Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonathan Starks, Sam Fribush and Will Greene.
Jonathan, Sam and Will, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Dressage began as the click-clack-country-with-shades-of-psychedelic-free-jazz band for our guitarist’s (Will Greene) senior recital. After a successful performance, we knew there was something special brewing. We kept playing together regularly, which led to the recording of our first album in May 2017 (and released in August 2017), engineered and mixed by the stalwart Ted Reichman. Now, we’ve just completed our first east coast tour and had some crazy live performances filmed in front of a green screen, which will be released in a couple of months.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Overall, it’s been smooth. The hardest part, honestly, has been figuring out what kind of band we are. Our stuff (music) is eclectic, so it’s been tough to shape all of that into something cohesive. However, dealing with an issue like this is really a blessing; starting out and not having a concrete idea of what Dressage’s music is allows for perpetual evolution and growth as a band, while allowing us to play music unfettered by definitions and expectations. Lately, we’ve really embraced the wild aspects of our sets – teetering on the brink of total collapse – and have tried to just have as much fun as possible, no matter what we are playing. It seems to be working.
Please tell us about Dressage.
We are a band of three (Sam Fribush on Organ/Keyboards, Will Greene on guitars, and Jon Starks on drums). We are in the business of recording and performing music. We draw from a very wide pool of influences – including vintage country music, exotica, blues, EDM, noise – to create performances that are sort of this zany rollercoaster ride through time and space.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Climbing on top of Trigger (Roy Rogers’ trusty steed) and riding into the Texan sunset.
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