Segway knows how get their audience dancing. When you roll up to a Segway show, you are bound to see the audience dancing as hard as they can and then you are going to end up dancing. The four-piece plays with such such an endless drive and the beats and jams make the audience want to come back for more.
Segway has been at the top of the Baltimore electronica music scene since they started out in 2006. They have played residencies at local venues, showcases with other electronica bands in the region and some of the biggest local and regional music festivals including Starscape, Camp Barefoot and Muddy River Jam Festival. Segway is one of the representatives for the Baltimore electronica scene and they are only getting more popular. Segway is made up of Neil Fennekohl, guitar, Eric Adams, keyboard, Ben Waldman, bass, Steve Gorsuch, drums.
Check out my conversation with Neil Fennekohl on how he would describe Segway’s sound and much more.
Q: When and how did Segway form and start playing shows in the local area?
A: Eric Adams (Keys) and Steve Gorsuch (drums) founded Segway back in 2006. Ben Waldman (bass) joined the band about 6 months before I did and I joined in early 2008. The band I was in at the time lost our drummer and when I got the invite to jam with Segway I was excited because of the gigs they had lined up. They had big shows opening for Biodiesel at the 8×10, Starscape and Floyd Fest.
Q: What or who made your band want to go in the electonica genre?
A: Another part of the appeal of joining Segway for me was that they had a clear vision of the music they wanted to play. Hard hitting, in your face dance music with a heavy dose of improvisation. I could hear all the influences and I could tell that not only have these guys been going to the same shows as I did over the years but they grew up listening to a lot of the same stuff I did. AT the same time it appeared each person also brought their own unique set of influences. Our goal from the beginning was to make electronic influenced music with live instrumentation.
Q: How was the audience reaction/response when Segway first started playing shows? Has it changed since your band has progressed and how so?
A: Even in the beginning I was always surprised by our ability to get people dancing. As we’ve been playing together longer and growing tighter as a band it seems that the crowd is able to pick up on the nuances in our music even more. It amazes me when the crowd goes nuts over a seamless song change, sings along to cover tunes or even finishes one of our song’s melodies when we pause. The way we play requires energy from the crowd to produce a good show.
Q: What electronica-based promotion companies has your band dealt with and what are some of the top Baltimore/metro venues that support this genre of music?
A: The promotion company that Segway has worked with the most has been Steez Promo. Over the last couple years they’ve put us on some good bills which helped us gain a lot of exposure. As far as venues go Brian and Abigail at the 8×10 have always treated us really good and they do a lot to help the local music scene in Baltimore. I think what musicians often forget is that while promo companies and venues can help it’s up to the musicians to promote themselves and grow their fan base.
Q: How would you describe the electronica music scene in Baltimore, whether it being the different electronica bands or the fans that come to your and other bands/DJs shows?
A: Baltimore’s EDM scene is awesome because you have a lot of people that got into it back in the 90’s when House and DNB was huge and now there’s all these new kids coming on to the scene that are into dubstep. Also with Baltimore’s proximity to Philly there’s plenty of cross pollination between our scenes.
Q: How important is Starscape to the electronica scene in Baltimore? Do you think that this festival makes people aware of not only the real big and popular electronica bands, but the smaller local/regional ones like yourselves?
A: Over the years Starscape has grown to be one of the premier EDM festivals worldwide and has done a lot to bring the focus on our scene. It helps local bands like Segway gain more exposure and it’s also helped other local DJ’s to becoming international stars. The best part of the festival is that it pretty much covers every sub-genre within the scene and brings all different kind of fans together.
Q: What do you think the electronica music scene will be like in a few years and do you think it will continue to gain popularity in Baltimore and across the country?
A: I think the biggest upcoming change for our scene is that it will start to infiltrate the mainstream media. It usually takes a good while before the average public is ready to listen to and digest and new/different sound. As long as there is people that care about the scene making the music and putting on shows it will stay strong and keep growing.