We had the good fortune of connecting with Floodgate Operators and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Floodgate, what principle do you value most?
Patience, persistence and most importantly: having fun. The best don’t become experts in their field overnight, it can take years of dedication and perseverance to achieve goals. Having fun while being goal oriented makes all the hard work worth it. Music is no different, especially in bluegrass. If you would have told us 3 years ago that we would have put out an EP and are recording a full length album in April of 2021, I guarantee that none of us would believe it. Pivoting during a pandemic made these principles all the more valid. Our guitar player Kevin Doherty calls it “The Dojo”. We’ve been given a great opportunity to write more, refine our skills, and focus on what makes playing together fun and refreshing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
There have been significant challenges (not to mention several serious hand injuries) that the band has faced throughout the last several years. Our initial attempt to break into the Colorado bluegrass scene with our EP ‘Drought Driven Days’ (2020) was hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic. As with all bands during the pandemic, almost everything came to a complete halt. It’s tough not to feel discouraged during something so monumental that leaves the entire industry reeling, but we’ve found many positives that have grown from the seeds of doubt surrounding the pandemic. We’ve used our time to write a ton of new music, and while we won’t be able to hop on the road anytime soon, we’re super excited to get back in the studio in April 2021 to record our debut album, ‘Flood the World’. We’re just five guys who love to play bluegrass and have way more fun than anyone else. Check out ‘Drought Driven Days’ on all major streaming platforms!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Without a doubt, our friends and fans in Crested Butte, Colorado. At the beginning of this journey we didn’t have many expectations for where the band would go, but as we started gigging more around Crested Butte, the overwhelming positive response made us feel like we might be on to something special. I don’t think we would have seriously pursued touring or recording our debut EP without the encouragement from those who believed in us in CB. We feel very fortunate to call the Gunnison valley home and could not have gotten to where we are without our community.