How did this new album and overall concept for it come about, and what are your ultimate goals with it?
Itís a natural creative progression. I get Inspired to write new tunes when the previous CD has run its course. I wrote the tunes for Mr. Jones over a year ago. I donít set out to write in any particular direction or genre, the tunes just come out like that. I did make a conscious decision to add some vocals, whereby I would use them as an Instrument with some simple B.VíS I also wanted to get back a little to what I love, the rhythms of Funk & R&B. Thatís where Get Up comes in.
What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of recording a new album?
Every part of the process is an enjoyable & satisfying challenge. I have to write, play groove & lead bass, organize all the players, files coming & going from all over the world, co-ordinating deadlines, studio time, CD manufacture, artwork, promotion, mixing, producing & more. It will be nice when the time comes that I can delegate some of these tasks.
How would you describe what inspires you to do what you do?
The reward when I hear my CD finished & mastered is so satisfying it gives me all the Inspiration I need to make more. Being a musician is all the inspiration I need. For me itís the rhythm & the melody. My Instrument is my voice. We as musicians are so lucky we can do that. I also get inspired by listening to other musicians.
What elements do you look for in a song that makes it especially satisfying for you to perform?
A great groove, melody, simplicity & musical conversation with the other musicians who Iím playing with.
Who are some of your current favorite artists, Smooth Jazz or otherwise?
Rick Braun, Richard Elliott, Euge Groove, Kirk Whalum, Peter White, Gerald Albright, Marcus Miller, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, Cindy Bradley, Down To The Bone, Nathan East, Fourplay, Brian Culbertson & list goes on.
What in your life outside of your music drives you in a creative sense?
I design & manufacture High End Bass Guitar Speaker Cabinets & I have just released my new range. Itís very satisfying to create something new & a progression from whereby my previous models were acclaimed the best there are.