Ken-Zoe Stevenson

Bassist

Hello I am Ken-Zoe M. Stevenson I played out a little bit a long long time ago in another life as we say. Mostly covers. Just looking to see what's going on in the music world. I'd like to be able to play a couple songs here and there maybe at an open mic or something. Because of life, the needing to survive, I don't know how able to offer a band a full time dedicated bassist is practical. Some random and prepared playing is possible, desirable and likely. I am working on ideas to free up time making other things to do more possible.

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music to me? Is a lot of things, emotional, spiritual, fun. What it gives? Enjoyment, determination, joy

What is your music dream?

Well this is a then and now answer. Then or Before: My dream was to play more and have a career. Now that, that has not been the case: I hope to at least get enough chops back to play again live once in a while and hope people enjoy what they hear

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

My answers would not be received well, probably should avoid this one

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

I can't really say 1 sticks out, I realize this sounds like a cop out but it's true. My tastes morphed often

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Kansas, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rush, Yes, Triumph, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Fleetwood Mac, April Wine, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, System of a down, and more

What inspires you to make music?

What inspires me now, is that as a musician I have been away from it too long

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I am not specifically a message person, I just like playing

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

It's a blend of nervous fear to joyous exhilaration, I know I am limited in playing ability, I have to work real hard to achieve mediocre and that's okay, but I do mentally stress that I perform better

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

The reality? In the media today the musician (instrument player that is) is almost ignored. Not to be a Debby downer, and not to offend the great singer vocalists out there, but,,,,,,,, What can be improved? However, how about promoting musicians playing an instrument, beyond just some noise on a synthesizer, sorry,,,,,,,,,,,,

What do you think of Drooble?

Awesome, really cool

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Well, look back at my answer about nowadays and improved. All the focus nowadays is on a singer vocalist, and sure there a lot of great singers, but without the band behind them what can they do? Karaoke? We need to encourage people to think about playing instruments as well

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I really really enjoy Open Mic nights! I also hope to grow a set and get up there with our fantastic local musicians

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

I have no idea, because someone can have the greatest songs, all set and recorded, and only by fluke of nature and accident only present them to the wrong producers, who, simply for whatever reason just don't hear the potential

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Well, I do not know for sure if you have never heard of them, however,,, There's the guys who have welcomed me as their bassist in the "Kingston Garage" band - Gene Richard (Guitarist/Singer), Bob Michaud (Guitaris/Singer) & Steve Surels (Drums/Singer) and these great people too, Gordy Pettipas a.k.a. James Pitts band (Guitarist/Singer), Pistol Pete and the Smoking guns (Band), Eddie Sands (Soloist Guitar/Singer), Mark Brodeur (Soloist Guitarist/Singer), Mike Rivela (Guitarist), Jay Frigoletto (Keys and more), Steve Butler (Guitarist/Singer, All round fun guy).