Chris Power talks about another year of jamming
Special to the Sky-Hi News
It’s 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon when I was able to catch The Hip Abduction’s bassist Chris Powers prior to a midday jam-practice session on the east coast.
Chris Power is immediately warm and inviting when sharing thoughtful words on behalf of the entire band. Even over the phone you can sense Chris’ high energy – it’s contagious. Engaging, laid-back with easy-going vibes, interviewing Chris offered lots of laughs. You can feel the overwhelming sense of passion he has for his music and the fans.
The band started jamming together in 2007. In 2010 The Hip Abduction become the band we know today. The adoration of music, close ties to home, friendship and performing together never ends with this band. Looking forward to a new year on the road, Chris relays that the band was just talking about their excitement for being a part Jam Cruise 2017; hopping on board to this sold out music festival January 20.
Kick starting another promising year on the water, the band looks forward to more intimate venues to play and a lot of dancing prior to sharing their tropical vibes, and positive mindsets while touring in Colorado this February.
“I’m excited to be playing with my brothers,” he said.
“And hopefully do even more shows than 2016.”
Catch The Hip Abduction’s “Gold Under the Glow” album tour stopping at Ullr’s Tavern, February 16.
Q&A with Chris Power
How did the band get started?
We all started playing together at about 27. I’m 35 now. We began recording music we didn’t hear anywhere else. Blending Western African instruments, with Western writing (pop-song aesthetics) fusions and an overall Blues feel.
How did you come up with the name “The Hip Abduction”?
David New, lead singer and songwriter [basically the voice of THA], and I connected in 2007. There are multiple stories about how we got the name and the name has multiple meanings – being one with the music, the rhythm and purpose of dance in the music… even given the sexual innuendos (laughs).
How has your hometown of St. Petersburg, Fla. influence the growth of The Hip Abduction’s music and fan base?
We have kind of grown with St. Petersburg. The Hip Abduction and St. Pete have also grown together. It’s amazing to see our hometown become this artist mecca it has turned into in the past 10 years. A few of us (in the band) are born and raised here, and the rest have been living here for years. We try to play at home at least two to three times a year.
What’s one musical genre, besides your own, you couldn’t live without?
(Pauses) Wow, well Reggae music. If I’m going to sit down and enjoy music, I always come back to it. I mean I’m a “base man” (laughs) – it’s hard not to enjoy Reggae music.
“We played 104 shows, 27 states, and put 70,000 miles on the van.”
What’s a typical day on the road like?
We have Mondays off. Mostly all of us are early risers. In the morning I teach psychology and philosophy classes online. The day starts depending on where we need to go. If it takes four hours to get somewhere, we agree we need six (laughs). Once we get to our destination we do our sound checks, practice, perform and repeat. It can be an intense schedule. Thankfully our manager keeps us in line.
I hear you’re going to be playing the 2017 JamCruise, are you guys excited about that, will it be your first year playing the fest?
It will be our first year. All of us are thrilled to be in this type of musical environment with open jam rooms. The fans are also excited to connect and “crash” with the artists’ on the same cruise. I mean we are water people and very excited to get on the ocean. We are already talking about where we are going to fish in Jamaica and what places we should go scuba diving in Grand Cayman. Galactic (a jazz-funk band with New Orleans’ roots) will also be on JamCruise. We have toured with them before and will have another two week together in March. Its great to play with such accomplished musicians. You know these guys have played for almost 20 years now.
What’re you looking forward to most in the upcoming year?
Playing the bigger festivals because you have the chance to connect with more people. We are excited to be playing at the House of Blues in Chicago with Galactic and preforming at the Sweetwater 420 Festival in Atlanta, Ga. We are also eager to be back in Colorado touring again. We were able to play last July  in Denver and Boulder, and the fans were so gracious of our headlining. It’s also cool to see on our Spotify that our most plays bounce back and forth between New York City and Denver.
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