Today we’d like to introduce you to Philip Lozano.
Philip, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up playing trombone until I went to SDSU and put my horn away for twenty years until my oldest Graduated high school and I thought playing in a band together would help keep us close. My current Band Bump City Brass started out as a reinvention of my family band Bump N Brass which started back in 2014 as both my daughters Jasmine and Camille had graduated High school and had been singing in another band in which I played some Trumpet and Trombone.
We had some differences of opinion with the leader and I decided to try to do my own band with Jasmine and Camille singing lead and backup. This went pretty well with us covering modern Funk and Soul artists like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears…… etc. and then change. Jasmine and Camille now both in college needing to spend more time at their studies the band goes on hiatus. Six months later I get the band itch again with a full horn section original keys Hammond Organ, and Rhodes, Guitar, Bass, Conga, Bump City Brass is now the new project.
Originally formed to be a Tower of Power cover Band. I have been lucky and blessed to meet and work with many talented musicians to help grow this project. I know it is because so many of us in this band love the real music of Funk And Soul, that makes it so special to play both at practice and on stage an bring it all back to life. I am of course so happy and amazed at all those that helped us get to where we are today! I hope you get to see us play and the music touches your soul. What could be better?
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When we first started out it was very hard to find players. I would go to Jams and sit in and talk to the people around me trying to convince them to come out and join. So many people have pushed themselves into a tight schedule trying to make life happen. I just didn’t know who was going to make it out.
Always having to find new players and better players. There is twelve people in this band but we have another ten people somewhat involved that can sit in at a moments notice. We have to blend as well, five-part horn harmonies, rhythm section locked in… I learned a while back that even if you want something really bad but lack the skill to accomplish that goal you need to step aside and ask for help.
Struggles trying to get the band booked … who has the want and or the space to have a 12 piece play their venue? What about pay? Standard gigs at restaurants do not pay enough to keep the band going so it’s off to special events, Corporate Gigs, and weddings for the most part.
Please tell us about Bump City Brass.
I am a General Contractor by trade specializing in custom home remodels and have been in business almost twenty years, I learned a bit of everything starting out with an old contractor that did everything as well, but the thing that was the most impressive with him was not his technical skills, but his people skills. I think I am most proud of how I listen when I work with people. I know you could ask any of my clients did you feel he understood your needs and the answer would be always yes.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I loved to ride my bike a Huffy gold metallic flecked banana seat “Peacemaker,” and riding out to see my friends, I just had to be home before dark so that my family could eat dinner together.
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