Nobody attending the University of California, Merced, and living anywhere close to Merced, should miss experiencing this unique band, with seven out of the eight band members being UC Merced faculty! Two of the band members, Paul Gibbons and Jayson Beaster-Jones, were interviewed to gain some insight into the dynamics and motivations of this band.
This band started four years ago in April 2015, and after taking the time to discuss a name, decided on G Street Revolution in the interest of G Street being the longest street in Merced, and a Merced landmark. G Street Revolution plays an interesting combination of indie rock, jazz, funk, blues, reggae, and fusion, with the musical instruments of a rhythm guitar, lead guitar, keyboard, bass, drums, saxophone, trombone, and trumpet.
Beaster-Jones expresses that his favorite element of music occurs when entering the flow state where time becomes meaningless. Gibbons expresses that his favorite part of music is writing it. One of Gibbons many deep originals, “Two Boys,” can be found on the band’s new SoundCloud site at https://soundcloud.com/gstreetrevolution. Additionally, their upcoming live performances can be found by checking out the events displayed here on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GStreetRevolution/.
When asked what their most and least favorite aspect about their band is, Gibbons expresses that his least favorite part is being asked to do something, and having no idea how to do it; or, thinking and wanting to go one way, and being asked to go another direction instead. Interestingly, his favorite moments develop from figuring out and overcoming his very own struggles. Beaster-Jones, on the other hand, does not like having to set up and tear down for gigs, which can be clearly understood why by witnessing the complex and careful arrangements that the instruments must take for performances. His most favorite part, though, is coming in and seeing everyone during Sunday rehearsals and building relationships.
From inquiring what about this band drives them to be a member, Gibbons conveys a loyalty to the band, and a relationship to the members and its music. Beaster-Jones gives an interesting take on the band functioning as an experiment, where he can discover the answers to questions; such as, how to make a business from gigs, how to create good rehearsals, how to have a good reputation, and so forth.
When asked what advice they would give to someone who wants to go into music, Gibbons says, “start small – start cheap.” Moreover, he suggests beginning in someone’s garage, like how they began in Beaster-Jones’s garage. Also, when asked what it was that first formed this band, their responses were that they knew people and asked around, knowing that they were looking for UC-related people, and a band that could move in a lot of directions.
When questioned about what inspired them to have an interest in music and practice musical instruments, Gibbons says that his parents had him sit in on a symphony. This is great, because young Gibbons realized that he would rather be the one on the stage, playing the musical instruments. Gibbons had previously played the trumpet for nine years before choosing the guitar mid-way through college. Beaster-Jones claims to have arrived into music almost entirely by accident, as he never expected to be a music teacher and had started out as an engineer. Music was first an elective to him, then he became part of a band, and then auditioned for the high school jazz band, thinking that he will drop it once in college; that is, until he received a partial music scholarship. Beaster-Jones was almost destined to be a musician; he just didn’t know it yet.
The absolute sweetest part of the interview came from Jayson Beaster-Jones, when responding to the question, “what is the one thing that if your band lost, it would greatly suffer?” He immediately voices that the “only individual you can’t play without is Paul.” This shows the beautiful bond that the group has that allows them to make this band possible, and share music with their community. Finally, Paul Gibbons is positive about the future of music and bands as he says that there is a commitment to experiencing music live. So, go commit an evening to experiencing a revolutionary band, and seeing what G Street Revolution is made of!
Photo Credit: G Street Revolution.