EXCLUSIVE ARTIST INTERVIEW: FM BAND | PERFORMING JUNE 26TH AT BAR NINE

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FM band is a hybrid of funk, R&B, pop, and jazz with hard rock edges committed to playing old school R&B classics and originals with a spin

In anticipation of their live show with us on June 26th at 8PM, the band was nice enough to email us from their home base in the Bronx to discuss their musical influences, live show experience, and what inspires them on a day-to-day basis

BAR NINE: What type of band are you?
FM BAND: A hybrid of Funk, R&B, Pop, and Jazz with Hard Rock edges

BN: Tell us the brief history of your band
FMB: Formed in the Bronx NY in 2017 committed to playing old skool R&B classics and originals with a spin

BN: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
FMB: Queen, Bowie, Earth Wind & Fire, Herb Alpert, Bruce Lee, Mohamed Ali....

BN: What are your dreams and goals?
FMB: To play out more and sell our CD. To find a permanent resident status at a NYC Venue. Maybe Bar Nine?

BN: Who writes the songs, what are they about?
FMB:  Frank M writes all the songs and they range from love, romance, to social and political

BN: How do you promote your band and shows?
FMB:  We use all the social media, we have our website and publish our own flyers to distribute out personally in the vicinity of the event just a few days prior.               

BN: Describe your show, visual and musically
FMB:  Sonic Big Sound. We like to dress to the nines for a gig.... like going to church

BN: What do you think about downloading music online?
FMB:  It is great if you get paid. CD BABY is a good platform

BN: What's your outlook on the record industry today?
FMB:  It is all yours now not up to some A&R person to opine and leave you out in the cold.. You can make it out on your own!

BN: What's your claim to fame?
FMB: Being humble

BN: Tell us a story about a day in your life
FMB: Always Music, always coffee and try to avoid events. Keep everything smooth and simple

BN: What inspires you to do what you do?
FMB:  People.... to make people happy when you play

BN: What advice would you give to fellow bands?
FMB: There are so many things that you all have to be conscious of; sound, charting arrangements, lugging around equipment, practice the music, practice harmonies, money arrangements, arguments. Then when all that is accomplished then you have to work on the SHOW  BUSINESS aspect. Keep at it if you love the work work work...

BN: What are some of your pet peeves?
FMB: Ungrateful people.

BN: How does music affect you and the world around you? 
FMB: Makes the world go round.

BN: What's new in the recording of your music?
FMB:  Always the song.

BN: What are the biggest obstacles for bands?
FMB:  Self-centered people who want to be the diva or boss. In FM BAND I always stress to everyone to take on the leadership role. This really helps out a lot!

BN: What's the best and worst thing about playing clubs?
FMB: We have played out five times this year and it is what we love to do. No complaints really

BN: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
FMB: ar Nine Tuesday Sessions June 26, 2018. Be there to feel the love!

Steven Padernacht