I decided to sit down and interview Kevin for all our fans and listeners. He has some interesting projects going on at this time. There is another half of this interview that I will post at a later date.
1.) When and why did you start playing?
(I’m not giving the year) When I was 8 I started playing trumpet both classical and swing. At the time I was playing Harry James followed by Herb Alpert/ Tijuana Brass and then my all time favorite trumpet player, Maynard Ferguson.
2.) Which famous musicians have you learned from?
I’ve been a classically trained as a trumpet player since the age of eight. My experiences then moved into big band and jazz. I attended the San Francisco Symphony Workshops and performed in the San Francisco All-City Band for several years. My teachers included Johnny Coppola (Maynard Ferguson Band), John Handy (jazz saxophonist), Chuck Rainey (jazz trombonist), and various “studio cats” in the Bay Area.
3.) You’re coming out with a new album soon. Can you tell us about that?
Actually two. “One Tribe” is a duet CD with Lindy that will contain matured songs we already play live. This CD is a ste-up in energy from “Spirit of the Village Stone”. “One Tribe” will have more energetic jazz/rock fusion, more instrumentation, and a bigger sound. The next one is “Eyes of Corvinus”. Because of my hard progressive rock background (as a bass and keyboard player) and my classical training, I wanted to write an entire progressive rock CD, leaning towards gothic, that is all instrumental with Native flute as the main lead instrument. This specific cross-genre mix has not yet been done and I LIKE doing things that are new and unique.
4.) What influenced you to write that album?
In most spiritual beliefs (and even science) there is the balance of polar opposites as in yin and yang. A wise life comes from knowing when to be appropriately yang or yin. “Eyes of Corvinus” is the yang side of myself: strength as well as sorrow, personal pain, and passion.
5.) If you could tour in any foreign country, which one would it be? Yes, only choose one.
6.) What is the hardest part of being a musician?
Making a living! It is a hard and many times financially woeful life but most career musicians do it for the love of doing it. Like Babe Ruth said when he was recruited to the NY Yankees to do what he loves and received his first paycheck, ” All this AND a paycheck???” Music as a profession is also challenging when it comes to business. You have to wear a lot of hats. You have to know marketing, social graces, carrying yourself as a business person, acting and dressing professionally. It is also physically demanding when it comes to moving your gear, setting up, traveling. I know people gone from their families months at a time but in reality, there are many occupations even in high-tech or corporate that require travel and time away. But if you’re doing what you love, you will be happier, it shows in your music and performance, and the quality of time with your family is more rewarding. The aforementioned family has an incredible loving relationship and the adults and kids all glow with happiness. Heh, I know people who never travel for work but they’re miserable in a sucky job or bad relationship. It all comes back to what do you want for yourself?
7.) What can we expect from you in the future?
All though I have no allusions to winning a Grammy, I like to keep busy and press onwards and upwards. Not for fame or fortune but to make better and better music. I’m driven to play and write music even if nobody listens. But I will say I love seeing an audience enjoy themselves and my goal is always to help people leave in a better condition than when they came in. I want my CDs to do that as well. Can’t tell you what’s in the future but I can tell you I will be there doing what I do.