Artist: Daniel J. Harris
Hi my name is Daniel j Harris and I am the owner host of a music pod cast for all styles from all over the world call The SoupyGato Show. Right now we are rebuilding the site were I am moving to from north of Detroit in the US. And getting married. Mucho changes . I grew up with my grandparents and listen to a lot of swing and classical and played french horn all through school then bass in bar bands, musicals, then started performing poetry and moved on to this show that started in 2005. I loved Russian and German compossess and Dean Martin is my fav. but I also got very very into heavy metal too. I love Mo-town…. and asked myself why was there not a radio program that had Stevie Wonder than King Crimson than Charles Mingus than Judas Priest…. I never found one so I made my own and have been lucky to speak with cats that I love like Lenny White (Miles Davie, Return to Forever) Marcus Miller, Trey Gunn (King Crimson) and many others as well as do showcases on Israel, Scotland, GLBT artist, and Tibet were I was proud we raised money for kids schooling, I don’t mean to disagree, but when I saw I’d go in a ‘genre’ I looked for ALL or NONE… because labels seperate us in to many ways in life. So I will be happy to give all the info of the the last song I played on the show… the band name, where they are from and all that, but not say what style. The laws have changed alot since I started, but major label bands were off limits, besides I had no desire to listen to the local radio much less play what they played. I wanted to meet and hear people from everywhere. So if you are a student here and have a mp3 that is can be public domain, but not cover tunes… I’ll get you on. And when you have a cd then too. If possible I will even try to have someone on that you were influenced by. But I am trying to move 10,000 cds across the Atalantic Ocean and it will take time….
I work with two guys from Sweden. They record music and send it and I record either a poem, write new words or add lib a story over and love it. I rarely don’t have on something. Soul Coughing is a band that I like to write to and on at the moment. But I just watched The Commitments about a group of young people forming a soul band in Dublin Ireland. I do miss playing, but I fill my time a lot writing emails about music too…. even if I were to lose my hearing there is songs stored in my brain and music in my soul and all souls…and rocks….
What Music activities are you involved in? Recording artist, songwriter, composer, producer, engineer?
Right now none. I love being a DJ but not so big on web site webing and even less that is all in Dutch and I’m learning. After you learn music for years you learn to listen a little different. And it helps as you travel…
What aspect of what you do musically, do you find challenging?
Most fun: When I was playing a lot of bass with a lot of people I didn’t know that well or at least we had not played a lot at that point. I’d say “NAme a color”…..and the person might say “Green”…and I’d think and say….”name something you can buy at the store”…… and they might say “Vacuum”…… and then we’d start to play the Green Vacuum Song…… that always was a blast to open yourself to an idea but also really feel open to what was the sound of Green Vacuum….
How would you describe your music?
The name of the band with Erik and Danny from Sweden is called Busting Onions Out Of Jail…… neatly stacked noise I guess we sound like…the name is a play on words…just wondering if anyone will get it…
Who is your favourite artist?
Stevie Wonder, King Crimson, Weather Report
Who was your musical inspiration?
Jaco Pastorius and Charles Mingus
How important is performing to you?
The idea of performing live again excites me…it’s been a few years….I’d also love to play baseballl
How did you become interested in music?
Classical music when I was young planted stories and vsions in me…I’d lay on the carpet and see movies….
If nobody listened to your music, would it still be part of your life?
Most of the time I make music I post it where only a few know… I write a lot of stories I don’t give to my editor either… I just dig the process…
As a musician do you ever think you’ll quit learning your art?
Sometimes sounds change to words or paint… but in the larger way it’s creating and that is the gift you don’t want to lose.
Do your family and friends support you pursuing your passion for music?
I’ll switch back and start answering more as the DJ …… the woman I am moving to be with put the money up to fix the site…. I’m very lucky…
Do you consider music art, or a commercial product?
I call it art if it’s on my show and commercial when it’s on pop-radio…
Do you use social media to share your music with others?
Social media… the first My Space changed the game forever. I knew the show I wanted to do for years… and in an afternoon I could email my info to every band of every style in a small country in an afternoon….it changed life…
What would you tell young musicians that may help inspire them to develop their talent?
Tune in and I do hope I inspire….
What is your favourite time day or night, to work on music?
I am a night person…it’s 3 a.m. now… and I write all in the bath tub…great sound…
Did you ever take music lessons?
When I was about 20 I took lessons just for a while. I was on bass and the teacher guitar and we’d work out Herbie Handcock and then play at a local club. I hit a wall with learning and it was very useful and I later we both played in the orchestra together…
Do you feel the music you listen to affects who you are?
I think what you eat, what you say, what you hear greatly effects you. If you listen to one thing over and over…. good or bad it will become much of you…. I am lucky to be forced to hear new music almost daily now again…
How do you deal with writers block when writing music?
I don’t write with nothing comes up. I don’t sit down and say “create”… when the idea hits I do my best to get most down until I can focus start to finish.
Do you ever use mobile technology to help you record your ideas?
When I started doing a podcast there were only a few 100…. I am a God Father of Pod cast… and don’t even have a cell phone…
My final thoughts to inspire young musicians:
Its hard to be put on the spot… so please check the past shows out in about aweek….
Daniel J. Harris,
Thank you on behalf of Listening Edge Records for taking time to share with us your thoughts on music, and helping inspire musicians of all ages.Trevor Baron President Listening Edge Records