How would you classify your music?

I believe that the boomers are the Forgotten demographic in these modern times, not just in music but in every aspect of pop culture. We still have a few of our spokesmen around, Bob Seger, Springsteen, but there is always room for more. I want to be that spokesman, but I don’t have an elitist attitude about my music. I want everyone to enjoy it. Music for the baby boomer generation and beyond.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

My influences are mainly the songwriters. First and foremost, the great Jimmy Webb who I had the good fortune to See perform for the first time in 2012. It was like going to church for me, because he was the first songwriter that Came along that did it all by himself, he didn’t have a lyricist. It was a great show. David Bowie, Todd Rundgren, Loudon Wainwright III, and John Hiatt, all songwriting performers that made a big impression on me. Just to name 5.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

Hopefully they will have fun listening, that is important without question. I hope that they find a little bit of themselves In the songs.and come away with a feeling that someone else has walked in the same shoes as them along the way. I also hope they have an uncontrollable feeling of wanting to dance to the music as well., I am from Detroit Michigan And us Detroiters need our dancing music too.

Can you tell us a bit about your last album? How does it differ from previous releases?

My first record which I love, was a collection of songs that I had written and recorded over a long period of Time and while the songs do gel together luckily, it was not as focused as my new record. My new record is More goal oriented with an emphasis on making sure that the songs all work together to complement each other. I had a musical vision in mind at the outset of recording, and thanks to me and my Co-producer and Engineer Tom Rice, and I think we accomplished what we set out to do FYI, my first record will be reissued early 2016 on the Egg Records label, and I am very excited about That! It’s a good record!

What do you love and hate about the Music Business?

I love that there still is a music business for one thing. Even in the download, DIY world we are currently living in, Lightning can still strike. My guess is, Radio is still holding it all together, thankfully. The down side of the music Business is, it can potentially destroy a lot of friendships and band s along the way. There are countless stories of Bands Breaking up and hating each other’s guts after the business came in and destroyed something that started out As fun for a lot of people. Creedence Clearwater Revival is a classic example of that scenario.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

Gun to my head..i would have to say Pink Floyd at the Ford Auditorium in Detroit Michigan 1971. I still remember it and I never saw Pink Floyd after that, and I am glad. I don’t want to write over that file that is still in my head to this day. Unbelievable show.

Playing live always feels like you are on a tight rope without a net in a way. I love the adrenalin rush you get from that it keeps you on your toes. You can get it perfect at rehearsal, but the stage Is the real proving ground. I love the intimacy that can be achieved in the right setting. I love a positive connection/reaction from a friendly audience. To me, it is all part of the process. The writing, the recording and the performing all have to happen to make the process complete. The songs have to live on stage to be real!

How’s’ the music scene in your area?

Detroit seems to have a lot of little private enclaves of musical styles these days. There is someplace to go to hear just about anything if you are willing to look for it. I could be wrong, but I don’t think we are getting any sense of the next big break out artist from Detroit…who knows. Maybe it’s me? That would be nice.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years?

Oh yes without question. All you have to do is listen to the two bonus tracks on my new record to determine that! The songs are from my first foray into a real recording studio from back in the 70’s. I had written a couple songs that I felt were two really good songs, and gave me a hint that I could actually get better at this songwriting game, and wanted to record them. I put them on my new record because I wanted them to have a home and because they have “Seniority”!

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

That’s a tough one, but I think will say Todd Rundgren. Such a huge talent, with such a huge body of work. I could spend all night asking him questions about his work. What a kick it would be to get drunk with him too. I could play him my stuff and get his feedback. It would be interesting to get his thoughts on my music with him knowing he was an influence and inspiration. Yeah, Todd Rundgren for sure!!

So tell us what’s next?  

Well getting ready to start rehearsing with my new band to do some shows to play the music from Seniority and if all goes well, I will be going back into the studio with Tom Rice to start work on my next record so I can have it out by this summer. 2016 is gonna rock!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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