THIS WEEK WE MEET KYLE GEMBERLING, KNOWN AS COMET!

TRUMPET AND VOCALS

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Life Mantra

Practice makes permanent.

Role in the band?

Trumpet and vocals

When and how did you join the band?

I joined Studio 188 in May 2014 after moving to Shanghai in August 2013 to teach music. I began working with some of the band members at clubs around town after arriving, and they gave El Ray my name when the lead trumpet position opened.  I left the band in 2017 to pursue a graduate degree in the United States, but I’m thrilled to be back for the time being with my 188 family!

What do you like the most about Studio 188?

I enjoy the size of the band the most!  With so many different musicians involved, we have a wide variety of experiences and talent at our disposal to create a great show.

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Favorite song to perform with 188 and why?

“Hey Ya!” by Outkast.  Outkast is one of my favorite groups, so performing their music is a lot of fun.  It’s also an opportunity for me to let loose and go a little crazy on stage!

Favorite gig performed with 188 and why?

Probably any of our Halloween shows.  Partly because everyone who came were dressed up and partying all night, but also because it’s hilarious watching Shrek playing keyboards

Best musical memories?

Performing an improvised set with Bobby McFerrin as part of a vocal group. Quite an inspiring experience.

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Funniest Moment on stage with Studio 188?

I had a bad knee injury before one of our shows in 2016, but that’s not the funny part.  The funny part was still dancing and performing the show, but from a chair or while using a cane.  I ended up hopping around on my good leg for a lot of it!

Artist who inspires me the most?

I am constantly inspired by so many different artists, both people whose music I listen to and the musicians I work with over my career.  Anyone who has found their artistic voice and wishes to express it to others is an inspiration to me.

3 things I look for when I see a live performance?

Stage presence, audience engagement, and frankly just what kind of gear everyone is using.

How often do you practice?

Trumpet is a tough instrument, so I try to practice at least 2 to 3 hours every day. It’s like exercise, but for my face.

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