Anthony Gomes Interview
you remember what was going through your mind the very first time you picked
up a guitar?
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.
Who do you site as the most influential artist that inspired you to play
B.B. King is the greatest influence. Others are Freddie and Albert
King. Ray Charles. Aretha Franklin. Buddy Guy, Albert
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?
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....
How long did the entire process take to make the new CD? From the first
ideas to the final product.
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
Do you feel it's more difficult to gain notoriety as a Blues artist as
opposed to other genres?
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
everyone in the group excited about the new CD and the potential it holds
to bring you to new heights professionally?
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.
are your most important goals as an artist?
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.
you feel independent music distribution has attained a new level
of respect due to the Internet?
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.
you tour most of the year? How much time do you actually have at home around
family members and friends?
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.
you glad you decided to become a professional musician? Do you do anything
to make a living besides playing the guitar in your band?
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.
sales of the new CD been good? What are the prospects of getting signed
to a label?
sales of the CD have been fantastic. I don't care about getting signed
to a label.
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
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.
music do you listen to when you are not playing?
half of what I listen to is blues. I also love gospel, funk, soul,
Are you involved with your website design etc.? Are you able to surf the
net on a regular basis?
I get by on the computer. I let the pros handle the design stuff.
lies in the future for The Anthony Gomes Band?
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.