Busty and The Bass Interview


How dreadful is the touring with having so many members and also the size of the instruments that you play?

-The tour van has definitely been pretty crowded with all the guys the last few times we’ve hit the road (it also doesn’t help that our trombone player just bought a tuba). Even though finding nine places to sleep is a bit difficult, we always come out of every experience with an idea of how to do it better next time (aka remember to bring enough sleeping bags).
What do you think it is about your sound that has audiences and fans dig and show up to your live shows?

-I think that the sheer power of our stage presence and sound is really what draws in different audiences and keeps people coming back (and bringing friends). Your first question hinted at this, but people really don’t have bands that are the size of ours (for any of the countless reasons that nine people is really hard to handle), and I think that is really what sets us apart. We have such a wide range of dynamic power in our set; we’re able to break down to just guitar and vocals for a section, or have a full rhythm section with horns blasting in the same song. We try to tastefully combine the power and beauty that comes with our instrumentation, and that is what makes each show exciting and unique.

Is there any influences which you have adapted your sound towards?

-With nine different members, comes nine extremely eclectic musical backgrounds. We look at our group as a melting pot of all this outside influence, one in which we are constantly experimenting and combining unique elements. We are influenced by nearly every genre you could possibly imagine, and when we bring those influences to the group, and are open to the influences of others, you start to see the type of combination that is present in genres that are pushing the envelope today: electrofunk, disco-house, etc.
What steps do you take in the creation of your songs?
-Our songs go through many different stages, and evolve as we discover them. Generally we start with a brief idea or theme, and gradually develop it in small groups before bringing it to the whole band. As we play a certain track at live shows, we refine it and add elements.
You guys are known for inventive and creative covers what should people look forward in hearing on Thursday?
-On Thursday we will be playing our new arrangement of one of our favorite pop songs from the late 90’s.
How does the Bustified Ep sound transcribe into a live setting?

-The songs on Bustified were actually part of our live set for about two years before we even thought about recording them for an album. We have always been primarily a live band, and only recently (within the last year) have we started focusing our efforts towards the studio. In other words, Bustified translates fantastically to a live setting.

Your album Bustified was released only a couple of months ago at the end of November how has the reception to the album been so far?

-The reception has been great so far. The most amazing thing for us has been having people sing along to our songs at live shows. This was never something that we had ever experienced before; the idea of a random stranger singing along to lyrics we wrote on the bus was quite surreal.

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