10 Minutes With… Slightly Stoopid
For those who know reggae/rock, they know that Slightly Stoopid
has been a house hold name for well over a decade. The band was
discovered by Sublime’s Bradley Nowell when they were at a young
age in the mid-90’s and have been increasingly getting bigger in
the last decade, playing some of the biggest venues across the
Slightly Stoopid is among one of the headliners for the 2013
California Roots Festival and we were lucky enough to have a chat
with drummer Ryan “Rymo” Moran about what they have been up to, how
they come up with their material, and the California Roots
California Roots: What’s up man, how has 213 treated you?
Ryan Moran: It has been really good, we took a little time off
for the holidays and so we are ready to get back out and get on the
road. It has been a good start to the year.
CR: Yeah, it seemed like some time off was needed since you guys
had a huge 2012 with the Unity Tour and the release of Top of The
RM: Yeah, we were out for most of the summer with 311 and after
that we did a tour through the North East, right before hurricane
Sandy basically smashed the East coast. Went home for the holidays
and here we are now just getting ready to do this West coast run
and we have a whole bunch of stuff lined up for this year, so it
should be a real big year for us, I am looking forward to it; just
touring and supporting this new record.
CR: It sounds like you guys have something real good going on
with this record. So you joined the band in 2003, has the writing
process changed in the past 10 years?
RM: I don’t think so, there are always ideas that come up, and
we rehearse a lot in sound check since we have been on the road so
much in the last 10 years. Miles and Kyle are the principal song
and lyric writers and we just create our own parts and contribute
to the music in our own way.
CR: In your part of the contribution have your influences
changed or have you stuck with the same owns as when you were
RM: I go through some changes of what I am listening to and what
I am excited about. I always try to learn different styles of
music, and I have been getting more into world music and stuff like
that. You can always learn more being a musician, you can never
know too much, you cant be well versed in one style and know
nothing about another
CR: So going back to touring, what has been your favorite venue
and further more, your favorite tour?
RM: One of my favorite venues for sure is Red Rocks in Colorado;
it’s so beautiful and so legendary. So many legendary acts of our
time have played there so to be on that list among them really
means a lot.
Favorite tour… Well touring wit Snoop was a thrill. Growing up
listening to his music and being able to go out and tour with him
and get to know him and his band a little bit was really a high
There have been so many tours and every tour has been fun in its
own way. We always try to hang with the other bands and make a big
family style type of thing.
CR: So Stoopid is kind of known for the party atmosphere, and I
am sure the fans want to know, does it still go down just as hard
after all the years of touring?
RM: Yeah we definitely like to have a couple beers and a smoke
or two. You know we aren’t spring chickens anymore, we have been
doing it for a while so things have slowed down naturally since a
lot of us now are in our 30’s haha, its different when you are 25;
now I am like ‘okay now I am not going to bounce back from this
hangover as easy’ haha.
CR: Yeah that is understandable haha. So in May you guys will be
headlining what is the biggest lineup/party in the Monterey Bay,
The California Roots Festival. How do you feel about the festival
and performing on it?
RM: We are super stoked, it is a great festival that they are
doing and some of the other bands in the lineup are awesome so I am
just looking forward to being able to see all of them play. It is
going to be great to play too, and you know a lot of these
festivals give us a chance to hang out with some of our friends
that we do not get to see too often because we are touring or they
are touring. So yeah everyone in one place within the scene is
going to be a lot of fun.
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