Smooth Artist Interviews
How did this new album and overall concept for it come about, and what are your ultimate goals with it?
Rhythm Jets have been on a three album journey that has seen us Breaking the Sound Barrier, Picking up Velocity and celebrating a Rhythm Jets Christmas. Our next stop had to be at Rhythm Island! We have always been influenced by the music of the islands and we wanted to take everyone with us so they could enjoy their favorite music on the island. The goal is for this to be our breakout record where everyone from smooth jazz to instrumental pop to Parrot Heads find their favorite place on Rhythm Island.
How would you finish this sentence? "I don’t like to go a day without_________?"
I don't go a day without finding something new that I like and enjoy. The key there is something new! My Grandfather taught me that as boy. He said if you continue to search for new things you like and enjoy your life will be rich. Think about that... instead of being critical and focusing on what is wrong around you, find the things (that includes people) that are good and fulfilling. Thanks Granddad! Life is GOOD!
If you were asked (and we are asking now) for your advice as to what the Smooth jazz format could do moving forward to insure it relevance and growth, what would your suggestion(s) be?
Smooth Jazz… Make room for the new artists in the big festivals and tours. Expose your crowds and audiences to up and coming acts. Help them make it big! People already know all of the big acts. I get it you’ve got to make money and fill the seats but you also need to grow the fan base and that means giving them more to love and a reason to share new music with their friends. That comes from new artists, and a variety of artists. If they all sound the same, whats the point? So maybe a new artists stage at the big shows? Maybe opening acts to expose new artists? As a Genre we have to grow the fan base so the number of radio stations and concerts grow also.
Create more places for live music. People love it when you make a cool listening experience.
What aspect of the creative process, from concept to market, do you personally find to be the most rewarding?
This is a tossup between producing and marketing. Producing is incredible as you take all the pieces starting from the song idea to how you treat it musically to putting it all together with the right players to make something new and fresh. Its a WOW every time! The other most rewarding aspect, is marketing the new music and exposing it to everyone from the industry, to friends and colleagues. The feeling you get when people connect with what you have collectively done is unique with each encounter. That's another WOW every time!
If you were magically allowed to spend an hour with whomever you chose in history… alive or dead… and really be able to get inside their head, who would that be?
It would be James the brother of Jesus. I want to know what it takes for your brother to convince you that you are who you say you are. You have to admit that would be an interesting hour!
What would you define as the most life-changing event so far in your musical career?
I got very sick back in 2011 and my ears were impacted. Whatever happened, caused my ears to distort and caused me physical and emotional pain. The end result was having to wear ear plugs most of the time and I did not play music for over three years. I could barely listen to music even at low levels. Also, I could not be in noisy public places, like a restaurant, without experiencing significant pain. One day a Chiropractor suggested some supplements that he thought would help… and they did!
The most life changing event was getting my hearing back. That is when Rhythm Jets was born in 2014. All that music in my soul had to come out and be documented. I can’t describe what it felt like to be well and playing again.