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.
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