Boogie Magazine Volume 1 - Page 6

So how do you spell it? Well, I went back and forth but I ended up spelling it Dillon, like the marshal. How old is he now? 24, my little tiny boy-man who’s 6’ 3” Does he have any aspirations to do music? You know what? He played a lot when he was teenager, he had a band. He played at a party for this surf club in La Jolla when he was really young. His band also played at the VFW. I went and saw him and I almost started balling because I didn’t know he could sing that well. Later he just dropped it and I ask him, “Are you ever going to sing again, ever? Don’t waste your gift!”. He says, “Probably someday” but he’s not doing it now. It’s in there, but yeah. Tell us about your recordings. You have three cds? Yeah, on my first cd I was offered a deal by Asylum Records in New York and I ended up backing out at the last minute to go with my manager at the time. He was an interesting character. He used to manage Grace Jones, Scott Baio, all these huge people from the 80’s and early 90’s, these actors that sang, like Donna Summer. He managed Janis Joplin in the early part of her career, her first, I think, 6 years. He used to say, “You remind me of Janis when her voice was still pure.” She used to have more of a range until later on and then it was all about screaming. Well, that happens, hard alcohol is not good for the vocal cords. Well it wasn’t just alcohol . . . Right! So Steve managed me back then and formed Sagestone Records, but it only lasted about 3 1/2 years until they went under. It was me, Leon Russell, and some guy from San Diego on stage. I was supposed to tour with [Leon Russell] in the summer but by that time I had made [Steve] sign back all publishing to me. What happened was we released the record on the East Coast, and I played to a huge audience in Chicago and was doing really well. Then in Denmark my single went #1 and I wanted to go there right away, but they refused to back it. I felt like I was fighting for my life. They spent $150,000 making this piece of shit record that I hated and they wouldn’t spend ten grand to promote it so they were in breach of contract. I told them, “Start backing this up or give me back my stuff ” so they released everything back to me except a small percentage. I ended up reworking that record, which lead to another deal with Big Deal /Hyena Records for my cd, Still Wild, produced by Val Garay. He’s produced everybody from Jackson Brown, Lynda Ronstadt, James Taylor -- that record did really well for me. I worked with them for like 3 years, 3 singles, toured a ton, amazing people. The head of that label is Henry Marx. He’s been in the business since like the early 50’s, since he was a kid. I mean, he knows the industry inside out, he owns Music Force publishing everything from Tupac to Alisha Keys to Bobby Caldwell. That’s kind of off beat for him. Bobby is not really a R&B singer. No, he’s adult contemporary pop, but that’s what Boogie Magazine 6