"It's mystical and magical that you can create a song out of nowhere." - Keith Urban
In this 2018 SXSW Featured Session, Creation and Connection: A Conversation with Keith Urban, Vice President of The GRAMMY Museum Scott Goldman facilitates a conversation with Australian country music star, Keith Urban, about the songwriting process, interesting moments in his career, and experiences from his childhood that informed his musical development.
Early in the conversation, when Urban is asked about early influences, rather than mention the usual suspects of rock and country history, he calls out the local gigging musicians that inspired him during the formative years of his music career, and speaks highly of the musicianship of this type of relatively "unknown" artist that can be found in every music hub. This moment in the conversation highlights Urban’s love of music as a live performance medium and informs his artistic process. Later in the dialogue, Urban speaks to this when he talks about how he was able to overcome the stuffy environment of the recording studio. Toward the end of the Featured Session, the conversation is opened up to include an extended Q&A with members of the audience about a broad range of topics.
"What I like about playing live is the ability to bring everyone together in agreement."
Watch the video above for the full 2018 SXSW Featured Session Creation and Connection: A Conversation with Keith Urban, where country music star Keith Urban discusses his creative process and experiences the developmental stage of his career. Learn from a diverse group of thought leaders at SXSW – browse more 2018 Keynotes, Featured Sessions, Red Carpets, and Q&A’s on our YouTube Channel.
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Keith Urban and Scott Goldman - Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW