Next weekend, Brooklyn will come alive with a very unique festival taking over some of its premiere music venues in Williamsburg. The festival will festival, titled Brooklyn Comes Alive, will feature unique collaborations between bands and artists who may seem like obvious choices or bring something totally different to the table, but it works in the end. One group that is joining the fray on their own, SunSquabi, is ready to being their Colorado blend of funk, soul and electronic to the event and have a few special guests in tow.
We caught up with Kevin Donohue from the group ahead of their performance on Sunday, September 24th. We chat about some dream collaborations of their own, how they would put together a lineup like Brooklyn Comes Alive and the connection between Brooklyn and Colorado.
This festival is all about unique collaborations. Who are you most excited to see?
I'm actually really excited to see this Umphrey's Mcgee x Green Day cover set! I think they did it at Summer Camp this year but I didn't get to see it there. Umph/Biscuits/Motet Group should be awesome, as well as Jason Hann and Todd Stoops doing a set together. It should be an amazing weekend of collaboration and one-time jams!
If you could create a collaboration of any group of artists in the world for a one-night concert, who would it be?
I'm just going to go for it and shoot out a lineup - George Porter Jr. on bass / Terry Bozzio on drums / Jeff Beck on guitar and John Medeski on keys. That would be something. Probably just throw the Shady Horns on there too for good measure annnnnd Gary Clark Jr. on vocals.
Do you have any special guests coming?
Yes we will have Jason Hann on percussion for a few tunes and our boy Russ Liquid on the horn for a few. We will have some other surprises on the day of the show as well!
What would be your dream live / in studio collaboration?
I would love to spend a day in the studio with Thundercat and Flying Lotus. The trip-hop/dream jazz/ future funk that those two create is something I've always wanted to sort of understand the process of how they make it. I think to play live with Herbie Hancock on keys would be a dream as far as a live performance. Honestly it's tough to answer because we are so fortunate to meet and play with so many musicians around the country, and there are so many great ones out there in the world. We just want to play with everybody!
Colorado seems to have a very tight-knit electronic music community. Do you see similarities in the Brooklyn electronic music community?
Absolutely. I think one of the best things about the Colorado music community is that everyone is always supporting each other. Everyone collaborates. Everyone shares knowledge, connections, opportunities...it's something that is very rare to find. It is amazing to be a part of a festival like Brooklyn Comes Alive that really embodies that spirit of collaboration
What do you have coming up?
Brooklyn Comes Alive is in the middle of 4-week tour that we are on supporting our favorites, STS9. We'll be touring with them through the first part of October, and then we come home to the studio to finish up the new record we've been working on (finally an LP!!). We have a Halloween run including a couple shows with Umphrey's McGee in Madison, WI. Then our biggest headliner ever at The Fillmore in Denver on 11/11 (w/Russ Liquid, Escort, Defunk, Flamingosis). Dominican Holidaze at the end of year and then a big new years show (secret for now). Already looking into next spring and where we can go that we haven't been before! But always obsessively creating new music all of the time.
What is something people might not know about you guys?
I'm a black belt in Tae Kwan Do, I bet you didn't expect that.
See you in a few weeks!