|Jeffrey Paul Bobrick|
How do you describe your music to people?
Billy Joel meets Josh Groban at a 1980's tribute concert put on by theater geeks!
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Writing music, singing and performing always came very naturally to me. As young as four years old, I used to put on shows for my friends and family. This continued throughout my life and I was fortunate to have many opportunities to perform and also to see great performances. I was performing in Equity shows before I went to college and enjoyed being an actor in plays and indie films. However, my greatest love was music. When I stopped acting to do music, I knew it was the right decision for me and I've never looked back.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
My favorite thing to do in the world is something that makes a difference for others or for our world. Sometimes that's performing, sometimes that's being a good friend, sometimes that's being a leader and creating opportunity. My goal is always to contribute.
Also, I do like baseball and tennis a lot!
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
My biggest challenge when it comes to running my business is just getting the word out. My fans have been so great in telling people about me and bringing people to my shows and my web site. They tell people to go to my web site and download a FREE mp3. People do this and I'm grateful but having more people know who I am is the biggest challenge.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
From a very early age, I thought I would be a performer or entertainer. I enjoy other things, but this has always been my passion.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Growing up in New York City, surrounded by so much diversity, culture and art has certainly had an impact in who I am as a person and musician. In addition, my friends and fans have encouraged me to pursue my dreams no matter what.
What other artists out there do you love?
I LOVE so many artists out there. The list could go on and on and sometimes it does change, but I'll do my best to give you a little of everything.
Some of my favorite singers and songwriters include: Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Little Jimmy Scott, Brian Wilson, The Beatles (band and solo), Queen, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Jackie Wilson, Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Jimmy Webb, tin-pan alley masters (Gershwin, Porter, Rogers and Hart, Berlin, Arlen, etc.), Peter, Paul and Mary, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Elton John, Eurythmics, Radiohead, Antony and the Johnsons, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke, Bob Marley, Dion DiMucci, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Regina Spektor, Morrissey, Keane, so much more rock, hip hop, jazz, classical, musical theater, punk and possibly you.
Classical: Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky, Edvard Grieg, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Georg Frideric Handel, Franz Schubert, Fritz Kreisler, Fritz Wunderlich, Enrico Caruso, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Writers: Shakespeare, Plato, Keats, Yeats, Wordsworth, Tagore, Dickinson, C.S. Lewis, Steinbeck, Zora Neale Hurston, all that good stuff!
Films/Directors: M, Citizen Kane, Edward Scissorhands, The 400 Blows, The Court Jester, Dumbo, To Be and To Have, Tim Burton, Spielberg, Hitchcock, Lang, Scorsese, so many more!
Actors: Again, so many. Very partial to, among others, Cary Grant, Fiona Shaw, De Niro, Brando, Daniel Day Lewis, Simon McBurney, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, etc.
Visual Artists / Dancers, etc: I'd say I'm less influenced by the visual arts and dance, but there are many fine artists and dancers/choreographers I love. Included in this are the obvious Italian painters but also Picasso, a Lucian Freud, etc. Dancers, well, Baryshnikov, Sylvie Guillem. Choreographers: Robbins, Fosse, Balanchine Cunningham, Michael Peters, etc.
What does your future hold?
Right now I'm working on a new CD. I want it to be so good that it will blow people's minds!!!
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