10 Question Corner – Tony Cook

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Tony Cook

OB: Being a major touring artist, what would you say are some of the major differences in the crowd response from America to other overseas countries?

Tony Cook: Crowds are different everywhere you go. If they know who you are they love you automatic, but overseas they know your total History.

OB: Playing with James Brown for many years must have developed an interesting relationship. Tell us about your experiences with such a recognized and iconic artists.

Tony Cook: I worked for many artist over the years, working for James Brown was more like being in the military, you played the music on time all the time,his way most of the time. You dress the way he wanted you on stage and off, this may not have worked for most entertainers but it worked for him, because he was James Brown. I have seen musicians come and go over my thirty years of being associated with him, some fit and some didn’t. Once he got use to your playing you was always in the family, it may be twenty years, but you knew and he knew sooner or later he would call you back.

OB: You’ve backed up some really big names in the industry (Etta James, Clarence Carter, ZZ Hill, Billy Ocean and Robert Palmer just to name a few). Is there anyone out there you still look forward to working with?

Tony Cook: I am a musician first, I am always open to play with others, but I’ve played with the best of the best. I am mostly concentrating in performing with my own band Tony Cook’s Trunk-O-Funk.

OB: The success of your solo projects have scored largely over seas. Do you still produce and tour as a solo artist?

Tony Cook: Yes I still tour as a solo artist with my band and others. You can go to youtube and pull up a concert from the New Morning in Paris France at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIjdq5vr0r8

OB: On The Floor (Rock it), has been considered as the FIRST house record. Being dubbed the founding father of house must be pretty astonishing. What inspired you to create such an innovating and new sound back then?

Tony Cook: The first release for Tony Cook and the party people on Half Moon records was Do What you Wanna Do,a Rap record, I was recording another rap record and heard something different. Instead of mixing it myself, I sent the master to New York to get another flavor,Timmy Regisford & Boyd Jarvis added a few parts, and mixed it. It was released the 1st in England Feb. 1984, at number 8 in the soul chart. It came back to the states at number 9 in the import charts. They didn’t how to category the music They called it Soul, Dance, Garage. But when it got to Chicago,
in 1985, that was when they called it House Music.

OB: Your music from Tony Cook’s Trunk-O-Funk has been aired on major TV shows such as The Shield, and the HBO series The Mind of the Married Man. How do most of your opportunities for outlets and exposure such as this occur?

Tony Cook: Of course I have been known thru out the years as the drummer for James Brown and Tony Cook and the Party People. I have released many projects on myself and produced other projects with many labels, time to time I’m approach by past associations with companies,producers and artist to do new deals,for example track one (Cram) off the Brother’s In The Groove album was recently use on a British movie (The Clubbed) Directed by Neil Thompson 2008.

OB: Can fat people go skinny dipping?

Tony Cook:Yes

OB: Your new album, Brothers in the Groove, has been released. Where was it recorded?

Tony Cook: It was the last recording in Augusta, Ga. at the Hut. Which was a little studio that I owned and did a lot of recording in the 80’s.

OB: Any specific song on this album you feel in particular people should watch out for?

Tony Cook:Cannonball and Cram.

OB: Where can we find the music?

Tony Cook: You can go to my website:tonycookmusic.com or you can search Tony Cook and the Ga’s/Brothers in the Groove. It is on many websites.

www.tonycookmusic.comTony Cook

OB: Being a major touring artist, what would you say are some of the major differences in the crowd response from America to other overseas countries?

Tony Cook: Crowds are different everywhere you go. If they know who you are they love you automatic, but overseas they know your total History.

OB: Playing with James Brown for many years must have developed an interesting relationship. Tell us about your experiences with such a recognized and iconic artists.

Tony Cook: I worked for many artist over the years, working for James Brown was more like being in the military, you played the music on time all the time,his way most of the time. You dress the way he wanted you on stage and off, this may not have worked for most entertainers but it worked for him, because he was James Brown. I have seen musicians come and go over my thirty years of being associated with him, some fit and some didn’t. Once he got use to your playing you was always in the family, it may be twenty years, but you knew and he knew sooner or later he would call you back.

OB: You’ve backed up some really big names in the industry (Etta James, Clarence Carter, ZZ Hill, Billy Ocean and Robert Palmer just to name a few). Is there anyone out there you still look forward to working with?

Tony Cook: I am a musician first, I am always open to play with others, but I’ve played with the best of the best. I am mostly concentrating in performing with my own band Tony Cook’s Trunk-O-Funk.

OB: The success of your solo projects have scored largely over seas. Do you still produce and tour as a solo artist?

Tony Cook: Yes I still tour as a solo artist with my band and others. You can go to youtube and pull up a concert from the New Morning in Paris France at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIjdq5vr0r8

OB: On The Floor (Rock it), has been considered as the FIRST house record. Being dubbed the founding father of house must be pretty astonishing. What inspired you to create such an innovating and new sound back then?

Tony Cook: The first release for Tony Cook and the party people on Half Moon records was Do What you Wanna Do,a Rap record, I was recording another rap record and heard something different. Instead of mixing it myself, I sent the master to New York to get another flavor,Timmy Regisford & Boyd Jarvis added a few parts, and mixed it. It was released the 1st in England Feb. 1984, at number 8 in the soul chart. It came back to the states at number 9 in the import charts. They didn’t how to category the music They called it Soul, Dance, Garage. But when it got to Chicago,
in 1985, that was when they called it House Music.

OB: Your music from Tony Cook’s Trunk-O-Funk has been aired on major TV shows such as The Shield, and the HBO series The Mind of the Married Man. How do most of your opportunities for outlets and exposure such as this occur?

Tony Cook: Of course I have been known thru out the years as the drummer for James Brown and Tony Cook and the Party People. I have released many projects on myself and produced other projects with many labels, time to time I’m approach by past associations with companies,producers and artist to do new deals,for example track one (Cram) off the Brother’s In The Groove album was recently use on a British movie (The Clubbed) Directed by Neil Thompson 2008.

OB: Can fat people go skinny dipping?

Tony Cook:Yes

OB: Your new album, Brothers in the Groove, has been released. Where was it recorded?

Tony Cook: It was the last recording in Augusta, Ga. at the Hut. Which was a little studio that I owned and did a lot of recording in the 80’s.

OB: Any specific song on this album you feel in particular people should watch out for?

Tony Cook:Cannonball and Cram.

OB: Where can we find the music?

Tony Cook: You can go to my website:tonycookmusic.com or you can search Tony Cook and the Ga’s/Brothers in the Groove. It is on many websites.

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