AAJ: Do you think this will become a new trend among jazz musicians who want to record their albums without the support of a big record company?
SM: I think it's becoming a trend already, I think it's great. I mean, it worked so great for me. Basically, what happened in the past if you wanted to make a record, you'd borrow money and then you would advertise it so people would buy it. So why not reach out to your fans in the first place and tell them about your record in advance? In the meantime, besides making a campaign you're advertising the record and creating a buzz around it. It's a different and exciting way to do things. I think that in the music industry that we live in, you have to think outside the box. So I'm very pleased with the way things turned out.
AAJ: Do you think that campaigns like yours will change things, or are the practices and attitudes of some record company executives going to change towards musicians?
SM: I can't say that for sure. But I think that more musicians are taking matters into their own hands. Things are changing and hopefully the production of the music will be more in the hands of the artists. I made this record because I love this music, I don't care if I don't sell tons of records. What's really interesting is that a lot of people know about the record and many of my fans contributed money for its recording. I found another way to make them feel they are part of me and my music. Hopefully I will also gain some new fans.
AAJ: One of the main reasons why your campaign was so successful is that you are well known. What do you recommend to unknown musicians who want to fund the recording and production of an album through Indiegogo or Kickstarter?
SM: The key is to reach out to your fan base, family and friends. For our first Galactic record we borrowed money from our parents. Another idea is to borrow smaller quantities of money from friends and fans. Lesser known artists can reach to their fans, friends and family through Facebook, e-mail lists and Twitter. I also e-mailed a lot of my friends and had to spread the word to look for their support.
AAJ: Are you composing or recording new albums for Galactic, Garage a Trois or any other projects?
SM: Yeah, absolutely. With Galactic we've released I think three singles this year and we have two more coming. With Garage a Trois, we regrouped as myself, Marco Benevento
. Skerik decided to take a break for a while, so we're now playing as a trio.
AAJ: Do you plan to record more instructional DVD's?
SM: I'm about to release a subscription website with instructional videos and it will be available by the end of June. The subscription will be around $19.99 a month. There's tons of material there, some things from the beginning of my career, but also every new thing I do.
AAJ: New Orleans is loaded with talented musicians like yourself, Trombone Shorty
, the Marsalis family. Jazz was born there, but since the 1920's New York has been the center of the jazz universe. Do you think New Orleans is recovering some of its cachet as the birthplace of jazz?
SM: It's extremely expensive to live in New York nowadays. So many musicians can't afford to live up there. I've noticed more young musicians are starting to move to New Orleans and more affordable cities. I don't know if that will change things for jazz, but I have seen that the streets and bars of New Orleans are full of new talent.