Firebirdie Talk Firecracker Racket and More on Broadtube
Updated: Oct 23, 2018
Broadtube's exclusive interview with Travis Wavescorx of Firebirdie.
Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
I’m Travis Lou Wavescorx and my bandmate is Ms. Jessica Grantham. We grew up living only blocks away from each other in the suburbs of Minneapolis. While we didn’t know each other as kids, we have determined that we were likely at a lot of the same places at the same times, always just missing each other.
Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
We are a band called Firebirdie from Minneapolis, MN in the US, the land of Prince. On our debut singles, we wrote and produced everything, playing all the instruments ourselves.
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
The music video is pretty crazy. I’ve never seen anything like it done before. Not sure people realize it the first time they see it, but it actually is a documentary that captures the birth of our daughter. The concept was all Jessica’s idea. The clues are in the timestamps that appear onscreen, which are all accurate. So in the scene when the music begins and the fireworks are going off, Jessica was actually in labor, having contractions. Her water had broke a few hours earlier and we had a crew of friends come that day to film that sequence. The scene was very elaborate and required intricate timing for everything to sync up and look the way we had envisioned. It took several hours doing take after take, only stopping to let Jessica breathe thru contractions or to let the smoke from the fireworks clear. We finally got a successful shot around midnight and then drove straight to the Emergency Room. I think it gave Jessica something to focus on which kept her mind off the pain. She danced, lip-synced, performed, everything during her contractions in the hospital. You can see a few moments where she was really struggling, but overall she was committed. Our daughter was born 8 hours after that first shot. When she is set on Jessica’s chest, that was a magical moment.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
The song was originally written as a one chord song. I enjoy putting ourselves in a corner and fighting our way out. Limitations force creativity. So I set out to write the most interesting melody possible using only a single chord. But I couldn’t do it. When I met Jessica, I showed her the music and explained how difficult it was to write something interesting over music that doesn’t go anywhere. She immediately sang the Firecracker Racket melody — lyrics and all — over my one chord music. And the song was born. I was so happy to finally have done it, but also angry with how easy it was for her. Ha! In it’s final state, no students of music theory would interpret Firecracker Racket as a one chord song as some of the melodies imply other chords. However, even in its fully-produced recording, there is still actually only one chord ever played, and that is an F major.
Lyrically, the song is about being trapped in your own head and trying to break free of your anxieties and depression. So the lyrics in the verses become lyrics in the chorus, etc. It’s repetitive and circular by design, getting more intense as it goes to mirror how a person feels during a panic attack.
Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.
Speaking for myself, I really dig the Flaming Lips, David Bowie, Beyonce, Radiohead and Kanye West.
Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
Honestly, I feel lucky to have found the collaborator I have in Ms. Grantham. I hope to have years and years of artistic sparks with her.
We also recently started putting together our live band. We have two new members, Chris Burgan on bass and Cale Henk on lead guitar. They have been stellar to work with and have brought new life to our project. Looking forward to seeing where we all go together.