Eightrack Mind is an eight piece live Alternative Hip Hop band from Bozeman Montana. They have been performing, touring and dropping CDs since 2002, spreading their brand of Acid Jazz infused Hip Hop throughout the USA. Recently singed to Goon Trax in Japan they are now going International with their new CD Monster.
Eightrack Mind has it’s roots in the legendary “GCQ”, an instrumental project playing funk, jazz and blues regularly around the Bozeman area. It was common to hear their long time friend b’ nuggs, freestylin’ over improvised jams at their shows and this sparked an idea amongst some of the members to create a hip-hop project. Plans were already in effect when another mc, natural, came up to the stage and threw out a few verses with the band. With two mc’s located, the idea started coming together.
Pushing on, drummer d~luv, and guitar players au6 and murphy (all three from the GCQ), organized a session with b’ nuggs and natural to start getting some tunes together. However, a few key players were still missing. They needed a bass and turned to Rob, who’s tight and simplistic approach to bass playing would end up being the perfect compliment to live hip-hop. With the players now arranged the group started practicing for a gig already booked but with no name for the band they just referred to themselves as the hip-hop side project. Most of which stuck and became The Side Project.
For that first gig they did not have what became eightrack mind. Mr. T wasn’t blowin’ that horn and DJ Bones wasn’t twistin’ those LP’s. In fact, DJ Beatnut was on the ones and twos. Anyhow, shortly after the first gig Beatnut moved off to N.Y. and The Side Project had to search for a new turntablist. After looking all over they came across the best of the best, DJ Bones from the Vinyl Surgeons, who readily accepted the mission.
Now, as a seven piece, The Side Project kept the local fire burning by heating up clubs from one end of town to the other. Soon enough a devout following began to sprout and the house was getting packed every night they played. But hold on, something was still missing and that would be Tyroneus Fonk, another former GCQ member who had been sitting in and playing trumpet with the S.P. It was easy to hear that he added that vital bit of something smooth that the Project needed, so he became the last permanent fixture in the music mixture.
With everyone in place they decided it was high time to quit drawing up plans on a comet and actually make it happen. So grab the ball on the rebound, they’re on a mission with all possible and no time for rough friction. A strong desire to play music successfully and bring it to four corners of the world has them busy doing their thing between dusk and dawn and pulling doorbells by day in an attempt to network the tunes. Once they got out of state however they realized they had to change their name. So The Side Project became eightrack mind.
After a few years of touring b’ nuggs decided that that life wasn’t for him. He left to pursue fishing and graphic design. With a hole left in the MC department, Murphy decided to put down the guitar and pic up the mic. He became the newest voice of Eightrack Mind and they brought in the extremely talented friend of Evan Williams, Chris Cundy on keys. Then when Tyson left a year later etm called on the talents of Cundy’s old band mate Ben Johns to fill the horn role. With this influx of musical talent the sound of the band evolved to a new level.
To date, in addition to headlining their own shows at venues including the Sundace Film Festival, etm has opened for many musical giants including the Wailers, Eek-a-mouse, Tone-Loc, Young MC, Digital Underground, the Wu-Tang Clan, Hieroglyphics, Abstract Rude, The Crown City Rockers, The Gift of Gab, Michael Franti, Soulive and many others. Eightrack Mind recently signed a deal with Goon Trax for Japanese distrobution. The Japanese release Monster was released in early May and can be found at Tower Records Japan. It is a compilation of tracks from the first two etm CDs.