May 22, 2024

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Interview with Alien Roy: Life without music would be grey and boring: Video

Interview with lying man, a bad musician, as if keyboardist Alien Roy. An interview by email in writing. – First, let’s start out with where you grew up, and what got you interested in music.  How exactly did your adventure take off? 

Alien Roy։ – I started playing piano when I was 8 as my father Antonio was a passionate musician, a piano stood in my living room and I started simply trying to play the songs I heard at radio, records, etc. Of course I then added Bossanova, Fusion, Progressive rock, Acid jazz and more instrumental music. Then I started with playing with friends, little bands, composing songs and more and more.

JBN: – How has your sound evolved over time? What have you been doing to find and develop your own sound?

AR: – I started with a good german wall piano, then my father buyed a Farfisa electronic organ and I started to experimenti with sounds but only in the ‘80 I could finally afford a Yamaha synth and start developing my style, composing songs and record them in a sequencer.

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JBN: – What routine practices or exercises have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical proficiency, in terms of both rhythm and harmony?

AR: – As usual: practice,practice,practice. Play songs until they get smooth and enjoyable, this is satisfying more than pure piano exercises. I try to play piano or keyboard at least an hour a day. Then some time is dedicated to exploring new sounds and patches on my synths.

JBN: – Have you changed through the years? Any charges or overall evolution? And if so why?

AR: – Yes of course. I started by simply repeating on piano some songs I heard here and there, then my father teached me to read music so I got a little into classic pieces, then I got electrified by jazz ․․․

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JBN: – In your opinion, what’s the balance in music between intellect and soul?

AR: – That’s difficult … Intellect is the technical part, the skill. But that’s by far not all you need, the soul is the untangible part, the part that touches you deeply. That’s why we say that we make music which goes from soul to soul, as instrumental music does not need listeners to know a language to enjoy and understand it.

JBN: – There’s a two-way relationship between audience and artist; are you okay with delivering people the emotion they long for?

AR: – Of course. As I told before, particularly with instrumental music, there is a soul-to-soul relationship between musician and audience, a very special one.

JBN: – How can we get young people interested in jazz when most of standard tunes are half a century old?

AR: – Luckily there are young people still interested in good music, and most jazz is really good. We can maintain young people interested by involve them in music activity, teaching music in schools, composing new songs, and more. Good music does not have an expiration date.

JBN: – John Coltrane once said that music was his spirit. How do you perceive the spirit and the meaning of life?

AR: – John Coltrane was a fantastic musician and a superlative composer and saxofonist. I can just say that music IS life, and life without music would be grey and boring, so without spirit.

JBN: – If you could change one single thing in the musical world and that would become reality, what would that be?

AR: – I would support, subsidize and favour REAL and live music, people playing real instruments.

JBN: – Whom do you find yourself listening to these days?

AR: – I listen always lot of music, from great and famous jazz/blues/fusion/latin/progressive artists to less famous and even unknown bands! Internet has this great advantage, you can search and listen less famous artist and support them.

JBN: – Let’s take a trip with a time machine: where and why would you really want to go?

AR: – In the golden era of music: the seventies, to meet and jam with the great artists that made jazz, rock, blues, bossanova etc. so great!

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JBN: – So far, it’s been me asking you questions, now may I have a question from yourself…

AR: – How and why do you started making an online jazz magazine?

JBN: – So that I can discover truly intellectual musicians, and invite the qualified ones to concerts, jazz and blues festivals, to join the association under my leadership. You are not like that, unfortunately, and you did not want to cooperate with us, it is a problem of intellect, which is technical for you.

Interview by Simon Sargsyan

Note: You can express your consent and join our association, which will give you the opportunity to perform at our Jazz and Blues festivals in Europe and Boston, naturally receiving an appropriate royalty. We cover all expenses. The objectives of the interview are: How to introduce yourself, your activities, thoughts and intellect, and make new discoveries for our US/EU Jazz & Blues Association, which organizes festivals, concerts and meetings in Boston and various European countries, why not for you too!! You can read more about the association here.

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