Interview: Art McConnell of Felsen @ Brick & Mortar on 3/15!
Felsen has toured all over the great state of California and are about to embark on a full West Coast tour this fall to coincide with the release of their new album. Felsen has opened for National acts: Camper Van Beethoven, Marcy Playground, One Eskimo, Stone Foxes and Luce. They were honored by the readers of the Deli Magazine and voted band of the month in Nov 2010 and performed at this year’s Noise Pop Festival. Felsen also has 3 songs on the Rock Band Video Game!
Jay Trainer Band is playing with Felsen on Friday, March 15th at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco and we are looking forward to it! Get advanced discounted tickets here for $4.99 + FREE album download with three tracks from each band playing that night. Check out the Facebook event.
I had a chance to catch up with Felsen’s incredibly talented drummer, Art McConnell, and here’s what he had to say:
1.)What do you have lined up for this spring/summer?
I am marrying my long time partner in crime Trisha Kersting on 5/5/2013 (yep cinco demayo!) writing and recording the new FELSEN album then hitting the road hard with the band heading East or FAR North not sure where yet.
2.) Tell us a little bit about the Brick & Mortar show in San Francisco on 3/15.
Brad Brooks, Robin Applewood and Jay Trainer are all people I would love to see play and if FELSEN wasn’t on this bill I still wouldn’t miss this show! I mean you can’t lose with this line up: Honest and Inspired Songwriting, Stellar Musicians. FELSEN is oh and the Brick & Mortar is just great venue! love that place.
3.) How long have you been playing music?
I started when I was 11 but I was air drumming and tapping on everything I could find and dont remember a time when I was not obsessed with the drums.
4.) What is your favorite thing about playing music in the Bay Area?
The musicians here are so consistently at a level I have not seen anywhere else in the country. SO INSPIRING!…. and that it is pretty much guarantied that I will be able to eat tacos near just about all of the venues I play at (this NEVER gets old for me…but if you ask my band mates the may tell you something different fuego!)
5.) What do you like least about playing music in the Bay Area?
Parking Or The lack thereof.
6.) What advice do you have for local musicians trying to get started in the Bay Area?
Take care of your drummer. Pay him or her first and help schlep the gear and rehearse as if your life depended on it.
7.) What was the last song you were listening to today and why?
Is This Thing On? The Promise Ring. I just love the energy of this song.