EMQ’s with SPURGE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Atlanta, Georgia based Alternative/Psych Rock band, Spurge. Huge thanks to composer/multi-instrumentalist, Jen Hodges, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Jen. I compose, arrange, track, and play bass, drums, keys, guitar, percussion, and a few other instruments. I started Spurge in Nashville about 10 years ago as a way for me to record my music. It wasn’t and isn’t limited to one genre. It was just whatever I felt like writing. Through that freedom I allowed myself, I found my voice. After I found it I decided I wanted to start playing live shows again and got a group of musicians together from around town. A gospel drummer, a jazz guitarist, and a metal guitarist. We had fun and gigged a bit until I got a promotion and had to move to Atlanta. I found musicians in Atlanta of the same format and we continued to play. We’ve been gigging and I’ve been recording ever since.
How did you come up with your band name?
The first iteration of the band was called Jen Hodges and Friends. Our first drummer, Laylow wanted to change it and I was game. Band names wasn’t something I considered; I was focused on the music. He suggested Spurge. He liked it because it is a weed reference. I was cool with it and the name stuck.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I’m from America and that is THRIVING here \m/
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
The “Crown” EP was released in December 2020!
Single/Video for ‘57’ was released in September,
‘57’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Flea. Definitely Flea. Then Mindless Self Indulgence, Buckethead, David Bowie, Alice In Chains and probably Pink Floyd as well.
What first got you into music?
I took piano lessons in first grade and cared about it a lot for some reason. After I heard Flea in 5th grade I switched to bass though and really started to get serious about it. I’d gig local coffee shops with my instructor. Got hooked on live shows early.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Maybe Danny Elfman. I’m learning a boingo bassline right now and it’s super goofy. I like weird vibes because it keeps me from being bored.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Lollapalooza! That festival had such mystique when I was younger. All my favourite bands played. I’m no exception to the millennial fixation on nostalgia.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I’ve never received a gift from a fan I don’t believe. After shows a get I lot of people come up to me and say they are looking for a bassist in their band and ask if I’d join haha. We have been called “a musician’s band.” Most of the people who come to see our shows are musicians themselves.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Hi how are you?
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
For the purpose of releasing new music? Hmmm, Jimi got cut short and never heard all the craziness we do electronically now. I think he’d really get into it. Although I might say Dimebag Darryl because he didn’t deserve that man.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love waking up in the morning and getting excited for work that day. I love finding new challenges in music that upon first glance seemed simple. I love being stuck on a transition and breaking out a calculator to help me figure out where to go. I love that I always have something to talk about with people. I love that I’ll never master music and everyday I’m going to learn something different. I hate…hmmm…I hate carrying my bass cab!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I’d find a new way to consume music so that money would start flowing in the industry again. How do you make two million dollars in the music industry? Invest one million.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Mother’s Milk”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
It depends on the album. Heavy bass sounds best on high quality downloads or CD’s I think. Music that was made with analog in the 20th century sounds better on vinyl. Music evolves with technology I think.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Thank You Scientist was pretty baller. So was Tony MacAlpine.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’d probably be a talent buyer. I did that for a few years in Nashville and it was a lot of fun.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Zeus, Santa Claus, Han Solo, Teddy Roosevelt and Cindy Crawford. I’d watch them all stumble over themselves flirting with Cindy.
What’s next for the band?
Secret show in Atlanta!!!!!!! Can’t do a big show cause of COVID, so secret album release party 😊
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Youtube, FB, IG, Spotify, Soundcloud
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I’m not sure!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for listening! Please share the music 😊
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