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 ?
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.
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