Tell us about your band. How did you get started? How long have you been playing?
Steve and Dave met while working at a San Francisco tech consulting company around 2003, and we’ve played together in various projects off and on ever since. In 2011, we decided to put a project together to play and write music that we love to hear.
We thought about who would be the best possible player at every position, and when we asked them they all said yes! Our debut gig at Slim’s was such a roaring success that we decided to make a record and we’ve been in the studio ever since.
Who are your major influences?
The Meters, James Brown, Pink Floyd and the entire jam band tradition! Plus too many others to list.
What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune in the music business?
We want to create funky records and live performances that we can be proud of and that will stand the test of time.
What are your day jobs?
Steve is VP of technical operations at Pandora. Dave is VP of engineering and co-founder at Stand Sure Systems. Greg is a music teacher and author of instructional videos and books. He also performs and records professionally (and is playing in the Open Source Band). Chris Horgan is a project lead in music analysis at Pandora.
How does your music influence your work or vice versa?
Stand Sure Systems has an official company policy, “We respect gigs.” The links between music and working at Pandora is obvious and very important!
Why is music education important?
Because music makes the brain work better. A new study shows that playing music increases one’s ability to find and fix mistakes!
What was your own experience learning music as a kid? Who flipped that switch in your brain?
Dave (keyboards) says: I got almost all of my formal training from public school music education. The switch was flipped by his Mom, though, who plays piano and guitar in a Southern Gospel context.
See The Funkery play live on Thursday, December 12 at DNA Lounge. Buy tickets here.