How exactly did you come up with the name, Bad Rabbits?
Bad Rabbits: We got a homie named Gavin Castleton who is an incredible musician and songwriter. We toured with him as our tour manager and support act with our old band. He wrote a song called Bad Rabbits that we were all huge fans of and ultimately when it came down to naming our new band it was one of the only names we all could agree on.
You have worked with Slick Rick while on tour, what was that experience like?
Bad Rabbits: The experience working with Slick Rick has been humbling and an honor. I mean he is a legend. He has influenced people that have influenced people, so getting to perform with an individual like that is crazy.
Through working with Slick Rick, what have you learned?
Bad Rabbits: Just staying humble.
Tell us about some of your favorite places that you have performed and visited.
Bad Rabbits: One of my favorite places is SXSW. The West Coast dope, San Fransisco was dope because we met these kids there that let us set up and throw down in their living room/kitchen. I literally stood next to the sink and stove in these cats house, it was nuts. We also got a chance to hit Vancouver and Toronto, those places where dope as shit. Overall any place with historical food dishes is my favorite place.
When people come to one of your shows what can they expect?
Bad Rabbits- I think people don’t expect us to be able to pull off the songs live. People have come up to us and said things like “I didn’t think you guys played instruments” or something like “I didn’t think you would be able to pull it off live”. Overall I think people are surprised by how much fun we have on stage. Somewhere along the lines it got cool to look like you weren’t having fun on stage, but we get up there and just wild out.
You have been called, ‘The next big thing out of Boston” by Greg Selkoe, founder of Karmaloop and when you hear this what exactly do you think of that statement?
Bad Rabbits: It’s humbling because there is so many dope bands coming out of Boston whether its pop, metal, electro, or hiphop. We got a lot of bands that we mess with like Bodega Girls, Herra Terra, Irepress, Junius, Constants, and Caspian all different styles but to possibly represent for all of the awesome music coming from this city, like I said is humbling.
Since you formed you have developed a large fan base and in your opinion what do you attribute this success to?
Bad Rabbits: Hard work and writing good songs. At the end of the day having fun, good friends and making good music. We try and hold that as our golden rule. Nobody wants to get in a van for 8 weeks or write songs with people they don’t like.
You are influenced by New Jack swing music and what exactly made you go the route of that particular genre as opposed to other genre?
Bad Rabbits: We were always listening to music in that timeframe of music and we are all huge fans of Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley (Guy and Blackstreet), New Edition, Bobby Brown. At the time a lot of DJ’s were spinning that stuff at parties or whatever so we just wanted to revisit that era, but put our flavor on it.
What do you think of the colorful descriptions that people have used when describing your band such as “you have the swagger of prince with the intensity of Bad Brains”?
Bad Rabbits: I think it’s dope to see that people recognize some of the stuff that influences us as musicians, songwriters and performers.
With the future looking so bright and promising for Bad Rabbits,what would you guys like to eventually achieve both in regards to music and personal lives?
Bad Rabbits: We just want to make great music and have longevity. We want to be able to bridge all kinds of social situations that wouldn’t normally happen. Our shows have all kinds of people from hood kids all the way to tatted up metal dudes, and everyone is just having a good ass time.