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Sonntag, 15. August 2010

Interview: BOBBY KIMBALL (YOSO)


Das nächste Interview ist ein ausführliches mit BOBBY KIMBALL von YOSO. BOBBY KIMBALL ist vielen auch bekannt als Sänger der Band TOTO.
Melodic Rock Inside" Interview mit YOSO's Lead Singer:
~Bobby Kimball~

Hi Bobby. I am Michael from Melodic-Rock-Inside.com. Thank you for having time for the interview. I have some question for you .
1. What are you currently up to?

 
Lately, I've been involved with a great amount of projects. Most of my time has been spent working and rehearsing with "Yoso" for our upcoming tour of the USA and Europe. The band is sounding great, and the CD is coming out any day now.
I've also been working very hard to finish my Solo CD, and I'm very happy with the results so far. This is going to be one of the best projects I've ever done, and I'm so happy to finalize these songs that are so close to my heart.
Soon, I'll be doing a "Duets CD" with Jimi Jamison from "Survivor" for Frontiers Records in Italy. I'm also working on the new "Mecca II" CD with my good friend, Joe Vana. As you may have noticed, I don't have a lot of free time these days.

2. Could you take us through the excellent YOSO album ?Elements? and some of the ideas/stories behind the songs please...
 

The "Elements" CD was written and mostly recorded by Billy Sherwood and myself. Billy plays just about every instrument, so he would cut a basic track demo on each song, then give me a CD of it to write lyrics. It usually took me about one night to write the lyrics, and the next day, I would go to the studio and record the vocal while it was still fresh in my mind.
The story behind most of the lyrics came to me right out of my day-to-day experiences. Also, when I heard the demo tracks of the songs, it sort of tipped my hand as to the subject matter on each song. you can't write sad lyrics to an upbeat song.
I thought it was important to make the lyrics diverse (as is the music), and we finished the Cd so fast, we've already started a 2nd one.
Each song has it's own personality, for instance "Walk Away". I love this song, because it's about being unhappy with a situation, and removing yourself from it so that you can be happy. "Where You'll Stay" is a love ballad, and one of my favorite songs on the CD. "Path to Your Heart" is about finding love, and never forgetting about how you got there, and really knowing the Path to get back to it,...no matter what happens. As I said, each song has it's own personality, and they were all fun to write and record. I work very well, and fast, with Billy in the studio, and we can turn out songs faster than I've ever experienced with anyone.

3. How did YOSO come together and is this likely to be an ongoing band?


While I was working on one of Billy's "Tribute Band CDs" (he's done very many of these, and I've sung on quite a few), we began talking about the possibilities of putting a band together, and writing a CD for us, as opposed to him working on these Tribute Band CDs. Not long after that conversation, we were rehearsing the "Yes & Toto Greatest Hit Songs" to add to the songs we were going to record for our new band's CD. As it played out, we do about 5 of the best songs from both "Yes & Toto", and 5 from our "Elements" CD. It's a great blend of music, because the songs from Yes really compliment the songs from Toto, and the songs from Yoso compliment both of those bands.
As for it being an ongoing thing, I, for one, certainly hope it does. I had a lot of fun writing with Billy, and we've already started the 2nd CD. I do have my Solo CD to finish, and i will put a band together and tour for that CD in the off time from touring and recording with Yoso. Billy also has a Solo CD out, and he always has a new CD floating around in his mind. Yoso is our main concern though, so the Solo tours will happen, but not very often.

4. Are there any plans for a European/Germany tour and possibly dates?


Absolutely, we'll be coming to Europe, especially Germany. we have dates already set beginning on September 21st in Belgium. we were going to end that tour on October 3rd, but it's now been extended to the 18th of October.
We'll be playing in Köln on September 27th, Dortmund on September 28th, Aschaffenburg on October 2nd, and Augsburg on October 3rd.
The European Yoso Tour was supposed to end in Augsburg, but recently, it has been extended to about the 18th of October. I don't have those cities yet, but they will soon be found on the web site:
 www.yosohq.com

5. How hard/easy has it been to get yourself and your music known? How do you view downloads ? do they help or hinder new artists?

 
With the advent of the "computer age", everything about music has changed drastically. The way it gets sold, copied, heard, stolen, recorded,......etc.......everything has changed.
The one good thing about the Internet exchanges of "World-Wide invisible friendships" made on sites like FaceBook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, and many others, is the fact that you can put something out there, and it gets shared by multitudes of people all over the world.
In the early 80's, a band had to sign their lives away to a Record Label, then the Label would be responsible for getting the music and the band heard, and most of the money made by the Artist/Band was from Album Sales. In today's world, you can practically be your own Record label, and produce great results by marketing yourself on the Internet.
With the current presence of Internet Piracy, very little money is made from CD Sales these days. This is another thing that has drastically changed music too. Before Internet Piracy, bands could get very large budgets to record some fantastic music, because it does cost quite a lot to make a great recording of a good song. I think the quality of the songs getting written, and definitely, the quality of the recording of those songs, has plummeted dramatically. This is all due to Internet Piracy. The Record Labels know that if they give the artist or band a high budget in the 6 figure range, they will lose that money for certain. As soon as the CD is out for a week to a month, many sites will be giving the music away for free, and no money will be coming in to repay the budget. This has had a very bad effect on the Music Industry and Music in general.
The majority of the money made by the Artist/Band these days is when they play live concerts. If you're an artist that can make great CDs, but can't perform live, you may just go broke. I would hate to be a "New Artist" right now, because there are so many obstacles to get passed before you can become well known.
Being in a band like "Yoso" is great, because we have some history behind us, and we've played and sung on many great Hit Songs that people already relate to. When we mix those songs with the new songs from our "Elements" CD, we get the same reaction from the crowd,.....and that's a very good sign.
 

6. Any good rock 'n' roll tales to tell?
 
Any musician who has been playing, recording, and touring for over 40 years, has at least 10 books of stories to tell about the experiences they've gone through. Some are funny, some are very sad, and some are just down-right heart-breaking.
One that comes to mind right now:

When I was singing with Toto on the very first tour we did, we had a 3 day opening with no concerts. Just before the 3 days off, our manager got a call from the manager of "Rush". The warm-up band they were going to use canceled on them, and Rush needed a band to fill in that time before they played. We were all big fans of Rush, so we gladly accepted. When our bus pulled up to the arena, David Paich and I got off the bus first, then started running into the building, and towards the dressing rooms (which the sign indicated were 3 floors below us). David and I ran down the staircase as fast as we could, and at the bottom of those stairs were some swinging double-doors. Thinking those might lead to our dressing rooms, he and I just kept running ahead, and busted through those doors as loud as you can imagine, and hollering at the top of our voices. Much to our amazement, the first thing we witnessed was the whole "Rush Band",.......sitting with their wives at a beautifully decorated table with flowers and candle-light, enjoying their peace and quiet before they had to go onstage and play some very loud music. I know that feeling well now, but I'll never forget the look on their faces when Paich and I interrupted their peaceful moment so abruptly. David and I just turned around and slowly crawled out of the room completely devastated. It turned out to be a great night for us, but one that I'll never forget.
 

7. What piece of advice would you pass on to budding musicians wanting to start out today in the music business? 
 
I think the best advice to a new artist wanting to get into the music business would be to find the music that they relate to the most, immerse themselves into it to the point of almost "becoming" that music. If you are a singer, you should listen to a lot of great vocalists that make you feel like singing, and learn all of the tricks those vocalists are using to do whatever they do to make them great and lovable. As a vocalist, you can take a tiny piece of all of the different singers you love, and use fragments of anything that made their voice attractive to you. When you have gathered at least 100 of those, you can use these little pieces of each one, and soon, you'll have a unique voice that's sounds a little familiar, but since it's coming from so many sources, you would be the only one who knows what that source is as you sing a song.
The same goes with any instrument. The most important thing I could tell you is, "Live with your instrument until you become a part of it". You have to know your instrument so well, it becomes almost mechanical to do some of the hardest things with it.

8. What really gets on your nerves and really annoys you at the moment?

Not very much. I'm a fairly even-tempered guy these days. I've learned that "whatever doesn't kill you, makes you stronger". If you can internalize the bad things or hateful people around you, the things you can learn from bad experiences are as important as the things you learn from the very best of experiences. Half of the knowledge in your life is usually learning the things you DO want, and the other half is from bad experiences learning the things you DON'T want.
I'm in control of my life now, and I stay very happy most of the time. I enjoy what I do, and I have a lot of fun doing it. My WORK, is actually PLAYING. How many people can say things like that. Most people are so unhappy with the jobs they're bound to, because they have to do them. i play music because it's fun, and it makes me happy. There are some bad times involved with this job, but it's so fun, I can endure most of the bad things that happen.
 

9. Message to your fans...

Try to live your life as if each day was your last day on Earth. Do good things that make others happy, and you will become happy because of it. Laugh when you can, and know that your life is the greatest gift you could possess. Remember,......what doesn't kill you, will make you stronger,.....and learn something from the best and worst of experiences.
AND, come out and see "Yoso". We'll share our good experiences with you, and that will make all of us happy.
Thanks for the great question.......................Bobby

Thank you Bobby and I hope to see you may be on Tour in Germany and good luck for the forthcoming album “Elements”.

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