Drummer Jake Krohn does the PoP10.
1. Why play music?
There are many reasons people play music. First of all if you say it’s not ego driven you’re kidding yourself. Second of all if you think you’re not in it to meet girls you’re kidding yourself. It all starts off as something that people that you look up to do, people that as a kid you think are way cooler than you, and in trying to define yourself at that age you emulate those you look up to. Then of course there is a certain amount of creative outlet and emotional release in it and even an intellectual stimulus. But the key reason for me is that playing music to an audience is an incredible feeling. There’s an energy exchange that happens with a body of people that is super interesting. If they’re not feeding you back it’s very difficult to provide enough energy all by yourself to put on a fantastic show, but when the feedback loop starts the show can go to incredible levels. You feel energy levels passing through you that you truly never thought possible as trite as that sounds. Those nights are why I play music.
2. Who are your influences?
My number one influence is my Dad. He’s the one who started it all. I grew up sleeping in his guitar case backstage. My Mom and Dad and whole familiy have been ridiculously influential and supportive in my music career. Other influences of mine are my friends who are enormously talented and who inspire me to keep it together and forge ahead when it gets bleak.
3. What is success?
Success is doing what you love every day you can. It really depends on the person you are, what your goals are and where you feel comfortable in life. Shuteye Unison has remarkably different goals as individuals, but we are all successful people. I personally feel successful just in the fact that I’ve been playing music with my best friends for 20 years and still to this day I love it and spend the vast majority of my time doing it.
4. Why should people buy your music?
Our music is heartfelt and true to the group of people creating it. If it’s interesting to someone else maybe that person should buy it. Honestly I love this band because our music is exactly the culmination of a group of friends in a room making noise together until a series of things work together and turn into a song or 5, nothing more, nothing less. It just is what it is and we hope you like it.
5. Who do you love?
I love bands that create something. Bands that create a sound or even a genre and aren’t those that end up simply helping to define it by mimicking the originators with this tunnel vision. The Melvins are a perfect example. That sludgy, mathy, enormous thing they do that changes so much from record to record but always ends up sounding exactly like the Melvins. Other include: Refused, Mars Volta, Radiohead, De La Soul, Bad Brains, Drive Like Jehu, Pixies, Stereolab…
6. What do you hope to achieve with your music?
Whirled Peas? I would love to just get to play music as much as I do right now for the rest of my life.
7. Who comes to your gigs?
An array of fantastic souls who love to fill the silences between songs with sarcasm and drunk berating comments. They are truly part of the performance.
8. What is your favorite album?
That is a really weird question. What’s my favorite record today? Beatles – Revolver. What’s my favorite record by a certain band? RFTC – Hot Charity, Melvins – Stoner Witch (although Nude with Boots and Gluey Porch Treatments/Ozma are close), Little Feat – Sailin’ Shoes.. we could do this all day. Favorite jazz record? Pat Metheny – Bright Size Life (w/ Jaco… so good, and Bob Moses on drums… damn). You get the point, there are tons of favorite records.
9. What is your favorite song?
Strikingly similar to last question. Today I’m going with Something by George Harrison. Listen to the version with Paul McCartney on Uke on the Concert for George dvd.
10. How did you get here?
Woke up out of my dad’s guitar case, set up a bunch of cardboard boxes and pots and pans around me, met these guys in high school and never looked back.
Shuteye Unison’s self-titled Ep is out now.