The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: The Districts
- by Alexis V.
We were instantly impressed when our friends at HotBox Studios shared with us a session that they did with The Districts. But then our minds were blown to learn that the band is made up of a bunch of high schoolers. We’re happy to see that they took advantage of their nomination in our Featured Artist(s) Poll, and we’re even happier to be able to give a fledgling band with obvious talent some deserved exposure. Check out the interview that we did with The Districts (below) during their lunch break - just kidding.
The Deli: How did you start making music?
The Districts: We were friends from the beginning of high school and being musicians in a small town with similar tastes it just kind of fell together pretty naturally.
TD: Where did the name The Districts come from?
TDs: Well we were trying to choose between three names, but had our first show and just put down The Districts since we hadn't decided. And it happened to stick!
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
TDs: Tom Waits, Usher, Rage, Neil Young, and some jazz guys like Django Reinhardt.
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
TDs: We're really into Timber Timbre, Slow Loris, Dr. Dog, Man Man, Alabama Shakes, and The Growlers to name a few!
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
Mark Larson: It was some female country singer with my mom, and Move Along - All American Rejects.
Rob Grote: Phish when I was a baby and got a bubble in my eye. Probably Aaron Carter or something bad like that.
Braden Lawrence: Nickelback…and it was probably Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC. I loved to groove.
Connor Jacobus: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. I think it was probably Will Smith's epic Willennium.
TD: What do you love about Philly?
TDs: Big steaks, big steaks!
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
TDs: Trash, small steaks, parking.
TD: What are your plans for 2012?
TDs: Big steaks, continue making music in our underground survival bunker just in case - ya know?
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
TDs: Our first CD release show at this burrito shop, Senorita Burrita, in Lancaster for our first EP Kitchen Songs was a very memorable time.
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
TDs: Italian sub with provolone cheese, banana peppers, oil and vinegar, salt and pepper, oregano, and if it is a high class establishment, pesto, surely.