Interview – Peter Last
Tell us a little about how you first go into playing music.
I first learned to pick a guitar in the seventies with the aid of a Leonard Cohen song book. First song was Bird on a Wire which I still play from time to time. I still play from time to time but it’s only for pleasure.
Back in the sixties I lived in a town near London which had the benefit of !The Toby Jug Blues Club every Wednesday. It was a ten minute walk from my home at the time though sadly I understand a supermarket now stands on the original site. Those really were the days when it was all happening around London. and this club became a sought after venue for emerging talent. I remember then it cost five shillings to get in (less than 50 cents). I was 14 years old when I first went and totally bowled over.
Who would you say are your main influences?
We saw bands like Led Zep and Fleetwood Mac regularly, along with Status Quo, John Mayal, Chicken Shack,Canned Heat,Captain Beefheart, and too many others to mention. I really love the blues in all its forms as well as rock music. Coming from the flower power generation my main influences are also from that time. I would say
Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Cream, Hendrix , Dylan, Crosby Stills and Nash, Fleetwood Mac and Melanie would just about cover the main ones.
What has been your proudest achievement so far?
As a songwriter with about ten songs to my name so far, I really like “Into The Darkness”, even though It’s far from the kind of material most music fans are looking for. My latest song “Sisters of Soul” was released last month by NUB Country Music, with “Avalon Dream” on the other side. Sisters of Soul is contemporary folk rock and you can find out more on my new website here at Peterthelast.com where you can dowload free music in exchange for joining my mailing list.
What projects are you working on that we should look out for?
My most successful song to date has been “Falling In To You” by “The Ultimate Taste Band” which made three of the US airplay charts simultaneously in the spring.
How can we stay up to date with what you are up to?
Right now I am collaborating with Italian composer and producer Giovanni Amighetti on a few songs that are due to be recorded in early 2015. Giovanni also invited me
to contribute to a NASA backed music project with David Rhodes (Peter Gabriel’s guitarist) and I have written some material for that as well.