“Family, funk, and rock,” guitarist Trevor Wiest said when describing the Minneapolis music scene.“There’s a funk influence and a rock influence for sure, at least for the stuff I’m doing. It’s interesting, I feel like the Minneapolis scene that Prince influenced is somewhere between Sly and the Family Stone and Black Sabbath.”
As musicians who have been part of the scene for a handful of years before the pandemic, Wiest and Cleve reflect on post-pandemic dynamics and energy.
“I feel like there’s a rising thing,” said Wiest. “The pandemic is such a crazy thing that it’s hard to see how it affected everybody until we look back in retrospect. There are some cats a few years younger than us doing a lot of really cool things rising out of the post-pandemic. There’s a new kind of scene, a new wave of stuff with these really young musicians that are really good. They all go out to these shows, they all support each other, it’s really cool to see. I can’t put a name on it yet, but there is an energy that’s coming up.”
“A lot of people are just down to share music with each other,” said Ellis. “In the past, it’s been like, ‘I’m playing with these people and you’re playing with these people, that’s it.’ But I think there’s a lot of cross-pollination [post-pandemic].”
Eiland feels that the music community in Minneapolis is different from other cities he’s played in.
“When I go to a place like Chicago or L.A. there are musicians that have just totally hurt my feelings. I’m thinking that I’m this great horn player and then some guy comes up and just totally blows me away. And I don’t feel like that happens here,” he said.
“I like the music scene here because I'm part of the clique,” Eiland said. “I know everybody here, I get to play with whoever I want to.” I asked him what he meant by clique and if that has a negative connotation, to which he replied, “Every place is real cliquey. It’s kind of negative because they have their group of musicians that they know. If somebody new comes to town that person is gonna have a difficult time trying to get into that scene. And that’s the deal with every city. Minneapolis is cliquey…but Minneapolis people are generally nicer than people in New York.”
WHERE TO CATCH THEM NEXT:
August 19 at HeadFlyer Brewing part of the Summer Funk Music Festival.