After checking out several song’s we found that the style can go in many different directions. The music really has a classic feel with lyrics that tell a story.
Who are your music influences?
To tell you the truth they are far too numerous to mention all in one place but what is exquisite about the human condition is we have the fortune ability to look back at who has impacted us so much in our lives. If perhaps has more to do with the growing experience and the excitement of discovery. When we are very young we are heavily influenced by our parents and brothers and sisters as the music they listen to seem to stimulate them in ways that were outside of the day-to-day framework of emotions. Music like the Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Chuck Berry and so many more were continually being played by family on a daily basis for years. All of this music was an early inspiration for the excitement and electricity behind music and lyrics that had potential to sway social movement and electrify the imagination. When I was about 14 I was introduced to the music of Miles Davis by my lifelong and oldest friend musician composer Tobias Tinker. It took me a little while to wrap my head around what was going on because I was used to very structured formula when it came to pop music but this was a new branch for me in the tree of my understanding of music. It lead me into a realm of the new possibilities when I came to artists and the freedom that the music offered. Jazz music for me has to be one of the most expressive spontaneous and highly structured forms of music that the 20th and 21st century’s human experience has ever witnessed. It not only offers theoretical brilliance and equivalency to classical composition and skill but it also leaves an abundance of leeway for improvisational experimentation of which the limits are endless. Artists such is Jaco Pastorius Charles Mingus and as I mentioned Miles Davis along with classic American songbook composer such as Jerome Kern Cole Porter and George Gershwin we are all part of this extravaganza of historical songwriting and composition. There is always an elastic form of behavior inside of the learning experience and I’m always being pulled back and forth between it. Bands like Level 42 to The Grateful Dead The Police The Tower Of Power we’re all very large pools of time I spent in. Basking in an epoch funk groove soul and incredible pop music. As of late I’ve been getting into the message more than the madness. I’ve always like storytellers and especially those that give you more to think about then what they say. Most recently in my life I’ve been heavily influenced by the messages of Bob Marley and I daresay I am borderline Rasta but I definitely identify with rebel music.
Really the metaphor for musical development is more like the growth rings and a tree. They are very different from one another and they’re all influenced by the type of weather and environment that they find themselves in from year-to-year. Together they make up the bulk of the trunk. the strength and support of what is continually growing and experiencing in this magical world we live in.
Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington and Chuck Berry. These are prolific and legendary story tellers and we can tell that you work to master the craft. My parents always had Miles Davis, Tower of Power and plenty of Bob Marley playing throughout the day.
What music albums did you personally grow up listening to?
When I was seven years old I took a taxi ride with my grandmother to her hairdressers and she gave me five dollars to go next-door to where a little camera shop also sold some vinyl records. The first record I ever bought was Meet The Beatles. I found some great sense of pride in knowing first of all I was entrusted with money and responsibility but the idea of being able to choose an artist that I was very interested in tipped me out the door. I think I also wanted to impress my grandmother that I had bought a Beatles album because secretly I think she had a crush on Paul McCartney. When I showed her the album I bought, the first thing she said was in a Slovak Baba accent
YOY da Beatles…
I remember listening to that record over and over again. I so impressed by the electrifying harmonies and composition that seem to stick in my head like a good piece of gum to the bottom of your shoe. Another critical album that was given to me at the age of 14 was Burning by Bob Marley And The Wailers. Practically wore this album out as well as it such innovative highly complex and yet extremely simple music that was really about the groove and the message. Tower Of Power’s album Urban Renewal was a huge impact on me. I still have that vinyl album. It belongs to one of my music teachers in high school. Huge band with a lot of funk and heavy gravity pumping grooving in your face music. I pretty much had that album playing continually on cassette in my car for close to five years. I’d say those three albums are at the top of that list..
It shows you had a really good foundation because the artist/groups you mentioned had a huge influence over decades of successful artist.
What’s your real passion behind the music?
The pen is mightier than the sword.
It’s always seem to me on the sociological level that music has had the ability in so many way to change peoples thinking patterns and swoon the imagination into romantic reflections about ourselves. I’m very lucky as a carbon unit to have been able to be germinated in environments of very passionate people. My family were driven to achieve things in their lives that most people would refuse to take on because of the possible of arduous tasks that are sometimes set in front of us. Music is like a kinetic drive for the human condition that offers this kind of self-manifestation approach to the translation of ideas inside of the human condition. It’s struggles are only marked by its achievements and at times the achievements seem to be encased in disappointment. This is what keeps the perpetual Taurus motor of the artisan in continual flow. It is a continual recycling of energy through new resources that forge ahead to create new art every day.
Cruel and beautiful all at the same time.
I agree Mr. Roman that was well said.
We as a people are driven by what we can build & destroy. I admire anyone that will struggle knowing they will only be known for their achievements. As an artist it’s a way of life creating these pharmaceutical scenarios. Like doctors we’re daily developing a cure to the emotional roller coaster the comes with the human condition.
Do you think people listen more for the music or for the lyrics?, why?
I have heard so many people say so many different things as to whether they listen to the lyrics, just the music or in fact the bigger picture. I’d say there’s a split between a lot of it. Music is tribal so people are originally and instinctually drawn to a beat. Sometimes you get lost in those beats so the higher message is actually being missed. Others hear a certain phrase in a moment in time which seems to affect them in a prolific way so heightened sense of listening begins and consequently the lyrics take on significant impact for the listener. To me it’s the bigger picture. Lyrics are coddled and held more like a child and a mother’s arms in a tapestry of finely woven clothing which helps support so much of the imagination’s ability to see the lyrical content in action. As a writer I know there is an intimate connection between this when it comes to composition. The initial spark or flame can happen at any given moment in time but the potential for where it begins should never be negated. Sometimes the lyric will move the composer into unbelievable realms of musical ideas which greatly help illustrate more of what is being said. At the same time a musical idea can inspire words and thoughts because of it’s feelings and the way they make the performer feel. It’s all about perception and listening and really a progressive experience. So many things in our lives change as does the way that we perceive things from day today. The important thing we do is that we keep our passion strong and our ears open.
Thank you so kindly for having me today it’s been a pleasure.
Mr. Roman we enjoy the visual you provide within the music.