Life would be pretty boring if I didn't explore. It's about letting my ears take me on an adventure to soak in everything I can.

Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty

Profession: Musician
Nationality: American


Life would be pretty boring if I didn't explore. It's about letting my ears take me on an adventure .. Trombone Shorty

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Whenever I go jamming, people are looking to cut me. The young ones learn my stuff and come play it at me, and I have to learn other stuff. I feel a lot of pressure. But it's cool. It's a good pressure.

I got a chance to work with Mystikal and Mannie Fresh and Juvenile and all these people as I was growing up, and so that really influenced everything I do.

Australia is one of my favorite places to play - it's a crazy experience.

In New Orleans, people are still influenced by one another. You got these bands that play every week on Frenchmen Street, and on their breaks, they might go see the reggae band that's right next door. You might get the musicians from the reggae band to sit in with the brass musicians. Everyone is having fun.

All New Orleans music is based off dance music, even jazz.

Most people don't even know what a trombone is. It's not that popular as a front instrument... I picked it up and fell in love with it as a kid. It's a difficult instrument, but I like doing things that seem impossible.

We're not really trying to do anything besides represent where we come from, and that's New Orleans.

When I'm creating a song, I'm thinking of a hip-hop beat playing on a live drum set - kinda like the Roots would do. I will put New Orleans music on top of that with some other rhythms.

It doesn't matter where we are. We can be marching down the streets of New Orleans, or we can be onstage in front of 15,000 people. As long as I know that I'm about to put my horn to my mouth and play some notes, that's what I most look forward to.

It's very important to me that I at least know the history of the music.

Rock guitar is one of my favourite sounds.

Whenever we can, we try to talk to students. If I can, I'll invite kids from a school to a sound check and take questions from them. I want to show them it's cool to play the trombone. Kids are influenced by what's accessible to them. It's hard for kids to be introduced to music other than what they see on TV and video.

I was nurtured to play music pretty much from birth.

I need New Orleans. And New Orleans needs me.