Naturally 7: The architects of vocal play - INTERVIEW
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • September 26, 2013 @ 10:47am
Why choose when you can be an a cappella group and a traditional band rolled into one.
According to their bio, “The origins of the group date back to New York City in 1999 when Roger Thomas started the group with his brother, Warren, and five other talented singers they had come to know over the years from singing around the city. Having been in and out of several traditional male groups over the years, Roger developed an affinity for a cappella sounds and a unique ability to create distinct harmony arrangements. “
Everything has looked up since then, collaborating with Coldplay’s Chris Martin, legendary musician and producer Brian Eno and now touring with Buble.
We got a chance to chat with the guys from the group about their trip to Buffalo. Check out what they had to say below.
We had a great time seeing you guys perform on Tuesday.
Naturally 7: We always attempt to take our show further than the last one. We aim to shock the audience with what’s possible with the human voice while taking everyone for a ride through musical time.
So tell us what it has been like touring with Michael Buble.
Naturally 7: It’s a beautiful thing. He’s a truly down to earth super star and we are all family now.
Have you ever been to Buffalo or Niagara Falls before?
Naturally 7: We have. This is our third world tour with Michael Buble, so we came with him last time.
Where do you find musical inspiration?
Naturally 7: We usually look outside of the normal for inspiration. We look for things that are familiar but original.
Where has been your favorite city to visit while on the road?
Naturally 7: I don’t think we have a favorite city. Most guys may get a kick out of performing in their home cities since we are away from home more 200 days per year.
Who are some bands or musicians that you are fans of personally?
Naturally 7: Stevie Wonder, Take 6, ColdPlay, OutCast, Lauren Hill, The Jacksons (Jackson Five), Bee Gees, Kings of Leon and anyone else we feel that has a unique and uplifting sound.
How did you originally get started in music?
Naturally 7: We all started singing in a church setting and learned an instrument and/or learned to harmonize in a group. We all originally are from New York. Two of us are brothers and the rest good friends.
Do you guys prefer your wings hot, medium or mild?
Naturally 7: Without question, medium.
Photos courtesy of Don Nieman / Buffalo.com.