This Interview is linked from the Okeechobee Official Portal Guide.
Interview with Bill Dess aka Two Feet
SIGT: Are you excited to come back to Okee?
Two Feet: Oh, yeah. I played it a couple of years back and I really loved that festival. It’s always super fun. Very cool vibes.
SIGT: What was your transition like from being like a jazz/blues performer into Two Feet?
Two Feet: Yeah. Every musician has a starting point and what initially got me into music was blues and jazz. I just loved it since I was a kid and studied it for years. Then I decided I wanted to get more into modern music so I started producing beats. Then one day I decided I’m going to make my own thing, make it really simple and heavy and just make what I wanted to hear. I brought back in some of the blues and jazz playing and that’s how the sound came about.
SIGT: Do you play any other instruments on the tracks?
Two Feet: I play all of the instruments on every track. Drums, synths, keys, bass, everything. I perform with a full band live. It’s a drummer, me, and a guy doing keys and synths.
SIGT: Tell me about your progression from releasing your single “Go Fuck Yourself” in 2016 to now performing at some of the biggest festival stages and venues in the country.
Two Feet: It seems kind of quick, but everything goes really slow. It’s all relative. Initially you’re in front of 200 people, and then a couple of months later, you’re in front of 800 people, and then a couple years later, you’re in front of a couple of thousand people and playing big festivals. When you first play festivals, you always get little slots at the beginning of the day, and then they just slowly start moving you up. Honestly, it’s all relative. It’s like learning anything or going through school. All of a sudden you’re a senior, you know what I mean?
SIGT: What does it mean for Two Feet to be part of the Okee community?
Two Feet: I love this festival. I love the community. It’s such a family vibe and it feels like everyone’s going on like an acid trip together in the wilderness. It’s just a holistic, fun, hippie festival. Everyone’s really nice and it’s very pretty and there’s a really good vibe. We were totally excited to be able to play it again.
SIGT: What is next for Two Feet?
Two Feet: We have an album coming out this year and a really big fall tour. Continuing the touring, continuing writing, and seeing what happens. Just go with the flow.
Interview by Chuck Magid.
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