We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Gore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jay, why did you pursue a creative career?
I often think that the artistic life, the life of a musician, chose me. It’s a calling, not unlike the clergy. If it’s right for you, there’s no question about it, there’s no inner debate or decision to be made. It’s what/who you are at your core. Keep in mind, this life is not what it used to be, it’s drastically changed.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started in this business as a 13 year old kid with my best friends playing at the Troubadour in LA. I did the sunset Strip 80s metal scene and was burnt out by 20. I shifted gears because I was very interested in playing with different styles of artists, as well as being in the recording studio.
I really studied my elders. It was important to me to be a very versatile guitarist. Living in LA made it easier because all the great session legends could be seen playing in the local clubs.
I’m most excited about the level and diversity of artists with whom I’ve worked. It’s very important to be resilient. The difficult part is developing a thick skin without compromising your artistic sensitivity. I’ve learned that you can’t chase fads. You must stay true to yourself. If not, you’re just faking it and your art will be ineffectual and heartless.
My two CDs that I’ve released are called “Identity” and “Guitronica”. Identity is a venture into multiple different styles. There are acoustic instrumentals, folk-y pop vocal songs, jazz fusion and electronic stuff. My latest CD, Guitronica, is very different. It’s a blending of electronic music and melodic overdriven electric guitar. (it hints at some shreddiness) I’m really proud of it. It’s all instrumental and completely unique.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It’s LA!! A week isn’t enough time. It would depend on the interests of my guest. For sure we’d be eating burgers at The Apple Pan. Having a late-night meal at The Rainbow. Catching live music at The Baked Potato, Whisky or Vibrato. Coming to see me play on Mondays at Harvelle’s. Lunch in Malibu and maybe a hike near the Hollywood sign. Shopping on Melrose…all the usual tourist crap! If they were a musician I’d take them to the great vintage stores like LA Vintage Gear.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The shoutouts should go to my wife, Andreea. She entered into a lifestyle that was completely foreign to her, and has adapted valiantly, always with encouragement, moral support and a motivational spirit. Also, to my childhood friends who always had my back and never got upset with me when staying home and practicing was more important than hanging out. Lastly, and certainly NOT least of all, Warren, Tamara and Olivia Hill for believing in me, respecting and trusting me. Achieve!
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