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Interview with Jeprocket.
This week I interviewed the band Jeprocket. I've only seen them play live once, and it was one of the tightest sets I've seen in a while. They play a distinctively modern indie twist on some very retro music. In describing Jeprocket's style it's almost impossible to avoid mentioning Earth music from the 1970's. However, to pigeonhole them as a 70's rock band would be to overlook some truly original musical creations. Enjoy the interview, and don't forget to visit Jeprocket at the links below.
Brax: As an alien, I am well versed in space travel technology, but I have never heard of a Jeprocket in particular. What is the meaning behind the name Jeprocket?
Jeprocket: A "Jeproket" is a vessel that was built by roots to make sound for the open eared. We just added a “c”.
Brax: What project are you currently working on?
Jeprocket: Our label, YDM, is putting out a mixtape called “Can’t Escape The Riverside” that is going to be featuring some new and unheard friends of ours, so we’re pretty involved in that right now. Along with that we’re in the process of writing a brand new record of our own that we’re hoping to go in and record before the end of the year.
Brax: What makes a Jeprocket live show special?
Jeprocket: Our group is real simple right now with guitars, bass, drums and voices, so we work with what we have on stage and not in the studio, and so far it's been good for our live set. It's one thing to be able to play what's on the record, but to take the song and create something new on the spot is another. It’s live!
Brax: What are your favorite bands to play with? Why?
Jeprocket: Our family. Everyone brings something to the table. Francisco The Man, E-Regular, Alonso Chan, Greg Hill’s groups, all of our friends.
Brax: Explain the space-time continuum in ten words or less.
Brax: Where do you see your band in 5 years?
Jeprocket: Continuing our music hustle.
Brax: iPod, CD, Vinyl, or other? Why?
Jeprocket: As long as we can hold something and see some artwork, we’re fine. I guess we just prefer going through our music collections with our hands and not a mouse. We love the internet, but we’re just not big fans of purchasing music purely digitally. Cassette tapes?
Brax: Tell me about your best and worst live shows ever.
Jeprocket: At one gig the promoter came on stage as we finished our set, said he had a special guest, and brought up this homeless guy who played harmonica. We ended up jamming with him and played about four or five songs, on the spot, off the cuff. It was just real fun and loose which is how music should be played. We definitely made that guy's night, and vice-versa.
Brax: Wormholes or black holes?
Jeprocket: Black Holes. They can fit our butes.
Brax: Any advice for others trying to “make it” in music?
Jeprocket: Know your history kids! Work hard at your craft. Make music that you enjoy, and just try to be in the right places at the right time. Love it 'cuz it’s hard.
Brax: Anything else you’d like to add?
Jeprocket: Look out for the launch of http://YDMLabel.com in the summer, listen to Jeprocket, Roy Ayers, Improv: A Raw Jazz Committee, and Fela Kuti. DC > Marvel. (DC is greater than Marvel).
Tell them Brax sent you!
Thanks to Jeprocket.
Check back next Wednesday for an exciting interview with Boris Smile.