The Four Knights Band [fourknightsband]
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
We are an established 6 pc Band out of the eastern side of NC. We do alot of covers from the 60,70,80 and current. We are sponored by Pepsi of the Carolina's
(Minges Bottling Group).
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
We have six members.
James Gilliam: sax,organ, strings, orchestrations, horn accomp, vocals
Donald Olglesby: trombone, vocals
Marty Keil: Saxaphones, vocals
Ken Bass: guitar
Harold Smith: bass (keys),piano, vocals
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
Please list any awards, competitions, or other acknowledgments you would like to mention.
Gov. North Carolina
Michael Jordans Birthday party
Gov. Kentucky wedding
George Bush sr. event (visit to NC)
and many others
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
We started in the bedroom. After numerous teachers on various instruments, we honed our skills after years on the road.
What was your musical education?
Alma Lewis school of fine arts, Berklee
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
at the age of 10
What is your creative process?
think as if you are experiencing a dream in real time. See the song as a statement into either the future or the past or the present.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
after any emotional moment. (happy, sad, heart broken, confused)
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
you dont ever have a finished product, that is why you need someone other than yourself to help with thw project.
How did you discover your creative territory? How would you describe it?
What part of your job is your least favourite?
the ending load out
How often do you practice?
How do you feel right before going out on stage?
like i want to knock someone out. Extreme
Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?
Chicago, EWF, Miles, radio
List three songs that are key to your life.
if you really love me
What should be done to stop piracy?
What type of music do you detest?
creative ideas are not to be detested
What time did you get up this morning?
How do you sell yourself? What has been your experience with record companies and representatives?
if you dont go live, you cant survive.
They will come when it is your time
Just be patient
What other things have you done to make a living?
sold cars...retail music store, insurance (nothing works when you are a musician)
Have you ever played on the street or in the subway? How much did you collect each day?
Who would you play with, without a doubt?
EWF, Chicago, the boss, Michael Jackson, Neyo,
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
Be patient. Get around musicians better than you are and listen. Dont lie about who you are in order to be accepted. Learn your instrument in music genre's that are different than the one you like the most. Learn theory. Keep your mouth shut when you get the big break. If you do it for the money, it will never happen, this is a spiritual thing from God, do it for the love of it, the money will come when they see you are sincere. Pray alot. And dont think that the band bus is great, its to small, you cant sleep in the bed every night, the food is fast food, and you have to remember the love of your life, aint gonna put up with you being gone all the time. Other than that, Its everything you can imagine and more.
The Four Knights Band