Marsha and Natalie, February 13, 2004

 

Written by: Jason Perlman

 

Jason: How’s the tour going?
Marsha: Beautiful. We just got into Denver, it’s really nice out here. I’ve never been here before so I’m excited.

Jason: I used to have a friend that played football out there, it’s a beautiful city
Marsha: Really, yeah it looks gorgeous.

Jason: You probably won’t be able to see too much of it.
Marsha: I know, we do the show tonight and I think we actually leave in the evening tomorrow for the next city so, more than likely we’ll chill out the entire day and try to see some sights.

Jason: That’s good. Is this your first actual big-time tour?
Marsha: No, this is like our fourth. Yeah, our first one was one with Alicia Keys then we went out with India Aria, then we went out with Gangstar and now we’re out with Erykah Badu.

Jason: Those are some good names. One thing about, I just heard your live CD which was my first time hearing Floetry live and I just got done seeing Robert Randolph not too long ago, and it seems like kinda this more upbeat, good message type of music is making it’s way back.
Marsha: I think the resurgence of live music is coming back. It’s everywhere. The industry that we’re in now is one where you can get that. It is slightly taking a backward step where live bands used to be the only way to hear the music and now it seems to cost more to do that. To emphasize that you are a live band and to stay out on the road cost a lot more than showing up with a DJ or a deck cassette with your backing track on it, but that’s not what we’re trying to portray. We’re trying to portray the live element of soul again.

Jason: And I think you do it very well.
Marsha: Thank You

Jason: When somebody is termed as R&B a lot of times there’s a lot of rhythm but not a lot of blues and Floetry seems to have a lot of both in their music. How much influence is from growing up and how much of that is now coming from right now.
Marsha: I was speaking earlier on about influence with Natalie and I think it’s something that we must be careful with and vigilant of, although, we are definitely very influenced by our upbringing as anyone is influence by their surroundings But we’re also open to what just is within us and what comes out. We live in a time of a lot of imitation and imitation is an early stage of creation, it’s understandable, but if one over studies and goes too far into what came before it can make it very difficult to find one’s voice. There are two things, there is what we were raised with, our parents fortunately shared with us, our grandparents shared with us and there’s also the sound in our own heads.

Jason: Even the name Floetry really puts an image in somebody’s mind of what is to come. How did that name come about and how does your name describe the music that you’re presenting or is it just something that came out without putting much thought into it?
Marsha: I don’t know. I mean you’re influenced by what your influenced by at the end of the day and people are going to take from your music what they hear in it, like some people can hear country and western songs, some people can hear blues, some people can hear Jazz, R&B. And for myself it’s all of the above because everything exists, you can only give your version of what you feel within that music.

Jason: How was just the reaction from the fans on those tours you mentioned earlier? Did you expect the good reaction?
Natalie: You don’t expect anything. To go with an expectation can really stifle and knock you off path that is laid for you because you start to try to fulfill your expectations rather than learn and learn from your experiences rather than try to dictate them so, it’s been beautiful. We’re enjoying it. We didn’t expect anything. We just came out here and realized that the opportunity had opened to us and embraced that opportunity and there are still a lot of things that we are dreaming of and a lot of things that we are working on. It’s been beautiful more than anything but expectancy has never been a part of it.

Jason: You’re really playing that type of music, even as we speak, is really up in the air about how to protect the music, like the Janet Jackson thing and everything is in so much turmoil...
Marsha: What Janet Jackson thing?

Jason: The Superbowl
Marsha: That’s not even...that’s got nothing to do with anything.

Jason: Maybe. But I think a lot of times mainstream media gets away from the actual aspect of music in terms of what they consider big stories.
Marsha: To be honest with you, before music, you’ve got Janet Jackson and this thing on TV while there are people being bombed in Iraq. It is more than going off of the point of music. Music isn’t what is reflected within the media. The media has a lot of things to talk about and see the desires of what they feel sells newspapers and magazines. It’s not, unless you have a specific magazine which is for people who build studios in their house and tells them what the new equipment is, you’re not really going to see anything about Janet Jackson’s nipple in there. So you have very specified publications and that’s where you find specified information. I think that everything is a cycle and sometimes things implode on themselves and art is more about business than it is about art and that’s just the part of the current movement. It comes back around and actually energy and time will dictate until somebody try’s to standup and change it. Of course the change is within everybody so, we just concentrate on what we’re doing because when you look out too much, it’s just too confusing there’s too much craziness out there.

Jason: That’s actually where I was going with that. That time that you get to spend on stage and then the interaction you have live with the fans, it kinda gets rid of all that outside influence and it really is just about, you and your band as a group. What is that experience like for you personally to feel to have that personal interaction every night with different people, different cities.
Natalie: It’s more than you can put into words. It’s indescribable. I mean it’s different every night but its still energy. It’s a release that you get to express everything that you feel differently each and every night. I mean, obviously we change our set slightly but it’s still the same message, same intent and people are there to hear what you feel and they gain sense of self from it. Just the fans that we meet after the shows and how they express how much we’ve given to them when they’ll never know how much they’ve actually given to us and it’s just fortunate that we’re able to keep doing what we’re doing.