Musical Director of the Black Eyed Peas-Printz Board
Debuts His New Album at Secret Live Show at the Roxy in Hollywood
L. Paul Mann
Printz Board is a multi talented American pop musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his Grammy award winning work as the musical director of the Black Eyed Peas. For anyone who has ever been to one of the riveting live performances by that dance music super group, they know that it is the incredible live back up band that separates them from most all other Hip Hop recording stars.
Printz brought his musical skills, including his hypnotic trumpet playing rhythms, to a special hour long showcase set at the Roxy on Sunset Strip in Hollywood last Monday night, October 28th. The show was a private event attended only by press, family, friends and musical collaborators, and one of the finest looking multi ethnic audiences to grace a Hollywood nightclub in recent memory. The occasion was a coming out party for the well known musical collaborator to debut his own band and his first album, “Board Games”, set to be released in the spring of next year. The smiling Board went all out to entertain his special audience, singing and dancing at a frenzied pace thought the set. The performer also played keyboards and his signature trumpet, fronting a four piece band that featured a Hip Hop singer and dancer, an extraordinary guitar player, who also alternated as the bass player, and a smoking female drummer, and keyboardist. While the band exhibited some elements that make up the well known sound of the Black Eyed Peas, the band also exhibited their own unique sound, drawing inspiration from the hard rock, funk, and R&B, genres. The result was an explosive dance inducing power pop sound that had the crowd responding emphatically. A surprise duet with guest singer, Natasha Bedingfield, half way through the set, only served to heighten the energy levels for the already euphoric audience. Printz has collaborated with Bedingfield on recordings in the past. The striking blonde English pop star, brought her own style of R&B vocals to the duet, in a perfect compliment to Printz's vocals. The show ended on a high note with the groups' cover version of the Steve Miller classic 1982 hit song “Abracadabra”. Printz's hip hop version features a more modern dance friendly synth take on the song, with a strong back beat from his sensational drummer. It was a short but sweet sixty minute show that had the gorgeous crowd beaming at the end.