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INTERVIEW: Von J Ruach

How would you classify your music?

Fusion music with a message.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Buddy Guy, John Mclaughlin &  Jimi Hendrix.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I just would like our supporters to gain a new positive feeling when they listen to the music, whether It’s from the messages I write & sing, or the sound that we collectively put out, inspiration is the key, if we can positively inspire or elevate the the feeling of an individual then our mission is complete.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

Sadly this is a dying scene for original groups where I am based in England, Music venues have been badly managed, there’s a bigger picture to this, with studio prices getting higher, & general wages getting lower it’s most certainly a loose loose situation for local musicians,  I personally know many individuals who have quit playing music simply because they can’t afford this life, if you can play then most likely your only bet here is to join an active tribute/covers band, living a life in  Regurgitation of past ideas,  I think this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

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

Best concert is a tough question, As I have witnessed so many great performances in my short life time, But let me say the most epic show was when I went to watch Prince live at the 02 Arena, this was truly something special, and a memory I will never forget. I always go to shows with my brain switched on “notepad mode”, I go to concerts as a good student would go to class, I learn from the positives and the negatives, as this only benefits me when it comes to me doing my shows. What I like most about playing live is the direct energy an audience can give you, I don’t think there’s a greater feeling in the world, once you pull off a good performance and you hear the crowd applaud, whistle, & scream that is the greatest feeling, there are other aspects to playing live, most of our music rides on improvisation, so if I hear an individual within the group play something new and good I could almost stretch my smile from ear to ear.

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

Another tough question, for me it’s like having many children then asked to pick your favorite one.  I love All  the tracks off the RuAch album, and I feel each track has its own unique place within the album, I also engineered the album and through that process I must be honest in that certain tracks brought difficulties within the mixing process nearly making me discluded them from the album, But with enough perseverance and determination I was able to make those particular tracks stand out just as the rest, So I am afraid this is a question I cannot answer directly.

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

This year has been a rapid evolution in my journey as an artist, We have our own hub in Bath England which we consider our creative sanctuary, with 24/7 access this enables me to exercise the freedom within my creativity to the fullest, The abilities within my electric guitar/ bass guitar and vocals have almost doubled in only one year, just by having that time to soul search within our own confounds. I have also have delved more in depth studying about sound, recording & engineering, all primarily experimentation, for example one can read thick books books about computers but its not until you are hands on with the device that’s when the real learning experience kicks into gear. I have also studied under other artists in the music industry & the business, I learn the bad & the good, & I hope to repeat the examples of the good paths as my notoriety increases, while I hope to avoid the negative paths as I continue to grow as an individual.

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?

They say never meet your hero’s right? ha-ha, I still have yet to test this theory though, To the first point, Meet & Play a gig with? Victor Wooten, I know he’d be be a thrill to work with, It would be great to cut a record with him, I admire his integrity & have been inspired by his work ethic and the spirit he portrays, I think we would fit in well in a creative atmosphere, This would be certainly a dream. I must admit though, there are too many musicians to mention if we include those who have passed on, so lets look at those still living who have stayed consistent with their music, other shouts would be to meet Santana, John Mclaughlin, Stanley Clark, Peter Gabriel, It would be an honor to shake hands with them for all the great things they have managed to achieve musically.

Whats next for you?

Since  we have received such an overwhelming positive feedback on the latest Album RuAch, It is time to take the music on the road, So I have been working on building a band up, So far in only 2 months great musicians coming through, The one thing that we are adding on to the music is a brass section, This has added a whole new dimension to our overall sound, This is certainly a big band, & we plan to unveil our live shows from late spring. It’s going to be a special experience once it all unfolds, meantime feel free to stay tuned at…

www.vonjproductions.com

www.vonjruach.com

You can get the album on our home websites, plus I’Tunes, Amazon and plenty more sites.

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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