What was your 1st bass guitar and where did you
get it from?
I can’t remember the name of the guitar, but I bought it along
with an ancient Kustom padded silver sparkle cabinet. It was classic.
I sold the whole thing. Wish I would have hung on to the amp. I bought
it from one of my brothers friends, whole set up for $150. The first
real bass I had was a Kramer “Spector II” bass.
Who were your favourite bass payers at the time
My favorite player at the time was John Paul Jones, and in many ways
continues to be till this day. He was able to blend an R+B feel and
groove into a hard rock band. No small feat.
What songs did you enjoy playing the most and
The first difficult thing I ever learned was the entire bass breakdown
of “The Lemon Song” by Zepplin. It was too funky. Loved
it. And it got me into James Jamerson eventually, as it’s basically
just a rock version of a Motown bass line.
What initially made you want to form and/or join
Cause it was fun! And, I could get into bars when I was 15!! Mostly
for the fun however. And it’s the same reason I do to this day.
Somewhere along the line it also became what I did for a living. I was
always kind of the business guy in the band, so there was always a satisfaction
that came from being the guy running the whole thing. These were of
course bands back in Escanaba that no one has ever heard of, but it
built a solid foundation for me to build a life on.
What were you up to before you became a professional
I have always been a musician!! Never have had a day job in my life.
Other than a paper route!!
What was your introduction to the band ‘Edwin
I met Jeff Kollman back in 1991 at the NAMM show in California. At the
time, I was living in Detroit and he was in Toledo, only an hour a way.
He had no idea that I lived in Detroit. Shortly afterwards, someone
told me about this great band in Toldeo called VXN that needed a bass
player and wondered if I would be interested. I went down to jam and
there was….. Jeff. I had seen him only weeks before in LA. It
was a small world moment. We jammed and the rest is history.
Where did the name ‘Edwin Dare’ come
You would have to ask Jeff or Bryce Barnes on that one!!
What are your favourite ‘Edwin Dare’
songs and why?
It’s hard to say…… to be honest, it’s been a
LONG time since we played and when I listen to the CD’s (which
is rare…..) I like them all for different reasons. It’s
a different feeling that when we were actively in the band. Artistically
speaking most of the songs off “Can’t Break Me” I
totally love to hear.
What was it like supporting artists like Foreigner,
Dio and Peter Criss and how did you guys go down with the audience?
We always went down great because we were a killer live band. On several
occasions as an opening act, we got the “hook” as we were
taking it a little too far. When that band was in its prime, we could
out play and out sing any band out there. The vocals were always on,
and we were as rehearsed as any band I have ever been in to this day.
What memories do you have as ‘Edwin Dare’s
headline concerts and what were the standout moments for you personally?
We did it all, slow stuff, moody stuff, metal. And we all did long solos
and a few instrumentals. It was an all in one band. Stand out moments
would be the record release concerts that we always had. We did some
great shows all across the country, so it’s hard to just pick
one moment. They become a blur when you are doing them.
What would you say were the hardest songs of
Edwin Dare you had to learn and in what way?
It wasn’t as much as the songs being “hard”. They
all were, but with enough rehearsal, you could play anything. The hard
part was singing while we were playing all that sh*t!! It was hard as
hell, but we killed it. In fact, we probably rehearsed vocals twice
as much as anything else. We used to do one rehearsal a week with acoustics
and just vocals.
What would you say were the best times of hanging
out with the band members and Cal (The Man) Clayton? There must be some
cracking stories, no doubt involving Bryce – care to share any?
Yeah, Bryce was a mad man, and still is to this day. Me and Jeff went
down to Florida where he lives last year and it was like nothing ever
changed!! He is the same. Favorite moments would typically be on the
bus, on the road. But as any musician knows, what happens out there
STAYS out there!!
What did you enjoy doing when not on-stage?
Other than being in the studio and looking at porn on the internet (joking!),
I love hangin’ with my dog. I also run marathons and just like
to keep it simple the best I can.
What do you miss most about Edwin Dare and for
My friends!! It was a great band, but we just loved to hang out. It
didn’t seem like work. It was always a good time. It was the best
rock band I have ever played in to this day. It was a group of people,
including the crew, who loved doing what they did. It was a rare experience!!
What about getting ‘Edwin Dare’ back
together, even just for a handful of gigs? – there appears to
be a lot of interest in the band at the moment, judging by the amount
of people who have watched the live footage of ‘Feel The Power’
and ‘The Backburner’ via YouTube!!
Jeff and I have talked many times about it. We’ll see! Jeff and
I live about 6 miles from each other and we maybe see each other once
or twice a month!! Getting the whole band together would be tough, but
I think all of us at some point would love to do it and I hope that
we do. It’s great to see those old videos. We’ve had them
for years and just now decided to put them up.
What were you up to after leaving Edwin Dare
up until being a member of ‘Artension’?
I had just moved to LA and was playing with Macalpine with Mike Terrana.
Mike is really the guy who should get the credit for the success of
that band. HE is the one who dealt with all of the immigration for Vitalij
and Roger to come to the USA to record. I think he had met them on the
road when he was with Yngwie. Anyway, he somehow managed to get them
here and since I was playing with him at the time, he asked me to do
the record with him. To be honest, neither of us ever thought it would
be as successful as it was.
How did being a member of ‘Artension’
I was never really a “member”. It was more of a recording
project branded and packaged as a band. Since the first record was such
a success, it continued on. While I was involved in the band however,
we never played a live show.
What have been you favourite moments in ‘Artension’
and what would you say are the recordings that you like most of all
Hangin out with Mike Terrana at any time is hilarious. Seriously, one
of the craziest and funniest guys I know. I personally live the first
record. I think the most attention to detail was paid on it, and the
material was the strongest.
Of other artists you have been in bands with
who have you most enjoyed working with and why?
Uncle Kracker….. who doesn’t love playing arenas and stadiums.
Macalpine for its musicality. JKB because it was real. The list could
go on. I really love everything I have done. I try to only do things
that I like, with a few exceptions!
Who would you say are the best vocalists you
have worked with and why?
Bryce Barnes. The guy is indestructible and RIGHT on every night. And
a great front man too.
What other musicians/vocalists would you like
to work with in the future and what would you like to do?
It seems like most of the guys I would love to play with as I get older
are the guys that were dead before I started playing. Some until they
invent a time machine so I can go back and play with Hendrix, I’ll
have to stick to those around me already!!
What venues and countries stand out to you that
you have enjoyed playing in and why?
No particular venue, but Poland has always been one of my favorites.
People love music there. And I was SHOCKED at how hot the women are
there! Japan is always great as the stage tech’s and venues are
the most professionally run in the world.
What are your thoughts of the music business
now and how have they changed since you got into it all those many moons
It has changed. The main problem I see is that people are too close
minded in their tastes. If you listen to metal, that’s all you
have. If you like rap, etc….. when I started it was not unusual
to have a Zep record, Metallica, The Clash, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest,
The Police, The Fixx, James Brown and Motley Crue all in your record
collection. And music had a more universal appeal to everyone as a result.
You don’t have the “ties that bind” us all culturally
together anymore. I think the world would be a better place if we all
had open minds and listened to music for what it is, and stopped viewing
it as a culture or an extention of an identity that we see for ourselves.
What could you see yourself doing if you weren’t
involved in music?
I don’t know. Politics? Probably not. Too many photos on the internet!!
What do like or dislike about living in SHERMAN
OAKS, California – how is it for music?
It’s not really “Sherman Oaks”. It’s Los Angeles.
I love it here. I just built a new house, have a studio, a pool, a great
dog and can’t really complain about life!! LA is what you make
it. There are more talented people here than anywhere else and if you
really want to be in the music business, this IS the place to be. I
have a great gig at a venue in town called Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce.
I produced and performed in a show at the club here for a while called
“Royal Jelly”. I hired Jeff Kollman to play the show with
me, along with Charlie Waymire. (We all together are the band JKB).
We just moved the whole show to the Las Vegas/Mandalay Bay location
of Forty Deuce, and Royal Jelly opened last week. Forty Duece is a great
place to work and Ivan Kane is a great guy to work for. I will be doing
more shows for them in the future as well. It’s fun to be behind
What would you say are the most important things
to you in life?
Art, simplicity and truth.
What songs and work overall are you most proud
of and why?
I’ll leave that for the listener to decide. I’m my own worst
What would you like to be remembered for?
Wow, never answered this one before. Am I dying soon? Is my career over?
I guess that I was a person of integrity, musically and personally.