The Floozies Funk up Electric Forest [interview]
The Floozies, composed of brothers Mark and Matt Hill, returned to Electric Forest this year for another unforgettable performance. With their incredibly unique sound and undeniable funk, we anticipated the madness they would bring, as they always do – but this dynamic duo rattled the Forest grounds like we’ve never seen. Given the massive task of closing out the legendary Sherwood Court stage at this year’s Electric Forest, we sat down with drummer Mark to talk about all things Floozies, including a new album in the works, significant performances on tour and more.
Welcome back to the forest! How are you feeling about your set tonight?
Mark: Very excited, we’ve got a bunch of new stuff planned.
Can we expect any special surprises?
Mark: New songs and I’ve built a little surprise percussion thing that I’m going to show off tonight for the first time. I’m really excited about it.
You had the opportunity to play at this festival a number of times, so have you had a chance to explore the Forest yet?
M: Yeah when I got in last night I ran around the forest by myself just to look at all the art while I didn’t have a show to play.
What is your favorite thing you’ve seen here?
M: I mean that hand heart tunnel is just kind of epic, it’s all really pretty and just well done as it always is. I look forward to this festival and then last year we didn’t play it, I was sitting at home just wishing I was here. This is the only festival that does that to me. I actually get FOMO.
When you perform do you have a pre-planned set list that you follow, or do you like to read the audience and go with the flow?
M: We have a loose set list that we base it off of because we have too much going on to wing it. We used to do all live improve but it’s just too big of a production, but we improvise a lot in the middle of all that.
If you could collaborate or even have the chance to play with any other artist on this lineup, who would it be?
M: That’s a tough question. Honestly, we used to travel to go see the String Cheese Incident and they’re all really awesome people, great musicians, and we’ve collaborated with them some already, but if I could do that again that’d definitely be something I’d love to do.
You have headlined some more intimate festivals such as Mountain Music Festival and Disc Jam so far this summer, how does such a major festival like Electric Forest differ from some of those smaller festivals?
M: It’s all different, it’s all unique. There’s this quote where it says “comparison is the thief of joy”, and so every time I try to compare them, I don’t really like how I approach them, so you really try to absorb each festival uniquely and let it come out in your music.
What is the meaning or story behind your current alias, The Floozies?
M: Our mom used to say it so we got the word idea from her. We didn’t really plan it or anything but now it’s kind of nice because we don’t really like to take music too seriously.
I understand that you are currently working on clearances in order to eventually release some remixes that you have been working on…Do you have any other new music or plans in the works?
M: We’re working on an album, its almost done actually, there’s still a lot of work to be done but conceptually its mostly finished. That will come. We recently sold out the Tabernacle so we want to release that live album but that’s going to take some work since there’s a lot of live improv and also, we used certain samples and stuff like that that you can’t just put out. So that’s in the works and then the full album should come out before 2020 if all goes well.
Since the release of your last album, Funk Jesus, in 2017, you’ve released 2 singles. Are they part of this upcoming album you’re working on or will the album be something completely new?
M: Were still on the drawing board about what we want to include because it’s like those songs kind of sit on their own so we’d rather release a full album, we might include them though just have to see what sounds good as we play through one whole album.
Do you have any more shows or music in the making with the Terminus Horns?
M: I don’t know, only time will tell. We are currently not doing anything with them, they’ve got their own thing going on and were doing our own things but maybe in the future, there’s no way to tell at the moment.
What can we expect next from you?
M: We are always brainstorming on how to make our performance better. A huge part of what we like about what we do is performing, it’s what we live for. So we’re just trying to step it up, always analyzing what we do and studying ourselves to try and do better.
You guys have successfully toured all over the US, selling out renowned venues and booking major festivals. You’ve landed on huge lineups such as Envision Festival in Costa Rica, Coachella this year and of course you’re back again on the Electric Forest lineup. How does it feel to be getting such incredible and widespread recognition for your music?
M: Oh man its nuts. I count my blessings every day and it helps to be in these environments because you get constantly reminded how lucky you are. I’m very fortunate. I mean we worked hard but we’re still incredibly fortunate to be in these places. On the come up before we had shows like this, the whole process felt like a blessing. I would always be like “man, even if this is the last show we play, it’s been such a wild ride.” I had that mindset early on so when you do these epic, well done things like Electric Forest, it’s just the pinnacle of human expression from the stage hands and art installations, they’re huge productions. You just kind of have to take a step back and be like this is my job what the heck, I’m so lucky. So yeah it feels really good.