ANTHONY GOMES INTERVIEW

 

How has the reaction to your latest CD been?


The reaction to our latest album has been the best so far of my career.  I think the reason for this is that it is unapologetic blues rock.  Many times artists feel like they have to tone down the rock content of their recordings to appease the blues police.  On this album we waved the blues rock flag proudly. There's a line from the lead off song that says, "Don't try to stop me once I start because I've got a blues soul and a rock n roll heart."  That is the spirit of this album and the public has embraced the mantra.  


What was the first song that you ever played for public? How did it make you feel?


"Smoke On The Water" by Deep Purple at band night at my High School.  I was very nervous at first but by the end of the song I felt ten feet tall and bulletproof.  We also played Heartbreaker and Communication Breakdown by Led Zeppelin.  I went to a Catholic school and we had to audition for the Nuns to make sure it was "appropriate".  In "Communication Breakdown" Robert Plant shouts "Suck" and the Nuns asked us to censor it.  We asked if we could use the blues reference "Squeeze my Lemon" instead.  They agreed to that compromise.  We thought that latter was far nastier so we felt vindicated.


What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?


My love, respect, awe and curiosity of music is what got me motivated.  The love of creating.  That's when I feel most connected to a higher power - in that place.  I only pursued music as a career to maintain that desire to be surrounded by music.  After taking to BB King in my early 20s I had the courage to pursue it full time.  Thank you BB!


What record/tape/cd/digital format music album inspired you to take up music?


There have been a few albums that blew my mind.  B.B. King/Live at the Regal, Stevie Ray Vaughan/Couldn't Stand The Weather, Jimi Hendrix/Are You Experienced?, Jeff Beck/Guitar Shop, Freddie King/Getting Ready, Ray Charles/Best of the Atlantic Years, Free/Heartbreaker, Otis Rush/The Cobra Years, Deep Purple/Burn, Albert King/Blues At Sunrise


What was the first LP/tape/CD you bought with your own money?


My mother had a friend and she had a son that was a few years older than me.  I looked up to him.  He liked Kiss and Elvis.  I bought Kiss "Alive!" and Elvis Presley "Aloha From Hawaii" when I was 6.  I really got into the Elvis album.


What is the main goal you wish to achieve through your music, and what do you hope people get out of your music?


I want to impact people emotionally through my music by capturing a specific emotion in an audio form.  A sonic snapshot of an emotion if you will.  The blues is a healer and I hope that our music brings people joy and fulfillment.  And, if they choose, I hope the music gets them to think of the deeper meanings within the song.


Do you get nervous before a performance ?


Not very often.  I enjoy it when I do because it happens so rarely.  It reminds me of when I started out and I would be nervous very often.  I like to channel that energy into the show.  It's like gasoline.


If you weren't a musician, what career path would you take?


I would let the career choose me, just as music did.


What’s the hardest part about being a musician and what’s the best?


Most people lives are pretty even with some highs and lows.  I musician's life is quite the opposite.  It's a lot of highs and lows.  The hardest part of being a musician is that you are a servant of the music.  It requires total discipline and commitment.  If you have a creative idea in the middle of the night, you have to chase it.  If you are sick, you can't cancel a show.  You have to tour to promote your music and miss your friends and family.  Music can be a fickle mistress and you have to surrender to her whims and desires.


The best part is payoff of the above.  It is a privilege to be a musician and to be a vessel of creativity.  It is hard to be away from people at home when you are on tour but you have friends all over the world and experiences you wouldn't have had otherwise.


What or who was your biggest influence as an artist?


To answer the 'what' part.  Humility and the artists that embody that humility have been an influence.  B.B. King is the King of the Blues and one of the kindest people I have ever met.


What advice do you have for young musicians?


Nobody cares about your music career as much as you do. 


True or false: It is the duty of an artist to put his personal emotions into the music he plays.


Music without emotion is not music.  It is just random sounds.  It may be pleasing to the ear but it is not music.  An artist needs to express or project their emotions.  What I mean by this is that they can write about a personal experience and use those emotions for a song.  They can write about something fictitious buy projecting their emotions into that situation.  An emotional empathy if you will.


True or false: “Music is my first love”.


To me, music is everything and everything is music.


Are there any songs you've done that you wish you hadn't ?


I love them all.  Even the bad ones.


Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?


Ave Maria.


What does the next 6 months look like for you?


Touring, writing, recording.  Life is good!!!


Anthony Gomes - Electric Field Holler

 

Na twee jaar stilte komt Anthony Gomes met ' Electric Field Holler' en gelijk wordt duidelijk dat het album het wachten meer dan waard is geweest. Op het album rockt Anthony als vanouds en wordt natuurlijk de blues niet vergeten. Op het twaalf nummers durende album horen we naast Anthony Gomes ook een band in topvorm. Bijna alle nummers op het album zijn door Anthony zelf geschreven.

Het album is genommineerd voor het beste 'Blues Rock' album van het jaar 2015 door de vakjury van Blues Blast Magazine Music Awards. Nummers als 'Nowhere Is Home' en 'The Blues Ain't The Blues No More' bewijzen het gelijk van deze eervolle nominatie. Dit is een album die door alle liefhebbers van stevige blues rock blind kan worden aangeschaft. De conclusie   mag zijn dat Antony Gomes (wederom) een geweldig album heeft gemaakt.