We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Twiggs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Everyone in Serpentfoot has had to make sacrifices to continue pushing this band forward. Phil and I (Jordan) recently moved to Tacoma, WA and were forced to leave Michael behind. While we hoping that he would come join us he ended up moving to Michigan with his wife. We’ve since found a new drummer here in Tacoma named Jake Hupp. Beyond that we’ve all had to find careers that play nicely with our touring and show schedules. This means we’ve had to say no to family/work trips, lose jobs, and find work that has the flexibility to allow time off for the band. Not to mention our partners having to understand how important it is to us as a passion.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When Phil, Michael, and I got together and started Serpentfoot 6 years ago it came from a driving force of just wanting to play fun surf/garage rock. We set out to make music that made people move and put smiles on their faces. I used to say I wanted to make music that made people feel like they were on drugs even if they weren’t. Ha! As anyone can attest to the music industry is a difficult place to wedge yourself in to. Networking is key and we are constantly talking to anyone and everyone who will listen to us. It’s a weird spot to be in because you do it for the love of the music but at the end of the day you’re selling a product to be able to keep the business running in any way you can so you have to find the balance of believing in your band and staying humble enough that you don’t sound like a bunch of arrogant pricks. But we love what we do so much we can’t shut up about it. At this point as much as we’d like to quit our day jobs we’re not quite there yet but I know that we’ll continue doing this as long as we can no matter what. That’s just the bottom line. We love it and can’t stop. Won’t stop. Serpentfoot has introduced to so many amazing people and places and we want that to carry on for as long as possible.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
HiDive for a show. Adelita’s for stellar mexican food. Tooey’s for a drink (RIP). TRVE for a pint or five. Wax Trax is always a good spot if you collect vinyl. There’s just so much fun shit in Denver it’s hard to even choose! It’s home to some of the most amazing divey spots that are unnassuming and genuine.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We’ve been fortunate enough to have people backing us and throwing our name out there from the beginning. Ben DeSoto is a big one for us. Back in our early days he was really helpful in getting our name to promoters, having been a booker himself, and it definitely kickstarted our entry in to the Denver scene. Bands like Colfax Speed Queen, Plastic Daggers, The Kinky Fingers, Dirty Few (RIP), and The Savage Blush all were kind enough to throw us on bills with them and the helped a ton. Tynan Conroy of Mind Warp Management ended up at one of our shows by accident and loved our music enough to ask us if he could represent the band and he’s been a stellar help as well. We try to do the same for anyone or any band that we can when we get the opportunity now too. We all have to help lift each other up!
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