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The Risks And Rewards Of Being A Band That's Hard To Label

A lot of bands have a very particular sound that is very identifiably them, and that often makes it easier to be marketed and defined. But Sebastian and the Deep Blue, from one song to the next, can sound like a completely different band. In fact, in their “about” section on their website, this is how they define themselves:

“Sebastian and the Deep Blue is a Post punk inspired Chamber pop band with full brass and string section. A high-energy, horn-powered, afrobeat inspired alternative rock and roll band. Artful arrangements combine with pop sensibilities to create a sound which is undeniably their own. Think Talking Heads, Budos Band and Sufjan Stevens all rolled into a burrito. A musical burrito.”

This has the potential to be risky when developing a fan base or approaching record labels. Sebastian and the Deep Blue performed a song for us, but first band leader Barry Sebastian sat down with Sound Effect producer Kevin Kniestedt to talk about the reward of not being labeled, and why creativity trumps all for him.

The band, which carries two vocalists, guitar, bass, drums, violin, two saxophones and a trombone, then performed their song, "Risk Reward."

This story originally aired on Nov. 5, 2016

Kevin Kniestedt is a journalist, host and producer who began his career at KNKX in 2003. Over his 17 years with the station, he worked as a full time jazz host, a news host and produced the weekly show Sound Effect. Kevin has conducted or produced hundreds of interviews, has won local and national awards for newscasts and commentary.