We had the good fortune of connecting with Ron Bocian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ron, what do you attribute your success to?
This is the easy question in a difficult realm. Very simply, We decided to pick our own notes. In other words, all of us are fluent on our instruments, which means we can deliver a vast array of sound. We decided early on that we would perform original music. Although quite often difficult to engage a pedestrian listener we just wanted to feel an authentic connection to the music. We knew we were not interested in re-inventing music to an extreme…leaving people slack jawed, or just play covers…so the happy medium was familiar song structure, with hooks, and nuanced percolating rhythms. That is not to say we don’t take chances…we have songs built around a 6/8 pseudo-Afro rhythm…or a New Orleans Louis Prima style mambo or rhumba… or a Brazilian rhythm…combine that with a pop tastiness of Big Star or the Beatles and we find the pedestrian listeners are drawn in. All that said…after 10 years we broke our own rule and developed a Cars/Ric Ocasek tribute band just this last winter….In response to the passing of the pop music icon. We performed a couple shows on the Belly Up Tavern stage and the Music Box San Diego With an expanded lineup of vocalists (Will Lerner of Strawberry Moons and Mercedes Moore of the Mercedes Moore Band and Nena Anderson) and keyboard/synth ace Sky Ladd. We expect to assemble another crew to continue this perhaps as an annual 80s throw down!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It required us to honor our inner sonic vision. Difficult at times but we’ve learned that our first instincts are the most reliable. Passing through the same neuropathways required of our original music has made us unique. Each pass through an original tune brings you closer to your own inescapable originality.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Just gonna rattle a list: Torrey Pines hiking Tacos at Moonage Food Co. or City Tacos Paddling out at sunset at Turnarounds in Carlsbad Brews at an outdoor tap house with a view A visit to the Anza Borrego Marshal South homestead Exotic fruit picking at a family farm in Fallbrook (I won’t reveal my favorite) Outdoor music in Balboa Park (Chunky Hustle Brass Band/Euphoria Brass Band) Mount Laguna hiking trails A full moon soak at Jacumba Hot Springs
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The deep, beautiful, embracing San Diego music community.
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