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Freekbass Admits Even His Mom Calls Him Freekbass

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Your latest album Everybody's Feelin' Real is a depature from 2011's Concentrate, which was mostly an instrumental electronic mind-warp, into more a more smooth, classic funk sound and structure. What led you back to pure funk?

It just felt like the natural next step. Around the time of Concentrate, I was touring with Headtronics, with Steve Molitz (Particle) and DJ Logic. DJ Tobotius and I were doing a duo thing for a while.

With this album, I just feel so comfortable in my skin; this is where I feel natural. Duane Lundy, the producer of this album, is a godsend. When we first started talking about doing this album, I told him I wanted it to have the same feeling as Maggot Brain by Funkadelic or Talking Book by Stevie wonder, and he said we should record in the same way they did, to have that kind of vibe.

We set up all the instruments in a circle and did the song together. If someone messed up a little bit during the final part of the song, we'd go back and rerecord the whole thing, no overdubs. It was an amazing journey, and this record, of all the ones I've done, I feel like it laid the blueprint of things to come. Duane is more from that Brain Eno School of producing, keeping things organic, and getting into your head. It's been a real pleasure.

In this year alone, you've released three videos on the internet from the new album. What was the thinking behind this?

Believe it or not, we're actually working on the fourth video, the title track from album Everyone's Feeling Real which should be out early January. I've always been real into the multimedia aspect of music, being a fan of people like David Byrne and David Bowie, where these artists create so many layers and textures to their music and persona. I really want to do as many videos of the album as I can, go that direction.

We try to capture the vibe of the song, and everybody spends a good part of their waking life online, it just seems like a great way to get the music out there and give people something entertaining to watch. It's been real fun.

What are you most looking forward to when you get down here for your run down in Florida?

Warm weather, that's the big one. (laughs) We're in upstate New York right now, and it's awful cold. It's been kind of raunchy. I'm really looking forward to getting out of this cold as soon as possible.

But on a serious note, the fans down there are incredible. It's such a great scene, it's great to play for all the people I've met through playing shows, and especially through playing Bear Creek, one of my favorite festivals to play. It's just an amazing scene. The energy down there the last time we played was incredible. The Funky Biscuit is a such a great venue, can't wait to play it the day before New Year's Eve, start the parties off, then we're going to the Dunedin Brewery on New Year's Eve. We will also be playing Gainesville for the first time, so I'm excited about playing to a new market.

And like I said, the warm part doesn't hurt either.

Freekbass, 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 30, at the Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd.,

Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $5 in advance, $10 at door. Visit funkybiscuit.com.

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