The following is a guest post courtesy of Nate Avis of 4th Shore Hip Hop

When it comes to making high energy, positive music, The Reminders are second to none. The formidable duo has made an impact with their music for years by preaching the importance of community and taking that message around the globe. With inspirations like Bob Marley, OutKast, and Gil Scott-Heron, The Reminders’ powerful sound intersects poetry, message and always a fun twist. Learn more about this upbeat pair and mark your calendar for their next performance Friday February 17 at Summit Music Hall as part of Red Bull Sound Select’s first Denver show of 2017 with The Cool Kids and River Tiber.

I’ve seen you perform live a few times and the energy you bring is second to none. How have you managed to build such strong stage presence? How does the chemistry between the two of you help?

We are music lovers and fans first, like with anything else, we watched and learned from the best. We have been going to concerts and Broadway plays for years, enjoying and studying. We made a conscious decision to never do anything half way, therefore anytime we hit the stage, we give 100%. The chemistry between us is the magic.

How did you two meet? How did you decide to become The Reminders?

We both moved to Colorado Springs in the summer of 1998, being into the same things, we ran in similar circles, had mutual friends. The more we spent time together, our friendship grew romantic, and both being artists, we gradually developed a catalogue of songs together.

I’ve noticed you also have connections across the globe. What is it like to be able to bring your voice and message to such a broad audience? What do you hope people take away from your music?

It’s a blessing, we are so thankful to be able to travel, share art and have people be excited about it. We want people to feel free when listening, and know that they are not alone.

Your music combines reggae, boom-bap, and soul for a unique and memorable sound. Who are some of your musical influences? How did you find that unique sound?

Everyone from Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, The Police, OutKast, Erykah Badu, Zap Mama, Gil Scott-Heron, Black Star, The Roots, The Fugees, Wu-Tang, Michael Franti and Spearhead. We found our sound by doing what came naturally, if we felt like singing on a song, we sang, when we felt like rapping, we rapped. Just expressing what’s on our hearts.

With The Reminders being a family affair, what are some pros and cons of living a musician’s lifestyle while still raising children?

Pros, music has afforded our family so many incredible opportunities and experiences. Cons, being away from our kids while we are on tour.

Your work extends beyond your music into the community. What are some ways in which you’ve helped build that community? What are some organizations you’ve worked with in the past?

Children are the future, therefore we are always involved with organizations helping youth. We’ve done a lot with boys and girls clubs on the Southside of Colorado Springs, East and Northside of Denver, 303 Children’s Chorale, Urban Peak, Youth on Record, Imagination Celebration and we go into public schools to perform at assemblies and in classrooms.

The last project you dropped was Born Champions back in 2012. Are there any plans for another project anytime soon? If so, what can we expect from that?

We have been working on lots of music, some with live musicians, which is a new process for us but we are getting it together and excited about it. We are planning on releasing EPs really soon. 

You’ve performed in front of plenty of crowds and for plenty of people. Is there any one performance that sticks out to you? If so, why? 

We have 3: Soundset 2013, we performed in front of 10,000 people. Shout out to Rhymesayers Entertainment. Opening for Ms. Lauryn Hill in Memphis, the crowd showed us so much love. And in 2010, performing in front of hundreds of kids at a youth summer camp in Casablanca, Morocco.

What are some tips you have for up and coming artists looking to make a career out of music?

Create as much as you can, never stop creating. Rehearse and practice to be your best, you have to sharpen your skill, do not wait on a savior to hand you your big shot, go get it!

Out of all the songs you’ve recorded, which one was your favorite to make? Why?

“Fight Back”! It was our first collaboration, Aja was visiting from college and we were just friends at the time.

I’d like to thank The Reminders for the opportunity to talk with them about who they are and where their music is heading. Their positive way of life is inspiring and powerful. Hopefully we’ll see an EP or two in 2017, but until then don’t miss their unmatched energy at the next Red Bull Sound Select show Friday at Summit Music Hall for just $5 by RSVPing HERE. Thanks for reading!