Saturday • Madison Theater
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
There is a fair amount of evidence that
Jam/Psych bands are primarily interested in mindless noodling on a
musical bridge to nowhere, Electronic bands are satisfied to
“unce-unce-unce” on varying themes with no discernible point and Prog
bands have a tendency to disappear up their own asses with Classical
suites and Middle Earth imagery. Papadosio understands all of those
stereotypical paradigms and assiduously avoids falling prey to any of them.
by Amy Harris
Cincinnati native returns Friday for Bogart's performance with rising Electronic jam band
Papadosio is a trendsetting, progressive voice in the
world of Rock, mixing an electronic sound with improvisation and dashes
of psychedelia. The North Carolina-based band has created a groundswell
through the musical landscape with steady tour dates and the development
of its own festival, Rootwire, in Southeastern Ohio, the group's
birthplace. CityBeat caught up with drummer Mike Healy, a
Cincinnati native, and chatted about his Ohio roots and the development
of the Rootwire Music and Arts Festival. Papadosio storms into Bogarts
this Friday night for an evening of high energy and eclectic sounds.
Click here for tickets and further information.
CityBeat: I wanted to ask you about the Rootwire Festival. How did you guys start the festival and decide on the location?
Mike Healy: Some of us went to school in Athens,
Ohio, and we actually played some festivals there before we started
doing Rootwire six or seven years ago. We checked out the property and
really liked it and had an idea to do a festival ourselves from
traveling a lot and making so many awesome friends across the country we
could collaborate with and create an amazing event. We decided (on)
that land because we had previously visited it, Kaeppner Woods, outside
of Athens in Logan. It is absolutely beautiful, some of the oldest
mountains in the world in the Appalachian foothills. There is a lot of
great energy there, it’s beautiful and it just couldn’t be a more
perfect place to throw a festival the last four years. That’s how that
place came about. The festival, we have just been collaborating with so
many amazing friends. We just invite our friend bands and friend artists
from all over the country and installation artists from all walks of
life. It’s just been an absolutely amazing time for four years.
CB: I saw the band for the first time
this year at the All Good festival (in Thornville, Ohio). Listening to
your music, it feel like there is a little bit of a spiritual element to
it. Do you guys consider yourself spiritual or religious and how does
that inspire your music?
MH: I would say that none of us are religious.
There are definitely all sorts of messages throughout our music of some
sort of divine connection to Mother Earth and taking care of the place
we live and taking care of others and loving others, all kinds of common
things we like to talk about. I guess if you want to call it spiritual
you can — we call it a no-brainer. You love your neighbor you take care
of each other. You want peace in the world and all these universal
values I feel like people can connect to. There are definitely a lot of
those messages in our music. I don’t find any of us to be religious at
all. Music is our religion, honestly. We are always searching for
alternative thinking. We are all into the green movement and really into
eco-building and sustainable living and alternative energy. All these
things are on our mind a lot and we speak about them in music.
CB: The band has relocated from Ohio to
Asheville, N.C. I heard you moved to a cabin somewhere outside of town.
You must be together as a band a lot of the time — or all the time. Is
it hard being around each other so much?
MH: We actually don’t live in that cabin anymore.
We are spread out around town living with our girlfriends and stuff. We
do spend a lot of time together. We are on the road 200 days a year. We
are always just hanging out on the tour bus together. Even when we are
home we still get together and hang out. We are a big ol’ band of
brothers (and) just love spending time together. We really enjoy making
music and we are all really great friends. It is totally insane. We are
gone all the time and it is hard on our ladies, spending so much time
away. It’s quite the crazy lifestyle. It is not for everyone. We love
it. We try to do the best to make it work.
CB: What is your favorite part of being on the road?
MH: Definitely playing music every night. That is
what we live for. The whole set up and tear down and all the long hours
of waiting around are not so fun, but once you get on stage and are able
to create and get people dancing and seeing all these smiling faces
everywhere, that definitely fuels us. Some of the favorite times too are
when we are on the road and have a couple days off that we get to go do
beautiful things like go visit beautiful national parks or go on some
crazy hikes or go relax at a really nice hotel or someone’s house. Those
kind of times we look forward to because it is nice to relax and see
friends all around the country.
CB: What is your favorite song to play live?
MH: That’s a hard one. We have like 50 songs that
we have in rotation. I love all of them. I really like playing a new one
that Anthony (Thogmartin) wrote called “New Love.” (There) are really
fun new songs we have been playing live a lot in every town. Everybody
has been really digging it. It is hard to pick a favorite because I love
all the material.
CB: The band has played a lot of festivals, particularly around Ohio. Do you have a favorite festival moment?
MH: There are so many. I guess we love playing All
Good every year, because those have been some of the biggest crowds we
have ever got to play in front of. We got to play on the main stage last
year in front of 15-20,000 people. Previous years … we got to play
after Flaming Lips one year and right before Primus one year and those
crowds were like 30,000 people. It was totally insane. It was so cool.
Those are definitely high moments. Obviously Rootwire is a big moment.
We have started playing some festivals on the West Coast
and all over the country. We are really enjoying trying new ones out. We
have played so many in the Midwest and East Coast and it has been so
nice to try some new festies out west. This year we are doing some of
our first international plays. We are really excited to go down to
Central America and play … in December. There is so much going on.
CB: Can you describe your songwriting process?
MH: There (are) several different ways we go about
doing it. We will have a jam session and we come up with a song on the
spot and write it together in the rehearsal room, and somebody will have
a riff and we will go around adding pieces of the puzzle together as a
group. Other times, somebody will have almost a completely finished song
idea and bring it to the table. People will learn their parts and put
their own flare on it. Sometimes someone will have half a song and come
to somebody else to help finish it and someone else will write lyrics.
It all depends on what is happening during the creative
process. Sometimes we will be on tour sitting on our laptops and all of a
sudden a riff will come to our heads and we will start writing the song
while sitting on the van or the bus and then bring it back after (the)
tour and bring it to the band and go from there. Sometimes we are
walking through the woods and we get an idea in our head and sing it
into our phone real quick and then we will go back later and hop on the
computer and our instruments and figure it out and bring it to the band
later. It just comes to you sometimes. It’s crazy how it works. It is
part of the creative process — you just never know when you will get an
idea that will pop into your head and you have to jot it down somehow.
CB: Being with the band in Athens, I am
sure you have spent a little time in Cincinnati. Do you have any fond
Cincinnati stories from the past?
MH: Oh yeah. I grew up in Cincinnati. I lived there
until I was 18 and then I went to Athens for school for seven years and
then I moved down to Asheville. I’ve been playing drums since I was 3
years old and I have been in a band non-stop since fourth grade, so from
fourth grade all the way through senior year I was in so many different
projects. I played at Bogarts all the time for the Battle of the Bands
in high school and got a lot of exposure back then with my younger
bands. Now it’s full circle and now my band Papadosio is back playing at
Bogarts again. We played there last year for the first time since high
school. It was great. It has a lot of memories for me (from) when I was
CB: Where did you go to high school here?
MH: I went to Clark Montessori in Hyde Park. I
played in a steel drum band all through junior high and high school too
and played all over the city and also toured the country. I played in
Hip Hop bands and Rock & Roll bands, Metal bands, Alternative Rock
bands, all sorts of bands in Cincy, as well as steel drum ensembles and
the steel drum band in high school. I was quite the busy musician all
throughout my childhood.
CB: This is basically a hometown show for you, so it will be fun to be back.
MH: It’s great — so many friends and family.
Nov. 29 • Bogart's
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
For the past seven years, Papadosio has
been bridging the gap between icy Electronic music and meandering,
monolithic Jam epics by warming up Synth Pop’s brittle chill and giving
Jam explorations both a concise power and a discernible destination.
Nov. 23 • Bogart's
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Papadosio is one of Livetronica’s current leading lights, known for its
hypnotic aura and creative, inspired multimedia live shows, which are
crafted with the band’s own lights and video backdrop designers.