Road to Camp Bisco – Tim Palmieri of Kung Fu [Interview]
Sensible Reason got to catch up with Kung Fu guitarist Tim Palmieri about his Camp Bisco experiences, as part of our Road to Camp Bisco series. The Road to Camp Bisco series is an ongoing series of interviews and narratives written by artists, musicians, promoters and attendees of the festival about Camp Bisco’s influence on their summers, their lives and even their sense of self. Now in its third year, the Road to Camp Bisco keeps on rolling because of contributions and submissions of people like you.
How many Camp Bisco’s have you attended (and which ones where they)?
I have attended 2 Camp Biscos. One with The Breakfast in 2007 and the other with Kung Fu 2012.
What is it like to play for the crowd at Camp Bisco as compared to any other festival. Is there something different or unique about the crowd at CB?
People are there for the energy so if you give it, they take it, and give it right back to you ten fold. The Kung Fu set was a Thursday afternoon and the crowd couldn’t have been more enthusiastic and receptive for an early set.
If you could take a first time Camp Bisco attendee under your wing for a day at the festival, what are some of the things you would do and show them?
I don’t consider myself that much of a CB professional to show a freshman concert goer into the hedonistic musical tornado that is CB.
What are you looking forward to most about Camp Bisco 2015?
Whoever I can see musically the day we are playing I’m excited for. I personally am flying to Germany the very next morning so its going to be a rock’n roller coaster for me.
How did you end up at your first Camp Bisco?
We were asked to play Bisco Nights with the Psychedelic Breakfast in 2002 and it was great. Then we were lucky enough to be invited to Camp Bisco in 2007. I’m busy playing gigs that its tough for me to attend festivals unless I’m playing them. Then I get to see my musician friends, new acts, and great music overall.
What are three things that you would want someone who has never been to Camp Bisco to know about the festival?
Stay hydrated, pick your battles musically, wear great shoes.
What is your favorite musical memory from Camp Bisco?
Camp Bisco in 2007 – Tom Hamilton sang a Muse song with the Biscuits. It was excellent.
What is something that Camp Bisco has that no other festival offers?
Youthful energy, lust for life, and a yearning for the electronica side of musical creativity.
How do you personally contribute to the Camp Bisco community? (Are you or have you been and artist who played the festival, a market or promote the festival, create installations, handout cards that say “be happy” during the festival, walk around with a bubble machine, make sure all of your friends have a egg sandwich and a Bloody Mary in their hands first thing in the morning.)
Yes. Yes. And Yes.
Is there anything else that you want to say about anything having to do with the festival feel free to add it.
Kung Fu is ready to funk you!
If you have ever attended Camp Bisco, we at Sensible Reason would love to hear your festival stories and are accepting submissions for our Road to Camp Biscoseries, which you can send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, you can check out many, many more RTCB’s and read about all of the joys Bisco brings to those who attend at Sensible Reason.