Future of What

Interview: Factoids from Brooklyn group, Future of What

Future of What is a dream/synth-pop trio based out of Brooklyn and comprised of Sam Axelrod, Max Kotelchuck, and Blair Gimma. This is the first song I heard by them:

“Hots” is the title track off of their most recently released EP. I asked Blair and Sam a few questions and they gave me a few answers, shedding on light what they bring to Future of What that’s unique and other factoids. Read on:

MFL: How did the three of you find each other or what drew you to each other?

Blair (Future of What): I found Sam at a mutual friend’s Thanksgiving party. I met my girlfriend the same night at the same party. I was drawn to Sam because he told me how much he liked my solo record. I was drawn to my girlfriend Hannah because she looked like a babe.

MFL: What do each of you bring to Future of What that’s unique?

Blair (F of W): I pronounce Cuisinart, “Coozinart.”

Sam (F of W): She also pronounces rigamarole, “rigamaroo.” I like to think of myself as the editor. I have a lot of opinions. Max has a lot of opinions, too. Actually, we all have a lot of opinions. 

MFL: If each of you were to pick your top three influential musicians/bands for you personally, who would they be? What would the top three influential musicians/bands be for you collectively as Future of What?

Blair (F of W): Some current collective influences are Steve Winwood, The Feelies, and Primitive Radio Gods.

Sam (F of W): I’ve been listening to a lot of Stars of the Lid.

MFL: What do you imagine your fans doing while they’re listening to your music?

Blair (F of W): I like to imagine people singing along to our music in their kitchen while they are cooking dinner.

Sam (F of W): I think of people on the subway, listening on their headphones. But that leaves out a lot of non-urban listening. Maybe driving in cars, then, too.

MFL: Can you break down your song writing process for me?

Blair (F of W): As of late, we all get into a room and someone starts playing some notes and the next thing you know, we’ve got a song.

MFL: How has Future of What changed or grown since its inception?

Blair (F of W): We care less about everything. We care very much about the songs, but a lot less about everything else.

Sam (F of W): True.

MFL: What is one of your most memorable performing moments?

Sam (F of W): I will never forget playing at Skidmore College’s Earth Day Fest on a windy Saturday afternoon this past April, and watching Max’s open laptop tip over from a strong gust of wind in the middle of “Double Thoughts.”


MFL: I saw you got to perform with White Hinterland. What was that like? I heard her on Song Exploder discussing and breaking down her song “Ring the Bell” and she was great.

Sam (F of W): It was fun to hang with her and our mutual friend Buck, but that show in Florence, MA was not entirely awesome. Among other things she has a great speaking voice. I wish she would read to me.

MFL: What does the summer look like performance-wise?


Sam (F of W): We just played two shows here in New York within a span of five days. That’s a lot for us. As of this moment we have no shows booked. Shows sometimes fall out of the sky, though, so I imagine our status could change at any moment.

MFL: Now that you’ve finished your latest EP, what’s next?

Blair (F of W): It’s satisfying to release something right after we have written it, so I think we’ll be releasing songs frequently.

Sam (F of W): Amen.

Their previous release, Pro Dreams is absolutely worth a listen as well. It’s available for listening on their Soundcloud page and purchasing on iTunes.

Top 20 From the Last 9 Weeks!

Hard to believe it’s been 9 weeks since I did the last top 20. SUMMER SLOW DOWN, PLEASE! Pump the breaks on your summer and have a listen:

How is it Sunday Again?

Why do the summer weeks have to fly by so quickly? Thankfully the music out in the world isn’t slipping away like summer is. Once again, this week’s playlist is 10 artists and 10 songs I’ve never even heard until this very day. It’s so refreshing to hear so many new things happening on the musical front every year, every month, every week, and every day. Oh, and to explain the photo, my dear mom is known in our family for making really incredible cakes of any character you want! Usually she uses a cake pan that is pre-designed but this year for my 27th birthday, she designed an original Yoda cake for me. Pretty amazing if you ask me! OK, get listenin’!