What’s up followers? We have a vey special post for you today. We’d like to introduce Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band to the DubEra faithful! This rockin’ six-piece is coming to the AURA Music & Arts Festival to bring you a strong dose of some North Carolina FUNK. We cauight up with vocal / guitarist John-Paul Miller to discuss the Spirit of Suwannee festival that takes place February 15-17.
DubEra: What are your main influences? Personally and for the band… John-Paul Miller: My main influences have been Jimi Hendrix, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly Stone, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Crowes, The Doors among others. The band has a wide range of influences spanning from Charles Mingus to Dr Dre to Mars Volta, but Funk is the foundation for most of the music that we create. The other genres have a way of weaving their way in and out of our songs.
DubEra: What makes the Suwannee a special venue for a music festival? Miller: I have been going to Suwannee since the mid nineties, before it was a large festival site. I used to play hand drums with my friends on the amphitheatre stage late at night and have gone canoeing down the river over a dozen times. I have always loved The Spirit of Suwannee and now my band gets to play there all the time. It definitely holds some special magic.
DubEra: What are you looking forward to most about Aura 2013? The lineup is amazing and we are looking forward to having some fun “guest sit ins.” Being a full time touring musician, sometimes festivals are our only chance to check out other live bands. There are quite a few acts that I am excited about seeing.
DubEra: What music do you have out? Miller: We have our last studio album Doin it Hard on CD and vinyl, as well as a Remix album entitled Re-Doin it Hard. We have a new music video out for a song called “Lovin.” We have other albums out as well, but with the significant lineup changes over the last 10 years, we tend to focus on our more current material.
We also have a side project called The Big Ol Nasty Getdown.
It is a project that involves members of The Booty Band, George Clinton and members of Parliament-Funkadelic, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dumpstaphunk, Derek Trucks Band, Blackalicious, etc. The debut album dropped this year.
DubEra: Anything you’d like to add? Anything the fans should know before exploring your band? Miller: Be on the lookout for our next album, single and video scheduled for Spring of 2013.