Jonathan Asperil, now 21 years old, is a Los-Angeles based musician. Jonathan is a multi-instrumentalist with a long list of awards, scholarships and prizes that he won since he was 15 years old. Jonathan’s ability to play different genres with absolute authenticity gave him the opportunity to play all around the globe with some of the most high-esteemed musicians in the world. Jonathan has performed with artists like Sheila E, Valerie Simpson (Ashford&Simpson), Paula Cole, Gabrielle Goodman (Chaka Khan), Terri Lyne Carrington, Gerald Clayton, Walter Beasley, Yoron Israel, Charles Neville (The Neville Brothers), Donna McEloroy and many more…
Entertwine: Could you tell us about your musical background? What or who inspired to pursue a career in music? Well, I started playing guitar when I was about 7, took few lessons and quit very quickly after realizing that I can’t play rap music on guitar. At the age of 11 I noticed a friend of mine was getting lots of attention from the girls in my class, because of his guitar playing, so I decided to give it another shot. Since then, it kind of took over my life and I found myself spending most of my time practicing and striving to be a better musician.
What can you tell us about life in Hod-Hasharon, Israel? What is the music scene of your hometown like? How is your life in the United States (specifically Los Angeles, California and Boston, Massachusetts) different now? Growing up in Israel is definitely something that greatly shaped my musicality – I was playing a lot of Rock, Pop, Indie, Jazz and Ethnic music gigs and I feel like all of those kinda made my sound what it is today – a mixture of all of those genres.
About living in the states – definitely a game changer, Everything is much bigger and opportunities are all around. America is definitely the place to be if you’re trying to pursue a music career.
What instruments, musical equipment and accessories do you use to create and capture your sound? What does your writing and recording process look and sound like? I mainly use my Fender “Eric Clapton” Stratocaster for my session work and gigs in the states – from Jazz to Pop. I use lots of pedals and always try to attain innovative tones – stuff that people haven’t heard played on guitar before. I’m also a big fan of my Ernie Ball strings – always sound bright and clean. For amps it really depends on what kind of session I’m doing and what style of music – I’m a big fan of the Fender amps and I think they do a great job capturing my guitar tone authentically.
My recording process is pretty much the same – I get to the studio, listen to the track I’m about to record on, maybe get a chart with the chords and if not I’m just writing one quickly, go in the booth and record. I’ve been doing it for almost 10 years now and the process has become intuitive.
Could you tell us about some of the most exciting or interesting live performances you’ve been a part of? What has it been like sharing stages with Sheila E, Valerie Simpson, Paula Cole and Gabrielle Goodman, among many others? Well it’s a pretty amazing feeling playing with the people you grew up listening to and it just feels like every minute of practicing I did, paid off. Playing with Sheila was an amazing experience and definitely one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had. Same goes to Valerie, Paula and Gabby – they’re all AMAZING musicians and I’ve learned a great deal just being around them musically and about life.
What do the remaining months of 2015 hold in store for Jonathan Asperil? Do you have any upcoming performances? Will you be releasing any new material in the near future? I do have upcoming performances in LA with some talented musicians that I’m really excited about. In September I’m about to play a great gig that I can’t really disclose yet, but keep following me on social medias and you’ll know what I’m talking about soon enough J.
Plus, a lot of session work and I’m also working on an album with some of my favorite musicians here in LA. The album expected to be released in August 2015!