MuzicNotez: First off, it’s an honor to be doing this interview with you, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us.
Introduce yourselves, what are your names and rolls in the band?
- Full Circle: My name is Herman Outar, Bandleader, Composer and Bassist. Pedro Marrero Drums, Vocals & Percussion. Edwin Marrero. Guitar. Jerrel Fair aka Mr Short. Lead Vocals, Trumpet and Saxophone
MuzicNotez: How did you meet and form up? How long have you been together?
- Full Circle: I have known Pedro & Edwin for at least five years and we met each other here in Clarksville Tennessee. Pedro played with my previous band called The Red Letter Experience and Edwin would occasionally help us out on some gigs when we needed a guitarist. Full Circle has been together for at least 13 months as of right now. Our last member Jerrell Fair aka Mr Short I met him in the commissary at Fort Campbell the end of June 2022. Mr Short brings to the table a wealth of musical experience, talent and abilities. He has a very extensive and professional music background and I am glad that he is part of our band.
MuzicNotez: How did you come up with the name Full Circle?
- Full Circle: I have always been involved with Music in one way or another and just seemed fitting that Full Circle would be a great name for our band because we are senior in age. Despite where we are in our lives right now Music is still first and foremost in our lives and always will be. I am blessed to be able to play with my fellow bandmates and the fact that we are friends also makes it such a joy and blessing.
MuzicNotez: Who were your musical influences, idols, or bands growing up that have helped mold you into the band you are today? Or helped mold the music that you create?
- Full Circle: I have always loved Jazz Music and within Jazz music its various sub genres Acid Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Jazz Funk, Traditional Jazz and Bebop. I do like other Musical genres too. I like Eighties Pop Music, Reggae, Some Rap Music Eighties and Nineties. One of my favorites bands is Incognito who have been around since the early 70’s from England. Listening to early Incognito in England when I was young got me real curious about ‘Jazz’ music which just stuck with me. Bob Marley has always been one of my Musical Idols from since I was a kid. Such a great writer and artist who literally became a Worldwide Superstar with his songs of freedom, oppression and revolution which has been embraced by all people and cultures.
MuzicNotez: What’s the greatest concert you’ve ever been to or performed?
- Full Circle: About five years ago I went to see Earth Wind & Fire perform in Nashville. It was an amazing concert and such a wonderful musical experience that still resonates when I think about that night watching them. My only regret is not seeing the original EWF band in their prime with their gifted leader Maurice White RIP. Although there is only three of the original members left with the band they still put on an amazing show.
MuzicNotez: What’s the ultimate goal you want your music to achieve, or for you to achieve in your career as a band? Any particular message you wish to send?
- Full Circle: I would like Full Circle’s music to transcend all people’s and cultures and have a unifying effect on them in a personal way and spiritual way. I would like the music to always be personal and intimate and move our listeners. We want to satisfy our families, friends and fans alike and we want our music to reflect the best in humanity.
MuzicNotez: Your latest release is the self-titled EP ‘Full Circle’, how would you describe this release?
- Full Circle: I would describe this release as being very eclectic and experimental on our part. I am not sure if we really knew what we were doing musically because I think as musicians we were still trying to get to know each other if that makes sense. Two of my friends who played on this EP are no longer with us because I had to make some decisions to move on. We are now a tight cohesive unit that not only play music together but we also friends. That means a lot to me and that needs to be conveyed when people listen to our music.
MuzicNotez: Your band is made up of musicians with a lot of experience, any advice you’ve learned over the years that you would like to impart on to bands starting out?
- Full Circle: Just have a musical goal for yourself and align yourself/yourselves with people that share your goals dreams and desires. Having chemistry with people and being able to get along with folks can never be overrated or taken for granted. Another piece of advice I would like to share is remember to have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously. Making music is an adventure and it’s a journey and there’s a certain wonder to it that’s magical. It can be hard to explain sometimes but when you get there you’ll know.
MuzicNotez: What else are you working on? What can we expect to see and hear from you in the future?
- Full Circle: We are currently getting ready for some gigs here in Clarksville TN where we live and later this month we start recording our new songs around the middle of January. We will have five new songs on this upcoming EP which we are very excited about. These songs collectively will be a lot more ‘Jazzier’ musically and a little more complex. We are fortunate to work with my friend Michael Young who owns Black Oak Recording Studio. He did an amazing job on our last recording both mixing and mastering and also playing piano & keyboards for us. He’s a great guy and excellent musician and who also has a great ‘ear’ too.
I just recently started a small record label ‘Granny Sue Records LLC’ to facilitate the business side of things. I need those tax deductions !!!
It just made financial sense to me once I understood the big picture. Creating music is fun but it can get expensive and I want to treat it like a business to some extent.
MuzicNotez: Anything else you wish to say about yourself or your music? Any message for your fans?
- Full Circle: First and foremost it will always be about the music. Its sounds cliché but its true. Full Circle always want our music to be genuine and real and not fake. We are who we say we are and we play what we want to play and make no apologies for it.