If you want to see a unique concert that combines electronic, blues and rock n' roll styles of music all together, then I know you're ready for BoomBox at Valentine's performing Wednesday, October 17th. The two-man, multi-instrumentalists band consists of Russ Randolph and Zion Rock Godcaux. Every show is a unique and special experience for the audience and the members.
The two members create their music by switching from different instruments throughout a song and combining with each other's psychedelic funk rhythmic sounds. I was able to ask the duo a few questions each before their upcoming show on Wednesday, October 17, at Valentines.....
- What inspires you to create your music?
Zion: I wouldn't say my creativity comes from 1 source of inspiration. It's more like an inner urge to get back to a place that I used to know. Writing then playing that music is my most natural means of transportation to get there.
- Where do you hope BoomBox is in five years?
Russ: Further along on our journey. Really proud of where we are and the people we have found. Zion and I have this vision in our heads for this project. Everyday we are getting closer to our vision. Hopefully in a few years our product is a direct and accurate translation from what we see and hear in our heads...we're getting close.
- What was the most memorable moment in your music career, so far?
Zion: That would have to be earlier this evening. We were working in the studio on a couple of new songs that will be accompanying us on this next tour.
- If you could describe a BoomBox show in one word, what would it be?
Zion: I'd like to think I could use the word "celebration"!
- What do you enjoy doing when you're not creating new music?
Russ: Spending time with my family. We are on the road a lot, so we miss out on things back on the home front. It's important to us to find the balance between road life and home life. I also enjoy repairing and restoring vintage mechanical watches. It's what my father did and something that he passed down to me. It's one of the only things that gets my mind off of the music business part of my life.
- Are you playing a big event for New Years Eve this year?
Zion: We are playing the SnowGlobe Music Festival in Lake Tahoe, and then going on Jam Cruise 11 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
- What artist would you love to do a song with?
Russ: There are so many incredible artists, but if I had to pick one or two at the moment....I would love to collaborate with Bill Withers or Van Morrison.
- What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
Russ: We are on the go most of the time so rehearsals have to be somewhat spontaneous. We rehearse rolling down the road, at sound-check, backstage, just whenever and wherever we can. We used to never really rehearse, we would work on a track then just work it out in stage. In recent years though we try to rehearse as much as life will allow.
- What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?
Zion: The good kind...
- What advice do you have for people who want to form their own band?
Russ: Do what YOU do. So many artists try to sound like or follow the direction of someone else. You can be influenced by someone and still have your own voice. Do the material that makes you and the people around you feel good about playing or writing. Don't worry about the artist next to you, or on TV. It doesn't matter what anyone else is doing. If you feel it and it's real to you, others will sense and feel that as well...and that's all it takes.