Essential Productions Presents:
Band of the Month – Peridoni

Next up in the Essential Productions Blog‘s Band of the Month series is the one and only Peridoni!

Since forming in 2012, Cincinnati-based Peridoni has become a major player in Ohio’s jam band scene, opening for long standing national acts such as Papadosio, The Werks, Dopapod and more.

Pronounced “Pair-uhh-don-e”, the band is made up of four members, Cory Donnini, Kaleb Perrin, Ben Steinkamp and Kevin Harris.

The members of Peridoni share a passion for music – a passion that is evident in their high-energy, jam-filled live performances, featuring a fluid, melodic, groove-heavy sound and conscious improvisation.

Check out the band for yourself below in an exclusive performance of “Shimmer,” then read on for a Q&A with the band to learn more!

Video shot by Alex Thocker and Kristoph Klein and produced by Alex Thocker.

Q&A with Peridoni

How long have you all known each other? How did you meet? 

Kaleb: Cory and I have known each other since high school, but start playing music together in early 2012.  Later that year we created a craigslist ad looking for a drummer, Ben’s dad saw the page and Ben ended up coming over and it was love at first sight.  Somewhere in 2013 we met Kevin through playing some shows with EP.  The first time he came over with his keys we knew we were going to be playing music with him.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be? How would you describe your sound? doni1

Kaleb: Describing sound and genre can be difficult now days.  All these genres from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s have influenced us in all kinds of different ways, so it really is a melting pot, but at the end of the day I always feel like it’s some branch of rock with sprinkles of dance and fusion.

Could you briefly describe your music-making process?

Kevin: As we’re still a pretty young band, our music-making process has gone through many evolutions. Most of our writing stems from a simple rhythm or progression. Typically Kaleb will bring an idea to the table, we’ll elaborate on it at our practice space, then see what we can add/subtract to make a full sounding piece. One characteristic of our music/live performance is that our songs are always changing. We are constantly revisiting songs and finding new parts or transitions to add. This keeps things interesting for us and we hope it does for the listener as well.

How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?

Kaleb: Our music has evolved in many ways since the genesis of the band.  The biggest thing for me as a player was switching over from guitar to bass early in 2015, thus, this really changed the dynamic of the entire band, as we went from a 5 piece to a 4 piece.  As you grow as a group and as musicians, your musical intent becomes more clear, so our sound has become more defined in itself and it’s taking on more of it’s own entity.

Can you tell me more about your new album?

doni-pixelsKaleb: We just released out first album, Pixel Pieces on a Parallel Plane back in July!  This was our first recording project as a band and we decided to take on the whole process ourselves, recording, mixing, mastering, and essentially everything that goes into making an album, we did it.  We’re really happy with record, each of the songs had a lot of time mature before we recorded and I think that shows. Now we’re setting our sights on another release in early 2017.

Best compliment you’ve ever received as a band?

Kaleb: Best compliment we’ve received as a band is “You guys suck”

What do you guys like to do in your spare time?doni

Kaleb: I try to avoid spare time as much as I can, honestly.  Most of my time is spent doing something music related, but occasionally I spend time petting my cat.

What’s the most bizarre thing to happen while you were onstage?

Cory: For me the most bizarre thing was getting shocked on stage.

Kevin: Definitely Cory getting shocked by his amp at Paradise 2015. We were just finishing up our soundcheck as usual when I look to my left and see Cory kneeling down messing with his amp. All of the sudden he starts screaming out for help, I didn’t know what was going on. He was getting shocked! As Kaleb and I had to pry his fingers from the thing, we could feel the electricity running through him. We went on and played the set, but it definitely gave us a scare there for a minute!

Where can fans listen to your music?

Kevin: Check out our Bandcamp and Soundcloud for all live shows and our new album. The album is also available on iTunes and Spotify. You can also find a good amount of live videos on Youtube!

Now for some fun stuff…

Strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Ben: Weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten is an apple.  It took me a while to figure out how to break the skin.

Favorite four-legged creature and why?

Kaleb: Favorite 4 legged creature is a cat.  They’re smarter than I am.

Worst haircut you’ve ever had?

Ben: My worst hair cut is the one I’m rocking now.

Kaleb: Same^

Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?

Kaleb: I would say I resemble Shaggy from Scooby Doo, especially with the hair right now.


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