Purple Look Play

Purple Look Play was formed in the Spring of 2015 by it's founder:  Jay Banwell, and that would be me. The Purple Look Play trademark was filed with United States Patent and Trademark Office in the summer of 2015.  It is important to note that Purple Look Play as a name is a concept and is under auspices of W. Jay Banwell Music LLC.  The responsibility falls on me to make Purple Look Play happen.  I write music, play instruments, perform vocals and seek help through contracting fellow musicians, engineers and staff to make contributions.  Purple Look Play is not a band or group of permanent members currently playing together live, however, chances are very good that musician's who helped record The Mating Dance Project, will also contribute to the current project:  At My Place.  Never say 'never' as far as live performances go, but I have no way to put a gauge on that possibility at this time.    

Purple Look Play is named as such for a reason.  Purple is an important color representative of ambition, independence and creativity.  I am influenced by a wide range of musical genre: music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, Motown, Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Punk, Pop, Synth.....and Country.  In the future it will become obvious each Purple Look Play project has a different flavor; Purple Look Play will not be constrained by style boundaries often dictated by a record companies.  Look is that 'lens' I use when writing and recording music; I have a way I view the world and I put a personal stamp on music recorded by Purple Look Play.  Last and not least is the term Play.  I credit my sister for that word, but in fact that is really what we do in Purple Look Play.  A vital part of making music is playing instruments and singing, but playing also encompasses having fun, and that, is the main reason I make music. 

Jay Banwell

Purple Look Play - Project Musicians

Jay Banwell - involved in music since age 9; first instrument was trumpet.  I became interested in music because of my parents; Mom played French horn and Dad played a mean trumpet.  At age 13 and while in junior high, I took a heavy interest in learning bass guitar.  I actually wrote my first song at age 12 and it was about my music teacher.  Also at that time I learned to use a piano.  During adolescence I once took a taxi to a guitar lesson and was lucky to make it back home. Through high school I played bass guitar in stage band and baritone in marching band.   The most popular rock band I played in growing up was The Cast of Players; Terry and TK Olson were in that band along with Rick Cowling - all very talented musicians.  The Cast of Players taught me how to sing.  I played in bands during college to include:  The Cast, New Movement, Jetstream, The Executives and Project S.  After college I concentrated more on recording music and did not play in bands.  After the mid-1990s, I took a full intermission from music for more than 10 years.  I got back into writing, playing and recording again in 2010; it has been a great pleasure, so, no more intermissions !

Peter Moore - has had passion for writing songs since the age of four. He has composed interactive and programmatic music for videogame publishers such as Disney, Activision, MTV Games, React Entertainment among others.  Peter excels at and enjoys shifting stylistically between rock, pop, classical, alternative, experimental, ambient, whatever the game, film, or muse requires; whatever it inspires. He’s composed for productions by Blue Man Group and Sony Pictures, various theaters and indie films, as well as writing original songs for his innovative, genre-smashing rock bands Think Tree and Count Zero.  I have known Peter since he was 17 and was blown away by Peter's performance in Expressions, which is a high school talent show.  We played together in Jetstream and I recorded with Peter and sought his help writing music years ago.  It goes without saying that besides being a great pianist and keyboard player, Peter is a high quality vocalist and plays a number of other instruments. 

Terry Olson - has been a guitar player for 35 years and is now playing with Soul Dawg.  I have been a huge fan of Terry's guitar playing ever since knowing him because he is consistent and has the backbone all bands and projects need for success.  Terry also plays bass, keyboards and drums and is a very talented vocalist.  Terry is an expert at sound engineering and has a great concept of the big picture.  I first knew Terry when he was about 10 years old and we had a disagreement about whether I should let a baby bird I caught go free; he eventually won that argument and parents in our neighborhood made sure I let the bird go.  Terry and I first played together when I was 14.  In high school we played in The Cast of Players and in college played in The Cast.  I seek Terry's help when recording music because no matter what, he gets it; he is very versatile at playing different styles and tones.  He is incredibly serious about getting the music 'right' and taking songs to a higher level.   

Shareiff Robinson - is a multi-talented musician, producer, songwriter and singer who loves making great music; he has over 16 years of professional experience in music production and engineering and has worked in studios across the nation.  I first met Shareiff in 2012 at the recommendation of Will West and have worked with Shareiff ever since.  Shareiff enjoys working with people and is easy to get along with; his influences and versatility are a great help to Purple Look Play, as he is influenced by several genres including Pop, Rock, Jazz, R&B, and Gospel. What I greatly appreciate about him is that he is savvy with recording software and is a great trouble-shooter.  It is no surprise he also has a degree in Computer Information Systems. Shareiff has been a great help to me in making contact with staff support for music and is counted on as an advisor and teacher of music marketing. 

Jim Ryan - is serious about laying down the beat and fitting rudiments correctly to music.  Jim has been playing drums well over 25 years and has a background in jazz, rock, rhythm and blues.  He is also a well respected drum instructor and has authored instructional manuals for aspiring drummers.

Ray Lee - got involved in music at a young age and has been beating the drums for a long time.  Ray has a background in jazz and gospel music.  He is fun to have in the studio because of his personality, which helps lighten the mood.

Peter Thomas - Peter comes from the San Francisco Bay Area.   Peter Thomas started his first involvement in music behind a set of drums. His initial musical leanings were towards the rock music of his youth yet he gradually began to explore other musical styles and playing opportunities as his education continued to evolve. With continued persistence and dedication behind the kit, he soon found himself playing in various blues and jazz groups around the Bay Area performing in many different venues and settings.  Currently and while maintaining a steady and full schedule with Disney, Peter is excited to be developing a new original rock trio project, Diablo Dukes. In addition to the Diablo Dukes he has also begun to focus on recording online drum tracks for various artists from his recording studio in San Francisco.  His first contributions to Purple Look Play arrived on the At My Place project.



   

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