Of your touring and gigs so far in your career, do any stand out as being particularly memorable or defining moments?
RON DOVER : I remember the night I was playing for Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack and we were playing the greek theatre and Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross, Buddy Williams were all there on stage and I was standing right next to Miles Davis and got to meet him and talk with him, I had never been on stage with so many stars at one time, it was awesome!
What do find to be the most challenging aspect of recording a new album?
GERALD SMITH : The most challenging part of the process is getting the music out of my head and into the recording gear exactly as I hear it because the the music plays in my head in real time and I have to work fast so I don't miss any parts as they are playing, it is very similar to an out of body experience to the point that after I am finished recording and hit play on the recorder it seems like I am hearing it for the first time.
What do you hope to give people from this album?
RON DOVER : Sincerity and truth, the groundwork that was laid by my partner Gerald was sincere and it inspired me to carry that sincerity over and we both feel it was inspiration from a higher power.
How did this new album and the overall concept for it come about, and what are your ultimate goals with it?
GERALD SMITH : The concept of this album came from the the current economic downturn and overall high stress that has taken many people to points in their life that they have never been before. Music is one of the most powerful forces in the universe, it can make you laugh cry and love, but it can also calm your spirit and that is the ultimate goal of this album.
If you were to choose to learn a new instrument that you've never played before, what instrument might that be?
RON DOVER : The trumpet because I love how it soars over the rest of the band and leads the horn section and guides the piece of music being played. I have always enjoyed hearing that, and have technology that I can play my saxophones through to get that sound.
What artists do you feel akin to or in the same tribe with.
GEARLD SMITH : Dave Koz, Jonathan Butler, Roy Ayers, and David Sanborn because their music is passionate and has purpose besides just music sales.