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A Dirty Dozen with TRIP 6 of GEARS – May 2019


According to a recent press release: “Miami based hard/heavy rock act GEARS isn’t your average start-up garage band. Despite being confronted with a near disastrous setback at the cusp of their debut, headlining tour, jarring line-up changes, and financial challenges, the band has persevered and rebuilt. Founded in February 2014, Trip 6 (Urban Rebel), Eli Parker (Endo), Tommy Herres (SCARLET CARSON) and Jimmy Wooten (SKINMASK) were all looking for new projects as their old ones had run their course.” We get Trip 6 to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Please tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

I presented the idea to Corey Lowery and Jimmy Wooten after I saw my oldest son Gabriel graduate in becoming a Marine at Paris Island. That experience filled me with such an overwhelming feeling of joy and pride. It inspired me to honor not only my son, but all our military men, women and first responders. As for the hidden nugget, most people won’t get the title of the song  “Tango Yankee”, which for us means “Thank you”. Tango is the military code word for the letter “T” for us, THANK. And the code word Yankee is for “Y”, or in our case YOU.  So the translation is Thank You aka Tango Yankee. Another hidden tidbit if you will, our families are showcased in this video as well as our FAMZ (fans) which by the way did an amazing job in submitting photos of their loved ones, we are humbled and grateful to have such great FAMZ.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

All credit in that regard goes to my father (R.I.P.) who was a musician. At the age of two he and I recorded my first demo. It was he and I, (believe it or not) on a tape deck. He was playing on his acoustic guitar while I was singing jibberish.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Keep in mind I was raised in a Puerto Rican household. My music influences were Latin, Motown & R&B music. There was NO ROCK & ROLL whatsoever.  Then MTV came around and introduce me to PRINCE! I was influenced so heavily by Prince that I wanted to be Prince! lol. His album Purple Rain was the gave me my first taste of what Rock and Roll was.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Prince, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, James Brown, and Layne Stayley.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Prince. Even after his passing, I think he’s still the best all around performer to ever have done it. Musical genius.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Our music is honest, energetic, and raw. There are no fillers. We literally pour our soul into every song and performance. We do not hold back. I had a Fam compare me to the lead singer of WASP… I’m like WTF? lol

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

That freedom to express yourself, to be so vulnerable to the masses, and be accepted at the same time. It’s liberating!!!

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Hmmm that’s a great question… Jimmy and I like to cook, so we take turns in that roll. As for drinks, it’s across the board evenly with ALL members. As for the acoustic guitar, Josh aka ” EL Groot” is our guy.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

I don’t get star struck really. Being in the music business for as long as I’ve been has numbed that feeling I guess. Or maybe I simply just haven’t met in person someone who will get such reaction though I do hope for it to happen.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Oh my… there’s just no way.  I can’t imagine myself ever not doing music, though if i had to make a choice other than music, it would be being a MARINE.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Nah, none at all. I don’t regret anything.  My experiences in this music business have made me the person I am today and for that I am grateful.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Can you imagine being in the same studio as Prince and the Revolution are recording the Purple Rain record? Dude, that would be literally, other than seeing all my kids being born, the BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!!! And then being part of the movie? What?!? Are you kidding me?  Ugh… Why God, why, I wasn’t there? LOL!!!





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