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I can never pass up an opportunity to pick the brain of a talented musician like Gabriel Douglas (pictured in front) of The 4onthefloor.  So, when given the chance, I pounced on it.  It’s short and sweet but gives you a glimpse into the mind of a local artist who has seen a rapid rise in success over the past couple years.

MTIB: For listeners that may be new to you, they may not know that the band plays strictly in 4/4 time.  How did that concept first come about and is this something the group plans to stick with for the long haul?

4OTF: It came about because in the initial sessions that evolved into The 4onthefloor, we would stomp out the beat to each other while sitting on our guitar amps. We haven’t felt limited too much by it yet and it let’s the crowd easily get into the feel of every song. So for the foreseeable future, we will be playing songs in 4/4 time.

MTIB: Do you ever find playing in only 4/4 time to be restricting during the song writing process?

4OTF: Not usually.

MTIB: 2011 was a big year for you with winning the vita.mn Are You Local? contest, getting to play South by Southwest, and releasing a critically acclaimed album with 4×4.  How have things changed since then?

4OTF: We have toured nationally since that point and continue to put a lot of miles on to bring the stomp to cities all over North America. SXSW is always a blast and this year was no exception.  Meeting up with a lot of the other road warrior bands is always one of the highlights.

MTIB: You haven’t released a full length album since early 2011, do you guys have anything in the works?

4OTF: Spirit of Minneapolis is dropping on April 9th of this year.  We are always working on new material!

MTIB: Given the opportunity to pick the brain of any artist for a day, who would you choose and why?

4OTF: It would have to be Charlie Parr. The seasons have changed since I’ve seen him and it would be good to catch up with one of the best American songwriters and performers out there today.

MTIB: What other bands or artists have been catching your attention lately?

4OTF: I’ve been into SBTRKT (pronounced subtract), Field Report, Neal Casal and Jessie Ware.  Focusing more locally, Phox, Bomba De Luz, and Fever Dream have all been on heavy rotation.

There you have it folks.  Big thanks to Gabriel for taking the time to talk to us.  If you just missed their two night stand in the Twin Cities to kick off their tour, be sure to check out a show somewhere else in the Midwest.  There’s plenty of tour left.