Happy Fangs: On Venn Diagrams, Snakes, and KISS














Band Members:

  • Rebecca Bortman – vocals
  • Mike Cobra – guitar and beats
Tech Industry Affiliations:
Youtube, Cobra Creative

SVR: Tell us about your band. How did you get started? How long have you been playing?

Happy Fangs: Happy Fangs is a guitar and vocal garage pop duo. Mike’s legal last name is Cobra and Rebecca is one of the cheeriest people you will ever meet. The band pretty much named itself. We were both in very different bands, sharing a practice space when we realized we need to make rock together!

SVR: Who are your major influences?

Happy Fangs: Bikini Kill, The Beach Boys, Blondie, and music without Bono in it.

SVR: What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune in the music business?

Happy Fangs: Upwards! Heck to the YESSIES!!!

SVR: What are your day jobs?

Happy Fangs: Mike owns and operates a digital creative agency, making websites you love. Rebecca is a user experience designer for YouTube. NERDS!!

SVR: How does your music influence your work or vice versa?

Happy Fangs: Mike listens to thousands of songs every month on Spotify while designing. Rebecca designs a site that would be uber boretown sans music. There is a venn diagram and the overlap is bigger than the underlap.

SVR: Why is music education important?

Happy Fangs: Standardized education without the arts takes away that the freedom and creativity that is evident in children before they enter school. Everyone should sing and play music as freely as they do in Kindergarten.

SVR: What was your own experience learning music as a kid? Who flipped that switch in your brain?

Happy Fangs:
Rebecca: my mother has always made up songs for me. She also used to say: They should put you on the radio so i can turn you off.
Mike: KISS!!!