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The Top Ten Bands & Musicians We Want To See At All Good Music Festival 2015

All Good Festival & Campout has recently Revealed their 2015 Return to West Virginia, July 9-12. The 18th incarnation of the event, put on by Walther Productions, is taking place at Berry Hill Farm in Summit Point, WV (near Charles Town and Harper’s Ferry, WV). The new site, located in the Eastern panhandle of West Virginia, is approximately 90 minutes from Baltimore and 75 minutes from Washington D.C., and marks the festival’s return to the Wild and Wonderful Appalachian country. The festival lineup and further details will be announced in the coming months.All Good Festival - Save the Date

With that said, HYPE Editor, Phil Sunkel, gives us his top ten bands he would love to see at All Good Festival & Campout this year.

Leftover Salmon

Tycho

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Superhuman Happiness

Snarky Puppy

Nahko and Medicine For The People

Bonobo

The Nth Power

Passafire

Blues Traveler

For more info visit www.AllGoodFestival.com

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Cosby Sweater Changes Their Name To Turbo Suit, Announces Tour & New Album!

The time comes for every artist to face the daunting challenge of selecting a moniker that represents their sound, their brand and their persona. In 2012, Indianapolis funktronica trio settled on Cosby Sweater, a pop culture reference to the flamboyant knit sweaters doned by an ‘80s sitcom star, which were later coveted by artists like Notorious B.I.G. as collectors items and referenced in cult-classic films like “High Fidelity.”

Cosby Sweater (the band) has been establishing themselves in the music scene, touring the US, performing at a plethora of top national festivals and releasing four albums, all during their short tenure. Their fans embraced the vision behind the name and often show up in their best Cosby sweaters. Like the sweaters themselves, the name conjured a warm and familiar feeling._PRC7516-Edit

Recently the word “Cosby” has developed a negative connotation in the news, and the elephant in the room has become too big to ignore. That once comfortable feeling associated with the band name is now surrounded with a preconceived thought that doesn’t reflect what the band represents.

Starting in January 2015, the band will effectively be known as “Turbo Suit.” What is Turbo Suit? A Turbo Suit is the suit that exemplifies how “You Do You” the best. It is the band morphing out of Cosby Sweater and into something that is fresh, fast, and stylish. Musically, the band has brought it to the next level with their new material. So, it only makes sense to “suit up” in a new vessel that showcases the band’s evolution from Cosby Sweater to Turbo Suit.1487783_736886263036791_4171680448606332986_o

Along with the name change, the trio has announced dates for their winter tour which commences on January 14th in Allston, Massachusetts. Turbo Suit will be touring in support of their forthcoming album, “Out Here,” which will be released this spring.

The new full-length album represents a musical raising-of-the-bar for the band. “Out Here” will feature an impressive roster of special guest including Jake Cinninger, Joel Cummins and Andy Farag (Umphrey’s McGee); Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band); Zion I; ProbCause; Joe Hettinga and Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine); Rusty Redenbacher and more.

David Embry (production and vocals), Nicholas Gerlach (tenor saxophone and EWI) and Jeff Peterson (drums) are “suiting up” in 2015, and they can’t wait for you to join them!

“Out Here” Tour Dates
January 14 | Allston, MA – Wonder Bar
January 15 | Philadelphia, PA – North Star
January 16 | Plains, PA – River Street Jazz Cafe
January 17 | New York City, NY – B.B. Kings Blues Club^*
February 5 | Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern~
February 6 | Detroit, MI – Elecktricity~^
February 7 | Traverse City, MI – Winter Microbrew Festival
February 13 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
February 14 | Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Brewery^^
February 18 | Lacrosse, WI – Popcorn Tavern
February 19 | St. Cloud, MN – Red Carpet Nightclub
February 20 | Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
February 21 | Duluth, MN – The Rex Bar
February 26 | Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights**
February 27 | Madison, WI – The Orpheum**
February 28 | Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall**
March 4 | Urbana, IL – Canopy Club**
March 5 | Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room**
March 6 | Live Oak, FL – AURA Music & Arts Festival
March 12 | Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s
March 13 | Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall
March 14 | St. Louis, MO – 2720 Cherokee*
March 18 | Covington, KY – Cosmo’s
March 19 | Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s
March 20 | Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
March 21 | Carbondale, IL – Hangar 9
April 9 | Knoxville, IL – International
April 18 | Austin, TX – Stubb’s Jr. Indoors ^
May 15 | Stewart, OH – Colordance Music & Arts Festival
May 22-24 | Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival

**with Lotus
^Umphrey’s McGee after party
*featuring Joel Cummings on keys
~ Post Cherub
^^Digital Sweater (Digital Tape Machine + Turbo Suit)
~^with Michal Menert

For more information visit: www.TurboSuit.net

10 Bands In The Jam Scene You’d Be Crazy To Hate

As 2015 begins to take hold of us all, I thought it would be best to kick things off with another one of these lists that everyone just seems to love so much.

This time around, I’m featuring 10 bands within the jam scene that I think, you’d simply be crazy to hate. Let us know in the comment section who else you think people would be crazy to hate.

Kung Fu

The Nth Power

TAUK

Zach Deputy

Lettuce

Lotus

Snarky Puppy

STS9

Greensky Bluegrass

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Who’s on your list of bands that people would be crazy to hate? Let us know in the comments section below.

HYPE’s 14 Best Videos Filmed In 2014

2014 has been a crazy year for HYPE Music Festivals. We’ve seen our stats sky-rocket, our friends grow into headlining spots at festivals and have worked with some of our idols. We also shot a ton of video over the past year with some incredible artists.

Here are 14 of our favorite videos from 2014, included in the list is also a brand new video from F.A.R.M. Music Festival featuring Twiddle performing the “Frends Theme”.

Twiddle “Frends Theme” filmed at F.A.R.M. Music Festival

Whetherman “The Sun and Penelope” filmed at Suwannee Springfest

Flow Tribe filmed in Key West

Town Mountain “House With No Windows” filmed at Suwannee Springfest

The Nth Power “Jazzfest 4:20am” filmed at Disc Jam Music Festival

The Honeycutters “All You Ever” filmed at Suwannee Springfest

Consider The Source “Ninjanuity” filmed at Disc Jam Music Festival

Henhouse Prowlers “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” filmed at Suwannee Springfest

Dopapod “Sonic” filmed at Disc Jam Music Festival

The Travein’ McCourys “What A Waste of Good Corn Liquor” filmed at Suwannee Springfest

Will Kimbrough “Soulfully” filmed at Suwannee Springfest

F.A.R.M. Music Fest Recap

The Ballroom Thieves “Oars To Sea” filmed at Campfire Outdoor and Adventure Music Festival

The Resolvers Interview in orlando, FL

Mihali Savoulidis “Five” filmed at F.A.R.M. Music Festival

Check out more of our videos HERE.

Holy Ship! The Ultimate EDM Cruise Experience

Holy Ship!—the mecca of all EDM festivals (land and sea) is just a few short days away. On January 3rd, I, Lisa Ansteth, embark on what is bound to be one of the single greatest experiences of my life. Departing from the port of Miami on the beautiful MSC Divina, the 3-night, 4-day Bahamas cruise ship is heading back to the island from the original sailing—Holy Ship!—Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas, plus the addition of an entire full day at sea!

Before heading out to sea, the official pre-parties set up before each sailing are just a taste of what’s to come. On January 2, catch back-to-back sets from Justin Martin and Dusky, Gorgon City and Kidnap KidAlex Metric and Oliver, and Sharam Jey with Shiba San in Room 1. Then on February 17, Bauuer, Jack Beats, Destructo, Milo Otis and AC Slater take over. In Room 2, The Buntings will be hosting their yearly “Officially Un-Official ShipFam Pre Party.” This room will consist of ShipFam DJs, Holy Ship passengers who are also DJs. You really don’t want to miss this kickoff to the greatest weekend and if you were unable to score a token onto the ship, don’t fret because anyone is able to attend the pre-parties. Tickets are very limited, so act quick! Click here for more information and to purchase your ticket before it’s too late!

I have been told that there really are no words, photographs, videos or songs that can even come close to explain what Holy Ship and the ShipFam community is all about, this coming from a virgin of the entire experience. After being a fly on the wall of the Facebook groups’ community for the last couple years, I finally found the moment when my money and an available spot in a cabin crossed paths and I jumped on the ship as quickly as possible.

The reality of what I have gotten myself into is officially starting to hit me: e-tickets have begun to arrive to passenger email inboxes and ship activities hosted by the artists themselves have been officially announced. In addition, the official themes have been released: prom night on day 2 and pajama party for day/night 3. Don’t think that there are plenty of other themed outfits to be had. From ninjas to mermaids, space to pizza, the costumes on board are guaranteed to blow minds. I cannot wait to see what I capture with my camera.

With previous lineups including the likes of Claude VonStroke, Knife Party, Fatboy Slim, Griz, Zedd, Skrillex, Dillon Francis, Boys Noize, A-Trak, Justin Martin, Laidback Luke and many more of the industry greats, the HARDfather Gary Richards (AKA Destructo) made sure the 2015 lineups are certainly on point yet again. January, although missing a few OG favorites, is still just as stacked as before. Justin Martin, Laidback Luke, Boyz Noize, A-Trak and more are back to bring the OG vibes for the virgins and veterans aboard. Not to mention the rumors for the surprise artists are already swirling with some favorites from past years and new inductees to the Holy Ship family.

Set times were delivered to emails and posted via their social media outlets just in time for Christmas morning. An unbelievably incredible job put together by Gary and the team is leaving everyone in the Facebook groups buzzing. On Saturday, after the safety drill and we set sail to the open seas, Annie Mac presents Brits Aboard in the Black and White room with Hannah Wants, Gorgon City, Dusky, and many more! Lest not we forget Pretty Lights on the pool deck followed by Griz and Shiba San and Gina Turner B2B Laidback Luke in the Galaxy Disco.

On Sunday, the day of music that will surely rival any festival around world, the music goes from 11:00am on the island, all the way through to Destructo’s Sermon Sunrise Set from 5:30am to 8:30am. That’s just 21 and a half hours of nonstop music! I literally can’t even. The private island party is set to have Busy P, Duke Dumont and flume, followed by a B2B with Arman Van Helden and our first special guest set. Back on the boat, A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold Rap Party, Boys Noize’s BNR & Friends, pool deck sets by Knife Party, Laidback Luke. But whatever you do, if you are lucky enough to be going on the ship, do not miss the Destructo sermon sunrise set. I repeat, DO NOT MISS THE DESTRUCTO SERMON SUNRISE SET.

Monday is not to be forgotten about given that it is the first ever Day at Sea with music from 11:00am – 4:30am. Starting the music off on the pool deck at 11:00am is Teki Latex followed by Shiba San. The Hip Hop Party at the Zen Pool & Garden Bar hosted by Tommy Kruise kicks off at 1:00pm and is stacked all day long. The other special guest spot will be on the pool deck at 8:00pm so that is another must-see set especially with Justin Martin followed directly behind that. You know where I will be! With an amazing unexpected B2B2B2B2B2B last year in the Disco, Destructo & Friends will be busy B2B’ing it all night long for round 2. Can next week get here fast enough yet?

For the artist-hosted activities, everyone is guaranteed to have an action packed week, getting to know their favorite artists on a whole new level. Yogi, DJ, and wife of Laidback Luke, Gina Turner, is back for two yoga classes, both on the boat and on the island on day two. Some other awesome activities include Laidback Luke who is also back with his kung-fu lessons, Henry Fong is hosting Holy Aquatics Olympics, Scratch master A-Trak and special guest Boys Noize will be teaching some of their moves with DJ Lessons, not to mention flip cup and Texas Hold-Em tournaments!

In addition to amazing music, activities and scenery, Holy Ship also has created a charity organization called Positive Legacy in a successful attempt to give back to the communities that the ship visits. Organized in 2004, Positive Legacy has been able to support the Caribbean community such as the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Caymen Islands, Belize, Haiti, the Bahamas plus many more. With assistance in the form of over 125,000 trees planted, 12,000 shoes and 50 laptops donated, and giving people access to clean drinking water, the good vibes that begin on the ship create a ripple effect throughout that can be felt way beyond the few short days we will be on board. For more information visit their website and see how you can help!

The January festival lineup includes: Knife Party, Pretty Lights, Flume, Boys Noize, A-Trak, RL Grime, Laidback Luke, Maya Jane Coles, Duke Dumont, Annie Mac, Armand Van Helden, Rudimental (DJ set), What So Not, Clockwork, Busy P, Griz, Justin Martin, Destructo, Alex Metric, Dusky, Odesza, Oliver, Rustie, Henry Fong, Gorgon City, Cyril Hahn, Salva, Jimmy Edgar, Congorock, Craze, Branchez, Spank Rock, DJ Sliink, Shiba San, Sharam Jey, Snakehips, DJ Falcon, Kidnap Kid, Hannah Wants, Motez, Teki Latex, Gina Turner, Wax Motif, Ape Drums, Tommy Kruise, Doorly, Djedjtronic, Vanilla Ace, Cory Enemy, Yogi and more yet to be announced!

The February festival lineup includes: Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Baauer, DJ Snake, Tommy Trash, Basement Jaxx (DJ set), Claude VonStroke, Ty Dolla $ign, Sub Focus, DJ Mustard, Jack Beats, Busy P, Green Velvet, Mat Zo, Breakbot, Brodinski, Destructo, Justin Martin, Alex Metric, Galantis, Cajmere, Tchami, Araabmuzik, Martin Buttrich, Lee Foss & Anabel Englund, Soul Clap, Mercer, Huxley, The M Machine, J.Phlip, AC Slater, Kill Frenzy, Justin Jay, Milo & Otis, Valentino Khan, Louisahhh!!!, Curses, Boston Bun, Wax Motif, Kastle, Friend Within, Ana Lunoe, Club Cheval, Shift K3y, Panteros 666, So Me, Amtrac, DJ Pone, Sweater Beats, Posso, Cut Snake and more yet to be announced!

Holy Ship January and February are both sold out, and for January, name changes have been closed for a couple weeks now. However, if you scour the Facebook groups for February, there are still a few people trying to sell spots before the January 7th deadline. Act quick and you may get the chance of a lifetime in February!

Lightning in a Bottle Fest Announces Dates and Location + Tycho/ISO50 Visual Takeover

The Do LaB has just announced that Lightning in a Bottle, California’s premiere transformational boutique music and arts festival, will take place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 21st – 25th) at San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, CA for its ten year anniversary.

After what many are calling the best year in the festival’s lifespan in 2014, The Do LaB is excited to return to the beautiful San Antonio Recreation Area. The last two LIBs have been held in new locations, so The Do LaB is excited about returning to the same location, which will allow them to build and improve off of last year’s efforts.Daniel Zetterstrom 1

Tickets go on sale on Monday, January 5th at 10AM for the Rush-n-Get-Em 24-hour ticket window starting at $235 for the full weekend pass. Up-And-At-Em tickets go on sale the day after for $260. Purchasing tickets now is the best way to secure one of the limited car camping, boutique camping or lightning bus spots.

The Do LaB is excited for what promises to be an amazing 10th year of existence. Just last week, it was announced that IS050 (Scott Hansen of Tycho) will be the lead visual designer for LiB 2015. ISO50 will have his clean, colorful touch on everything from the website to the lineup flyer.

Lightning in a Bottle just released their first image from IS050, who was given a blank canvas to showcase his unique design style and preview what is to come for next year’s festival. IS050’s design was built off a photo from photographer and friend Daniel Zetterstrom, whose photo was selected for its focus on individual experiences within a communal setting that has come to embody LiB. Also, the water pail that one of the characters is holding signifies the festival’s connection to the environment and its role to improve/educate California amid the drought.Daniel Zetterstrom 4

ISO50 also produces music under the name Tycho, creating dreamy atmospheric music that has garnered admiration from music critics and fans across the globe, highlighted by the release of one of 2014’s most standout albums, “Awake.”

The Do LaB has been a fan of Scott Hansen’s work, both musically and visually, for years and after performing at LiB as Tycho for the first time in 2013 Hansen immediately fell in love with the festival. In his own words:

“A lot of my friends have been going to LIB for years and I’ve always wanted to go. When we finally got a chance to play the festival I immediately felt a sense of community that was very inspiring. When LIB contacted me about designing some images for them it seemed like a perfect opportunity to apply the aesthetic I’ve been developing for Tycho to a physical space. I was really inspired by the images my friend, photographer Daniel Zetterstrom, had captured of the event the year prior and set about incorporating them into a sort of idealized vision of what a gathering of people around art and music could be. I tried to create images that felt less literal and more like the memories people would take away from the event.”Daniel Zetterstrom 3

Get your tickets and find out more about lightning in a Bottle here.

All photos by Daniel Zetterstrom

Freekbass Interview & Upcoming show at The Funky Biscuit Dec. 30th

As part of their Winter Tour, Freekbass & The Bump Assembly will be performing at The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton on Tuesday, December 30th.

Touring in support of their new album “Everybody’s Feelin’ Real” which was produced by Duane Lundy (My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Ben Sollee) and featuring contributions from members of Bootsy’s Rubberband, Parliament-Funkadelic and Trey Anastasio Band, Freekbass & The Bump Assembly will have the dance party jumping on the night before New Year’s Eve.

With organic, bass-centric sounds mixing with forward-looking soundscapes, “Everybody’s Feelin’ Real” finds Freekbass bridging the gap between classic funk and the future of the groove. Inspired by the inventiveness and massive sonics of David Bowie, the ten-songs on Everybody’s Feelin’ Real celebrate a sound while simultaneously pushing the envelope of what it is and what it can be. Funk is only a part of it.

HYPE editor, Phil Sunkel, sat down with Freekbass to talk about the tour in support of the new album, advice and Bernie Worrell.

Photo by Michael Weintrob
Photo by Michael Weintrob
HYPE: How’s your night been?

Freekbass: It’s been great, man. I just did this podcast with this pretty cool guitar radio show. They’re digging on music on the manufacturing side of things out of Austin, TX. It was nice.

HYPE: Awesome, gonna have to check that out. You want to just hop right in to this?

Freekbass: Yeah. I’m ready whenever you are.

HYPE: Cool. Why don’t you go ahead and tell me about tour so far?

Freekbass: We just released an album a few months ago called “Everybody’s Feelin’ Real.” We’ve been trying to gradually ramp it up. We started off right when the album dropped. We went out for about three weeks with Particle. They were relaunching their thing too, at the same time. Now, we’re going out as winter months go on, doing obviously more club dates and also jumping on some festivals where we can. Trying to spread the word of the funk to everybody that’ll come and listen.

HYPE: Tell me a little bit about the recording process for “Everybody’s Feelin’ Real”. You guys recorded with Duane Lundy?

Freekbass: Yeah, Duane’s just incredible. He’s worked with some great people. Works a lot with Jim James from My Morning Jacket. He did a bunch of stuff with Ben Sollee, definitely from the analog world of music. You want to have a Floyd Rose sound, he doesn’t try to simulate it. He was so good when we first started doing my album, he asked me “what are you trying to achieve”; what do you want? I said, I want to get that same feeling I had when I would hear Stevie Wonder’s “Talking Book” or “Maggot Brain” by Funkadelic or “There’s a Riot Goin’ On” by Sly and the Family Stone. He told me if you want to have that kind of vibe on the album, we needed to record it like those albums were recorded. We sat up in the studio, and played everything live as a unit. If someone messed up in the unit, we didn’t overdub, we started over again and started right fresh on the track. I had my bass and my bass amp, cranked it loud, like it was live. A lot of times when you’re in the studio, it seems like they’ll have your amp on 2, and be like, OK, play it just like you do, make it sound just like you do live. You’re like, how do I can do that? You know what I’m saying? The feeling that we’ve captured on the album is going to far exceed anything Ive done anyways. It’s just been great. We had so many great guest collobartors. Jennifer Hartswick of Trey Anastasio Band came in to do a bunch of tracks. She did some amazing horn work on the album. It’s the first album, every album that comes out, obviously, it’s your new baby, but this is the one that I really feel good about. It’s not bullshit too; and I’m not saying that to say, “hey, I’m so great.” It’s more interpretive, sonically. I really like the way it’s mixed and the tones that are coming out of it. It feels really good to go out, play it and tour. That was another thing, too, was with Daune’s help, we tried to capture the way we sound live, and not try to make it. When you play live, its totally different than in the studio. Every time your in the studio, there’s always that temptation to keep overdubbing and overdubbing and making it bigger, but then live, you can’t really reproduce that. There’s a song on the album thats just bass, drums and vocals. That’s it. It’s been translating really well live, too, I think, because we’re able to reproduce these sounds very well live.

HYPE: Could you tell me a little bit about the David Bowie influence going on in the album?

Freekbass: Well, I’m a huge Bowie fan. Besides the obvious thing of Bowie always recreating himself in almost every album that he did in his whole career. Besides the visuals of him simply looking different, the thing I always thought was so great about Bowie is that no matter stylistically, whatever he did still sounds like Bowie, whether he was doing funk or rock or experimental or avant gard stuff, it all still sounded like Bowie. You’d say, oh, that’s Bowie the second you hear it. As a song writer and as a performer, that’s one of the things things that I’m always trying to emulate. Whether I’m doing something that’s more country sound, more rock sound, whatever, it’s still like, I want people to think and say “oh, yeah, that’s Freekbass playing.” On the production side, going back to the Duane Lundy example, a lot of the albums we’re using for references, like Bowie’s “Scary monsters” and “Heroes” and stuff like that, sonically, those albums were pretty avant gard albums that somehow ended up still getting on the pop charts, which is mind blowing. How dissident his stuff was, but they still were hit songs.

Photo by Adam Henry
Photo by Adam Henry
HYPE: Before this interview, I was going through some questions that I wanted to ask you and I saw a lot of people asking the same questions. So I’m going to ask you something now I don’t think you’ve ever been asked before.

Freekbass: OK, go for it. And yeah, you’re right. I do get that. That’s a lot of that good bio stuff.

HYPE: I want you to imagine for a second, that you could right now, at this very moment, go back in time. You could go back to when you were working in that music shop. You’ve got your first bass guitar on layaway. You could tell yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?

Freekbass: Wow, that’s an awesome question.

HYPE: Yeah, that question has been years in the making.

Freekbass: Wow. I guess probably, this is going to sound ultra cliché, but don’t try to play to what people think you should be, or what you think people will necessarily like. Whatever moves you, play that. That’s why, not to pull the whole album into it, but over the last couple of years, especially since the album came out that I’ve really felt comfortable in my own skin. Whether you love it or you absolutely are repulsed by what I do, this is who I am, and this is what I do. That’s what makes people come to my shows . I would tell that 12 or 13 year-old boy, if something’s really cool, don’t try to feel like you have to try to play to that, become that, if that’s what you want. If you’re going to be a funk bass player, be the funk bass player. If you’re going to go up there and look crazy on stage and jump around and be silly sometimes, if you’re honestly feeling that way, then be that way. Don’t feel like oh, I’ve got to be this person or I’ve got to try to be more like this person acts on the scene or whatever. I hope that answered your question.

HYPE: I think it definitely did. I like how you brought up the album too, it seems like you’re at that fruition point where you are playing the music you really want to play.

Freekbass: Definitely. I’ve gone through a lot. I’ve got a group we play occasionally too, Headtronics, its a project with DJ Logic and Steve Mullet, which is more on the electronic side of stuff. I loved that I did all that stuff, but this music now definitely makes me feel like I can take a deep breath. It’s me. I’m me, now, and for better or worse, this is who I am.

Photo by Michael Weintrob
Photo by Michael Weintrob
HYPE: I want to ask you, now that the album’s out, what would you say are your goals?

Freekbass: I love being on the road. I love touring. We’re already starting to write the next album. So basically, I guess my immediate goals in the near future is to continue to tour more, as much as possible, and in as many places as possible, for as many people as possible. I’ve been really lucky to be able to work with some amazingly talented people. I always feel incredibly blessed by that and to be able to keep doing that, while finding that magical muse amongst people is incredible. Performing is not just necessarily the people that you’re performing on stage with, I almost feel like the audience is part of the band too. They become part of the music. In each different environment, it’s like you’re playing with a different band every night, when you’re playing in front of a different audience every night. The audience is part of the band. That’s one of the exciting things about touring. Just more and more touring as much as possible, for as many different types of people as possible.

HYPE: Awesome. That’s it for my questions. I do have one more thought that I want to touch on. Are there any bassists that you’re keeping your eyes and ears on?

Freekbass: Bass players in particular or just musicians in particular?

HYPE: Bass players in particular.

Freekbass: Bass players, wow. There’s so many bass players that I’m enamored of and in love with their style, but I’ve always been more of a collective of how this bass player plays with this group or a person’s individual style. We just got done doing a bunch of dates with The Nth Power last week, that band. They’re getting such a great buzz right now and they should, because they’re just so, the way they play, they kick ass. It’s not just one individual person in that band. It’s All of them individually that are incredibly talented, but it’s the way that they come together as a unit that makes The Nth Power what it is.

HYPE: I totally agree.

Freekbass: Yeah, exactly. In terms of bass players, it’s more about sounds and creating landscapes in terms of sound. One of my biggest influences as a bass player, is actually not a bass player. It’s Bernie Worrell.

HYPE: Oh, wow, he’s really incredible.

Freekbass: Yeah, Bernie and I have played together a lot and I have loved all the stuff he’s done with P-Funk and Talking Heads. All the stuff he did, a lot of the times he was playing the bass lines on the keyboards. There’s a magazine out of England called Bass Guitar Magazine. About a year ago, they had me list my top 5 or top 10 bass players and why I liked them. I think one of them I wrote on there was Bernie. I said, I know technically he’s not a bass player, but he thinks like a bass player. That’s a huge influence to me as a musician and even as a person. He’s a wonderful human being on top of that. Even though Bernie’s not a new comer to the scene, I’m always keeping my eye on what he’s doing. He’s always doing something new and ground breaking.

HYPE: Oh, yeah, definitely. I was surprised to hear that, everything I read, is like, oh Freekbass and Bootsy Collins, Freekbass and Bootsy, so I think it’s awesome to hear about Bernie’s influence on you. He is simply incredible and He’s still out there doing his thing.

Freekbass: Yeah. That’s the thing about him and Bootsy, and even George Clinton, that a lot of their contemporaries now are doing the casinos and the oldies tours and that kind of stuff. Those guys are still cutting records like it’s 1967. You go to a George Clinton show, and it’s all kids. They know that they’re still as edgy now as they were 20, 30 years ago. Which I think is awesome.

For more information, music and tour dates visit Freekbass.com

Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival Simply Never Disappoints

Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival recently went down Nov. 13-16 in Live Oak, FL and featured Umphrey’s McGee, Chris Robinson Soulive Revue, Lettuce, Soulive, Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds, Budos Band, Talib Kweli, Break Science, The Floozies, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Nth Power and many more.

We at HYPE think its pretty safe to say, that Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, is the best funk, jam, fusion festival in the nation and maybe even the world. This is for a good number of reasons.

untitled shoot-003For starters, the festival grounds, The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, is gorgeous and spiritually magical. Live Oak trees tower over the stages and campgrounds. The SOSMP is a natural wonderland vibrating with spiritual energy.

Second, the music at Bear Creek is always top notch. The producers of this particular festival really do a stunning job each year selecting the perfect acts. Each year though, the true highlights come with the interactions between the bands and the artists on stage and with the crowd. Everyone literally plays with everyone and everyone mingles with everyone, but trust me, its like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Unless you’ve been to a Bear Creek.untitled shoot-060

And third, the most amazing thing about Bear Creek, is every single beautiful smiling face that attends, puts on and performs at BC. The people are simply incredible. There always seems to be a common alliance of love and good vibes at Bear Creek. There was certainly no shortage of that this year.

This year HYPE sent staff photographer Romy Santos up to Suwannee to cover Bear Creek. Check out his amazing images below and like his page here.

For more information visit BearCreekMusicFestival.com