5 Questions: Songwriter Adam Ostrar

Adam Ostrar is a parent, maybe just like you, that worries about the world his kid is inheriting. He lives in an over-priced city (Austin, TX), drinks too much coffee (a bottomless cup), and suffers from insomnia (don’t try to tell him this might be related to the former) and etc. He’s anxious about the damaged and ravaged U.S. of A. You know, that country no one ever thought was perfect, but never knew how bad it could get. This Waking Nightmare (Trump thinks this is what “woke” means, I hear…) is what subjects the various narrators in his new album, The Worried Coat (which was released April 5th, 2019 on Super Secret Records).”

Check out Adam’s music on Bandcamp, or the Meno Mosso Records website.

1.What’s been keeping you up at night?
Well it depends.. on a good night I’ll take a Klonopin and a few squirts of CBD oil and then nothing keeps me up at night. Otherwise I’m a horrible insomniac and prone to panic attacks as soon as I start drifting off.

2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
Bill Jerpe s/t reissue on Light In The Attic. 1970 recording, has a real basement tapes vibe. Great unexpected chord changes and song flow.

3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
I’ve been taking a break from songwriting to focus on my repertoire. Something I do in between albums to get inspired.. right now I’m learning a couple Baden Powell pieces.

4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?
I’ve been recording with the same musicians in various combinations for the last 15 years. Every once in a while someone new gets thrown into the mix. Maybe I can get Robert Wyatt and Michael Hurley to sit in on mouth trumpet for the next one. They both do it so well.

5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?
“Shrek 7” an obvious scam, but perhaps it would trick some people into watching it.