EXCLUSIVE ARTIST INTERVIEW: FURMI GOMEZ | PERFORMING JUNE 19TH AT BAR NINE
Furmi Gomez (1981) is a saxophone player from Barcelona (Spain) living in New York City (U.S.A.). Furmi has been playing saxophone for more then 20 years. He graduated with Masters and Bachelors degrees at the Royal Conservatory at The Hague (The Netherlands). There he fostered what became one of the most successful jazz clubs in the country, playing from the beginning weekly gigs for years. Although Furmi is most specialized in Jazz music, he has performed and recorded in projects of varied music styles such as rock, fusion, ethnic, pop, latin, and classical. He has performed around the world, with Grammy-nominated musicians, and artists of many different nationalities
In anticipation of his live show with us on June 19th at 8:30PM, Furmi was nice enough to email us from his home-base in New York to discuss his musical influences, live show experience, and what inspires him on a day-to-day basis
BAR NINE: What type of band are you?
FURMI GOMEZ: Jazz music
BN: Tell us the brief history of your band
FG: NYC based musicians, very much in the jazz scene of the city, all Americans - except
me, the band leader. Bad ass players!
BN: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
FG: The vibrating jazz scene in the city is quite an influence. Also the amazing paintings
of my wife
BN: What are your dreams and goals?
FG: Continue growing as a musician, and get to the best of myself, spread culture
BN: Who writes the songs, what are they about?
FG: The compositions are written by myself, they are inspired on the city and it's people,
and soon to be released in a studio album
BN: How do you promote your band and shows?
FG: Mostly social media, posters with good designs and talking to people of course
BN: Describe your show, visual and musically
FG: Energetic, spontaneous, honest, just come and see it
BN: What do you think about downloading music online?
FG: Scary, but there's nothing you can do about new technologies, complaining doesn't help. There's need to find the way around on it to make it somehow useful to the musician
BN: What's your outlook on the record industry today?
FG: For a jazz musician it is quite different than for a pop musician, obviously the things
have changed quite a lot. based more on produced single vocalist than a band
BN: What's your claim to fame?
FG: If you can do what you love and make more then a good living or even just a good
living, you can be very happy. The acknowledge of the people on what you do is
always a great feeling of course
BN: Tell us a story about a day in your life
FG: They are all different but to resume… music, music, music...
BN: What inspires you to do what you do?
FG: Depending on how you feel each moment you will create one thing or another, that for
music, painting, writing, etc, but there's always yourself and what surrounds you
BN: What advice would you give to fellow bands?
FG: New York is great but also a tuff city, if you are very much behind your music, be
patient and keep going, don't give up
BN: What are some of your pet peeves?
FG: Wake up and there's no coffee!
BN: How does music affect you and the world around you?
FG: It makes my life exciting constantly, not monotonous, and it keeps my spirit young
BN: What's new in the recording of your music?
FG: Six new tunes composed during the last months, unusual music set up and
unusual (at least for a jazz record) concept on the whole album as a one
BN: What are the biggest obstacles for bands?
FG: The competence in NYC is huge. But at the same time it obliges to give your
BN: What' the best and worst thing about playing clubs?
FG: It always depends on the clubs, each place has it's different ways and atmosphere, but there's something about playing on clubs that makes me feel I will keep doing it
BN: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
The band is killing!