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Viva Phx Q & A: Something Went Awry

Something Went Awry, Interview, Viva Phx

Something Went Awry is a jazz-rock-ska band out of Phoenix. The group will be playing at the Hotel San Carlos stage on March 7 at 8 P.M..

Read The Spec‘s Q&A with keyboardist Al Secunda and drummer Spencer Ferrarin…

Very first concert you attended and a memory from it.
The Rolling Stones in 2008, I was in the third row and there was a moment where I swear Keith Richards made eye contact with me!

If you could have any musician (dead or alive) as a mentor, who would it be?
Miles Davis, he was constantly evolving as a musician and pushing the boundaries of his sound and music in general. He really knew how to get the right groups together, and push people to their best.

Very first concert you played and a memory from it.
We played a charity baseball event in high school, with three of the members of Something Went Awry. There were tons of professional athletes and cool people there that we got to hang out with, we got a free drink pass and were all 17!

Artist you would most like to collaborate with or have produce your music?
Billy Martin from Medeski Martin and Wood, they have their own studio in New York and know how to get a really organic sound that is true to the live performance.

Personal truth that fans would be surprised to know about you.
Our guitarist originally joined the group as mandolin/ukulele player in a previous incarnation of the band, he never let on about his ridiculous shredding capabilities.

How do you spend a typical day when you’re not touring or busy recording?
Working, we unfortunately all still have day jobs, listening to music, practicing, and being a vinyl addict.

One artist or album you could never get tired of listening to?
Coltrane’s Giant Steps.

Earliest music-related memory you have?
Playing classical piano in the lobby of this rustic looking apartment building when I was in elementary school. People seemed to enjoy and that’s when I first found the excitement of playing in front of people.

Nicest thing a fan has ever said, or given, to you?
After our last Long Wong’s show we got a comment from a fan: “Thank you for the wonderful surprise of your music. Keep up the good work and keep inspiring the love of jazz. You are your only generation I know of that is doing what you’re doing in Phoenix. Keep jazz alive! It’s very important that you do.”

Interesting fact about your newest release.
We recently recorded give new songs for a new release at WilloDisc Studios, Jack Howell reached out to us at a show and was really excited about our music. We also got to borrow a vintage Wurlitzer that was recently restored from a friend of the band and it really added a lot to the recordings.

Xperience you will never forget.
We recently got accepted to showcase at SXSW in Austin, TX, it is going to be the biggest show we have played thus far, and has got us really excited for where it will take our band.

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