Coast 2 Coast Feat. The Fantastic Gems
Back in 1968, at Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey, a music group called The Fantastic Gems was born. After graduation, the talented musicians went off to college, the military, and new careers. Years later, two of the original members reformed in Washington D.C. as "Coast 2 Coast" and began recording and performing from 1986 to 1990. In 2016, The Fantastic Gems got back together to fulfill a promise they made to each other when they were young students in New Jersey. The result of their reunion was the release of The New Old Skool. The project took three years from conception to completion and was released June, 2019. The album is a tribute to their musical roots, and was made in recognition of the community who encouraged, supported and shaped their musical spirit. The New Old Skool features 11 great songs that fans of R & B,Gospel, Pop, and Jazz will love. You can find the music on most major digital outlets including iTunes.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it. Mr. Butler our musical and performance teacher at Eastside High School. "Mr. B" was instrumental in developing our musical spirit.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Getting a gun pulled on the group by the club owner!
What has been the high point of your music path?
Reconnecting with The Fantastic Gems (guys from high school) to complete this current project.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? I write from life experiences. Sometimes the music comes first, sometimes the lyrics come first.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest challenge is finding promotional support. Also, the amount of royalties.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Matthew Whitaker, an up and coming Jazz artist, who happens to be my nephew.
Tell us where fans can access your music?