Eartha Kitt was known to say, “Artists are the true diplomats”. How further intrigued I was to find on a rainy and sultry Wednesday night of soulful and jazzy melodies vibrating through Solace Bar NYC artist Matt Vorzimer - The eCussionist, Eartha Kitt, and I all shared the same view.
As I took in the sounds being conjured by jazz singer Eliki Lou, trumpeter/singer Kafele ,and drummer The eCussionist, I couldn’t help but, see the connection between us all. Not just the connection between the musicians but; the connection between the listeners and the band & the listeners with each other. The mood was elevated, curiosities peaked, and we were all energetically entertained.
Perhaps who projected the connection most that evening was drummer, The eCussionist. As drummers do, he cleverly stayed in pocket while adding hints of his own flare throughout the set but; the quick transitions from jazz, to funk, to r&b continued to pull the audience further and further into a melodic fold where only “we” all existed. Once the audience could no longer fain resistance of the pull, he let loose! When complete, no hand resisted contact with the other, no voice was NOT raised in adoration.
As The eCussionist packed up, he let me dig into what we would later find were our very connected worlds.
MB: How did you get started in the NYC music scene?
The eCussionist: ”…. it took me sleeping on park benches and being the first one’s out there, to playing in subways with jazz musicians, to finally doing gigs.”
MB: Do you believe in the “starving artist” theory?
The eCussionsist: ”…. I believe in the balance of it all… I know the value of learning my craft but, I know the value of commerce and you gotta eat.”
MB: I’ve never seen a drummer use beat pads in their set, where did that come from?
The eCussionist: ”… It’s a matter of me loving the drums, loving jazz, and loving a craft I haven’t been able to indulge in lately; dj’ing”
MB: Is there one style of music you prefer?
The eCussionist: ” No. I like being around a lot of stone cold critics who are so against another style of music because, I can get a pure unadulterated opinion on whatever music they are so against….By having these experiences, my mind is opened up.”
MB: Are there any stone cold critics you ever been able to convert or open their minds to the very style they are against?
The eCussionist: ”…I wouldn’t say a convert to a style of music but, I know who I made a convert of me…Big Daddy Kane. He didn’t like my first audition so, I remade one his songs and sent it back….He said it was better than his drummer in Cali. This was major you know, since ‘Kane is a well known hip-hop elitist.”
MB: Thank you, for time and sharing a piece of your “cloth”.
The eCussionist: You got it.
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