Three-time Grammy award winning collective will close Musicology Barcaffe Sessions season with a concert at Kalemegdan, on June 23. Find FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2171615239567509/
Michael League formed the band back in 2003, with a group of his friends, never imagining it will become a widely known band that won such prestigious awards.
Snarky Puppy is now a big collective, counting more than 30 members, each having their solo carriers, and other side-projects. They perform in a constantly changing rotation, so every show is a new adventure, for the crowd, but for them as well.
We talked to Michael about Snarky Puppy favorites, their plans and expectations for the upcoming concert in Belgrade:
- You are coming to Belgrade for the first time as a group. The Belgrade audience seems really excited to have you. Are you excited to be here as well?
Absolutely! I played in Belgrade last year with
my other band, Bokanté, and the response was incredible. It was a very warm,
music-loving audience. I can’t wait to put Snarky Puppy in front of that crowd.
- What can Belgrade audience expect on June 23?
A band that is very excited to play in Serbia for
the first time! We’ll be performing a mix of new and old songs from our
- Which are your favorite songs to perform?
Whatever is newest!
- Which was your favorite performance?
I don’t know
that I can name a single one, but a very, very memorable show was one we did at
the Olympia in Paris with the Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley. The
energy in the room was unbelievable.
- How would you describe your audience. Is it diverse?
would say that the only common thing among them is a deep, obsessive love of
music. Age, gender, race, religion… those things vary greatly from gig to gig.
- Your new album „Immigrance“ is out. Can you tell us more about the album?
It’s our second studio album in a row. We recorded most of it live in the studio, with all three drummers alternating sections on each song. I feel like it explores some ideas that we haven’t previously explored, and that it has a vibrant, raw energy.
- What kind of impact do you hope to create as a famous artists?
I don’t see
us as famous, but I think that we try to use what influence we do have to
encourage musicians, especially young ones, to try their best to create music
they love and believe in. Art is so important for us as both individuals and
societies- it can change hearts and minds, but only when there is substance to
- You did some workshops for students. Did you like the teaching experience? What message do you have for young musicians trying to make it in this world?
We love to
teach. We all had excellent teachers/band directors/mentors growing up, and
it’s important to us that we try to give back to other musicians what we
received over the years. As for a message, I believe that if a person works
hard to excel at their craft, is reliable, and has a good attitude, they will
always have work in the music industry.
- What are your plans for the future?
I have lots of different ideas. A book about our early days, a documentary on the passing-on of musical traditions around the world, a fully acoustic album… the list goes on. Let’s see if we have time to make them all!
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.