Wait For Green is known today for its progressive fusion of reggae, funk, alt-rock, jazz and hip-hop that remains true to its roots. The unique cultural backgrounds and variety of musical influences from band members Drew Dockerill, Rafael Britto, AJ Larson, and Danny Moreldege shape the core of “Wait For Green's” refreshing style.
Growing up in different cities throughout Florida, Southern California, and as far away as Rio de Janeiro, “Wait For Green” is known today for its progressive fusion of reggae, funk, alt-rock, jazz, and hip-hop that remains true to its roots. The unique cultural backgrounds and variety of musical influences from band members Drew Dockerill, Rafael Britto, AJ Larson, and Danny Moreldege shape the core of “Wait For Green's” refreshing style. Thanks to connections between mutual friends, word of mouth, and sheer luck “Wait For Green” was formed in the Fall of 2006 at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.
“Wait For Green” enjoyed massive success in Florida touring and having the pleasure to share the stage with the likes of: The Wailers, Slightly Stoopid, Reel Big Fish, Cold War Kids, Blues Traveler, Authority Zero, The Expendables, Rebelution, The Supervillians, and Passafire. After winning the National MEISA (Music and Entertainment Industry Stu-dent Association) Battle of the Bands, finishing in the top 8 to open Langerado, radio rotation on Florida's major rock and college stations (such as Clear Channel's X101.5, 103.1 The Buzz, and Florida College Radio), headlining shows at some of the Southeast's premier venues, performing at SUNFEST 2009 and showcasing at the Florida Music Festival; “Wait For Green” decided it was time to take the leap cross country to California and finally landed in Venice, CA in the spring of 2010.
Determined to continue their success, “Wait For Green” has already lit the stage on fire in some of LA's hottest venues including: House of Blues, Saint Rocke, Troubadour, Whiskey A Go Go, El Rey, The Viper Room, and more. Day by day asserting their place in the Southern California music scene and on the verge of a new EP releasing later this year, look for “Wait For Green” to be invading the radio and homes of music lovers everywhere.
“WAIT FOR GREEN”
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWBy Ruth Omanya
RUTH: You all grew up in different corners of the country and world, from Florida to California to as far as Rio de Janeiro. How did you all meet and come together to form the band?
WAIT FOR GREEN: We all met at Florida State in the early years of college. It was pretty random. Actually Drew was looking to form a band and AJ lived down the hall. Rafael had lived with our old drummer, Derek, as a random roommate and everyone came together by word of mouth and the quest to find fake IDs.
RUTH: How did you come up with the name “Wait for Green”? What is the story behind the name of your band?
WAIT FOR GREEN: The name came from when Drew saw the sign at a stop light like you see many places, but to him it meant more than the literal. He saw the meaning as that good things will always come and to stay positive no matter what your situation in life. Contrary to popular belief it has nothing to do with waiting for a certain herb.
RUTH: What made you decide to fuse reggae, funk, alternative rock, jazz, and hip-hop in your sound?
WAIT FOR GREEN: Our sound is a mesh of all the styles of music that we love and the artists that influence us.
RUTH: You have had many opportunities to work with some amazing groups of musicians on stage. What was that experience like and how did these opportunities find you?
WAIT FOR GREEN: Amazing! We were fortunate enough to play with some of the bands that influence our style. Bands that we grew up listening to, and bands that we are still listening to. A majority of the bands that came through Tallahassee needed support bands, and we had great relationships with the venues and they knew we could draw a solid crowd. Some of the other bands had heard about us and asked us to travel around Florida with them. AJ also won a chili cook off contest freshman year and was a pretty big celeb in Florida so he had all kinds of hookups.
RUTH: What was the most memorable experience on stage, and how did it strengthen you as a band?
WAIT FOR GREEN: SunFest 2009 was definitely one of the most memorable and meaningful shows for us. It was actually the day we were all suppose to graduate, but instead we drove down to SunFest and had the time of our lives. It was there that we realized that this was something we were all extremely passionate about and wanted to do it for the rest of our lives. Either that or the time when Drew pulled a "girl" on stage that had a bigger adams apple than the hulk... changed all our lives.
RUTH: How has your decision to move to Venice, CA in 2010 changed or influenced your success as a band?
WAIT FOR GREEN: After graduating we wanted to take our music to the next level and felt that Southern California was the spot. We were just getting settled out here and we picked up Danny just a couple weeks after the move. We have really grown and come to love the So Cal music scene and look forward to a bright future here.
RUTH: Which one of the band members is funniest and goofy, who is the quiet and reserved one, and who is the serious one?
WAIT FOR GREEN: Rafael is definitely the cocky jokester of the group. Drew is more serious and dedicated. AJ is on the quiet side if you don't know him. Danny is pretty re-served as well.
RUTH: Other than lighting up the stages and venues in southern California, have you con-sidered getting your music played in movie soundtracks?
WAIT FOR GREEN: We have had a couple pilots and independent films use our music. "Day One" was actually Christopher Nolan's first choice for the theme music of "INCEPTION," but was cut out at the last minute.
RUTH: Where do you see Wait For Green in 3-5 years from now as far as growth in the music business?
WAIT FOR GREEN: Running our own label and saving the manatees.
RUTH: What is new for Wait For Green—any upcoming projects?
WAIT FOR GREEN: Building a tree house for Danny... and we have a new EP due out later this year that will have our best stuff yet.
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SEPTEMBER 2010 | PORTFOLIOFUSIONMAGAZINE.COM | MUSICIAN 12, 13
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