The Floozies Talk Improvisation In Funktronica, Red Rocks & Karl Denson’s Avocados

first_imgThe Floozies are riding an amazing wave of energy from clamorous crowds and choice festival slots across the country. Powered by brothers Matt and Mark Hill, it’s humbling to see these two grow in popularity and enjoy the experience all the while. Their packed festival sets, as well as their own quick to sell out shows, are important stops on the path to their dream come true headlining set at the legendary Red Rocks coming up on October 8th (tickets here).Amid the lead up to their Red Rocks show and a busy summer ahead, our own Rex Thomson caught up with the brotherly duo before one of their two well received sets at the High Sierra Music Festival.Live For Live Music: I’ve interviewed a couple of other “Brother Bands” and one of the things I always want to know is, did you guys get along as kids?Mark Hill: Yeah man. We were best friends. Still are!Matt Hill: Awwww… thanks Mark.Mark H: Yeah, we never really fought.L4LM: Another theme of brother interviews is one brother saying their parents liked the other one better. Is that the case with you guys as well?Matt H: I would hope they wouldn’t…L4LM: I’ve heard your parents are music fans, especially of the funk. Were they supportive of you and your decision to pursue music?Matt H: They were very supportive…we were really lucky.Mark H: I remember when Matt was in a band a long long time ago, Dad would drive them everywhere. And he would unload their gear.Matt H: I was too little to carry my amp.L4LM: Wow. How young were you when you started playing?Matt H: I started playing when I was eleven…I started playing shows when I was twelve. Just as around Kansas City at that point. Fairs…things like that…L4LM: So your parents got you instruments and lessons?Matt H: Yeah, we’ve got them to thank. Mark H: They were huge in helping us find this life.L4LM: Have they gotten an official thank you in a liner note yet?Matt H: I don’t think people even do liner notes anymore. We thank them on Instagram and stuff though.L4LM: What elements go into a perfect Floozies show?Matt H: They’re all perfect, man. Unless they suck or something…those are no fun.Mark H: Those sucky ones don’t happen very often…Matt H: Not in a long time.Honey Moon Phase (Featuring Ryan Zoidis)L4LM: You guys had some good opportunities to build your fan base opening for other bands. Now that you’re in the position of bringing other bands along for the ride, how important is it to you to find just the right acts to work with?Mark H: It’s a really great opportunity…but it’s really hard. You want it to sound right, above all.Matt H: We just try and pick bands we like. We leave stuff like draw to the suits. We pick stuff we like and set it to them, like “What about this guy?” We just confirmed “Daily Bread.” I heard about him from some college kids in the south, and he reminds me of early Pretty Lights and Manic Focus. So we were like “Him, get him.”L4LM: You guys have enjoyed a rapid rise through the music scene. I’m guessing your musical bucket list is getting checked off quickly. What’s left of your big goals?Matt H: We were just talking about that on the way up here. Headlining Red Rocks is the last one. Then I guess we’ve got to make a new list.L4LM: Did you write out an actual bucket list?Matt H: Not on paper, but definitely in my head. We headline Red Rocks October 8th, so October 9th, it’ll be time to write the new bucket list. “Dear Europe…please book us…”L4LM: In trying to describe your music to someone, the best I could come up with was “Funktronica.” How did your sound evolve?Mark H: Yeah, I feel like it was pretty organic. We had a strong funk upbringing, and Matt dug deep into electronic music and started creating his own sounds. And it just seemed natural to mix that in with our instruments.Matt H: Yeah, we’re just trying to make music that we like the best and are best at. It wasn’t like some big plan…to mix these two things together like “What the world NEEDS is these two things…together!” It was just “Let’s make music.” and this is what we arrived at I guess.L4LM: You live shows are very loose and “Of the moment.” How much of your musical direction in the live setting is based on crowd reaction versus pre-show planning?Matt H: It’s hard to say. We just try and be in the moment and…Mark H: It happens really naturally…Matt H: It makes it a lot more fun for us, and everyone else. We wanna have a go at it, rather than just play through the song like it was on the album, or wherever…Mark H: What the show is like…the energy of the people in front of us…that’s all a part of it. Since we’re brothers and we’ve been doing this so long…and I feel like the crowd is following us. I’ll start doing this tom thing, and Matt will start doing this out of nowhere loop thing that is like four minutes long. We might not even realize we did it…it just happened. But it happened because the crowd was on the same page as us. They trusted us.Matt H: We make a set list as just a guide, but we go off script pretty easily. I like to have an idea of what we’re doing, but I also like to throw new stuff at him that he hasn’t heard yet. It’s fun to surprise him!Mark H: He makes me do things I didn’t know I was capable of.L4LM: Sounds like the end of White Men Can’t Jump where Wesley Snipes throws Woody Harrelson the alley-oop pass to force him to dunk when he couldn’t before…Mark H: Yeah! Matt H: See! You didn’t know you could do that.Mark H: (Chuckles) Yeah, he throws me alley-oops all the time. L4LM: You guys seem to keep dropping new tunes constantly.Matt H: We’re just always making stuff. I get really excited and I want to play it.Mark H: He makes things constantly. He’s always working on music. He gets excited and then I get excited then we end up dropping tunes all summer at festivals and stuff…we just can’t wait to release it! Matt H: We have the means to release music whenever we want, you know, worldwide. We can just drop a song on SoundCloud…Mark H: One time recently we had a song go out just for an hour. We were like “We can’t release it yet, but here it is for an hour.” If you can get to it enjoy.L4LM: Well, it is the Internet. I’m sure somebody grabbed it down.Matt H: Yeah, I’m sure. It was really just to share. The whole point of making music is to share it. It’s just a song.L4LM: You’re out supporting your new album Granola Jones. Are you noticing a major difference between how you recorded the songs and how you play them live?  Matt H: It’s a lot different live for sure.Mark H: It’s so different.Matt H: What’s on the album is just what sounded best when I was making the album. Live though, it’s more fun to stretch it out. Things like, I took Karl Denson‘s guest solo and I play unison on it on the guitar. And that’s something we didn’t have on the record, it’s just fun to do. It’s fun to play Karl Denson stuff.L4LM: It’s not like you can just lug Karl around with you all the time.Matt H: Yeah! He’s too big. He’s too buff! You can’t fit him in no suitcase.L4LM: Karl Denson is one of the few guys who could serve as his own security and roadie at the same time.Mark H: I don’t know. I’m a pretty strong guy.L4LM: No argument. Just saying. Karl has even slimmed down from how he used to be.Mark H: I saw him on Jam Cruise…he was eating an avocado. I thought “I gotta get into avocados.” So I went on tour and ate 6 avocados a day.Matt H: I asked him for workout tips…he said “I just play a lot.”L4LM: Well, thanks for taking a few minutes away from soundcheck to chat with us.Matt H: Absolutely, thanks for having us.Mark H: Much appreciated.——–Be sure to catch The Floozies at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on October 8th for their first ever headlining performance at the storied Morrison, CO venue! The band will be joined by Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, SunSquabi, and Russ Liquid for this exciting dance party, and we can’t wait to get down with the grooves. Tickets are moving fast, but they can still be found here.This weekend, New Orleans gets a special treat with the official Bear Creek Bayou afterparty at Republic NOLA featuring The Floozies with very special guests John Medeski, Skerik, Ryan Zoidis, and Jesus Coomes! Get tickets here.last_img read more

The Latest: UNC fall sports still on despite remote learning

first_imgMore AP sports: and “Our league governors decided today it is in the best long-term interests of the CFL to concentrate on the future,” Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement.“We are absolutely committed to 2021, to the future of our league and the pursuit of our vision of a bigger, stronger, more global CFL.”Unlike other major leagues in North America, the CFL does not have the luxury of a billion-dollar television contract. While its deal with TSN has become more lucrative over the years, the CFL remains a gate-driven league — a major problem when fans aren’t allowed in the stands.___Mississippi starting center Eli Johnson says he won’t play football this season. The Riley County Commission reviewed the rest of Kansas State’s return-to-play protocols, too. Fans will be required to wear face coverings where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Tailgating will not be permitted in parking lots controlled by the school. There will be no reentry. There also will be hand sanitizing stations and other protective measures.One plus for fans: With the elimination of tailgating and reentry, the school will allow beer and wine to be purchased in general seating sections for the first time. Alcohol sales had been limited to luxury suites.___The CFL has canceled its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first year the Grey Cup won’t be presented since 1919.The nine-team league announced the move Monday, dashing hopes of a shortened season in the hub city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The decision comes after the CFL couldn’t solve a number of issues in an effort to try to salvage a season. The Latest: UNC fall sports still on despite remote learning Johnson announced on Twitter that he’ll sit out the season and focus on completing his master’s degree in criminal justice in December.The Southeastern Conference allows players to opt out of the season because of COVID-19 and remain on scholarship.Johnson started all 12 games last season, allowing only one sack. His father, David, was hospitalized this summer because of the virus.“I will be forever grateful for my time here at Ole Miss,” Johnson wrote Sunday night on Twitter. “God bless and Hotty Toddy.”___ Due to the situation surrounding COVID-19, the United States Tennis Association has canceled all national junior events through Oct. 12.The USTA also has canceled all adult Category 1 events, comprising the Adult, Open, Family, and Age divisions, through the end of the year.The decision to cancel was made to ensure the health and safety of all those involved since interstate travel required for the tournaments carries an increased risk of contracting the disease. The USTA said different regulations, restrictions and quarantine periods at the sites of the events and in the home states of the players were considered. ___ The Kansas City Chiefs will limit capacity of Arrowhead Stadium to 22% when they begin defense of their Super Bowl title, which equates to about 17,000 fans at what is considered one of the toughest environments in the NFL.The club announced its plans along with ticketing information for its first three games on Monday after consulting with officials from The University of Kansas Health System. Tickets will be sold in “grouped pods of seats” beginning next week. Only the first three home games — against the Texans, Patriots and Raiders — will go on sale initially to season ticket holders. The Chiefs said guidance from local and public health officials will determine capacity all the season.While the Chiefs plan to allow tailgating, fans will be limited to the area directly behind their vehicle and with fans who have tickets in their pods. They are encouraged to wear face coverings, which are mandatory inside the stadium, and to use proper social distancing throughout game days.___ The school announced the move to online-only instruction on Monday after reporting four coronavirus clusters involving student housing or a fraternity since Friday. UNC’s athletics department later issued a statement saying athletes will continue to take classes online and be able to participate in workouts while following safety protocols.Athletes can choose to remain in current residences either on or off the Chapel Hill campus.UNC is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, which has announced plans to begin its football and other fall sports seasons the week of Sept. 7.“We are still expecting to play this fall, and we will continue to evaluate the situation in coordination with the university, the ACC, state and local officials, and health officials,” UNC’s athletics department said in the statement. “The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, and community remains our priority.”___ Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn says his players have had 33 positive tests for COVID-19 this summer.Malzahn says one staff member also tested positive earlier this summer. The Tigers and other Southeastern Conference teams opened preseason camp Monday ahead of a season scheduled to start on Sept. 26.Malzahn says Auburn had no positive tests last week, but four players are still going through the testing protocols. He expects results back by the end of the week.He says the school has administered 863 tests among players, an average of more than seven times each. Staffers have had five tests each.Linebacker Chandler Wooten and backup defensive back Traivon Leonard have opted out playing this season.center_img August 17, 2020 ___Soccer’s U.S. Open Cup has been canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The 2020 tournament was suspended in early March shortly before it was supposed to kick off. The final was to be held on either Sept. 22 or 23.Officially called the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, it is the longest-running soccer tournament in the United States and gives amateur teams a chance to take on the pros, setting up the chance for an intriguing Cinderella team to advance far into the tournament. The winner earns a spot in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football’s Champions League.The U.S. Soccer Federation announced Monday that the Open Cup couldn’t be staged this year because the pandemic affected teams’ ability to travel, limited or eliminated fans at games, and necessitated strict testing protocols. The teams that were invited to participate this year will be invited next year instead.There is no decision yet on how to allocate the CONCACAF Champions League slot that typically goes to the tournament champion.___Kansas State will allow 25% capacity at its football stadium for games this season after getting approval Monday from the county commission. That means a maximum crowd of just under 15,000 fans.The Big 12 Conference is allowing schools to set their own attendance policies based on local jurisdictions. There will be no fans at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for NFL and MLS games played in September. The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United say the coronavirus pandemic forced the decision.The teams say they will continue to collaborate with local and national health officials before deciding on the possibility for fans in games after September.The Falcons will play at least two home games without fans — against Seattle on Sept. 13 and against Chicago on Sept. 27.“The health and safety of our fans is our top priority,” said Steve Cannon, CEO of the Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank’s sports and entertainment group. Cannon said the decision was made “after thoughtful consideration and collaboration.”Atlanta United previously announced there would be no fans for three games: Aug. 22 against Nashville SC, Aug. 29 against Orlando City SC and Sept. 2 against Inter Miami CF. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The University of North Carolina says it still plans to play sports this fall after canceling in-person undergraduate classes in favor of remote instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press ___Furman of the Division I Southern Conference is postponing all fall nonconference sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Jason Donnelly said Monday the decision came after last week’s announcement that the league was pushing all its fall conference athletic competition and championships to the spring. Furman plays football in the Championship Subdivision.Donnelly says the school in Greenville, South Carolina, made the decision to protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff, and fans.___last_img read more