Listen to the new song from Organic Flow – Whirring Wheels
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
We are from the Chicagoland area, we have been playing and evolving together since high-school.
What do you have coming up? What are some of the new projects we can expect to see?
Right now we are in the process of writing more songs and promoting our most recent album Foot Prints.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Whirring Wheels is off our new album, we feel that this songs marks the beginning of the codification of our current sound. Organic Flow started off as your prototypical live socio/political hip-hop band but as our individual artistic journeys began to take off our tastes and influences began to diversify and alter our music.
How does your music separate yourself from other artists and bands out there?
Our music is heavily influenced by jazz on every level but at the same time we draw a lot water from the hip-hop well. By that we mean we love improvising and are open to adding newer modern sounds. Our emcee draws very heavily from beat poets like Ginsberg and Kerouac while our musical influence includes artists like Wayne Shorter and the Bad Plus.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Our sound is hard to quantify. I don’t mean that in a facetious way, it’s that we don’t quite fall snuggly under any specific genre be it rock, hip-hop, or jazz. So when booking shows its been difficult to find a bill that doesn’t make our sound stick out like a sore thumb.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
College. We went to different colleges so for a while the guitarist was in Chicago studying jazz and classical guitar while the rest of the crew was down at U of I. After college ended we reunited and found that our sound was nothing like it was before.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
The biggest part of being an artist is self discovery. You need to look inside yourself in an endeavor to express what you feel. It’s easy to get hung up on what’s hot but that’s not what being an artist is about. I think that jazz cats like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie show this side of art, they took the popular show tunes of their day and conformed them to their personalities and spawned a new movement in jazz. Express what you feel.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Trust yourself. The inner world of feeling and emotion is really inexpressible, creativity, and art is only the process of description. When you stop describing your art dies, when you stop trying to find fresh ways to express yourself you are no longer an artist. Because there is no right or wrong way of putting the intangible inner world into the gross material world you just need to trust yourself and keep evolving. If it makes you feel, then it is good art.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
We rely on Facebook, venues, and word of mouth.
Where can people visit you?