Exclusive interview with Nat Janoff

Nat Janoff

1) Tell us about your musical background?
I started playing piano when I was 6 then at 9 I started playing electric bass. At 11 I started playing electric guitar. When I saw Eddie Van Halen on MTV that did it for me!!! I just said that’s the sound I’m hearing in my head! It was the live video of the tune “So This Is Love” by Van Halen that changed something for me. But after digging rock, I just realized I loved improvising and that led me into jazz.

2) What are you working on now?
I’m constantly working all the elements of music. I’m also writing music for various Groups. Berkana an AMAZING funk/Jazz group, The Nat Janoff Group which can be a Trio, Quartet, or even Quintet. A trio with Tony Cimorosi a great bassist and Koko Bermejo a great drummer!!!! I also have a wonderful duo with Teymur Phell- an amazing bassist from Israel. He lives in NYC right now and has a regular gig with guitar legend Mike Stern.

3) What is the role of education in music?
I think it is there to bring awareness to all the AMAZING music in the world. And if you play an instrument there are more ways to learn than ever before!

4) How do you feel about the current ‘state of the music industry’?
Well there are more ways to promote and get your music out there than ever before. I think it is still going to evolve a lot though.

5) Why do use Mooer Pedals?
They sound AMAZING,they’re an innovative company and very forward thinking. Plus Rawn is TOTALLY AWESOME!

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