Where are you from/where do you live now?
We all live in Virginia Beach. Aaron Kuklica and Jon Quan are both originally from Virginia Beach. Travis is originally from Texas and Dave and Mike are originally from Maryland. But we have all been in VB for the last 15 years or so.
I think it is fair to say everything we do has reggae somewhere in it, but there are obvious notes of blues, soul, alternative, and hip hop in what we do too.
How would you describe your sound?
Blues infused reggae with a dash of hip hop and a side of punk rock.
The last 50 years 🙂 More precisely Bob Marley, The Abyssinians, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Steel Pulse, BB King, 311, Sublime, Blind Melon, Notorious BIG, Dr. Dre, KRS1, The Clash, to name a few.
Greatest accomplishment to date as an artist?
The music we laid down on our newest self-titled album released 3/1/13 has to be one of the things we are the most proud of. Beyond that; playing a sold out show at the NORVA when we opened up for Bad Fish.
If you could sign with any label, what would it be and why?
On the wish list is Easy Star Records, who have our friends John Brown’s Body, and Easy Star All-Stars already. They are all about the music and it is a smaller intimate company. Law Records comes to mind as well, home of Pepper, other than that we would really be interested in anyone who wanted to work with us to take this to the next level. This is a hard business, and any help navigating it is welcome.
Dream collaboration and why?
We recently worked with Aaron Lipp from Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad on our most recent release and it was awesome. I know every guy in the band has their wish list so it would be hard to pin point just one, so I’ll name a few: Steel Pulse, BB King, The Slackers, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, John Brown’s Body, and OAR to name a few. The reason for a collaboration is always to make a song even better for the listener and the player, and to have a little fun; which should come through in the song.
Where do see yourself in 5 years?
In five years… We believe it is totally feasible for us to be a reputable national act on the festival circuit in 5 years. We have a formula that we grind out every year that has been working. Great Music+Great Live Performance= Happy fans and consequently happy band members. Not to jinx us, but things appear to be moving in a really positive direction!
Why did you want to be a part of ShaggFest? What are you most looking forward to about the experience?
It is safe to say that Shaggy and ShaggFest are promoting what our area has to offer musically and are putting our talents on a national stage. To be invited to contribute is truly an honor and we thank Shaggy immensely for the opportunity. Ultimately this offers us a chance to reach out beyond our fan base in a huge way and we can’t wait to entertain and be entertained by the other talented artist that will be there. This is our first show at the Amphitheater, so I think we are all really excited about that.
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