Tauk, a self described band that "delivers a unique blend of funk, jazz, pop and rock with a fresh, experimental spirit."
The band managed to book a 5:20-6:10pm spot at Bonnaroo's Miller Light stage this year.
I managed to speak with Matt Jalbert, guitar player, about his and the rest of the band's experience while playing their biggest festival yet.
XP: How long has the band known each other?
MJ: Myself, A.C. Carter, keyboards, and Charlie Dolan, bassist, grew up together and went to the same school. I think it was in sixth grade that we met. But we've been playing together forever and our drummer, Isaac Teel, recently joined us this past January.
XP: How did it feel to be booked at Bonnaroo?
MJ: That was the topping on the cake. Our managed told us we got Bonnaroo and it was like, "holy shit." It definitely helps you feel like you're doing something right.
XP: What big influences do you have that is also booked at the festival this year?
MJ: Radiohead, of course. They believe what they're doing is right. When bands play at that level it's all about how they accent the music and they never missed a beat.
XP: Have you ever just attended the festival as just another member of the audience?
MJ: I was actually there the last time Radiohead headlined in 2006.
XP: What direction can you see this particular gig taking you from here?
MJ: The set went well at the Miller Light stage. We had a good set up and a decent crowd turned up. Just being able to say we played Bonnaroo is more than we could ask for. We can say we've done that now and have performed on that stage.
XP: XP: What did you think of the crowd this year at Bonnaroo? It just gets weirder and weirder every year. I love it.
MJ: They had great vibes. Everyone was in a great fucking mood. They were all about going and listening to music. When it ended it was like the last day of summer camp.
XP: Any advice for musicians out there that would die to be in your shoes?
MJ: Put everything you have into it. If playing music is what you love then give it your all. Be passionate about it. Use social networking to get yourself out there and make sure you have something that makes you stand out. Work your ass off and you could be playing a festival like this one too.