Steve Kimock Interview
Steve Kimock Band has been around since 2000 playing their brand of psychedlic rock and they are hitting the road again this fall! Sensible Reason had the pleasure of sitting down and talking to him about his new album, the band, and his favorite venues to play these days!
Sensible Reason: So you’re working on a new album, can you tell us about it?
Steve Kimock: I’m very excited to be doing it! It is a super interesting process. I have a whole new appreciation for it.
SR: Can you tell us where you are recording it?
SK: A couple different places. Dreamland Studios in Woodstock; Redrock Studios in Pennsylvania; and we are doing some overdubs in my barn.
SR: So when is it going to be released?
SK: We’re hoping to have out by the new year!
SR: What’s the band line up like these days?
SK: Myself, Bernie Worrell on keys, Ron Johnson on bass, and my son, John Morgan, on drums.
SR: You recently played the Local and Legends Festival with Bernie Worrell Orchestra what was that like?
SK: Two things: it was huge fun and it was cold! Anything with Bernie is a delight! Love playing with him, love his band! That cat is a deep well of music!
SR: What is your favorite venue to play at on your upcoming tour?
SK: Oh jeez, that is a good question. It varies sometimes. Any room that has great listening. Smaller and more intimate rooms; I’m trying to get away from bigger rooms. Acoustical considerations and the audience — everyone makes the event; live music is a participating event! Get out and support live music and make it happen!
SR: When you are out on the road, what do you do to keep it fresh every night?
SK: That is a good question. I do a couple things, and I think I do them naturally. Myself personally, I thrive on flexibility, variety, and execution of the stuff. I bring a couple different guitars and sometimes a bunch of different instruments with me. I like to get the instruments and setlists matched to the acoustic space and audience and have fun with that; preparing myself for the idea, the challenge that it can’t be met the same way every night. I do not figure out the setlist until I am standing on the stage and see who you are.
SR: So you kinda do set lists on the fly?
SK: Yeah a lot of times I sketch out some basic moves, allowing some flexibility and options — it kinda keeps it fresh for me by design. The deal on that is the personal level with Bernie and my son John and the band. Having that chemistry for me helps me keep going. Those guys are great musicians, supportive, willing, and hard working! Give them a chance and they come up big!
SR: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not making music?
SK: Time with the kids. Getting the chance to hang with the family… that is my favorite time anyways.
SR: What are you listening to right now?
SK: WOW! My listening is so screwy. I binge listen to artist and different styles. Right now afro beat, French impressionist piano, later European music… against a steady backdrop of Dylan, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and the occasional Beach Boys.
SR: If you could give your 20 year old self advice what would it be?
SK: Don’t sell the Les Paul! Advice is dated of course, it’s amongst my biggest regrets as in first world problems! Having come up in the day when instruments were high quality, cheap and plentiful. I should’ve kept those!
SR: What is your favorite guitar to use on tour?
SK: That is a fair question. Turns out the favorite ones are the ones I have been playing all along. I guess years of repetitive motion, playing a lot and hard, my hands are formed to certain instruments. I don’t know if I could get a new favorite guitar at this point that wasn’t exactly dimensionally similar to my Stratocaster or Explorer. I have played those so much, fit them so I am able to play them.
SR: I see you are playing Hulaween this year. If you could have anyone sit in with you who would be? Why? What song?
SK: Oh jeez, way too specific! Way too Specific! Wow anybody? Is Derek Trucks on that gig? I like playing with him! He’s so good!
SR: I don’t think he is.
SK: Okay, anybody that is willing to hop up there and throw down! Such as, I got the best seat in the house, that’s who I want up there. Honestly that is kinda like my biggest thrill, my biggest attraction to playing on stage at all; being able to play with good people right there in my bubble, my immediate space, doing their thing. For me that is the most exciting thing! I am sure you have been to many shows where you saw someone perform and it was electrifying — that energy you get the closer you are. If you see someone 100 feet from you, imagine if they were just 4 feet away… it’s like plugging your finger into a wall socket… It’s like WAHOO!!
Make sure to grab your tickets for Steve Kimock’s upcoming tour here: http://kimock.inticketing.com/calendar3.php
October 9, 2013 — Somerville, MA — Johnny D’s
October 10, 2013 — Brooklyn, NY — Brooklyn Bowl
October 11, 2013 — Londonderry, NH — Tupelo Music Hall
October 12, 2013 — White River Junction, VT — Tupelo Music Hall, Vermont
October 13, 2013 — Stafford Springs, CT — The Palace
October 16, 2013 — Philadelphia, PA — The Blockley
October 17, 2013 — Washington, DC — The Hamilton
October 18, 2013 — Raleigh, NC — The Pour House Music Hall
October 19, 2013 — Asheville, NC — Grey Eagle Music Hall
October 24, 2013 — Grass Valley, CA — The Center for the Arts
October 25, 2013 — Petaluma, CA — Mystic Theatre
October 26, 2013 — Redwood City, CA — American Legion Hall
To get a little dose of Steve Kimock and the band while you wait for one of his upcoming shows, check out the band playing here!!