The Kinky Fingers : "I want to get the music out there"

Published on September 6 2013

The Kinky Fingers : "I want to get the music out there"

1. You are “The Kinky Fingers”, from Colorado. Could you briefly tell us how you met each other and why you chose this band name? 

 

Yes, Denver is our current home and stompn’ grounds. The band actually started out as a collective (it’s starting to solidify). Now the head honchos are Nate Wilson on bass, Daniel Hogans on drums, and myself but over the past year I’ve been lucky enough to play with a lot of great musicians who are cool with the idea of having a band that changes, and arrangements that change. That’s part of how we came up with the name Kinky Fingers, since the one thing that all instrumentalists have in common is that they all have to kink there fingers in order to play. It’s also a play off The Rolling Stones album “Sticky Fingers”.

 


2. Your music belongs to an unclassifiyable and unusual genre of music mixing rock, western swing, surf, and blues. What are your influences ? 
 

If I had to classify our music I’d simply call it “American”. It draws from nearly all of the traditional musics of America (Folk, Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Surf, ect). I guess the main elements behind our sound are western swing and surf music AKA “Santa Fe Surf”, but there’s more to it than that. If I had to listen to one artist for the rest of my life it would have to be Bob Dylan. I love folk music (in a way all music is folk music to a certain time and peoples) and Dylan took from traditional songs and changed them to exemplify the times. That’s something I try to do with music as well.

 


3. While composing your song, where does your inspiration come from? 

 

Inspiration can come from a lot of places; it’s hard to say. On our new EP we have a song called “White Wave” which was inspired by my childhood living in the mountains and snowboarding all the time but it’s always different; I never try to force a song, I just wait till it comes.

 

The Kinky Fingers : "I want to get the music out there"

 

4. You just released your new album “Make You Happy” on Jamendo for our listeners’ greatest pleasure. Could you briefly tell us how you came up with this album?

Make You Happy” is the first of three EP’s that we’re releasing as part of something I call “The EP Series” (also there is “White River City” and “Santa Fe Surfin”). “Make You Happy” was simply just something we threw together in order to have some recordings for our homies and fans. 

 

 

5. Do you have any personal favourite in this album?

More Than Enough” is definitely one of my favorites off that EP, probably that and “Tennessee” but I’m happy with how all of them turned out.

 


6. What do you like the most in a public performance? 

Performing is one of my favorite things to do, especially with this band and playing with different musicians all the time. It’s exciting to see how the songs will sound with different people and the way you improvise is also different. To me it’s all about playing what the song needs, whether it’s heavy or subtle is entirely up to the musicians on stage.

 

I want to push the music right now and get it out there for a wide audience

Tayler (The Kinky Fingers)

 

 

7. You chose to share your music for free under Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo. Why did you make this decision? 

I just want to push the music right now and get it out there for a wide audience. What better place to do so than a platform like Jamendo?


8. And since it’s a tradition at Jamendo : Is there a fun fact about you that your fans don’t know and would be surprised to hear about?

I was struck by lightning as a kid.