By Christopher Snyder
The band mixes in the legendary groups, Pink Floyd/Talking Heads/Phish into one live experience. What album really got you into these respective groups?
Pink Floyd – Delicate Sound Of Thunder. Something about the feel of this live performance really got me beyond what I had heard in the studio albums. There was this feel that went under my skin and grabbed my soul. Whenever it’s raining out I feel the desire to put on the “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” from that album.
Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense. I was a film major in college. Film and music are such passions of mine. This is the ultimate combination of both art forms and it also has some of the best versions of these songs.
Phish – Two folded answer:
Studio Album – Lawn Boy. It was the first album I owned and songs like Bathtub Gin and Run Like An Antelope simply floored me.
Live Recording – Anaconda Ballroom 4/16/92. This live recording exposed me to “Mikes Groove,” “Colonel Forbins Narration” and so much more. Something about the way this run was mixed and recorded really popped for me too. The bass is so prominent!
At The Peach Music Festival the group had a very special performance of The Allman Brothers Band’s Eat A Peach. What does the album mean to you?
Some of my favorite songs are on this album. “Melissa,” “One Way Out,” “Blue Sky,” “Little Martha.” The “Mountain Jam” on here really shows the bravery of improvisation for the band. It’s so cool that they released a 30 plus minute track on this album. That was rare at the time and means a lot to me.
What are some groups that you feel are on the cusp of having a breakout year in 2017?
Hayley Jane is definitely one of them. The new album with The Primates is amazing and she is working on many other great projects too. Ripe out of Boston is poised to do some great things. They’re not so new anymore , but I am loving the rise that Turkuaz is having. They are such great people and deserve all the success that is coming to them.
You also manage Pink Talking Fish, Kung Fu and Hayley Jane and The Primates. How do you juggle all the responsibilities?
Yep, I manage PTF, Hayley Jane and Kung Fu. I’m also a father of two wonderful children. It’s a busy life, but I have an amazing team that I work with in my management practice. I also have extreme passion and love for my artists and my family. I make sure there is dedicated quality time involved on all ends. Everyone in my network deserves that respect.
What are some albums that really resonate with you and spin on a daily basis?
The Verve – Northern Soul
Cymande – Cymande
U2 – Achtung Baby
Funkadelic – Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On
Merl Saunders – Still Having Fun
How did you get your start in the music business? Were there any careers that you put on the back burner to become a musician?
I was a late bloomer musician. Didn’t pick up the bass until the summer after my freshman year of college, but it clicked immediately. I was in film school and when I graduated I went to Los Angeles because film and music are the perfect fit in that city. I gave the film world a shot because of the college education, but eventually I came to a crossroads and chose music. Best choice I ever made! I formed Particle shortly after that and the rest is history.
What’s the best advice you have for younger touring musicians?
Treat your band like a business. You are a business owner. The art can sometimes make it not seem that way but if you want to succeed in the music business you need to be serious about the business. Even when you have a team of people working for you, always remember that you are the CEO and that team works for the benefit of the business of this musical project.
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