SF Local Band Spotlight: Trace Repeat

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How did you come up with the name of the band?
A band name generator. No lie.

How would you describe your sound?
Funk and soul revival of the Prince, James Brown, Al Green, and Stevie Wonder variety.

When did you first become interested in playing music?
As young as I can remember! I grew up in school bands all my life, so playing in a band was a natural next step for me.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s ever happened to you at a show?
We recently played St. Patty’s Day in Austin for SxSW this year, and a drunk girl fully flashed her vagina at us, after falling over and knocking over two monitors in the process.

Trace Repeat
Trace Repeat

What are you listening to these days?
Prince, Stevie, Marvin, and Michael are always my go to’s. More lately, really into the new Janelle Monae, 1975, and HAIM.

What’s your take on why so many musicians are leaving San Francisco for Oakland?
The city of San Francisco has not done a lot to support and cultivate the historic arts community that makes SF the cultural hub that it is today. When I see musicians coming over the bay from Oakland, I can only hope that they first take the time to get to know our city before diving in. Gentrification comes in many forms, friends.

What are some of your favorites hangs in the Bay Area and why?
Independent Brewing, Ale Industries, and the Uptown Nightclub, cause Trace Repeat has standing residencies at all three!

What does music mean to you?
It’s the source of community for a lot of people, including myself. Without it, a lot of us wouldn’t have anywhere to go on a Friday night.

How’d you guys first get together to play music?
Craigslist. No really. Craigslist.

What inspires you to write?
Everything! Lately, I’ve been getting into a lot of the deep tracks on the new Kendrick record, so I’ve been diving into that world of songwriting. It’s been…interesting.

What’s your favorite neighborhood in the city and why?
The Richmond District! It’s where SF’s indie music scene is surviving, especially after all of the venue closures in the Mission of late.

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?
I haven’t owned a microwave in over a decade. True story. I just like cold leftovers.

Is there anything you’d like to plug?
Trace Repeat @ The Uptown Nightclub 3rd Thursdays in May/June/July!

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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