606: You've organised some of the best current jazz/soul players on the scene for this group. How do you know these guys & what "special sauce" do they each bring to the sound?
Well firstly my best friend Moyses dos Santos we hang out a lot, see bands, know so many musicians. We wanted to set up a funky fusion jazz band & we've been talking about this for a long time and now the time has come. We just threw some names around and this is what has happened. I met Ant Law when we played for Leon Ware and I found him original and his own style markedly jazz and funky, so he's always been a cat on my mind. I met James when I played with him in Bristol early this year, he creates his own sound which is refreshing for a sax player and he plays jazz, pop and funk. I met Carl before but never heard him play, till Moyses said "bro, you have to see this dude". That was it, Carl was the missing ingredient... there you have Lola's Day Off.
Also we wanted to have some special guests - Moyses has been very good friends with Soweto, and me Emma so we wanted to bring them in for us to take this show to a more special musical place on stage.
606: We know you from your work with other bands including PB Underground & Level 42. What is unique about this new project? Is there a particular concept that is behind the formation of the group, a specific itch you wanted to scratch?
PB: This project is unique as it brings along a group of experienced musicians each with his well-defined path and vast experience, with styles going from traditional jazz to funk.
606: Are you writing original tunes for Lola's Day Off? What are the references stylistically?
PB: Yes we’re witting original tunes and our references are kinda Roy Hargrove/Yellow jackets/Kenny Garrett with lots of fire.
606: In terms of what's happening now in music whether here in the UK or globally, what other bands or musicians do you enjoy listening to/inspire you personally?
PB: I'm very inspired at the moment but Thundercat and the Bruner bros from USA ... I've known these guys a good few years now personally and musically and they just always blow me away and get my blood rushing everytime I see and hear them. Ronald is one of my favourite drummers and always seems to uplift a show with his world-class playing.
606: Tell us about your most exciting gig, ever!
PB: ...has to be with Chaka Khan,, that was amazing,, playing with Level 42 is always a treat and Incognito,,, all my childhood dreams came true.
Please come to our show on the 17th as this is goin' to be something very special!