Dec 8, 2011

Omnibox - alternative/jazz, USA (E98)

About: Omnibox, cool quartet from Omaha

"Omni box is made up of Mary Pennisi who has spent her life dedicated to the arts from her intoxicating voice, to her ability to mold and move through any artistic medium.
Trent Guthrie a man with a musical style unique to his own. With little to no background in theory and never having any lessons, Trent has mastered the guitar, piano, banjo, and just about anything with strings. His dedication to learning and pushing himself musically is something that sets him apart from most.
Jason Horacek specializes in percussion and flute, and has an extensive background with events such Loom, yoga rocks the park, drumming for bellydance performances and groups like African Culture Connection, Djem, Aetherplough, Flowpulse, Akita Mani Yo, Blue Martian Tribe, just to name a few. He has a true love for his music and his ability to see between the rhythms as he lays down very intricate and pulsing percussions and delightful melodies on the flute.
Also, Jadams who comes from a very long extensive life in the music industry from working and playing with such artist as Karl Denson, K23 orchestra, and guava belly to name a few. He, like the other members in the band has spent his life dedicated to music and art.
Omni Box has been lucky to work with other artists from time to time, such the infamous player Ben Brockway and our stand in guitarist, Jamison Figueroa."


1). If you had a chance to be in a movie, what movie and what part would you choose?
Mary: I would have to choose the role of Elizabeth, in the movie 'Young Frankenstein'. Madeline Kahn is absolutely amazing in the role. I'm not saying I could do better, but it would be a role in which both comedy and music take place.
Jason: Blade Runner, Decker (the character played by Harrison Ford.)
Joe: If I had to be in a movie, I would probably Choose Val Kilmer in Sultan Sea. That movie is by far one of my favorites, and i love the patience and the think outside of the box mentality that Val Kilmer portrays.

2). Would you like to have your own radio station? If yes - What would you name it and what music would you play on it?
Mary: I would love to have a radio station! I think I would call it the 'local vocal'. This station would allow local artists and groups to showcase their music. The kicker, it would have to be a live recording. I don't care if it came from a digital hand recorder, just something live. I think that we, as a group, feed off of the audiences energy. There are a few songs that we do that just sound and feel better live.
Jason: Yes. "Limitless" radio. I would play international music, progressive rock and jazz, folk and blues.
Joe: I guess like everyone else I would also love to have my own radio station, I was a radio Dj for a little bit after high school, and I loved the atmosphere of being in the radio room. I don't think I could limit myself to one genre of music, I would love to play as many styles of music as humanly possible. I am a big believer that there is no such thing as bad music. I think That is one reason why I love Omni Box, because we try to incorporate as many genres as possible as well as genre blending.

3). Name the three characteristics that you think are most important for a musician to have?
Mary: Drive, desire and the ability to feel their own music. If a musician is unwilling to grow or lose themselves in what they produce...good luck getting anyone else to either.
Jason: Passion, openness, patience.
Joe: An open mind, a driving passion, and recognizing ones own creative instinct. I think these are most crucial, If you cant feel or be honest with yourself about what your doing, you will find that your getting into music for the wrong reasons.

4). Does your family like your music? Do they support you?
Mary: I sure hope they do! Yes, I know that they enjoy what they've heard. My mother tries to put me on the spot and get me to sing, where ever I may be.
Jason: Yes. They come to my shows periodically, and like the eclectic musicians I work with.
Joe: Most definitely, Its because of my family that my first love in life was music and the arts. And they do like the music that we have been making.

5). Please share with us your first experience on stage. Where was it and how did it go?
Mary: As far as music goes, the first time I played live was in 2007. My buddies played frequently at the 'Downtown Blues Bar' (may it rest in peace). I just wrote my first song on the guitar and wanted to test it out. I was petrified. I was able to get through it. It was a little rough, but I was surrounded by people that supported me. I was just happy to get it over with. That experience was what started me to focus more on performing my music. I just wrote my first song on the guitar and wanted to test it out. I was petrified. I was able to get through it. It was a little rough, but I was surrounded by people that supported me. I was just happy to get it over with. That experience was what started me to focus more on performing my music.
Jason: I played a solo flute show at a coffee shop. I was very nervous, but my friends were there, so I played pretty well, doing my own songs.
Joe: I played my first show in grade school playing violin back when i was in 3rd grade, but as far as my first performance with my own music, I was in high school, and I was terrified, because it was the first time i had performed any of my own music or let alone let anyone into my emotional world. I went a lone to an open mic just to try it out, after the first show I felt better about myself like I had just got a lot off my chest. I was hooked into writing nothing but my own music after that.

Listen to: Omnibox - Smalls




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