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Bob Holz

Interviewed by Gary Hill

Interview with Bob Holz from 2019


Can you catch the readers up on the history of your involvement in music – sort of a "highlight reel?"

I was a side man in many bands for years. In 2012 I began a solo project which led to the release of seven albums.
MSJ: If you weren't involved in music what do you think you'd be doing?
Probably film production.
MSJ: Who would you see as your musical influences?
Drummers Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl, Tony Williams and Buddy Rich.
MSJ: What's the best thing that's ever been said about your music?
Jazziz was quoted as saying I was one of the top drummer-composers on the fusion scene.
MSJ: What's ahead for you?
I recently moved to Los Angeles and I’m forming a couple of different band configurations to perform.
MSJ: I know many artists hate to have their music pigeonholed or labeled, but how would you describe your music?
Jazz Fusion
MSJ: Do you think that illegal downloading or streaming of music is a help or hindrance to the careers of musicians?
I think it’s a hindrance.
MSJ: In a related question, how do you feel about fans recording shows and trading them or posting them online?
I’m okay with that.
MSJ: If you were to put together your ultimate band (a band you'd like to hear or catch live), who would be in it and why?
Billy Cobham, Eddie Van Halen and Ric Fierabracci.
MSJ: If you were in charge of assembling a music festival and wanted it to be the ultimate one from your point of view who would be playing?
Pat Metheny, Van Halen and Willie Nelson.
MSJ: What was the last CD you bought and/or what have you been listening to lately?
Steve Gadd's new Grammy winner.
MSJ: What about the last concert you attended for your enjoyment?
Billy Childs with Joey Heredia on drums.
Do you remember the first concert you attended?
Jimi Hendrix
MSJ: Have you come across any new gear recently that you love?
Lots of specialty cymbals.
MSJ: What has been your biggest Spinal Tap moment?
Typically in the 1980s arguments within the band over trivial topics.
MSJ: If you could sit down to dinner with any three people, living or dead, for food and conversation, with whom would you be dining?
Billy Cobham, Jimmy Carter and Tony Bennett.
MSJ: What would be on the menu?


MSJ: Are there any closing thoughts you would like to get out there?
I am lucky to have played with Larry Coryell who helped establish me as a player and writer.
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