CC: Musically speaking, I would have to say my grandfather Carl Thomas. He is responsible for my interest in piano and music. As far as the saxophone, it's Kirk Whalum.
DIVINE: You attend Berklee College of Music, what is that experience like? Name some famous musicians/artists who attended Berklee?
CC: Berklee is a great place. It's basically a place for musicians to learn at another level. You're saturated by music and musicians from all over the world all the time. Famous people include: Wyclef Jean, Trey Parker (Co-Creator of South Park) and Quincy Jones to name a few.
DIVINE: What's makes your band Authentic Counterfeit unique?
CC: We have a total of 10 members from around the Americas (North and South). Unique instruments like 14-string guitar and 6-string violin. And we reinterpret music in a way that makes you feel as if you're hearing it for the first time.
DIVINE: What’s the most rewarding part about being a musician?
CC: As a musician, I get to give away the greatest gift I have to offer to others and actually end up happier than if I had kept it. And that's a rare thing.
DIVINE: How did you become a saxophonist? What other instruments do you play?
CC: Saxophonist Kirk Whalum came to my elementary school and from the moment I heard him play, I knew what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. I also play piano and attempt to sing (ha ha).
DIVINE: What advice do you have for other aspiring musicians/artists?
CC: Just try a lot of things. I believe that a lot of would-be musicians don't make it that far because they try ONE instrument, can't play it and give up. There are hundreds upon thousands of instruments out there and there's something for everyone. After you find your thing, work hard. If you want to do this, it's gonna require a lot of you. It's more demanding than it looks. More worth it than you can imagine.
DIVINE: What other projects do you have up your sleeves?
CC: We are currently trying to release several Hip Hop and R&B tunes on our websites this semester, and then working on tours and even more tunes for next semester.
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