We had the good fortune of connecting with Charlie Rohlfs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charlie, what do you attribute your success to?
We attribute a lot of the recent success we’ve had to just being true to ourselves, and not making any decisions on our music or creative process based on where other people have gone before. Honestly, we’re just having an absolute blast being ourselves and learning from each other’s uniqueness. I think that joy comes through in our music, and people seem to dig it – which makes us just so freakin happy!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We’re big proponents of taking risk, and allowing your weirdness to flourish. Outside of our diversity, and just general love for one another as bandmates, we take a lot of our queues from the exploration of sound, creativity, and songwriting that was taking place in the 60s and 70s. We’re not chasing the 60s/70s sound, but we’re challenging ourselves to bring the joy of discovery and boundary-pushing into our music that was flourishing during that time. What was it like the first time someone put on Apostrophe’ by Zappa, or Sgt Pepper, or freakin’ Sabbath?! These were NEW sounds taking big bold risks, and painting amazing audio tapestries – and that inspires us to try and do the same.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh man! What a good question – a bunch of us live in the Hillcrest/North Park area, so we’d probably just bounce around there, with an obligatory trip to False Idol thrown in at some point. Favorite spots for a trip at night? Saiko Sushi, Space, 278 in Hillcrest (RIP – we miss you!), Aero Club, Kindred for our vegan friends, and Turf Club for our carnivores. Also, we gotta throw some love at our favorite spots to play music like Merrow, BrickXBrick, Soda Bar, Black Cat, Casbah, Tower Bar.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We wouldn’t be anywhere without the amazingly awesome people who go to shows (or at least did, when shows were a thing), buy tickets, stream our music, and just support us along the way. Nothing makes us happier than knowing that our music gets stuck in your head and makes you groove groove. Extra love goes out to the people and venues in the SD music scene that have helped us grow, and showed us love as we really worked towards finding our sound. People like Tim Pyles and the 91X crew, Vania Zamora and the San Diego Music League, and all of the awesome people at The Merrow, Soda Bar, Black Cat, BrickXBrick, Casbah, Tower Bar – honestly we just love you all.