Based In Florida, The Indie-Rock Band, Henrietta Reveals How They Started By Playing Music Together in a Living Room One Summer Six Years Ago!
Posted On 18 Nov 2014
The band, Henrietta, was formed in central Florida in the summer of 2008. They were all good friends in their various bedrooms, basements, living rooms and other questionable spaces.
Learn how Matt Kopkin, John Chapman, Manuel Urdaneta and Colin Czerwiński came to be the indie-rock band, Henrietta in the following interview:
Can you all remember the exact moment that you realized that you wanted to be a performer?
I can’t say that there is a particular moment that any of us could put a finger on for that kind of thing. It’s more of a gradual process. We all just really enjoy listening to and playing music, so, naturally, we just ended up wanting to share that experience with other people. I do remember watching old live videos of Killswitch Engage on AOL Dial Up and thinking “that’s cool”, but that’s pretty much it.
Has being from Orlando, Florida influenced the kind of music that you make?
Honestly, I can’t say that it has in any way that I’m conscious of. I’m sure being involved in different music scenes would change some stuff, but I’d like to think that this is just the music that happens when the four of us get together, regardless of location or anything else.
How has your songwriting and music changed over the years?
Well, I have only been in the band for a couple years, but I can tell that Henrietta has really focused their “sound” since the beginning. I hope that the songwriting is getting more mature and effective as time passes.
Tell me about this new album, “The Trick Is Not Minding”? What are you most proud of on it? What are you favorite songs to perform on it?
We took our time, so we are really proud of the album as a whole. My personal favorite songs to play are probably “Vacations”, “Greater Fool”, “Orion”, and “2000 miles”.
Who do you guys admire in the music industry?
Anyone that has made a living though creating and playing honest music. Dave Grohl is the man.
If you could collaborate with any musician, living or dead, who would it be and why?
–Dave Grohl. Nobody has as much fun as him. Ever.
What’s been your favorite venue to perform at and why? What’s been a favorite crowd?
We recently played at The Bat Cave in Montclair, New Jersery. It’s a basement venue, and it was the best show on this tour that we just got home from. Everyone there was inviting, all the bands were different and amazing, and everyone was into all the music. It was a “perfect show” kinda atmosphere.
When you aren’t performing and/or writing new material, what do you guys like to do for fun?
We work and go to school a lot. Other then that though, we like to play video games, listen to music, eat cool food. You know, human stuff.
What message do you hope people take away from your music?
That isn’t something that we necessarily think about while we create our music. In a perfect world though, we would hope that people just get some kind of positive experience out of listening to our music or seeing us play. Whether that positive experience is super cathartic or just sheer enjoyment, that’s cool with us.