Guitarist Marvin McDaniel talked me into picking up the drum set that was given to me by drummer Sidney Morris (my step father) in my 9th grade year of school. During that time until the mid 80's I was playing drummer. Right out of high school I was playing professionally as Tony McDaniel (yes Marvin's bro.) start teaching me bass to write songs. Some where during the end of disco and the rise of metal I became a bass player due to my best friend the late Randy Goldberg (Drummer) took my drum set for a tour he was doing which left me with a bass guitar for a number of years. And the rest as they say is history. haha!!
What was the first concert you ever went to?
First concert I ever went to was James Brown at some Beach near Maryland. My father and mother took me to the James Brown concert and he grabbed me from my fathers shoulders and put me on stage with him. I was like 4 or 5 and I would imitate James Brown all the time. That's when the music bug infected me.
What gear do you use?
I only play Hanewinckel custom bass guitars. My rig is ever changing. Right now I play out of SWR bass cabinets, Native Instruments Guitar Rig, my backup head GK RB800 (Love it) and still searching for the best Power Amp or Amp head that handles Stereo bass with some punch.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Jackson 5 and Elvis Presley were my biggest musical influences as a child. I saw Elvis movies and thought music came out of the air when you wanted to sing to a girl. LOL!!
Heard the Jackson 5 song ABC on the radio and saw them perform live and that was it. I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Pernard Perdie, Dennis Chambers and Lenny White the reasons are obvious. Joss Stone and Lelah Hathaway. Two of the smoothes vocalist that I could just close my eyes and play some beautiful notes with. And Jeff Beck because he's another that has those sweet notes that I would enjoy groovin' to.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Biggest and smallest audience i ever performed to was 25 to 30 thousand on tour, 3 in a coffee shop.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Marcus Miller "Live & More". Great live recorded CD. Great bass playing song choices and of course Lalah Hathaway is on 2 tracks.