WORLD5 and American Football legend Steve Wallace guests in the "It´s Just Us Radio Show" November 2013
Pat and Raimund special guests on Take 2 Radio Oct 9
Pat on GEMRICO RADIO August 2nd
Listen to the interview ---> http://www.gemricoradiowebcast.com/
Interview with Pat on Talent Spotlight Magazine
by Jessica Gilbert, July 8, 2013
Jessica: Pat, it’s an honor to have you in TSM, and thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to do an interview for the magazine.
Pat: You are welcome. It’s great to be here.
Jessica: What inspired you to get into music? And how did you get your start in the biz?
Pat: The first time I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, I was totally captivated. The girls were screaming and the music was something I had never heard before. I knew right then what I wanted to do. I got into my first band at seventeen years old. I left home right after graduating from high school to travel with my first band. I moved to Houston and got in the music scene there. I worked at Mickey Gilley’s studio for years producing an album for him. Jennifer Holiday recorded a song I wrote in the early 80’s called “ I Never Thought I’d fall in Love again.” I met my band mate Randy Miller about that time and started writing with him. Our new single “Man Of Action” is a collaboration with him. We also wrote a song for Grammy winning Latin group La Mafia called “Con Todo El Corazon.” We recently reunited for World5.
Jessica: What musical instruments do you play and for how long?
Pat: I mainly play keyboards, but I play a little bit of guitar and bass as well.
Jessica: Tell us a little bit about the album Global Experience.
Pat: I was not on that project, but my wife sang on it. That is how I got acquainted with World5. I thought it was an interesting concept, the world band concept. They contacted me in early December to gage my interest in the band.
Jessica: I know that Randy and you are the newest members of World5. How did both of you connect with the other members of the band?
Pat: Randy produced their first CD. After I was contacted by Rai the drummer, I called Randy and after our discussion decided this would be a great opportunity. It is challenging to record with guys over three continents, but it has been a lot of fun.
Jessica: In your opinion, what are the key qualities that makes a song successful?
Pat: Great lyrics and a great melody line are of the upmost importance. You want to write a melody that sticks in your brain. Those are the ones that sell big.
Jessica: You’ve opened for numerous top artists. Reflecting on all your experiences, what is one of your most memorable ones? Do you have a favorite venue you’ve performed at?
Pat: In 1987, I co-wrote the radio music for the Houston Astros broadcast and they asked us to sing at the Astrodome. There were 48,000 plus people there. You do not want to mess up the national anthem. That was a bit un nerving. I really enjoyed opening for Al Jarreau, The Pointer Sisters and Patti LaBelle at The Summit.
Jessica: Having been in the music industry for over forty years with it constantly changing. What would you say is the biggest challenge an artist faces in the music industry today? And what advice would you give to aspiring artists wanting to make it in the biz?
Pat: It is so different than when I began. Back in the 70’s and 80’s, work was plentiful for working musicians. Now gigs are far and few between, and they don’t pay well either. If you are just starting out, make sure you have something to fall back on. Record deals are increasingly more difficult to get as well.
Jessica: If you had the power to do something in the world today, what would it be and why?
Pat: Defeat world hunger. There is just no excuse for it. We throw away enough food to feed the planet.
Jessica: What is one of your favorite quotes (or lines) that inspires you?
Pat: This from Joel Osteen I believe “ The light that shines the farthest shines the brightest at home.”
Jessica: Anything else you’d like to share? And where can our readers find out more about you and your work?
Pat: You can by our new song “Man Of Action,” as well as our older material at all digital outlets. Our newest CD will be out in August. You can also visit our website World5 the band.
Jessica: Thanks again for doing this interview and wish you continued success.
Pat: Thank you for having me.
Pat on Music That Pays
WORLD5 on Indies in Motion
Global Voice Broadcasting / Hollywood California
June 3 2013
WORLD5 on Gemrico Radio
exclusive interview with Pat
April 12 2013
WORLD5 on AiiRadio
March 12th, 2013
Live with Pat and DJ Yorkjie
LISTEN here: ------>>>> AiiRadio (at 56:55)
WORLD5 on Radio FFR
March 13th, 2013
Live with Raimund and Fred Luehne
Listen here:(interview in german language) ------->>>> Radio FFR
WORLD5 album feature on Offthechart Radio UK´s
Masterpiece show January 27th
LISTEN here: ------>>>> Offthechartradio
WORLD5 interview bei Radio FFR
Listen here --->World5_bei_Radio_FFR.mp3
Interview in german language
Thursday, Sept. 13th,
In-Depth Interview on Indie Showcase. With Skys, Don and Roland.
Listen here --->World5-Interview_Indieshowcase_13_09_2012.mp3
Interview with Don , Roland and Raimund
The Jiggy Jaguar Show
Interview with Don (June 1012)
World5: A Band For The 21st Century
(by KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste)
Not all that long ago, the idea of five individuals in five different locations around the world coming together to produce an album would have been impossible. Yet, for the members of the newly-formed band World5, today's advancements in global communication and technology has made the impossible possible. The result is the band's debut album appropriately titled Global Experience, due out May 1.
World5 is made up of Don Bruner, Steffen Goeres, Stephan Goessl, Raimund Breitfeld, and Roland Childs. Collectively, they live on three different continents spanning 19 time zones. from the United States to New Zealand. Distance did not deter them from tackling the project of producing an album, with each member recording his part of the music from his own home recording studio. While perhaps a little unique in their approach, World5 proves we truly live in a new age of musical discovery, and they are indeed a band for the 21st Century.
Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste had the opportunity to talk with Don Bruner, lead singer and keyboardist for World5. Their conversation took place using Skype(r). the same technology used by band members on their collaborative effort
Don is a native Californian who has played with several bands over the years and toured the world. He is an award-winning songwriter who wrote the number one single, “In my Wildest Dreams” in 2000. He has also opened for classic acts like ZZ Top, Bay City Rollers and Herman’s Hermits, to name a few.
Forste and Bruner discuss his beginnings in music and how he was drawn to it. How the collaboration with World5 works, and why the five members work so well together even though they are several time zones apart.
Listen To The Podcast:
WHISKER-A-NOGO - Interview with Don
World5 coalesced around the idea that music can transcend distance. The five members had all played together in various bands in the U.S. and Europe. Today, they live on three difference continents spanning 19 time zones from the U.S. to Australia.
Their new album “Global Experience” will be released on May 1st.
My rating: 7.7/10
I interviewed Don, the lead singer, today. Here’s our Q&A:
Briefly introduce yourself, and the band:
Hi! I am Don Bruner the lead singer for the band World5. We are a group of five old friends who all live in different areas of the world. Hence the name World5. The other members of the band are: Raimund Breitfeld, (drums, percussion and lots of other instruments), Steffen Goeres (Guitars), Stephan Goessl (Sax) and Roland Childs (Bass)
What would you hope people think about when they hear your music?
I would love it if they would think…”This album is great, I’m going to buy one for everyone I know!”
Ok ok ok… the real answer is this: I think it would be great if people thought that the album was fun to listen to but also interesting musically and that could they find something that they could relate to from the lyrics…. and then buy one for everyone they know. Ok that might have been too much. ;-)
Have you ever bought an album for its cover? Which one?
I can’t say that I have, but there are some album covers that I think could get people to buy the album just because of the cover. . I think that the picture of Adele on the cover of her album “21” is compelling. I like the Bruno Mars album covers. They are artistic but still “show biz”.
Old school wise…The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper” album. I think the old “Yes” album covers by Roger Dean were interesting.
What do you think about the music industry today? What is one thing you wish was different?
The internet has really changed the music industry. If an artist is willing to spend the money and time to promote their music they can really make a dent in the music business. Not so true before the internet. For the listener it is great to have the choice not only to buy an album but to have the choice to buy any “single” from the album. I think the day of the “filler song” is dead. It’s on the artist to have a high standard for every song.. which is great for everyone. The internet has made it possible for the artist and listener to connect directly more than ever before. One thing that I wish was different in the industry. I wish it wasn’t so easy to copy an mp3 file.
Where do you take inspiration from currently? In terms of music and song writing, but also in terms of motivation to follow your dreams?
I am pretty inspired that music is heading back towards what I call melody and lyric driven music being at the forefront. For a very long time I felt the type of music that I like to write and hear was long gone, but it’s back. I’m motivated by the chance to be a part of that.
What are your influences as a musician/singer/song writer/lyricist?
I would have to start with the Beatles and Randy Newman maybe a bit of Sting/Police, a bit of Billy Joel would probably be in the mix. I was a big fan of the progressive rock bands as well. Anything I hear that is well written no matter what the genre that inspires me to write I would consider an influence.
If you could go back and change anything in your career, what would it be?
I had the chance to be the keyboard player for an artist who was famous as an actor but not as a musical artist in the states so I turned it down thinking he’s just an actor. As it turned out he went on to have multiple hits and won a grammy. At best I could have furthered my career as a singer/songwriter/musician. At worst I could have had great time and made a lot of money. Can we change the subject now?
Do you feel like you sell more music online or at shows?
As I mentioned earlier we all live in separate parts of the world and have not played any live shows yet. So I can safely say that we have sold more music on the internet.
How do you feel about the new “facebook timeline”?
I must admit I’m still getting used to it. I am more familiar with the old facebook page. Ask me again later
If you could interview any musical celebrity, alive or dead, who would it be?
Are you guys signed to a label? What are your thoughts on that?
We are not signed to a label at the moment. Since we are not signed it has been entirely up to us to do the promotion. It is an incredible amount of work which has nothing to do with music. Perhaps in the future we would sign but I think it would have to be a very good deal.
What are your thoughts on the current status of the music industry?
I hinted at it earlier. I think that the industry is more listener and artist controlled now and less controlled by business executives. As a result the quality of the music has become more important. The industry seems to be going through a change. I think that with increased quality that is artist to listener driven it can only be good for everyone involved.
Curious, since you’re the singer in the band, what’s the first concert you went to?
The first concert I went to was an Elton John concert. I can’t really say that that influenced my singing but Elton put on a great show.
What’s your favorite show or tour story?
My story is not a World5 story as we haven’t gone on tour yet but I do have a story from when I was touring with another band in Germany. We had played a show the night before and we were booked to play a small Sunday morning show at a club in Frankfurt about 80 miles away. We were to start at 10:00 am. We got up at 6 am or so and we were on our way. Our manager had just bought a used bus for our equipment and the guitar and player took it while the others were in another car. This bus lost power and finally just stopped. The others turned around to find us on the side of the road. We got a hold of a tow truck to come get us. The tow truck came. It was a very unusual tow truck that had a crane that lifted the van up entirely off the ground and then set it on a the tow truck bed. We arrived at the gig just about the time we were supposed to start playing. This club had big windows across the entire front of the building so all people that came to see the show saw through the windows the tow truck pull up and then the crane set the bus on the ground. We had decided that because the show was a small one that we wouldn’t need roadies for this. The crowd started laughing as they realized that the bus was the band bus with the equipment and we were the band setting up late. The show turned out fine but the beginning was a bit embarrassing. We looked like big rock stars that day.
Any advice to up and coming bands?
Artistically find a way to touch people and be ready to not only write, record and tour but be ready to promote it yourselves. Find a good manager you can trust.
In no particular order, list your top ten inspirations, even if they’re not musical.
Yes (the band)
Mario Feninger (concert pianist)
Mozart, Bach and Chopin
It’s a Wonderful LIfe
What’s your favorite thing about being in a band?
The Exchange of musical ideas
What’s your least favorite thing about being in a band?
The Exchange of musical ideas
Do you play in the band for a living?
No but I do play live music at a dueling piano bar
What’s one place/venue in the world you’ve always wanted to play?
I would love to do a show at “The Greek” in Los Angeles. That is a great venue.
It’s not the biggest, but I really like atmosphere.
Random question- Who do you think would win in a fight: Drew Carey or Drew Barrymore?
Before Drew Carey lost the weight I would have said Drew Barrymore because she could move around faster as long as Carey wouldn’t sit on her, but now I’m not sure. Barrymore probably still has the advantage just because Carey might get distracted by Barrymore’s looks. It could be very creepy if they started to wrestle. No Seriously!!!