artishare profile:

The ArtistShare Profile series features exclusive interviews with ArtistShare artists focusing on inspirations, current projects, and the creative process.

robin eubanks

Featured Artist: Robin Eubanks

Describe the moment when you realized you wanted to be a musician.

When I was about 13 or 14 and I played a gig and got paid. I was always doing music because everyone in my family played something. I was taking trombone lessons, but I wanted to be a baseball player. When we played the gig and people were so appreciative AND I got paid to do it, I thought, "This is pretty cool."

AS: What was your most memorable experience as a music fan?

Robin: There were several. Seeing James Brown perform was probably the earliest i can remember, but seeing John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra in a double bill with Chick Corea and Return To Forever was right up there along with seeing McCoy Tyner's group. Seeing McCoy's band got me to love acoustic jazz because it gave me the same energy buzz, I got from fusion music.

AS: What was your most memorable experience with a fan (of yours)?

Robin: Years ago, I did a clinic that was attended by several high schools. I was in the earlier stages of developing some music where I played loops and percussion pads and some things with my electric trombone. I did a one man band segment using those things. About a month later, I got a letter from a student who was in attendance saying that that day changed his perception about what was possible in music and life. It was very heartfelt and he sent a photo. I sent him a thank you letter, but I was surprised to get that letter. It made me realize that you never who is listening to you and what kind of effect you can have on someone's life.

AS: What was the inspiration or story behind your current ArtistShare project and tell us a little about the creative process.

Robin: It's a project I've always wanted to do because I love writing and performing jazz, rock and funk based music. I've never done a recording that focused on my rock inspirations. I did arrangements of four classic rock songs that I love and composed music that I thought would compliment them for my debut project with ArtistShare called: Robin Eubanks and mental Images - Klassik Rock Vol.1.

I picked songs by Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone and Led Zeppelin that resonated with me. I could hear a way I could add little things or change the meter that would make the arrangement sound like me, while preserving the identity of the song, so people can enjoy what they love about the original version.

AS: If you could collaborate with any musician (dead or alive) and share the process with your fans, who would it be and why?

Robin: This is a VERY difficult question to answer because I love and respect so many different musicians and various types of music. However, if I was forced to choose.I think it would be either John Coltrane or Sly Stone. Coltrane because his classic quartet is my favorite jazz band in history. Although I've played in the band's of two of it's members, Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner, it would have been so inspirational and educational to collaborate, learn from and perform with John Coltrane. I also chose Sly Stone because his music has influenced me a great deal. Sly and the Family Stone was one of the first true hybrids of funk, gospel and rock. That music really resonated with me and still informs my music to this day. His horn section parts were great and the music could be expanded into many different directions.

AS: Describe the latest creative process update you made to your project.

Robin: Today, I finished a month long tour with the SFJazz Collective. My last creative process update shows me in my hotel room and on the tour bus working on a composition for the new recording.