This podcast is interesting to me, in that drummer Ryan “Rymo” Moran has strong, legitimate, tested ideas about how a band can make it these days, with the old machinery having fallen away for most acts. Lesson No. 1 — be on the road, because that’s the only way to make real money at it now. Lesson No. 2 — use social media to keep close to the fans and make new ones. Lesson No. 3, and maybe the most important — take care of yourself while you’re out there.
A band like Slightly Stoopid has that rep of sitting around and smoking all day long, but Moran said that the act works hard to put on the best possible show for fans. They’re working out daily and know to “pick and choose” when they’re going to get too, er, stoopid.
Actually, lesson No. 4 might be most important. Don’t truck with the major record labels. That model is pretty much dead.
“It’s always been sort of liberating to be an underground artist and put out our own music” via Stoopid Records, Moran said. “We don’t have to submit our music to any corporate office or anything like that. We make the music we want to make for our fans, and for ourselves as well, based on what we listen to. Our influences come back through us, in our own style.”
This ‘cast includes streaming music from the band’s latest disc, “Top Of The World” — “Way You Move” (feat. Ian Neville), “Ska Diddy” (feat. Angelo Moore of Fishbone), “Pon Da Horizon” and “Hiphoppablues” (feat. G. Love).