Exclusive Interview with Jay Gore

Jay Gore, Pickboy endorsee
Tell us about your musical background
I was born and raised in L.A. I started playing at the Hollywood, Sunset Strip clubs when I was 13. After High school I went to GIT. Soon after, I got hired to be Sly Stone’s session guitarist. Ever since then I’ve toured and done session work with artists like : Hilary Duff, Lauryn Hil, Boz Scaggs, Eddie Money, Glenn Hughes, Bobby Kimball, Mindi Abair, Dave Koz, Keb’ Mo’, Ray Parker Jr, Don Felder and many others.

What are you working on now?
I am working on my first CD and preparing for a gig in Europe on the Dave Koz and Friends Cruise.

What is the role of education in music?
I think it’s important. The discipline and knowledge are very important for being a well-rounded player. However, it’s also important to know when to break the musical rules. When it sounds good, it IS good.

How do you feel about the current ‘state of the music industry’?
I think it’s really bad from a business side. To what’s left of the major labels it’s more important how you look than how you sound. Artists can barely, if at all, play their instruments. Labels are not interested in development or longevity. On the good side, the internet has made it possible to be successful without record labels. But, now artists have to spend so much time self promoting and self producing that they don’t have as much time to perfect their craft. It’s sad.

Why do use Pickboy Picks?
I have been a loyal Pickboy user for maybe 10-15 years. Their materials and design allow for me to use a stiffer pick that still feels like it’s not too thick. I love how the picks have a better point. It’s like a Jazz Pick point on a traditional sized pick. Also, I think the material is easier to hold and sounds better. YES, different pick materials have different sound! Doesn’t a glass slide sound different than a brass one? Don’t my hands sound different from yours?

For more information about Jay Gore visit : www.facebook.com/JayGoreOnGuitar

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