What’re your highlights of the year so far?
Jesse Butterworth (Lead Singer) “Best show we’ve played so far was a private event we did for the staff of charity:water, a non profit that brings clean water to the millions of people who don’t have easy access. We have partnered with them and are huge believers in what they’re doing, so being able to be there in their NYC offices and play for them and give them a big donation from the band was a highlight, for sure.”
What are your goals for the rest of the year?
JB “We just got off the road from a big promo tour in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City and Seattle and it was incredible! It’s a pretty surreal feeling to show up to play a city for the first time and have sold out shows. We’re taking a break for the rest of 2018 because we’re doing work with clean water projects in Central Africa Republic and orphan care projects in Ethiopia, but we’ll be back on the road in early 2019.
Which new bands/artists are you into right now?
JB “I’m currently really digging Alec Shaw’s new stuff.”
What was the band or artist that got you into music or inspired you to be a musician?
“When I was a kid I really loved music, but there were a few albums that really stuck out to me. The early Lenny Kravitz albums (Mama Said & Are You Gonna Go My Way) when he was doing full on, old school rock. There another couple albums that I got really into by Harry Connick, Jr. Not his crooner stuff, in the 90’s he put out 2 funk records with the best funk players in New Orleans (She and Star Turtle). Ever since then, I’ve always tried to figure out how to marry the sounds, vibe and feel of those records into one band, and I think we’ve finally landed on it with The West Coast Feed.”
How best do you write; in a jam room or a studio?
JB- “Both are helpful and stretch me in different ways, but my main go to is to get alone in my office or the den of my house and just stay put until I’ve got something that resembles a song.”
What was your wildest show so far, and why?
JB – The wildest show was probably a big festival we played recently and when we showed up they didn’t have any backline for us. So no amps and no drums. We eventually got it sorted out right at show time, but it was a real cluster right before.
Where is the furthest across the globe you’ve played so far?
JB- New York City. We’re hoping to make it over to the UK in 2019, though!
We’re coming to the end of 2018; top five albums and movies of the year so far?
JB – “Boarding House Reach by Jack White, By The Way I Forgive You by Brandi Carlisle, The Dark Side by Muse and Brooklyn In The Summer by Aloe Blacc
And for fun; worst albums and movies of the year so far?
JB – “My wife and I were big “Alias” and Jennifer Garner fans, so we were excited to see her back in that type of role in the movie “Peppermint”. Turns out that that movie was one of the unintentionally funny movies of 2018.”