Jeremy, thanks for speaking with us today about Turbine!
Q1: Where did the name Turbine come from?
Let me deflect the “where” and keep the “why” we kept it, which is once we sat with it for a while it seemed to imply the conversation of energy, in our case energy in sound.
Q2: How would you describe your music?
Psychedelic rock with a range of styles such as funk and American roots. In a live setting, it is also improvised music and subject to change at each given performance.
Q3: Who are some of your biggest influences?
Bob Dylan, Miles Davis.
Q4: What are you looking forward to the most about the upcoming Catskill Chill Music Festival in September?
The audience (pretty sure some real music fans will be there!), the line up (there are some good bands), and our set time looks like it will be at sundown which is a nice time to play music.
Q5: What should fans at the Chill expect from your set?
Some new songs and the unexpected (no one knows what will happen!)
Q6: Many artists from the NYC area are influenced heavily by the hustle and bustle of the city and its atmosphere. How has New York City influenced your music?
The individual band members are from all over the country and met in NY, so we each bring regional influences (I am from the south, Justin is from Colorado, etc) but the intensity of energy in the city has an unmistakable influence on the band (makes us want to put a certain edge on our music).
Q7: What is it that you love most about making music?
It is a way to get in touch with the universe as a whole and offers tranquility and ways to make sense of existence. Music also is something that you can always learn more about, and the more you learn, the better you get at it, which is tangibly rewarding.
Q8: What other bands are you looking forward to seeing at this year’s Catskill Chill?
I hope that I have the chance to see some. Sometimes we have to run to the next gig, but I saw Lettuce was playing and they are a good funk unit, and any other bands that I have never seen that I can hear for the first time for sure.
Q9: Your bio mentions that “Blue Light City is an album built on experience, and–at the same time, a new beginning for Turbine.” How has that album impacted you as a band since it’s release back in June of 2011?
We are very proud of that album and I think it was well produced, meaning that we think it represents the way we wanted it to sound. So that means the fans we have gained due to the album are hearing what we intend to sound like, maybe even more than on past albums, if that makes sense.
Q10: What would you say to someone who wants to start a band and get seriously involved in the live music scene?
Do what you love!
Jeremy, thanks again for taking some time to discuss Turbine with us! We’re excited to see your set at the upcoming Catskill Chill Music Festival (Sept 7-9) at Camp Minglewood in Hancock, NY. Fans, visit www.catskillchill.com for tickets and more information!