You recently wrapped up a mini-tour of your home state of Florida. How did that run go? Any plans to bring it to the rest of the country?
Yes we did, and it was a total blast. Seeing the people that were excited to be there and who actually knew the words to songs was a total trip. We are now making plans for spring 2017, including a new single/video release and short run of shows in the Southeast US and East Coast.
Do you believe that the crowd energy at live shows is instrumental to the overall atmosphere of that show?
Well, the more crowd energy, the better the show, in my experience. That being said, we really love to play, and subsequently exude our own intense energy. We give it 100% no matter what, and deliver the songs accordingly.
What do you do during shows to engage the crowd and get them involved in the performance?
Eye contact is extremely important – and rewarding. The crowd is as important (if not more) to us as we are to them. Picking out people to focus on during certain song sections or lyrical moments also definitely adds to the connection.
If you could play any other instrument in the band, what would it be and why?
Bass, because it was the first instrument I played at age 12. I love rhythm and groove and completely respect the intimacy between the bass and drums.
While you’re performing, do you ever have a surreal moment where you can’t believe you are in the position you’re in?
Honestly, when we play, I disappear. It’s the one singular time in my life where I’m completely in the moment, almost a slave to the moment or song. Outside of that moment, I consciously want to deliver the song to its potential and hopefully find common ground with someone who’s listening. It’s really all surreal when I think about it, and I’m extremely grateful.
Name one song you would love to cover that we would not expect from you.
“Strange Relationship” by Prince.
If you could play any other genre, what would it be?
Some kind of dark hybrid between electronic dance, soul, and funk – like the Commodores meets Prodigy meets early Cocteau Twins.
Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever had an experience with one?
About ten years ago, I was lying in bed and heard a big crash outside on the main road. I lived near a sharp turn where people drove too fast, not conscious of the danger inherent in the degree of the turn. After the crash it was eerily silent. My girlfriend at the time and I were lying there on our bed and we each heard three piano notes playing over and over for about 20 seconds. We knew our neighbors, and they were of the typical Florida “retired” variety and not in possession of musical instruments. No one had been physically playing piano in our vicinity at 11pm at night for 20 seconds right after the car crash. We went outside down the street, saw the wreckage and heard that the driver had died on impact. I believe we were visited by him. I even went to my own piano and played the notes we had heard so that they would not be lost.
If you could have one famous musician, either alive or dead, join the band, who would it be?
Prince without a doubt, just so I could learn from him.
What video game system is the best? What’s the best game to play on that system?
I’m an XBOX One guy, and my favorite game is ARK, which is in beta but still available for pre-sale. If you like riding flying, fire-breathing dinosaurs in a completely malleable environment then you should check it out.
Have you ever had any weird fan experiences?
After a show last year an attendee/fan followed me backstage and spoke about how he could tell I had internal struggles with depression. While true, I’m not sure how he could infer that from a performance in a Florida rock bar. It became a little more strange when he started comparing me to Jesus and speaking of my soul in terms of beauty, etc.
Do you guys have a special ritual you do right before you walk on stage?
Not really, we just get to business.
Anything new that we should get stoked about from you guys?
In early 2017 we will be releasing a live video compilation of performances from our fall Florida tour, as well as a new single/video from Monument. I have the next album already written, so from there we will begin rehearsing the new material with intent to release something new by next fall.
There are a few other things in the works that I’m not at liberty to discuss, but it will be a busy musical year for us without a doubt.