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If you’re a lover of all genres Juice may be the perfect band for you! This seven-piece ensemble takes a little bit of everything–pop, rock, and even a little hip-hop–and transforms it into their own signature sound. Now, Juice getting ready to release their new EP, ‘Workin’ On Lovin”. I sat down with one of the guys to talk about the exciting project and how Juice came to be.
Ben Stevens [lead vocals], Michael Ricciardulli [guitar], Rami El-Abidin [bass], Christian Rose [violin, vocals], Kamau Burton [acoustic guitar, vocals], Daniel Moss [guitar], and Miles Clyatt [drums] comprise this Boston-based band. After meeting at Boston College their freshmen year, the seven musicians decided to merge their wide range of talents together.
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“BC being a non ‘music-centric’ school meant that we were all looking for ways to get [our music side] out of us” said Juice’s violinist and vocalist Christian Rose.
“There’s a lot of intersectionality, dare I say it, between all the sorts of genres of music that exist within the pop-realm, and I feel like a lot of groups haven’t had the chance to really explore that. And since we all like all the different types of music, although some of us have favorites, everything really just works together…we just decided to play something that worked for everybody.”
Their creative process progressed from choosing covers that embodied all seven of the members’ sonic skills to gradually writing more of their own original music, with all 14 hands always on deck.
“[Songwriting] is generally a very collaborative process..it really never does feels like a Juice song until its been at least touched by everybody and everyone’s given their little piece to it,” said Rose.
As Juice continued to master their sound and style, their successes escalated. The band went from winning Boston College’s Battle of the Bands to winning the grand prize at Summerfest Milwaukee’s 2016 “Land The Big Gig” Competition and returning to the festival a year later to opening for pop powerhouse DNCE. There they met Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K, who took part in the creation of Juice’s upcoming project, ‘Workin’ On Lovin”.
Juice released the EP’s first track, “Sugar”, and premiered its personality-packed music video in April. The single received laudatory praise, Glide Magazine calling it a “pocket/made for radio single,’ bolstered by rhythmic precision” and Atwood Magazine claiming “Juice’s alt-infused, soul-inspired vibes masterfully foster an inimitability that ultimately separates them into a genre yet to be defined”.
Now, less than two weeks remain until the release of ‘Workin’ On Lovin”, and the group couldn’t be more excited to reveal the inspired EP.
“While we’ve had this process of growing through college, finishing college,and transitioning into being a full-time band, and having a bunch of experiences as young men [and as] human beings, we’ve sort of been able to translate them all into these four songs that are gonna be on the EP which are a bunch of different experiences that can all be encompassed in this idea that we’re ‘workin’ on lovin’,” said Rose.
Not only does the EP draw on the band’s personal experiences to create meaningful music, but it also has evolved from Juice’s past releases: “It’s a lot more cohesive than some of our other stuff.,” Rose explained about the project. “You’re still getting all the Juice elements–rap verses and solos and melodic elements and pulling from different genres–but I think there’s a very specific ‘Juice’ feeling to all of the songs.”
You can experience the “Juice feeling” for yourself on June 15th with the EP’s release and see the band live at the 12th Annual Rock On! Concert Cruise Series at 7:15pm. But if you want to get ahead, click here to presave ‘Workin’ On Lovin” on Spotify now. Visit Juice’s website for all their upcoming tour dates and all things Juice!
My name is Ina and I'm an avid lover of fashion, food, friends, dance, music, and herb puns. I want to be as cool as Millie Bobby Brown when I grow up. Boston University Class of 2020.