Hi guys! Thanks so
much for doing an interview with Sprockster.com. You are definitely
a community fave, but - for our new readers - can you tell us a
little bit about The SqueeGees?
The SqueeGees are a band for the whole
family. We write songs that encourage living a healthy lifestyle,
enjoying nature, eco consciousness, and other issues we believe in.
Of course, we also enjoy being completely silly and making lots of
noise too! We are really excited to have Pierre de Reeder with us,
our newest addition to the band. I’m sure most of you would know
him as the bassist of Rilo Kiley.
Congratulations on your release, Meet The
SqueeGees! Can you tell us a little bit about your album?
We put a lot of love into the making of the
CD, not only the songs, but the artwork (we have a poster
included), and making sure it was sustainable. It is recyclable
with soy-based ink. We really just wanted to make a really
enjoyable album for the whole family.
I can’t help but notice the reference to The
Beatles’ second album Meet The Beatles! Did they inspire any parts
of this album?
Yes, that was our little Beatles tribute.
They inspire us in general! We always include a few Beatles tunes
in our sets. We all grew up listening to the Beatles. My mom was a
huge fan. In fact, my mom taught nursery school and I remember her
playing Beatles songs in her classes. I know Pierre likes to play
the Beatles for his children at home too. It is wonderful family
I saw Meet The SqueeGees in Target the other day
and I understand that it is a “Target Exclusive.” For most artists
working in the family music genre, national distribution is a
mystery. Can you tell us what it is like to work with such a big
company like Target?
Our CD just launched in Target, which is so
unbelievable. We are all pretty excited about that. Target is an
amazing company. Actually, my first job was working as a cashier at
Target and I worked there again when I was in graduate school, on
Target Baby/ Kids and Hispanic Marketing. Not too many corporate
giants are as philanthropic and give as much back to the community
as genuinely as Target does. I really appreciate that as a consumer
and as you know we are pretty passionate about causes that we
believe in and try to raise awareness as well. I think it is
a great fit and we are just beyond excited to have “Meet the
SqueeGees” in Target stores.
Do you have any advice for family music acts
trying to get out there and sell their own independent CD releases
in their hometown?
I think approaching children’s boutiques,
local businesses and companies is a good way to get it out there
and off course sharing as much music as possible with friends and
online with fans. I always believe if things are done with love
they will be received with love.
Besides your Target exclusive, do you have any
other big plans to promote the new album?
Yes, we have a lot of exciting plans in the
works. We have been playing in and around the Los Angeles area as
much as possible and are looking forward to touring in other areas.
We are also in the process of shooting a music video for one of the
songs from the album. And, we are working on a new release. Writing
children’s music is so inspiring and enjoyable. We just love
working on songs and performing.
Will your Target exclusive end and, if so,
when/where can someone get a copy of Meet The SqueeGees?
We are still in the process of ironing things
out in terms of how long it will be an exclusive at Target, but for
now you can get it at all Target stores and Target.com. If not, you
can purchase it on iTunes or contact us at http://www.meetthesqueegees.com/squeegees.html
I see that Samantha has a solo project and that
you each have traditional songwriting experience. Can you tell us
how - if any - your experience in the contemporary music world has
benefited The SqueeGees.
I know Pierre’s children really inspire him
in his solo work and writing for the SqueeGees. I just love writing
songs. Having my solo stuff has influenced me, but I think even
more collaborating with others and broadening my mind when it comes
to songwriting has been really enlightening as well. Also I am sure
Pierre’s experiences in Rilo Kiley have also shaped his
songwriting. He is so talented.
What inspired you to branch out and start making
Well, I started writing songs when I was
little. I would mostly write songs about my pets, which I guess I
am still doing. When I started teaching and working with children,
it just kind of happened. Raffi was a big influence for me as well.
When I was little he was just the coolest. He has such a beautiful
heart and spirit and it just pours out in his songs. Pierre says
that having his own children introduced him to a whole new world of
music and songwriting. His daughters Amelia and Sophia really love,
Tweet Tweet, Tweet, which is the last track on the CD.
Your album says that all songs were produced at
“Home” studios. Can you tell our readers a bit about your writing
and production process?
The songs all came about in different ways,
but mostly when I was teaching Mommy and Me classes. There were
tons of songs about ice cream, and piling food on your plate, which
is all great, but I thought that there should be more songs about
healthy living, the earth, and other things that we believe in.
We’re also huge supporters of dog rescue and animal activism and we
wanted to include a song on our album. We recorded the album on
protools and in Pierre’s studio in North Hollywood, and our friend
Assaf Lotan helped us with mixing.
What do you typically enjoy the most, writing or
It’s just so much fun because there are so
many wonderful things to write about. Children appreciate the
simple things and are so open and uninhibited. I think adults would
benefit by taking some time out every day to make animal sounds,
spin around, and sing and dance. It is a very magical thing.
Writing and performing as The SqueeGees just gives us license to be
children again and to be silly and explore life through song.
Tell us about your next big show.
Our next show will be at The Grove in Los
Angeles on November 11th at 11am. We’re always looking for new
venues to play and hopefully will be touring in the future.
What’s next for The SqueeGees?
We’re writing new music and will be recording
a new album. We are also trying to do some new music videos. We are
open to whatever comes our way.
In addition to your Sprockster profile page,
where else can people learn more about you?
You can visit our website http://www.meetthesqueegees.com/squeegees.html
plus we’re on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/MeetTheSqueeGees
or follow us on Twitter.
What is one thing that no one in the world knows
about your band right now?
My dog Nala was the inspiration behind the
song “Nala The Chihuahua.”
Team . . . ?
That’s it. Any last words?
This has been a lot of fun. The SqueeGees are
passionate about making the world a better place. Parents seem to
appreciate are songs with positive messages such as healthy eating,
animal rescue and living a green lifestyle. We’re so pleased
children love our songs and enjoy singing and dancing when we’re
performing on stage. Just knowing children are processing these
important messages and having a good time makes us proud that we’re
making an impact. Sprockster you’ve been awesome and thank you so
much for supporting The SqueeGees. We feel special.
Thanks so much! The SqueeGees ROCK!
To learn more about The SqueeGees, please visit http://www.meetthesqueegees.com/squeegees.html
The SqueeGees’ new album is called Meet The SqueeGees and is
available nationwide at Target and Target.com.