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INTERVIEW: Gnarly Karma

How would you classify your music?  

Our music can be classified as Alternative/Folk Rock, but not limited to one specific genre.  If there was a “feel good” genre….that would be it.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

James Taylor, Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers Band, Dave Matthews, The Bouncing Souls.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I want fans to feel the same way I do when writing music.  I want my fans to feel the emotion that goes into writing.  I want them to feel my pain, happiness and pleasure that I think most can relate to.

How’s the music scene in your locale? Minimal.

There are not too many bars that have live music anymore, however with places like The Paramount and The Space opening, it gives unknown bands a chance to possibly play a show with a national act to a wider audience instead of playing to people who don’t care at a dive bar.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

I actually just thought about this recently….I have been to so many shows, at one point, it was all I spent my $ on.  It’s a very hard question to answer because I feel like a lot of the shows are tied, but if I really had to pick one.  Death Cab For Cutie feat. Magik Magik Orchestra at The Beacon Theatre.  It sounded like they put the needle on the record and just let it play.  Some people may like the variations bands do live, but to be able to play a live show and have it sound exactly like the album, I think is incredible talent.  What I enjoy most about playing live are the butterflies.  The rush I feel walking on stage and looking out into the crowd.  I live for that feeling and I never want it to go away.

How have you evolved as an artist or band over the last year?

We have most certainly evolved as a band, we have been able to read each other and anticipate certain changes that we wouldn’t necessarily do before.  We have built a chemistry together and feed off of one another.  This has really made myself personally evolve as musician as well in the way I structure songs to fit our chemistry.

What was Studio Experience like? 

It was a great experience being with my band and our good friends at Montclair records.  Our saxophone player runs the studio with Mike Laz and they made it a very comfortable experience.  If they were not there to tell me when I had a good take, we’d still be there.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?  

OK, this is even harder to answer than the concert question….I would have to say meet Bob Marley, play a gig with Dave Matthews band, co-write a song with Ben Folds, have dinner with Johnny Cash and get drunk with Led Zeppelin.  LOL, is that an acceptable answer?

 What’s next for you?  

I would have to say the goal is to go on tour and share our music with everyone in all places of the world.

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