Formed in 2013, Con Brio is the offspring of seven musicians with diverse backgrounds but a shared love for the vibrant Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul sound pioneered by groups like Sly & the Family Stone. Ahead of their show in London on the 26th November at the Lexington , I had an opportunity to speak to them about how they formed and where their name came from. 

How are you  ?

Great! Thanks

What was the inspiration for the band name Con Brio ?

It’s a musical direction used in sheet music. It means to play a certain section of the piece “with vigor”,”with gusto”, or “with Spirit”. We feel it’s a great description of what you see and hear with Con Brio.

How did Con Brio come about ?

Playing in different bands/jam sessions around the Bay Area music scene. We all have different backgrounds but Con Brio is the offspring of seven musicians with diverse backgrounds but a shared love for the vibrant Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul sound pioneered by groups like Sly & the Family Stone.

What was the process in creating your sound ?

Myself or another band member brings in a song (or at least a skeleton of it) and we work it out in rehearsal. Then I write the lyrics if they’re not already written. We haven’t really set our goals on creating a particular sound. Thus far, we’ve more so tailored each song to be inclusive anthems in their own right. That’s not to say it will always be that way 🙂 

What is the motivation behind you creating music ?

One word, passion.

In the song money , what were you trying to put across to the public ?  Do you feel that our generation need to be taught how to manage money properly ? Is our generation a lost cause ?

With “Money”, the lyrics were inspired by me wanting to redefine my relationship with money. I was feeling stressed out about the lack of it considering where we are financially in our career. I wanted to hold the concept of money in a way that felt more liberating and less oppressive. Hence, “If you got the power why work for the dollar when the dollar can work for you?” I used to work at Department stores, fast food chains and etc. “Money” is sort of a reminder to invest in oneself or in the life passions they’ve always wanted to grow within. I’ve found that that is where true wealth begins. 

Con Brio Paradise  Whats your favourite song on the album and why ?

I don’t have a favorite song on the album. I personally consider the album to be most enjoyed when listening to from start to finish. 

What  is your musical influence and who specifically sparked you to pursue it as a profession ?

First and foremost: Our musical influences come from life in its entirety. Not just other artist who’ve come before us. Ex: Family, Nature, raging audiences, pain, love etc. Some bands we like are: Sade, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Vulfpeck, Kendrick Lamar, Earth Wind & Fire, Prince, James Brown, D’Angelo…the list is endless, hahaha.

What specific routines do you have in place that push you to success ?

Our two-step process to every show or music-related event is: 1. Show up  2. Turn up

Get your tickets now for their London Show at the Lexington on the 26th November 2016 

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