INTERVIEW: Uberphonics

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?   

We’ve been doing great, thank you for having us!  2018 has really been a productive year for us and we are excited for the rest of the year and to bring some new music to our fans.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Everybody’s Famous”?  

 Everybody’s Famous is a take on how social media has made it possible for everyone to have their 15 mins of fame.  You can have your own starring role and have people all over the world see and interact like never before. Stephen Hopkins ( bass) played through a vocoder on this track and if you listen closely you can hear all that you will need to start posting your own fame.  This track actually begins the new EP, Apogee and from there will blast us into the cosmos on our psychedelic journey.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song? 

Really just the climate that we live in today and the ability for everyone to be “famous” in their own starring role online and be known world wide.

Any plans to release a video for the single? 

We are actually in talks right now and scouting locations planning to do a follow up video for it.

How was the recording and writing process? 

It was all very organic, I ( Matt Jaggers) initially had the opening lick, and we started jamming on that and things really all just fell into place from there. We would bounce ideas off each other as we played then went back and listened to the writing session and everything just took shape.  As far as recording, we kept it as “live” as possible. So we didn’t use a click track and we all played “live” in the studio.  We had different takes and chose the one that felt the best,  and did a couple of touch ups, but we wanted to keep the feel as if you were coming to see the band live.

Known for playing with different genres – how do you get to balance them together? 

We all are fans of many different types of genres, in Everybody’s Famous you can here straight ahead Rock influences, to psychedelic wah funk grooves.  We like to take a little from lots of different genres and blend them together to get the Uber sound.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

 When collaborating together, we find that it may lead you somewhere that is completely unexpected. I ( matt Jaggers) might come in with a riff or a groove, and then when we all start throwing ideas around and improvising with it, leads to something that I wouldn’t have came up with if I was writing the song just by myself. We write almost everything as a band so we can have the different influences of all of us to lead us in the creative process.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

 Yes it does. We have a new EP coming out at the end of the month, 8-31. It’s called Apogee and its going to be a cosmic journey through psychedelic vibrations!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We are planning on releasing Apogee on 8-31-18.

Any plans to hit the road?

 We are currently filling our schedule and we plan to tour in support of the album that is coming out and spreading the word. We have a few more festivals that we have coming up and just look forward to getting these new tunes out in front of people.

What else is happening next in Uberphonics’ world? 

We will have a big cd release party that’s coming up to coincide with the release of Apogee, and then we are headlining the first night at the Fall Equinox Campout in Red Boiling Springs TN.  There we will be providing an alternate soundtrack as we project Willy Wonka during our set.  We will have the set specifically tailored to the movie and even have some “special effect” sounds that will go along with the classic film.  We have been doing these for a while now and have played to “Empire Strikes Back”, “Willy Wonka”, “Back to The Future” , “Alice in Wonderland” just to name a few.  Being instrumental it’s a great way to add a whole new dimension to our sets when we get to play these special alternate soundtrack shows, and we have found that it really resonates with the audience.


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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