Bay area dance-rockers Music For Animals (MFA) are playing the SFX Music Festival this Saturday at the Mission Rock Cafe, headlining a truly inspired lineup of great musicians culled from all over the state of California.
The members of MFA were kind enough to make room in their busy schedules to answer a few questions ahead of the festival, and their answers are great! Take a look, and if you haven’t seen our other piece promoting SFX, be sure to take a look at that today, too.
AG: How would you describe your music? Music journalists spend a lot of time thinking of the most accurate way to describe the bands they hear, but its always fascinating to hear it from the band (and not from reading it on a Facebook page).
MFA: Our music is like someone you meet for the first time, but you swear you know them from some other time in some other life from the distant past.
AG: Other than yourselves, of course, what local bands are you totally digging right now?
MFA: The Hundred Days, Mr. Loveless
AG: Are you recording new music right now? What are your plans for a new release?
MFA: We are recording our 4th release..our second full-length record. We plan to release in Spring 2011, both digitally and on vinyl. Replete with B-sides and a US/European tour to support the album.
AG: What do you consider the best show you’ve ever played–and why?
MFA: We have the “dude that was the best show we’ve ever played” statement every other show these days…
AG: Tell me about your “golden moments” as a band.
MFA: Our golden moments are the smallest moments we share when we are improvising in our rehearsal studio and song is born out of the ether- and we all look around the room and everyone has goosebumps on their eyeballs from the state of magic.
AG: Have you ever had any embarrassing stage accidents? Wardrobe malfunctions?
MFA: Once we tried to use a gas-powered leaf blower to launch multi-colored feathers into the crowd, but they only went 3 feet from the blower so the venue just filled up with gas fumes. One time we were rocking really hard at the Beauty Bar in San Diego and suddenly Nick was no longer on stage…he headbanged his way offstage and fell.
AG: What if you had a song that became a smash hit? Would you be OK with that, or would some of the side effects bother you?
MFA: Are we scared of “Mo’ money Mo’ problems?” Although we don’t write for it, we would embrace a smash hit and all the fruits that come with the territory.
AG: What is in heavy rotation on your iPod right now?
MFA: Lauryn Hill, Airwaves, Gwop Gang (Four Loko).
AG: What are your thoughts on the state of the music industry? How do you see your role within it?
MFA: We are excited about the state of the industry because despite all of the changes, the function of music itself remains the same-to beautify and describe our experience of life and each other. More people are creating and sharing more music with more people than ever at this point in human history. And since music is a form of positive energy, this can only benefit our existence.
AG: Any words of advice for your fans?
MFA: Yes. Music is a living, changing form of energy, much like us. The only thing better than listening to music is to become music…so create some music. When you create music, it creates you.
Thanks to Music For Animals for the great interview. The SFX Music Festival takes place this Saturday, November 20th (4pm-2am; $10 presale, $15 at the door. Purchase tickets by clicking here).