Florin C Pascu is drummer in the band, Leapfrogtown – Break A Leg have been following the band closely as they develop new tracks and prepare for future gigs and festivals. Here, Florin talks to Break A Leg about a typical rehearsal and his kind of music.
Thanks for talking to Break A Leg, Florin, What is/are your favourite track/s and what brings this/those to the forefront of your mind?
‘Somebody Said’ is my favourite track as it has an optimistic melody line and comes straight in with a verse and great groove/feel. “Come on we can do better than that, bury the hatchet cut that crap. Free the love and be this thing together” That is beautiful! I can’t wait until that song is next to play in the set list.
‘Better Than This’ is also a song I like a lot, especially that is a reggae beat to it and it makes you dance. I like the phrase “all my enemies, they don’t exist” in this song.
Describe a typical rehearsal to me…
In a typical rehearsal I talk a lot! We usually chat for a little while before starting. We play the usual set list and we work on some new material. It is good that Chris does not take the whole thing as a strict leader, he is open minded and lets the others come up with ideas regarding structure especially. Generally speaking they are productive rehearsals.
Sometimes I am on the phone/texting while we rehearse, Chris likes that!!
What is your personal style of music? Both as a musician and as a listener?
I like Rock and Funk but if I look at myself in future events I would see myself on big stages playing Rock music. When it comes to listening I really like everything from Classical to world music, reggae, afro Cuban, jazz, electronic music, trip hop. Most music I like including Byzantine (which is so great).
What do you find the most rewarding part of being a musician?
That you can free yourself from everything and just be with that moment, be present. It gives joy. If I am happy I play, if I am sad I play.
What do you think your life would be like without music?
I think I would have chosen to be a footballer or tennis player if no music was around. It is hard to answer as I was in situations when I didn’t listen to music for a long time and I was enjoying the quietness but when I got back I got really happy and appreciated it. I could not go too long without music though!
Finally, sell the band to me, why should everybody listen to Leapfrogtown’s sound?
The band has a great vibe and of course we are tight. The music has something commercial in it and it is easy to listen. It is catchy and uplifting. Danceable with great chords and rhythm. A strong reason for why I think people should listen to it is the fact that we do put a lot of passion, work and we are serious about it.
Thanks Florin! A great interview… Here’s the video footage from Leapfrogtown’s live in-house gig back in March.