As a 15-year-old deejay, Stu Pollard had his sights set on a music career. Two decades later, however, he’s best known for the Silver Screen.
As a filmmaker, Pollard has helped produce several features, including “True Adolescents” and “Ira & Abby,” and has directed two feature films – “Nice Guys Sleep Alone” and “Keep Your Distance.”
In addition to his work in film, he also teaches at the University of Southern California, all the while, the thought of a music career still lingering in the background.
That’s why at the age of 44, Pollard is finally throwing himself into the world of music and chasing after his childhood dreams with “New Tricks,” his debut album.
“This completely popped up at the age of 44,” Pollard said. “But it’s something that has been gestating for quite awhile. It’s just finally getting to its full fruition where we felt it was ready to turn loose. It was sort of a side project that got enough water from the proverbially flower pot.”
What began as an experimental project, has turned into a full-blown album and three completed music videos. Assisting him on the tracks are several of his friends who contributed guitar, bass, drums and backing vocals.
“I basically just started with people who I knew,” Pollard said. “Two primary driving forces were Doug (Derryberry) and Todd (Smith). Doug I’ve known for 25 years; Todd the better part of 10.”
The album features songs that focus on love, relationships and the thrill – or frustration – of the chase, a theme found on his single, “There Comes a Time.”
“It’s not as reflective of a certain period of my life as much as the dynamics I’ve observed over the years,” Pollard explained. “I’ve written about some form of relationship, some of which are my own, some of which are not, some of which are romantic, some of which are not. I’m a big romantic at heart so most of the songs are about romance.”
The album is a combination of pop and rock ‘n’ roll and was released as a digipack in September with alternate versions of two tracks not available via download. The CD also comes with a 10-page, full-color foldout with photos and lyrics of each of the tracks.
“Even in this digital world where more people will find (music) via file, I wanted something I could hold in my hands to make it feel finished,” Pollard said.
He’s finally taken on his childhood dreams, but Pollard isn’t done with the career he’s enjoyed in the film and television industry. Currently, he’s working on various feature films, editing video content for his website, and continuing to teach at USC. As for his future in music, Pollard isn’t counting anything out. After all, Pollard believes you can teach an old dog “new tricks,” and when it comes to chasing after your childhood dreams, he certainly believes it’s never too late.
“Life is short,” Pollard said. “It wasn’t necessarily a life-list thing, but I’ve always loved music and thought it’d be fun to put out a record. I’m very glad I took the chance to do it, and the best compliment is to have someone else think, if that guy can do it, I can too.”
For more information on Pollard’s career, visit www.pollardfilm.com.
photos courtesy of Will Cravens
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