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Interview with . . . Trevor James

If you can catch up with Trevor James, then you are lucky and also possibly a stalker. The only reason that I could get an interview was a bit of luck and persistence (i.e. stalking). Anyway, there some links to do your own reconnaissance mission on finding out about Trevor James.

P.S. Don’t really stalk him. Or anyone else. No one likes stalkers. They’re so sneaky and demanding.

Just listen to his music and read this interview.

 

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Where was your first show as a performer?

My first performance was on a cruise ship that went to Europe when I was 14 years old. I played bass with a 9 piece orchestra.

What band is the funkiest?

I’m my opinion James Browns band, nothing but a solid pocket and thick groove.

How many stamps do you have in your passport?

I honestly don’t even know. Hahaha, I have had to get new pages in my passport and the new pages are almost full.

If you could back in time, where would you go?

I think I would go to the 70s and live it all the way through to the 90s. I’m a big 70s and 80s Music fan and that was a time when Music was just amazing!

What do you do in your free time?

Most of the time I’m at the gym or writing music or just lazying around. When I’m off the road I just want to sit back and relax

Is there a real Maxine?

Haha, there is a real Maxine…I just don’t know one haha. This song came about after me and some friends were having some beers and 1 beer turned into 4 and 4 turned into 10 and we started talking about crazy relationships and my buddy was telling me about this crazy girl that kicked him out and threw his clothes out, so I asked him what her name was and he said Maxine. So in that drunken moment, I said to my self “Maxine….that would be a cool song” so I took out my phone and wrote in my notes “make a song about Maxine” and a year later Maxine was written.

Do you like social media or would you rather go without it?

Social media has its pros and cons. I like social media because you can get you point across fast and to many people at once. What I don’t like about it is that everybody is doing the same thing and there soooo many people promoting themselves and everybody is so forced on likes and followers that the quality of what they’re putting out is so low. If I wasn’t a musician and using social media as a business I probably wouldn’t be on there. I like to live in the moment and experience things without always having to take a picture or a video of everything

What do you want people to know about you?

For those that don’t know I used to be a tennis player and not just your local park tennis player, I was nationally ranked but that was another life haha. I am a bass player first and have had the opportunity to perform all over the world and now it’s my time to break out as a solo artist rather than always performing for someone. I’m just a normal guy that likes coffee and beer….not in that order but you know what I mean haha I’ve got big goals and hope to achieve all of them. I just want to rock out on a big stage for as many people as possible and put a smile on there face and to inspire.

Trevor James on Instagram

Trevor James on soundcloud

Trevor James on Spotify

Trevor James on Twitter

Bring the Funk Spotlight: Body Count

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The only time that I’ve ever been reprimanded by security was when Body Count was on stage. I was walking up the stairs and turned and stopped. Who can blame me? Ice-T was on stage with Body Count. I could not look away. They were on fire – metaphorically speaking.

Apparently, I was not supposed to stop and stare. It’s a fire hazard for people to stand or sit on the stairs. We were at Red Rock Amphitheater in Colorado, which has stadium seating and no mosh pit.

They still bring the noise, funk and enough anger. They aren’t for everybody but I enjoy them. Obviously – or I would not have been tempted to tell that security guard to shove it.

Ice-T is 60 years old and he still gives 100% on stage. You’ve got to give him credit. Most people are ready to settle down – watch tv and take a nap.

 

 

Body Count website

Bring the Funk Music Review: Aaron Kamm and the One Drops

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Funk isn’t just one sound. Some funk is more rock. Some funk has elements of jazz or the blues.

Aaron Kamm & The One Drops’ music leans more towards the blues than rock. However, they aren’t just a blues band or a reggae band. They play a decent mix of everything – reggae, soul, blues.

The last album that they put released was Feed the Meter in 2015. I’m not sure why they haven’t recorded another album. If you get a chance, listen to the stuff that they have on Spotify.

Check out their website to see where they will be playing next.

 

 

 

Aaron Kamm and the One Drops website

Aaron Kamm and the One Drops on Spotify

Bring the Funk Spotlight: Red Hot Chili Peppers

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I could spend all day watching Red Hot Chili Peppers videos. At some point in my life, I probably have spent a crazy amount of time listening to or watching the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

They became extremely popular while I was in high school. There weren’t any other bands that were like them. There were decent bands around – U2, REM, Nirvana – but none of had the same energy.

When my first kid was about a year old, she loved rockin’ out to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in her high chair. That’s when I knew she and I would be alright.

They are still one of my favorite bands. If I had to be stuck on a deserted island with a band, I would pick the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers website

Bring the Funk Music Review: OTEP

OTEP has been known to bring in the noise and the funk. I can’t tell if there’s more noise or funk. Anyway, they have a newish album out called Kult 45. It has controversy all over it – from the cover to the last lyric.

Music isn’t always shiny happy funk. Sometimes music can get down & dirty and totally in your face.

If you’ve heard OTEP before you know that they don’t hold back with their lyrics. On this album, they express their opinions about the current political situation. This album is not cute and cuddly. OTEP came to send a message and don’t have time to waste on pleasantries.

If you’re looking for a nice, quiet middle of the road album, this is not the album for you. OTEP might not be your cup of tea. However, if you’re into loud, bands like Rage Against the Machine that stir the political pot, then OTEP might be your new favorite band.

The track that I like the best is “Boss.” “To The Gallows” is a close second. The link to the video is below.

OTEP website