!!!!!!!!!!CON BRIO INTERVIEW!!!!!!!!!!

SHIMMIESSSSSSS! I have some SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS news for you all!!!!!

SOOOOOOOOOO GUESS WHAT!

About a week ago, in honor of Black Music Month, I created the ULTIMATE playlist for your ears to enjoy and your hips to shimmy to! Remember that? Well, since then, I’ve done a teeny-wee-bit more!

BOLD and filled with as much tenacity as Steph Curry, I decided to go out on a limb and contact the number ONE featured band on my playlist, Con Brio! With the most anticipated fervor, I just HAD to speak with them on all things Black Music and more!

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You see, I came across their astounding lyrical melodies as I was canvasing my app, AJ+! The cool editors at AJ+ interviewed Ziek (vocalist) and even included snippets of his riveting, powerful, and much needed hit, “Free N Brave”. During the interview, Ziek even got the chance to reveal his inspiration for writing the masterpiece and his hopes of it transcending the masses as we face times of political instability with our law enforcement within the African American community.

To say the least, I was honestly quite intrigued. Therefore, with the quickness, I googled the band and even skipped over to my Spotify app to hear more! Their lyrics, vocals, rhythmic instrumentals, and overall production captivated me! Because of this, I simply couldn’t wait ANY longer and decided to not only share them with the world by featuring their talents on my playlist while telling each and every one of my Shimmies about them, but also interview them for BLACK MUSIC MONTH!!!!

Who knew they would ACTUALLY respond though!!! Like seriously, ya girl was in shambles trying to pull herself together! And peep THIS…how about they were currently ON TOUR as they responded! I’m talking “riding through New Mexico towards their next stop” type of ‘on tour’! Talk about dedication to their dope music and their fans as well!

But enough, and I mean ENOUGH, of my ramblings!!!!! Continue reading below to find out more on how their band came to be, the inspiration behind their music, their upcoming tour dates, and what we can expect from them in the FUTURE!

  1. Living here in New Mexico enables me to become quite familiar with not only the Spanish culture and influences, but the language as well. The term, ‘Con Brio’ means “with force or vigor.” Tell us the story of how the name of your band came to be.

The initial spark behind the name ‘Con Brio’ was inspired by the Italian musical term that is used in sheet music to indicate that a section should be played “with Spirit or vigor”. To us the name felt limitless and open for interpretation and that’s an essence we’d like to maintain throughout our journey. We strive to deliver our music and live our lives “with spirit”…minus the sheet music. 

  1. Each of you are probably SO musically unique in your own ways which I’m sure helps expand and reach fans from many diverse backgrounds; therefore, collectively, who are your musical influences – past and present?

Soooo many! Here they are: 

Soul & R&B – (Pharrell Williams, Miguel, Janelle Monae, D’Angelo, Sade)

Rock & Roll (Led Zepplin, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks)

Electronic – (James Blake, Daft Punk)

Jazz – (John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Robert Grasper, Snarky Puppy)

Pop – (Prince, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars), 

Funk – (James Brown, Sly & The Family Stone, Parliament, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield)

Disco- (Chic) 

Film-score’s – (Ennio Morricine, John Williams, Hanz Zimmer) 

Hip Hop – (Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest, J Dilla, The Hieroglyphics) 

  1. How was The Band Con Brio formed? Did you all already know one another or did it happen by chance?

Well, Con Brio existed in a slightly different format (Micah- keyboards, Jon- bass, and Andrew- drums: being its longstanding members) prior to the presence of Benjamin (guitar), Marcus (saxophone), Brendan (trumpet), and myself. Micah and I met at a neighborhood jam session called Steppin’ that was led by an “OG” named Oscar Myers (who played with James Brown, Lowell Folsom, Jimmy McKracklin and many other influential musicians). Steppin’ nurtured a gang of hard hitting phenomenal musicians that mentored 3 of 7 CB members (Micah, Jon, & me). Micah and I used to meet there every Tuesday night and study their language and chemistry until these musicians would invite us up to sit in- I met Marcus playing in Steppin’ as well.  Eventually, after CB’s original lead singer left the band, Micah reached out to me and we started writing. We’d been making music and performing together already so it was like breathing for us. Marcus has been playing w/ CB since our first show as a band. Andrew met Ben at a recording session and played with Brendon at a show and invited both to be apart of the team then voila! We’re now a living and breathing testament to the power of the Bay Area’s rich and close artist/musician community!

  1. What’s next for The Band Con Brio? What can your fans expect to see in the upcoming future?

First things first, we’re delivering the fruits of our labor, Kiss the Sun, on the national and international festival circuit this year (I’m actually answering these questions as we’re driving back home from Texas approaching New Mexico from the first stretch of our Endless Summer Tour). All tour dates can be found on our website thebandconbrio.com. Secondly, before we even released, Kiss the Sun, we were back in the studio working on our full length album. So we’re excited to be chipping away at this experience in our downtime for the masses to enjoy in the near future. Lastly, (and this stands for us included) expect the unexpected 😉 

Wasn’t that the freaking COOLEST!?! You can bet your bottom dollar, I’m printing and framing this interview! And you can bet your second to the last bottom dollar that I’m going to get it autographed one day too! 😀

Be sure to check out ALL of their music and like they said, be on the lookout for their full length album! I know I’m gonna keep my beady eyes peeled so I can be sure to keep you guys up to date on all things Con Brio and even spread TONS of joy by giving away a copy! <3

Remember to Live Life, Beautifully <3 (I know Con Brio will!)

– Shimmy Sistah

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