By Rayme Samuels
Daptone Records protégés Budos Band is an urban collective dedicated to producing afro influenced beats. The guys repping New York City’s Staten Island will perform during the Heineken TransAtlantic Festival on Friday, April 24 at the North Beach Bandshell. We caught up with baritone saxophone player Jared Tankel.
So what exactly is Staten Island sound?
Staten Island sound is something that comes from the fact that a large part of the group is from there, we practice there every week. Staten Island is completely isolated from New York City and the other boroughs. What we do is definitely not Brooklyn indie rock. Undeniably we aim to show reverence and respect for fellow islanders, especially Wu Tang Klan. There is a certain pride that comes from sharing our home with them. One of the guys from Wu Tang Klan even has a studio on the same street as ours.
What, if anything, have you heard about the Miami music scene and how do you think your band will fit into things here?
We don’t know a lot other than that there is a huge Latin and dance music culture. We definitely bring an Afro Latin influence to what we do. And although we are not an electronic group, we are a dance group, and we want people to dance at our shows.
What musicians inspire you to make music?
Fela Kuti, Mulatu Astatke, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield and metal rock groups like Slayer and Black Sabbath. In the past few years we have differentiated our sound to be heavier, with tighter arrangements, funk and soul and Ethiopian jazz elements. The combination [of afrobeat and metal] that we have differentiates us and puts our sound somewhere different.
With so many musicians, how do you all fall into a collective groove?
A bunch of us guys grew up together. There’s a brothership outside of making music in the fact that we all know how to get along. The length of time that we have all been playing together allows each of us to find our place in the group. Over the course of 10 years we have honed in on our sound that we know and love, and each guy plays in their groove – it is a natural process.
What’s next on the horizon?
We will be recording our third full-length album over the next month or so – our next big project. We’ve already written most of the material for it and will definitely plan to play some during our show in Miami.
Any last words?
Don’t come expecting a mellow Afrobeat band – come expecting to rock out and dance!
Details: 7 p.m. at North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Tickets: $20 / $25 door