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interViewing brYan sorensEn
Victoria Blair
April 19, 2011




I recently did an interview with Grimsby's very own Funky Cowboy: Bryan Sorensen. A polished artist, his music sounds lay brilliantly somewhere between funk, rock and acoustic hip hop, and every time he plays, fantastic parties happen! The "brYan sorensEn" band consists of Bryan (vocals, guitar and talkbox), Rich Hone (drums) and Nick Pinelli (bass and synthesizer pedals).

"Rich and I met in high school after a concert band rehearsal. I've loved his drumming ever since that first moment that I heard him play...

A few years ago Nick was working at a bar that I was playing at. He was taking notes while we played. Eventually, we asked him to jam with us (originally on guitar). One night, we needed a bass player and he volunteered... Since that night, Nick and I have spent a lot of time recording our shows, working on our parts, and developing sounds.

...having said that, I will on occasion add other musicians."


Victoria : Do you do original songs or covers?

Bryan : We are a for the most part, a "live" band. I do write, record and perform originals, but our real love is to play for people. I'd like to think that there are two things that make us interesting: Firstly, we take our musicianship seriously. Every night, we strive to play the best that we can. Secondly, the band's "sound" is really quite unique. Let me explain.

I focus a lot on rhythm playing. Furthermore, and perhaps most notably, I've really worked hard to take the guitar talkbox to new places. People associate it with the whole Peter Frampton "thing", which is fine, but I've used it to play not JUST solos, but also re-worked versions of dance club tunes (ie Daft Punk and Fedde LeGrande). It really allows us to play songs that you'd probably never hear most bands play.

In fact, one of my favourite moments in the show is when people hear me talkbox the first verse of "Papa was a rolling stone". People are always grooving along until they hear this wild sound... It always turn heads.

Furthermore, both Rich and Nick have really their own sounds as well. Rich uses two sets of high-hats and two different snares. For a while there, he was also using two different kicks (a small one for "break downs" and a large one for the four-on-the-floor club beats. Often, he sounds like a DJ who plays the drums.

Nick Pinelli has really created his own spot/musical voice in this band. He uses bass synth pedals with octavers. The result is a great, huge multi-layered bass sound that is both "felt" as well as heard.

The three of us make this kind of "groove trio". Even when we do play songs that aren't typically considered "dance songs" (like Dick Dale's "Misirlou", or Big Sugar's "Diggin' a hole") our music always seems to aim for one place in particular... the hips.

I should also mention that most of our YouTube clips are of live shows, or studio recordings. All of my recorded material (original and cover) can been seen/heard on Youtube/Facebook or my website (www.bryansorensen.com).


V: Do you have any merchandise/albums?

B: I don't design t-shirts, or clothing accessories... I'm a musician. As for CDs...(Do people actually buy CDs???) Probably not a good idea to invest in something that will be gone in few years. It's easy to find me online (join our Facebook group: The BrYan SorensEn band, or visit the website www.bryansorensen.com we post all of our dates). Quite simply, it's best to come out to our shows and enjoy the live music.

I should mention that up until now, I've tried to capture the band's musical moments. However, I've just recently begun working on a montage of all the dancers at our shows. [..] I have to admit...we do have some really great dancers that come to our shows!


V: What is your biggest achievement?

B: My biggest musical achievements occur when the band manages to get to that "place", when it feels as though time slows down/stops and you've lifted the room a couple of inches off of the ground. My goal is to get there as often as I can.

We are always playing somewhere..."



Check out the Funky Cowboys song "Vibrate" on the link below, it'll have you dancing in no time!


- Victoria Blair -
Vibrate - brYan sorensEn (the Funk Cowboy) - GamePlanPros


interViewing brYan sorensEn
Victoria Blair
April 19, 2011




I recently did an interview with Grimsby's very own Funky Cowboy: Bryan Sorensen. A polished artist, his music sounds lay brilliantly somewhere between funk, rock and acoustic hip hop, and every time he plays, fantastic parties happen! The "brYan sorensEn" band consists of Bryan (vocals, guitar and talkbox), Rich Hone (drums) and Nick Pinelli (bass and synthesizer pedals).

"Rich and I met in high school after a concert band rehearsal. I've loved his drumming ever since that first moment that I heard him play...

A few years ago Nick was working at a bar that I was playing at. He was taking notes while we played. Eventually, we asked him to jam with us (originally on guitar). One night, we needed a bass player and he volunteered... Since that night, Nick and I have spent a lot of time recording our shows, working on our parts, and developing sounds.

...having said that, I will on occasion add other musicians."


Victoria : Do you do original songs or covers?

Bryan : We are a for the most part, a "live" band. I do write, record and perform originals, but our real love is to play for people. I'd like to think that there are two things that make us interesting: Firstly, we take our musicianship seriously. Every night, we strive to play the best that we can. Secondly, the band's "sound" is really quite unique. Let me explain.

I focus a lot on rhythm playing. Furthermore, and perhaps most notably, I've really worked hard to take the guitar talkbox to new places. People associate it with the whole Peter Frampton "thing", which is fine, but I've used it to play not JUST solos, but also re-worked versions of dance club tunes (ie Daft Punk and Fedde LeGrande). It really allows us to play songs that you'd probably never hear most bands play.

In fact, one of my favourite moments in the show is when people hear me talkbox the first verse of "Papa was a rolling stone". People are always grooving along until they hear this wild sound... It always turn heads.

Furthermore, both Rich and Nick have really their own sounds as well. Rich uses two sets of high-hats and two different snares. For a while there, he was also using two different kicks (a small one for "break downs" and a large one for the four-on-the-floor club beats. Often, he sounds like a DJ who plays the drums.

Nick Pinelli has really created his own spot/musical voice in this band. He uses bass synth pedals with octavers. The result is a great, huge multi-layered bass sound that is both "felt" as well as heard.

The three of us make this kind of "groove trio". Even when we do play songs that aren't typically considered "dance songs" (like Dick Dale's "Misirlou", or Big Sugar's "Diggin' a hole") our music always seems to aim for one place in particular... the hips.

I should also mention that most of our YouTube clips are of live shows, or studio recordings. All of my recorded material (original and cover) can been seen/heard on Youtube/Facebook or my website (www.bryansorensen.com).


V: Do you have any merchandise/albums?

B: I don't design t-shirts, or clothing accessories... I'm a musician. As for CDs...(Do people actually buy CDs???) Probably not a good idea to invest in something that will be gone in few years. It's easy to find me online (join our Facebook group: The BrYan SorensEn band, or visit the website www.bryansorensen.com we post all of our dates). Quite simply, it's best to come out to our shows and enjoy the live music.

I should mention that up until now, I've tried to capture the band's musical moments. However, I've just recently begun working on a montage of all the dancers at our shows. [..] I have to admit...we do have some really great dancers that come to our shows!


V: What is your biggest achievement?

B: My biggest musical achievements occur when the band manages to get to that "place", when it feels as though time slows down/stops and you've lifted the room a couple of inches off of the ground. My goal is to get there as often as I can.

We are always playing somewhere..."



Check out the Funky Cowboys song "Vibrate" on the link below, it'll have you dancing in no time!


- Victoria Blair -
Vibrate - brYan sorensEn (the Funk Cowboy) - GamePlanPros


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HAMILTON MUSIC NOTES
By Ric Taylor

While the rockabilly–based trio Bombasity has made a
name for themselves over the last few years,
singer/guitarist Bryan Sorensen is starting a new chapter
that explores a different colour in his musical palette.
The newly crowned Bryan Sorensen Band debuts their
new DEP Lo–Fi this weekend.
“This feels so comfortable that it almost felt inevitable,”
explains Sorensen about his most recent musical
mutation. “Bombasity is not dead but it’s taking a good
rest because this seems to be a new place we’re
exploring.”
Ever the entertainer, Sorensen has learned how to make
crowds dance; with the new DEP you get to take a piece of
that party back home. Across the five original songs, BSB
build up layers of smooth, jazzy funk — thick and dense
with production but with a bright and airy performance,
Sorensen comes off as a soulful and sexual soothsayer.
Easy on the ears and enticing to the feet, BSB offer music
to be devoured ravenously ,but as hedonistic as it might
come off there’s still a distinct lyrical component that
lifts things to another level.
“When we play, it always seems to turn into a
rump–shaking festival,” laughs the singer about the
usual audience response. “I call it a rhythmic soul band
because we aim for the hips — funk, soul, it’s very groove
oriented.
“But I think right now that music is the most disposable
form of media out there. And that’s why I’ve released only
a five song EP because music is being digested, listened
to and processed a lot faster. It’s in, it’s out, and it’s gone.
That’s why my plans are to release small projects much
more frequently. I want to stay in people’s faces, and keep
it all in the moment.”
With Ryan Latham (bass), Jake Zapotoczny (Rhodes,
vocorder, melodica) and Rich Hone (drums), Sorensen
has come a long way since his formative teen–years back
in Theatre Aquarius summer camp with CA Smith (aka
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Mayor McCa) and Scott Anderson (Finger 11 vocalist). As
tradition goes, Sorensen will hopefully perform
consistent to his vision, take it on the road and then
become a growing part of Hamilton’s national notables.
“We’ve kind of cornered a market because there are a lot
of bands doing the rock thing or the blues thing,”
explains Sorensen. “A lot of bands don’t aim for the level
of dance floor entertainment or the interactive crowd
environment we’re trying to create. And whether you are a
musician or not, I believe when a band gets on stage and
they play live, if it’s good and really creating something
unique and special, I think any listener picks up on that.
That’s what music is all about. That feeling is what I am
chasing like some kind of addict. I’m looking for that
magical moment where everything connects — even the
molecules in the air all move in the same time with
musician and audience and everyone in that room can feel
it. They know it’s there.”
The Bryan Sorensen Band celebrates the release of Lo–Fi
this Friday November 14 at 33 Hess.

- Hamilton Music Notes


Top of Form 1
Bottom of Form 1
HAMILTON MUSIC NOTES
By Ric Taylor

While the rockabilly–based trio Bombasity has made a
name for themselves over the last few years,
singer/guitarist Bryan Sorensen is starting a new chapter
that explores a different colour in his musical palette.
The newly crowned Bryan Sorensen Band debuts their
new DEP Lo–Fi this weekend.
“This feels so comfortable that it almost felt inevitable,”
explains Sorensen about his most recent musical
mutation. “Bombasity is not dead but it’s taking a good
rest because this seems to be a new place we’re
exploring.”
Ever the entertainer, Sorensen has learned how to make
crowds dance; with the new DEP you get to take a piece of
that party back home. Across the five original songs, BSB
build up layers of smooth, jazzy funk — thick and dense
with production but with a bright and airy performance,
Sorensen comes off as a soulful and sexual soothsayer.
Easy on the ears and enticing to the feet, BSB offer music
to be devoured ravenously ,but as hedonistic as it might
come off there’s still a distinct lyrical component that
lifts things to another level.
“When we play, it always seems to turn into a
rump–shaking festival,” laughs the singer about the
usual audience response. “I call it a rhythmic soul band
because we aim for the hips — funk, soul, it’s very groove
oriented.
“But I think right now that music is the most disposable
form of media out there. And that’s why I’ve released only
a five song EP because music is being digested, listened
to and processed a lot faster. It’s in, it’s out, and it’s gone.
That’s why my plans are to release small projects much
more frequently. I want to stay in people’s faces, and keep
it all in the moment.”
With Ryan Latham (bass), Jake Zapotoczny (Rhodes,
vocorder, melodica) and Rich Hone (drums), Sorensen
has come a long way since his formative teen–years back
in Theatre Aquarius summer camp with CA Smith (aka
Page 1/...Page 2 <viewstory.php?storyid=1433&page=2>

Page 2

Mayor McCa) and Scott Anderson (Finger 11 vocalist). As
tradition goes, Sorensen will hopefully perform
consistent to his vision, take it on the road and then
become a growing part of Hamilton’s national notables.
“We’ve kind of cornered a market because there are a lot
of bands doing the rock thing or the blues thing,”
explains Sorensen. “A lot of bands don’t aim for the level
of dance floor entertainment or the interactive crowd
environment we’re trying to create. And whether you are a
musician or not, I believe when a band gets on stage and
they play live, if it’s good and really creating something
unique and special, I think any listener picks up on that.
That’s what music is all about. That feeling is what I am
chasing like some kind of addict. I’m looking for that
magical moment where everything connects — even the
molecules in the air all move in the same time with
musician and audience and everyone in that room can feel
it. They know it’s there.”
The Bryan Sorensen Band celebrates the release of Lo–Fi
this Friday November 14 at 33 Hess.

- Hamilton Music Notes


Discography

The Bryan Sorensen Band - Lo Fi
Bombasity - gone for a while
Currently recording album (scheduled for Spring release)

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Bio

The BSB is a tight, versatile team of exceptional musicians. Bryan Sorensen (L. Vocalist, band leader) is undoubtedly one of the most unique, charismatic entertainers in the music business today.

"Nobody rocks a talk-box like Bryan Sorensen." - Vince Sciara (keyboardist/producer/engineer)

Drawing from a lengthy background of experience in TV ("Sunset in Paradise" - a Bryan Sorensen original - is currently being used on The Discovery Channel) , corporate entertainment, club gigs and original work, Bryan’s raw talent, creativity and signature showmanship continue to mystify audiences everywhere.