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Smitty Interview 1/15/2018

PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:05 am
by The_Noble_Cause

Re: Smitty Interview 1/15/2018

PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:15 am
by Art Vandelay
Nice interview.

SInce the safe bet is that Journey's playlist won't change much this year, aside from his La Do Da drum solo, you'll see a more inspiring performance during one of his Vital Information performances. Get to one of his upcoming shows if you have the chance.

Re: Smitty Interview 1/15/2018

PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:02 am
by slucero
Journey used to be lean, mean, rocking machine... now its Smitty's Jazz stuff that feels that way..

Re: Smitty Interview 1/15/2018

PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:47 am
by Art Vandelay
In his career, Smith has enjoyed the best of both worlds. He may have to play Journey’s classic hits — like “Lights,” “Faithfully,” “Don’t Stop Believing,’” “Who’s Crying Now” and “Separate Ways” — the same way night after night because that’s what the music and the fans demand, but that’s offset by the improvisational jazz of Vital Information and the music he creates with other master musicians he collaborates with, including San Anselmo’s great Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain. It’s that balance thing again.

“Playing with Journey isn’t boring for me because I know that in a couple of months I’ll be playing with my band and doing a lot of improvising,” he explains. “I have a very balanced schedule.”

So his balance is 6 months of playing creatively with others who share his passion, and 6 months of cashing in the big check to play on auto-pilot with a couple of arrogant, smacked asses. :roll:

Re: Smitty Interview 1/15/2018

PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:50 am
by bellairepark73
Went to his show to see HIS band Vital Information NYC Edition in NYC last year. Wow. To say he was amazing is...really too big of an understatement.

Previously saw Journey in July of same year. The two musicians that stood out: Jon and Smitty. (IMO)