Exclusive Interview : Jay Gore

Neal Walter caught up with Jay Gore at this week’s Luck Strike Live session in Hollywood. Jay, just back from a tour in South Korea, talked with Neal about his his career and showed off his Rockready gig bag and his custom Pickboy picks.

What’s your musical background?

I’m an LA native. When I was 13 I had a band and we’d play the songs we wrote at the Sunset Strip clubs. I went to G.I.T. for a year when I was 17 and I’ve been a working session and touring player ever since.

What are you working on now?

I just finished recording all the guitars on the new Warren Hill CD, Under the Influence. It’s an amazing collection of classic 70s and 80s rock songs done instrumentally, but true to their original forms and styles. Also, I’m getting ready for a small tour of Asia and writing for my second CD, a follow-up to my first CD, Identity, which is available on CDBaby and iTunes and JayGore.com.

What is the role of education in music?

I think it’s extremely important. It goes beyond learning musical theory, it teaches discipline and patience, which is so important when you have four days to learn a 90 minute show for that big pop star you’re going to tour the world with. It teaches how to speak to the other musicians that you’re working with. When you have an idea you’ll know how to explain it. Most importantly, it trains you how to be able to step into any musical situation and adapt to it, instantly.

How do you feel about the current ‘state of the music industry’?

I feel that the music industry is near death…and by that I mean on monetary level for artists. There will always be music and musicians and gigs. Monetizing it all is becoming far more difficult. For some reason creating art for “exposure” became more important than paying your bills. Lots of people are making a lot of money in music. Most musicians are not.

jayGoreCustomPickboyWhy do use Pickboy Picks?

Very simply, Pickboy picks are the very best for me. I’ve used them over 20 years. I love the great tip, it makes articulation so much easier. The material helps the pick to glide off the strings with far less friction between the string and pick. And, I just love the size of the picks that I use (PB14P100 Classic), they’re just a hair smaller than other picks. Bottom line…I play better with a Pickboy!!!


Click here to read more about Jay Gore.

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

For more information about Pickboy picks visit : www.osiamo.com