Rock Candy Q&A: STRFKR’s Joshua Hodges

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STRFKR performs this weekend at The Waiting Room Lounge. Before the band came to town, I called frontman Joshua Hodges while the band was in Chicago and we talked about the dance-rock band’s new album, “Miracle Mile” as well as the band’s current tour.

Kevin Coffey: So, you guys have this big LED wall. It sounds really cool.

Joshua Hodges: It’s cool, man. The drummer, Keil, thought it up and we had some friends in Portland build it. They’re electronic wizards. It folds up really small and we take it in our trailer with us. It’s a really clever design, and it’s synced to the music.

KC: So, Mircale Mile was more of a collaboration with the whole band?

JH: It was just more collaborative than it’s ever been. It started as the same thing. I had parts and stuff already recorded, and we finished it together. There’s a couple songs – one that Keil wrote and one that Patrick wrote.

But there’s someone’s influences on every song. It was really fun to work with people like that and it’s nice to have a group to make decisions with.

KC: How do you replicate some of the sounds from the record? Do you use samples or are you switching instruments all the time?

JH: Patrick uses an MPC, and  both he and I have samplers. There’s sounds that we sample directly from the recording. We can take a clip of it and play it. It sounds pretty much exactly the same. They’re awesome like that: you can still add different stuff to it and mess with it. Samplers are fun, man.

Patrick and I have pretty sizable pedal boards. We do switch instruments, and we play drums at different times. I feel like I always have a guitar on and I’m playing keyboards and going back and forth. All of us do that.

KC: You have a pretty diverse audience. You have enough rock elements to bring a rock crowd and enough electronic and dance elements to bring a dance crowd.

JH: It really is. Even going from different cities are really different. It’s really diverse. And age groups too, man. We get super young people and older people. In Chicago, we had more older people. It’s awesome. I love that. It appeals to people in different places in their lives.

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