Describe your sound in 3 words
Instrumental Modern Funk
Tell us a few things about your new EP. What is the main idea behind it?
Vol. 2 is our second release so we intentionally recorded a handful of our tunes that sound a bit different than our first record, with different rhythmic ideas relevant in each tune compared to a more classic funk sound with straight backbeats in our first album. We’ve been active for the past few years in NYC so we have a decent amount of material and are recording ourselves when the time feels right. We’ll have at least one more album with similar material coming out in the next few years so if you like what you hear you can expect some more to come.
Which song of the EP is your favorite?
Hard to pick 1 but Singularity is the single and one I’m very proud of. I wrote that tune after reading Dizzy Gillespie’s autobiography many years ago and in that book he talks about writing tunes starting with a rhythmic idea and then adding harmony and melody after that, not the other way around. That tune started with a simple drum cadence and I built it to what you hear on the record so it’s had an interesting identity coming to life.
Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?
Too many to name but all the Jazz giants have been what I’ve studied most of my life so I’ve been inspired and influenced by them all in different ways. And before jazz I loved rock so Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone laid the groundwork for my musical tastes, and from there I’ve also always been drawn to funk music so bands like The Meters, Booker T and The MGs and James Brown have always been huge for me. Then there are the classic jazz/funk combos in the 70s like Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters stuff, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Mahvishnu Orchestra, and Donald Byrd have been huge as well. I can talk about influences musically all day so this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Your also have lovely grooves. Tell us a song with a groove you wish you had composed yourself.
Pretty much anything The Meters made I wish I made myself. Their music is so simple but only sounds good when people play it with feeling so they are a really good model for what I think being a real band is, which is having a true connection to the music you’re playing and not necessarily just doing a job. When you combine a special kind of feel with being a master at your craft you get The Meters and that is pretty special.
Favorite music related film?
I’ve always loved The Blues Brothers. Some really good scenarios in that movie about what being in a real band is like..
One last thing we should know about you?
We’re a new band trying to navigate all the fun parts of the music industry and now with Covid changing pretty much everything in the world we’re incredibly grateful to everyone who enjoys what we do. We’re based in NYC and will be doing our best to get our music out to the world so thanks again to everyone who enjoys our music.
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