Blues, Rock, & Hip-Hop is an experiment of musical genre created by artists Andy Box & The Bunks. It combines elements of traditional blues, rock-n-roll, and hip-hop with the intent of creating an alternative sound that is both unique and familiar. Instrumentally, this project is true the four musicians in the band; every track has guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. Lyrically, the content is strong with Andy Box covering themes of love and loss to deeper messages of spirituality and the war on consciousness. Overall the sound is fun, smart, and edgy; a trip through the minds of four undoubtedly talented musicians.
When and where did you all meet? What was the ultimate deciding factor to create Andy Box & the Bunks? We met for the first time in 2013 at a show in Long Branch called “A Night like Woodstock” when AI was part of a hip-hop duo and the Bunks were playing one of their first shows. The Bunks bassist and I went to Monmouth University together and studied Music Industry. We were close friends throughout college and near the end of Senior Year I approached the band with the idea of creating a collaborative project; they were down right away! It was not long after that we all met up and started playing together that my duo partner gave up music and I was left alone. Luckily, the Bunks were excited to explore the experimental sound we had been jamming on and we set out to record something we could call our own. That’s how it all began.
What are your musical backgrounds like? What made you decide to mesh Blues, Rock, and Hip Hop together as one? My background in music, creatively speaking, was in hip-hop; my teenage years consisted of listening to every street record I could get my hands on; artist like Jadakiss, Jay-Z, Outkast, Lil Wayne, and Kid Cudi were huge influences. I loved recording and releasing mixtapes with my friends. I always had a love for the psychedelic blues rock of the late 60’s and 70’s, artists like Led Zeppelin, the Zombies, and of course the Beatles so when I heard the Bunks groovy style of blues rock I thought that we had an opportunity to create something I’ve never heard before. The Bunks have a rock n roll background; I mean these guys are about as rock n roll as you can get. They love everything from Jimi to the Black Keys, Jack White to Stone Temple Pilots and PLENTY more. When we realized we had similar tastes and musically we could create something fun and unique out of our collective talents, we set out on creating what we called Blues, Rock, & Hip-Hop.
Tell us a bit about your current release, Blues Rock Hip Hop Demo! What was the writing and recording process like? 4 out of these 5 songs I came to the Bunks with; I had the chord changes and song structures all mapped out. They took it and ran with them, breathing such great life into Ride Life, Indulge In the Pleasure, Changing Tides, an Daemons Make the Angels Real. What You Need was written by Jozcel and Jonzi; when they showed it to me I immediately came up with the chorus and we jammed on it over and over. It was magic. We met up and jammed on these songs A LOT before thinking about recording. We ended up recording in October with Stephen Kellner in North Jersey. The guy has a great set-up and is a really knowledge producer and musician. We cut all 5 records in two days.
Do you have any upcoming tour dates to celebrate this demo release?
Yes and No. It is not exactly a “Tour” but we do have shows booked in NYC, North Jersey, and Central Jersey. We plan on doing a lot of open mics and pop-up performances in the coming weeks so if you’re in the city look out! Here is a List of the 3 shows booked so far:
Februrary 27th – Asbury Park Yacht Club – Asbury Park NJ
March 29th – The Bitter End – NYC
April 7th – The Court Tavern – New Brunswick NJ
If you had to describe your music to new listeners in three words, what would they be?
Blues, Rock, & Hip-Hop! HAHA But really….. Fun, Smart, and a little trippy.