Crooked Flower is an alternative indie band that has released an impressive 5 LP’s, 2 EP’s, several Singles and a Video Album (10 Videos) since 2015. Their noteworthy output has gained the attention of over 60 press outlets including Alternative Nation, Pop Matters, NoHo Arts District, No Depression, Nashville Music Guide, OnStage Magazine, Psychedelic Baby, California Rocker, and many more. The band has four core members: Angelina Dang (vocals/guitar/keyboards); Daniel Erik (aka Tenenbaum; bass); Dan Ingberman (guitar/guitar synth); and Patrick Shields (drums/percussion). Crooked Flower is based out of the Berkeley/Oakland/San Francisco area where they perform regularly in the San Francisco Bay region and throughout California. They were awarded the "2015 Concert Of The Year" by Twirl Radio, KUBU 95.5 Sacramento for their September 2015 concert in Berkeley CA. The band has been featured on numerous radio stations and shows. Twirl Radio, KUBU 95.5 Sacramento awarded "Too Broke To Fix" which appears on "End Of The Rainbow" their prestigious "2015 Song Of The Year" (in addition to "Concert Of The Year") where DJ Mike Lidskin is a great supporter of the band. Currently, the band is preparing to release a second "video album" in 2019 /2020. Crooked Flower will be featured on That Summer, Volume 2 , a sizzling summer compilation album hosting the best independent artists, from around the world, in multiple genres.
1. What is the name of the song you have featured on ‘That Summer, Volume 2’ - How does your song remind you of summer or how does it fit into a summer album?
"Freedom": it's about the relationship of the individual and society; we are releasing the video on US Independence Day, July 4, 2019.
2. What is the inspiration behind your song? Or what is your song about?
The drug war and police generally have become militarized in the US. Estimates range from 45,000 to 80,000 SWAT team home invasions per year, mostly to enforce the Drug War. Or other victim-less crimes.
So “Thank G_D for the government, taking care of me!”
3. How did you write your featured song? Or can you describe your songwriting process?
This song is from our October 2018 disk, “Into The Light.” Angie (Angelina Dang; vocals, guitar) wrote the words based on a conversation we were having. She and I (Dan Ingberman; guitar) wrote the basic music together. After that the song was arranged and worked on by the entire band (Angie/me/Daniel Erik -- bass/Pat Shields -- drums). We have written songs in all different ways. Many of Crooked Flower songs were started by me and then arranged and organized by the band. In some cases Angie would take the song and write new words or ask me to write a new set of words. Sometimes Angie came to the band in the same way with one of her songs.
Like "Freedom", Angie and I wrote a number of Crooked Flower songs together. Sometimes Angie started, sometimes I did. We used the convention that songwriter = composer of words and vocal melody and/or fundamental groove. So there are songs that are credited to me or her individually but that we worked out together with two guitars or whatever, and then presented to the band. We also have a set of songs that the band created together.
The song writing credits are really a lot less important than the arrangements. Some of our songs are relatively long and involved "jam band" compositions that could not have happened without everyone's contributions.
4. Of every song you have ever written, what is your favorite and why?
I (Dan) have written many songs, of all kinds and genres, by myself and with a lot of collaborators. Crooked Flower has more than 50 songs. Its nearly impossible to pull one out as our/my favorite.
5. Who or what has inspired you most in your music career?
Beatles. Rolling Stones. Todd Rundgren. Grateful Dead. The Pretenders. Nirvana. The Cure. Anita Baker. Aretha Franklin. Amy Winehouse. Patty Smith.
6. Tell us where you live and what the music scene is like there?
Crooked Flower started in Berkeley California and operated there for about 5 years. We are now headquartered in Bellingham Washington. Both are pretty similar places with vibrant music scenes. Big schools (UC Berkeley, and Western Washington U) with many things to do.
7. Do you have any advice for new independent artists who are just starting out?
Advice is always tough. But here goes: Try to spend a lot of time on your skills and craft, especially playing and songwriting. Try to spend a lot of time interfacing with fans on social media. Try to spend a lot of time networking with other musicians and people in the industry. Try to spend a lot of time having a great website with lots of stuff that your fans will want. Don't spend a lot of money on gear. Try to buy used gear when you can. If you have expensive guitars etc., sell them.
8. What are your plans for the summer? Doing anything fun and exciting?
Content. We are trying to release two videos per month. Its a huge amount of work but we love it.
9. What’s coming up in the future
Content. More videos. Quite a few. A bunch of releases that move forward and backward.
10. Tell us where fans can access your music.