Digital downloads available today only / physical cassette tape release at RVRB records storefront performance 10.09.14
Single track off EP - Krishna’s Throne
Anonymous said: soulmate?
a song I made + a video I made
Guns Before Butter - Demo
Pretty stoked to announce a pre-show coverage interview I did with Phil Pirrone of JJUUJJUU for Moon Block Party coming to Pomona, CA 10.18.14
Read the full interview below:
Analog Avenue: Hey Phil, how’s it going? So we know a little bit about what you’ve done with Moon Block Party and Desert Daze in the past, but we come all the way from Texas so can you tell us a little bit more about what inspired you to arrange these events and why?
Phil Pirrone: I’ve been a touring musician since 2001. Live music is my life! The people who create it are my kind of people and the people behind the scenes are my kind of people, too. Plus, I’ve always been the administrative/planning type in every band I’ve been in. Putting on festivals was just a natural extention of all of that for me.
AA: Do you remember what exactly you were doing on which date when the thought of throwing a festival/block party came to mind?
PP: I was in Pomona, living in a live/work loft in the arts district where they encourage and sometimes require residence to participate in artwalk… We had thrown a few outdoor concerts at this point and just thought that throwing a block party w/ live music would be the best way we could contribute to artwalk. I’m pretty sure I was sitting at the kitchen table with friends when I decided to do it.
AA: What is Moon Block Party’s goal/mission?
PP:To curate cohesive lineups that paint a picture using the same pallete. Stuff that makes sense together whether it’s psych, world, alternative, ambient, whatever… no guidelines as long as its good and works with the rest of the lineup. AND to bring people together to feel energized, inspired and motivated to do stuff with their friends, whether that be art, music, community efforts or just be a better version of themselves, better friends, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters. We just want to inject positivity and good energy into folks on a large scale. Music is the most powerful thing in the universe. Being in a band can be a very important and special thing if you understand that. Doing the festival is like taking a bunch of bands and making a really loud sound that can change people’s lives. As long as WE stay focused on that, we can really do it. If we lose sight of that, it’ll become a scary place, like festivals can be sometimes.
AA: Who are some up-and-coming artists that you have been currently following? Any acts you are particularly excited for?
PP: Dahga Bloom, Corners, Death Hymn Number 9, Morgan Delt, Fever the Ghost, Cosmonauts to name a few…
AA: I’ve never been to a block party on the moon before. Can you give a sense of what people should expect from attending?
AA: What does psychedelic mean to you?
PP: Anything can be psychedelic. If it changes your mind, it’s psychedelic. Sometimes drugs can be the least psychedelic of the psychedelics. I’ve had some seriously psychedelic experiences with spicy pho before. You know what I mean?
AA: You seem to have an amazing crew manufacturing this dream-like event along your side, how do you motivate and inspire your team to make sure this event goes above and beyond?
PP: We motivate and inspire eachother pretty much every step of the way. It’s a pretty natural thing. Even coming together was totally unintentional. Not to sound lofty, but we just found eachother. Some of us found eachother in 7th grade. Some of us found eachother last year. I’m on a mission and I think when you have that conviction and passion, others on a mission just find you and you them.
AA: You have a great line-up going on, can you tell us what inspires you to select the bands that you do?
PP: “Let’s just go for it” has been a pretty constant mantra around here lately… I do not stray from my personal taste. As the festival grows, we receive more and more submissions, sometimes really big bands will submit. But if they aren’t something we listen to and we booked them, we aren’t doing it right, and it wouldn’t be the same. In other words, it would be just like all the other festivals out there. Last thing we want is to be what we call “another big festival with all the big bands that sold all the downloads but don’t fit with any of the other acts”… That lack of concentration leads to people like me feeling like, “where the hell am I?”… “Who are these people”… “Where’s the bathroom”… and “Oh my god, did you see the bathroom??”… I’d much rather have a smaller event with a cohesive lineup of bands that mean something to one another and to every single person there. Then you have 100% of your audience (or close to it) feeling like they were invited to the same place, instead of feeling like one person on a lillypad in the middle of the ocean amongst a billion other lillypads with no room to go anywhere.
AA: How did you manage to get all of these artists on the same bill, was it challenging?
PP:We’ve been asking some of them year in and year out… I guess some of it was 3rd times a charm and whatnot… Most of it is out of our control though. We can ask bands and send offers all day long, but at the end of the day, sometimes bands just aren’t available. When it comes together like it has, it’s a really special thing. This one is especially amazing to us. We are all tingling.
AA: Do you currently have any future line-ups in the works?
PP: Oh yeah. We’re almost done booking Desert Daze 2015. And shit man, that is going to be something else.
AA: Its inspiring knowing there are people like you out there doing what needs to be done in the sense of throwing revolutionary events with revolutionary artists. How do you manage to balance your artistic/performing persona with coordinating these kinds of events from a listener’s perspective?
PP: I’m a fan, man. I think any musician is a fan first. I’ve just been lucky enough to combine the two and it’s hard to not neglect the band/my music… Moon Block takes over a lot of the year, but it makes playing and writing all that much sweeter when I get to do it.
AA: Tell us a little more about JJUUJJUU, we love the name, why JJUUJJUU?
PP: JJUUJJUU is my story. It’s my songs. It’s a duo sometimes and a trio other times. We have an open door for additional musicians to come and go. It was originally dubbed JUJU, but when it came time to release, the label said that we’d run into all sorts of problems since there’s been multiple “JUJU” bands over the years. They suggested adding (USA) to the end of it. We thought about it for a while and found a loophole… double the letters (like double vision) and it’s still pronounced joo-joo (juju)… even as JJUUJJUU, it remains (joo-joo, jew jew, juju)… We beat the system! Our niece Molly calls my wife, Julie, Juju and my dad used to say things like “you a jiiiiive turkey” and “there’s some good juju up in here”… so it’s one of those phrases that’s been around me a while. To me, it’s more than all the black magic stuff people talk about. It’s just a spirit that one can carry - the juju - and I choose to carry it for good. Performing for me has always been and always will be catharsis. I’m exorcising the demons up there. Every time. I’m venting the bad juju to fill the room with good juju. It’s a cleanse. Like juice.
AA: What can you say Moon Block Party provides that you cannot experience at any other event?
PP: I’ve been told that you can really feel the love. Like a home cooked meal as opposed to eating at Macaroni Grill or something. I think that’s the easiest way to describe it.
AA: Thanks for answering all of our questions, now we know there will be a costume contest taking place, can you give the people a hint what you’ll be dressing up as, that is if you’ll be participating.
PP: Festival director - semi sweaty shirt, walkie talkie, and a smile.
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Practice was fun today. Can’t wait to play at RVRB records October 9th and in San Antonio October 11th - ready for that pumpkin season 🎃🔪💉