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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Interview with Jazz Musician Dub Glenn!
Musicians are Writers That
Publicly Bare Their Souls!
Interview with Jazz Musician
Written by: Jennifer L. Roche
I had the pleasure of listening to Dub Glenn play some
soulful jazz music this past weekend. His
music repertoire covered everyone from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Jimi Hendrix.Dub played guitar and sang solo, but it sounded
as if a full band was behind him, due to his use of a midi keyboard
sequencer.The jazz music sounded unique,
and created a pleasurable, soothing vibe among the audience.He’s a passionate musician, whose love for
music shines through in his impressive guitar riffs, and personality.I sat down with Dub after his set to further
discuss the unique blend he gives to his music, what keeps him playing show
after show, and goals he has for his musical career in the future.
Jennifer: Is Dub
your real name or a stage name you created?
Dub: My actual
name is Walter Glenn Jr., but growing up everyone called me W.B, from which Dub
long have you been playing instruments and performing?
Dub: I’ve been
doing shows for 13 years.I’ve played
guitar since I was seven years old, I played organ at a young age as well,
since there was an organ in my home growing up.In grade school I learned to play trumpet, playing in the Blue Rock Drum
and Bugle Corp. from the age of eleven.The experience of being in the Blue Rock Drum and Bugle Corp. helped
mold my thinking, and taught me discipline that I feel helped me become the musician
I am today.While in college, I taught
breathing techniques and brass techniques to students to earn extra money.
Music has always been part of my life!
made you become interested in performing publically?
Dub: When my
youngest son asked me to teach him the song “Stairway to Heaven”.He mastered that song so well, that I
realized I had better continue honing my craft so he didn’t get better than me!
Now I play music with my sons and they
help supply the drum beats to music tracks for me.
Jennifer: What do
you attribute your love of music to?
Dub: Music allows you to release pent up feelings,
and apply those emotions to the music you play.The guitar as an instrument is incredibly expressive.When I play in front of people, I am opening
up my soul, baring myself to others through my music.When creating good music you need to have
passion.You must play with passion!
agree! In order to write well, you must have that same passion.I noticed that you involve technology in your
performances to create the sound of a band behind you.What instruments can you play?
Dub: I can play
guitar, keyboards, piano, brass, and organ.I use a keyboard processor to record the other instruments you hear in
the songs (piano, keyboard, horns, and strings).I play these parts myself except for the
drums which my sons play the tracks for.I use a midi keyboard to get the other instrument sounds mixed into a
song.When I perform, I play guitar,
sing, and use the midi sequencer with the previously recorded parts integrated
into it. The end result is that it sounds like a full band is behind me!
Jennifer: Who are
your personal musical influences?
Dub: For brass I
am influenced by Bill Chase of Chicago,
Maynard Ferguson, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.For guitar influences I look to Gary Moore, Popa Chubby, Buddy Guy,
Robert Cray, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.My
biggest influences in music currently are Stevie Ray Vaughn and Gary Moore.
many songs have you written, and do you perform any of them at your shows?
Dub: I’ve written
dozens of songs over the years including “Sound of a Full Band”, “Happy
Anniversary to My Baby”, “Just for a Little While”, and “Everybody Loves My
Baby”.I perform four or five of my own
songs during a show.
Jennifer: Do you
have a song you consider your favorite?
Dub: My favorite
song is called “Everybody Loves My Baby”.It’s written about my wife.
Jennifer: Do you
have any future goals that you wish to achieve with your music?
Dub: I’m not
looking to become famous, I just want to have fun making music and perform for
as long as I can.
great!Do you have any advice for
aspiring musicians just starting out?
Dub: Don’t be too
serious, have fun!This is a hard
business, and sometimes the best music doesn’t get noticed.It’s about being in the right place at the
right time.It’s also important to give
back to the music community, by helping those musicians that are starting out.I have been mentoring a young girl since she
was 13. She’s now 16, and has turned into a great musician!It’s important to “pay it forward” by
If you wish to learn more about Dub Glenn, or attend one of
his performances, visit his site at: www.dubglenn.com