The Brooklyn music scene has produced several major national recording acts in the past decade. Bands such as MGMT and Vampire Weekend had humble beginnings in the borough. Now they are tearing up the popular music charts, and even winning Grammys. It seems that moving there and forming a band almost guarantees you success, but we all know that is not true. If a band is going to succeed they need to work for it, everyday. This means playing shows wherever there is a stage, and self-promoting like mad.
Brooklyn’s own White House Band exemplifies this term and then some. Led by David E Beats, the band fuses hip-hop with late 70′s style guitar rock. The effect is seamless as neither of those popular musical genres overpower each other. Each of the four members bring their own distinctive musical styling to the group as a whole. While David E is spitting his rhymes, guitarist Fernando “Sexy Solo” Martinez lays down sick riffs, melding it all together. The other members are Cory “TheGalacticPanel” Lonas on bass, and Elder “TheCrazyDrummer” Merchant on percussion. An example of this excellent musicianship, can be heard on their latest single titled, “Grown-Ups.” You can stream this track directly from the band’s website.
LocalBozo.com was lucky enough to spend some time with The White House Band for an interview to find out more about one of the busiest bands you may never have heard of. We caught up with them at their RapRocks! event at The Studio at Webster Hall featuring acts with hip hop and rock music elements, which they produce and co-headline. They are true workers because they know that it is the only way to make it these days in an extremely saturated music scene. During our sit down with the band, they gave us some insight on whats going on with them now and what they have planned for the future. As an exclusive for LocalBozo readers, you will be able to stream the live RapRocks! performance from The White House Band from January 6th. Also, stay tuned to LocalBozo.com for more events with The White House Band. Rock N Rap, Forever!
The White House Band
January 6, 2011
The Studio at Webster Hall
That’s My Shit
The Bond Song
- Alan Smithee