A guy walks away from a career as an artist and performer and doesn't appear again on stage for 25 years. When he leaves performing, he is at the peak of his creative power, having just garnered Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe songwriting nominations. He disappears into the corporate media world, selling 70 million soundtracks for the biggest movies of the past two decades ( Avatar, Titanic, Slumdog Millionaire, Juno) as President of Fox Music from 1994-2012.
That guy is Robert Kraft, the unnaturally charismatic composer, story teller and producer, who will be treating an intimate audience to a live performance of his recently released greatest hits album 'Consensual Sets' at Joe's Pub on October 30th in NYC and on November 5th at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles.
Rick Florino recently sat down with Kraft for a funny, insightful and cheeky interview about 'Consensual Sets' and Robert told Billboard's Phil Gallo that back in 1979, he and his band The Ivory Coast thought of themselves as "Django Reinhardt meets Steely Dan" even though the record companies wanted him to sound more like Billy Joel or Al Jarreau. "I have a trouble sounding like anyone else" Kraft conceded. Indeed, that is what makes us look forward with giddy anticipation for the upcoming shows.