Roxy Roca is a Austin, TX soul and funk band. The band has found a way to make a lasting impact on music and is ready to spread the word around the world. The band is made up of Taye Cannon on Lead Vocals, Errol Siegel on Guitar and Vocals, Roger Wuthrich on Bass, Ryan Greenblatt on Drums, Thomas Hays on Trombone, Houston Rawls on Tenor Sax, and Peter Phoenix on Alto Sax. Peep what the band had to say when they chatted with BareBones Ent!
BS: You guys have a very unique sound in the modern music scene. How did the band and style come together?
RR: We knew we wanted to play and write music written out of the roots of classic soul and funk, but not necessarily stylized to sound exactly like the 1960s. The band started out with just a few of us writing songs, knowing that we wanted it to be a big band with a horn section, so we put it all together over time.
BS: Who would you say are your biggest music influences and why?
RR: With a band this big the influences are all over the place, from the Stax, Atlantic, and Motown Classics of the 60s, to Jazz, Delta Blues, Gospel, and classic rock & roll. It makes for a recipe we call Dynamite Texas Soul.
BS: Austin is a great music town, and seems to have really taken to you. What was it like to have “Try My Love” used for the Keep Austin Weird Music Festival video?
RR: Any time a city with a rich music history like Austin shows us some love it is an honor, especially when it’s our hometown. It was a nice surprise for sure, and we are looking forward to playing the festival as well.
BS: What is the best thing about performing live?
RR: Connecting with the audience. The opportunity to live for the moment.
BS: You can see everything from up on stage. What is the craziest thing you have seen while on stage?
RR: Not always: sometimes you are blinded by the stage lights and have to use your imagination, but I did see a man drop down on one knee and propose to a woman in the middle of the dance floor. I guess that’s just what happens when you’re “Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.”
BS: Earlier in the year you released a new album Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy, how have fans reacted to the new music?
RR: The response has been outstanding. This record was a long time coming; our fans were ready.
BS: Does there seem to be a fan favorite off of it?
RR: There is a steady stream of opinions on this one. I feel like everyone has their own personal favorite.
BS: Off that album you released, “Love Maker DeVille”, which is just a great and fun song to listen to. What was it like making that song and video?
RR: The words for the chorus came together after a chance encounter with an astounding woman in Austin. We tried to create that feel in the video. We have all had those moments of being hit by desire and physical attraction. It’s one of the sweet surprises in life. [Check out the video at the bottom!]
BS: You’ll be on tour for a little bit. After that what are you working on?
RR: Hopefully being creative. These days you had better be writing all the time. We also have some shows coming up with legendary Blues Artist Bobby Rush! So, we are looking forward to collaborating with him.
BS: What would you say is currently your next goal you are working towards?
RR: I think we’d like to take this show overseas to Europe. After hitting the US really hard with some relentless touring, we’d like to hop on a plane.
BS: For musicians starting out it can be tough to build up some confidence. How do you deal with negative and sometimes hateful comments regarding your music, and keep going?
RR: There are always energy vampires lurking in the dark corners, but when it comes to having a dream you’ve got to be a warrior. Personally, I like to believe that I have a purpose in this life and that it is happening whether I like it or not. Sometimes even musicians that you are coming up with on the scene will take a jab at what you are doing, and that’s when you really know you are doing something right!
BS: What other advice would you have for young musicians?
RR: Get up, get to it, and get involved. You wanna play at the clubs in your city? Go down there and get a job working the door or bar backing, making friends with other bands and other dreamers. Write from the heart.
BS: Anything else you would like to add?
RR: Yes, in this cyber-age where music is available at your fingertips, it is important to go see live music and buy the art from the band. Take an interest in those artists and what they are up to. Music is there for you when times are tough or in celebration, so let’s all do our part in preserving the magic.