Today we’d like to introduce you to JeMarcus Bridges of PocketBook.
JeMarcus, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Wow! Well, one afternoon (2014) in a rather snug studio-apartment (425 Bernard Street in Denton to be exact), me and my friend Kendrick began bouncing ideas off of each other for a Neo-soul Cover-band because apparently, Dallas didn’t have enough of those. After a few jam sessions and a few noise complaints, we ended up doing a plethora of events as musical support for talent shows, and organization events around UNT. And at one of those events, I met and played for Vic Honeybee who was a soulful, emotional, vocalist channeling the spirits of iconic artists of the past (Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Eartha Kitt, Amy Winehouse). We immediately made a connection and founded what was essentially the first iteration of PocketBook; Vic HoneyBee actually came up with the name. Quickly, we all realized that the vocals needed some balance; we were missing a soprano (we had two male vocalists and one female at the time). This is when I was first made aware of the artist currently known as M3CCA. We invited her into a rehearsal (after much debate) and I was thoroughly impressed by her raw ability as an artist (M3CCA is like a mixture of Lauryn Hill, Rapsody, Brandy, Flying Lotus, D’Angelo); her heavy, experimental, influences were the perfect balance for Vic’s hard-hitting, soulful sound. After about six months, we had a landmark performance take place as a part of ‘African Amedia’ in which, we performed a medley of classic black television themes with our spin on it. That performance allowed us to witness a glimpse of our capabilities as serious artists.
Fast forward to 2016: PocketBook had a series of important rehearsals leading up to a live-recording for Vic HoneyBee with what is now the current iteration of PKTBK. Up until this point, we never really had a set line-up of musicians other than myself. After an awesome performance; we made the line-up official! Those individuals include: Darron Carrington (Alto Sax), Cris Roman (Trumpet), Patrick Favors (Drums), Wade Campbell (Bass), Vic HoneyBee (vocals), M3CCA (vocals), and myself on keyboards. Over these last couple of years, we have curated and continuously worked on tightening our live format while playing countless shows around the metroplex. We are currently curating a new show and content for 2019!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road is never completely smooth! I would say the most difficult thing was finding a regular line-up that was committed to crafting a band sound; we had so many musicians and even a few vocalists come and go over time. Another struggle (I am sure many artists can attest to) is definitely having the resources to fund and curate projects. But for the most part, we have experienced the growing pains that are inevitable in this journey of life, and we have become stronger and more refined because of that!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with PKTBK (PocketBook) – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
We specialize in performing live, original, music. Furthermore, our format is collaborative rather than centered around any individual artist! We also encourage each other to stretch out and experiment as individual artists as well. These are the things that I believe make us the most unique.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Big changes for 2019:
We are actually working our studio format as something a tad different from our live presence while preserving the energy and nuance of the band as a concept. Currently, it is a bit cumbersome and extremely expensive for us to curate a proper, live studio-album. I am excited about this because these perceived limitations usually result in some sonically-interesting and amazing music.
Second, we are pushing for a more consistent and higher quality stream of content. It is important that we keep and gain the attention of those individuals who are watching us from afar. We are also working on merchandise!
Third, we are planning to do a rollout of two short projects before the conclusion of 2019. We have a very solid start and great people assisting us in the creative process!
- Phone: 8322156894
- Instagram: @pktbk
- Facebook: @pocketbook8
- Twitter: @pocketbookband
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