“My Time Is Limited As Is And I Don’t Ever Have Much To Say:” A TDQ Q&A With Trumpeter Julius Collins

Julius Collins

Julius Collins

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with Julius Collins, trumpter with the Special Formula Band. Julius talks about the best advice he’s ever gotten, how the internet has changed independent music and Special Formula Band’s upcoming debut album. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Julius Collins:

The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com

Julius Collins: A former colleague of mine turned me on to it. You guys have a very interesting & insightful outlook in your articles.

TDQ: How excited were you that The Daily Quarterly asked you for an interview?

Collins: I was caught off guard and pleased at the request. Just glad the interest was there and happy to share the story of my experience.

TDQ: Would you say the writing at The Daily Quarterly is better than anything you’ve ever read, or WAY better than anything you’ve ever read?

Collins: I’d say “better than anything I’ve ever read”.  

TDQ: Who was your favorite musician/band growing up?

Collins: I’m a trumpeter so I am somewhat biased to trumpet players. My favorite musician of all time is Miles Davis.

TDQ: What made you want to be a musician?

Collins: When I realized that I was actually pretty good and had talent, I felt like I could do this for the rest of my life and be happy.

TDQ: What was the first concert you ever saw?

Collins: My first live concert that I remember was M.C. Hammer’s “Too Legit to Quit Tour” with acts TLC, Boyz II Men, & Jodeci at the Jacksonville Coliseum.

Special Formula Band

Legend says that before Julius Collins joined it was just the Formula Band.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

Collins: During my undergraduate days a doctoral student told me, “The more you play, the more you’ll play,” suggesting the more variety of styles in music that I play, the more gigs I’m likely to be hired for.

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?  

Collins: “You don’t need to practice.”  

TDQ: Who are your influences?

Collins: Mainly trumpet players: Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton and Terence Blanchard to name a few.

TDQ: Why the trumpet? Why not the harmonica or the clavicor?

Collins: According to my band director I was able to get a “good” sound out of the trumpet when I chose it back in 5th grade, and have loved it ever since. Unfortunately, I wasn’t exposed to a harmonica or clavicor until my adult life. It is sad I know.

TDQ: Quick: Better trumpet player: Dizzy Gillespie or Louis Armstrong?

Collins: That’s a tough one, but I’ll say Louis Armstrong…he helped set the foundation. Dizzy took it to another level.  

Part 2 of our TDQ Q&A with Julius Collins will run next Friday

4 thoughts on ““My Time Is Limited As Is And I Don’t Ever Have Much To Say:” A TDQ Q&A With Trumpeter Julius Collins

    • Sorry, your first questions put me off. Very self-centered of thedailyquarter.com. You wasted space on talking about yourself that should have been designated for Julian. So far, the article is very cookie cutterish. Typical start off questions.

      You open up with what Julian is going to talk about, now we find ourselves frustrated in having to wait a week for the next installment.

      I will be looking elsewhere on more immediate information available about Julian, the band he is in, and their upcoming album.

      • Thank you for your comment and your positive and encouraging feedback regarding our interview with Julius/Julian Collins. We’re glad you enjoyed it so much, and feel certain based on your thoughts that we’re closer than ever to our goal of equaling the quality interviews that air on our idol media outlet, CNN.

        You are now informed. Go and do likewise.

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