All Interviews

Eoto Interview – Knoxville, TN – 11/8/2013

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

On Friday, November 8th, 2013 two voyagers and a horde of equipment known collectively as EOTO landed in East Tennessee to perform at Knoxville’s NV Nightclub. Before the show, cosmic co-pilots Jason Hann and Michael Travis were kind enough to sit down and share their thoughts on the directions of EOTO, the human species, and everything in between. Of course, their performance was as diverse as the topics covered during our conversation, ranging from down-tempo electronica merged seamlessly with roaring bass grooves, to full-scale tribal drumming at the end. Check out the recording or scroll down for the full-text version of our 30-minute rap.

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EOTO Knoxville 2013

EOTO Knoxville 2013

Matt: So, continuous evolution seems to be a theme that you guys live by. It sort of seems to be the mantra both for Cheese and EOTO. Is that – or was that – ever a conscious decision? To do that, and sort of say hey let’s continue to propel this thing. Or, are you responding to fan feedback, or is it more of a mirroring of your own personal journeys as human beings?

Michael Travis: All of the above, yeah. I mean like, with Cheese we were always progressing, you know, from the minute we started. We were never settling with where we were at, and always randomly followed whatever we decided was the thing to be doing at the time. And EOTO — same way. EOTO is so easy to modulate because we have no songs or anything to get hung up on or to make it more difficult to reinvent ourselves.

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Elephant Revival Interview – Boston, MA – 9/28/2013

Friday, October 11th, 2013

After reviewing Elephant Revival’s last visit to Boston, I was thrilled by the opportunity to interview some members of the band before their recent show in Boston. Jeremy and I sat down with Bonnie (vocals, percussion, musical saw) and Dango (vocals, bass) on a tapestry they graciously offered, and chatted to the tune of their openers, Mike and Ruthy.

The show which followed truly demonstrated the growth the band has seen over the course of just one year – the venue and their audience were both larger this time around, and they reflected this with a stage presence that was only topped by…a baby! That’s right, Mike and Ruthy blessed us with the vocals of their darling daughter during the anthem, “Grace of  Woman.” Not more than two years old, she clutched onto the microphone and clapped away onstage to the joy of band members and the audience.

Any Bostonians who missed this show had best know better next time, and to those in cities where Elephant Revival is heading for the remainder of their tour – you’ve got a lot to look forward to!

Many thanks to Bonnie, Dango, and their manager Tanya for this interview, and to all the other talented artists who graced the stage!

I was lucky enough to see you perform recently, at the Freshgrass Music Festival in Northampton, MA, where Bonnie played the musical saw. Bonnie, where did you learn to play such an unusual instrument?

Bonnie: My friend Bruce Townshend taught me – we played in a band together with one of my sisters, and he gave me my first musical saw.

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Interview w/ Vince Herman & Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Leftover Salmon - Paradise Rock Club - Boston MA
Last week Leftover Salmon made their triumphant return to Boston, MA for the first time in nearly 10 years. They brought with them their signature blend of poly-ethnic cajun slamgrass that can’t help but make you smile and forget about life’s troubles. I spoke with founding members, Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman before their show about the history of the band, their special relationship with The String Cheese Incident, and a bit about their latest album, Aquatic Hitchhiker. Leftover Salmon is on tour now, with new years eve shows scheduled for Chicago, IL. If you consider yourself a cheesehead but haven’t heard or seen Leftover Salmon, I urge you to pick up a copy of their new album and go see them live as soon as possible. You won’t regret it. Read more…

Bill Nershi Interview – Delfest 2012

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Drew Emmitt and Bill Nershi

May 26, 2012
Allegany County Fairgrounds – Cumberland, MD
By Jeremy Lach

Delfest 2012 took place May 24 – 27, Memorial Day Weekend. This was my first time attending the festival but will certainly not be the last. The lineup was a magical mix of the finest traditional bluegrass bands and pickers along with fresh, progressive jam bands with a bluegrass flavor. If you’ve ever wanted to see Read more…

EOTO Interview – Northampton MA

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Northampton EOTO October 9,2011

October 9, 2011
Northampton, MA – Pearl Street Nightclub
By Brian Lejune

EOTO wobbled through Massachusetts on Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at the Royal in Boston and again on October 9th, 2011 at Pearl Street in Northampton. Featuring rumbling bass and a crowd full of rage faces, EOTO once again impressed and exceeded my expectations. Both shows were unique and exciting until the last drop. Personally I thought this Boston show was the best Boston show they have played since their appearance at Harper’s Ferry in 2009. After the Northampton show I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jason Hann to talk about the evolution of EOTO from humble beginnings to the Dubstep improv icon they are today, the String Cheese Incident fall tour, opinions on guest sit ins, and more.  Listen to the audio here or read the transcript below for all the juicy details. Read the full interview…

Getting Negative with SCI – Interview

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

I just came across this awesome interview with Billy, Travis, and Jason from Wakarusa 2005. Featuring questions like: What’s the one album you wouldn’t bring to a desert island? What’s the worst part about travelling and touring? And more…
Courtesy of JamCamDVD.com

Michael Kang Interview – Liberate Festival 2011

Friday, August 26th, 2011
Michael Kang - Liberate Festival 2011Last Saturday, August 20, 2011 I was able to talk briefly with String Cheese Incident’s own Michael Kang at the Liberate Music and Yoga Festival. Kang was there playing with The Everyone Orchestra. We talk about what he’s been up to during the band’s off-time, his thoughts on Electric Forest, and some talk about fall tour. Take a listen…

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Matt Butler Interview – Liberate Festival 2011

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Matt Butler Everyone Orchestra

I was able to speak with Matt Butler, conductor of the Everyone Orchestra on August 20, 2011 about the history of the band; some of the challenges he faces in conducting a group of unfamiliar musicians; as well as what he enjoys about it.  The Everyone Orchestra features a rotating cast of professional musicians and is completely improvised.  This time, members of Rubblebucket, Conspirator, and Michael Kang were part of the lineup.  Take a listen…

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Kyle Interview @ Electric Forest

Monday, July 11th, 2011

For the past few years Kyle Hollingsworth has been touring and performing original songs and covers as The Kyle Hollingsworth Band.  I caught their show on Thursday at Electric Forest and really enjoyed the funky fun jams that the Kyle Band was throwing down.  Check out the video to see my interview with Kyle Hollingsworth at Electric Forest 2011. We talk about his life, Kyle’s Brew Fest, future tour dates, and more.

Special thanks to Collin Fraum of DeJamVu for taping the interview.


 

Kyle Hollinsworth Wearing the SCI Radio Shirt

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PRAANG-ing it together: Kimock, Janover, Hann, & Travis reunite for a 3-night run

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Jason Hann - PRAANGBefore PRAANG’s second performance on Saturday night, I got to sit down with Jason Hann (of EOTO and String Cheese Incident) to learn more about the reunion of Kimock, Janover, Travis, and himself.

It’s been over four years since the guys first got together, thanks to a blizzard that hit Denver, CO in 2006. Jamie Janover pulled the stranded musicians together and they played their first impromptu show at Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom. “It feels like an annual event at this point,” says Hann, “and if our schedules are cleared around this time of the year we really try to make it happen.”

Formed by a force of nature seems fitting for these four musicians. And according to Hann, Colorado is Read more…