Now you know you know we could't pay tribute to Miami or LA without including the independent music scene. That being said, get familiar with Jefferson The Band. We've had the pleasure of being at a number of there shows and really cannot express how excited we are to host a music group that truly embodies the spirit of young, talented, genuine and hard working artists. These literally perform all over the city, from rooftops in the Venice Canals, galleries and house parties in Highland Park, to The Hammer Museum,boutiques in San Pedro and Delicious Vinyl. If you want to see a show, they'll probably have one within a couple of days. They're about their work and we're big fans. We got a chance to get an inside scoop on the band before they perform live tomorrow night at our Warm Weather & Cold Hearts Event. Meet Jefferson The Band:
Q1: What made you start your craft and at which point did you know that it was time to pursue this more than a hobby?
Slim: The 1990's Golden Era inspired me to write rhymes. After my first live performance I knew it was more than a hobby.
Lizzy: I was studying music engineering for a while and that's what made this rap thing a realistic path for me. I had access to a studio and would lay down a verse here or there, but I had the opportunity last summer to spit some rhymes on Slim's last tape. From there, I started performing with him on stage and the rest was history. Creating the group, Jefferson The Band was a natural evolution. We are both our own artists with different stories and different vibes but when we play together, we are able to perfectly fuse our experiences and create epic music.
Q2: How would you describe your style and what message are you trying to get across?
Each show is unique and offers a distinct element to the overall sound. Some days you may find us performing with a four piece band and other times it may be only us and a violinist. Whatever configuration you have the opportunity to experience, Jefferson The Band is always raw and always real. We spit the rhymes that make you think internally. Introspective raps allow you to dive deeper into the abyss of who you really are. Hip hop jazz is a great way to define our style with a sprinkle of funk. People often compare us to Digable Planets.
Q3: How does your city affect who you are as an artist?
We both were raised in Leimert Park, which is the Mecca of black culture and hosts the best jazz and hip hop scenes in LA. That culture is ingrained in us and therefore translates in our sound.
Q4: What does warm weather and cold hearts mean to you and how does it apply your art or music?
From the outside looking in, LA is a magical place full of glitz and glam. There's also parts of LA that many folks aren't familiar with. We like to illustrate and shed light on both ideas in our music. We rap about the palm trees and good weed but we also rap about the streets and the things we've seen transpire in our own personal lives. LA teaches you that in hip hop, it's sink or swim. We're just happy to be amongst the Sharks swimming freely.
Q5: What advice would you give an aspiring musician?
Go for it ! If it's in you, don't let anything keep you from being the full expression of who you truly are. The funny thing about life is, when you set your intention and put your mind to do something, the universe lines things up just right for you. You just have to believe in the possibility. We live in a time where people have so much freedom and access to creating music right from their homes. If that's where you need to start, then think about what tools you need to assist you. Never be afraid to ask for help, special things happen when two or more people come together for the same cause. Connect with other musicians, producers, engineers and anyone in the field that you can learn and grow from. Work every day towards your goal, things will start to open up for you.
Come see Jefferson The Band live tomorrow night at 8PM at 5125 Hollywood Blvd LA, CA. You can also catch them every Thursday during their residency at co-LAb Gallery in Highland Park, CA