Sweet N’ Juicy – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
SN’J: Sweet N’ Juicy plays songwriter Funk in Fruit Suits! Our goal is to make you feel good about yourself. Sweet is a bass playing banana, N’ is a drumming pineapple, and the keyboard playing strawberry is Juicy. We’re just a bunch of fruits that want you to party!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SN’J: We started off as humans when we were the house band for a variety show in Portland, Oregon. We played other shows too, and it was good but something just didn’t feel quite right. Then one day we became fruits when we got to open for Afroman, and now it feels like coming home every time we play!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SN’J: The musical influences for SNJ are Prince, Talking Heads, Beck, RHCP, and Larry Graham. Our non-musical influences are sex and drugs.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
SN’J: We just want to party! Although Juicy has this reoccuring dream that a man wakes up and decides to go fishing one day. He goes downstairs, kisses his wife goodbye, says guten tag to his son and daughter (they’re learning German) and scratches his dog behind the ears. He goes to his typical fishing spot and sits down, thinking “I won’t leave this spot until I catch a fish.” The thing about the man is that he isn’t a particularly promising fisherman, so days turn to weeks, weeks into months, and the snow falls then warms away in the Spring before he gets a pull on his line. Excited and tired, he reels in his prize only to pull up a pig wearing a birthday hat. Professional dream intrepeters and mathematicians have struggled with this dream for years asking to themselves, “Was the dog a good boy, who’s a good boy, yes he is? Did he like his ear scratches? Did he wag his little tail and sneeze from excitement?” Juicy can’t remember.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SN’J: Sweet is the primary songwriter, but all of us get out of our peels in the writing room. Our songs are mostly about sex and drugs, but a love song will sneak by every now and again. We can’t help it!
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SN’J: We try to contact local radio, event boards etc, often clubs will have a press list you can run down. When we get into town we go “Fruiting” and walk around saying hi to people while inviting them to come let loose. And of course social media, too. Everything’s bound to do something.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
SN’J: There are a lot of ways to look at it, but one thing we know for sure is that we sell far more albums in physical form than we do online. That goes the same for streaming. What it comes down to is preference! No one way seems to be right, it’s just whatever makes people happy.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SN’J: Oh man- Signed Sealed Delivered in a perfectly crafted gem. Beer Never Broke My Heart is a pretty fun jam this month too. Just to have been a pencil in the writing room for either would have been hip.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
SN’J: When pets go every way while on walks! N’ has 4 cats that he walks on leashes, and those little pussies go everywhere but forward.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
SN’J: For Sweet it was writing a song with Blondie, for N’ it was when he felt comfortable on drums, and for Juicy it was meeting amazing people while touring Europe and the West coast this year.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
SN’J: We are booking a second West Coast tour for February, and regional touring through the Spring. We are also writing new songs and sprucing up our studio and social media. Things are gonna get fruity in 2020!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
SN’J: We play all over Oregon in November starting with the Weird Portland United Gala on November 7th. Please feel free to check our calendar for more upcoming dates! You should come to the show to have fun and take a load off. Every SNJ show is a little different because we design the set based on the mood of the audience, but the one singularity is fun. We almost have an almost vaudevillian style performance that is very engaging. Just know the gimmick isn’t the fruit suits, its that we back it up with well crafted tunes and solid musicality. We have one mission and that is to entertain. Come party.
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