“I'm always in favour of finding different ways to support musicians, but I feel that the more we do these kinds of events, the more people will realise that they're a thing in themselves.”
“While we can’t be with them in person right now, we felt the want and need to give back to them in the way they do for us. Being able to take requests of everyone’s favorite songs and talking with our fans and friends has made it feel more like a show experience.”
"During this time every musician and their crews are out of work like so many people out there with very few applicable grants and loans available."
“There’s no playbook for how we deal with this as entertainers ... All I can do is try to continue to entertain in whatever way that I possibly can."
“We have no touring expenses like gas, hotels, childcare, our bandmates and our crew, which make it extremely challenging to come home with any profit.”
“Listen to some music, hang with each other, and take part in whatever antics are unfolding in our little shared world.”
“Another benefit for everyone involved is that assisting others is a good outlet for dealing with the stress created by the pandemic that we all feel.”
“It’s a wild freeze frame when your job and your passion both stop dead in their tracks.”
I spoke with founder and baritone saxophonist Martin Perna about the making of Fu Chronicles, being in your favorite band’s favorite band, the state of music education in America, and a certain new collaboration he’s involved in.