In Preparation for the Gigantic Bicycle Festival starting on August 23rd in Snoqualmie, Washington
In Preparation for the Gigantic Bicycle Festival, our reporter Megan and KSUB decided to interview one of our favorite band members of one of Seattle’s favorite bands, Hey Marseilles. They have been playing festivals and shows around this country and are returning home to play the Gigantic Bicycle Festival on Saturday August 23rd!
This is the short email interview that Megan conducted via the internet, computer technology, and things alike.
Q: Are any of you planning on biking to the Gigantic Bicycle Festival?
A: Not as of yet. The quantity and size of our instruments makes it mostly prohibitive.
Q: Who are some of your musical influences?
A: With the number of us in the band, we’re kinda all over the place: The Bad Plus, Andrew Bird, Philip Glass, Neil Young, and many others. Personally, I’m big into songwriters like Isaac Brock, Conor Oberst, Dave Bazan, and James Mercer.
Q: Whats your favorite Seattle venue to play?
A: There are a lot of good ones. Neumos was the first club to give us a shot, so it’s fun to go back there and sell it out.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of music?
A: A plethora. I’m big into running. Table tennis. Staying abreast of current events and discussing hot button topics over beers. Collectively, we all enjoy a nice game of ultimate frisbee.
Q: Whats your favorite flavor of jelly beans?
Q: You’ve played a few music festival, do you have a favorite?
A: We played Newport Folk Fest last summer and it was awesome. With the history of that festival and its size–only 3 stages– it’s really easy to see and talk to cool musicians up close and feel like you’re part of a family. Doe Bay Fest on Orcas Island kinda has the same thing going for it too. Both are wonderful experiences.
Q: Does anyone in the band have any strange/interesting/funny hidden talents?
A: Sam has “cello muscle” in his forearm that pops out at an odd angle when he flexes it. Jacob can play Happy Birthday with his armpits.
Q: What’s been the most memorable places you’ve been to on tour?
A: We had a great 3 days in New Orleans on one tour last year. Driving through Southern Utah is always an amazing visual. Playing and being in New York City is a blast every time. Chicago is also a favorite city.
Q: How have y’all been enjoying the great Seattle summer sunshine?
It’s been awesome! We weren’t home much last summer because of touring, and we may not be much next summer for the same reason, so we’re trying to take in as much of it as we can. It’s nice to remember that there’s pretty much no better place in the summer than Seattle.
A: If Hey Marseilles was to turn into a sports team, what sport would y’all compete in?
Ultimate frisbee might be the only sport for which all of us have some iota of skill.
Interview Conducted by Megan Castillo / An Anteater eating plants / KSUB reporter