Dj Jedi’s 10 Questions

Kandy Apple Redd

1. Tell me a little about your latest release “ This Club “ and how that funky groove came to be.

“ This Club” was written and produced by Patavian’s brother and Tonysha’s cousin Tra’zae Lewis Clinton. When this song was written we were at our manager/cousins house and basically we were having a writing session, and a few songs were created that night. “This Club” stood out because it’s fun, sexy, and definitely for the ladies! People have told us it reminds them of “Nasty Girl” by Vanity 6 and that was a huge compliment. We hope our song lives for ever! 

2. What is the song writing process between the two of you?  Does one person write the lyrics and the other create the groove or is it done together?

The groove is normally brought to us or created while we’re in the studio. The writing process is pretty simple. We typically come up with a melody and a topic and it’s starts from there . 

3. Are songs easily agreed on or has there ever been any “ friendly “ disputes on song creation?

We agree for the most part on a song. Sometimes we have different opinions on phrasing or tracks but we’re pretty good at aligning ourselves. 

4. Coming from the Clinton Dynasty, has it been difficult creating your own sound?

Yes and no. Yes because producers and writers want us to be funky so bad and there’ll come with a kind of dated sound because they want to mimic what our Dynasty is known for . No because Parliament and Funkadelic have so many sounds. Our grandfather is open to music and if you go back to the catalog you’ll get a dose of everythang. 

5. Now let’s get into “ KAR’s Comin’ “! What can the fan’s expect and will there be any special appearances on this album?  

They can expect a well rounded album. It shows off our vocal abilities and our personalities. We’ve worked extremely hard on this project and we know people will enjoy it. There be some special appearances but you gotta wait and see! 

6. I’ve watched some of your live performances and the stage presence between both of you looks natural, like you have shared the stage for many years. Tell us a little about how much work goes into Kandy Apple Redd’s performance.

We’re very big on stage presence , but to be honest a lot of our chemistry comes natural. We’re lucking enough to watch our grandfather demand the stage every night, so we’ve learned a lot from that. Also we both took theatre and music in school so we’ve both had our lessons on bringing the audience to life. 

7. Something that stands out for me is the amazing harmonies that is created between the two of you. Please explain to the music fans out there how important harmonies are in the “ Real music world “ and how much work goes into being able to hit those notes in a live performance.

A lot of times harmonies bring a song to life it adds an inflection. Since we’re cousins our voices have a natural blend. Patavian is a great harmonizer and she has an ear for where to place them. To perfect your craft you have to practice. Singing is much more than having a nice voice, it’s your instrument so you have to keep it polished. 

8. How do you see Kandy Apple Redd’s influence on today’s youth ?

We want to be a positive reinforcement to today’s youth. Encouraging our youth to be strong, courageous, determined, and most of all comfortable in their own skin. We want them to be confident in finding their own voices, and empowering them to use their voices for leadership and change for the future!!!

9. Describe yourselves in 3 artists ( besides yourselves )

Mary J. Blige, zhané, Monica

10. Favorite cartoon character and why?

Tonysha’s favorite cartoon character is: Pinky and the Brain because “They plan to take over the world, and so do we”.

Patavian’s favorite cartoon character: Daffy Duck because he has a smart mouth, he’s rude and sarcastic as hell. He’s hilarious!!!!!

Azusena

 

1)    Your latest release and new Video is “In The Water”. How did you come up with the concept of this video and song?

Nono Ayuso who directed it and I came up with the idea and visuals together. The whole idea was about freedom and going against the current and fight of love and life.

2)    Is your passion being a creative artist or being an artist that “creates”?

Both. Creating of any kind is in my heart.

3)    Who is your favorite musician or singer and why?

The Cocteau Twins are my favorite band sonically. I’ve taken comfort in the fact that their words are hard to define like my lyrics can be sometimes. When you listen to them you just feel like they are unapologetically themselves and free to just be

4)    What is your process to create music?

When I feel a tinge of something I will go from there and explore it but I don’t believe in forcing a song out of yourself if it’s not there. Usually it starts on guitar and I sing over it and take it from there with melodies then either work on it myself solely or bring it into a collaboration if it feels like it needs another energy to it and little sounds

5)    What 3 things do you need when recording in the studio?

My crystals, a notepad and headphones

6)    Favorite day of week and why?

Sunday because the world feels calmer somehow. It also feels good to know there are 7 brand new days ahead of you like you can just start all over.

7)    How important is networking with other performers or artists?

If you form a connection with them then that’s very meaningful because no doubt you will have made something great.

8)    If there was one piece of advice you would share with a newcomer to music what would 

Never lose sight of the music and make sure the people surrounding your projects are doing right by you and genuinely believe in you.

9)    What does Happiness mean to you?

I think it’s very important and a challenge. If you can master self-love then I truly believe you have found happiness because you can then fully give yourself to relationships and anything in life and then happiness keeps expanding. I guess its contentment ultimately. I’m still learning.

10)  Is it Fish and Chips or Fish and Fries? 

Fish and chips 😉

 


MARK JOSEPH

Tell me a little about your new release ” American Soul “

   American Soul is my first full length “solo” release. I wrote these songs from 2009-2016 time frame. Its my attempt at a somewhat contemporary effort, and focus on songwriting. Before this I was in group called Down Lo, where we would write more out side of the box and unconventional songs. Experimental progressive genre melding fusion stuff. This record my goal was to write songs with structure and soul. We worked for a number of years on this record. In the past I have been restricted with tight timelines and budgets. This time I was able to take me time, and make the record I really wanted to make. No compromises. I’m pleased with it, and also very exited to be already working on my next one!!

What is the message or story your trying to tell with this release?

The message is really a story about myself. Growing up, loving, learning and giving it all I have! There are songs in here about heartbreak, growing up on my grandparents farm, discovering guitar and rock’n’roll, life, death and many other themes. Its my experience and reflections on life.

How do you feel music has played a part in your life other than being a musician?

Music is my saving grace. Its my friend for all time. Music is the sound track of my life, literally. Its rare for me to not be listening to something.  Music has gotten my through the hardest time and has highlighted the best times. Music is how I connect to the the unseen world, god, spirits and communicate to the planet and universe. 

What artist have you shared a stage with that you looked over and thought to yourself, I’ll never forget this moment?

I got to play with Robbie Kreiger from The Doors. That was a real treat and one of the highlights of my career. It also did not hurt that John Molo was on drums. Molo played drums on Bruce Hornsby & The Range’s first record and countless others. Both are heroes of mine. When I played with them I was blessed to be surrounded by friends and family which made it even more special.  

Have you ever had stage fright and if so how did you overcome it?

 I think all performers go through some form of this. Its all part of the program. Music is organic for me, so the performance is human. So I spend a lot of my time trying to remember that. Being yourself before trying to be perfect. Letting the music breathe and be natural. I have my moments, but generally speaking I feel pretty comfortable on stage.

What is the last movie you watched?

Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam. Respect to all veterans and civilians who served, died, were wounded, were MIA or who suffered from PTSD. Its a powerful piece. 

What do you think of music sources like iTunes and Amazon?

Digital music distribution is an important platform to sell music. I think we have a ways to go until artists are properly compensated for the art they create. But that is a whole other conversation!

Where do you see music headed with our youth?

 I think the music of the day is a reflection of the times. It will continue to grow and change. Thats only natural. I think substance can be missing, but I think the natural next step would be to seek out depth and substance in your music. I see this playing out with my daughter frequently. 

Describe yourself in 3 musicians ( besides yourself )

Van Morrison / Melvin Sparks / Jeff Beck

Favorite cartoon character and why?

Fun question! I like lots of them! Space Ghost is hilarious and his sidekick Zorak. Brak is pretty good as well. 


PC Munoz

 

1.Tell me a little about your latest release Physical Science?

Physical Science is primordial funk. Musically, it’s an amalgamation of the varied sonic and compositional aesthetics Ive pursued throughout my career — art-funk rhythms, electronic soundscapes, jazz-informed improvisation, fragmentary pieces, pop songform, spoken and sung vocals. There’s a companion chapbook, Inside Pocket of a Houndstooth Blazer, which has a mix of poetry, flash fiction, prose and comics, made in collaboration with illustrator/designer Lindsay Santiago. A copy of the chapbook is mailed out with each download of the album on bandcamp — the only place to get it.

 The album is a short but intense listen. I modeled the length of the album after a few great short albums:  Dirty Mind and Controversy by Prince, Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, and Some Girls by the Stones. I like those kinds of strong, succinct statements that encourage repeated listens instead of fatigue.

2. What is the message or story youre trying to tell with Physical Science?

I am exploring the myths and realities of America and the philosophies we claim to value. To borrow a phrase from the Catholic mystic tradition, I believe America is in a kind of collective dark night of the soul right now; an identity crisis. To break through that dark night, we have to face some demons — residue from our past—before we can move on healthily. Take the piece “Rugged Individual”, which musically is maybe the most challenging listen on the album: idiosyncratic electronics, free jazz drums, intoned vocals. What were the pros and cons of adopting an outlook like “rugged individualism”? And what were the long-term consequences for the culture and the country? How does a bottom-line, “every person for themselves” attitude square with other tenets we claim to value? These are the types of questions I try to deal with on the album. I believe most people living in the US are pondering similar things right now, either consciously or subconsciously, because we all are observing the warring perspectives, the dueling paradigms, the drastically different visions for the country being discussed in the public sphere 24 hours a day.

3. When you listen to music on FM radio, for the most part, its fluff. Do you think that music can still change the world or are the kids today just looking for a distraction with music?

Music definitely functions differently for this younger generation than it did for other generations in the pop era. The ubiquity of it is a big part of that.  I believe music will always have the power to transform and bring people together, but it clearly does not serve the same prophetic purpose that it did during the 60s-80s, when we looked to certain artists to lead the way politically and culturally.  Specific songs, videos, and symbols still move people in powerful ways, though, and we see that in the rapturous, devoted responses to pop artists like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry, as well as “edgier” mainstream artists like Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monáe, and Childish Gambino. Whether or not these artists end up as culturally legendary in the long term as the previous generation’s greatest artists is another question, and maybe not even an important question.

4. We have known each other a long time and I have pretty much everything youve released and my favorite album is “California”, whats your favorite album or song of yours?

I very rarely listen to my older albums, but I do enjoy certain songs a lot when they come up on shuffle, like “California” and “The Passing of Time” (from California), “Sturdy Heart”, “Hurricane Miguel” and “Chatter & Buzz” (from Grab Bag). I also really like the song I wrote for my wedding, which was briefly available as a bonus track on a CD single a while back. Other than those, I always say my favorite piece is the one I’m working on at the moment.

5. From the time we first met to now, the internet and getting your music out there has changed a lot. How has your career benefited or suffered from the changes?

This is an important question. I recently watched a test screening of an upcoming documentary called Unsound, which was directed by a Bay Area-based producer called Count.  Part One of the film details the origins of the internet, the intentions of its original developers, and how things got to where we are now, with music being severely undervalued in the digital space. Every one of us who creates music for a living has been affected by this devaluation. When you and I first met, I was on staff as a producer at a record label —that entity doesn’t even exist anymore! Physical Science is a DIY affair, no labels or staff involved; just contracted vendors for specific tasks. There are pluses and minuses to that. On the positive side, I own my masters and control my work. On the negative side, I don’t have a powerful entity advocating for my projects at high levels in the industry and marketplace.  We’re all up against this general cultural inclination to want music and other digital creative products for free, or for a scant subscription fee that primarily pays the distributors. I understand these inclinations, but I also have observed and personally felt the consequences of the devaluation of recorded music. I do like bandcamp a lot, which is why I chose to release Physical Science on that platform and bypass all other digital distributors and streaming services.

6. What was the last movie you saw in the theater and did you like it?

I  recently saw Avengers: Infinity War and 16 Bars, a documentary about a music-based prison rehab program. Obviously very different films, and I liked them both. One of the primary questions in Infinity War seems to be “What happens when a very powerful but clearly misguided individual is able to fully execute a wildly distorted and damaging plan?” They show us what happens, and it’s unequivocally not good, though it’s pleasing to the individual with the plan.

16 Bars is a whole different thing. It follows several incarcerated men in Richmond, Virginia, as they participate in a music-based rehab program, which is led by Speech from Arrested Development. It’s powerful and empathetic and inspiring —really, really good. I was fortunate to attend its premiere at a screening here in the Bay Area; not sure when it will hit theatres.

7. What artists are currently in your heavy rotation?

I’ve been listening to a lot of Sunny Murray (a forefather of free jazz drumming), Don Cherry’s Music Wisdom Love 1969 project, the Bar-Kays’ Nightcruising and Propositions albums, Randy Weston,  Alice Coltrane, Willie Nelson’s Stardust album, the Max Roach/Cecil Taylor duets, an Italian duo called Futuro Antico, Carole King, Chuck D’s solo album, and Tom Petty’s song “I Won’t Back Down” over and over again. I’m embarrassed to admit that I only recently discovered what an incredible vocalist P!nk is —-been listening to her a lot as well. Also, my son is into an EDM artist called Alan Walker, and I’ve been enjoying that guy’s stuff too— at first by force and now by choice.

8. Describe yourself in three musicians (besides yourself)

Leonard Cohen, Don Cherry and Meshell Ndegocello. I have some significant things in common with those artists, and I’ve found that referencing them has been useful in helping new listeners understand what I do.

9. Are you into watching sports? Who are your favorite teams?

I grew up in a very sports-oriented household, and for years I was the type of guy who religiously watched football games, memorized stats, collected and displayed cards, monitored the drafts, argued about the greatness of various players, all that stuff.  I played both football and basketball for years. Though I still value all the things I learned from my dad (who was a coach and referee) through team sports, I grew disillusioned with the NFL as an adult. I felt like I gave that corporation a lot of commitment —mental time and space and money—and I didn’t feel any loyalty coming back from the league or the teams I liked.  Felt like a one-way relationship! I bailed on them in the 90s and I don’t think the NFL misses me at all. I watch NFL and NBA games occasionally when someone tells me about a particularly great player. My brother-in-law will often hip me to players I might like, and my sister-in-law is really into basketball, so that stuff is often on TV when I visit them and I enjoy it. But the only sport I follow really closely these days is boxing. I like boxers in all the divisions and all eras. I’m currently excited about the Charlo twins, Vasyl Lomachenko, Deontay Wilder…too many to name. I like Amir Khan a lot and glad he recently came back strong.

 10. Favorite Cartoon Character and why?

I’m a big Hanna-Barbera guy. Secret Squirrel and Top Cat are my dudes —SS for the gadgets and Top Cat for the stories and wit. I also love Foghorn Leghorn, a Looney Toons guy, ‘cause he says everything twice. Twice, I say.


Danny Kusz

 

1. Tell me a little about your latest release “Pink” and how it came together and who else is on the album with you?

This latest release for me is probably the best representation of who I want to be and sound like as an artist. Not that my last two albums weren’t, but I really feel like this one captures perfectly the vision that I have in my head. I also believe it’s my best work to date. When I was first meeting with my Producer (Matt Godina), I basically sent him a collection of material from other artists and said I wanted to combine all of this into a record. It was predominately made up of Prince and David Sanborn tunes, with a few anomalies sprinkled in. After he fully understood the concept, he started putting together little snippets of material and would send them my way. Once we decided to move forward on a track, he would finish the arrangements. Once the arrangements were done, I would write my melodies and we would collaborate on what worked and what didn’t. That’s the great part of the digital age, is we literally could make a record together from opposite ends of the U.S. Once we started to finalize the songs, I started thinking about who I wanted to feature on the album. I really wanted to focus on local Minneapolis musicians and reached out to Paul Peterson, Jellybean Johnson and The Hornheads, all legends that worked with Prince for over 25+ years and were involved in shaping the Minneapolis sound. To me this was vital to executing the vision. Beyond that, I become really good friends with Marcus Randolph, drummer for Robert Randolph, and knew that I wanted to feature him on drums. I felt that his level of intensity he brings to the drums was what some of these songs needed. So he recorded on a few songs from New Jersey where he lives. One of the tracks needed a killer fusion synth part, so I reached out to Valeriy Stepanov from Russia. I became hip to him through YouTube a few years ago and have wanted to work with him since. He was extremely excited about the song and totally killed the part. Finally, I was also able to work with David Feily, Aaron Wiener and Russ King, who are really close friends of mine and also phenominal local Minneapolis musicians. I love working with my friends on music because there is a connection that we have beyond just music, it makes the outcome even better and it’s a ton of fun collaborating with people that you have a personal connection with.

2. What is the vibe and feeling on “Pink”, What songs do you really dig and what songs do you hope the listeners will dig?

First and foremost, I really want people to feel like they are listening to a true, homegrown Minneapolis artist. I wanted this album to be a tribute to the sounds of this great city. So you will definitely get that retro, 1980’s Prince vibe throughout the entire album. You will also clearly hear the heavy influence that Sanborn had on me as a player. Not only through my tone but through my phrasing. I think these two things combined together is what really makes me stand out as a unique artist in today’s oversaturated market. It’s something that has become instantly recognizable for people. That’s what makes every great artist, a unique voice that stands out from all of the other noise. So I’m trying to use the same and hopefully one day I will be considered a great artist. The other unique thing about this album are the different genres it pulls from. There are definitely some more contemporary jazz type songs, but there are also some funk/rock songs that may appeal to a different demographic. I want people of all ages and musical tastes to listen and vibe on this record. Why limit my reach by just saying I’m going to make a smooth jazz record. To me, that’s not a great business model.

As for which songs I really dig, of course I am going to say all of them! HA! But in reality, the songs that are a little more heavy on the funk side stand out for me as my favorites. Not that I don’t dig the smoother tunes, but I personally like music that has more power and intensity. I guess if I had to choose, G504 might be my favorite. To me it is that perfect intersection of Prince and David Sanborn. And I really fell in love with the solo that I laid on that song. I’m extremely hyper critical on myself most of the time, but to me that solo came out perfect. I feel like it’s one of those iconic solos like on David Sanborn’s Chicago Song that people will remember.

3. How did growing up in the “Twin Cities” shape you as artist?

Growing up here was great because there were so many artists to be influenced and inspired by. Not just Prince, but all of the great local artists. It’s pretty incredible how many talented artists actually live here. It’s also not so big of a city that we aren’t connected. We are like one big family where everyone knows each other and we feed off each others creativity. Plus, the really cool thing is that we all come from the same major influence of Prince – it’s like he is in all of us.  You can’t play music here and not somehow be influenced by him. Growing up here you learn to put that extra stank on everything. It’s like this unwritten rule that if you are from Minneapolis, you have to be funky as hell! And it’s pretty much true! There aren’t a lot of cities that have that and I think growing up here has made me the player that I am today. I’m not sure if I would have become the artist I am if I had grown up elsewhere.

4. I love jazz and there is nothing cooler than live jazz but I’m no expert on it, where do you point newbies to understand and appreciate jazz more?

I think a great start would be YouTube. There are so many amazing concerts and videos to check out which can start to build your appreciation for jazz. I think going to see live jazz in your area can also help build your appreciation as live music tends open your mind and turn you onto something you never thought that you would have liked. Although I don’t really approve of streaming services, they could be a great way to search and find new music without having to commit to purchasing an album. Lastly, I don’t think you necessarily need to understand jazz to appreciate it. I feel that’s the case with all music. There’s beauty in the fact that we can all hear something and instantly decide if we like it or not, regardless if we fully understand it.

5. You’re about to start a tour to support “Pink” what can people expect at your shows

I tend to bring a level of intensity and passion to my shows that people seem to love. It’s like they know that I am literally giving every ounce of energy that I have and am truly playing from my heart and soul on every song. The other thing I love about my live shows is the spontaneity. Everyone knows the songs, but it seems like each show is completely different. I tend to jam a lot, so there are a lot of solos, and while most of the songs are scripted, I may change something up during the song that wasn’t planned for, and that is where great things can happen that are totally unexpected. I also love the theatrics of a live performance. The clothing, the banter between musicians, the dead space in between songs where you get to connect with the audience.

6. What was the last movie you saw in the theater and did you like it?

I saw the latest Star Wars movie. I was very entertained!

7. What artists are currently in your heavy rotation?

Bernhoft, Lawrence, Jon Cleary, Marc Broussard, James Morrison, Prince

8. Describe yourself in three musicians (besides yourself)

David Sanborn, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Maceo Parker

9. Are you into watching sports? Who are your favorite teams?

I’m a HUGE sports fans! My favorite teams are The Minnesota Vikings, The Minnesota Wild and The Minnesota Twins.

10. Favorite Cartoon Character and why?

Honestly, I really loved Looney Tunes growing up. Now, when I think about it, I get this wave of nostalgia that comes over me. It’s like instant happiness. Life was so much simpler back then, it kind of makes you want to go back in time!

We want to thank Danny Kusz for Participating as our Artist of the Month


Tracey Blake

 

1. Tell me a little about your latest release “Get up” and how it came together and who else is on the album with you

I actually wrote some of the songs back in 2013/2014 and when we lost Prince I had to do this cd as tribute to what he started years ago…The Minneapolis Sound.

2. What is the song writing process like for you? Lyrics first? A groove? A little of both? Tell us about how one of the songs on “Get Up” was birthed.

At times I start with a groove, then melody and lyrics last, but the most important rule is to let my soul have it’s way.

3. What is the vibe and feeling on “Get up”, What songs do you really dig and what songs do you hope the listeners will dig?

Get Up has a very positive energy about it and it’s really inviting to those who are not into this style of music. I Like the song “More” because its rock, R&B and has a lot of soul. I also like what its about (being patient with the one that you love).

4. You’re not originally from Minneapolis but have been there a long time, can you tell us some of the bands, artists  you’ve collaborated and played with over the years

I’m from Davenport Ia., and started playing in my dad’s gospel quartet at a very young age. For Years I had my own funk rock project called The Tracey Blake Project. I’m also a member of The Purple Xperience and another band called The Sons Of Almighty who has 2 cd’s and the members are Michael Bland, Sonny Thompson, Tommy Barbarella And Julius Collins. Lately there’s been talks with me and Jesse Frasure about cutting a new cd on me so we’ll see.

5. What has it been like playing with the “Purple Xperience” since Prince’s passing? The fan reactions and just what it’s like playing all those songs on a regular basis?

The Purple Xperience is an amazing 5 piece band. The response is overwhelming because we all realize how much of a gift he was and still is and that we will never experience another live performance from him again. We just do our best in celebrating his music and it is such an honor to be a part of this. It’s an awesome show.

6. What was the last movie you saw in the theater and did you like it?

Black Panther. I usually don’t get into those types of films but I really did enjoy it.

7. What artists are currently in your heavy rotation?

No artists in heavy rotation right now because I’m always creating. It’s interesting, 1 day I’m into funk/R&B and the next day it could be smooth jazz or Metallica and I’m committed to it all.

8. Describe yourself in three musicians (besides yourself)

Jesse Johnson, Angus Young and Prince (there’s no telling what we will come up with next).

9. Are you into watching sports? Who are your favorite teams?

I like Football, boxing and UFC. I’m gonna have to stick with the Minnesota Vikings through their ups and many downs.

10. Favorite Cartoon Character and why?

Bugs Bunny because he’s always cool and very clever. Hard to get one over on him.

 


Stokley

Stokley

1. Tell me a little about your debut solo release “Introducing Stokley”

This  whole project is just about my evolution. The songs are dynamic, ranging in different tempos & genres. It all just feels good to me  and I wanted to start sharing more of my individual self with the world.

2.  You’ve been around a long time and contributed on so many albums, what  was different about the process this time around knowing that this was  your album

A  different type of liberation I guess, & working with different  people obviously brings out different facets of yourself. Also I would  definitely say when in the studio alone half the time I would record in  pitch black, it makes you use a different part of your brain.

3.   All the songs are important to you or you wouldn’t have included them on the album but what songs do you want the listeners to pay special  attention to?

They  are all important to me as you say, I’m fine with listeners picking their own favorite’s for different reasons. It will depend on  the life and/or day that they’ve had I suppose.

4. What  were you trying to say with “Introducing Stokley”? what is the message,  vibe or feeling you want listeners to get from it?

Ultimately  I just wanted healing energy, I wanted an energy that helps to bring  some balance with what you usually hear out here. Something familiar yet  a little left from center. Something fun, sexy, thought provoking,  musical.

5.  When “The Revolution” first announced they would be going on the road  with special guests, I was skeptical but I saw you at 1st Avenue and  then in Detroit and I just wanted to say “Bravo”, you were a great part  of the show and did Prince proud. tell us a little about what the  experience was like?

Yes, well I was a little skeptical too…ha

First  of all we will never get another one of these guys. That’s it. All I  try to do is perform in the spirit of… nothing obviously will be as  good as the original. But the feeling absolutely surreal for a few  different reasons. One, I just still can’t believe that he’s not here. Two, I just can’t believe he’s not here!! It is a little strange to be  singing the songs because I never thought I would be singing them ever.  At least not the big hits. It was a little difficult the first couple of  months and then we began to fully settle into the celebration of his  legacy.

6.  What was the last movie you saw in the theater? did you like ?

Black Panther, absolutely love everything about it!

7. What artists are currently in  your heavy rotation?

There  is currently nobody in my heavy rotation. Sometimes I’m heavy into a  lot of different things and sometimes I turn everything off. This is one  of my off periods.

8. Describe yourself in three musicians (besides yourself)

Sammy Davis Jr.

Maurice White

Prince

9. Are you into watching sports? what are your favorite teams?
Vikings (like them but don’t watch)

Golden State

10. Favorite Cartoon Character and why?

Droopy Dog. He was real cool until you made him upset then you saw another side.


Sananda Maitreya

Sananda Maitreya 2

1) Tell us a little bit about your new release “Prometheus and Pandora” 

First of all, thank you very kindly for the opportunity to speak with your tribe, it is appreciated.

‘Prometheus  & Pandora’ is my deepest foray yet into the great unknown that  wills to be known. From the moment the title came to me initially, I was  totally mesmerized by the possibilities inherent in pursuing its  production. Titles & Concepts greatly inspire & motivate me,  otherwise, I am just another asshole trying to organize and sell another  batch of songs. I LOVE HAVING A POLE TO WRAP THE TENT AROUND. And I  loved having the chance to work with & rework the  Sumerian/Greco-Roman Fables, it gave me a great canvas to paint on. It  has 3 CD’s for your perusal, ‘Prometheus’, ‘Pegasus’ & ‘Pandora’,  each with its own mission & flavor, each with its own story to tell  & add to the greater whole. Each allowing me to indulge how very  lucky & grateful I am to be able to make music at this particular  time in history & Add my voice to the choir. It also allowed me to  work with a Long time dear friend, Luisa Corna, who portrays Pandora  & adds texture to the project that my voice alone couldn’t give it.

2) You went all out on this release, why three discs of music?

I ONLY WENT ALL OUT BECAUSE THE MUSIC DID.

I  don’t write the songs, THE SONGS WRITE ME, and tell me when THEY are  ready. The songs poured from a generous fountain, so I shared them as  they were shared by the Angels with me. It took 3 Cd’s worth to count  the blessings.

3) What is the message you want people to hear on “Prometheus and Pandora”?

Much less a message then a simple narrative.

In  general however, there isn’t really ANY message more valuable than  ‘Enjoy Your Life’. And there is no meditation more worthy than  endeavoring to enjoy our time on earth, no matter the circumstances  & challenges of the game. I think that the listening to ‘Prometheus  & Pandora’ allows one to form ones own images of the nature of what  the project is about. If ANYTHING, it may be about US, in THIS TIME WE  ARE LIVING IN NOW & that ALL TIME IS THE SAME TIME LOOKING AT ITSELF  FROM DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW. 

But mainly, ‘It Ain’t What You THINK It Is, But It IS What It LOOKS Like’.

THAT is the essential message if any at all.

4) All your songs are important to you or you wouldn’t have included them on the album, but what songs to you want listeners to pay close attention to?

THE  ONES THAT GRAB THEIR ATTENTION FIRST, as one would always hope. It is a  record of pop music, NOT a pop quiz. There is no sequence they are  obliged to pay attention to, it will all fall into place at

Just the right time.

5) In support of this release, will you be doing more touring & will that include the United States?

That  is all being taken under consideration at this present point in time.  The first priority is sorting out Europe, closer to home where we love  & where it is easier to get started. We will certainly know much  more about this subject in the near future. STAY TUNED.

6) What is the last movie you saw in the theater and did you like it?

Actually,  the last movie I saw in an actual theatre was ‘THE INCREDIBLES’ With my  wife over more than a few Christmas’ ago in Portofino.  And YES, I did  like it very much, thank you!

As you might  imagine, it has been home entertainment ALL THE WAY, since our family  started, except when my wife takes the boys to a film with friends. As  for me, I needn’t ever see the inside of a movie theater again (unless  its to check my ‘close-up’). I like the hookup I have at the crib.

7) What artists are currently in your heavy rotation?

The  usual, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Miles, Monk, The Ramones, Mingus,  Zeppelin, Debussy, Hendrix, Stones, Herb Alpert, The Gladiators, Joni,  Tom Petty, Steely Dan, Mina, Todd Rundgren, Deep Purple, Bob Marley, The  B-52’s, Ray Charles, Mother’s Finest, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, The  Who, Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Bill Evans, Luciano Pavarotti, Maria  Callas, Springsteen, Sergio Mendes, Carol King, Dionne Warwick, Aretha,  Streisand, Judy Garland, Nat Cole, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Liz Phair,  Prince, Michael Jackson, Eros Ramazotti, Flatt & Scruggs, Iggy &  The Stooges, The Isley Brothers, Van Morrison, The Troggs, Sade, Dwight  Yoakum, The Carpenters, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, Patsy Cline,  Sam Cooke, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cream, Buddy Guy, Kate Bush, The  Stanley Brothers, Al Green, Linda Ronstadt, Beach Boys, Snoop Dog,  Stevie Wonder, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Fleetwood Mac, Rory Gallagher, Marvin  Gaye, Pearl Jam, Erykah Badu, Stone Temple Pilots, PJ Harvey, James  Brown, Jackie Wilson, Duran Duran, Otis Redding, Louis Prima, Doris Day,  Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Pharcyde, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Tammy  Wynette, George Jones, Chuck Berry, The Walter Hawkins Family, Scott  Joplin, The Clash, The Bangles, The Smiths, R.E.M. Buck Owens, Oasis,  Public Enemy, Wu-Tang Clan, Pink Floyd, The Monkees, Frank Zappa,  Santana, Billy Joel, Lenny Kravitz, Antonio Farao, The Breeders,  Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Son House, Howlin’ Wolf, (We 3 Kings),  Albert, Freddie & B.B. Rick James, Chic, Sylvester, Living Color,  James ‘Blood’ Ulmer, The Jackson 5, The Allman Brothers, Sonic Youth,  Sly & The Family Stone, Elton John, Earth, Wind & Fire, P-Funk,  Peabo Bryson, Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Jay-Z, The Talking Heads,  The Kinks, Leadbelly, The Strawberry Alarm Clock, Beatles, Ellington,  Ella Fitzgerald, Dylan, Lucio Dalla, Frank Sinatra, The MC5, Nina  Simone, Louis Armstrong, Grace Jones, Rod Stewart, etc. (JUST TO NAME A  FEW….;-) plus whatever current artists are making a play for my ear in  the moment, usually through my wife or sons. And allow me to reiterate  once again the immense debt I owe to the great master

ROD  STEWART. He is on tour now & I wanted to resubmit to all that he  chief among all living artists in my lifetime was HUGE for my  development as an artist. I wrote  ‘Holding On To You’ for him but got  it to him too late to be of use to anyone but myself. His importance to  the history of Popular music cannot possibly be overstated. He took a  baton from the grandmaster Sam Cooke & used it among other gifts to  reshape the landscape of Rock & Roll’s maturity & reach. He  was/is a MONSTER & we are some grateful bitches because of it.

8) Describe yourself in 3 musicians (besides yourself) ?

Beethoven, Schubert & Brian Jones.

9) Are you into watching sports? who are you favorite teams?

I watch mainly ‘Calcio’, with my wife & sons. We are all ‘JUVENTINI’,

An  inheritance from my wife’s family. Italian families can forgive you  being of a different religion, if it comes to that. But being for a  different TEAM? THAT is unforgivable. A wise man from abroad QUICKLY  (& loyally) adopts the family squad and that is the END of THAT. 

Fortunately  we are like the New York Yankees and are expected to win a lot &  almost always field a competitive team. My sons LOVE their team very  much. I also like HOCKEY. And still baseball, the love of my youth. 

10) Favorite Cartoon Character and Why?

From  very early childhood, my first 2 loves were The Beatles & BATMAN.  All brothers of the way TOTALLY understand why they empathize with  Batman over Superman. Plus, he was simply more DARK, which in & of  itself was an outlaw, outsider’s bad-ass cool. You could always feel how  much this dude HURT. I am certain that the original dreamers of Batman  intuited MUCH from the same PROMETHEUS myth that I just milked for  ‘Prometheus & Pandora’.

They’ve much in common as archetypes.

AGAIN,  I THANK YOU very much for your interest, it has been of great help and I  appreciate it with all my heart. May God & Spirit Bless & Keep  You Always!

Sananda

Milano, 6 February 2018