Music Taste: What was the motivation behind your decision to become a musician, in particular jazz?
Doky: At 18, I realized I had to play music so much that there was no room for anything else. So my original plans to become a doctor got dropped. Jazz, because I fell in love with the sound and feel - especially through the Miles Davis album, My Funny Valentine.
Music Taste: As a jazz musician, do you have any recommendations for listeners who are curious about the genre, but never had the exposure?
Doky: Listen to Miles Davis Kind of Blue, close your eyes and let go of any thoughts.
Music Taste: Has the Vietnamese culture had any influence in your work?
Doky: Yes, I believe so. I think the Vietnamese culture gave me an advantage in terms of diligence in studying and practicing.
Music Taste: What do you think the challenges are for a lead bass man as opposed to the traditional piano or saxophonist in a jazz group?
Doky: You kind of have to invite your own musical setting as it is not so standard to be a lead bassist.
Music Taste: Were there any particularly memorable places you’d stayed when you toured abroad?
Doky: I have toured the world so much in the past 20 years. All places are special in different ways. That’s what makes it still fun to tour.
Music Taste: Which one of your albums was your personal favorite?
Doky: Sorry to sound clich, but I like them all. They each have their own “world”.
Music Taste: If you could perform with one jazz musician who has passed away, who would it be?
Doky: Miles Davis because he’s is still my biggest inspiration. He embodies the essence of jazz being a spirit and not a definable genre.