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Anthony Gomes Interview
By MuzikMan
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1999-08-11
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MuzikMan: Do you remember what was going through your mind the very first time you picked up a guitar?

Anthony: I just thought the guitar was the coolest thing in the world. I was very much in awe. I remember when I was 9 and I went to a friend's house. He had a piano there and we didn't have instruments around our house. I recall touching the keys and feeling that it was a tremendous gift to be able to sound a note. I felt a great deal of respect for it.

MuzikMan: Who do you site as the most influential artist that inspired you to play the Blues?

Anthony: B.B. King is the greatest influence. Others are Freddie and Albert King. Ray Charles. Aretha Franklin. Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Muddy.

MuzikMan: How did you come up with name "Blues In Technicolor"? Can you get more in-depth as to what the meaning of the title is to you and the band?

Anthony: Blues In Technicolor... It's a song of unity and healing. Everybody has the blues. It's what makes us human. It's a song that fights against discrimination, in particular to those who think that white folks can't play the blues. We all bleed red when you cut us. Let's love each other....

MuzikMan: How long did the entire process take to make the new CD? From the first ideas to the final product.

Anthony: About a year, that's usually the time I'll dedicate to a record. As far as recording: 2 days to cut beds, a few days of overdubs, a few days to mix.

MuzikMan: Do you feel it's more difficult to gain notoriety as a Blues artist as opposed to other genres?

Anthony: I don't care about notoriety. I am blessed that I can make a living playing blues. I am most concerned about being honest with and to my art.

MuzikMan: Is everyone in the group excited about the new CD and the potential it holds to bring you to new heights professionally?

Anthony: Yes we're very excited. We're already experiencing the benefits of having a CD. We're getting more gigs, better paying gigs, national exposure, expanding our tour base, and winning over new fans.

MuzikMan: What are your most important goals as an artist?

Anthony: My goal is to always improve and learn. I am often humbled by the depth of the blues. I never want to compromise my music or prevent its growth. I have learned to let my creativity be my master, not try to master my creativity.

MuzikMan: Do you feel independent music distribution has attained a new level of respect due to the Internet?

Anthony: Since record companies' rosters are getting smaller and more commercial, people are looking for music that speaks to them. The internet helps this happen and allows everyone to play on an even playing field.

MuzikMan: Do you tour most of the year? How much time do you actually have at home around family members and friends?

Anthony: We'll end up doing between 175 - 200 dates this year. We're on the road half the time. It's tough being away from our families, but we have made friends all over the country.

MuzikMan: Are you glad you decided to become a professional musician? Do you do anything to make a living besides playing the guitar in your band?

Anthony: I teach a half dozen students privately. There is nothing I would want to be other than a musician. Why else would I be doing it? The hours are long and the pay is modest. You have to love music to survive as a professional musician.

MuzikMan: Have sales of the new CD been good? What are the prospects of getting signed to a label?

Anthony: The sales of the CD have been fantastic. I don't care about getting signed to a label.

MuzikMan: Your guitar playing is awesome, you really smoke on the CD! Is there any particular individual that taught you a few things along the way to help you reach this point?

Anthony: Thank you. I took some theory lessons and studied guitar in high school. I listened to many blues records. These records were my teachers. When I played with Magic Slim I got a master class in down home blues! Every time I go out to see I band or guitarist, I learn something new.

MuzikMan: What music do you listen to when you are not playing?

Anthony: About half of what I listen to is blues. I also love gospel, funk, soul, and R&B.

MuzikMan: Are you involved with your website design etc.? Are you able to surf the net on a regular basis?

Anthony: I get by on the computer. I let the pros handle the design stuff.

MuzikMan: What lies in the future for The Anthony Gomes Band?

Anthony: I take things one day at a time. We're finishing up an acoustic record. In three months we'll start our electric one. The acoustic should be out by mid-November. The electric should hit in March of 2000.


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