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Q*Ball was born of one Brooklyn-based bald man's love of electronic music. As a huge fan of 80's synthpop (Depeche Mode, Tears For Fears), 90's industrial (Nine Inch Nails, White Zombie), & experimental pop/rock (U2, Faith No More, Radiohead), young Q decided to put together musical ideas in a cost-effective way, incorporating the sounds of all his favorite bands. Besides making quality music, Q has always had the business side of the industry in mind - finding new ways to market & promote, creating a new style, & following the path of the true Do It Yourself artist. Q*Ball music draws comparisons to the ethereal sounds of Moby, the vocal stylings of Bono & Mike Patton, the 80's funk of George Michael & Prince, and an eclectic array of more popular acts like Beck, the B-52's, & Duran Duran.
Q*Ball, in defiance of the corporate, pre-packaged, American Idol-era of music, started his own label in late 2005, Bald Freak Music, to release his own albums, as well as those from other artists who would otherwise be ignored because they don't fit the major label mold & preconception of what a "pop band" or a "rock act" should look & sound like.
Q*Ball's partner-in-crime is Bumblefoot, best known as Guns N Roses' new guitarist. Bumblefoot's long & heralded career as a guitar impresario, his ability to immerse himself in any project he becomes part of, and his amazing ear for music makes him the perfect foil for Q*Ball's quirky keyboard arrangements. You may find Bumblefoot on stage wielding a guitar resembling a winged foot, or a block of swiss cheese. But it's Bumblefoot's production skills & songwriting contributions that are the secret weapons on every Q*Ball album.
In the studio, Q*Ball is mostly a 2-man operation - Q on the mic, on the keys/piano, & on the couch; BFoot on all guitars, backing vox, & on the comp (while Q sleeps on the couch).
Q & BFoot hooked up in the late 90's & have made beautiful music since the release of the debut Q*Ball album, Q*Ball In Space in 2002. Since then, Q*Ball has licensed songs with MTV, Bunim-Murray, Red Bull, UPN, & more. Satellite & internet radio play soon followed, as well as live performances with everyone from Gavin DeGraw to Mya to Splender. Q*Ball has championed & organized events in which independent musicians have performed to raise money for worthy charities like Musicians on Call, the MS Research Foundation, & Children's Specialized Hospital of NJ, raising thousands of dollars for charity & giving great indie musicians the exposure they deserve.
Q*Ball's albums, This Is Serious Business, Fortune Favors The Bald & Q*Ball In Space are available online at CD Baby, Amazon.com, iTunes, Rhapsody, & Napster!