Funk soul brothers

The Floozies funk up Oddbody’s

By Josher Lumpkin

Photo: The Floozies will perform on Feb. 25 at Oddbody’s

The Floozies play a unique blend of old school funk combined with EDM stylings. Made up of producer Matt Hill on guitar and brother Mark Hill on drums, the band just released its most recent album, Do Your Thing, for free on its web site. The Floozies have embarked on a several month-long, full U.S. tour, and they’ll make a stop in Dayton to play Oddbody’s Music Room on Feb. 25.

The Floozies are being brought to Dayton by promoters 3DMentional Entertainment. Tony DeSaro, a promoter for 3DMentional, had this to say about the show: “Funk is a style of music that is deeply rooted in Dayton’s history, which is why 3DMentional Entertainment is excited to be presenting a fresh perspective on the genre. We are proud of our ability to bring together diverse groups of music fans, and showcasing The Floozies is another great step in that direction. As the band’s only stop in Ohio, it’s an exciting night for any fan of funky dance music.”

I recently had the opportunity to ask the Floozies a few questions about their experience playing together, and their upcoming show at Oddbody’s. Here’s what they told me.

Lawrence is a cool town surrounded by largely conservative Kansas. Do you, as young musicians, ever encounter adversity or other challenges when you venture out of Lawrence into the surrounding areas?

The Floozies: Not really. We pretty much stick to Lawrence and Kansas City for shows in our neck of the woods. Both are great places for music and general creativity.

What’s the music scene like in Lawrence?

TF: Fantastic. A lot of great musicians live in Lawrence. There’s a disproportionate amount of venues for the size of the town so there’s always local music or touring bands rolling through.

Do you guys have other siblings that aren’t in The Floozies?

TF: Yeah we have a sister. She’s wonderful.

I have read that you never make setlists. How do you know what songs you are going to play?

TF: When we aren’t using setlists we just kind of feel it out. Let the music transition naturally. We do a lot of improvised stuff, too, which helps us venture into the next track without having to think too hard about it.

Have you ever accidentally started playing two different songs?

TF: Nah, we have never had that problem.

You give away your music for free on your web site. Is this the wave of the future?

TF: I think so. I mean some people want to buy it and they have that option. But if someone wants to find it for free they are going to do so either way. I’d rather have people listening than not. Whether they’re broke or not, I want the music to be heard. And honestly, we love playing music live and that’s what we emphasize. The more the music spreads freely, the more live shows we get to play. That’s what we want to keep doing.

Obviously the music business is in the middle of some big-time changes – is there a formula you think artists will have to adopt in order to be successful in this changing environment?

TF: I don’t know if there is any one formula. I think it’s different for everyone.

Dayton was once a funk mecca. Bands like Sun, Slave, Zapp and Ohio Players all came from this area. Have you ever performed in Dayton?

TF: I don’t believe we have. We’ve done some stuff in the area. But it seems like a funk mecca will be a great place for us!

How long have you been playing as The Floozies, anyway?

TF: Six years or so.

Which do you prefer, club shows or big festivals?

TF: Both have their ups and downs. Festivals are a great experience all around. Club shows are great for headlining cause we get to cater the event to our liking – picking openers and designing our light production for the evening. I don’t think I could pick a favorite.

What can your audience expect at your show at Oddbody’s on Feb. 25?

TF: A good ol’ fashioned hootenanny. Filled with funk, sweat and fancy lights.

The Floozies will play on Wednesday, Feb. 25. at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road. Russ Liquid and Filibusta are also on the bill. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door for patrons 18 and up. Doors at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. For more information, please visit FlooziesDuo.com.

Reach DCP freelance writer Josher Lumpkin at josherlumpkin@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Josher Lumpkin
Josher Lumpkin is a nursing student and aspiring historian who enjoys writing about music and geekdom of all kinds. He is especially fond of punk rock, tabletop gaming, sci-fi/fantasy and camping with his wife, Jenner, and their dogs, Katie and Sophie. Reach him at JosherLumpkin@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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