With members from the bands Big Light and The SLIP and influence from Sonic Youth, Wilco and My Morning Jacket, Fred Torphy, Marc Friedman, Eric DiBardino and Chris Wiltsee are bringing Regime to the Silicon Valley Rocks line-up representing BandPage.
Tell us about your band. How did you get started? How long have you been playing?
Fred Torphy & Marc Friedman met on the East Coast in the mid 90’s. In 2013, they began writing and recording together after their respective bands — Big Light & The Slip — went on hiatus. After spending a winter together incubating in the urban wilderness of San Francisco, the duo hooked up with bassist Eric DiBardino and drummer Chris Wiltsee and formed Regime. The band takes cues from Motown and Punk. And that’s all they are willing to say about the music, for now…
Who are your major influences?
We love The Kinks, Television and Big Star! Marc also cites the films of Woody Allen as being a major influence on his music.
What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune in the music business?
We aim to make meaningful albums and play shows that folks in the audience will remember forever. We don’t expect fame or fortune, but we plan on being around for a while…
What are your day jobs?
Fred Torphy – Artist Care, BandPage
Marc Friedman – TaskRabbit Guru
Eric DiBardino – Gardener
Chris Wiltsee – Business Development, BandPage
How does your music influence your work or vice versa?
Fred and Chris work with artists, managers and labels at BandPage, so their time spent playing music informs their daily work with folks in the music industry. Fred, who works in artist support, finds that playing music provides him with the empathy needed to provide great customer service to musicians.
Why is music education important?
The entire band is passionate about music education. Without music classes in school growing up, the members of Regime would have never discovered how valuable music is in their lives. It’s a cause dear to the band’s collective heart.
What was your own experience learning music as a kid? Who flipped that switch in your brain?
Fred remembers music class in grade school, and was taught his first instrument, the recorder, in the 2nd grade. That was his first introduction into music, and just a few years later, he was performing “Patience” by Guns N’ Roses in front of his entire school at the yearly talent show. He will never forget how much attention he received after the show from his female classmates.
See Regime play live on Thursday, December 12 at DNA Lounge. Buy tickets here.