The Electric Boa is a Rock & Roll band from Philadelphia and are our latest SonicBids competition winner. Read their full in-depth interview below to discover who they would like to collaborate with given the opportunity, what it’s like living in Philadelphia and what their current career highlights have been.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Music thats deep as a river and shallow as a piss puddle. 3 chord bathroom poetry. Gypsy hobo loser.
Q: What is your musical background?
I have no musical backround. I am just in love with music.
Q: How was 2011 for you?
2011 was a learning experience. We busted our asses on a record, and found out that nothing is ever gonna happen over night or “ever” for that matter. LOL. We found out who our friends are, and who our enemies are. (Sometimes even in your own band.) We lived, loved, lost, cried, and made changes. 2012 is lookin’ great. I feel stoked about this lineup. These guys are truly my friends and they are there to play the songs because they are players who just enjoy playing music and ain’t about the mindfuck. I mean, there’s no music industry so I’d rather have some fun with some good guys while I waste my life. LOL. We can waste each other’s time and lives without a care in the world. ‘Cause we are diggin’ each other’s vibes. There’s no fighting with these cats. They don’t wanna fight, they wanna play. We don’t fight with each other, we fight for each other. Very lucky.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Anything rock n roll. Rock n roll is my steady, though i do cheat with other kinds of music on the side. LOL. Too many bands to mention. I’m into a lot of stuff.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
We don’t play music like them but I love Kings of Leon. They are brilliant. Every record is fantastic. Loved them from the beginning when they looked like Creedence Clearwater Revival. LOL. They can do no wrong. Lots of people were mad ’cause they cancelled their U.S. tour. (I had tix, too.) I’m not mad. Those guys been burning non-stop for almost a decade straight. Springs were bound to eventually pop. To me, they are a very special band because they got their own moxy. No one sounds like them. Genius. My ears and heart shall never grow tired of those moxy-ridden jams.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
David Bowie, Rob Thomas (yes), Bobby Durango, Kings of Leon, Jimmy Marchiano, Buddy Cash. Would like to do a 70s influenced glam record with those cats. Maybe have Gary Glitter or Brian Eno produce it. Maybe Andy Wallace or Jack Joseph Puig. I really dig Angelo Petraglia, too. We would gig with anybody. If they would be so kind to have us.
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
I don’t have an iPod. I have a cassette player out in my truck. I make mixtapes and play them in my piece of shit ’89 Suburban. I got three tapes. Got some Thin Lizzy on it, Nashville Pussy, Kings of Leon, Iggy Pop, Romancing the 70s (70s love jawns), Motorhead, David Bowie and T. Rex, Silverhead, Stones, Crowes, Rock City Angels, Lou Reed, Roxy Music, 80s hair metal. I’m leaving out alot of artists. My mixtapes are symbols of my split personalities. I got a new cellphone and i might as well skip that fuckin’ thing across a pond and watch it jetski ’cause I don’t know how to work that either. I’m so lost. LOL.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
Well, I dont know how to read music or tune a guitar. So when it’s getting “channelled” down, I usually tell Mort our guitar player, “it’s time!” LOL. So he tunes my guitar and I get cracking. It comes from somewhere else. I am a no talent. I feel it gets “channelled” down. I don’t know if it’s god, or aliens, Elvis, or something unknown. They come out of nowhere. It doesn’t come from me. I can’t or won’t take the credit. I’m just the vessel, the carrier, and the mouthpiece. I wish my “provider” would send something down John Lennon caliber but that hasn’t happend yet. I get sent this goofy shit. But then there are times that stuff gets sent down that allows me to share personal experiences of my life in a song. But it’s still coming from somewhere else. It’s my experience, but the phrasing and melody lines i will never take credit for. It’s channelled. I’m glad I have no hits ’cause I wouldn’t know where or who to send the royalty checks to.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
They are both of equal value. When they have an equal partnership, magic happens. And hooks are important. Ya gotta have the hook. I mean, if you go musical fishing and ain’t got no hooks, the only thing your gonna catch is the clap from shot-out groupies with terrible taste in music. LOL. Don’t take me serious, it’s just Tom Foolery, just jiving…um,no I’m not.
Q: Where are you based?
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Philadelphia is a great place to be. You can’t fool people here. Ya gotta really go the extra mile and work hard. But if people see ya hoofin’ and meaning what you’re doing and doing what you’re meaning, they take notice and respect that. Great people in this city. It’s Rocky-town man, they root for the underdog here. But you gotta earn your stripes and make them believers. You standing around saying how great your band is, then waiting for people to say “you’re right” and instantly start kissin’ your ass ain’t gonna happen in the City of Brotherly “Shove.” LOL. Philly is a hard sell. But if these good people buy what your peddlin’ and they know you ain’t jiving..then you got incredible fans for life.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I’m working on being a member of The Electric Boa. I love these guys and our fans to death. Working on new Boa tunes. Working on my character defects. I’m a defective character. I’m a little off. Not throwin’-breadcrumbs-at-myself-in-the-park crazy, but I got some work to do on myself.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
The friends and fans are the highlight. Without them, we are lowlifes.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2012?
A tour…please? Another record. And always keeping the peace in the musical union.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
- Friday, November 4 at JB McGinness in New Castle, DE.
- Saturday, November 5 at Redz in (NE) Philly, PA (all ages).
- Saturday, November 12 at The Note in West Chester, PA.
- Friday, November 18 at Upstairs at Club Risque on Columbus Blvd. in Philly, PA.
- Friday, November 25 at Legendary Dobbs on South Street in Philly, PA.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Cocaine…LOL – jiving. I don’t like relaxing because when I relax I feel depressed ’cause I feel like I should be doing more. I do get in the sitting up Frank Sinatra power nap at times. For I’m not a robot. LOL.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Yes. I’m not the best, but I have the best intentions. I have a dayjob just like you that I hate just like you but it pays my bills. I have a nightjob called music that pays my soul. I’m in a mess of a band called The Electric Boa. Please check us out. Oh, and Bobby Durango and Johnette Napolitano are unsung heros. Thanxxx so much!
Editor’s Note: The Electric Boa are an high energy Rock & Roll act with a great deal of potential to take their sound and experience on a very successful journey. If you’re in a town where they’re playing, make sure you check them out!
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