We are back with our next installment of Bands You Should Know (B.Y.S.K.). This time we are featuring one of our favorite up and coming groups Prinze George. They are an electro indie pop band from the great state of New York. Prinze George consists of members Naomi Almquist, Kenny Grimm, Stan Rapoport and Andrew Santucci. They have only released three singles to date. As you can imagine there isn’t much information floating around about them. When we come across a great unknown band, one thing comes to mind.. They should be our next BYSK. We went right to the source and asked the questions you want to know the answers to. Check out our interview below and enjoy The Eargazm!
The Eargazm: How did you come up with the name Prinze George and is there a space or no space?
Prinze George: There is indeed a space, but if some people make it one word we will live. Prinze George is the name Kenny and Naomi chose because they are the founding members of this project and both grew up together in Prince George’s County, Maryland. It is a very special place to them.
The Eargazm: How did you guys meet?
Prinze George: Naomi and Kenny met Stan (our drummer) first through their mutual friend Craig. Craig had a list. Stan was on that list. See what I did there?
Stan recruited Drew because they are old friends who grew up together here in NYC, and we desperately needed a bass player. The moment Drew joined the band was the moment we really felt like one.
The Eargazm: What are your largest musical influences?
Prinze George: We all have a huge variety of musical influences, Naomi is primarily inspired by female fronted bands and projects including Metric, Lauryn Hill and Joni Mitchell, but all the guys enjoy a variety of stuff too. Stan has very modern taste, he’s a big fan of Lorde and Cults. Drew and Kenny love metal. Our musical influences are a bit of a melting pot. I think one band we could all agree on at this point is The National. We are all pretty obsessed with them.
The Eargazm: What’s your favorite place to eat in Brooklyn?
Prinze George: Well, we are a brunch band before anything else. We love Café Zona Sur in Sunset Park for brunch and J’pan in Park Slope for Sushi.
The Eargazm: Have you ever eaten at Momo Sushi Shack?
Prinze George: No, but we love Sushi, so its just a matter of time.
The Eargazm: If you could perform alongside any artist who would it be?
Prinze George: The National. They are a dream.
The Eargazm: What’s your favorite venue in New York?
Prinze George: Well seeing as all of us have not played a show together yet and cannot answer that from a performers perspective, not sure. We’ll get back to you on that.
The Eargazm: Would you say it’s hard to stand out in a musically talented city such as New York?
Prinze George: It can be intimidating because there are just so many other talented musicians right now and not just in NYC or LA. We try to keep a level head and focus on the integrity of our music. We’ve gotten off to a pretty good start online, so were running with that.
The Eargazm: Are there any unknown artists from NYC that we should be keeping an ear out for?
Prinze George: ESHOVO. He is a rapper and old friend of Naomi and Kenny’s from PG County, MD. He’s going to take over the world. You can check him out at www.Eshovo.com
Also, check out MISUN, another awesome act from the PG/DC area who are now based in LA. They are a female fronted group who make absurdly catchy music.
The Eargazm: If it was raining and you’re fans were standing in the mud eagerly awaiting your performance, would the show go on?
Prinze George: I want to say yes…but if there is lightning and electrical equipment and water I just do not see this ending well.
The Eargazm: At what point did you decide you were going to make music your life?
Prinze George: Kenny, Stan, and Drew all played in bands growing up. Kenny graduated from the Berklee College of Music and has always aspired to have a career in the music industry. While Naomi studied music on the side, she had non-musical career plans prior to working with Kenny. After Naomi and Kenny moved to NYC, they reeled in Stan who reeled in Drew, both of whom have non-musical careers.
The Eargazm: Here at The Eargazm, we believe dreams come true with persistence and determination.. That being said, where do you want to be in 5 years?
Prinze George: We are definitely determined, but so much of this business is luck. We are grateful for the opportunities we have all had, even before this project came to be. With that said, Ideally in 5 years we would like to be a full time touring band. Who wouldn’t?