On June 17th at 8:00 p.m. EST, Grateful Web [] will host a live webcast interview with Medeski Martin & Wood drummer Billy Martin (a.k.a. illy B). The interview will allow fans to listen to Martin through their computers and submit questions via the web. Once logged onto the webcast, listeners will also be able to check out Martin’s original artwork in the illy B Art Gallery and have an opportunity to win an autographed copy of his latest release, only available on limited-edition vinyl, Groove, Bang and Jive Around, Volume 1 in the illy B Eats series breakbeat and percussion samples.

The expected topics of discussion: Billy Martin recently recorded his first breakbeat album - Groove, Bang and Jive Around – with intentions of opening the musical stage to deserving artists and avant-garde performers. He hopes musicians and DJs alike will use his breakbeat and percussion samples to create their own works and then submit them to illy B Eats for possible use in a forthcoming volume of the series. In addition, Martin will also be discussing the latest projects on his self owned independent percussion label, Amulet Records and his most recent work with Medeski Martin & Wood.

In order to participate in the chat, fans should point their web browsers to starting at 7:30 p.m. on June 17th and follow directions to Raindance Communications Participant Login. Using the ID# 9002111 anyone will be able to access the site and interact throughout the course of the interview. For more details, please visit

[Published on: 6/3/01]

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