Last week I’ve had the pleasure to discover and reviewed one of the most talented Bluesmen in the whole world, Mr WAYNE BAKER BROOKS and his latest exquisite song “IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK”. His story, his journey and especially his passion for music really touched me and my will to discover more about him has grown exponentially. This is why we sat down with Chicago’s best to talk about this unique project.
YMX: Hey WAYNE BAKER BROOKS, how is it going? Some of our readers might not be familiar with your project, how would describe yourself, in a few words?
W.B.B: I’m a songwriter first, then guitarist, then a singer. A published book author from Chicago and a writer who likes writing songs about being in love and sometimes heartbreak. I’ve been to 46 countries performing blues music. In love with getting the crowd/audience riled up cheering and having a good time.
YMX: Your current work is the result of a long journey; What first drew you to making music?
W.B.B: There was music always in the house because my dad was a musician/artists who toured the world playing music while providing for his family. At 6 years old I used to help him write songs by keeping the beat for him on the pots and pans. Playing the drums was a yearning passion from as a kid. At 18 I began touring with my father as his roadie/guitar tech/stage manager. Then I switched from learning the drums to guitar and started writing songs which is what I’m passionate about. My father was the main influence along with his blues and soul record collections.
YMX: What would be your dream collaboration?
W.B.B: My dream collaboration would be Rick Rubin and Kanye as the producers, with Jay Z, Nas, and Lil’ Wayne as Rappers, and Ledisi & Alicia Keys as singers (to duet with). I will be the one “Blues Guy” to ground all of that of electricity to make one helluva album! This is to help blues music get into the Mainstream.
YMX: You recently released “IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK”. Can you tell us how that project came about?
W.B.B: I wrote the music and my buddy Bruce McCabe (“Lie To Me” writer for Jonny Lang) wrote the lyrics and I helped whenever he got stuck. We were writing about what was going on in my life at the time. I was in a really bad relationship with a very mean woman I really wanted to get out of the relationship but couldn’t find the strength to break it off because she made me feel bad about leaving every time I tried but then I met a very very nice woman who was in a bad relationship as well and of course we started spending too much time together because it was a very good change in our lives. An Entanglement as Jada Pinket-Smith would call it lol. Then we fell in love. We both were missing true love and finally found it. We focused on the positive part of this new relationship and the words started to flow. I wrote the music and the chord progression came about from me listening to a lot of Authur Conley, Al Green, Bob Dylan, and Sam Cooke ballads.
YMX: What inspires your songwriting work?
W.B.B: My real life situations, others real life situations, or someone could say a word or phrase and I’ll turn it into a verse or song. I’ve dreamt song before. I tend to write mostly about love and heartbreak, and relationships. Inspiration comes in many form for me.
YMX: We are all missing live music at the moment. Once on the other side, which music venue would you choose for your first gig?
W.B.B: At this point, any venue would do lol
YMX: What’s your band strategy in terms of music promotion? Direct-2-fans or via the “big dogs”?
W.B.B: Direct to fans is the sole means of music promotion, but then adding a little radio, and pr along with it.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.)
W.B.B: We are releasing 2 more songs for the 1st half of 2021 and then a full album release for the 2nd half of 2021 with a carefully planned album release tour to promote the album “Blu Spectrum”.