|photo courtesy of Mike Rapaport|
On Friday afternoon, Stic was able to catch-up with Andy Farag, percussionist for Umphrey's McGee. These are no new kids on the block! They have been around for twelve years and are still holding strong. They will be playing on Saturday at Chicago's North Coast Festival. Don't miss out seeing these guys, you never know what stunt they might pull out!
Stic: You've played at Bonnaroo several times. One time in particular sticks out to me, playing for over 100,000, and beating CD sales of Widespread Panic, how did that feel? What were some reactions from the band?
Andy: It was like doing a whole countrywide tour, and all these people coming to one place. That was the largest crowd we have played. It was such a rush! They have since moved to a different style of music, it's more mainstream now. It's for sure changed over the years.
Stic: That is true Bonnaroo has become more main steam with indie bands and Jay-Z this past year, same with Coachella as well. Now you are going to be playing at North Coast next weekend it's a mixture as well.
Andy: Yes, I personally listen to hip-hop a lot, and like the line up for North Coast and it's the hometown for the band. We have thousands of listeners in Chicago, and we get a rep of jam band, like it's a negative connotation. We do have long winded jams, and super long solos. With that said we try to put together a cohesive show with a progressive rock style.
Stic: Since you like hip-hop do you tie that into your music?
Andy: Yes we tie in hip-hop. We try and tie in all sorts of music and genres. Besides maybe for opera and polka. [laughs] We have done Snoop Dawg and Dr. Dre. I just really like underground hip-hop. My brother and I have even started our own record label.