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The past month has been nothing short of amazing!!! So many unforgettable experiences and we can’t wait to share them….but wait you must!!! In this month’s ELP blog, we are going to give you all a very special treat in a new segment where we take a closer look at the individual members of Elementree Livity Project. First up to the plate is ELP drummer, Cisco Hughes. We sat down with Cisco and asked him to share a little bit about what makes him tick on and off the stage. Here’s what he had to say:
Q: How did you get started in music?
A: As for the very beginning. . I have played ever since I can remember. I come from a church based background. The story of so many. My cousin Ludie plays the guitar and bass. My aunt Elma sings and used to play a bit of piano. My mom bought me a kiddie drum set when I was a toddler and I destroyed it. So, I’ve been encouraged from a very young age.
Q: What do you love most about playing music?
A: The shared energy. The ability to transmit energy in various forms. I love the give and take from the musicians and audience. The beauty and limitlessness of music. The ability to be a vessel for the universe to communicate and flow through. That was probably overkill for the question, but that is barely the tip of the iceberg.
Q: What drives you to continue playing live despite time constraints, life, etc?
A: Music is one of the rarest forms of magic. It touches, soothes, makes people feel, inspires, motivates, epiphanizes (my word), the list goes on. To inspire young impressionable potential musicians, spur on an athlete before they take to the field or court, save a life (I have had people come up to me personally after a show and share stories about how they were on the verge of suicide and were given hope by music I’ve played. I take that responsibility very seriously. You never know who’s listening and why). And to finish my book . . . to even come close to inspiring the feeling I get when music happens. Magic.
Q: Who are some of your biggest influences (musical or otherwise)?
A: Wow . . How much time ya got?? I’ll try to keep it short. This list could go on forever. So many genres and musicians. Vinne Colaiuta, Thomas Haake, Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers, Sting, Victor Wooten, Robert Sweet, Matt Garska, Steve Gadd, Omar Hakim, Chris Coleman, Calvin Rodger, LA, Jeremy Haynes, Charles Fold and the Charles Fold Singers, Johnny Willams, Clark Luckey, a host of church drummers and musicians. I could go on for 20 more minutes and only be ¼ through my list.
Q: As ELP drummer, what is your favorite gig to date?
A: Too many to name. Every gig is a new great experience. Our EP release Bob Marley Bash show is up there. It was my 1st time playing with another drummer (Tim Hensley of The Cliftones) live on stage other than percussionists. Unforgettable.
A: I try to have fun. Listen to everything. Live in/stay in the moment. Practice. Play for the song. Play from your soul. Love what you do. Let the music move you, Practice, Your job is to keep time 1st, Take your time, Be creative, Try to have a healthy balance of technique and ear/improvisational” learning, Practice.
Q: What would you like to say to all the ELP fans out there?
A: Thank you for every ounce of energy that you share w/ us; every moment you open your souls and we share in the magic that is music. We’re nothing without you.
Q: Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman?
A: This is an area of expertise for me. I love me some super heroes . . . so . . Here we go . . I’m going to try and sum this up from my perspective. Batman: Intellect, Peak of human conditioning, Master tactician, Master of Unarmed combat/weaponry, Power suits. Spiderman: Superpowers: Intellect, Agility, Radar Awareness (Spidey sense), Gadgets, Super speed/strength, Healing factor, Wall crawling, Web Slinging, Power suit.
A fight with both characters in their most common forms (w/o power suits); just the weapons they have on them . . . Eventually they would run out of gadgets. Spiderman has the intellect to strategize w/ Batman. I believe that fact along w his set of superpowers give him the edge in this fight. Batman doesn’t lay a hand on him. He would need one of his power suits, time to prepare and vehicles to come close to defeating Spiderman. And don’t forget . . Tony Stark built a suit for Spiderman as well.
There are many forms of both characters from different story arcs that make things very crazy. But in their most common and popular forms . . . Spiderman . . . Hands down.
Btw . . Superman is a weak punk and he sucks . . .