The Reverb Interview, Part 1: Jamie Laurie (a.k.a. Jonny 5) of Flobots - Reverb

The Reverb Interview, Part 1: Jamie Laurie (a.k.a. Jonny 5) of Flobots

Flobots MC Jonny 5 is ready to unleash his thought-provoking rhymes on the masses. Reverb file photo by Brian Carney.

Denver hip-hop outfit Flobots are ready to take over the airwaves. Again.

Talk about a big week. Flobots play their CD release show tonight at the Ogden Theatre. (Tickets are still available here.) They release their latest record, “Survival Story,” on Tuesday — and they’re marking that day with an in-store at Twist & Shout on East Colfax.

We sat down with Jamie Laurie — a.k.a. Jonny 5, one of the group’s MCs — over chai at the Shoppe to chat about his group’s survival story, including their current single “White Flag Warriors,” which has been owning KTCL for the last month.

This is the first installment of that interview. Keep an eye on Reverb for more next week.

Question: Have you been itching to perform these new songs?

Answer: At some point in last record, Jesse took me aside and said, ‘We’re about to play for a bigger audience than ever. I know you wanna play new songs.’ He had to break it to me that we weren’t going to be able to do any new ideas for a while. When it came time to do this, I was psyched. And this is our day job. This is phase two of making it big. The first phase is touring. You’re performing, and that’s your job, and you pinch yourself. Phase two is getting up to write songs, and then you go to bed.

Q: Were you all nervous about writing the sophomore record?

A: There was some apprehension or fear from some people, but artistically it was exciting to have a new canvas to work on. And to have all these people who want you to make new music. Creative people grow up, and you have what you’re supposed to be doing – homework, job and everything else. Creative stuff fits in the side. You do it in the margins, and write this rap and share it when you can. Now everything is switched. The thing we’re supposed to be doing is writing songs.

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