Al McKay interview [October 04]

Surfers Guide: Al, we love your work with Earth, Wind & Fire, especially your current concerts with an outstanding rhythm section. In your opinion, what is the difference between the Al McKay Allstars and the original group Earth, Wind & Fire?

Al: Well for one thing we don’t have such a large stage production as EWF…they’ve been doing it a long time…we give what we have…live music played and sung by live singers and musicians.

US coverSG: Your wonderful last studio album ‘Al dente’ features 12 tracks including a selection of hits from your long-running tenure as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire. Do you have plans for a new album and what can you tell us about the tracks on it? We hear rumors that a new album is scheduled for 2004. It will probably contain a song written by Maurice White and yourself, that was born during the recording sessions for the EW&F album "The Promise". Can you tell us more?

Al: We are working on a new project now. Maurice and I tried to get together to write something last year…but nothing came of it. There is a song that I wrote for EWF that they passed on that will be part of my new CD. All of this I mean with no malice or demeaning factor about it… they are still my brothers…

SG: Please tell us about your plans for the future (tour etc).

Al: ….Only time will tell…………plans are in the works!!!

SG: From where do you get the power to work fresh and funky on stage every day?

Al: God is first!!…than much rest as possible and large amounts of vitamin B-complex.

SG: Thank you Al for the interview. More about Al at

Morris Pleasure interview [August 2004]

Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, known affectionately as "Mo Pleasure", began playing acoustic piano at the age of four and by his early teens, Mo mastered several instruments including bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin. More info at
Morris and Peter/Surfers Guide are talking about Mo’s new solo album ‘Elements Of Pleasure’.

Surfers Guide: You are playing so many instruments on your new album. Do you have a favorite instrument?

Morris: I love playing music in general….. doesn’t matter what instrument…… but if I have to pick….. the Bass… touches my heart directly… ever since I saw Verdine White with Earth Wind and Fire in 1976 for the first time…… I knew right away that I wanted to be a bass player.

SG: Why did you choose ‘In The Stone’, by the way one of my favorite EW&F songs, for your album?

Morris: In The Stone.. has always been one of my Favorite EW&F songs… i remember the first time i heard it…. I went to the record store and waited in line as they took the Records (yes records 🙂 out of the box… took it home… and i was amazed at the song… the arrangement….. the 1993 I did a demo in my LA apartment of In the Stone…… this is when I first met Philip Bailey…. he came to my place … and I played it for him… he told me "You should put this on your own CD someday" he passed the demo on to Maurice White… and a few months later they called me to join EW&F I couldn’t believe it……. 10 years later… (of course i redid the track) Her it is! It’s extra special to me because my good friends Sonny Emory and Larry Dunn … from EW&F are on the cut….. I wanted to do something different with it… so I added a South African flavor intro…. and had it go into a House party feel…

SG: Is the song ‘Marocco’ on an EW&F album or is this song written by you and Maurice White only on your album?

Morris: Maurice and I wrote Morocco together about 3 years ago… originally we were doing a writing session for Earth Wind and Fire…… but we hadn’t finished the song… I finished it later… named it… and put it on my own CD. It is not on any EW&F CD’s.

SG: Which plans do you have for the future (tour, CD etc.)?

Morris: Right now… I am concentrating on promotion of this CD… I will be touring with my Band Elements and I am working on alot of studio projects that you will be hearing about soon…… including the next Mo Pleasure CD….

I just want to thank all of the EW&F fans worldwide.. who have supported me when I was a member of the band… and still support me… that I’ve departed on a solo music career….. PEACE !!

SG: Mo, thank you very much for the interview here on ‘The Surfers Guide To Earth, Wind & Fire’.

EW&F interview in Goldmine Magazine. "I’ll Write a Song For You: The Music Of Earth Wind & Fire" [January 1998]

A comprehensive interview with Maurice, Verdine and Philip by Chuck Miller of Goldmine Magazine.

Maurice White interview in Electronic Musician. "Shining Star" [October 1997]

Maurice White is interviewed by Michael Molenda in an article called Shining Star in the October 1997 issue of "Electronic Musician". The majority of the article is a question/answer session with Maurice about his activities in the studio. An excerpt from the article reads, "Luckily we were able to get the incredibly busy producer and music exec to share his production concepts with Electronic Musician readers. Sitting in his new studio, with equipment boxes still littering the main tracking room, the 30-year veteran spoke with all of the enthusiasm of a brand new artist. It was obvious why his music is filled with joy."


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