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INTERVIEW: Project Grand Slam

How would you classify your music?

Jazz Rock fusion with a twist of classic Rock and Latin. The latter derives from the fact that my band mates all come from Latin countries, so I had to write some Latin songs.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences? 

Beatles, Cream, Sting, Chick Corea, Weather Report.

What do you want fans to take from your music? 

PGS drives the line between Rock and Jazz unlike any other band.

How’s the music scene in your locale? 

NYC has the most vibrant – and competitive – music scene in the world.

What is the best concert you have been to? 

As a fan…. Woodstock. I was working in the area and arrived early on the second day just as Joe Cocker was taking the stage. His unique version of With A Little Help From My Friends was the best performance at the festival, in my opinion. It stayed with me for many years as I later started to “reimagine” classic Rock songs like “Fire”, “You Really Got Me” and “I’m So Glad”.

What do you like most about playing live? 

I love the interaction with the fans, both while we’re performing and afterwards when we meet-and-greet. My band is so tight and we know one another so well. But given the nature of our music every time we perform its different – and that’s exciting to me.

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

“Metro Shuffle”. I wrote it over Xmas 2016 when I was vacationing with my family in Santa Barbara, CA. I wanted to compose an upbeat, killer song to open our concerts. Something that would wake up the audience and knock their socks off. That’s exactly what Metro Shuffle has done. And getting Mindi Abair to play sax on the track was the icing on the cake.

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

My background was Rock and Roll for the first 20 years of my life. I then got into Jazz and spent the next 20+ years playing contemporary Jazz. With PGS & I led the band into Jazz Rock. But in the last year, I’ve pushed the band much more towards the Rock side of Jazz Rock, which I feel is my true calling.

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? 

There are so many artists that I adore, but of all living artists the one I would love to meet and interact with is Sting. I think he’s brilliant. I’ve taken a few things from his music!

What’s next for you? 

We just finished recording a new album which will be released this summer. I humbly feel that it’s my best album yet. I’m so excited to put it out. We’re also excited to perform at a number of festivals this summer.

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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