Monday, February 4, 2013

Darryl Yokley The Interview Part Two

Continuing my talk with one of the new young lions of jazz...

Is jazz getting to academic and is passion being pushed aside in favor of a major commercial approach?

D.Y. - " I do feel that some parts of the academic world have taken away a bit of the folk element of the music, but also there are less elders to learn from and working bands for young musicians to play with these elders.  There's no more Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, no more Betty Carter, Miles, etc.  So while I feel that the academia has taken a bit away from the soulfulness of it, I also attribute it to the circumstances of time.  I think there's just as much soul today as there was back then despite the presence of modern day academic institutions.  Just like we have people on the scene today that we may or may not consider soulful I believe there were people from earlier times who could have been considered soulful or not.  For myself even if I have a tune that is in an odd meter or is not your typical time signature and/or form I always strive to present a soulful feeling above all else whether it be in a live setting or the studio.  Where I'm at doesn't matter.  People may or may not remember whether you played a wrong note, messed up the form, dragged the tempo, or any other of these nuts and bolts of the show, but they'll; never forget how you made them feel at that show or when they listened to your recording so for me, that takes precedence over all."
The economy still does not have record executives dancing in the streets. How is this hurting new artists and the performance side of the equation in general?

D.Y. - " Money is tight, which can affect the industry in a multitude of ways from people not wanting to go out and spend money on cover charges and/or a minimum, not having money to buy the music from the artist, establishments having to cut back on live music or do away with it all together, etc.  The repercussions of the current state of the economy can definitely be felt in the music industry just like any other business.  I can't comment in detail on any particular facet of the industry, but I just know from my own personal experience and from talking with other musicians some of the concerns over the growing economic crisis.  In the current state of affairs it's hard to put out a good quality recording to get your name and music out there, afford a publicist or a manager, pay for all these things that will make you money eventually, and still have money for living expenditures.  I say all this to bring up the point that the era of self promotion is definitely alive today and yes, technology definitely plays a major factor in it.  With an abundance of social networking sites, personal web pages, text messages, and e-mail listings it makes it easier to self promote, but the downside of that is less time to devote to creating and nurturing your art, which is your product.  I myself spend a good amount of time doing self promotion through Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google plus, and it seems like there are new social sites that pop p everyday.  I have my own website which is starting to help things out a bit as well."
Finally tell us about your influences as an artist?

D.Y. - "I have many influences some musical, some not and some of them are saxophonist and some are not lol.  My greatest musical influences I can site are Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Miles, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Bach, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Dvorak, folk music of other countries, my private teachers throughout school, Tim Adams, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Kenny Garret, Chris Hemingway, New Century Saxophone Quartet, David Oistrakh, Nathan Milstein, Mtislav Rostropovich, Pablo Casals, Sid Simmons, Mike Boone, Byron Landham, Orrin Evans, Tim Warfield, Stacy Dillard, JD Allen, Jason Moran, Radiohead, The Beatles, and all the guys in Sound Reformation (George, Wayne, Luques, and Duane) many influences!!!  Other influences outside of music are my friends and family of course and Bruce Lee.  I think that's   (Part One)
I want to thank Darryl for his time and patience in putting this interview together and encourage you to check out his web site and pick up a copy of The Void!