Starting off the Interview series is an an interview with Romy Bylin. The Saxophone player from Melic, a London based Four-piece band who are making waves in the Rock world.
A few Questions for Romy:
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and then moved to New Zealand when I was 16.
When did you start playing the Saxophone?
I started playing when I was 10 years old. My mom enrolled me into a dedicated music school that I would go to after normal school hours. Was a fantastic school - the head would go to Berkeley School of Music (in Boston) once a year to get new ideas for the school.
So you're a Piano and Saxophone Player. What led you to pick up the Sax?
I started with Piano when I was 6. It was my mother's influence that pushed me towards the Sax. She would take me to Jazz clubs on a Sunday evening, where I was 100% sold on the Sax.
Who have been your greatest influences?
My influences have changed a lot since I started playing - I used to listen to a lot of jazz when I was a teenager but now prefer listening to Sax played outside the Jazz world. I think because I was taught with such a strong Jazz influence, I still find it fascinating when it is used outside that genre. More recent influences have been Fat Freddy's Drop, Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa. There is a Frank Zappa album called Hot Rats with a track called The Gumbo Variations - this track has the craziest Sax playing I have ever heard - amazing.