Esteban Interview 11/12/20
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, and Queen, let’s just go with these for now otherwise the list will be endless. Bowie was a pioneer of music and fashion, his biggest influence on us was that he always did his own thing, consistently performing at the top, whilst keeping his personal affairs out of the limelight and pushing the boundaries all the way to the very end. Stevie signed to Motown’s Tamla label aged 11 and hit the top aged 13! For any aspiring artist, this is an inspirational beginning but to go on to produce some of the world’s most important electronic, boogie jazz-funk and to be still performing is utterly jaw dropping - a living legend. Queen came along and re-wrote the rule books during the late 70’s and early 80’s. A band that didn’t really fit a genre exactly, but new precisely how to use their individual talents to spur each other on to write perfect stadium anthems time and time again.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
Musically our influences are very much a melting pot, all of us bringing something different to the table. When we first jammed as kids, we wanted to recreate Hendrix, Bowie and all the greats. As we got older and developed, we kind of always picked up music from where we had travelled and where our minds took us. South America has always been a big thing for us and I think it shows in the music. As individuals we listen to music as diverse as Chronixx and Vulpeck to Desert rock and Mark Ronson. On a personal note you can’t beat the Philly neo sound and Rare groove records of the 70s & 80’s.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
How Did I Get Here? Is a really uplifting song to play live. We’re all singing, all in the groove, it’s funky and makes everyone smile - I think we all forget we’re playing it sometimes, it’s one we engage with the audience, the room lights up and everyone’s smiling… can’t wait to play it live again.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020
We have just released our second album Jackpot Motel, a 16-track desert funk odyssey and we're chomping at the bit to take this new record live! However, like everyone we've put the live shows on the back burner for now. COVID has though for us, been a really productive period; we've doubled down on writing new material so, we’re heading back into the studio this year to record. Our label The Animal Farm are supporting us on this journey once again. There seems to be no end to their passion for what we do, it's so unbelievably important to know that your label is on your side as a business, as a family and as friends. We're in an awesome position and we are very, very grateful.
MM: What can we expect from (Band Name) live
We love the live thing, it's our bread and butter and we lived for it back along sometimes playing 5 or 6 gigs a week, year after year totalling 315 gigs to date. We start the party hard, we take it to them, and we end on a high making sure nobody leaves talking about anything else. It's a cliché to say that the best shows we ever played were sharing the stage with the likes of Dizzy Rascal, the Zutons and Gomez when actually some of the best shows were intimate, when you can literally feel the heat from the crowd, they're that close.
MM: What do you like best and worst abt touring
The best thing about touring is the touring, travelling around seeing new places, meeting new people all with your best mates alongside you. Getting into the 3rd or 4th gig when everything feels completely natural and you can just vibe of the crowd. The worst has to be cold vans and the cold weather in general, I remember playing Edinburgh in the height of winter and not moving away from the radiator except to play, or another gig where the venue digs had been trashed and we had to sleep on the floor in a room with no glass in the windows whilst snowing outside
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
Let’s go with The Beatles, imagine 1964 ‘Beatlemania’ in the U.S. It must have been such a gobsmacking experience to see raw euphoria like that. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. If music was ever supposed to be pure and simple, these boys always delivered the meat balls, the spaghetti, the tomato sauce and the parmesan. And finally Earth Wind and fire, These boys were so technically brilliant but brought a life show like nothing else ever seen at the time
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own)
For me seeing James Brown live on his birthday a few years before he died, it was at Leeds Met and it was the perfect intimate setting with JB leading the tightest band ive ever seen. Just to see a Legend like that doing what he does best was something I will always remember
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
Playing infront of 10k fans all singing our music back to us
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
Whats going on Marvin Gaye….. To me the perfect blend of conscious lyrics and funk
Tapestry Carole King…. Just pure signwriting genius in a relatable package
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have
people watching you?
Yeah it was the Red Rose Theatre in Rugeley in 1995 I think. We had what felt like our whole 6th form and all the kids from the local area there, remember the nerves and not being able to see anything with the dry ice, but after the nerves subsided we just felt at home.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall. Hendrix, Teenage Fanclub and Jamiroquai
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other
For me I cant place it on one person but to me people like Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Toni Iommi using Fuzz and getting that overdriven sound to begin were the originators
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now? Getting everyone through this global pandemic in one piece and continuing to write in hope that sometime soon we can take it live again
MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why? Janelle Monet – Electric Lady….. Catchy tune which I think would translate well played in our Desert funk style
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
As a band we have never tried to fit in to a particular genre, we coined the term ‘Desert Funk’ to describe our sound and it stuck, it’s the sound that we have always made when the four of us get into a room, funky bass and drums, four-part harmonies with a bit of Latin guitar thrown in, it’s a groove that makes you move.
MM: Four words to describe
Brotherhood, conscious, funky, driven
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