At the age of 12 I was bitten by the entertainment bug. WOKY radio was blasting out songs like Little Willy And Love Will Keep Us Together every morning before school. The melodies swimming through my head all day (instead of schoolwork, whoops.) inspired me to write my first legitimate song - REASON FOR LIVING (sort of a fluffy, Davey Jonesish, kinda diddy.)
Eventually, after hearing bands like KISS & AEROSMITH, Hard Rock was the new addiction. It was cool & energetic & in those days it still had singing & melodies.
I scooped up a couple of friends & started a band. We messed around with members coming & going all the way to my senior year of high school when we started taking it more seriously. We all matured in our thinking & our playing & I hit the stage at age 17 in my first group ARZAK.The band lasted about two years.
In the mid eighties I was in WOLVERINE, a fairly successful outfit in the local Milwaukee scene. In 1990 I fronted the Racine based band VIILAIN.
All these bands were from the hard rock school. This is still my first love - playing the music of VAN HALEN, DEEP PURPLE, QUEEN & writing my own songs. I have been very lucky to have played with great guitar players & musicians to collaborate with.
Circa 1995 I slowly weened off the harder stuff & started a Bubble Gum group entitled DANDELION WINE. The set list consisted of 70's one hit wonders such as, Don't Pull Your Love, Brandy & I Think I Love You.
I don't know if my tastes were maturing or I was just getting old, but eventually I teamed up with a Neil Diamond impersonator & started traveling down the Sinatra road. We were called DIAMONDS & MARTINIS. We sang live to recorded background tracks. Some people consider it cheating but for me it's really the best way to go.
I left the duo approximately two years ago. I am now doing things my own way & perform a plethora of styles & genres. occasionally I have guests singing on the same bill. Truly a night of variety.
Jim Best has undoubtedly provided some of the best live music that I have enjoyed...They seem to have a real mix of music which brings to life any party and any event, and always ensures that it remains one of the best in your memory. I have no hesitation in recommending jim Best Projects for those who really want to enjoy themselves and have a lively party.
Whatever the occasion, a Charity Ball, Corporate Entertainment, Weddings or Festive celebrations, jim Best Projects can cater for everyone..
Thanks to Jim Best for helping make my birthday the most memorable yet, every box was ticked!