Hey Gerry Smoot, welcome back! Great to be showcasing some of your new music on BuzzMusic! Tell us more about your personal upbringing within the music world?
It's an honor to be back for another interview. Well as some people who follow me are aware that I was born and raised in a place called Owensboro, KY. The smooth jazz scene is not really huge in the area I was born in but I've taken a great interest to it after playing behind a great gospel jazz artist by the name of Ben Tankard. I was fortunate and blessed enough to play with that man at 14-15 years old at a concert in Louisville, KY. Anyway, after that very moment, I knew that I wanted to do smooth jazz. So I started listening to the various artists (including those who are/were in the traditional jazz era) from Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, George Duke, Jeff Lorber.....the list goes on and on. I am also a multi-instrumentalist. I started playing the keyboards at the age of 2, and tackled bass and drums around the age of 9.
Do you believe that the way you intend to communicate your messages through your music is easily received by your listeners?
Honestly, it varies. Some people are into it and some people are not. For those who appreciate smooth jazz then the answer is yes. There's a musical social media platform that I go to often and I get messages daily telling me that my music is great and want to hear more, or my music helps them when they feel depressed and their spirits get lifted after listening to a song, etc. Those types of messages are what encourages me to keep going.
“The Inquirer" was an incredibly versatile and catchy track. Where did you draw the inspiration to create this particular type of sound?
Well, it's funny how that song came about. In a local band I play with, we was in band rehearsal and I just started playing something just off the top of my head. And it sounded very different to what I normally do. So in the middle of just messing around, I turned on the video on my phone and started recording it. Now mind you I was messing around with that idea even before the previous album of My Musical Journey. I happened to go through my Dropbox one day and ran into it, and was like I need to add more to this song. Then the rest is history.
How would you say that "The Inquirer" compares to the kind of music you curated when you first started out as an artist?
As I stated in the last interview, I always set a goal to make my music better than my previous albums. So I think that album has progressed very far than my previous 2 albums. It seems like my sound is more mature than before.
Do you prefer the more intimate recording process over live performance? How do you personally feel when you're performing your music live?
I'm more of a recording guy, but I also love the energy of a live performance. That's honestly a hard question to answer. But if I had to choose one, it would have to be the intimate recording process.
It was awesome to be able to present "The Inquirer" here on BuzzMusic! What do you think is next for you as an artist? Where do you hope to progress within the next couple of years?
Well hopefully, my name spreads out to where anybody who's into smooth jazz or in the smooth jazz music industry themselves know who I am. What's next is I'm dropping another album somewhere in the spring or summer of 2020. I can't give out too many details on that just yet, but be on the lookout for it. Usually, I post on Instagram or Facebook what is to come next. And once I spread the word on what's to come, I'll make sure I'll let y' all know about it...