It was my first trip to Electric Forest and I’d just had my mind rocked by four days of amazing people and positive energy. Pretty Lights had wrapped up his performance and a mob of people started for the final show of the festival: Beats Antique. Having little knowledge of who they were at the time, I was expecting a show like any other I’d seen in the festival. Not only did they match the excellence of the other artists but Beats Antique added a plethora of collaborative elements that took it far beyond the next level. There was an entire marching band of enthusiastic festival goers, elaborate costumes, and throngs of people grooving to each sound. It was incredible.
The history behind Beats Antique is a unique one as there are three established performers that make up the group: Zoe Jakes, David Satori and Sidecar Tommy. Each show is a “trip through your inner dimensions” and is “meant to be an adventure for the audience, a wild ride that takes them through these mystical lands all across the globe.” They absolutely deliver an unforgettable experience for each audience member. Speaking from experience, it is a show I will not soon forget!
Here’s the best part: Sidecar Tommy spent some time answering all the questions you’d ever want to know for Mass Musings. Read his answers below and make sure you check out their upcoming shows!
How did you all meet?
We met in the Bay Area, Zoe and I were in a 35 piece band Extra Action Marching Band, and a circus sideshow burlesque rock band called The Yard Dogs Roadshow, back in the mid 2000’s.
Was there an immediate connection with your music/performance styles or was that developed over time?
Once the 3 of us came together we knew something interesting would come of it.
What’s one thing you want people to know about you/your music if nothing else?
That we absolutely love the family that has evolved over time and have a blast coming up with the next project, costume, song, idea!
Your shows are know for their incredible creativity and “creature” features. What’s it like being on stage and seeing the sea of fans completely invested in the show with you?
There’s nothing quite like experiencing a creative endeavor that started as an idea and ends up all coming together in a live setting.
I had the pleasure of catching your set at Electric Forest 2013. Tell me about the experience of closing out the festival!
Closing out a festival such as Electric Forest is an honor. We had partnered with the promoter to run a contest to put together a roving marching band made up of festival goers. Each person sent in a crazy video of themselves playing one of our songs in a fun awkward setting. The winners would become the Mayhem Marching Band. We performed in the forest during the day, and they joined us on stage for the finale of the show! It was amazing to see these kids up there playing in front of tens of thousands of people with us, experiencing a bit of what’s it’s like to be in our shoes!
Would you rather use sandpaper for toilet paper or hot sauce for eye drops?
Sand paper, there’s always a smooth side of sandpaper 🙂
If you could meet one person (living or dead) who would it be?
The person that organizes the people of the world to love each other and protect the animals and the beautiful nature that surrounds us!
What are your favorite snacks while touring? Any must haves?
Cheese, lots and lots of cheese.
What’s the craziest/ weirdest thing you’ve ever seen at a show?
Looking up from the drums and seeing a naked 350lb Elvis impersonator as Ozzy Osbourne, singing the 1st album by Black Sabbath with a 35 piece marching band!
*photos via Beats Antique