Every third Thursday, Impact Hub San Francisco hosts Audio Backyard, an alternating monthly showcase of local musicians and vendors that explores Bay Area current affairs through the lens of local creativity.
Woolsey is a Berkeley band that blends elements of rock, pop, soul and jazz. Check out their interview below:
Q: What inspires you to create music?
A: The love of music is the greatest contributor that keeps us writing and practicing. Of course, listening to other talented musicians, inspires us to do the same.
Q: Why do you create music?
A: We create music to put on a great show and get the performers high. Being on stage or in a studio isn’t a normal day and we get to be in an environment where we can have fun, be free and connect with our audience, which is incredibly rewarding.
Q: How does music define your community?
A: The bay area is a hub for music that has produced music legends so we feel honored to play in a place like this. We’ve been playing here for a few years now and have started to feel connected in it. We even named the group after our street name.
Q: How would you describe your style of music?
A: We are a trio that blends elements of rock, pop, soul and jazz. Guitars that have uplifting intimate harmonies with drums that are rhythmic and syncopated with plenty of groove.
The three of us come from different musical backgrounds. Adam and Ryan both met at Los Modanos College in Pittsburgh, California majoring in music performance primarily studying jazz and classical styles. Matt started playing music in Little Rock, Arkansas where he was born and raised. Mostly self taught, Matt played with local musicians specializing in metal, hip-hop, and folk.
Q: What are your future plans? Where do you want music to take you?
A: Woolsey will be our project as long as it’s always rewarding to us and the audience. We want music to take us to wherever we are having the most fun.
“Being on stage or in a studio isn’t a normal
day and we get to be in an environment where
we can have fun, be free and connect with
our audience, which is incredibly rewarding.”
Q: If you weren’t creating music, what would you be doing?
A: Ryan – Before playing music seriously, either wanted to work with animals or write novels.
Adam – Always had a love for fictional character art and design.
Matt – Had a lot of creativity as a child. Producing something by hand.
Q: What’s your favorite album right now?
A: Ryan – The Dear Hunter: Act IV Hymns with the Devil in Confessional
Adam – The Beatles: Abbey Road
Matt – Chon: Grow