FW: Are The Xylopholks one of the MTA’s sanctioned bands or are you not-so-subtly sneaking around off the books?
JS: We have an audition for Music Under New York coming up on May 5. It’s at Grand Central Terminal’s Northeast Balcony. The auditions are open to the public and should be a lot of fun. We’re really looking forward to this one and go on at 1:15 PM. Come check it out!
FW: What are your favorite subway stations to play in?
JS: Any station where we can catch folks smiling as they pass by on their commute. We’ve also taken to playing in various bodegas around town. Stay tuned for the 5 Borough Bodega Tour!
FW: Where else in the city might someone see The Xylopholks?
JS: We have upcoming shows at Southpaw (April 14 @ 8:30 p.m.), National Underground (April 16 @ 10:00 p.m.), and Rockwood Music Hall (April 30th @ Midnight). Also, the Bodega Tour will be happening soon — but you might just have to be in the right place at the right time. The other day we set up in front of the basketball courts at West 4th. We’ll pretty much play anywhere cops don’t give us a hard time.
FW: What do you love most about what you do?
JS: This is a hard one. I love everything about it. The other day a woman was listening to us for a while, almost in tears because she was smiling so much. She told us she was just laid off and that this was exactly what New Yorkers needed. That made us feel incredible! I’m also happy to lead a band where the main objective is to HAVE BIG FUN!