Artist Q&A

@JamminJavaMei's Q&A With Recess Monkey


Jammin Java has the country's best kids music program in a club. Recess Monkey is a terrific nationally touring band made up of teachers and they're here Sunday! Check out Mei's fun Q&A with the band.

Where was the first your first show? 

We played a lot of smaller gigs in our first couple of years: several dozen at libraries, book stores and birthday parties around Seattle. But our first BIG gig, maybe our biggest ever, was in our third year: WE OPENED FOR THE DALAI LAMA! Seriously! He was in Seattle for a big multi-day event called “Seeds of Compassion” and the culminating event was this big public show at Qwest Field where the Seahawks play. THERE WERE 50,000 PEOPLE THERE! The strangest thing about it was we played in the end zone to a totally packed stadium, but it felt empty because there was no one on the field. The audience was so far away- definitely a challenge for a band like ours that thrives on interacting with our audience. But still- this was NUTS! There were at least 5,000 people directly behind the stage singing and dancing along, and there was this great moment where we looked back and saw that we had our backs to an audience larger than we’d ever played to before. Definitely memorable!

What artist/ band would you say you are most influenced by?

Drew: XTC Jack: Elliott Smith Korum: XTC

Favorite Food (each member)

Drew: eggs Jack: CHEESE!!! Korum: meatless lasagna

What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?

Shortly after our Dalai Lama experience, we did a crazy road tour: 2.5 weeks around the country, which included our first show at Jammin’ Java. It was really fun, but a lot of distance to cover- 18 shows plus 9,000 miles of driving crammed into 17 days. It included a lot of overnight driving with the non-drivers asleep in the backseat, and it really strengthened our friendship.

What two words would best describe your music?

Exciting! Contagious!