Interview | Slightly Stoopid

Casey Shafer recently caught up with Slightly Stoopid to discuss JamBase Live and their recent session at TRI Studios.

Casey Shafer: First, I just wanted to say thank you for being a part of JamBase Live. We are really excited that you agreed to play.

Miles Doughty: We are excited, man. Plus, The Gorge is an amazing place, it’s pretty ridiculous.

Casey Shafer: You guys haven’t been there since 2009, right?

Miles Doughty: We usually play the Marrymoor Amphitheater.

Casey Shafer: When we first started working on this, you guys were at the top of our wish-list. What I have always found really interesting about your band is how you appeal to all sorts of music fans. When I was a kid I listened to Operation Ivy and NOFX and Slightly Stoopid. Now, you are doing projects with Bob Weir and your TRI Studios session, “Live At Roberto’s,” comes out soon.

Miles Doughty: It’s been really nice. I think it’s because we play so many different styles of music. At our shows there will be people ranging from 14 years old to 60 years old…. It’s a trip when you look at the broad difference in generations and the different types of people it reaches. When you look at the TRI session we did with Bob Weir, and Ian and Ivan Neville, Don Carlos, and of course Karl Denson, it was really a treat for us.

Casey Shafer: Was there a moment when you look over and say to yourself, “Shit, that’s Bob Weir!”

Miles Doughty: The coolest part about it was when we were in the dressing room going over harmonies. I was singing and Bob is singing along and I just looked over and had a moment where I thought, man, this is pretty nuts! We have been blessed to play with so many great musicians throughout our career.

Casey Shafer: You did 30 songs for this session; live with a 12-piece band…

Miles Doughty: …Yeah, we had a 12-piece band

Casey Shafer: Typically, Slightly Stoopid doesn’t really follow a setlist. How did you approach this differently, was there a lot of rehearsal time?

Miles Doughty: We usually have a rough guideline of what we want to play and then we go off of what the crowd says; this wasn’t that much different. We set-up and did maybe an hour and half of rehearsal and just went for it. We all got into a room together and talked about the direction we wanted to go and just had fun. We had a list of songs we wanted to play but the coolest part about it was that it was on the fly…I think it turned out great.

Casey Shafer: This comes out April 17 and a portion of the proceeds go to Save The Children and The World Food program.

Miles Doughty: …Yes, we try to do something charitable with our projects. We have been so blessed with our career and it’s important to us to try and give some back.

In case you missed it, here are some great photos from Slightly Stoopid at Chicago's Congress Theater from earlier in the month.

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[Published on: 3/28/13]

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