Indie Band Kwame and the Uptown Shakedown Is Our Featured Indie Artists Today.
These guys are a great indie band and is destined to take over the music scene.
Check out the interview with indie band Kwame and the Uptown Shakedown!
DSR: Let’s get to know a little bit more about you and how you grew up. So where do you consider hometown and what type of kid were you growing up?
KB: My name is Kwame Binea I’m born in West London UK but I grew up in Ghana, west Africa. I moved to New Jersey when I was 11yrs old, as you can see I have a few homes but my present day hometown in Harlem NYC. Growing up I was a pretty even tempered knowledge hungry and I loved music and sports.
DSR: How old were you when you developed an interest in music?
KB: I always loved music but my first memory of liking music was about 4 years old, music made me feel like nothing else.
DSR: What was the first album you ever listened to? Can you remember back that far?
KB: The first album I remembered listening to was Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Yeah I remember that very well I had a cousin who was a Jackson impersonator, he played that album daily.
DSR: When and how did each one of you begin their journey in the world of music?
KB: My music life began in the church as a choir singer then studied voice in College and began playing in bands and now. 2009 I met my songwriting partner Justin Wilcox and started my band in 2011.
DSR: What influences shaped your musical style?
KB: My music and the vibe of my band The Uptown Shakedown are influenced by lots including Rock & Roll, blues, soul, funk and R&B.
DSR: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before?
KB: I would describe music as Rock & Roll Soul and Funk, and it’s Organic.
DSR: So, we all know you’re a singer, but you’re also a songwriter. What’s the easiest kind of song for you to write?
KB: You know what for me it varies sometimes slower songs are easier and others times the Full Rock and funk ones are, it really depends on the mood and energy around.
DSR: Do you write a lot by yourself or do you have a partner or a group of guys you work with?
KB: Most of the tunes I write with my songwriting partner and guitarist Justin Wilcox.
DSR: What is your indie band main goal at this point? Where do you possibly see yourself 5-10 years from now?
KB: My main goal at this point is to get my music out to as many people as possible, 5-10 years beginning to really make my mark in the world.
DSR: What was your inspiration behind the single “Love & Money?”
KB: Love & Money is a song that spoke to me about Balance, to try to find balance in wealth, love or any aspect of our lives.
DSR: Have you learned any lessons so far and if so, what are they?
KB: Yes I have learned and continue to learn many lessons on my journey the ones that stick with me most are to never burn bridges and to try to be kind.
DSR: Are there any artists you wish to work with in the future?
KB: Love to work with Eric Clapton George Clinton, Rod Stewart.
DSR: If you could create your dream tour, who would be a part of it?
KB: Love to be on a tour with The Black Crows.
DSR: Where can we find your music? Online and offline?
KB: My music can be found online for free download very soon on my website and my debut EP will be in stores and online early 2014
DSR: We ask all the artists we interview, what’s the best piece of advice someone’s ever given to you as an indie band?
KB: The best piece of advice I got was to do believe in yourself and stay positive.
Not every day do we interview an indie band with as much enthusiasm as Kwame and the Uptown Shakedown, we definitely appreciate you stopping through!