What is Local 622? Incase you didn't know, Local 622 is a self-produced event from F10 and Qulture Qreative with a focus on our desert community of artists. It is a weekly live music showcase featuring a unique and eclectic mix of artists, song writers and musicians from around the Coachella Valley! Some are even a part of our F10 family!! In an effort to raise awareness of the amazing and diverse talent we have here in the desert my goal is to feature the Local 622 artists on the blog so you can learn a little bit about their music, talents, bands and more!
**Local 622 is every Thursday night at Birba from 7-930pm!**
Tomorrow night (February 5th), Birba has the distinct pleasure of hosting Robbie Owen of Waxy and War Drum! His bands are known for playing desert rock n roll but I'm hoping he will grace us with some of his amazing acoustic solo songs! I met Robbie last year, he is a great friend, musician and has one of the most giving and generous souls of anyone I know! I also had the pleasure of taking pictures of Robbie and some of the WAXY band mates last year, if you want to see more you can check them out here!
NAME - Robert Owen
BAND NAME(S) - WAXY and War Drum
BAND MEMBER NAMES -
WAXY Jeff Bowman – Drums / Dylan Brown – Bass / Jack Kohler – Keys / Damian Lautiero – Guitar / Robert Owen – guitar and vocals
Jack Kohler – Keys and Vocals / Peter Leighton – Drums / Ehren Groban – guitar / Robert Owen - Bass
GENRE - Rock and Roll
Where are you based out of?
I am based out of the Coachella Valley. I grew up in Palm Springs. I’m a Desert Rat!
How did you get started?
I got into playing and recording music sort of late. I was fifteen when I first started playing guitar. A lot of kids are really good at that age already and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I asked my Dad for a Les Paul and he gave me his old beat up acoustic, which I still have! Music came very natural and it just went from there.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your music?
Inspiration is so special when it comes but if you wait for it, you’ll be waiting a long time. Everything inspires me. The desert, personal relationships, imagination and the moment are all key ingredients to my writing and collaborations. When I’m in the present and able to let go of all other distractions for a few hours, that is when I’m at my most clairvoyant.
Do you have any loves other than music?
Well I love all the arts with a passion! I love my girlfriend Linda and my family. I love and appreciate sports and the purity within them. I love to travel and taking long walks off of short piers .. ;)
What do you think about when you’re performing?
One of the nicest things about performing live is the ability to not think too much at all. I’m just vibing with the music and the interplay with the other musicians. Playing and writing music is an emotional experience so sometimes it can get really intense but mostly I just think how lucky I am to get to do this.
What else can we expect from you in the future?
Well, WAXY is finishing up our sophomore effort. Our new record should be mixed and ready to unleash by the end of March this year. I also have plans to tour in the UK in April with War Drum as well as future tours and music videos with WAXY.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Always do the right thing...
Who are you currently listening to?
Tame Impala, Black Angeles, Queen, The Decedents
What is your secret food craving?
There are no secrets with me…….Love ice cream yet try not to eat it….ever.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I can do circus tricks with my tongue…..private invite only.
Don't forget to check out WAXY at The Purple Room Friday, February 20th and at The Hood Wednesday, February 25th!