Interview: Night Marcher
His songs are a cushion of rock, soul, and psychedelic music, and are intense and powerful. Louder Than War was able to discover some insight as to Night Marcher’s journey.
Louder Than War: Can you explain what a Night Marcher is and how it relates to your music?
It’s a spirit or ghost of sorts. If you happen to encounter a Night Marcher you will first hear the drum. The groove is apparent. As it approaches you’ll certainly smell it’s musk. Hopefully you’re in sync so you can stay out of harms way. I can’t see how the two don’t go hand in hand.
What musical inspirations did you have growing up?
My first three cassettes were Led Zeppelin IV, Workingman’s Dead and a Beatles Greatest Hits Tape. I was probably around 7 or 8 years old and I wore them out. My dad is a soul junkie so he was always singing Sam Cooke, The Drifters, Wilson Pickett – you name it. He actually went by the moniker Joey Nighttrain. I’m a 90’s kid so by high school it was Pumpkins, Beck, A Tribe Called Quest, Weezer and Outliers like Medeski, Martin and Wood. Old school hip-hop turned me onto Jazz and I bought a drum set in college from the artist, Jeff Tocci for $100 and a 12 pack. I’ve been hacking away ever since.
Is there a special message that you are trying to communicate through your music?
Every song has it’s own message, but my intentions are not to push.
Do you plan on touring?
Absolutely! There are no dates set in stone, but I will be hitting the road shortly.
Your music is very unique, what genre would you consider it to be?
It’s an orphan of a rock ‘n’ roll family, some kind of psychedelic mutt.
Do you currently live in Hawaii?
No, but I’m currently accepting all invitations to crash there.
Currently are you working on any new projects?
Night Marcher is brand new for me and ideas keep surfacing. Another release is in the near future.
What is your favorite thing about writing music?
It’s a constant state of new creation, there are no rules and it happens spontaneously. It’s the tops!
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All words by Eileen Shapiro. More of Eileen’s writing can be found in her author’s archive.