Many of you know Kaleo Wassman from Pepper but the talented musician has also released a side project titled Sabotage Soundsystem with his buddy Remy Derochemont. Kaleo was kind enough to give us a few minutes of his time and answer a few questions about the new Sabotage Soundsystem record they have been working on.
Did you find it important to step out and get creative on your side project Sabotage Soundsystem in order to release new things that may not be on a Pepper album?
GREAT QUESTION…BUT I DID NOT FIND IT IMPORTANT AT ALL, WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS I HAVE NEVER FELT LIKE THERE WAS NOTHING WE COULDN'T PUT ON A PEPPER RECORD, WE (PEPPER) ARE A BAND WITH NO RESTRICTIONS, WE JUST LIKE TO PLAY AND WRITE MUSIC THAT FEELS GOOD TO US. SABO IS WHERE DUB AND I HIT A RECORD BUTTON AND LET IT GO…. IT IS JUST MORE THINGS WE WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT...For fans of Pepper, people may know your partner in crime Remy who takes the soundboard at the shows. How did the Sabotage collaboration start?
WERE FROM KONA, BEEN FRIENDS FOR YEARS… SABO WAS JUST ABOUT ME AND REMY JAMMING AROUND THE HOUSE AND DECIDED TO RECORD THE MUSIC, THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME WHEN WERE HOME, HE IS ONE OF THE CLOSES PEOPLE TO ME.
Will the sound on the new record remain the same flow as the last or do you guys plan on expanding on the laid back sound from The Boto Machine Gun?
THIS PROJECT IS HEAVILY INVOLVING OUR LOVE FOR MUSIC, AND OUR LOVE FOR RAW UN PRODUCED SONGS THAT WE RELATE TO.. THE NEXT ALBUM WILL BE MORE OF THE SAME…
How much does the environment come into play when recording your music? Is it necessary to be on the island or near a beach to get into the feel you are going for?
THE ENVIRONMENT WE NEED IS IN US, THROUGH FEELING,MEMORIES,AND IMAGES FROM WHERE WERE FROM AND WHAT WE ARE. WE JUST LOVE BEING NEXT TO THE OCEAN THATS WHY WE RECORD THERE..
Does your writing occur while on the road or is there another place of relaxation that inspires you?
WRITING,RHYTHMS, AND SONGS HAPPEN EVERYWHERE, AND WHEN IT DOES VISIT YOU, RECORD IT.
The song Homeless really speaks volumes. With being on the road as much as you are do you really feel going home is more like another hotel with a somewhat longer stay?
WELL, HAWAII NEVER FEELS LIKE THAT. THAT IS OUR HOME IN THE TRUE SENSE OF THE WORD, BUT WE HAVE BEEN LIVING IN SO CAL FOR AWHILE NOW AND ITS DEFINITELY OUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME… I LOVE IT HERE, BUT MY HEART IS THERE. WHEN YOU ARE IN OUR PROFESSION TRAVEL GETS INSANE. WE ARE GONE ABOUT 9 MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR TOURING INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL MARKETS. BUT I WOULD NOT DO ONE THING DIFFERENT, I LOVE THE PEOPLE I WORK WITH CAUSE THERE ALL MY BROTHERS, AND I LOVE THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND WHAT A BLESSING THIS IS . AND I NEVER WANT TO STOP
Any guests to announce for the new Sabotage Soundsystem record?
NON TO ANNOUNCE YET, BUT MOST DEFINITELY THERE WILL BE SOME GREAT CALIBRATIONS'
Can we ever expect a Sabotage Soundsytem tour or possibly pull a double shift and open for the upcoming Friends and Family Acoustic Tour?
YOU NEVER KNOW, ;-) HAHA, NOPE. NOT THIS TIME… BESIDES WE GOT THE SUPERVILLIANS ACOUSTIC AND JOSH FISHEL. I WANT TO WATCH THEM.
Finally what is in a perfect day off from tour for Kaleo?
EARLY SURF, BREAKFAST BURRITO, THEN WATCH AC MILIAN VS. REAL, GRAB A AFTERNOON GLASS OFF SESSION WHEN THE WIND MELLOWS, THEN A MAI TAI AT KONA INN ( WIND AND SEA IF IM IN CALI), SASHIMI PLATE WITH CABBAGE, SUNSET SURF OR SWIM IF IM NOT TO BUS, RINSE OFF, THEN LOCAL STYLE POKE WITH A BEER, AND SAY THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY. THATS A PERFECT DAY.