Music Interview: John Forte

January 20th, 2012
January 20, 2012
by Austen Diamond

Legendary John Forte, who will be playing the Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe this weekend, took some time to answer some of our questions via email.

The former Fugee, who is notorious for his genre-bending collaborations, will be joined by an array of guests–including Natasha Bedingfield, Ben Taylor, Sergey–for his sets at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The ASCAP Cafe is located at Rich Haines Gallery (751 Main, Park City) and is open to festival credential holders. For more information on music events at Sundance, read this article.

City Weekly: John, first, thanks for taking a sec to answer my questions! I’ll try to make it brief, because I know you’re busy getting to Park City.

John Forte: Busier than you can believe… And away we go!

CW: You will be playing with a huge and impressive cast of characters at the ASCAP Cafe. Throughout your career, it has been impressive how diverse your collaborations have been. How did you come to work with the folks that you will be taking the stage with this weekend?

JF: My all-star cast of characters are coming from near and far to grace the stage at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café. Ben Taylor, David Saw, Lippie, Tarrah Reynolds, and Natasha Bedingfield! What can I say? Undoubtedly, I feel blessed for being in the presence of such immeasurable talent; but even more so because I can call them friends!

We meet one another at different points – some more recent than others. However, the formula for those encounters were very similar insofar as the way we met was natural and organic. In short, every encounter just felt right!

I strive to surround myself with people that I respect. It is a matter of principle. My friends make me better because of that.

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