How did you come up with your band’s name?
The band’s name is my last name “FlecHaus,” pronounced “Fleck-House.” We spent a lot of time trying to come up with a “FlecHaus and the…” name (which produced several hilarious puns–FlecHaus and the Lawn Darts, FlecHaus and the Roof Tops, FlecHaus and the Hey You Kids Get Off My Lawns). However, after much hard work at brainstorming, we decided it best to just make it my last name. Clean, concise, and straightforward.
What’s your favorite song to play live?
That’s a tough one! Of the ones we have released, I’d have to say, “Pitter Patter.” We have it really tight at this point and everyone jives really well together when we play it. It’s a lot of fun!
Who are some of your influences?
The top three popular artists are Bruce Springsteen, Dallas Green (City and Colour), and Sara Bareilles, but I am inspired greatly by my fellow indie musicians. I’ve had the honor and privilege of working with and witnessing so many talented musicians in my lifetime that not many have heard of. I receive a lot of insight and inspiration from these folks.
If you could tour with anyone who would it be?
Probably Sara Bareilles. I’ve never met her, but from her book and from some stories she’s told on stage, it seems like she’d be a great person to get to know and someone who tries to bond with those on tour with her. I also have a great deal of respect for her as an artist.
Describe your songwriting process.
This is a question I get a lot and I’m never entirely sure how to answer it. I write with so many different approaches and it’s not something I’ve ever plotted out a technique for. I think the most important thing to do is to show up to work and songs will inevitably come if you do that.
How’d you meet your band members?
In short, entropy. In long, I met them through friends, parties, open mics and the exquisite grace of an ever-expanding universe. Our bassist, Dominick, and I met at a party where he was playing in the corner of the room (I came to learn this is a common practice of his). I was drunk and started scatting over his bass line with excessive enthusiasm. We exchanged numbers at the end of the party and decided to jam. I met our supporting vocalist, Sara, at an open mic where I heard her do the same version of a cover that I do (Sara Bareilles’s cover of Dock on the Bay). We decided to jam and actually played in another band called Lady Jams together with 3 other ladies. That was a ton of fun. Kenzie, our flutist, I met at an open mic and we ran in a lot of the same social circles. After a while, Dominick and I asked her to come jam with us and, to our great fortune, she ended up joining the band! Our first drummer, Nathan, we met through Kenzie, but he ended up moving to Spain and we were fortunate enough to our new drummer Daniel through a series of mutual friends and projects I was working on at the time. We also, now, have Joe who plays guitar with us on occasion when Kenzie is traveling and sometimes when she is with us.
Who’s the dream producer you would like to work with the most?
To be quite honest, I don’t know any famous producers by name, but I can certainly describe the attributes of a dream producer. Someone who respects everyone’s artistic integrity, who is professional, has a sense of humor, a stable mental/emotional status, and of course, is talented and knowledgeable in his/her work. All that sounds lovely and like someone I’d be grateful to work with. I really enjoyed the experience of working with Ben Levy on our latest series of releases. He is all those things and I wish him the best of luck in his career and hope to work with him again.
What do you think musicians can do to make the world a better place?
They can create products that promote ethical values, celebrate beauty, express compassion, encourage critical thinking, and bring people together in a positive way. Music permeates every facet of human culture. It’s in cars, shops, parties, movies, shows, work places, streets, talk shows, news, advertisements, camp fires, and on and on. Everywhere we go, we hear music. We have to make sure that the things that are streaming into everyone’s mind whether on a conscious or subconscious level is promoting the kind of world we want to live in.
How has music made a difference in your life?
Music has been a coping and processing mechanism, a venue for thought, love, comedy, introspection, extrospection, a meditation, a connection with others, and an all-around beautiful experience.
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