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Old 10-08-2020, 11:38 PM   #1
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Jeff Coffin Interview

Hey all,

Tomorrow October 9th at 12pm est, I will be interviewing Jeff Coffin of DMB.

Please feel free to send over questions !!!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=qJgTXLAWK_s
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    Re: Jeff Coffin Interview

    That’s awesome! If I could ask Jeff Coffin a question, I’d ask if he’s planning on playing any concerts with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones in the future.
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    Old 10-08-2020, 11:58 PM   #3
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    No problem I will ask...I hope you tune in!!!
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    Old 10-09-2020, 12:31 AM   #4
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    Dave and Carter are recording in Charlottesville. Ask if he plans to join them (virtually if anything) and if they’re recording as a band.
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    Old 10-09-2020, 12:53 AM   #5
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    Re: Jeff Coffin Interview

    We’ve heard that Rashawn is the “musical director” of the band. What does Rashawn actually do as a “musical director” and does he dictate all the horn parts you play?

    Also, what’s his favorite DMB song to play on live?
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    Old 10-09-2020, 01:27 AM   #6
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    We’ve heard that Rashawn is the “musical director” of the band. What does Rashawn actually do as a “musical director” and does he dictate all the horn parts you play?

    Also, what’s his favorite DMB song to play on live?
    Mine is a similar question: each band member must have songs they like much less than the other band members, so how does that affect set-lists? (e.g. if a song Jeff really doesn't like gets played, does Dave try and put a song Jeff really likes on the same setlist?)

    I would love to hear all sorts of setlist gossip and fun setlist-related stories.
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    Old 10-09-2020, 06:56 AM   #7
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    Ask about alternative plans for live shows in 2021. Like if they are planning on drive in style shows or something else if traditional amp shows are still not happening by the time the tour rolls around
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    Old 10-09-2020, 07:04 AM   #8
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    Are there any songs at this point that you guys as a band just dont play because of Roi? How do you strike a balance between playing the parts that Roi wrote on a particular song and giving the song your own flavor?
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    Old 10-09-2020, 08:51 AM   #9
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    Hey all Big Day today.. Please feel free to Listen live to the interview with Jeff Coffin at 12pm!!!

    Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJgTXLAWK_s
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    Old 10-09-2020, 03:30 PM   #10
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    Dave and Carter are recording in Charlottesville. Ask if he plans to join them (virtually if anything) and if they’re recording as a band.
    The question was asked and Jeff replied "hmm I don't know where they heard that."

    Uh we heard it from Dave!
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    Old 10-09-2020, 04:47 PM   #11
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    The question was asked and Jeff replied "hmm I don't know where they heard that."

    Uh we heard it from Dave!
    If he's not playing dumb, it just goes to show you that these guys aren't really in-touch with each other on all things band related.
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    Old 10-09-2020, 06:09 PM   #12
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    The question was asked and Jeff replied "hmm I don't know where they heard that."

    Uh we heard it from Dave!
    Do you have a time stamp?
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    Old 10-09-2020, 07:14 PM   #13
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    I mean, based on the story of how the past few albums have been recorded, the “core” band works on songs (Dave, Carter, fonz, Tim), and then horns kind of come in and overdub. When boyd was in, he just kind of overdubbed violin the past few albums from what we can tell.

    Here it’s prolly Dave writing, then workshopping with carter, and if they like what they got, it goes to the band and they get brought in to do their thing and they knock it out in a few weeks. It’s the writing that takes time.
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    Old 10-09-2020, 11:04 PM   #14
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    Guys,

    Overall I hope everyone enjoyed the interview.. we were suppose to go 30 minutes and went 90 instead..
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    Thank you so much for this OP! I've had the pleasure of meeting Jeff once a couple years ago in Toronto and he is one of the nicest people you could meet; very open to pictures/chatting with fans. Thanks for asking my questions! Btw, I wonder if Rashawn's role has changed; I definitely wasn't pulling it out of my ass lmao... here's the video where Rashawn refers to himself as the musical director of DMB: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8rnffUE4IU (@ 0:49).

    Anyway, awesome interview! I don't think I had ever really heard the in-depth story about how he replaced Roi from his perspective; other than little soundbytes here and there. Definitely hadn't heard those stories about Vusi Mahlasela and Dave; very fascinating. And very cool to hear about how Jeff used to practice 12 hours a day on top of being a full-time student; I mean, I guess its obvious he would've had to have practiced that much to be as good as he is! Very inspiring!

    Also, to him possibly playing dumb about the studio sessions... that doesn't surprise me. Jeff isn't tuned into every little thing Dave is saying or doing (he doesn't know what the fans know) and I'm sure there are a lot of NDA's associated with studio sessions and stuff like that so its in Jeff's best interests to just play dumb whenever those questions come up. However, I doubt Jeff has been sitting in with them either. It is cool to hear they still do the rehearsal rooms backstage though at the shows! I'm sure there's been at least a couple new songs that have grown out of those.
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    Do you have a time stamp?
    No but its towards the end of the interview. He asks the fan questions at the end.
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    Guys,

    Overall I hope everyone enjoyed the interview.. we were suppose to go 30 minutes and went 90 instead..
    Very good interview. Thanks so much for sharing!
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    Old 10-12-2020, 11:46 PM   #18
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    Guys,

    Overall I hope everyone enjoyed the interview.. we were suppose to go 30 minutes and went 90 instead..
    Really enjoyed the interview. And I agree with Jeff that you listened really well and just let him talk. Cool stuff.
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    Re: Jeff Coffin Interview

    Thanks for a great interview. When Jeff briefly touched on Vusi Mahlasela, South Africa and apartheid, it reminded me yet again how much this part of Dave's life and the effect it has had on his outlook hasn't been covered enough. It would be fantastic to see Dave be interviewed by Trevor Noah, for instance, and hear him get Dave to discuss race, immigration, national identity and South Africa before and after apartheid.

    Perhaps people forget now but the end of apartheid was a massive story in the United States for much of the late 1980s, and I'm sure Carter, LeRoi (who intimated in an interview with Charlie Rose that he met Dave for the first time while he was becoming more aware of apartheid) and Boyd discussed this with Dave. It's hard to imagine nowadays something akin to a white South African forming a multiracial band during the end of apartheid which is arguably the pinnacle of 20th century racism, and hearing about how this part of the band is thought about by the band themselves would just be fascinating.
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