Machin’ mixes elements of various world and Latin music into what the band’s members call “Spanglish Jive.” Bri Cherry’s violin combines with David Macias’ vocals and guitar, and Andy Gorrill’s upright bass, to set a great mood at the Purple Room Palm Springs (1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive) each Thursday night. For more on Machin’, head to www.machinmilitiamusic.com; for more on the Purple Room, visit purpleroompalmsprings.com. Here are Bri’s answers to The Lucky 13.
What was the first concert you attended?
Other than the concerts I performed in orchestra or symphony through school, Weezer was my first official concert when they played at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
What was the first album you owned?
A Spice Girls album.
What bands are you listening to right now?
I listen to a wide variety depending on how my day is going: a lot of Beats Antique, Grammatik, Gogol Bordello, Hazmat Modine, Rhapsodija Trio, Django Reinhardt, Mumford and Sons, Jack Johnson, Buena Vista Social Club, Weezer, Beatles and Bob Marley. I usually will just let Pandora surprise me with a similar band or two—and, of course, I will listen to Machin’ to enjoy what we’ve created, as well as to listen and see where I can improve.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
The Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus stuff.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Beats Antique or Gogol Bordello. Pretty much any of those I listen to would be fantastic!
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Jamming in the living room with Blue Moon or champagne, and with carne asada tacos.
What’s your favorite music venue?
There are so many good ones. Schmidy’s Tavern is an up-and-coming venue that is really growing on me; their sound system is great, and there’s plenty of room. Also, the Purple Room in Palm Springs is pretty happening and also has a fantastic sound system, good food, good drinks, good times, etc. As of right now, I would have to say these are a tie for me, depending on the act.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
Our song, “iEsta Vez No!” mainly because of rehearsals, ha ha!
What band or artist changed your life? How?
I don’t mean to revisit Machin’ because I am in it, but because this group has had the biggest impact on me—not only as a musician, but also in my personal life, helping me practice discipline, and other good morals. David (Macias) has saved me with his music, in a way. I wasn’t going down the greatest path when we met; these days, I can say I’ve been getting my feet back on the ground. That is a powerful thing to do, especially with how stubborn I am.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I want to ask The Beatles, any and all of them, if they were all still alive: “How did you do it? How did you get the whole world to know about your music in a short amount of time?”
What song would you like played at your funeral?
I would want people to bring their acoustic instruments and find a chord progression or two, and simply jam. The jam can turn into a lick from a jazz standard or a riff, a bit from Bach, etc. I would simply want healing to take place through music. There isn’t any specific song.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
The Beatles, Abbey Road.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Start Wearing Purple” by Gogol Bordello; “iEsta Vez No!” by Machin’; and “Gente Decente” by Machin’. (Scroll down to hear the Machin’ songs.)