Theron Bennett

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I am a multi instrumentalist with a wide variety of musical interests. My hope with Drooble is to help others as I get help from them to get more exposure for all of us and build as a community. I began playing music at 4 years old with toy instruments. At 8 yrs. I learned ukulele. At 9 yrs. I learned violin, viola and cello. At 13 I learned guitar and started writing. At 15 I started joining and forming bands. At 21 I began building a studio in my garage and learning drums. In 1991 I began writing and publishing albums under the name "Gresham Weed" named after a cemetery. I published 2 albums and was preparing a third when I decided to put together a proper band. In 1993 bassist Steve Tuggle and drummer Shane Thornton joined my band. We stayed a band until '97 when we disbanded. We released a two song single and a 4 song ep. We were writing a new album when we broke up. The album was never finished. In '97 and '98 I bought a nice drum set and wrote and recorded about 20 songs. I intended to release two albums under the name "Cobra Shoes". But in early '98 I discovered Aikido, a martial art, and packed away my studio and turned my studio into a home dojo. I did not pick up a musical instrument again to speak of until 2015. In 2015 I started accumulating keyboards and a portastudio. Since then I have written and released three full length albums as well as several singles and 7 chakra meditation songs under the name "Zara Anubis". In late 2017 I was trying to get a new album of rock music finished and my wife, Heather told me I should release the Cobra Shoes stuff unfinished. I did that in early 2018. I got some good feedback. My new album is called Darning Needles. It releases November 30th. I have high hopes.

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

I see music as scenes acted out. I find it the ultimate expression of memory and emotion attached to it. I spoke with a neuroscientist once and she told me that if you do an MRI on an improvisational musician during improvisation it lights up an area of the brain that usually is quiet.

What is your music dream?

To drown in it.

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

Spiritual connection. I would awake the pineal gland in every being on Earth.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

There are so many....Mike Oldfield, Jean Michel Jarre, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Beethoven, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, James Brown, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel to name a few.

What inspires you to make music?

I hear music in my head and in the World around me all day and every day. There is a strong desire to express those sounds and record them with the glory they hold organically.

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

Personal observations of the World we live in, both seen and unseen.

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

First so nervous I have actually thrown up before going on stage and then euphoric beyond explanation.

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

I think the system is in flux. The musicians have all the control over their content and direction but with little payout. This will work itself out soon.

What do you think of Drooble?

I absolutely love it. Just another step in the right direction.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Getting my music heard. It's a puzzle that is most puzzling.

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

Yes, but not enough. My son is grown and we have had a couple of dog passings that is allowing my wife, Heather and I to get out to festivals and clubs. I also share digital data from other musicians on social media including creating Spotify playlists with lesser known musicians like myself.

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

Tenacity and patients. Also, I think they should write from the heart and not predict what people want to hear.

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

Fever Ray, AH*NEE*MAH, David and Steve Gordon, Mimmo D'Ippolito, Arrowwood, Sarah Jaffe