Tell us how you develop your sound and style to make it different from other musicians.
Rickshaw Lizard has many different influences in jazz, blues, funk, classic rock. Each member approaches the music from a different sense of “home”, which gives us a unique style. At our live shows, the crowd feedback is electric. Our audience always says we don’t sound like anybody else.
The original music usually starts with a groove from the rhythm section… or a guitar lick… or a lyrical idea… or a melody.
We’ve been playing to the point where we just know where the next change is going, even if we are free-form jamming, which we do a lot of. It’s a great way to warm up and invent ideas on the spot.
Tell us your opinion on the way new artists are coming up and the frequent release of songs.
With the available technology, it is a lot easier to release original material in a much more frequent manner. It also means there is a flood of new talent out there, which is a great thing.
Tell us your experience as a musician.
Our rhythm section, Pete and Hans, are childhood friends from the same small town in New York State. Playing music most of their lives, they lost touch for many years after school and realized later that they were about a half-hour away from each other in Maryland. They played together in an original band called BUS. Some of those ideas perpetuate today. DrMove on guitar grew up around Washington, DC, and has been a staple in the local music scene, influenced by rock, blues, and funk. He handles most of the lead vocals, although we all take turns on lead vocals for certain songs. Versatility is key. Our man Joe on sax is steeped in R&B, soul, funk, and jazz. He brings an amazing approach from a different plane and really complements our sound.
Tell us your opinion on streaming and digital download of songs.
It’s very convenient for the consumers but makes it very hard for musicians to sell music. The industry hasn’t yet settled into the correct royalties’ model, but it will find a balance.
Tell us how you see yourself in the coming time as a musician.
Our sound continues to evolve as well as our live shows. We love to perform and also to create. As the word gets out we’ll be doing more improvisation on stage, and it will be part of our allure to know it will be different each time.
Tell us five current artists that are your favorite presently.
We hesitate to name favorites … but certainly in there are Soulive, Orgone, the New Mastersounds, Snarky Puppy, and Joe Bonamassa.
Tell us your best song up to date and share the link.
We’ve only released so little of our material… this one is a crowd favorite: “Notion”.
Tell us your dream and hope for the future.
The future … involves independent artists that can make a living releasing music globally and playing live wherever they want because the music is universal.
Tell us what you think has changed in the music industry.
There is a lot more “DIY” and playlist curators will dictate what new music is discovered. We’d like to see the corporations have less influence and let the people choose what they listen to.
Tell us your opinion on TV and radio stations playing the same songs from established artists mostly and giving little chances to independent artists.
Everything is in the hands of just a few conglomerates and it is not healthy. We need to get away from the pop formulas and let the music evolve with corporate telling America what to listen to.
Tell us the challenges you think independent artists are facing and how they can be tackled.
It’s really difficult to make a living as an independent artist. Live shows get the word out and build the audience of course. The right balance must be struck between giving it away to be heard and having a product.
Tell us your opinion on how corruption is affecting society and how it can be eradicated.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely. How to eradicate it? Everyone should find what they love rather than be told what to listen to.
State the links to your social media and stores.
Tell us what you think about using social media to promote music online.
It’s a great way to get music out there and to share our stories, and promote our shows.
Tell us how you start as a musician.
We all have that spark, early musical memories that eventually become much more. The music is inside and has to come out. It took a while for most of us to settle on which instrument(s) to play!
Tell us what still motivates you to go on with your music career.
We love to create and to perform. The feedback from the crowd really drives us.
Elaborate on the story behind the song.
Your love is kudzu, exotic and energizing. But I’ve fallen victim, to that botanical gleam in your eye. Great stuff, written by our friend David Turnbow who is in Austin, Texas. Pete played with him in a few bands for many years and we are grateful that he contributed this great song.
Tell us the process involved in making this song.
It’s got such a great groove. We recorded it live with several takes, with a minimum of editing. It’s pretty much how you hear it live, except now Joe’s sax gives us more room to stretch out and groove for a bit.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Rickshaw Lizard! We wanted a unique name that conveys motion, with organic and mechanical elements. Maybe a futuristic sci-fi comic book is in the offing.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
“Kudzu” is a weed that grows wild in the southwest U.S. and devours everything if left unchecked. A great metaphor for a love song!
State the title of the album and the reason for picking the title.
The album is called “Move With Me” E.P. which is also the name of the title track. An apt title for original content that moves you, both spiritually and literally.