-Interview- The Drip Effect (8/26/15)

West Palm Beach, FL alternative rock band The Drip Effect gets interviewed and talks about their "Dinosaw" EP, the Florida music scene, crazy show stories and much more.


From: West Palm Beach, FL
Sounds like: Alternative Rock

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “The Drip Effect” and is there any meaning behind it?

Oscar and Josh met through Kyle (our bassist). Josh and Kyle were in another band at the time, and one day Oscar came to jam with us and we wrote a song right away and decided to start a new project. Josh and Kyle later left the other band. We believe our sound is still developing. We constantly evolve with every song we write. Our next effort will be our most cohesive and matured sound yet.
We were originally called "The Drip", as an inside joke. Over the years, people have had many different personal interpretations of what the meaning is, so we like to let them choose what it means to them. Soon after, we realized another band (who later got signed) had the same name, so we decided to change it sooner, rather than later. We added the word "Effect" from a word generator, and it seemed to flow off the tongue well, and looked good on paper. The word effect is based on result, so that also fit the situation.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music?

That has changed over time. Orignally, we just wanted people to enjoy the energy we created and have fun with it. I think now, we are geared more on the substance and emotion of each song as we write our next album. We want to give listeners something they can relate to. We have had so many experiences both as a band, and individually, especially within the past year. What we are currently working on promises to be our most meaningful, and matured work yet.

3. What can people expect from your live show?

A lot of fun, and energy. We work very hard and strive to give our listeners the best live performance we possibly can. There is a lot of intamacy, as we love to interact with friends and fans before, after, and even during shows. All in all, anyone coming to see us should expect to have a blast and leave wanting more.

4. How has the response been to the "Dinosaw" EP remastered thus far? What's your favorite track to play live?

The response has been mostly positive. There are mixed feelings on how different each song is from track to track. People either loved that or it bothered them. We didnt have a finger on what we wanted to be stylewise at the time. We wrote over 25 songs and picked our favorite ones regardless of fluency. We just wanted to get them out there. Every band goes through that stage and Dinosaw was the result.
Our favorite track to play as a unit is "Burn the Haystack". But individually it varies. Burn the Haystack is also the fan favorite and our first single.

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

O'brother, Alice in Chains, and Portugal the Man. But those are random from the plethora of bands we would love to hit the road with.

6. Any crazy show stories?

When we opened for the band ASG, Josh (our lead guitarist) had a major equipment malfunction during set up and could not get any of his pedals to work. So in front of a packed house we, and some friends of ours were up there trying to diagnose the problem when we should have already started playing. After finally figuring out the problem, Josh had to remove half of his pedals from his board. We ended up going on almost a half hour late, and we played one of the best sets we ever played. Not only were people patient enough to wait for us to fix the problem, but afterwards many people approached us to tell us how much they enjoyed our set and many said it was "well worth the wait" even after we thanked them for their patience. So even though it looked at first, like it would be a bust, it turned out to be one of our most fun, and rewarding shows.

7. What’s your take on the current state of rock?

If you are in it to make money, you should probably look at another career path. The internet has changed the entire platform. The indie sound has been the latest "fad" but even fads are on life support. Rock has seen so many phases, and I think we have reached a point where there is no big focus on one genre. Introducing a banjo, or synth seems to be the way to go for alot of new artists to stand out. Rock has never been so aimless. Everyone's wish on the collapse of radio and labels is slowly becoming a reality. We just want to make music that people can enjoy. That is our success, and we have already reached that milestone. We are just curious to see how far it can go.

8. What’s the current music scene like there in Florida both locally and state wide?

It obviously varies from city to city. Florida as a whole (especially South Florida) is such a mix of so many different cultures due to tourism and migration from other states. Some may think that would make it easier to find who you appeal to, but it really just clouds things up. For rock or alternative bands in Florida it can be very difficult. There are so few places for bands of our style to play in Palm Beach County where we are from, so bands often find themselves playing the same small circuit over and over, unless they choose to begin traveling. So many places are more geared towards "club" music, country, cover bands, and in places like Miami, a lot of Latin music. However, there safe havens for our kind. Lake Worth has been a very rewarding place for us to play and, at times, downtown West Palm Beach has also been great. We have also been received very well in Orlando, Margate, and the Cape Coral/Ft Meyers area. We are always looking for new places to play, and instead of complaining about what we think is a lack of a "scene", we keep pushing forward and try to make a scene. In summary; we have made a lot of friends and fans along the way who support us, and we are very grateful that we get to do what we do. Creating music that gets people out to shows is what truly makes a scene, and we are doing our best to make that happen.

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

At this point, there is no way to control illegal downloading. The actual music is not the main financial source of income any longer. It's all from live shows and merchandise. We embrace the idea of our music being spread, no matter how you nab it.

10. What’s next for The Drip Effect?

We are just finishing a Summer (spread-out) tour throughout Florida. We are going into phase 2 of writing for our next release throughout all of Fall and Winter. We should be ready to record by January, with a release in the spring of 2016. We will play limited shows and short tours until then.

11. Any shoutouts?

Huge shout out to our friends in Orlando (Jamie Alvarez and Kyle Leyden), and Ft Meyers (Christian Gadarian) for not only attending our shows and supporting us, but even supplying a place to stay to save us the money/hassle associated with getting hotels. We have never been so welcomed into a new city like we have been there. Huge thanks to all the bands that played with us on this tour, and supported us. The bands Europa and Free the People (both from Orlando) were especially friendly toward us, but we love all of the bands that were a part of it. Also, a special thanks to our friends Nikki and Allen Tedford that drove 3 hours to Orlando once, hauling our equipment for us due to an emergency on our end. Without their help, we would have not been able to play that show. There are so many people to thank, and even if you don't see your name here, you know you have helped us and that we appreciate it. Of course there will be more room for "thank yous" on our next album!