Interview with FeelFree
- by Dawn Reed
The Deli: How did the band start?
FeelFree: The band officially formed under the name FeelFree in the summer of 2010. However 3 of the 5 members (Evan Hulehan, Bryan Frank and Andrew Pfeiffer) have been regularly playing together in Alexandria Va. since 2003. The band FeelFree was formed with the addition of the funky bass player Garrett Clausen. Trumpet player and long time friend Colin Cantfil would later join in 2011.
What are your biggest musical influences?
Our sound is strongly influenced by bands/artists such as the D.M.V's own SOJA and Citizen Cope. Others include Slightly Stoopid, Fat Freddy's Drop, and Groundation.
What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
Obviously we each have our own individual tastes and musical preferences so there's a wild range of music being listened to through out the band at any given time. A few names that come to mind in the past year are Kendrick Lamer, Frank Ocean, Fat Freddy's Drop, Tribal Seeds, and Katachfire.
What do you love about VA/DC's music scene?
U Street, 9:30 club and Go-Go music. This area is culturally eclectic and its great to hear a wide variety of sounds coming wherever you go.
What would we like to see change in the local music scene?
More support for live music, more small to mid size venues around the area to nurture new artists/bands.
What are your plans for the upcoming year?
Right now we are working on finishing out the rest of this summer which consists of a 10 day tour spanning from NYC to Wilmington NC, a show Friday August 2nd at Jammin Java, and a few recording sessions to track our new songs. After that, a few of our members will finishing their last year of college at their respective schools. One has a teaching job lined for the year in South Africa. However, all of us are ready to play year round beginning next summer.
What was your most memorable live show?
We opened for a great local band "Virginia Coalition" last December at the 9:30 club. That was a big opportunity for us and we had a great time on one of DC's best stages.
Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?
Wayne Hulehan has given us tremendous support from day one by doing everything from giving us a free place practice/storage space, to providing us with great online and word of mouth promotion.
Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?