Blue Millennium Talks About Groovin'
Blue2k, the 11 piece groove ensemble, contains enough
funk and jazz men to sink a Harlem club. Here's what
Dave Glassco had to say about his band.
Ready for Radio (MP3)
[Ben] Since BM began, you've had 63 musicians who have
played in the band?? Where are they all going?
[Dave] Good question, I was amazed when I tallied it up.
Because of the size of our group (11 pieces), we get a
little more turnover the normal, especially in the
horn section. Some have left voluntarily, others have
been asked to leave. It is important in such a large
group to make sure that friction is kept to a minimum,
while insuring that we have the best people we can
find. The funniest loss was a sax player who walked
the gig ten minutes before show time because 'he just
couldn't work' with our trumpet sub for the night.
Oh, and backup singers making passes at the married
men in the group get the boot too.
[Ben] Great website. Clean, and provides a good service
between you and the fans. Who maintains it? How often
is it updated?
[Dave] Thanks, I do the website myself. In fact, because of
the band's need for a website, I had to learn HTML and
all. That led to my current job at a web company,
CDstreet.com. I try to keep it updated, but over the
last year have been making the move to a more
automated site, with more multimedia content. This
transition is almost complete. We don't see
ourselves touring extensively, so we want a great web
presence to help build a fan community. We are going
to be adding more and more to the site this year.
[Ben] Apart from giving people a chance not only to buy
the new cd (Vintage Hi-Fi) but HEAR it first, you've
also got a vast 'bootleg' collection of mp3s up.
What's the deal with that?
[Dave] Once again, because of the logistics of the band, most
people will not get a chance to see us perform live.
I think we have a fun live show, and wanted to share
that. I have always been a bootleg fan, it is a way
to hear the band at its most basic level, warts and
all. I have a Sting bootleg where there are numerous
times the band completely screws up. Somehow that is
reassuring to me.
As far as giving away tracks from our studio work, we
feel that giving people the opportunity to hear us is
more important than sales right now.
[Ben] By the way, that tip jar (toss in e-$ just like
you'd throw a buck into a guitar case in a subway)
from CDstreet.com is a weird idea. You get many tips?
[Dave] None so far. I haven't given up on the idea yet, but
I think it will be more valuable if and when there is
an easier method for small transactions on the web.
Right now one must go through the whole credit card
thing, and people must not want the hassle. It needs
to be as easy as tossing change in a guitar case.
[Ben] The cast of your characters who play through the
new cd is pretty amazing and epic. Do you ever feel
like you're getting lost in a crowd? Is there a
central core to the band that's been with B2K since
[Dave] I think things got out hand on the last CD. We
had this group of songs that had been played by an
assortment of players live, and we had trouble in the
studio finding the right blend. I like the final
material, but know what you mean. In fact we found
ourselves liking some of the demos better than the
final product. We have started on our third
collection, and I think you will see we have learned
There is a core to the band in the rhythm section.
Our vocalist Andrew Boutot, bassist Michael Hynes, and
myself on keys have been with the group from the
beginning, and I think shape the sound of the band the
most. Our new members drummer Phil Bass and guitarist
Al Garcia are a great fit for the band, and I think
will be with us quite awhile. The horn section is
never the same show to show, but we have such great
players it doesn't matter. Our biggest problem is
finding consistent backup singers.
[Ben] What is music to you guys?
[Dave] I suppose it means different things to each us. I can
only really speak for myself, but I find that the
biggest rush for me is seeing the song from creation
to completion. I love working in the studio with
talented musicians. We have a great time, and because
of the mutual respect can poke fun and tease without
there being problems. For others in the group, live
performance is where it is at. Andrew was born to be
a singer and perform, and I suspect he enjoys it much
more than studio work.
Ultimately for me music is about time, and how you are
moving through it. Music is one of a hand full of art
forms that evolves over time. Hence the groove being
the most important foundation of what you are doing.
This may seem a little abstract, but it is why music
is so powerful and influence the mood of the listener.
[Ben] What is life?
[Dave] It is the relationships you have, and the love you
share with those around you.
[Ben] Since we're paused from the music a moment, are
there any songs that sorta mystify audiences that
you'd like to clear up right here? A lyric, a song's
[Dave] I think the song that throws our audience for the
biggest loop is 'Mama Saw a UFO'. Its a slow
country-ish ballad, about as far away from our normal
stuff as you can get, but a great song. It tells the
story of a young man whose mother's tales of seeing a
UFO are greeted with skepticism in their town.
The funny thing is it is not a joke. The song will be
on our upcoming CD.
[Ben] How many of you Really play golf? Does Putt-Putt
[Dave] Sorry, Putt-Putt doesn't count. Many of our current
and former members play, although the outings are not
really about the golf. Andrew indeed has the lowest
handicap, but his Christmas gift this year was 'Dave
Pelz's Short Game Bible'. I am hoping it will have a
positive affect on my game.
[Ben] If you could write your Own compliment, what would
you want? For instance, would you like to be called
James Brown's younger brother or something?
[Dave] I would want us to be known as a tight, groovy band
with talented musicians and songs that go a little
beyond the standard pop formula (geez, I guess what
band wouldn't want that compliment?) I hate giving
names but the most common description seems to be that
the band floats somewhere in between Al Green and
[Ben] Where can we see you soon? How many will be up on
stage This time?
[Dave] We are on maternity leave until late this spring.
Andrew's wife Amanda has just given birth to their
daughter Georgia, and the everyone is doing great. We
are going to use the break to rehearse and record our
next album. We will continue to play with the eleven
piece group, but have discussed doing some stripped
down shows with just the rhythm section.
[Ben] Give some advice to the little man. If you wanna
make it in music today, you....?
[Dave] First, decide if you want a jam band, or a real band.
A real band rehearses (a lot), shows up on time, and
finds the best players for the group (not your buddy
who kind of knows bass). Jam bands are great, and you
can have a lot of fun, but they seldom mature into
real bands. You will play many crappy gigs before you
play a cool one. But remember, all gigs can lead to
something else. We did a gig at ranch once that I
was dreading, but it turned out a major booking agent
was there which lead to some of the best gigs I have
ever done. Also, and this is getting clichéd, utilize
[Ben] What do the Blue want to accomplish in the next
[Dave] We are excited about the future again. 2000 was a
tough transition for us, but we have worked out some
personality conflicts and reworked our lineup. We
look to keep recording, playing live, and really
building a web presence. There are so many
opportunities for bands that fall outside the current
narrow field of pop music to find an audience on the
web (like this interview). With streaming and web
technology maturing, we plan to have a great site
where fans from all over the world can keep up with
us. That is what excites me the most, here we are
recording these songs in our home studio, and we can
share these with world. It is a great time to be a
Blue Millennium is:
Phil Bass - drums
Andrew Boutot - lead vocals
Joey Collarusso - tenor sax
Sabrina Cummings - vocals
Al Garcia - guitar
David Glassco - keyboards
Michael Hynes - bass
Pat Murray - trumpet
Steve Samuel - percussion
Greg Wilson - alto sax
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