You want to be chummy and have fun in a team dynamic, but when shit goes down the producer has to be on hand to defuse it.
I know what it’s like to be in a band
I know what that energy feels like and how awesome that is. …
I feel like I’m the fifth Beatle, really helping the band.
I just want to be a part of the team.
You’re a musician, you’re presented with the problems of music and how to make things sound good
I’ll ask for demos ahead of time
I’ll listen to a song and I’ll look for moments that get me.
I’ll try to make that happen more often.
I’ve disassembled bands and put them back together, and other times it’s just about getting out of the way and letting it happen.
I try to make people feel comfortable
I’ve had bands literally fight in the studio
We were just getting ready to record, he walks out, goes into the bathroom and walks in wearing a tennis dress, in drag.
You’re getting the evil eye from someone.
I just did a record with Crime & the City Solution
I just mixed a record with the Kickstand Band too.
I just finished the Duende! record.
I’ll be doing a new record in November with Dean Fertita.
I did a bunch of his last record.
I really like the way the Ruiners record came out
If I die tomorrow, I’m good.
They’re real young and it’s got a good Detroit vibe to it.
I’ve been recording Bixy Lutz and they’re phenomenal.
I think that we are all very much into songwriting.
We take pride in it.
We all have the common goal to write the best songs we can.
We’re not just looking to rhyme a bunch of shit and run around acting goofy.
We want to write a song that can touch somebody.
We don’t want to half-ass anything.
I think we’re a little grittier and gloomier because of where we are. I’m from River Rouge, which is a downtrodden area, so you see the darker side of life.
I’m just talking about what I see — just doing social commentary.
I’ve been back in Detroit for about five years.
I was gone on and off for about 10 years, but I’m from Detroit. Now, I live in Corktown.
I think that I write visually based songs.
I sat on my porch, watched and wrote.
I was born and raised in Detroit with good Midwestern qualities.
I have spent most of my career working by myself.
I think [working collectively] allows you to get out of yourself a little bit.
I enjoy working with people, whether I’m working on a car or painting something, anything.
I like the camaraderie, and it makes things a lot easier.
You want it to affect everybody, all different groups of people.
I’m always on the prowl for somebody who will stir me inside.
You have to come out and spend some time in the writer’s nights.
I think it’s just a complete lack of really giving a shit, to be honest,
‘we don’t give a shit’ attitude.
We give a great shit about writing songs, arranging them and how things go.
You’ll likely loose the downbeat or the singer might spasm-kick his stand away and sing-shout the rest of the song off-mic, or the guitarists might improvise a new solo or two.
I dunno, the word ‘jazz’ and us … probably sounds really weird, but.
We’ve got enough songs to play a full live set.
We just go up there and it’s an absolute good time for us.
You can’t just stand there, especially as the singer.
You move and you move more and you reach a level when you can just go beyond … it… that, that’s the not giving the shit part.
I expect him to drop dead at any point, actually.
I wouldn’t be able to play.
You can’t scream like you scream or jump off of shit and land on your knees anymore.
I don’t think I could adjust to that, I really don’t.
They come out in business suits for a song, dashikis for another, and dressed as thugs for the next song.
They’re just as much different worlds for their songs to inhabit.
I am Nokbai, that means “peace,” in our language called “Opian.”
I am Sensu, which means “war.”
I am Kensah, “love.”
We came together in the name of creativity years ago.
We are a band of vocal, auditory and visual innovators sourced from a tribe of ancient freedom fighters known as “The Black Operation.”
We are the new breed of Opians, and the torch is in our hands.
We are representatives of his lineage.
We carry on the tradition of King Legend’s greatest attributes.
We represent the three sides of King Legend that he fought within himself: peace, war and love — Nokbai, Sensu and Kensah.
We have all experienced a creative baptism in complete darkness in order to sharpen the strength of our unified light.
I feel that the intellectual lectures took our state of thinking to another level.
We performed among Noble Prize-nominated neurologists and world-famous entertainers.
I don’t want to make party music, I don’t think … ever,
I want the focus to be the music, not the party.
You couldn’t come up with a better description of the forthcoming full-length debut, Worm Food.
You can’t really dance to any JQ jams
They now have three local filmmakers wrapping up music videos.
They strolled out and laid waste to the little bar and the few attendees with their hook-heavy pop-rock.
We always listened to music driving to and from the shows, and we had a lot of things in common.
I was thinking that it’d be so cool to have a band with her.
I wanted to write fun, short songs.
I wonder why as hard as I try
I’m still thinking of you tonight
I’m still thinking of you tonight
We’re a three-piece and we try to keep the music within the realm of possibility
I think it affects the music
I live in a shared house and, in the city, we can get away with a bit more.
You can do that in the suburbs, but the Lager House is less than a mile from my house.
I’m not at the Lager House all the time, but it does make things easy.
We were just at the Halloween show at the Crofoot last night and it was almost unbearable, there were so many people there.
I can’t whine and complain that people won’t come out to see music because obviously they will.
You have to sweeten the deal a little bit.
I know that’s a bit gimmicky, but we’re new at this anyway.
I don’t know if ice cream pairs well with excessive drinking.
I hope that’s not 100 percent true, but it’s going to be an experiment with our new album.
We decided it’d be perfect, so we messaged the guy that owns it,
You’re hit all the harder by her chops and artistry.
I don’t have to be overtly sexual to sell a song
I’m extremely proud of Ashaki
You know, she started out with [Harold] McKinney and Teddy Harris
I was about 8 years old, I asked my uncle if I could join the choir
I kept bugging him and he finally said OK,
I got up there in my little pink dress, and I sang my solo.
I wasn’t nervous.
I was smiling and looking at people.
I told Harold that I needed to put together a band and I needed to find a good piano player.
I didn’t think I was good enough to the point Harold would want to play with me.
I had to step up my game.
I was going around with all these people, all and they did was perform year-round.
I did a tour of Eastern Europe in 2009-2010 with Diana Krall, and each night I would just turn the back of a tour bus into a lab.
I had my [Akai] MPC, my Native Instruments Machine, and I would just create all night.
He’s certainly more than capable, but he’s not going to force it merely because that’s what people want him to do.
I enjoy playing and producing all types of music.
I’ve known Marcus since I was 3 or 4 years old
I’d say from, 7th grade to 11th grade, I studied jazz with Marcus each week.
I don’t think so.