INTERVIEW: Step Daddy
by Cyrus Rhodes
This latest release from Step Daddy entitled Love is a solid musical statement from start to finish. This is Red Hot Chili Peppers on steroids. Its strength Ė the strong song for song consistency, progressive dynamics and that keeps coming at you. The music is progressive, unpredictable, heavy and original. Like a heavy weight fighter this CD packs a powerful punch, and goes the full 12 rounds with no sign of letting up.
MD What do you want fans to take from your music?
SD Have fun with it. We write our music to fulfill our creative needs and express our joy in working together and being alive. Sometimes that comes off as extremely eclectic and even antithetical to the music being played in the mainstream, or even in our scene. Itís not meant be egotistical or flaunted, itís just meant to be fun.
IMD Who are some of your top musical influences?
SD Faith no More, Tomahawk, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains.
IMD What was the best concert you have ever been to?
SD 2002 Tool at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan. Two nude acrobats suspended high above the band acting out choreography to the Lateralus album. Blew my mind.
IMD Tell us a bit about your release ďLove.Ē
SD Love is a mix of genres and tongue-in-cheek lyrics that reflects our earliest work. Cuntry Gravy, My Hungerís Lament and Scurvy were the first three songs we wrote together, in that particular order. We incorporated some newer songs with the last two live tracks, Policia and Wrong Together, but these songs arenít really indicative of where the band is headed creatively. I think overall the album was a giant release of pent-up energy that all four of us had building up. The next releases will be a little bit more even keel. I can say this with confidence because we have all of the tracks for the second album written and are working on album number three at the moment.
IMD Whatís the best and worst things about being an Independent Artist from Seattle?
"We write our music to fulfill our creative needs and express our joy
in working together and being alive."
- Step Daddy -
SD The hard work breaking in to the scene is both the best and the worst. I really enjoy promoting music that I completely enjoy and working with band members that are amazingly talented and cooperative. We donít really worry about how the music is going to be received, there are people who will understand it and people who donít and that is OK with us. Even though we face some uphill battles due to the popular current in Seattle and our widely diverse music, I think people will come around if they keep listening.
IMD Where were the live tracks recorded?
SD The live tracks were recorded at our drummerís warehouse in a small suburb of Seattle. Our singer, Kit, built the stage and a full bar as well as a floating DJ booth for parties. Itís pretty fun.
IMD Whatís the best thing about performing live?
SD The energy. We tend to engage the crowd a lot and itís that interaction which makes the live show so much more fun. I think people tend to understand the music more when they can see us interact as a group. We move around a lot, so much so that Kit and I have collisions almost every show! It can get quite physical up there!
IMD Is there a song on your latest release yours that stands out as being your personal favorite? Why?
SD That is a tough one, I have a deep relationship with every song we write. I would have to say Brain de Homage is one of my favorites because it is the most straight forward hard rock songs and Atlas at Last for having the most changes in a 4 minute song! HA!
IMD Amy touring scheduled to support? If so how long is the tour?
SD We toured last year from Seattle to Brooklyn although, we didnít quite make it to Brooklyn due to hurricane Irene putting eastern Pennsylvania under water. For now, we are focusing on Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California. We have some fans up in Canada as well, so an out of country tour might be happening too!
IMD Whatís next for Step Daddy?
SD We have the tracking for the second album scheduled at Stone Gossardís studio in Fremont in December. The goal is to knock out the tracking and over the next six-months get the mixing, mastering and duplication finished for an August 2013 release. You will probably see 10 songs on the second LP, with no live tracks. By then we should have enough material for albums 4 and 5.
interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.
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