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Ephie is a songwriter and self-professed "poet's poet" who plays piano and sings. Simply put!

In anticipation of his live show with us on July 17th at 9PM, Ephie was nice enough to email us from his home base here in New York to discuss his musical influences, live show experience, and what inspires him on a day-to-day basis

BAR NINE: What type of band are you?
E: We are a rock-pop band that plays both covers and originals

BN: Tell us the brief history of your band
 We have played in many iterations since 2009. Me (Ephie Lowinger) my drummer (Elly Geldwerth) and my lead guitarist (David Keesy), A couple of years ago (2016) We were lucky enough to be joined by bassist Eric Naslund

BN: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
E: My musical influences include Billy Joel, Paul Simon, The Beatles, and the Muppets, both musically and non-musically

BN: What are your dreams and goals?
E: My dreams and goals are to continue writing, recording, playing live, and enjoying life

BN: Who writes the songs, what are they about?
E: I (Ephie) write the songs. They are about everything from personal relationships, pain and joy, to philosophy and humor and beyond

BN: How do you promote your band and shows?
E: Through facebook and word of mouth. I try and personally text the people who have been loyal listeners in the past. Can't always get to all of them, but I try

BN: Describe your show, visual and musically
E: I try and take the audience to a place where the music can be fully focused on, the rhythm felt in their bones. The band is the band. Sure we're pretty, but we're not looking to overload the senses with anything but the music, that we stand by

BN: What do you think about downloading music online?
E: I think it's pretty much the only way it's done now. My songs are available for download and I'm glad they are. That's how people digest music nowadays

BN: What's your outlook on the record industry today?
E: I don't get involved in the industry. I'm a musician. The industry tends to be obnoxious and life sucking

BN: What's your claim to fame?
E: I played the main stage at Webster Hall. I'm in heavy demand as a song writer. I once rescued a baby from a tribe of demon Satan worshipers (last one not true)

BN: Tell us a story about a day in your life
E: I wake up. I do a bunch of stuff. I go to sleep. Depends on the day really

BN: What inspires you to do what you do?
I wake up. I do a bunch of stuff. I go to sleep. Depends on the day really

BN: What advice would you give to fellow bands?
Love what you do and figure out what you want most out of it. Once you figure that out, go after it

BN: What are some of your pet peeves?
E: People using the word "girl" as an adjective instread of the actual adjective "female", as in "Hillary Clinton should have been the first girl president". It's "female president". I've heard the most educated people talk like that and it bothers me way more than it should. Also, auto-tuning

BN: How does music affect you and the world around you?
E: It should help unite, and sometimes it does. Personally, it helps keep me sane

BN: What's new in the recording of your music?
I'm currently writing my next album

BN: What are the biggest obstacles for bands?
E: The industry

BN: What's the best and worst thing about playing clubs?
The best thing is being on stage. The worst thing is the day of, before you get on stage when you just want to be on stage

BN: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
Our next show is actually at Bar Nine on July 17th!

Steven Padernacht