Meet Segway

April 15, 2010

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.

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Meet Stushido

April 1, 2010

Stushido has been impacting the Baltimore music scene since 2008.  What started out as an experimental project turned into something much more, and Stushido has been playing many shows and festivals to get the word out on their band and their message and people are catching on.

Stushido plays a major role in the live electronica music scene in Baltimore.  Stushido is comprised of Stu Lemley, bass/synthesizer/loopstation, Zachary Mattix, guitar, and Al Wheeler, drums. Stushido is working on a new concept album “Find Your Future” that will be released soon and many music fans are looking forward to the next chapter of the band.

Check out my conversation with Stu Lemley on the origin of Stushido and what he thinks about the Baltimore live electronica music scene.

Q: When and how did Stushidō form and start playing shows in the local area?

A: Stushidō actually began as an outlet for me to use my bass guitar, synthesizer, and loopstation to create instrumental arrangements surrounding my interpretations of different phenomena in the world. Initially, did not believe it was a project for the live stage, nor did I believe it would appeal to a large audience. Back in May 2008, a band I was with had personnel problems, and had to bail on a show we had on the books. Not wanting to leave the venue in a bad situation, I called up Zachary Mattix, who I knew to be a very talented guitarist with a penchant for the experimental, and Al Wheeler, a motown-drummer whose heavy bass pedal and snare-crack are as incredible as his fills. We never rehearsed together due to short notice and difficult schedules – I had to jam with each of them independently. We played the gig (where Zach and Al met for the first time) and it was great. Luckily, we were recorded live by a good friend of mine. I threw it on myspace, and took a look to see who was interested. I’m glad to say that a few people are.

Q: What or who made your band want to go in the electronica genre?

A: As a bass player, my top priority is motion and drive. As a composer, I want to move people, make them feel, and I love making people dance. I have a lot of influences, but David Byrne is at the top. In addition to another thousand reasons why I think he’s great, I have always admired his ability to create music by layering many rhythms, ranging from the simple to very complex, to achieve a sound that is truly special. As I combined multiple layers of music, and applied a high-energy approach with motion and drive, Electro felt like the most appropriate genre to work with. Since we also incorporate a large amount of Rock and World music in what we do, it might be misleading for me to say we’re 100% Electro, but I think it works for Stushidō.

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