Earlier this afternoon String Cheese Incident percussionist Jason Hann responded to questions
posed by fans on the band's Facebook
page. We've compiled seven of Hann's most interesting responses for this week's JB
1. String Cheese Incident will return to Electric Forest in 2014:
Question: Will Cheese be at the Forest next year?
rumors around that too. Yes we'll be there.
2. The band wants to focus on "fresh material":
Question: What do you say to the SCI fans who tend to hate on the electro grooves? I can't
stand listening to "fans" bitch about new directions a band is taking, I personally LOVE
own. Know that it's part of the make up of the band right now, and the seeds have been
planted since the late '90s. Kang was basically the one to introduce Bassnectar to the
jam/festival scene as he and Travis have been going to Burning Man since the late 90s.
Tipper was such a giant influence on Kang, me, and Travis and we have aspired to make
those sentiments come across by a live band. If you listen to Kyle's solo CDs, they have a
strong electronic programming influence on there.
We only do it a couple of times a night in the same way we treat other genres such at afro
and latin songs.
There's always archives to listen to. We get so much slack from old schoolers who want to
relive 1999-2001 over and over. That's fine. We love the history of our material from the
past, but want fresh material to dive into, like BollyMunster.
3. The band had a great time at Lockn':
Question: Saw you at Lockn festival a few weeks back. I had a great time! What was the
band's take on Lockn festival overall?
had difficulties with the road on the way in, and I never got to see the camping area, but
I really enjoyed the stages next to each other and the interaction of the bands set to
4. The process of writing setlists is painful:
Question: Can you explain how the SCI setlists are written out? Does each member come to
the table with songs they wanna play for the night or do you guys ever take turns writing
a whole setlist?
When we practice, we come up with songs that we want to play for a run. No matter how much
we get a setlist together, it changes day of show. It really is one of the more difficult
things to address as a band. We try to make sure everyone in the band is involved
throughout the night and that styles and eras and instrumentation are represented. Some
are more passionate than others on how the night should go.
5. SCI do not have anything planned for December 30:
Question: Are you planning a collaboration show with someone in Denver on the 30th?
Perhaps a benefit concert? If not, why aren't y'all playing??!!
to do 3 shows for NYE and since it's on a Tuesday, then Monday became a wild card. Would
rather do Sat, Sun, Tues instead of Sun, Mon, Tues.
6. Hann enjoyed the Zac Brown Incident collaboration:
Question: Hey what was it like playing with Zach (sic) brown band i was there and it was
people were great. had such a good time at his place outside of Atlanta rehearsing at his
man cave. Hatchet throwing, wall climbing, killer listening room...
7. SCI doesn't dislike Phish:
Question: Do you guys bump heads with phish? Or dislike them for any reason?
No. They are a huge musical influence on Kang and Travis. We were honored to have Trey
play 2 songs with us when we did the Boulder fire benefit a couple of years ago. I've been
to a few show and liked them a lot. All great players and the chemistry between them is