Interview – Soulganic
How did the band get together?
A couple of us, Ryan and Anthony, have been writing and performing together for about 15 years. About 10 years ago, our percussionist Lucas sat in during an on-stage jam session, and the chemistry was automatic. A few months after that, we put out a call to audition drummers to round out our lineup. We ended up auditioning only one – our current drummer and keyboardist Cory. We’ve been grooving ever since.
What would you say are your main influences?
Our main influences are life, love, and humanity. We really try to capture the essence of each in both our music and lyrics. Back when we first started, we were going the “covers band with a couple of originals thrown into every set” route. But we quickly realized that, rather than settling for that and playing weddings and barmitzvahs like countless other musicians, what we really wanted to do was say something, not just play something. After all, if we were already spending the time and energy learning someone else’s tunes, why not spend that same time and energy creating something original? So, we look within and what comes out are songs about love, loss, desire and all that. But also, we’ll touch on subjects such as absentee fathers, the blood diamond trade, addiction, refugees, PTSD. The point is, we try not to settle. As far as artists who’ve had an impact on us musically, well, there’s Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Prince, D’Angelo, Maxwell, Bill Withers, Radiohead, Kaki King, Van Hunt, DJ Shadow, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, The Beatles, Eddie Palmieri.
What got you most excited about making your latest album?
The fact that we were able to relax and make it on our own terms. With the album before this – 2009’s From the Storm to the Sun – we were at the tail end of writing, recording and performing almost four years non-stop. We needed a break and time away to examine if this thing was even going to continue. But after we had some breathing room, we came together again and it was like being reborn! The groove was still there, our musical conversations were just as natural. So, we proceeded a little cautiously at first, wanting to just capture the moment. Soon enough, though, the ideas were fast and furious, and the excitement and joy that comes from playing together bled through to this new album. This approach allowed for a free flow that made this the most fun project yet.
What plans do you have coming up next?
Next, we’re slowly putting the finishing touches on part two of the Equilibria recordings – songs that weren’t included on our latest album, plus those that have been in the vault for some years. Also, individually we’re working on various projects – writing, recording, producing, but also performing with other ensembles. Just spreading our wings and making music!
How can we keep up to date with what you are up to?
The best way is to check out our official website Soulganic.com. We’re also plugged in socially – Twitter.com/Soulganic and Facebook.com/Soulganic.