1. How would you classify your music?

Ed. The Kitchen Sink. I love such a wide variety and styles of music that it would be ignorant of me not to pursue some of the feelings that are created through multitudes of genres. I like music with the meaning and something that comes from heartfelt space. There are so many genres that offer these kinds of possibilities…

2. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Ed. I could fill a barn with people that I would say I’ve been influential to me and some of them aren’t even musicians. I fell in love with the bass guitar at a very young age so artist such as Jaco Pastorius was extremely influential. Jimi Hendrix and his flamboyant approach to the stage performance and lyric writing. Tom Waits and his incredible way of storytelling and conjuring amazing emotions. Bob Marley for his forthrightness and approach to human condition and Charles Mingus for his compositional skills and hip like attitude to music. All in all these five people had a very big impact on me as an artist and writer.

3. What do you want fans to take from your music?

Ed. From what I understand people tell me that the music invigorates them and gets them thinking about so much of their natural surroundings and the connection to their fellow man. I’ve also been told by music makes people laugh in a comedic and sarcastic kind of way. It’s a subtle balance between thinking and laughter.

4. How’s the music scene in your locale?

Ed. There is a thriving community of musicians that are always on the move and playing all over the greater metropolitan area. There is however a lack of interest from the public when it comes to exercising their right to entertainment on a community level. In other words there needs to be more people in the clubs supporting art all over.

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

Ed. I’ve played concerts to up to 20,000 people and as little as five. The important thing to me is that I have a connection to the moment and my instrument. This is what makes a live performance good. It allows there to be a symbiotic relationship between the listening audience and myself who’s performing the song. These are the best shows as they are all about feeling and response.

7. Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

Ed. RED OMEN. I’ve never really talked about who I am what I feel for where I come from or where I think I might be going. This song is a fun happy bright and upbeat look at my alter ego. I also pay homage to some of the amazing people that of help me along my way and it’s important to me that they know.

8. How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

Ed. I try not to force music into some kind of a box. I’m always on the lookout for a new idea and now I refuse to ignore it’s feeling or where it came from. In the past I was more concerned with trying to be a certain kind of artist and now I’ve realized the art is what makes you. I have learned to greatly relinquish a lot of responsibilities to people that I trust. As a result I no longer am worried or worry as much about the development of the music. Consequently the music breathes differently.. I like that..

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

Ed. Jaco Pastorius. He was such an incredible mentor to me and at one point when I understood that he was not doing well I wanted to gather a group of my friends to drive down to New York City and kidnap him to try to nurse him back to health. I miss him a lot.

10 What’s next for you?

Ed. I’m in the midst of creating a bunch of videos for the songs from the latest record Red Omen and I’m trying to put together a tour for the spring and summer of 2017. There’s also talk of me playing for a bunch of shows in the United States in conjunction with Heart Songs For Veterans. I’m always writing and putting out new material so you never know when a new record is going to pop up. Thanks so kindly for having me and it’s been a pleasure to be able to speak with you. The OMEN is RED

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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