Coffee Blue are an upcoming live band from Boston consisting of Brie Capone – Voice/Guitar, Camilo Gomez – Guitar, Stefan Mabarak – Bass and Dany Orozco – Drums. All of the band members have studied at the Berklee College and have drawn from a variety of experiences to create a unique and enthralling sound. We were really happy when they agreed to complete a full-length feature interview for Song Revelation so that we could share their interests, experiences and music with you. Read on to discover what they’re currently working on, what they do to relax when not working and where their favourite holiday destination would be.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
You’ve drank your last drop, cried all you could and you’re blue, Coffee Blue is what you want to hear.
Q: What is your musical background?
We’ve each come from different backgrounds. We all met at Berklee College of Music and have been studying different aspects of the music industry. Songwriting to Production, to Music Therapy, to Composition. It’s a great mix of talent.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
Amazing! The band fell into place and we’ve been gigging around steadily. We put out our first album “Waiting for You to Move” in October and we just released our first Music Video with our single “Radio”. We’ve really bonded over the last 12 months. It’s been fun knowing how much we all love doing what we’re doing. We’re excited about what’s to come in 2012.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
We all have different influences, ranging from U2 to Bonnie Raitt, Sting to Brand New, John Mayer, Ryan Adams… a little bit of everything honestly.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Each of us has different influences, I think it’s what helps to make our band so unique. I’d say we aim to be a performance band. We look up to bands whose music is solid as well as their performances, like U2, Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band. We want people to like what they hear and see.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
U2, John Mayer, Coldplay, Dave Matthews… just to name a few .
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
David Gray, U2, Frank Sinatra, Sting, Charles Mingus…
Dany- Ed Sheeran, Los Claxons, John Mayer, Pilaseca, Circa Survive
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
We really all have an opinion on what makes a track complete and we each specialize on our instrument. We give feedback for what we like or don’t like when we hear playback but we really leave each other and try for the best overall sound.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
For our band they’re truly intertwined. Lyrics and melody help each other. It’s almost like sketching out a picture and then adding the paint. The sketch could stand alone, but with the right colors the story comes to life.
Q: Where are you based?
Boston. “The Bean”.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
We have a unique situation where we came to study at Berklee. So even though the band formed in Boston, our homes are in Mexico, Colombia and North Carolina. It’s nice having a neutral playground to explore with each other.
Q: What are you currently working on?
As of right now we just finished and released our album, as well as our first music video so we’re promoting, promoting, promoting. It’s fun. We love to play.
We’re on break right now but when we get back to Boston we’ll start writing new songs, we’ve also started to plan the video for our second single. We’re lucky because we have friends that are incredibly talented and are helping us with the videos. Natalia Gonzalez did our first one and Benn Bluestein-Veyra is going to do our second one. We’re really excited about it!
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
The album. It’s our baby and we’re very proud. If it were a real baby we’d be trying to enter it in pageants already, like “Toddlers and Tiaras”.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
We’d love to tour nationally and find more fans. We love our fans. We already have a couple of gigs booked, but we’re planning to get out of Boston more. We’re starting to plan a tour for the summer and like we said, we’re also planning to record our second video, it’s going to be fun!
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
We’ll be playing the Middle East Upstairs in Boston, MA in February 19th with the Crosswalk Kings, Sarah Walk and Me vs Gravity. It’s going to be an amazing show and we’re really excited to share the stage with these bands for the first time, they’re all great bands with really talented musicians.
Q: What do you do to relax?
We like to make funny videos and skits on the side. You can see a couple on our YouTube Channel, like “Stay fit with Coffee Blue” (an aerobics video). We like having pancake band brunches. (mornings and Coffee Blue are not friends, Camilo is the only one who is fully awake and the rest of us get annoyed at how chatty he is). We usually meet just to catch up and plan to have rehearsal after but we’re so stuffed we have to sit there for a couple of hours to digest.
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
Dany- I’d love to go to Venice soon, before it disappears underwater. But I guess I could scuba dive through it if I don’t go before.. I’d love to go to Norway too, I have friends from Norway and they make it sound awesome! But without going so far, I’d say Oaxaca in Mexico. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to.
Brie- I’d love to travel to France and Holland. I also would really like to travel to this area in Southeast Asia “The Golden Triangle”, I want to ride a baby elephant.
Camilo- Ideal vacation spots… depends on what kind of vacation, for complete relaxation and getting away from absolutely everything, there is an Island called Providencia, its part of Colombia, located in the Caribbean, It has beautiful beaches and there is no nightlife, and there is barely internet or phone services.
Stefan- I’d really like to travel somewhere in Northern Europe, like Norway or Finland.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
Don’t give up on trying. Try anything you can. Play shows wherever you can and meet whoever you can. You never know.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
We’re having a lot of fun playing. And hopefully we’ll see you out at a show. And thank you for having us. We really appreciate it.
Editor’s Note: Coffee Blue are a band with creative energy, flair and a melodic edge. Make sure you check out their live set given a chance for a great evening.
If you’d like to contact Coffee Blue, or check out some more of their music, just follow the links below:
twitter link: http://twitter.com/coffeebluemusic
facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Coffee-Blue/108369079187132
myspace link: http://www.myspace.com/CoffeeBlueMusic
web page link: http://www.coffeebluemusic.com/
reverbnation link: http://www.reverbnation.com/coffeebluemusic
Youtube embeds: OUR NEW VIDEO! http://youtu.be/kIOOp9urDpY
Many thanks to Dayne Farley Photography (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dayne-Farley-Photography/121052477964865).