’Coyote Trickster – Just Be Yourself’

We’re really excited to be teaming up with the Make It Funky collective for the second installment in a series of California showcases highlighting local talent. This time around, we’ll be at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco on Saturday bringing yet another myriad of vibes featuring psychedelic indie-rockers Coyote Trickster with support from the soulful Fire and funktastic Color TV. To get you all familiar with our fantastically quirky headliners, we had a unique interview in which we asked the band members–Terence (bass), Paul (guitar), Eric (guitar and vocals) and Huli (drums)–a few questions and then had them finish ten sentences. Get to know the band through their answers and grab your tickets at the link below.

The Music Ninja & Make it Funky Present: Coyote Trickster, Fire & Color TV at Brick & Mortar Music Hall on July 11th

TMN: How did Coyote Trickster start? 

Eric: There was a big group of people at Santa Clara [University] that played music together. Kind of an amorphous group of people playing in a cloudy haze, bumping into each other and hearing things out. And then there was a party that came around and the people who were hosting wanted bands to play. So, the big blob full of people that played music together all kind of formed into different bands for the party and one of the bands was Coyote Trickster. That was our first gig. We played with a different drummer then. We moved up to San Francisco after college and then met Huli up here and started playing with him. 

Terence: I think once I started playing with Eric–we lived in the same dorm freshman year– and jamming with these guys, I realized it was something I really want to be a huge part of my life. Long story short we ended up living together in a pretty cool space where we can live and play and create. We’re doing what we can and seeing where it goes. 

’Coyote Trickster – Beehives’

TMN: Tell us a bit about the recording process behind your debut LP.

Paul: We did all the tracking at our house in San Francisco in our garage. I did guitar parts in my closet. Eric put up a bunch of mattresses for a vocal booth. The most disgusting Craigslist mattresses (laughs). We did all that and mixed at Tiny Telephone here in San Francisco and then we got some guy to master it pretty much because we saw he did something for Jerry Garcia.

TMN: Between the soulful vocals, psychedelic elements and jazzy jams, it’s pretty hard to place your music. How do you think about your sound?

Eric: I think we’ve all grown up in an age where genres are so fluid and changing all the time. We never listened to pure rock or pure soul or pure blues—it was always a mixture of all these things together. So, I think we always just search for a groove in all of the songs. They all have to have some kind of rhythm that hooks us and gets people moving. If you see us on stage we’re always bouncing a bit. That’s the core of anything we’re trying to find that works with the band–that kind of groove or rhythm that we all get locked into and excited by. We’re just looking for something that has that appealing background to it and then we’ll combine all the different pieces to fill around that groove.



When I was 13, I couldn’t stop listening to…

Huli: Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars by Fatboy Slim

Paul: Led Zeppelin.

Terence: The Fugees.

Eric: I have the worst one out of everyone. I was probably rocking Third Eye Blind—the self titled album. That’s a great album.

The first song I ever made…

Huli: …was called “Healthy Gums” and only used FL Studio presets.

Paul: …was in high school, I don’t know what it was called, a country song with very dirty, sexual innuendo in the lyrics.

Eric: I probably stole from someone else and told people I made it. It was probably like a Good Charlotte chord progression that I slowed down.

I love [pick a bandmate] because… 

Huli: I love Terence because he’s easily our farm’s sweetest and calmest horse.

Terence: I love Huli because he does gravity blasts.

Eric: I love myself!

Terence: Lead singer and lead guitarists love themselves. Classic!

Paul: I love Mina, our cat, because she lets us play music and doesn’t care.

You’ll never catch me…

Eric, Paul and Terence: Stagecoach, or Coachella for that matter. Just Indio, California in general.

Huli: Gnasty Gnorc!

When I’m drunk, everyone gets mad when I…

Terence: say I’ll be right back because I’ll never be right back.

Huli: say any of my jokes.

I love the Bay, but…

Eric: The largest economy here mostly just serves white males in the upper class and the resources aren’t distributed equally. All of the arts and music have almost disappeared from the city as real estate prices become unaffordable.

Terence:I’m a Seahawks fan.

Huli: there aren’t many accommodations for my horses

One time in San Francisco I saw…

Terence: A guy taking a shit and looking me in the eyes while singing a pirate song in the back alley where I work. I can’t un-see that.

Eric: I was eating a taco in the mission and the Giants had just won the world series and I saw a fire on the corner of Mission and 20th, a line of riot cops and a girl run out in from of the middle of the line of riot cops. I’m thinking there’s going to be a big confrontation but she pulls out her iPhone and screams “but my Uber’s over there!”

I could spend hours looking at ______ on the Internet

Terence & Eric: r/woahdude or r/interestingasfuck

My dream gig would be…

Huli: In 1985.

Eric: At Great American Music Hall. We’ll play first, second will by Cass McCombs and the headliner would be D’Angelo.

If an alien came down to Earth and asked me what music was, I’d play them…

Huli: An Ending (Ascent) by Brian Eno

Eric: “I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free” by Nina Simone. You could tell so much of a political story of music, a racial story of music and a class story of music as well as just a full infinite magical story of music all with one artist. She had so many different things going on.
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