Slipping Into Darkness is one of the longest-running bands in the Coachella Valley—and while some members have come and gone, that signature sound remains the same. The band recently acquired guitarist Emanuel Cazares and used him to complete the follow-up to 2014’s Shurpadelic. For more information, visit www.slippingintodarknessband.com. Cazares is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
The first actual concert I attended was probably Coachella in 2011 or 2012. I sneaked in one of those years and got to see a few artists I was into at the time. I also got two Tame Impala records signed by the whole band at a meet-and-greet.
What was the first album you owned?
it was Eminem’s The Eminem Show. I remember buying my first CD/album at Record Alley at the Palm Desert mall when Record Alley used to be on the top floor.
What bands are you listening to right now?
I’m listening to a lot of soul/funk stuff right now from labels like Big Crown, Daptone, Motown, Stax, and Colemine. Bands I dig are Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Lee Fields, Jr. Walker and the All Stars, Otis Redding, Booker T and the M.G.’s, Brainstory, Holy Hive, Budos Band, The Altons, and Orgone.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
I don’t want to sound like a hater, but I don’t get “noise.” It makes zero sense to me. I don’t get what the point is!
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
I would’ve loved to have seen Jimi Hendrix live. He was a force of nature and reinvented the guitar and music like nobody had ever done before. I also would’ve loved to have seen Buddy Guy, Buddy Miles and Jack Bruce playing together in 1969.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
“The Muffin Song.” It drives people crazy when I play it, and they look at me funny, but it’s better than “noise.”
What’s your favorite music venue?
I haven’t really been to too many, but from the ones I’ve been to, probably House of Blues in San Diego.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“My sandpaper sigh engraves a line into the rust of your tongue. Girl, I could’ve been someone,” the opening line of “Baby Blue” by King Krule.
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Probably a mix between Jimi Hendrix and Mac DeMarco. Jimi Hendrix changed me musically and showed me rock/blues. I have studied a lot of artists who Hendrix would listen to when he was growing up. That, in a way, helped me develop my style on guitar. Also, the deep forensic work I did when discovering these artists opened doors to new genres and other awesome guitar-players ranging from jazz and funk to soul. Mac DeMarco showed me that any musician can record at home with very basic recording gear, and there was no need to go to a fancy studio and lay it down there. Recording technology has become so affordable and so good over the years that it has opened a lot of doors for all kinds of musicians and has made them very DIY.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I would ask Hendrix how he wrote “Little Wing” on guitar, or how he came up with the intro. To me, that song sounds so modern and ahead of its time. It doesn’t sound like guitar-playing from 1966-67. I would’ve loved for him to break it down for me.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Mashed Potatoes” by James Brown for sure! Gotta get people movin’, not make them more miserable.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
It’s a Mother by the hardest-working man in music, Mr. James Brown.
What song should everyone listen to right now?