About Sweet N’ Juicy:
Sweet: We’re a band of fruit that play party music. Songwriter Funk.
For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with fruit, tell us a little bit about your band.
Sweet: I’m a banana named Sweet.
Juicy: I’m a Strawberry named Juicy!
N’: I’m a pineapple named NefertitiPharoahSandraMundusIf
Sweet: But we just call him N’.
What was your earliest memory of music?
Juicy: My papa berry used to play the piano on sunny days in the pasture! He’d warm the berry patch with songs he grew up with, and I’d roll around on my berry-belly and laugh. Then we’d eat pancakes and tell scary stories about vegetables! I guess it’s a mixed bag.
What was the first album you purchased?
Sweet: I used to buy tape-singles as a little banana. I think there was LL Cool J, and EMF. You know that song, “You’re unbelievable- doo, doo, doo, doo.”
Juicy: My first album was the Leonard Bernstein recording of “Rhapsody in Blue”. I still listen to that and freak out.
N’, when did you start playing the drums?
N’: My mama pineapple got me a drum set because she danced, and I danced, and my papa pineapple was a really cool multi-instrumentalist. I started beating those pigs all over the place!
Sweet: Isn’t it pig skins?
N’: That, too!
What route did you take with your music education? Were you self-taught, or did you go to school, and did you make many fond memories of that journey?
N’: Well, Sweet went on a kind of journey! He was self-taught in on his tree until he went out looking for new flavours in music. That’s how he met us, actually! Now we’re all learning about all sorts of crazy music.
Who was your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?
Juicy: I really liked Beethoven growing up. Then I heard System of a Down and knew I had to play rock music. But THEN I ended up playing Jazz for a few years until I heard James Booker and knew I needed to play rock again. Now I just listen to whatever.
Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?
Sweet: My mom was a DJ and my dad played bass, so I don’t know if there was a specific Album or Song. It was just kind of an obvious thing.
What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?
N’: We played this really great party called Barn Burn in April. Like, 100 humans all crowded into this barn all partying and having a good time. That was a rager.
Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
Juicy: I do not feel any guilt about loving Indian pop music. I don’t understand what’s being said, but I love it.
So any new music in the works currently or just released?
Sweet: We’re touring a lot on our newest release, “The Adventures of Sweet N’ Juicy”.
Where and when did you record it?
N’: We recorded it in Sweet’s basement from November 2018 to March 2019.
How does the songwriting process generally work for you?
Juicy: N’ kicks a beat, Sweet lays down some groovy bass, and then I put a little juice on it. Sweet writes lyrics later.
What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally beyond your local area?
N’: We tour a lot. Most weekends we’re out playing somewhere in Washington or Oregon.
What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?
Sweet: Portland’s cool. There’s basically a scene in every genre you’re looking for. I think we’re the only fruit though.
Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?
Juicy: Totally! There are always places to play, even if you have to go out of town a little to find them. Venue owners are legit special people, and we love them. The only thing I’d be super down to add to Portland, in particular, is an all-ages venue that people could really rock at.
What would you like to see ideally to help hard-working bands/artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living from their craft?
N’: There are already a ton of platforms for people to do what they want with. For instance, I host a Let’s Play called DrumDiggy on Facebook. I’m gaining followers and learning how to do it better just by doing it every day, and it’s all because a platform was available to do so. For music, there’s probably even more options. If there’s a better way to do it someone’s probably already making it.
What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
Juicy: “Stay Juicy”
What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your journey to date?
Sweet: It’s how many hours you put in.
With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape?
Sweet: We just work hard.
Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a hindrance?
N’: It’s a blessing in a lot of ways. It’s just another thing to work on.
So moving forward what’s next for you?
Juicy: We have a tour in February, a few videos coming out, and another few tours in April/March. Lots of shows and maybe even some new music this year!
How do you see the evolution of the band/yourselves as fruit?
Sweet: Fruit doesn’t evolve much. Maybe I’ll get a few spots.
Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?
Juicy: We just want to party. So maybe more parties!
If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?
N’: It’d be really cool to tour with RHCP or Ween! Those guys rock.
Sweet N’ Juicy: THANK YOU TEAM ROCK ‘N’ LOAD!!! Y’ALL FREAKING RAWK!!!