Lawrence-based band duo The Floozies are siblings Matt (guitar/production) and Mark Hill (drums). They recently discussed how the Floozies came together, their songwriting approach and why they love playing Crossroads KC. The Floozies are playing the Crossroads October 11th. For more info on The Floozies, check out http://flooziesduo.com. Get your tickets to The Floozies HERE!
Did you come from a musical family? Were your parents musical?
Kind of. Our parents were big into funk when they were younger and we heard all of that stuff growing up.
What was your earliest musical memory?
The Michael Jackson biopic on TV when I was 9 and Mark was 5.
How did the Floozies get started?
We decided to throw a show in our parents’ basement over Christmas break and then we just kind of kept playing and pushing.
How do you go about creating songs?
Just go into the studio and work whenever inspired, or in the bus or on planes or whatever. It starts in all kinds of ways but almost always involved being inspired by something. Movies, music, any kind of art really. And people that are great at what they do.
How often do you find yourself writing songs?
I make music in my head all day long every day. Only a small fraction of them actually make it into fully realized songs though.
What inspires you lyrically?
Love, sex, past experiences, people we know…
What was the first song you recorded together?
What’s your favorite Floozies song to play live?
That’s a tough one. “Back On It,” “Somebody Help Me,” “Oh My Gawd,” and a new one called “She Ain’t Yo Girlfriend” are all fun. We like all of our songs really, and the live looping in between songs and during transitions is really fun too.
How do you go about crafting a set list?
We don’t make set lists.
You are playing Crossroads KC for the second time this year. What do you enjoy most about playing Crossroads KC?
Being able to play big shows in a really cool venue while also seeing all our friends and family. It’s like a trifecta of things we like.
What are your hobbies outside of music?
Basketball, gainz, playing with animals, seeing how fast I can solve a Rubik’s cube.
Do you have a quote or motto that you live by?
WWSD (what would Sally do). Our mom seems to always do the right thing no matter the circumstances so we try to think about what she would do.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome in your career?
Being from kansas was a bit of an obstacle at first bc people seemed to think we were a country band or that we only made music when we weren’t out mendin’ fences or haulin’ hay. But that’s not a problem anymore.
What advice would you give to musicians just starting out?
Be honest and be yourself and reinvest.