HT Interview: Licorice Returns For One-Off Performance @ the Blue Note

HT: Got any special covers to bust out from back in the day?

DL: We definitely have some exciting music planned for that night, some “bust outs” for sure! Without spoiling too much of the excitement and revealing any of our special guests, I will say some old Licorice members will be on stage, in addition to new friends. We are excited to re-visit things like our Miles Davis adaptations, our “fusion odysseys,” and the funky pockets we miss sitting in. Some grooves, I wish we can sit in for the whole year. I even find myself giggling at our rehearsals because I’m having so much fun.

HT: How have things been going with the Whitewalls and the other projects you guys are involved with like Rebecca Hart for you and Food Will Win the War for Matt [Epstein]?

DL: We all have a lot of projects we’re juggling right now, and they all seem to influence one another somehow. The Whitewalls is a rock band and power trio, and we have had an amazing six months so far playing regularly on the Lower East Side in NYC, testing out new material and new formats. It’s been particularly productive for my writing as well.

I am now co-writing with other artists, writing solo material and writing for The Whitewalls. This has led me to start gigging solo pretty regularly as well, which is a challenge and a lot of fun too. Matt and I both play in Rebecca Hart’s band, which is another great experience. I get to just be a guitarist and somewhat of a musical director, which is a unique and fun role for me – I’d like to do it more. I also have been acting as sound designer and musical director for some theater projects with Rebecca as well, which has introduced me to new styles of playing, underscoring, and a mild obsession in creating both mood and ambiance with the right sound.

Matt is the full time bass player for Food Will Win the War, as you mentioned, and they are just killing it! I think FWWtW is one of the most interesting and creative bands on the NY scene right now, and I am expecting and hoping for great things from them.  Having Matt as their backbone certainly doesn’t hurt!

HT: Do you guys ever feel like you’re spread too thin between multiple projects?

DL: Right now, I am gigging with four different groups, I am writing for five, we are going to hit the studio again soon, and I am going to do a few more solo tracks as well. More recently, I have even been DJ’ing! For me, it’s inspiring, exciting and really the only option. For all of us, it’s what we do, because we love to do it.  Sometimes it feels like a lot, but it’s the way we grow, stay fresh and learn. We still have so much to do, so these projects will hopefully put us on the road to larger audiences and more exposure for our music.

HT: Finally, what’s on tap for the summer?

DL: This summer is going to be a wild one! In the Summer of 2011 I am expecting the birth of my first child, which is going to be a exciting journey, and an inspiring one! That’s the main focus, on top of studio sessions, more writing, gigging and eventually getting on the road some!  So, this will certainly be quite memorable! We are excited to kick it off with this special Blue Note show, and this Licorice reunion. See you there!

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