Yeah, I play here at the museum. I don’t know anyone else who does what I do, or really can, or really cares too.
Basically, everything I play, mostly, 95%, is something that will get money. And I use the money to buy instruments, basically. The biggest key to being successful here, all in all, is how well you can play an instrument. That’s really all it is. When you set up, um, the way that you set it up matters.
If you just have a bucket, you know, then that’s all it is. If you have something that’s set up, and you have CDs and it looks nice and neat and orderly. If it looks messy then people think you’re messy. And the way you dress is very important. Most people don’t come dressed to perform. And I don’t necessarily come dressed to perform; I just always am like this.
I grew up being into Charlie Chaplin. I mean, I was what you might call a class clown. And then after I graduated high school, I went to LaGuardia High School for performing arts. Then I actually became a clown, I went to clown academy.
I didn’t grow up listening you know, really, to pop or playing it, you know. But, I have played in top 40s groups, of course, I’ve traveled, I’ve done tours and stuff. So basically, when I came out here, right, the question was to figure out what to play.
I’ve tried to figure out how can I reach kids? Especially American, American kids. How can I reach, you know, young people? And I said hey, be a clown. But now what I do is, just do it for a little bit to get attention, right? Then switch. And I know it will lose the attention of, you know, the younger audience, you know, the American audience.Source: https://www.nytimes.com/video