INTERVIEW: NOLA Prog-funk trio Junko Beat

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

Thanks you for your interest! I am doing fine and excited to finally have the recordings released.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Control”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

CONTROL was a song that was derived from personal and social experiences. I think we all have experienced the will of others imposed on us. As the song says, ” that’s how we grew”. From open demands to covert manipulation everyone uses it, especially the powers that be. In my opinion.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

I hope to have a Video of the track soon. It is in the works now.

The single comes off your new album Satirifunk – what’s the story behind the title?

The title Satirifunk is the combination of two words, Satirical and Funk. We like making up words.  I think the song Control says it all.

How was the recording and writing process?

The record was produced over a  2 year period, and was recorded at several studios. The writing was conceived  by me, but also influenced by other band members through playing live gigs. The studio was also a developing ground. I brought several friends in to add their specialties . As a producer I always had a concept in my head. It was great fun to collaborate with the musicians in developing the parts.

What role does NOLA play in your music?

I grew up in New Orleans playing drums from street parades to clubs. My concept of groove and feel of the beat was influenced and derived at an early age. Over all Junko Beat was the outlet to play grooves associated with New Orleans and Africa, and combine them with music of a different approach other than the standard blues or jazz.

How did you go on to balance all your different musical influences and rich culture from the city?

To balance my influences is easy. There is so much to draw from. I like it when people dance. I mostly start my ideas to develop a song from the beat I chose.  Soon after that snibits start to pop into my head. One thing leads to another and there it is. However sometimes a song will just come out in one moment. I go there too.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

My lyric inspiration usually comes from observations. I want to express my ideas , right or wrong. The lyrics get developed over time, written then rewritten, trying to pinpoint the message. I have written some love songs but that is not Junko Beat at this time.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes , we are hoping to tour again

What else is happening next Junko Beat’s world?

Next is on the agenda is a video and working on new music.

Hopefully touring will soon be an option.

Video performances just don’t give you the audience energetic feedback. Nothing  compares to the electrifying of an audience.

Thank you and Enjoy the music,

Chris Lacinak

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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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