The Heavy Pets are an American Rock band that incorporates elements of funk, jazz, blues, and even some disco vibes to create a unique sound that’s galvanizing stages nationwide. I had a chance to sit down and chat with their drummer Jamie Newitt at Aura Music Festival. Here’s what he had to say about their music, plans for the future and more.
Sometimes, you hear a song that takes you back to a particular moment in time. Whether it’s the song you played on repeat in high school or the anthem of your college years, music can take you back. From Blues Rock to 90’s Goodies, listen to today’s #ThrowbackThursday Broadcasts for the music from your past.
With the ability to blend hip-hop, jazz, soul, blues, and classic rock, Chicago-based band Kids These Days breaks genre boundaries to create a sound uniquely their own.
Influenced by artists such as The Roots, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, and Jimi Hendrix, Kids These Days makes their unparalleled sound come alive with two horns, a rapper, a blues-rock trio, and a female singer. These trained musicians have shared the stage with hip-hop artists Rhymefest, the Cool Kids, Mic Terror, and Dom Kennedy, as well as opened for Third Eye Blind at Milwaukee’s Summerfest! This past March, KTD journeyed from Chicago, IL, to Austin, TX, to share their high-energy and groove-oriented performance at South by Southwest. KTD is made up of seven talented 18-year-olds: Liam Cunningham on guitar and lead vocals; Lane Beckstrom on bass; Greg Landfair on drums; Macie Stewart on keys, lead vocals, and background vocals; Vic Mensa on rap vocals; Nico Segal on trumpet; and J.P. Floyd on trombone.
Without further adieu, enjoy a profiler from Macie Stewart from Kids These Days.
The Basics · Given Name: Macie Stewart of Kids These Days · Ages: 18 · Hometown: Chicago.
What instruments do you play?
I play piano and sing in the band. I also play violin on occasion.
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
I think it would be really cool to work with the Black Keys or the Roots.
Describe your music in 3 words.
Unique, live, relatable.
What’s your spirit animal?
Vic says I look like cat, so I guess a cat.
What song is your guiltiest pleasure?
"Oh! You Pretty Things" by David Bowie
What movie do you wish you made the soundtrack to?