greg Summerlin: I grab a bowl of cereal and watch Sportscenter. I'm a big sports nut. You are required to like football in Alabama or they ask you to leave.
DS: What is your favorite restaurant in Birmingham?
Greg Summerlin: There is a restaurant here called "Surin West" that serves Thai food. I just ate there today. If you like BBQ it's hard to beat Dreamland here also.
DS: What is your favorite song today? Of all time?
Greg Summerlin: I really like The Dead Weather, one of Jack White's bands. They have a song called Blue Blood Blues that I think is fantastic. My favorite song of all time would probably be a Beatles song, probably off of Revolver or Sgt. Pepper. I'm not sure if I could name one favorite song. Some of the Echo and Bunnymen or Clash records, or maybe OK Computer by Radiohead, would be next in line.
DS: What is your favorite "drug"?
Greg Summerlin: I think the moment when you are working on a song and you come up with the right melody or chord progression that seems to make the song work. That is kind of a high. Or maybe when you are doing a show and band is clicking, and the crowd is into what is happening is great. But, riding a snowboard in perfect conditions is hard to beat.
The photo shoot
DS: What is in store for you? Any key projects for the next months? Anything you want to share? Can our readers help you with anything?
Greg Summerlin: I'm hoping my band, La Resistance, will be touring sometime this summer and we're hoping to get in the studio soon and work on some new tunes.
I've also been working on a idea for a documentary that I think is really good. I've already got some people interesting in working on it with me, so I hope to develop that project more in the next few months.
And, I would encourage all the readers to go download the La Resistance album "Philosophy" on our website. It's free for a limited time. If you like it just recommend it to friends or people that maybe could help us out. And, we are social media challenged, so go like us on Facebook where we need to start getting more fans for our page.
DS: Anything you want to add to close this interview?
Greg Summerlin: I hope all your readers will come hear us next time we play NYC and other cities around the country!
DS: Thank you Greg Summerlin
Greg Summerlin: Thanks, Daron and all the folks at DS for the opportunity to reach out to your readers!