Just 1 Question with Sauce Boss

Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton
Tallahassee, FL
Musician/Author/Chef/
Founder of Planet Gumbo

Question: How did a world-traveling musician end up cooking gumbo and playing for free at homeless shelters?

Answer: It started with my Liquid Summer Hot Sauce. I would carry a few bottles to my shows, then I began cooking gumbo to show the sauce off. I give the gumbo away. I fed well over 200,000 people for free at my shows. I then took it to a new level when I began to use my days off on the road playing and cooking for some folks that could really use a bowl of gumbo. I have played shelters nationwide and a few in Canada. It dovetails into my work and the rewards are deep in my soul.

 

Find out more about Sauce Boss and how you can help him help others on his website. sauceboss.com

Just 1 Question with Thomas Guzman-Sanchez

Thomas Guzman-Sanchez
Los Angeles CA
Musician

Question: You are a third-generation Los Angeles musician with strong Latino roots who now writes and performs with your own grown children. How does that make you feel?

Answer: It fills me with pride. I became a recording artist in 1982, and in 1988 I recorded the song ‘Forever Mine’ with my dad, Rafael Guzman- Sanchez, a year before he passed away. I remember him singing across from me as we played a Guaracha rhythm together. He looked at me like never before. I didn’t understand why he had that look in his eyes. It wasn’t until I had the first recording session with my kids that a chill came over me as I heard them in the headphones for the first time. It’s like we were communicating on a whole new level. My heart was filled with so much love and happiness and I finally understood what my dad felt that day. Every time I am blessed to create with my kids, it is like my dad is there with us.

Just 1 Question with Dominic John Davis

Nashville, TN
Bassist/Producer

Question:

As a bassist who plays both electric and stand-up instruments, you seem to be drawn to a wide variety of eclectic artists. Was that part of the plan?

Answer:

I’ve always been somewhat of a chameleon musically. Growing up I was listening to and playing punk rock while, at the same time, being obsessed with bluegrass and jazz.

All of this variety was compartmentalized, but a few artists broke down those walls for me. Willie Dixon was a big one. To hear Willie play the upright in more of a visceral sort of place gave the bass power and took it out of the delicate world that I had known it in. I loved jazz and in particular The Modern Jazz Quartet. That was amplified by The Flat Duo Jets who played rockabilly and blues but with a modern, punk attitude. A Tribe Called Quest used jazz samples and hard beats. Hearing Ron Carter on those records was also a pivotal inspiration.

Nowadays I intentionally try to blur those lines. I’ll play upright on something where my instinct says otherwise or use an effect with it. There’s beauty in going against the grain as long as it serves the song in the end.

Just 1 Question with Guy Charbonneau

Question:

What do you like most about music?

Answer:

I love performance. Performance, performance. The integrity of the performance is always on my mind when I get involved in a recording project. I am always trying to capture what the artist is trying to do, while at the same time making the listener feel as close to the artist as possible. In other words, to not change the music but to capture the moment instead.

 

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Just 1 Question with Bob Heil

Question:

What’s the deal with you and the color purple?

Answer:

The color was one part marketing and one part theft prevention. When Heil Sound was a touring company and as I got on to building amplifiers, I’d look on the stage and everything up there was gray and black and silver. I was using Crown amps at the time, and so I’m figuring, if I’m going to build my own amps, we need something that people will recognize from a distance. So, I chose purple. I also made my mic cables in purple so people wouldn’t “accidentally” take them during loadout. I like purple. It’s all fun. That’s the whole thing.

Just 1 Question with Tommy Emmanuel

Question:

So, what do you have against microphones?

Answer:

Hah! I hit my microphone with a drummer’s brush as part of the “drum /percussion” solo in my shows. I need it to sound like a bass drum with punch and clarity. Then I need to sing into it as well! The Heil microphone has the sound that I like – frequencies and textures that inspire me to dig in, both as a singer and when I’m trying to beat it to death. Heil mics never let me down, ever!

For more information on where you can catch Tommy Emmanuel on tour head to his website tommyemmanuel.com

Just 1 Question with Paul & Courtney Klimson

Question:

You’ve toured the world with many high-profile artists and recently founded – with your wife, Courtney – the Roadie Clinic. What made you want to open that facility?

Answer:

We’ve experienced every type of tour – from van + trailer, to small theater tours, to awards shows and even the Super Bowl – ending with major world tours with the likes of Justin Timberlake and Drake. And with careers the assumption is that the further along you get – the bigger artist, the bigger venue, etc. – the better your life becomes. We discovered that for many, including ourselves, the opposite is often the case and we wanted to help. When we came across an incredible building for sale in Niles, MI, we knew that The Roadie Clinic would become part of our story, and we weren’t wrong.  We’ve never been more confident in our calling to help our road family with their struggles.

For more information on the Roadie Clinic and how you can help them support roadies please visit their website theroadieclinic.com

Just 1 Question with Lee Ranaldo

Question:

You’ve been a member of a seminal band, Sonic Youth, as well as having a thriving solo career in music. You also create visual art projects. Is there a different mindset for you creatively between the two?

Answer:

I think many creative artists relish the challenge of working in parallel modes of expression. Since I was quite young I’ve worked in three areas: music, visual art, and writing. Work on a poem mutates into lyrics for a song. Words from lyrics or poems are used in visual art pieces. Ideas for paintings or drawings lead to a way to structure a new piece of music. A musical piece will inspire a visual analog. The mindset is always the same — to seek out creative expression — even if the formats differ. The bottom line is being interested in culture, in all its forms, and wanting to participate.

sean sullivan

Just 1 Question with Sean ‘Sully’ Sullivan

Los Angeles, CA

Sound Mixer

Question:

In your illustrious career what is the most dangerous venue that you’ve mixed sound in?

Answer:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, mixing Rihanna there for the Met Gala all the while being told if you destroy any artifacts you’re done and in debt for whatever you destroy. The fear of being on the financial hook for artifacts from 3000 BC puts a new perspective on how you approach your mix. Especially in the sub frequencies.

LauraJaneGrace

Just 1 Question with Laura Jane Grace

Chicago, IL

Musician, Author

Question:

In the whirlwind of social media where it seems everyone’s a critic or editor or expert, how are you able to focus and stay true to your songwriting?

Answer:

The songs are everything. I’m a musician and every musician out there wants to be judged on the merit of their songwriting, the merit of their performing abilities. I don’t want to be just that transgender performer or that transgender musical artist. I want to create songs and art and have those be judged on their merit alone.
Photo by Alexa Viscius

Buford Jones

Just 1 Question with Buford Jones

Nashville, TN

Audio Engineer

Question:

You’ve mixed sound for some legendary acts throughout your storied career. Does any one artist stand out?

Answer:

In 1973, upon returning from touring with Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top, Showco informed me I would be going out with David Bowie. I was a bit nervous. A couple of weeks later, I was introduced to David in his dressing room. He was so kind and sincere. From that moment I began a journey with one of the friendliest, most caring, abundantly and uniquely talented artists I would ever work with. It was a privilege and an honor that shaped my career forever.

Shaun Murphey

Just 1 Question with Shaun Murphy

Austin, TX

Nashville, TN

Singer –Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, Little Feat

Question:

In your long and incredible career, you have toured and sung with some of the top artists in rock music. Is there any show that stands out as memorable?

Answer:

That’s probably the easiest question anyone has ever asked me…..hands down it was July 13, 1985, just as the sun was going down. I was on the road with Eric Clapton, promoting the ‘Behind The Sun’ tour after I’d sung on the album, and we were asked to perform at the Live Aid concert at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. As we entered the stage, the crowd of over 100,000 people let out such an uproar that their sound was palpable….we actually were physically pushed back a step or two. The whole tour was magic, but that day will stand out to me forever!!

Hector Ward

Just 1 Question with Hector Ward

Austin, TX

Musician

Question: Your live shows with Hector Ward & The Big Time are high energy events. How does being confined to a wheelchair affect your mindset during a performance?

Answer:

I have never let a wheelchair confine my mind or my dreams. Life is short and grand, seize it! Going on stage is like flipping on a light switch. Music is energy and I like to share it with everyone. My mindset on stage is to put on a Big Time show to remember. Music lifts any obstacle and sets you free. Just listen.”

Kevin Glendinning

Just 1 Question with Kevin Glendinning

Orlando, FL

Monitor Mixer/Artist Consultant – Jerry Harvey Audio

Question: You’ve mixed monitors for some very high-profile artists and have seen technologies change through the years. What have been some of the big developments?

Answer: “The biggest change would be in the console world.
From the days on a Gamble EX56 w/ TT patch bay to
a DiGiCo Quantum 7 is a full 180 change in terms of
mental scope. I mean it’s still audio being fed in, do
what you need to do, and send it, right? Also, the
popularity of in-ear monitors along with huge
advancements in the radio systems for IEMs have
progressed massively in the last two decades. I’ve
been fortunate to have a “second career” with JH
Audio and have seen firsthand the improvements in
technology with IEMs.”

Kenny Cymbal

Just 1 Question with Kenny Sharretts

Austin, TX

Touring Drum Tech/Instructor – KennySharretts.com

Question: You are a drum instructor and in-demand touring drum tech. Which is your favorite?

Answer: “I love both as my touring colleagues AND my
students are basically my extended family. Tech
touring supports teaching/drumming, and
teaching/drumming supports touring. What I
learn as a tech I teach. What I learn as a teacher
I apply as a tech. So I guess the answer is yes? I
love both.”

Josh Rogosin

Just 1 Question with Josh Rogosin

Tiny Desk Audio Engineer – NPR

Question: Do you ever wish you had a bigger desk?

Answer: “No, the Tiny Desk is the ideal size – big enough to cram

12 string players along with PJ Morton or the entire

Broadway cast of Hadestown. What more could you

possibly ask for? I love the challenge the limited space

provides — and using mics from companies like Heil

Sound make my job easier by providing tons of options

that sound fantastic.”

 

 

Dave Shadoan

Just 1 Question with Dave Shadoan

Escondido, CA
President/CEO – Sound Image

Question: Sound Image is entering its 50th year in business. You’ve grown from a small but mighty company –Silverfish Audio – to a world-class sound system provider. Do you ever miss the early days?

Answer: “Of course, I do! I miss being in the action. When the house lights go dim, and the crowd gets on their feet, and my palms get sweaty anticipating that first downbeat, there’s no feeling like it. Later, when I see all of those people go home with a smile on their face, I know it’s been a good night.”