EXCLUSIVE ARTIST INTERVIEW: FELIX AND THE HURRICANES | PERFORMING JULY 6TH AT BAR NINE
Gale Force Boogie! Felix and the Hurricanes are a melodic mainstay! The three-member southern-style blues rock outfit has exemplified what it means to endure as a musical force - and what it means to be a working band. The band's founding member and namesake, Felix Kos (guitar and vocals), Bobby Watters (drums and vocals) and Jeff Clapper (bass and vocals) - the band's lineup since 1998 - have thrived not only on a fierce playing schedule, but also on expert musicianship, spontaneity and the fine art of showing audiences a good time
In anticipation of their live show with us on July 6th at 5PM, the band was nice enough to email us from their home base in Altoona, Pennsylvania to discuss their musical influences, and what inspires them on a day-to-day basis
BAR NINE: What type of band are you?
FATH: We are a trio that plays blues rock in the vein of SRV, JW and ZZ-Top. We perform both originals and covers
BN: Tell us the brief history of your band
FATH: Felix started it in '89, Jeff and Bob joined in '91. Going on 30 years of
showing audiences a good time!
BN: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
FATH: SRV, Johnny Winter, Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Clapton, Rory
Gallagher, Ian Paice
BN: What are your dreams and goals?
FATH: To keep this train running for as long as we can
BN: Who writes the songs, what are they about?
FATH: Felix and Jeff pen most of ours, depends on their mood and what the day has
BN: How do you promote your band and shows?
FATH: Flyers, posters, Facebook, Twitter and our website
BN: Describe your show, visual and musically
FATH: Were more of a play from the heart type of band, not flashy but to the point
BN: What do you think about downloading music online?
FATH: It's sad a lot of band have to give their music away nowadays
BN: What's your outlook on the record industry today?
FATH: A record deal nowadays is like getting a bad mortgage. Bands like us DIY! :)
BN: What's your claim to fame?
FATH: The Hurricanes have shared the stage with: Paul Rodgers band, Blue Oyster Cult, Kentucky Headhunters, Robert Randolph, Little River band, Barbara Blue, Tab Benoit, JJ Grey and Mofro, Halestorm, Chris Duarte, Roomful of Blues, Molly Hatchet, last but not least our fav: The Nighthawks!
BN: Tell us a story about a day in your life
FATH: Wake up, book some shows, book some more shows. Practice!
BN: What inspires you to do what you do?
FATH: The love of music and making it with good friends
BN: What advice would you give to fellow bands?
FATH: We play over 200 shows a year, not all big shows but the work is there, go
get it! Talk to your crowds on break, let em know your real
BN: What are some of your pet peeves?
FATH: Bars not advertising and not using social media
BN: How does music affect you and the world around you?
FATH: Music is amazing, we play State Prisons during December in PA and had
inmates telling us our music saved their lives. Pretty incredible
BN: What's new in the recording of your music?
FATH: A new Song called "Whirlwind"
BN: What are the biggest obstacles for bands?
FATH: With all the tech nowadays, people sit at home more and listen and watch whatever they want. Gotta give 'em a reason to come out!
BN: What's the best and worst thing about playing clubs?
FATH: Meeting new fans. Meeting new bar owners :) (JK)
BN: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
FATH: Coming up is a bike festival called Thunder in the Valley in Johnstown, PA. We play two nights and it's a great time. June 8th we have a gig that lasts three nights on the beach at the Trailer bar in Surf City, NC. But we're more psyched to play NYC at Bar Nine to see some music lovers. A Hurricane is coming. Gale Force Boogie!