Artist Q&A

@JamminJavaMei's Q&A With Songs Of Water


Songs Of Water is a unique band from North Carolina that combines folk and rock instrumentation. Check out the ensemble's masterful use of percussion, strings, the hammered dulcimer, and more in the video below. They're here 8/23!

Where and when was your first show?

I’m honestly not exactly sure where our first show under the Songs of Water moniker took place. It was likely at a local North Carolina coffee shop, art festival or church building and would have felt more like a game of musical chairs than an actual concert. Our earliest days involved a large community of participants. For a while we weren’t exactly sure who was in the band or if we even were a band. We just enjoyed the community that was born from our music, and the music that was born from our community.

What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence?

Our list of influences is pretty exhaustive and diverse among the seven of us, however, you can trace a large portion of our musical DNA back to the band “Dead Can Dance”. Lisa Gerrard was one of the first people I heard play the hammered dulcimer accompanied by various percussion.

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

Last October, we had the incredible opportunity of doing a full-band, two-week tour of Australia. This means, 7 musicians, carrying over 700 pounds of musical equipment on 9 different flights from America to every major city in Australia. Miraculously enough, the tour went over even more flawless than many of our American tours.

Favorite Food: Anything Thai, Anything Indian, Anything Blazing Hot.

Favorite Drink: We are shameless coffee snobs, craft beer and wine connoisseurs.

If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself?

A movie on us would probably land somewhere between Baraka and Monty Python. : ) or Perhaps Lord of the Rings with Jack Black cast as Frodo.

Cat-Person, Dog-Person, or both? woof woof

What two words would best describe your music?

Our music has been labeled many different ways; everything from “Eclectic Pawn-Shop Music” to “Post-traditional” but for two words, my favorite would be in the words of Luke’s dad who labeled our sound as “Biscuits & Curry”.