60 Seconds With... The Funky Brews
So then, what’s the band name and who are the members?
We’re called The Funky Brews, and we’re a 5 piece band that’s been together for 7 years. Our lineup is Bill Ashworth on beats, Cal Burns on bass, Steph L’Aimable on guitar, Dan Lazner on sax, and Sean Riley on vocals.
What do you think people will say you sound like?
We’ve often been described as a hybrid mix between The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Jamiroquai. Hard rockin’ funk, but with many other styles and elements, hence the name ‘The Funky Brews’.
What do you love about making music?
We make music to give the punters the same feeling that we get when we write a new song. Every member in the band writes their own part, and the fact that it all comes together is a pretty special experience.
What do you hate about the music industry?
Every industry has its pros and cons. The main one is that it’s super hard to make it in Melbourne with so much good competition! But we prefer to keep a positive attitude and keep writing tunes that ooze good vibes.
Who are your musical heroes?
The band has such a broad taste in music and styles, but our common heroes, and people we draw influence from are Prince, James Brown, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jamiroquai, and even local Australian bands like The Bamboos, and Lowrider.
What can a punter expect from your live show?
Danceable tracks that people will be driven to move in ways they have never done before. Ain’t nothing but a party y’all!
When’s the gig and with who?
We’re currently playing a fortnightly residency at Noise Bar in Brunswick. Our next gig is Saturday February 11, with Shotgun Funk and special guests. Come and get funky!