Q & A: SWEET CRYSTAL TALK 7TH HEAVEN


Reaching the World one song at a time




PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR US WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH YOU AND YOUR

MUSIC AND TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.


I’m Marq Andrew Speck, lead vocalist and keyboard player for 24-time Detroit Music Award

winning band SWEET CRYSTAL (www.sweetcrystal.com). Along with founding members

guitarist Bill Blatter and drummer Steve Wieser and now joined by newest member and bass

player Martin Kuchar, we have been at the forefront of the Christian rock scene here in

Michigan even before this genre had its own radio and broadcast outlets.


TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR SINGLE?


We just finished our latest release “7th Heaven” – which happens to be our 7th CD as well –

and it is slated to drop everywhere (digital downloads, streaming and physical CDs) on

Valentine’s Day (2/14/22) making that holiday… even Sweeter. We previously released 4

singles from “7th Heaven” during 2020/21 with video support (on our YouTube channel and

other social sites) but thought waiting until this New Year (with the very challenging last two

years behind us) might be just the spark our fans and audiences would appreciate to make

2022 a much happier New Year indeed.


Our complete discography can be heard over at our Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages.

BANDCAMP: https://sweetcrystal.bandcamp.com


SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/sweet_crystal





WHAT INSPIRED THE ALBUM OR SINGLE?


Our trademarked slogan “Reaching The World, One Song At A Time” ™ pretty much says

it all about our music, message, mission and ministry. We are here to reach out to a world

with songs of hope and inspiration; a musical light at the end of every dark tunnel you might

be going through because chances are good – we’ve gone through those very same tunnels

ourselves and definitely have found a way out.


CAN YOU SUM UP THE ALBUM IN A FEW WORDS?


Uplifting and definitely sweet!


WHAT RECORD CHANGED YOUR LIFE AND WHY?


We started out totally influenced by the progressive rock English music scene of the 60’s and

70’s: bands like Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Atomic Rooster, Uriah Heep all left their musical

marks on our writing and playing. For me personally – when I heard the first ELP album

(Keith Emerson in particular) with that iconic Moog synthesizer lead in ‘Lucky Man’, I knew

that was a sound and direction that would be a perfect fit for me.


DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE MUSIC VIDEO FILMED BY YOUR BAND OR ANOTHER

ARTIST?


Even though 2020/21 were a very tough years for us - and everyone for that matter, what with

the closing of most venues and other places to play out - we had the great experience of Live

Streaming a 30-minute performance from our personal studios Nightcrier Music here outside

of Detroit. It’s up on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/AW776sHKAes along with a lot

of other online and live event videos that give a pretty sweet view into all things Crystal.

It turns out this was a great way for our fans and new audiences to experience who we are

and what we offer musically while relaxing at home or anywhere they can get the web. We

miss the live audience feedback of a concert appearance but this at least kept us smiling.


WHAT WOULD WE FIND YOU DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT MAKING MUSIC?


It varies with each band member: I am big time into acting with four feature film roles and

various television appearances. Guitarist Bill is into competitive marksmanship and was

recently endorsed for ISP Technologies, a high-end music merchandiser here in Michigan.

Drummer Steve takes to the golf course to release the extra energy he has and has gotten

good enough to start competing in the professional circuit. Marty works with mentally-challenged adults, giving back in a way that the rest of us admire more than he knows.



DO YOU GET NERVOUS PERFORMING LIVE, IF SO HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT?


Not too much anymore – we have been doing this for a very long time. What I personally

worry about is if the gear (my many keyboards) will all work. If the equipment fires up, so will

we!


HOW DID YOU FORM THE BAND?


The three of us that started Sweet Crystal (myself on keys and lead vocals, Bill Blatter on

guitars and Steve Wieser on drums) met right out of high school and became fast friends for

life. The newest (and youngest for that matter) is Marty Kuchar on bass and as of today, has

been with us for nearly 5 years – I guess we passed his audition.

To this day we get together every week to rehearse, record and just enjoy each other’s

company. Does it get old after 4 decades together? Absolutely not! We just get better with

age.


HOW DO YOU WRITE? - DO YOU HAVE A KEY SONGWRITER, OR DO YOU ALL WORK

TOGETHER?


I am the main source of starting songs. I have musical and melodic ideas that I present to the

guys at every rehearsal (and we still rehearse after all these decades pretty much every week

at our private studio) and then they all add their input and expertise to make every song a

real band production. We constantly record every rehearsal and jam session because you

never know when a new riff will open up the creative juices.


WHAT INSPIRES YOU?


Not what – who. People overcoming physical and mental handicaps on a daily basis. All my

personal problems are of no consequence compared to those who have been injured in

military conflicts. You don’t have to support any war, but you have to support every warrior…

and Sweet Crystal does!


WHAT IS NEXT?


New songs already being recorded for our next release ‘8’ this time around featuring more

lead vocals from (guitarist) Bill. A new promotion company (Rogue PR) taking the reins for a

while to get the Sweet Crystal brand into more markets. Booking shows and benefit concerts

to play again as we all get back to normal.

Basically we plan to remain exactly who we are for as long as can.


PLEASE TELL US ANY SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS SO WE CAN SHARE.

WEBSITE: www.sweetcrystal.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/SweetCrystalBand

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/c/SweetCrystal

SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/sweet_crystal

REVERBNATION: www.reverbnation.com/sweetcrystal

SPOTIFY: http://tinyurl.com/y76vcpqg

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/sweet_crystal