Coast 2 Coast feat. The Fantastic Gems - Interview


The W.A M. Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding independent artists from around the world in multiple genres and categories. "Best Song" and "Best Album" nominations were based on Artistry, Musicianship, Originality, Professionalism, Diversity, and Excellence. W.A.M. stands for "We Are the Music Makers.' Coast to Coast Feat. The Fantastic Gems song "Live Your Life'" was the 2020 W.A.M. Award Winner for Best Song in the R & B music category.


What got you into music? My Dad is a big music lover of all genera's. When we were kids, he would take me and my siblings to the record store and we each could get a 45.


What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why. My favorite part about being an artist is the process of transferring the song from words to music and capturing the emotion and intent of the song in and through the music.

Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?


For me, being in the studio is like being on a date with a woman that you really really like and she finally agrees to go on a date with you. That joy of "YESSSS" it's really happening!!


As a songwriter or musician, are there any obstacles you have had to overcome or obstacles that you are facing right now in your career?


As a musician, like many other musicians, the pandemic has taken away our ability to connect with our fans and that really sucks right now. We need that audience magic for inspiration.


Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?


I admire and get inspiration from the many many independent artist that continue to make music, who continue to finds ways to connect with audiences and create good music.


To date, what do you think your best song is? Can you describe the song for us?


I believe our best song is "Only If You Want To". This song is everything that Coast2Coast and The Fantastic Gems represent, "Old Skool feel with a New Skool flava"

Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?

I believe our best song is "Only If You Want To". This song is everything that Coast2Coast and The Fantastic Gems represent, "Old Skool feel with a New Skool flava"


Tell us where fans can access your music?


Stream on Spotify.

About Coast 2 Coast feat. The Fantastic Gems


Back in 1968, at Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey, a music group called The Fantastic Gems was born. After graduation, the talented musicians went off to college, the military, and new careers. Years later, two of the original members reformed in Washington D.C. as "Coast 2 Coast" and began recording and performing from 1986 to 1990. In 2016, The Fantastic Gems got back together to fulfill a promise they made to each other when they were young students in New Jersey. The result of their reunion was the release of The New Old Skool. The project took three years from conception to completion. The album is a tribute to their musical roots, and was made in recognition of the community who encouraged, supported and shaped their musical spirit. The New Old Skool features 11 great songs that fans of R & B,Gospel, Pop, and Jazz will love.

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