I am not mentioned by name, but it is still an amazing compliment. Huey Lewis on the podcast "Hypochondriactor" with Sean Hayes and Dr. Priyanka Wali.
Cris Cohen: How does editing figure into your creative process? You're getting all this stuff that is being sent from on high, from the Muse, and maybe there's something that needs to be tweaked or should you not mess with it at that point?
Marc Bonilla: No. It's kind of like mining raw ore. You want to get it into a faceted diamond at some point, right? So, there are going to be places that you're going to carve off once you have all of the ore that you need. It's like Michelangelo looking at a piece of granite and going, “Well, there's the statue. It's in there somewhere. So, if I just chip off everything that doesn't look like The Pieta, I'll be safe.”
That's kind of what you do once you start flowing with your ideas. Because they will come. And you have to have the red button on record the whole time. Because they will leave as soon as they come. And just as quick. That's why you always have to have a digital recorder or something around so that you can record everything right away.
The first time through is going to be the purest because it's unfiltered. You have to watch out for your mind, because your mind is the one that gets you into trouble. You start rethinking and start going, “Is this a hit? Who's going to like this?” Forget that. It really has to come from the heart to the hands. When you get it out there, then you can sit back, listen to it, and go, “Okay, what does this need?” And then you can piece things together.
Huey Lewis: We had a band Christmas party this year. We hadn't done that since 2017. We used to always have it. At the end of the year, we'd pick one night off during the tour and have a band and crew dinner. We did it again this year. It was really fun to see everybody.
Cris Cohen: Did any stories come up during that night that maybe you had forgotten about?
Huey Lewis: All kinds… but none I can tell. All the good ones you can't tell.
Professor Louie: The experience of being a supporting musician will help you when you are eventually in the lead position. You learn how to move with the punches. That's why younger guys working with great musicians, who are already established, is a great thing to do. That is how you learn the ropes.
John Papa Gros - The making of a great show… Well, for me, I like to set the stage. I like showing up putting the piano where it goes, plugging in the cables, making sure everything works. Setting the stage properly is kind of like setting the table for Thanksgiving dinner, you know? I want to make sure everything is in its place, so when the food hits the table, the expectation meets the anticipation. We have to sound great.
Then, I try to find a quiet moment somewhere to remind myself why I’m there and what I’m there to do. I pray there’s an audience in front of us. I’ve spent many hours on Bourbon Street playing to the rats and the cockroaches. So I understand and appreciate what it means to have an audience. The pandemic has reinforced that. I love to play for people, especially when they’re receptive. It’s my job to give you my all and encourage you to give it right back, whether it’s dancing, smiling, butt-shaking, singing, whatever … Anyway that lets me know you’re getting it. When the communication goes back and forth from stage to audience the energy begins to build and the rest doesn’t matter. The rest is gravy.
"I really think of the guitar as a melodic instrument."
Uncomfortable truths I have to remind clients:
> The only thing you have control over with social media is the content you create.
> You will reach all of the people who take the time to go to your profile page. As for the news feed, the algorithm will hide your content from many of your followers… unless you pay up.
> It is not a level playing field. A-list celebrities get preferential treatment and are often allowed to violate the terms of service.
> Most social media stats are fake. There are many bands with millions of followers and millions of views who cannot sell more than 10 tickets to a show.
> There are many people who love you and love your content who do not click "like," comment, etc. They are another reason why the stats are pointless. They are also a reason not to give up on social media.