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Winslow VS Groovey.TV’s The Gauntlet! Interview Series

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(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artist (Like in this case the badass Winslow) is sent 75 questions from which they must choose  at least  12 to answer in whatever medium they choose: written, audio,or video. The questions range from standard to ridiculous.)

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WinslowWinslow’s unique blend of soul, rock and pop has been described by many members of the press and fans alike as a musical breath of fresh air. This sound, combined with the 6-piece outfit’s polished and passionate stage show has led them to sharing the stage with such major acts as Incubus, Earth Wind & Fire, OAR, Robert Randolph, Keane, Lupe Fiasco, Rusted Root, and many more. Here are Winslow’s saxophonist Matt Tieman answers to Groovey.TV’s The Gauntlet Interview Series.

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1) Describe your sound.

Slick ass soul sex rock jazz funk magic pop.

2) What are you working on right now?

Currently touring and promoting the album! We spent the last four years putting this album together… now it’s time to get out and spread the word.

3) Why do you play your style of music? Why not polka? or classical? or..?

I don’t think we really try to write in any genre… we all come from different places musically speaking and the songs just turn out the way they do! Maurice is a soulful singer so there’s always going to be a sort of soul element, the saxophone is always going to add a bit of a jazz/fusion element, Charlie’s a very rock-oriented guitarist so there’s always going to be some rock element, etc. Our music is just a culmination of these different attributes.

4) Who’s the craziest band member? Who is the most “normal”? Why?

Oh boy… craziest depends on your perspective, I suppose. However, if I had to pick the craziest I’d say our drummer, Jesse, just because he’s always cracking some ridiculous joke. I mean the man doesn’t know how to be serious lol. You could make a case for Maurice (vocals) and/or Danny (bass) but I’m sticking with Jesse. Most normal…maybe me, I guess. In some ways I’m a regular white guy who grew up in the suburbs but then I’m pretty eccentric in other ways too… lol. I think you could make a case for Charlie (guitar) and Curtis (keys/trumpet)… Like I said, open to interpretation!

5) Who are your influences?

As a band I’d say we are influenced by (but certainly not limited to) the likes of Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, John Legend, John Mayer, Maroon 5, and Dave Matthews. Personally as a saxophonist I’m influenced by jazz greats Michael Brecker, Kenny Garrett, Joshua Redman and whole bunch of others! All six of us have different eclectic tastes that I think the listener can hear at different times in our music.

6) What bands would you like to go on tour with?

I would love, LOVE, to go on tour with Bruno Mars or John Mayer… either one of them! Would be an absolute dream come true.

7) Do you have a CD coming out? What’s the scoop on that? Where did you record, style, songs etc.

Of course! Left of the Right Direction was released just this past month and it was featured on AOL.com and MSN.com! The album was recorded at RCR Recording Studios real close to us here in Solon, Ohio. The album was largely self-produced, but did enlist the help of some big name producers – Edwin ‘Tony’ Nicholas (Barry White, Mary J. Blige, Gerald Levert and a whole bunch of others) produced the title track ‘Quarter-life’ and Nick Chawala (Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Gym Class Heroes) mixed three of the tunes for us. We are calling the overall sound of the album ‘soul rock’ but each tune has it’s own flavor. The listener will hear elements of rock, old-school soul, pop, and jazz at times on it. It’s definitely an eclectic sound but I think the overall product is cohesive.

8) Stella or Guinness? Why?

I am a Guinness man. It’s dark, yet incredibly smooth and surprisingly light in flavor. Nothing beats Guinness on tap. Anyone who says otherwise is wrong.

9) If you could accomplish one thing in a music career what would it be? When you achieve that will you quit?

I think the main goal would be to headline an international stadium tour and sell out everywhere we played… that would do it. I definitely would not want to quit after that!!

10) What master musicians would you like to study with?

The late, great saxophonist Michael Brecker. I did get a chance to meet him once and got his autograph but it’s not like I got to spend any time with him! Honestly I would have followed the guy anywhere… off a cliff if it came to that. He is, or was rather, the single most influential and innovative saxophonist, certainly of the last 50 years and maybe ever. It’s sad the world lost him at such a young age.

11) What are your thoughts on the music scene in general?

Overall, I’m a little disappointed with the music scene. It seems like corporate America has a little too much control over everything. I get it, don’t get me wrong, I know why it’s that way, I just don’t like it. There’s not enough diversity of sound and substance to much of mainstream music today. There’s definitely still a lot of talent out there but it’s not always what gets heard by the general listening audience.

12) What really pisses you off?

Blatantly uninformed(or sometimes just plain stupid) individuals who go out of their way to voice their uninformed opinion on the rest of the world.

13) Name one person cooler than Evel Kneivel.

If it has to be a real person I’m going to go with Bill Clinton. I mean the man received fellatio in the Oval Office…

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About Winslow’s Matt Tieman

WinslowTenor saxophonist and Winslow co-founder Matt Tieman provides a unique complexity and texture to the group’s signature sound. His eclectic style, best described as jazz-fusion, combines a multitude of idioms including contemporary R & B, hard bop, free jazz, and rock. Although a predominantly passionate and soulful musician, he employs a decidedly methodical approach as a soloist and a writer, putting a great deal of thought into every note that comes through his horn.

Tieman holds a bachelor’s degree in classical music from Kent State University where he studied with Grammy-nominated saxophonist Greg Banaszak and Cleveland Jazz Orchestra composer/member Chas Baker. He was a featured soloist with the university’s top jazz and wind ensembles. His main influences are saxophone giants Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, and Kenny Garrett, as well as singer-songwriter John Mayer. In 2010, he was nominated as ‘Cleveland’s Best Horn Player’ by Cleveland Scene Magazine.

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