IndiePulse Interviews: David Goldflies
IndiePulse Music Magazine Interviews David Goldflies about the upcoming performance with Panama City POPS Orchestra
In what promises to be one of the most exciting, creative music events of the year, the Allman Goldflies Band “Goes Pops” when the recently-crowned winners “Best Southern Rock Artist/Band” (2018 L.A. Critic Music Awards) perform in concert with the Panama City POPS Orchestra, Saturday, October 13. Showtime: 6:00 pm.
The performance is free and open to the Public. Location: SweetBay Master-Planned Community, Panama City, at the Founders Pavilion (1980 Discovery Loop). Info: (850) 785-POPS (7677) or visit http://www.panamacitypops.org/. Also: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Rain-date: Saturday, October 27).
We had an opportunity to connect with David Goldflies of the Allman Goldflies Band to get a bit more information on this amazing event.
IPM: How did the idea for a concert with the Allman Goldflies Band (AGB) and the Panama City POPS Orchestra (PCPO) come to fruition?
Orchestra’s everywhere are trying different musical and visual ideas in order to bring the beauty and power of a real symphony orchestra to a wider audience.
The idea of having the AGB perform with the Panama City POPS Orchestra (where I have been the principal bassist for the last 6 seasons) came as a total surprise to me. I received an email from the president of the board of the POPS saying that they were considering a rock music event with the orchestra and would I be interested in participating. Originally the show was to be more of a tribute band type of thing with the music of the Eagles and the Allman Brothers Band being considered. Once we all met to discuss the idea, Dr. David Ott, the current conductor and music director of the POPS, had the thought that it would be interesting to orchestrate music from the AGB’s first album, Second Chance. David’s enthusiasm for the music of the AGB swayed the board into pursuing a performance of the AGB with the POPS. And that is how all of this got started.
IPM: How much different will your AGB set be for this show, performing with a full orchestra?
Great question. From the band’s point of view, our performance will essentially be the same as almost any other gig. The reason for this is that David Ott and I have spent many, many hours going back and forth reviewing the orchestrations he created in response to the scores I provided to him of our music. It has been a fascinating process seeing the music develop with each revision. For those that don’t know about David Ott’s background, he is widely considered to be one of the greatest living American composers. Dr. Ott has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Music four times and the Grammies twice. Recently, he has created two entire ballets, Cinderella and Peter Pan, both of which debuted in 2018. As you can imagine, I felt a bit intimidated making suggestions to such a masterful composer. But David Ott has a way of making you feel relaxed and important. After we had exchanged notes on a few of the scores, I realized that David was exploring how to work with me and tap into my years of rock music experience. In the end, all the barriers disappeared and we just got down to making the best music we could for each song. That collaboration allowed the AGB to really do what it does best – rock out and to blend seamlessly into the sound created by the Panama City POPS.
Photo by Kirk West.
IPM: You’re a member of the PCPO yourself. When did you first start performing with them?
I joined the orchestra in 2005. I had been playing bass in various rock, jazz, and theater groups in the Panama City Beach, Florida area for many years. I had recently bought a Zeta Crossover bass – basically an electric bass on a stick with an arched neck so that you could bow the instrument. I was really enjoying exploring the bow again (I had played the violin as a child) when one night I went to a performance of the Panama City POPS. The group just made sense to me. I was familiar with all of the traditions of the orchestra, from the conductor coming on stage and shaking the concertmaster’s hand to having the oboe play an A for tuning the orchestra. I thought that I’d like to play in the symphony. I realized my electric basses wouldn’t get me there so I searched for and found my first double bass. I practiced and practiced and the conductor of the POPS at the time, Dr. Eddie Rackley, was kind enough to let me play with the group. I was terrible! But I got better and now I am the principal bassist in the PCPO. This was mainly due to my teacher, Ernie Szugyi – but that is another story!
IPM: Discuss your relationship with Dr. David Ott, PCPO Conductor/Composer?
As I mentioned, the respect I hold for David is unending. He is the real deal when it comes to composing, conducting, teaching and more. But our relationship grew out of my role in the PCPO. He relied on me to bring the bass section up to its best for each performance. Then David asked me to perform the Nutcracker with a pickup orchestra before Christmas in 2017. He was very satisfied with my playing on that performance so I was asked to play on the debut of his ballet, Peter Pan. At the end of that run of dates, which were very successful in every way, David told me he couldn’t be happier with my playing – that it was solid and really laid out the foundation for the group. Well, for a bassist it just doesn’t get any better than that. David ‘s awareness of my role in the success of the AGB influenced his decision to take on the orchestrations for the AGB/PCPO show. Oddly enough, David had expressed that doing a rock show held no appeal to him until we began to work together. This project has been a dream come true and really takes our music to a brand new level.
IPM: What other shows or special events does the AGB have coming up?
Currently, we are rehearsing for a live to video event for WSRE public television in Pensacola, Florida called Studio Amped. It is a one-hour taping in front of a live audience of nothing but our original music. Of course, we will perform many selections from our Second Chance album. We also plan to perform many of the songs that we have written for our second album. On Oct. 5, 2018, we will be headlining the Destin Seafood Festival in Destin, Florida. A crowd of 3000 to 4000 people are expected at the festival so we should be able to rock the house that night.
Other than that, we are getting ready to record our second album which we hope to release early next year.
Allman Goldflies Band: Some Background
Allman Goldflies Band is bringing new energy to Southern music with hard-driving, inspired performances of the original material from their debut album, Second Chance. The group is on track to become a major contender in the emerging breed of Jam Bands and Southern Rock music.
Bert Holman, longtime Allman Brothers manager, says, “David Goldflies was discovered by Allman Brothers’ guitarist Dickey Betts at a very young age. He had the rare talent of being able to play the more intricate improvisational parts as well as traditional blues cadences.” During the second incarnation of The Allman Brothers Band, Goldflies was an essential member, anchoring their rhythm section with drummer Butch Trucks from 1979 to 1984. David’s work on ABB releases Enlightened Rogues, Reach For The Sky, and Brothers of the Road were critically lauded. Goldflies’ valuable presence helped carry the genre and the band when the masses were paying more attention to pretty faces and big hair on MTV,” wrote Tom Semioli (No Depression).
Bass Gear Magazine – David Goldflies Interview
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Pensacola News Journal – Interview
Photographer Credits: Kirk West
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