Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Jules Cacchione Profile
Profile Interview with Jules Cacchione
1. What instrument(s) do you
2. What equipment are you
using? (ie guitars, bass, amps, harmonica, drums, sax etc.)
sonor 10 and 14" maple toms, 20" birch bass drum, and 13" dixon maple snare. 14" zyldjian hihats, 18 paiste crash, and 20"sabian ride
3. Have you modified your
set-up in any way to better suit your style of playing.
I play fairly simply, and I like a small kit that's easy to transport and set up, and fits on small stages.
4. Is there any instrument
that you owned, but sold and now regret it?
I've bought and sold a lot of drums, but I'm glad that I didn't sell my first real kit of sonor's that I bought in 1973.
5. How did you first get
intested in your instrument?
I played the snare drum in my junior high band.
6. What are your influences
in the blues?
I was first exposed to the blues by hearing blues covers by the Beatles, Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Zeppelin, Allman Brothers.
7. Are there any particular
players on the world stage who have had an effect on your playing?
I loved Buddy Rich and he was one of my first major influences. I am also inspired by many other drummers, including Billy Cobham, Steve Gadd, Chad Smith, Neil Peart, and Vinny Coluaita. And I can't forget Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, John Bonham, Keith Moon, Stewart Copeland. So many good drummers.
8. Can you recommend any
soundtrack/video/DVD of these players?
Just about everything by these guys is good as far as I'm concerned.
9. How would you describe the
type of sound you have or would like to achieve.
I'm pretty much an accompaniment drummer, and I just want my sound to fit the music.
10. If money was no object,
what equipment would you like to use at a medium sized gig? (50 seater)
I wouldn't change too much. A small 4 piece kit with 3 cymbals and hihats mic'd would be fine
11. What, in your view, makes
a player special/unique (past or present)
ability to groove, tasteful fills, decent chops.
12. What are your favourite
Aja by Steely Dan, Dear Prudence by the Beatles, Stormy Monday by the Allman Brothers, Scatterbrain by Jeff Beck, just to name a few.
13. How long have you been
Off and on for over 35 years.
14. Are you presently in a
group or working on any projects with other musicians? (name the other members
if you like and what they play)
I'm presently in a 4 piece band called Band on the Run with Phil Andrews on lead vocals and sax, Warren Grossman on guitar, and Lud Pasquale on bass. I also drum with Michael Mansour, and occasionally sub with Blues Side Up and The Devil Dawgs.
15. Do you like working in
the studio, prefer to go out and play, or both? (please elaborate if you can)
I haven't really had the chance to do studio work. I enjoy playing live, especially outdoor shows.
16. Are there any local
musicians that you would recommend to go and see play who you like the most?
Montreal has many excellent musicians. I always enjoyed seeing Jimmy James and his band with Dave Devine on drums. I must admit, however, that I don't go out to see live bands that often.
17. Which local musician(s)
have had an effect on your own playing?
Dave Divine inspires me.
18. How did you first get
involved with music? (ie. listened to a record, friend introduced you to an
album, went to a club to see someone play)
There was always music playing in our house when I was growing up. I remember listening to alot of my sister's Beatles collection.
19. Do you practice often
(ie. learn new songs, go over the ones you know, or just fiddle around?
I try to spend atleast one hour every few days on my practice pad. I listen to alot of different music. and then there are the band rehearsals. I'm a relatively lazy guy and I don't practice as much as I should
20.Share with us your ideal
gig (ie. large or small venue, do you like to get there very early to set up,
do you expect other band members to do the same, who does the sound or works
the board. – anything at all about your approach to playing)
I love outdoor shows, whether big or small. I like to get there early enough to set up and loosen up. I usually leave the sound up to someone else who has more expertise than I.
21. Is playing for you a job to be worked hard at, shear
pleasure, or a mixture of both?
It's a bit of both. While I enjoy playing, you need to work at it so that you can groove and be able to express your ideas on your instrument. It takes time and practice.
22. What do you think of jam
sessions? (please elaborate likes and dislikes)
I've been to some great jams, and I've been to some stinkers. Good jams have talented, grooving, unselfish musicians who are listening closely and don't let their egos get in the way. Jams are also a great place to meet musicians, and are an excellent place to play to an audience, especially for someone just starting out, or someone who just plays occasionally.
23. Do you prefer to work out
your music in advance, or do you like a certain amount of improvisation?
I like a little of both.
24. Have there been any
experiences that made you nervous on stage?
Sometimes, for no particular reason, I feel tense on stage, and I hate this feeling. Usually this feeling goes away after a few songs or the first set. I guess it's just nerves. Nevertheless, it's very irritating.
25. Is it more nerve-wracking
for you to play in front of friends, other musicians or a regular bar crowd?
Sometimes I find it's more nerve-wracking playing for friends. I guess I try too hard when they're there.
26. What’s the best or worst
gig you played?
I played the Canada Day gig in Morin Heights a few years ago that was alot of fun.
27. Do you have any other
anecdotes you could share with us. (pleasant or unpleasant)
About 30 years ago in a hotel bar in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, I vomited on stage during our rendition of "Babe", by Styxx. I had food poisoning, and I thought that night I was going to die. It was probably the longest night of my life. The poison was coming out of both ends. But incredibly enough, I was back on stage the next night. Perhaps I was a little queesy, but the show must go on.
28. What advice would you
give to an aspiring young player? ( ie. Technique, style, equipment etc.- any
mistakes to avoid?)
Take some lessons, practice alot, listen to all types of music, study videos and watch drummers live, go to jams, develop good listening skills, learn to groove and be in the pocket, and most importantly, have fun.
29. What’s your next
project/gig/musical experience? (give place and dates if you like)
Band on the Run at House of Blues Unik, June 19, 8th July, 5th August and 21st August 2010.
Posted by Maison de Blues at Wednesday, July 21, 2010